FF40 – Day 15 on Transition | From Stephanie Matias


Genesis 46:3-4 | Matthew 11:28 | James 1:7

Some people like change; others do not. Whether you embrace change
or not, I think we all can agree that change is never easy. Transitioning to
life at college will be a BIG change – you’re in a new environment, around
new people, and have a new schedule. All this change at once can be
overwhelming. You may feel alone in a big place, but remember, you are
never alone. First, there are hundreds of first year students on campus (many
of them feeling the same anxiety you might be). Second, there are faculty
and staff who want to help you as you adjust to college life. Finally, and most
importantly, there is a God who is with you wherever you go, including to
Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Did you know that God has promised His children that He will never leave
them, nor forsake them? This promise can be found in Deuteronomy
31, verse 8. Also in this verse, God tells His children not to fear nor be
dismayed. He tells us this because He protects His children and comforts
them everywhere they go (Psalm 23). When you consider these truths, don’t
you agree that being in fear and worrying is a fruitless use of our time and
energy? We have God on our side!

While we may face challenges, like adjusting to college, when we put our
trust in Him we can have faith that we will overcome those challenges.
Even better, when we trust Him, the Bible tells us that He will give us rest
(Matthew 28:11). This means that we will have peace in our hearts, knowing
that everything will be OK.

Leaving home and coming to college is a big change. If you’re feeling
anxious about this change, I encourage you to put your trust in God and
be comforted by the fact that He is with you. I encourage you to pray to
God and ask Him to give you peace in this transition. And I encourage
you to challenge yourself to meet others – introduce yourself to people in
your residence hall. Get to know your RA, RD and professors. Get involved
on campus – there are so many student organizations that welcome your
participation. Doing these things may not be comfortable, but they will make
your adjustment to Belmont University a whole lot easier.

Stephanie Matias
Residence Director, Wright Hall



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