Find Your People
When I was a high school senior and I started looking at where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life I knew two things, one, I wanted a place that was different than my high school, and two, I wanted a place where I could meet like minded people. At first the only places on my radar were small Christian colleges. I soon realized, after taking a few tours, that that was not what I wanted. Not that there is anything wrong with Christian colleges, but for me I wanted a place where I would be challenged in my faith and make my faith my own. Instead of a small Christian college, I fell in love with the number one party school in America (according to Playboy Magazine) Ohio University.
Coming to college was a difficult transition, you are thrown into this new world with no parental supervision. I knew my morals and values but I still felt like the only way I was going to make friends was by going to parties. Thankfully I was able to get plugged into Cru, a Christian organization on campus before giving into that temptation. It was here that I met my best friends. I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a community of like minded people to encourage you and make you feel like you belong. That was something that I didn’t have in high school but desperately wanted.
I am now a junior in college and have experienced a lot, but the one thing that has remained constant is my friends who are like minded and share similar values. I’m not saying don’t become friends with people who don’t have the same religious values as you because that is important too, but having a core group of people who understand you and who you can be yourself with is so important. Honestly, it just makes life so much easier.
No matter where you go, whether it is a conservative Christian college or a college with a party school reputation, FIND YOUR PEOPLE. Don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing just because “thats what people in college do” and don’t feel like you have to fit into a certain category to go to a certain school.