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Jon Moton – Lead Pastor Student Ministries

As we look towards the end of the school year I thought I’d share a little perspective of things I wish I knew before I started college back in 198_ (urr, um, back in the 80’s).  Here are my top ten:

  1. I’m going miss being away from home. Most students can’t wait to get out  of the house. I’ll never forget the first time that I missed my bed at home and a home cooked meal
  2. Classes are hard. My professors are going to make me think. College teachers don’t want you to regurgitate – they want to articulate what you are learning and discovering.
  3. I’m not special. My grades. My accomplishments. My varsity letters. …no one cared. Everyone has those things and they are no longer impressive. Everyone has done incredible things.  In college it doesn’t matter.  We all start over.
  4. Nothing good ever happens after midnight. My mother was right – that’s all I have to say about #4.
  5. It’s hard to make good friends. It takes time and effort to make good friends in college.  Life change when schedules change.  Semester changes and so do the relationships …unfortunately.
  6. The nice statements in my high school year book were lies. I know that sounds harsh but the people who wrote that they will never forget you …forget you.
  7. Everyone makes mistakes. There are failures.  There are disappointments. There are regrets. Mistakes are where we grow.
  8. Reread #7
  9. Listen more than I talk. This is hard for those of us who are extroverts. If we take a moment to listen we can learn wisdom and insight that is sol valuable during those college years (and for life).
  10. I need to own my faith and make an effort to grow spiritually.  This plan needs to be developed now.  Take moment to look for a community of believers where you can find support and direction in your walk with Jesus Christ.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before College

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