9/8/13

College Expectations. Part I

Students come to college with expectations like all night parties, ramen noodle diets, and finding their soul mates. Much is also expected of incoming college freshman. In most cases a student arrives at a university all alone with little to no accountability. When this happens a student is able to create who they want to be. The mistakes of high school can be long forgotten, and a new image can appear. I’ve seen students arrive at college and act a certain way their first semester, but by the second they have morphed into this cookie cutter idea of what they believe they want to be. 

Tragically, in most cases they choose a route that only dumps them out 4 years later empty handed and broken.

Students come to college because they expect to receive a degree. In Texas, only 25% of students graduate from their university in 4 years or less. I bet the other 75% of students expected to walk into college and get a degree. Likewise many students come to college with the high hopes of finding their future spouse. Unfortunately, it has been said that only 15% of students will meet their husband or wife at college.

Social media sites and movies alike try and build college up to be this extravagant 4 year party that you walk into jobless, but leave with a career. Even universities try and persuade the incoming student population’s perception by spending nearly 22% of their budget. 

A lot of effort has been put into forcing certain expectations onto students.

Society also expects a lot from college students. The media portrays college students as poor, ramen eating, good will shopping, and dying for a home cooked meal.

 The reality of it is that most students have the newest gadgets and an extra 15 pounds each time they go home.

However, there are some expectations that students can find, that they can live up too, and that can make them better off when their 4 years are finally up.

1.      Be Humble
a.       1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he might exalt you.”
b.      For some reason many students come to college expecting the world to give them everything that they want. In reality only the humble will be blessed with the pleasure to do God’s will.
2.      Be Patient
a.       Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
b.      If there is one thing that being a true committed relationship with my fiancĂ© has taught me, it is that I need to work on my patience. Like many college students I suffer from the disorder of believing that I know everything. Once my fiancĂ© was able to help me find patience I was able to wait and hear God tell me that I AM WRONG.
3.      Start Giving
a.       Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind or hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
b.      Both college students and members of society like to believe that anyone in college is dirt poor. I would like to argue that statement by saying many college students just prioritize their money differently. For example, many college students eat out weekly, others go clubbing, and some even buy video games regularly. Organizations even offer free stuff to students allowing them to self-prioritize money. I propose that everyone becomes a little less selfish with their cash. Selfless giving will do nothing but help those less fortunate and rain down blessings from Christ. I don’t care if it’s buying a meal for a hungry classmate, or adopting a kid in India. The concept is to just be generous.
4.      Never stop loving
a.       Mark 12:31 “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ there is no commandment greater than these.”
b.      This is the hardest easiest thing that God expects from us. We can easily love our neighbors, our friends, and our enemies when we remember the grace that Christ has given us. However, when we start thinking about our own desires and distresses we quickly lose love. I’ve struggled with loving my neighbor and even more so with loving my enemy. But when I focus on God’s expectations of me I am able to humble myself, find patience, give grace, and then I am able to truly love everyone.

Welcome to School everyone. Don’t let society mold your expectations, but let God reveal them to you.

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