The Bible tells us over 300 times to not fear. However, there are several things that seem to be nearly universal worries about coming to college. I hope this list will help to erase some of those common twinges of anxiety.
W - Work load. Adjusting to new teachers and learning to balance homework from each class can be a challenge. The key to getting done with big projects is to start early. You will find that teachers are available and willing to answer questions if they can. Put in good effort, and you will have a great semester!
O - Overdue bills. Finances are a big worry in today's economy, but there are several ways PCC helps. Options include applying for scholarships or joining the work assistance program. Students who are in greater need can consider applying for a special hourly work program that will allow participants to graduate debt-free.
R - Roommates! You can request to room with a friend or opt for making new friends. Including the students in your prayer group, you will get to meet people from literally around the world. I have shared a prayer group with fellow Wisconsinites, as well as citizens from half a dozen countries. The most important thing to remember is that God has planned who your roommates will be!
R - Registration. Registering for class is fairly simple now with the online system. You can meet with your advisor and have help figuring out your schedule. Like your teachers, your advisors are willing to help you any way they can. Before buying new books, you can look through the residence halls to see if other students are selling textbooks you need. You are also able to rent or buy used textbooks from the College.
Y - Your personal experience. The best way to approach college is to think of the many opportunities you will have. You will have dozens of ways to make and have fun with friends. If you worry about homesickness, realize that fellow students will be quick to encourage you, because they have been there too. Chapel messages will be a great daily refreshment as well. Although campus is a busy place, there are quiet spots you can go to study or spend time with God.
When I came to college, I had many worries that soon proved unfounded. I wouldn't trade my time here for anything! Follow what the Lord is guiding you to do, and get ready for one of the greatest times of your life!