Blowing off Steam (and Why It’s Important)

Stress in college is inevitable. So many things cause it: the intense work load, taking tests, public speaking, auditions and paying tuition. And that’s not to mention the (hopefully rare) conflict with friends or roommates and the end-of-college inevitabilities of applying to masters’ programs or going through the job interview process...

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Kicking off the New Year with Mad Time Management

What’s your New Years’ resolution? Work out more? Get better grades? Stay caught up on sleep? No matter what your goal, chances are at the core of that resolution there is a need for self-discipline and strong time-management. When we are weak in these things we tend to live “messy lives” where not much gets

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Longing for the Christ of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of year. Or so we’re told. Festive tunes blare through every store as we hurry through our shopping. We attend parties, wear ugly sweaters, eat extra yummy, unhealthy goodies and notice the sparkle of lights on houses everywhere. And yet, all the presents and festivities do not take away from

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Practicing Generosity in College

Most likely you’ve lived long enough to know by experience the deep truth embodied in God’s Word: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The older and more mature we become, the more joy we experience in giving—and the less value we place on getting stuff for ourselves. Nothing compares to the “giver’s

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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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