This post by Rachel Penate is reprinted from LifeTeen.com
Walk into any Target, and the over-stimulating abundance of new pens and notebooks will tell you: a new school year is here.
I’m sure this time of year has brought on a familiar feeling — a sadness that the summer is over. But, this year I’ll guess it’s most likely different. You’re heading to college! And even though college is still labeled “school,” you may be experiencing a different feeling of anxiety or excitement. As a high school teacher, I saw many of my own students, upon approaching those unchartered waters, really come to question what college would be. Yes, college is an opportunity to “break free from your parents,” and make new friends. But, college is (even more) an invitation to experience the raw and limitless opportunities of learning.
The goal of this blog is to encourage you that learning doesn’t have to provoke a sort of sadness within you that summer is over, but rather, a joy that you have the opportunity to learn something new each and every day — even in the months of June, July, and August.
1. BE A LEARNER FOR LIFE (NOT JUST FOR A SEMESTER)
The knowledge you gain in the classroom is important. But, here is the reality: learning is a necessity wherever you go. To learn is to grow in knowledge of a specific topic. But, learning also means being able to adapt and adjust to new topics, surroundings, and people.
How many of you are uncomfortable with the idea of living with a new roommate, or even living away from home? I went to college 12-hours from home, and I was royally homesick for a full semester. But, I stuck it out, and listened to God. When I was open to learn why, He was able to show me why He called me there, and give me the necessary grace to grow more comfortable in my surroundings.
When we are open to the Lord’s calling, He will draw us to uncomfortable places. College is not the only time we will experience this — our opportunities to learn are endless. Be confident; when we are open to learning how to adjust to those places, people, or topics we are able to recognize how smart God is. He is going to lead us to exciting places because He knows our hearts better than we know our own.
Practical thought: When you are uncomfortable, or struggling through a new situation in college, ask the Lord (and those close to you), “What can I learn from this?”