College is an exciting time for young adults, an opportunity to grow as individuals. And whether you’re experiencing college as a freshman or finishing it up as a senior, it never hurts to get some advice that will help you live out your time at college to the fullest.
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Find balance in your school and social life (Romans 12:2)
Easier said than done! There are two different types of people at college: one that places school over everything and the other that doesn’t prioritize their education enough. For the ultimate college experience, balance is essential. Make sure to work hard but also schedule in some fun! Writing in your agenda and keeping track of how you are spending your time is crucial. And remember, learning to maintain balance is a life learning goal. Don’t worry about trying to perfect it.
2. Find your community (Proverbs 18:24)
If you are a freshman, being proactive in searching for a community can be really intimidating. But let me tell you, it’s worth it. College is a time when you can find some lifelong friends who share your values and goals in life. A great way to do this is by finding out if your school has a Catholic Student Union. If not, find people that share your faith. You could even start a group of your own! However, don’t become discouraged when a friendship doesn’t work out right away because building relationships take time. Be patient with yourself, it might not be easy at first but it will become easier with time.
Side note: Don’t forget your community back home! This transition is also hard on your parents – make sure to take the time to call and tell them you love them.
3. Budget (Proverbs 13:11)
Yuck, even the word alone sounds boring. But let me tell you, if you work hard to budget your money, it will pay off. It’s always good to stay alert on how much you’re spending and saving. Even if you aren’t in the position to save or you have to take out student loans, there are smart ways to spend so that it won’t hurt you too much in the future. Just cutting out your Starbucks can make a world of difference. And since God calls us to be frugal, you will feel better about not overspending.
4. Dig deeper into your faith (Colossians 2:6-7)
This is a time to question and grow in your faith, no matter what household you came from. It’s a lot easier to go to mass when your parents are telling you to, but now it’s up to you. Take advantage of this time and go. Even more, I invite you to dig deeper into Catholicism and learn more about what we believe. If you go beyond what is expected, God will do the same for you.
5. Trust in God, have faith in yourself (Joshua 1:9)
College isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to challenge you. From studying for exams to making major life decisions, you are going to experience it all. And it can be hard at times to not let these challenges overstress and overwhelm you; however, remind yourself that no matter what, everything is going to be okay. Trust that God has a plan and have enough faith to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Let go of your fears and let God do the rest!
Christine “Christy” Moore graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English Editing Writing and Media with a minor in Education. Currently interning at Women of Grace, she was born and raised in a strong Catholic home with two amazing parents and three siblings and is active in her parish music ministry.