The anticipation of the first day of school always filled me with joy growing up, often carrying on throughout the rest of the year.
But don’t even start me on college. From the beginning of my freshman year of college to my senior year, my perspective changed drastically. Once eager for the school year to begin and to learn new materials, I found myself in a mindset I never would have dreamed of entering.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to complete an internship with an amazing nonprofit organization. As the internship drew to a conclusion, I found myself dreading the return to school. I didn’t make it through the first day of my senior-year classes without thinking, “I hate this so much” at least half a dozen times.
Confession time: this was partly due to pride. There was still much to learn in my last year of marketing and communication classes, which I recognized; but the aspect of being surrounded by silliness in the classroom when I had completed such an incredible internship in a professional environment made me cringe.
The other part of this was due to being exhausted with school. The classes I was required to take that weren’t related to my major or minor seemed like a foreign language to me half the time.
As I spent time in prayer recently, I was struck by how my attitude towards school had changed so drastically over the years. Perhaps you can relate, regardless of where you are in your education journey.
I believe we often take our education for granted, regardless of what our education journey looks like. I know I failed to remember the significance of the country I had been blessed to be born within, along with the exact era of my birth. There have been times in our history that education was limited for women in the United States, and even more-so for women of minority groups.
Yet, in countries throughout the world today, girls’ and women’s education is even more limited than all of ours in the past. But there I was, groaning alongside my peers because our teacher decided to lecture for the full 1 hour and 15 minutes, when there are women who would give anything to be in my position.
I believe our academic journeys aren’t limited to earthly timeframes, but have an eternal impact. I attend a college that has over 24,000 students (granted, some are online, along with many other factors), a significant amount of people in one location. Think of all the classes you’ve taken this past year alone, all the students you’ve encountered. Every person in our classes has a name and story.
Every person in our classes will be entering eternity after this life — it’s a matter of where they’ll be spending that eternity that’s the concerning aspect.
I truly believe that God places people in our lives (and vice versa) for us to develop relationships with, so that we can share His Truths with the world. School is no exception to this. I’ve seen it play out in my own life these past couple years as I’ve continued to grow in my friendships and have tried to find ways to mention God in our conversations.
Regardless of whether we’re ecstatic about our education, or waiting for it to finally be over with, we must remember that this is the stage of life that God has placed us in for the moment. He has given us a task to complete; and despite the challenging days, He will give us the strength to persevere. We can honor Him through doing our best when it comes to our education, and giving all glory to Him.
Not only this, but He has people for us to interact with so that we may be an example of Christ in their lives. As I’ve heard many times in the past, you may be the only glimpse of Jesus that they’re getting.
While God has us in this stage of life, what can we be doing? Adjusting our attitudes towards education itself? Striving to honor God through our work and effort? Not harboring negative thoughts towards our peers and team members in class? Finding ways to build meaningful relationships and share God’s Word?
We don’t have to have “the school blues” anymore. Once we adjust our attitudes towards school, we’re going to be surprised with the results.
And believe me, they’re going to be good.
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