An Honest Look at Friendship in College

I still remember the day I met Jessica. We were college freshman, only a few weeks into the school year. We’d just finished choir rehearsal, where we both sang alto and sat a few seats away from each other. A comment was made about checking our mail and we somehow discovered we’d each received care

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Knowing Yourself in College

  It’s not revolutionary to say, but all of us see the world through a lens that is all our own. We solve problems uniquely, make decisions differently, are driven by diverse motivations and energized in distinct ways. As a college student, you’ve probably been given a personality or aptitude test somewhere along the way,

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Undecided: When You Can’t Pick a Major

Maybe you’re looking ahead toward college but have no idea what you want to study once you get there. Or perhaps you’ve already started into college but haven’t declared a major yet. Though this can feel a bit unnerving, it may surprise you to know that 50% of college freshman are unsure of their major.

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You CAN Memorize Scripture in College (and why I recommend it)

During my junior year of college, my friends and I landed in a phenomenal church in downtown St. Paul. Each month, the pastor challenged the entire congregation to collectively memorize Scripture. I’d grown up in AWANA and had memorized Bible verses in hopes of earning points and helping my team win each week (great motivating

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Phone Addicted? ME??

Not long ago I was headed out to meet a friend for dinner. I was halfway to the restaurant before realizing I’d forgotten my phone. Going back for it would have caused me to be late, so I decided to go without. Talk about feeling lost! I spent the rest of the evening battling the

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How to Genuinely Enjoy Your Roommate

  Maybe you feel like you won the jackpot because you have such an amazing roommate! You laugh together, talk late into the night about stuff that really matters and see eye-to-eye about everything. On the other hand, it could be your roommate has turned out to be a challenge for you. You don’t have

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The ABC’s of Success in College

For some, college is a breeze—sunny skies and smooth sailing! But for many others, the challenges are daunting. Maybe, like me, you bombed your first exam. Maybe you’re experiencing homesickness or struggling to make friends and it’s distracting you from focusing on your studies. Perhaps you just can’t seem to understand the teaching...

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Grief is a Gift

Someone I went to college with died of Covid last week. It was a sobering day as we are still relatively “young.” Simultaneously, several of my friends and family members are navigating painful relationships and I’m hurting for each of them as they grieve the broken dreams of “what could have been.” And then there

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5 Easy Ways to Make Money in College

  With the fall semester of 2021 underway, you’ve made your payments, purchased your books and hopefully recovered from the “sticker shock” brought on by all the expense. The truth is, even with scholarships and the help of financial aid, college is expensive! There’s no way around it. So what’s a broke college student to

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Coping with Homesickness

I’ll never forget the day my parents dropped me off at college. I’d been anticipating this for months with nothing but growing excitement. When we hugged goodbye, I didn’t even get emotional; I was ready for this! But within an hour of being left in my dorm room to finish unpacking, I felt an unexpected

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