Thoughts For College Bound Students
Written By: Robert Batch
It is that time of the year where the summer winds down, activities switch gears, and students begin to prepare for the start of a new school year. As a teacher of Seniors in High School one of my favorite units to cover is a unit on the reality of going to College.
I remember when I first went off to Franciscan University of Steubenville I was experiencing a ton of emotion.
"Will I be accepted?"
"What is dorm life going to be like?"
"What are my professors going to be like?"
Before I realized it, I was living my own life and even with some struggles here and there I moved forward confidently. Whether or not you are like me going to a four year university or starting out at a local community college, I have decided to put together a few points for you to remember and to consider as you move into your new chapter in life.
#1) Life is going to be different. Yes, different! For most of you, you were familiar with your high school campus, you had a routine and a schedule every day and you pretty much knew what to expect and when to expect it. Surprise! Life will now be different. A different campus, a different set of classes and teachers (professors), and yes even possibly a different place to live! This might scare some of you. Change is a difficult thing, but change results in growth and maturity. Take it day by day :)
#2) You Will Change. With any change in life, the person will also change. It is OK! With growth and maturity comes great responsibility. During this change you will go through some discomfort and at some points you will struggle. Saint Rose of Lima once said:
The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases
Through the struggle you will receive grace to get through it all! This is the beauty of Christianity and the Catholic faith! Grace is a gift!
#3) Remember Where You Come From & Know Where You Are Going. As you move forward into college life you will learn and experience alot of different things. Amongst all of it, remember where you came from. The most important things that you learn in life will be things you learn at home. Continue to experience life and learn new things but take the things that will get you to heaven and help you to become a saint.
No matter what road you embark upon, whether it be a community college, four year university, or going into a field of service or right into work, remember that you are called to be you and to be that well. Saint Francis deSales once said:
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it God will carry you in his arms.
My prayer for you as you take on this new journey is that you take it with grace and with hope. Know of my prayers for all of you.
About The Author
Robert Batch holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology online through Franciscan. He has a passion for speaking, lecturing, and teaching about the faith. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Amanda, and daughter Cecilia