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Juliet_Wooldridge

Juliet_Wooldridge

Yes, I’m a little younger starting college, but I get a head start while still in high school. I know, weird, but it’s my school who was nice enough to offer this opportunity, so I took it.

I want to keep my faith, but I hear so much stuff about how having a Christian faith and life-style in college is stupid and really hard. Being as young as I am (Just turned 17), I’m a little scared on what to expect when voicing that I’m a strong Christian.

I’ve heard a lot of “horror stories” about professors failing you for your faith and I just, I just want to study, do my work and move on with my life.

In all honesty, I’m scared and don’t really know what to expect when it comes to the whole “college game”. Is college really that critical? Do professors really ridicule you, because of your faith?

Also, I’m attending a community college off campus and only taking a few courses and not a full student. I’m a part-time. You’re advice is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!

June 25, 2015 at 17:17
bmaddiein

bmaddiein

Juliet,
First off, congrats! That’s so cool and awesome that you get to do this!
Now, let’s get real: starting college is scary. I can honestly say I was scared out of my mind. It’s a time of transition and self- discovery, which is exciting and intimidating all at the same time. I can easily say all of this because I just went through this last year.
When I first set foot on campus a year ago, I had no intentions of continuing my faith. This was partly because I was being a rebellious teenager and wanting do everything on my own and make my own decisions, and party I was afraid to be judged for my faith. I didn’t even want to go to church or have anything to do with faith. A couple of weeks into the first semester, my roommate invited me to attend a Christian club she’s been going to. I didn’t want to at first, but I eventually promised her that I would go. So I did. Before I knew it, I was regularly attending the worship sessions, Bible studies, and fun activities. Now, everyone that I met are my closest and best friends, and I have never felt more spiritually filled in my life.
Keeping the faith in college is only hard if you make it that way. My advice to you is to try to surround yourself with fellow Christians. See if your college has a Christian club. Surrounding yourself with other Christians will not only help you create friendships but also grow stronger in your relationship with Christ. Don’t let being a part-time student living off campus deter you from participating in clubs or activities.
As for the professors thing, I wouldn’t sweat it. During my first two semesters of college, I had over 8 professors, and not one of them judged me for being actively involved in a Christian club. Good professors are there to help you learn and get ahead in life. If they’re failing you for any reason other than knowledge- based, academic matters, they aren’t doing their job right, and something needs to be done.
If you’re afraid of being judged, don’t be. Who cares what others think?! Do the things that make you happy, not what others want you to do. Do what will bring you closer to God. You do you girl!
Everything will play out like it should. Yes, it will be scary and intimidating at first, but it will all fall into place sooner or later. Everything will be ok…I promise!

June 28, 2015 at 09:09
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