This past August I enrolled at Calvary Baptist Bible College & Seminary in King, NC. This was my first semester of college ever. I graduated from high-school at Berean Christian School in 2011 and just wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do. Sometimes I still wonder about it, but I’m just taking a step of faith. Even though I had some struggles, my first semester was not a terrible one and I thought I would just share with you a few things about it. Things I learned, things I would do differently and how I going to approach this upcoming spring semester.
Let’s first start with the decision to attend Bible College. From kindergarten all the way through high-school, I attended the same Christian school. On top of that, I was a member at the Church of which the school was a ministry of. I think sometimes we can take it for granted when having grown up it in all of our lives. We take for granted the fact that we do have the opportunity to attend a Christian school or college. Now looking back on my school years, there are things I wish I had not taken for granted. Attending the same school from kindergarten, I was also familiar with “strict” rules. So, following them in Bible College was not hard at all. Still, since I had grown up in this kind of environment, I had almost become “tired” of rules like this. I just wanted something that was different. However, I began to pray about attending Bible college, and under the guidance of my Dad and Pastor, the two Godly men I trust, I enrolled in Bible College. I still did not know what I wanted to do, but I knew that if God had led me this far, He would lead me the rest of the way.
One of the things that I found out about this semester was the fact that you have a lot of reading to do. I mean a whole lot. Most of the reading was almost half of our final semester grade. We were told at the beginning of the semester to go ahead and get started with our reading and try to knock out most of it, so that when final projects were due, we would be stressed and pushed for time. I told myself that I would not let myself fall into this situation. However, I didn’t plan my time wisely like I should. I will admit that I wasted a lot of time, and though I did not have all of the reading to complete at the end of the semester, I still had more than I needed to have considering I had a project for almost every class and the fact that I work almost full time and I am heavily involved in Church. I almost had more than I could handle, but though I was pushed for time, I buckled down and I did finish it up. However, as much as I hate to admit it, when I sit back and think about it, I don’t think that I gave God my very best and that’s the most disappointing thing. I have had to ask for God’s forgiveness concerning this.
Through it all, I learned a lot of things about how the school works, a lot of the teaching styles of the teachers and how most of the grading works. One of the most important things I learned in relation to being a college student was how I needed to better plan and schedule out my time. With the beginning of the new year, 2017 approaching us fast, and the start of this upcoming spring semester, I have lot of task that I will be taking on besides school. I will most likely have a very full schedule. I know that if I do not have a plan or schedule and stick to it, things are going to be tougher than what they already are. I ultimately will not be able to do the necessary task I have to complete this upcoming year. I want to be able to do my best for Lord. Not just an, “Ok…that will do” kind of job.
God has given me the opportunity to be able to attend Bible college, but not only to just attend but the ability to also pay for it, out of my own pocket and by myself. God has been so good to me. He’s done so much for me and I don’t even deserve it. I can’t help but just want to do my best for Him.
I am looking forward to this upcoming semester. In a way, I can’t wait to see what it holds. Whatever situations that may arise, and no matter how heavy the load, I know God is going to be there to help me every single step of the way. That’s going to be my attitude for this coming spring semester. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13 (KJV)