Going to University was a test in itself. It wasn’t just the exams and the assignments, but being able to uphold Christian values while surrounded by non-believers. And don’t get me wrong, people are allowed to believe what they wish. This is just my experience.
Anyone who’s done a theatre/acting degree knows what that can be like. In a good sense, your cohort becomes like family. It’s not just like a class where you sit with some and never meet the rest. Its a bunch that spends hours a day rehearsing and creating together for 3 years.
But here’s the hard part as a Christian (all made harder because I love them all). They all enjoy drinking, partying, swearing, crude jokes… you name it. In my experience, it was extremely draining. Not only that, but I felt like I just couldn’t connect with them on the same level. The social impact was affecting the way I studied. Part of me wished I could let go, and sometimes I did slide off. Even more so since I’m a bit of an introvert.
My first year of University was actually with a different cohort, and within a few months I had completely backslid. I never even found myself a church after moving to a new town and that was where I let myself down. I met a boy. Struggled with finances. Struggled to make friends. So, I grew too attached to the relationship and moved in with him. Ending up only just passing second semester and putting it all on hold. It was a mess and a complete detour of my life for 2 years. However, God is good. He got me back on my feet and 2 years after doing my first year, I was back enrolled into second year. This time I relied on God and not my own strength.
It was still a rough ride here and there, but I am thankful for a good church and the Lord who got me through it all. I was also blessed with a cohort who didn’t disrespect my beliefs even though subject matters and class content could be against all that I stand for. My heart still breaks knowing how far away from the truth they are. I just pray that my time with them left a seed in their heart, and that I am always open to them if they need.
To anyone who is or about to enter University, my advice is to make sure you have a strong support system to carry you through the tough times. It’s not just the seemingly endless study and exams. Find yourself a Spirit filled church that will keep your hunger for God strong. Remember to pray about all your situations and, if you’re fortunate enough to have a Christian family, talk to them.
Any questions or comments? I’d love to hear them!