Being on a college campus away from family can be a jarring experience. This is particularly true for new students. Many people there will tell you how to live and make decisions for you. That’s beyond dangerous.
One of your priority items should be to find some good Christians to hang around with. Most colleges have many options for Christian groups, even if they’re not Christian schools. Many campuses have college outreach ministries on campus, like CRU, RUF, FCA, or others. Those are a good place to start. Don’t wait. Reach out right away before classes get going and you become too busy. Participation has to be a priority.
While on-campus ministry is good and certainly a place to well-spend many of your hours, getting involved in a local church is really the best way to keep your life in balance. A local church provides much more than a campus ministry can. God designed local churches to provide support and growth for His people.
Sure, it’ll take time from your already busy schedule. Sure, there’ll be many opportunities to do many things and join many clubs on campus. But to keep your life on an even keel (needed to survive four or more years of college), a local church is really your best direction.
How does this relate to school debt? Or lack of school debt? Keeping your life in shape and having a place to seek counsel can help you avoid making moves that could extend your time in school, costing you more money. You could even find someone who would like to support a college student financially. In my book, “Say No! To College Debt”, I wrote about a friend who was supported through school by a church member. It’s a possibility.
Thanks for reading, and please pass this on to anyone you know who could use it. And may God bless your efforts to achieve financial freedom as it leads to spiritual freedom.
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