Studying to Glorify God
As graduates of UCSD, we’ve been where you are now. College is a unique time in life; for a lot of us, we’re semi-independent for the very first time. Many opportunities will present themselves while on the college campus, from service organizations to Christian fellowships so it’s important to find the right balance; otherwise, you’ll get burnt out trying to spread yourself everywhere. Know your priorities and plan accordingly. We want to encourage you to be diligent with pursuing your studies, yet to do so in a manner glorifying to God. Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” What does that mean? It means that we remember that God has given us this opportunity to study in college as a stewardship of which we are to constantly be thankful for, even in the midst of finals week. And it means that the measure of our success is not found in grades, the acceptance of our peers, or even the approval of our parents, but rather it is based on whether or not we seek to love and obey God in our actions and our attitudes.
The Pursuit of God in Love
If I could emphasize one piece of advice, it would be this: pursue God with all of your being – your mind, heart, body and soul. Scripture tells us the greatest commandments are these: to love God and to love people. What does it mean to have a heart for both God and His creation? It means understanding that college isn’t simply for gaining knowledge, but for learning to value the relationships you will develop with unique individuals along the way. It means having to sacrifice time and effort when encouraging a brother or sister and being patient during awkward or frustrating conversations when trying to share the gospel with friends or strangers. It means to see people through the lens of the Gospel, as sinners in need of grace. So thank God daily that we love because He first loved us, and cherish every soul He brings your way knowing that God rejoices over every sinner who repents.
College Tips & Tricks
Tips to get through 8 AM classes:
- Beforehand: Ask yourself if you’re a morning person. If you’re not, don’t take the class if you don’t you have to. In general, expect much later nights, so keep in mind that waking up for high school is much different than waking up for college. If you’re just falling asleep in class, there’s no point in taking an 8 AM, so try to schedule a later one. Better to suffer a night class where you learn than a morning class of just moving your sleeping spot.
- Day of: Set an alarm for the morning. Wake up. Get out of bed immediately. The snooze button is your worst enemy. Throw yourself in the shower if needed.
- During class: Take notes. Sit up straight. Chew gum. Bring a snack. Drastic methods: Stand up. Slap yourself in the face. Repeat.
Best places to do your devotionals between classes:
- Price Center 2nd or 3rd floor
- Geisel Library: Upper floors or outside on the 3rd floor
- Ocean View Lounge (below OVT)
- In your room
- If you have lots of time: At the cliffs across the street from Muir
Bible verses that got us through college:
- Lamentations 3:21-24
- Philippians 4:6-8
- Matthew 6:25-34
- Colossians 3:23
- Isaiah 41:10
What to look for in a church:
- One that upholds the authority, inerrancy, and sufficiency of the Bible for all matters concerning the Christian faith and the church.
- Sound biblical preaching and teaching from capable leaders who faithfully demonstrate Christ-like character.
- An overarching emphasis on the gospel, both in preaching in the church and in evangelism to the lost.
- A community that actively seeks to build each other up and encourage each other in the faith, in which you can be served as well as serve the body.
About Hanson & Luke
Hi! We’re the college ministry coordinators this year, both recent graduates from UCSD who just happen to be roommates that share a bunk bed. We love to eat free food, read good books, and play fun games. We also love meeting new faces, so come say hi and maybe you’ll get free food! :D