When I first went off to college, I was excited, yet terrified. I couldn’t believe the moment I had been waiting for had finally arrived and I would officially be experiencing life on my own. I was homesick at first, but I slowly began to adjust to college life. I remembered my morals and vowed to continue to follow them while I was away. I knew that in high school, I was able to have fun, procrastinate towards my studies and still maintain good grades. College was a different ball game. My priorities had to change, with God always being first, school second and extracurricular last. But this wasn’t the test.
In college there is so much freedom to do any and everything you want to do. There is nobody to tell you to attend class, eat, clean up, or how to choose your friends. The choices are up to you and the consequences are yours to experience. The key is to prioritize and always stay true to your identity. However, you’ll realize that college can also be about finding your identity and developing yourself as an adult. I had to realize that my grades were important and school was my main focus. There were times when I’ve worried about different situations, such as grades, family, or life disappointments. It was through those times where I had to seek God for myself. My personal relationship with Him is what carries me through and allows me to persevere. I am a member of campus organizations and they have opened my eyes to different perspectives. But as I experience life, I always remember who I am and Whose I am. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. It is my faith through times of trials and tribulations that has helped me mature. College is all about learning and growing. Each day I’m learning more about myself and each day I’m one step closer to the woman God has called me to be. As graduation approaches, I am grateful for the woman I have become through my college experience: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most importantly, I am eager to transition into the next phase of my life, embracing the woman I am becoming. Four years ago I was nervous, excited, and focused on a new chapter of my life. As that chapter ends, a new one begins and I can’t wait to experience all that God has prepared for me. To those of you thinking about attending college or will be just know that God always has your back. Yes, the thought may be scary, but these years will be the best years of your life. Know that in everything you do, God will never take His hands off of you. Please feel free to add me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shelby.lockhart1or follow me on twitter @LockedHeART423.