I just looked at the calendar, 7 days…I have 7 days until my son moves out. After homeschooling for 14 years, we have attained the prize; he has become a college freshman. He is embarking on a new journey and I have one desire for him…That he keeps his faith at college.
In 4 years when he walks across the stage to receive his degree in Atmospheric Science that he will still have a strong walk with the Lord.
Over the past few months I have been able to listen to different groups of college students give out advice to the incoming freshmen class on faith at college. I quietly took notes and listened.
Not only do college freshman have to juggle new schedules, housing, and friends but it is time for them to make their faith their own.
Here’s a list of tips I have gathered from those who have gone before us.
8 Tips for Keeping Your Faith at College
- Find Christian Friends. Even one other person with the same belief system can be an encouragement.
- Read the college directories and find a Christian group on campus. This should help with finding Christian friends. Even if you don’t find Christian friends in your field joining these groups can help with finding those friendly faces while you are walking around campus.
- Local Churches. You will be in college from August to May, with occasional weekends home. Finding a local church will be beneficial to your spiritual growth. Don’t try to go this journey alone.
- Bible study…Be in the word. Don’t let the huge pile of college textbooks drown out your reading of the bible.
- You may need to regurgitate info that goes against your beliefs. Be prepared with how you will handle it. There maybe times that it is best to be quiet and there may be times you have to speak up.
- Don’t check your brains at the door; you may be given incorrect information. Be on the lookout for false information, it will happen. To err is human.
- Have a quick answer already prepared for when your lab partner invites you to go out drinking. It will be a fine line between being buddies in class but not being able to hang out together outside of class.
- Don’t forget to invest in people; it’s not all about studies. When you are overwhelmed with schedules and projects take a few moments to chat with family and friends. Don’t let distance keep you from connecting.
If you are looking for some books to read Keeping your Faith in College or Fish Out of Water, Surviving and Thriving as a Christian on a Secular Campus.
Still feeling overwhelmed about heading off to college? Here is a list of 25 suggestions to help with the transition.
Christian Today offers some tips for parenting your college student.
If you are on Facebook and would like to join a group of mothers of college students, ask to join. This is a private group that I moderate.
Join the link-up with Real Life Homeschooling.