If you could go back and change one thing about uni what would it be?
What advice would you give your student self?
So often we reminisce on uni life; remembering good memories, cringing at the less wise decisions and appreciating how university shaped us into who we are today. Mollie has asked some recent graduates to write a letter to their student self to provide wisdom and perspective for current students. We hope that they encourage you to have hope, be bold and take risks!
Dear student me,
Joining university knowing nothing of God, nothing of Jesus and definitely nothing of the church will be one of the biggest pathways into the rest of your life. Finding and knowing God in your everyday life can seem beyond possible, especially when you’re you, and you used to believe that God was in the clouds. You will begin trying to read the King James’ version of the Bible, attempting to figure out which thee is thou and thou is thee. But the best move ever will be buying yourself a fresh Bible that you can actually understand.
Invest your time in trying to seek God’s word and listen to Him. On the walk, bus, drive or cycle to uni, talk to Him about all the things worrying you. Talk to Him about that boy you like, about the work you don’t feel competent enough to do, about that lecturer you don’t like. And after talking, ask Him for clarity on the situation, for His help and reassurance in what He has planned for you, and sometimes, just for grace. Pursue the relationship you have with Jesus. He wants you to talk and spend time with Him in all of the ways that feel most natural and helps you to understand more of who He is. Never stop trying to understand the love God has for you. You never will, or can understand it, but the more you search for His love the more you’ll find and the more you find, the bigger the capacity you have to love the people around you.
Prayer, reading, writing, walking or merely meeting up with friends for coffee and talking about your successes and struggles brings you closer to God. God doesn’t just communicate with you to comfort and guide you, He talks to empower, convict and set your life on a straight and narrow path. Lean on Him in everything; in studies, in relationships, in finances. He is always going to be there waiting for you to ask Him for help.
Persevere in your faith. Acknowledge the gifts God has given you and will reveal to you later in life. University is more of a turbulent plane than an easy coastal cruise. Sometimes it can all feel too much and you land prematurely but when in constant communication with God you know that He has already gone ahead and fought the battles you are yet to realise exist. So chill out. Ask Him for help. And stay determined to thrive in an environment where you shine the light of God in the darkness.
Graduate you x