Happy back-to-school! It's that time of the year when you can feel just a hint of fall and we get a fresh start to finish the year right. Here at Bethany Church we're just a couple of weeks out from welcoming new students and we are SO EXCITED to welcome our largest incoming class ever!
Wherever you go to school, we hope that this year you learn to thrive rather than just survive. In this blog our students share their advice for making this the best year ever.
Here's our top 5 back-to-school tips:
Make friends. Be open to new people and new things this year. Here's the beauty of the first day- everyone is new. Take advantage of the awkwardness and forge new relationships with the people around you. One of our BC students said, "Don't be afraid to involve yourself in different things! Bethany College is filled with unique opportunities that are yours for the taking!" Wherever you are, take advantage of the opportunities around you. Join a new club, try a new sport. Just say yes to whatever is in front of you.
Get into a healthy rhythm + routine. We learn to thrive when we're proactive rather than reactive. Automate as many things in your life as you can. When you create habits and automate your life, you free up brain space to focus on other things. And science proves it only takes 21 days to create a new habit so you're just 21 days away from automating your life! Make sure eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep are a part of those habits.
Commit yourself to growth. Anytime we face something new, we have the potential of feeling uncomfortable. Growth happens when we lean into challenging and uncomfortable situations. Don't run from it, but embrace it and learn from it. Seek mentors that are further ahead than you, people that you want to model your life after. One of our BC students said, "Yield to the Holy Spirit. Embrace challenges. Be prepared to be uncomfortable." Make this the year that you stop making excuses and set yourself up to grow intentionally.
Manage your time. A huge part of being successful in college is learning how to manage your time wisely. So basically, your planner or calendar is your new best friend. Prioritize and write your schedule out. Try your best to avoid procrastination and tackle assignments as soon as you get them. At Bethany College, we advise our students to use their designated school hours for doing school work. Also, part of managing your time is giving yourself space to rest. We all need a Sabbath- even college students. Don't overextend yourself. If you know you can't stretch yourself to handle everything asked of you, learn to say no.
Manage your money. Just as you need a plan for your time, you need a plan for your money. Budgeting is never a fun topic to talk about, but it's a part of growing up. If possible, get a part time job so that you have income while you're in school. And once you start making money, develop a plan for where that money goes. This requires a lot of discipline but it's a basic life skill you need to thrive in life!
Cheers to a great school year!
We hope this year you learn a lot, grow a lot, and become a better version of yourself with each passing day.