As college students it is difficult to make that transition from being at school 90% of your time to moving back home, picking up a summer job, and trying to figure out who is and who isn’t your friend from high school. It’s hard to leave the people that you have been living with for the whole school year. It’s hard to leave a dorm room that you may have become so acquainted too.
And then, getting used to being back at home. Everything is different. Your morning routine is thrown off, you don’t do laundry the same, you don’t even brush your teeth the same! It’s certainly not an easy transition.
The most challenging part of this transition is when you head home from college for the summer, but there are still things that you want to do, goals you want to accomplish, or maybe the semester is just that great that you aren’t ready for it to end. This blog goes out to those that have struggled with the semester coming to a close for one reason or another.
To that college student that didn’t get to hang out with your friend group as much as you wanted to towards the end of the semester because you had the most difficult finals ever to study for… you get each of those friends numbers and find a specific time to hang out with them this summer. Make time for them, drive to them, Skype them! This is summer now, you don’t have another assignment due until next semester (that is, unless you are taking summer classes!).
T0 that college student that didn’t get a chance to get to know that guy or girl you’ve had your eye on the whole semester… don’t sweat it! Do not let it ruin your summer! If you have his or her number, send a text saying you hope they have a great summer, and then go do that yourself! Also, if they didn’t recognize you or take interest in you for a whole semester, you deserve better. There is someone out there that you don’t even have to try to impress. The key is patience my friend. It’s definitely not easy!
To that college student that is going home to a complete and utter messy family situation… I am praying for you. Take this time to be a light to your family and friends. I know that doesn’t sound as easy as it seems, but try your hardest. Keep your head held high and know that God has placed you where you are for a reason. Know that whatever is going on, God is still God and He is bigger! If there is negativity, be the positive! It’s just three to four months and if you can get through a week of finals on four hours of sleep a night, you can get through this summer!
Lastly, to that college student that didn’t do as well as you wanted to… This one hits home to me. I set really high standards for myself and get extremely disappointed when I do not meet them. From my own personal experience, this is what I have to say: so what? So what if you didn’t keep a 4.0 GPA? So what if you had to take a “C” or lower in a class? Did you try your hardest? If yes, then feel accomplished that you got that grade! If no, you have learned where you need to improve. Learn from your mistakes, don’t beat yourself up over it. Your identity does not lay in these things. Christ defines you. Let your identity lay in Christ and nothing else!
There are so many more scenarios that I could go through that speak to college students around the globe. You see, no matter what your case is do not let it hold you back from personal growth. Do not let it stop you from having a great summer. Know that you are not alone in this, but that most college students are making some type of big transition at this time of year. It’s okay to go through these hard times, but do not let them define you! Stay strong friends, and we can get through this together!