You're in College. Now What?

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College fairs, Preview Days, campus visits, waiting, college applications, essays, interviews, waiting, orientation, waiting, packing boxes, Move-in day, Welcome Week, first day of class. You're in College. Now what?

Anticipation is a funny thing because it causes one to build up expectations for an upcoming event but gives little insight into what to do once the desired object actually arrives. In the second installment of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" series, the Joker expresses a similar (albeit twisted) sentiment. 

Okay, so maybe it's not the best to quote a psychopath when trying to make an encouraging post, but allow me to further explain. Waiting for college is eager apprehension for a blank check of life experiences. It is easy to construct all sorts of fantastic impressions of what will be or what is to come only to find that we can not accurately predict the future. 

Jesus spoke about this very concept during the Sermon on the Mount. He described how God was sovereign over the details of life, even the birds and flowers. He ultimately said, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  (Matthew 6:34)

Anxiety was a veritable problem in Biblical times, and it has lingered into the minds of the 21st century. If you are nervous about the future you are not alone. Don't worry. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8) Trust Him.

My advice to students would be to relax and enjoy your college days. Mississippi College can be like a greenhouse not only to your academic career, but also to your personal growth in your relationship with Christ. Live in a responsible manner to prepare yourself for the future, but take life one day at a time. Have fun, be yourself, rise to the occasion daily. 

- Until next time, 

Andrew

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