The first College Bullet Point Post was written exactly one week after my arrival here on Moody’s campus. Today, we pause to commemorate the fact that it has been one month since I received my orientation packet, ID and keys, and was officially considered a Moody student.
• Don’t lock your keys in your room. Really don’t do it twelve minutes before you need to arrive in class, toting the bag, wearing the clothes, and with the ID that you just locked in your room. Really, really, don’t do it when your RA is not around to rescue you with her Almighty Master Key. But, if you absolutely must lock your keys in your room, do it twelve minutes before lifetime fitness.
• If you find yourself in sudden possession of some spare time, but have the lurking feeling that you have a million productive things that you should be doing with your spare time, then you do. It’s up to you whether you do those million productive things, or don’t.
• And honestly, sometimes don’t really is the right answer.
• There is a list of “Verses to Know” in the back of your Church and its Doctrines Syllabus. Read them. Familiarize yourself with them. The two questions that you miss on every. single. quiz are probably found amongst the Verses to Know.
• Standing at your roommate’s desk and scrutinizing the neat, tidy homework schedule that she printed out at the beginning of the year will not help you make any sense of your own schedule. Get your butt in gear, open your planner, and write out what you need to remember. Your life will make incredibly more sense after you do.
• You may never know how the cars in the very back corner of the parking lot across the street get out, even after they have been completely parked in on all sides. Accept this issue of the escaping cars as one of the great mysteries of life and move on. Except if you’re really, really curious. Then just keep wondering about it.
• Also on the topic of mysteries, continue to consider the issue of SDR food. Weigh the potential health risks of eating a sandwich two meals a day every week against the risk of stomach aches from pre-prepared SDR meals. Take into account that the Panini grills no longer function, which negates the grilled cheese option.
• As far as intramural sports go; do them. Frisbee is once or twice and week, in the evenings. No matter how much homework you have, or how desperately you claim to not want to be involved, go anyway. It’s a good workout, it’s fun, and it’s organized enough that the likelihood of breaking a toe is significantly diminished.
• IM flag football is a worthwhile investment of your time, as well. Although, they do say that flag football is rather dangerous. And I believe it, too. Yes, we’re all girls. Yes, we all love Jesus. Yes, I think you’re in one of my classes. But when we’re lined up on opposite sides of the line; well, it could get a little tough.
• Always use the same stall in the bathroom. I’m not sure why this is so important, but everyone I ask has one or two personal favorite stalls, and I for one always go to either the first on the right or the last on the left. It gives a certain amount of comfort to use the same stall day after day, night after night. Conversely, my world was rocked when I walked in one afternoon and both of My Stalls were occupied. Should this happen to you, try to remain calm and remember, you have two choices: chose another stall, or hold it.
• By this time you are not perpetually surrounded by a mass of nameless strangers, but rather a mass of people who you are beginning to recognize. This new-found ability to recognize people opens up a whole new world of connections for you; the guy at the desk downstairs is also in your quantitative reasoning class. The girl at the table across from yours in the SDR is in your Studying and Teaching the Bible class. The guy from New Zealand who hangs out with the guy from Canada sit behind you in Intro to Ministy. Aha.
• Remember back during orientation when your orientation leader told you not to let your Bible homework become your quiet time? He wasn’t kidding. Because when you have to spend an hour or two a day reading and considering and writing about the Bible, it’s understandably rather tempting to let that count as your personal Bible study time. But there’s a difference between reading the Bible to find the answer to the workbook page and reading the Bible to learn what God is saying to you right now. The former is great, and the latter is life-giving. Don’t mix them up.
• If you have the opportunity to return to the job that you have had and loved for four years, take it. Do what you need to do to attain the privilege of spending seven hours a week with the tiny athletes you love so much.
• Finally, live well. God brought you here and He’s going to keep you here until you’re ready for the next thing. So live! Spend time with the people around you. Love them. Encourage them. Let them encourage you. Have fun. Laugh together. Talk together. Live well, and it will be great.