College Life

Be Here Now (The Heart of a Senior)

KendraI’ve been hearing the statement “I can’t wait to graduate and get out of here!” since I was a freshman. Now, two weeks from graduation, and I find myself not wanting to leave. College has been a beautiful thing for me. I’ve grown so much spiritually, mentally, and…I’d say emotionally but I’m literally crying as I type this.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the new adventures and opportunities ahead, and I’m excited about being near my family again; but I can’t help but think of all the wonderful friends I’m leaving behind. These have been the best days of my life. I’ve made so many memories with my roommates and suitemates, prayer group, classmates, chapel buddies, Christian service friends, and collegian—GO BEARS!!! College was a lot of work and had its ups and downs for sure, but I made it through largely because of my friends. Thank you!

To the undergrads and prospective students: Be here now! My marketing teacher taught me that. Try to focus on what is in front of you—the day-to-day opportunities for growth and involvement. Look ahead, but don’t live ahead. God has placed all of us where we are for a reason. You are (or will be) in college for a reason. Don’t focus so much on where you’d rather be—the stage of life you’d rather find yourself in. Thinking on my past, I’ve always looked ahead to the next step, i.e., becoming a teenager, getting my driver’s license, graduating from high school, getting a boyfriend, going to college, graduating from college, and now marriage and kids. There will always be a “greener side.” Just remember that when you’re in the will of God, you are exactly where you are supposed to be. College holds some of the best memories you’ll ever make if you “be here now” and make them!

To all you other graduating seniors: Trust that God has His best lying ahead for you. Trusting God has probably been the biggest lesson God’s taught me throughout college. I haven’t quite got it down yet, and I probably never will. Trusting God is definitely a continual thing. I was scared to leave home for college because I didn’t know anyone here. Ironically, I now find myself not wanting to leave college because of all the friends I’ve made, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. The next step, a.k.a. the unknown and unfamiliar, will always be a little scary. Allow that fear to motivate you to trust God even more.

So yeah, those are my encouragements for you. Be where God has you now, instead of where you think you’d rather be, and trust God to take care of your future. Enjoy these last few days of school, finish strong, and have a wonderful summer.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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