Over the last six years of being an undergraduate double degree Uni student, I have seen both instances of people’s relationship with God become distant and become more fired up. Being a Uni student marks a stage of life where we have a lot more freedom to choose our values, beliefs, ideas, friends, activities, etc. In the midst of such freedom, how can you keep going strong for God?
1. Get perspective
One of the most common challenges that students face at Uni is that they either get bogged down with studies so much that they feel that there is no time left for anything else or they’re too busy living it up with their social life. There is no doubt that both studying and socializing are important facets of Uni life but how does God want us to approach each of these areas? Our relationship with God will be strengthened when we allow Him to show us His way in all areas of life, including our life at Uni. Jesus gives us clear direction: “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33). God knows that if we are enrolled as Uni students, we need to study well and He also knows that as humans we have an inherent desire for friendships and connection with others. He tells us to focus first on what is close to His heart – developing our relationship with Him, living in His purposes, asking Him how we can serve Him and being ready to be His salt and light wherever we are – and trust Him with providing us with what we need in terms of our studies and friends.
2. Don’t miss God-given opportunities
Have you ever asked God why He has put you in such a time as this, on the campus that you’re in, studying the course that you’re studying? When I started asking this question as a first year, I realised that God has put me where I am, studying law and music at Uni, because He wants me share His good news with the particular group of people I find around me. On average, people only spend about four or five years at Uni so don’t miss the opportunity God has given you to be His witness. Even if you are involved in your local church community, you have a very unique opportunity to be one of the few workers who bring in the plentiful harvest. After all, Uni is where you spend the bulk of your time each week, where you will have the most time to connect with people and where people are open to new ideas – when we’ve got God’s perspective, every lecture, tutorial and social event could become a divine opportunity to help someone open their heart to receiving Christ.
3. Opt for teamwork
One of the most helpful things that I’ve done to strengthen my walk with God while at Uni is getting involved with Universe, one of the Christian clubs on campus. There is nothing like having the encouragement from other Christians who share the same perspective and realise the mission opportunities to spur you on in living out God’s purposes on campus. Spending time worshiping, praying, learning from the Bible and sharing the gospel together with fellow Uni students helps us keep our focus on God and is an amazing support when we face challenges since everyone shares a similar experience of campus life at your particular Uni. If you haven’t become involved with a Christian group on campus yet, consider signing up now!
Law Graduate, University of Melbourne