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Seeking a Journey of Faith while Traveling the College Road

Seeking a Journey of Faith while Traveling the College Road

Entering into college is a huge transition. We, as students, are faced with many new opportunities, challenges, and freedoms. College is an entirely different path with many new curves and turns for the traveler to explore. I personally struggled upon entering college. I was nervous, fearful, and anxious even though I was trying hard to be enthusiastic about my new educational endeavor. I felt that there was a sense of emptiness within me. Could it be that I miss my family? My friends? Did I just not fit in here?  I assumed that my feelings of absences must be attributed to one of these factors, but as I thought it through all of these scenarios were not the truth. And then it hit me; like a bug on a windshield. The answer had been there all along. I was missing God. I wondered how I could stray from the Lord during the time that I needed him the most, but for some reason I had pushed him to the side and let all of the distractions of college life take his place. I had left God but God had never left me. So then, naturally, I felt rejuvenated! I was no longer empty, but rather overflowing in fullness. I thought to myself, “How will I create time for God?” The time has come for me to be active in faith and live it out in my daily life. I began to read scripture regularly, pray more often, speak with others about God, challenge my faith, and take time to enhance my spirituality. It was entirely possible to seek my journey of faith while traveling the college road! Whether happy, joyful, stressed, upset, or just absolutely drained the scripture provided me with words of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. God walks in front of me, behind me, and beside me as a travel the college path. Below are just a few bible verses that may be enlightening to any and all college students. I follow in the Lord’s light and I invite you to as well. Now is the time to let God in!

Titus 2:7-8

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 40:30-31 

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

1 Timothy 4:12 

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Philippians 4:4-8 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

Jeremiah 29:11

“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.”

1 Peter 5:7 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Proverbs 17:27

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.


Don’t Panic

You’re in college now which means the workload has reached an all time high. One minute you are planning a girl’s night out with your best friend or your favorite team is playing against their archrival and the next minute you realize your essay is due before midnight. And you, the great student that you are, have not even bothered to start on it. But it’s okay, don’t panic. It is not the end of the world no matter how bad it may look. Your best bet is to lose the T.V. and cell phone and start on that paper before it’s too late.

Deadlines come a lot faster than they might appear. You may think you have enough time before the deadline comes but then you are struggling to finish just seconds before the time comes. It’s wise to use your time while you still have it. If your math equations are not due three days from the day it was assigned, why not start on it and get it out of the way so you don’t stress about it later. Getting things done will eventually benefit you in the long run. If you finish your homework ahead of time, you have more opportunities to do other things of your choice.

Finishing your homework and handling other duties are just one of many responsibilities of being a college student. It may seem rough and homework might not be as enticing as the next big game. But it is important that you now what your priorities are and then there won’t be any need to panic.

Jazmin says, “Stay in school.”

Layers, Layers and more LAYERS!!

With all this cold weather approaching….well its here at this point, one has to start bringing out more clothing and what better way to stay warm than layering your clothes! Putting on multiple layers is a great way to stay warm and also add depth to your outfit. Layering can be very basic or go to the extreme. Most times you will see a jacket or sweater with a scarf over it. For those who are daring, you can go for a long sleeve thermal and layer a bomber vest, with or without a hood and a light scarf.

For Girls:

For girls layering can be done in many ways. Vest, scarves and multiple shirts all compliment ones style when paired correctly. Cardigans and sweaters are a great way to add warmth and style to ones look. Putting a cardigan over a graphic T and skinny jeans with boots make for the perfect cold weather attire. Whatever look you decide to do, adding a scarf ALWAYS spices up any look!

For Guys:

Guys can benefit from layering as well. Just as with girls, guys can pull off the vest look! Wearing a long sleeve t-shit or a sweater makes for warmth without all of the bulk of a full winter coat. Cardigans, scarves and boots are all winter essentials for guys, and girls. For guys having the ability to be mobile and feel stuffed is pretty important, so try finding layered clothing that isn’t bulky or will limit your mobility.

Keeping warm these winter months will be a lot easier if you know how to add layers to your everyday wardrobe. You don’t have to be a fashion expert in order to put together a comfortable and warm layered outfit. Starting off small and adding more little by little will allow you to become more comfortable with layers and you will become more daring and willing to try new combinations.  All you have to do is try, and remember that layers are your friend this winter! 🙂

Fun Things to do When in Colder Weather

Once the first snow hits, it’s time to start thinking about all the fun things you can do in winter. Whether it’s with your significant other, your family, or a group of friends, there are a ton of ways to keep yourself entertained during the colder months. Here are my favorites:

1) Bake, bake, and then some more baking! Go on Pinterest and look up the most delicious desert recipes you can find (there’s a lot). Have a baking day with your friends and then pig out on all your goodies. This is an activity you can do with almost anyone. You can even bake with your boyfriend, except he’ll probably just want to be the taste-tester.

2) Hot chocolate and Christmas movies! Make a huge mug of hot chocolate ( I recommend adding coffee or a candy cane into it to spice it up), find your fluffliest, coziest blanket, and watch your favorite holiday movies. A couple of the must sees are Home Alone, The Polar Express, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and White Christmas. This will bring you instant happiness.

3)  GO OUTSIDE. Who says you have to stay inside all winter? Bundle up and go for a walk in the snow or have a massive snowball fight in the middle of a field. You can take a ski trip with your friends to get away from stress or go ice skating with that special someone (or someone you want to be your special someone). Then, of course, go inside and drink more hot chocolate.

4) Drive around and look at Christmas lights! The cross-country team always does a Christmas light run during finals week to relieve some stress and it’s a ton of fun. But if your not into running, drive around your area with your friends and rate houses on their outdoor lights. I would usually check out the fanciest neighborhoods because some of those homes go all out for this type of thing. You can also do this with more hot chocolate :).

5) Window-shop downtown! Downtown Chicago is magical during the holiday season and just being there will give you holiday spirit. Take a group of friends downtown and just look around all the stores (make sure you have more hot chocolate) without buying anything. This way you won’t break the bank but you still get all of the fun.

6) Volunteer! Go to a soup kitchen around thanksgiving or help decorate Christmas trees in your area. There are tons of ways to give back in the winter and you’ll be in a much lighter mood afterwards. Even just donating toys to charity helps you clear out old stuff while your also helping children have a great Christmas.

Winter does not have to be seen as a depressing, boring season. Take advantage of the season even if you are a summer person. Before you know it, winter will be gone and you’ll be wondering why you had no fun!

Decorating Your Dorm for Christmas

Here I am with another blog about the holidays :). Can you tell I’m obsessed?  This time I wanted to spread the word about how to bring the holiday season into your dorm room.  If you’re a resident, you are still living on campus for a good chunk of the holiday season. This is why it’s important to add a few touches to it so it feels like Christmas even when your freaking out studying.

The number 1 way to decorate your dorm for Christmas is to hang Christmas lights. This is the best because you can use them year-round. Mine have been up since I got to school. You can hang them traditionally or put them in a fun Christmas tree pattern. I recommend using Command hooks so they stay up because nothing is scarier then hearing them fall in the middle of the night.

Wall tree made out of lights.

If your feeling crafty, make paper snowflakes! You can stick them on your walls or hang them with string from your ceiling (hanging them looks the best). This way you don’t have to go out in the cold to get the winter effect. All you need is paper, scissors, string, and some tape 🙂 Here’s a link below on how to make them.

A mini Christmas tree is a very nice investment for your room. You can even find them small enough to fit on your desk. I have a mini pink one that basically fits anywhere. You can find them cheap at Wal-Mart or you can find a fancier one at Barnes & Noble that comes with its own ornaments.

There are all types of garland you can get for cheap to hang in your room. You can even make your own garland with string and a few cut-outs. You can even go pine cone collecting and make the garland  out of spray-painted ( if your feeling ambitious) pine cones! You can also find old ornaments your family isn’t using for the tree and hang them from string to make another type of garland.

If you want your room to get a little more cozy, you can also hang some mistletoe in your room ;). If you definitely want to get cozy, cover your entire ceiling in mistletoe (just kidding, that’s a little creepy).

Even if you don’t want to do any of these things, you can also bring holiday cheer to your room by simply playing a little Christmas music. Nobody is saying you have to be super festive, but it’s always better not to be a grinch and participate in the holiday fun 🙂