I promised a while back that I’d write a post for the girls headed off to college, so here it is. I hope it will apply whether you are going away or are living at home while you attend college. And even if you are attending a Christian college, heads up, because there is sin at Christian colleges too.
1. Think like a Christian in class. Don’t be afraid to be identified as a Christian. Many professors will ask leading questions to find out which ones in the class are the Christians. Don’t back down. Hold your head up. Flunk if necessary. Remember, you are trying to impress God, not your professor.
2. Live like a Christian. If you’re in a dorm or sorority situation, you are living on the front lines. I hope you have been trained well, and you know how to handle yourself. This is no place for beginners. Let everyone know right away that you are a Christian. Don’t keep your head down. Live a holy life, and if you can’t do that in your living situation, move out.
3. Act like a Christian. Don’t cut corners, don’t make allowances or excuses, don’t watch movies or attend parties that you wouldn’t want your parents or your pastor to attend with you. Have high standards and never mind who is offended by them.
4. Choose your friends carefully and don’t fall in with the first people you meet. Get to know everyone, and then make a wise choice. This is especially true when it comes to the opposite sex. Don’t be easily impressed.
5. Read your Bible regularly. Read it before you read anything else. That will keep you in the book. Get involved in a Bible study.
6. Keep your commitments. Go to class. Do your assignments. Get them in on time. Don’t even think about cheating, plagiarizing, or fudging. God will not bless it.
7. Bless your parents by your behavior, your regard for them, your faithful Christian walk, and your work ethic. Talk to them about your friends, your classes, your life.
8. Receive an education. College is not about becoming worldly or sophisticated. Make use of the resources available to you. Learn. Don’t take classes that are a waste of your time and your parents’ money. Switch majors or switch colleges if necessary.
9. Remember your brothers and sisters at home. Write them. Call them. Don’t forget that they miss you. Stay connected.
10. Worship the Lord every Lord’s Day. Don’t skip or sleep in or find excuses. This is more important than everything else.