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,
Before you ask… Nope, your beloved Arsenal FC are still without a Premier League Trophy after fifteen long, painful years. And we sacked Arsene Wenger! Unbelievable! Although it seems like it's impossible for our club to ever return to its former glory days… you’ll be happy to know nothing is impossible at university if you continue to press into your heavenly Father.
I discovered this verse in second year:
"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you’ll move mountains" (Matthew 17v20).
And it couldn’t be more true. But where does seed growth start? It begins with trust, meaning dedicating time to the scriptures to identify God’s character; ripping out those encouraging verses and placing them upon the four walls of your bedroom to protect your mind from discouragement and self-doubt; worshiping in the early hours of the morning to rejuvenate the holy spirit within your temple; using art as a form of prophetic expression… and quite simply… praying! We have the greatest of privileges to interact with a relational God who cares and therefore, is eager to empower and transform His people. You will develop hugely if you learn to trust this notion.
Personal consolidation is also vital. Ways to enhance this is by getting stuck into a local church that complements your passions, gifting and values. Don’t compromise for the sake of aligning yourself at a church where hype manifests and where friends have settled. Instead, discern where you will be personally challenged and supported. Scout out student pastors, allow them to pour into you, listen attentively to their wisdom, particularly as they share similar experiences to the ones you’ll go through. Link up with a small group. These are single-handily the best forms of community you’ll come across. Don’t put it off until third year - broaden your networks early, allow yourself to be discipled, serve to reap the benefits, enable yourself to maintain a kingdom-minded perspective. You’ll need it during this life phase.
All in all, remember throughout these seasons that Jesus is right at the centre to partner with you in those tremendously joyful moments and to be the steadfast antidote to those deep battle scars. He has gone before you, He is with you, that’s why nothing is impossible. It is through Jesus that you get the verdict that you’re worthy, before any academic performance or lifestyle achievement. He says that you are my son, with whom I am well pleased.