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Interesting Articles and Tips for College-Age Students

It’s back to school and the blogosphere is flooded with tons of helpful tips, advice, and info about heading back to college…or jumping in for the first time.

First, I read two articles specifically addressing “20-somethings.” The first was “The 20 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me at 20” by Dr. Karin L. Smithson on HuffingtonPost.com. It has some good reminders worth reading as so many head back to school…about picking friends, staying healthy, the importance of family and faith, etc.

The second was “20 Things 20 Year Olds Don’t Get” by Jason Nazar on Forbes.com. For all my friends heading back to college…or just out of college…or just trying to build traction in your careers, this article contains some fairly sound advice. It’s not necessarily that young people “don’t get it” but rather some good career tips that they “should get,” or maybe “don’t get yet,” or “what to strive for.” From productivity to professionalism, online etiquette to face to face communication, reputation and fiscal responsibility, this article hits the key topics that are crucial for young people to grasp early on if they desire to be successful.

Also, I’m noticing lots of college-age or recent post-college grads struggling with “discerning God’s will for their lives.” One book I recently read that I wish I had read when I started college is Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something. See my recent book review here. Also, remember that you don’t have to read every spiritual self-help book known to man; if you have a Bible and read it regularly, seek godly counsel, and prayer, those three things are more valuable than any “how to” book or article out there.

In regards to what to major in, I read “The Decline and Fall of the English Major” by Verlyn Klinkenborg on NYTimes.com. It is sad to hear that the number of students majoring in English is declining. I could have majored in a great number of things, but I am continually thankful that I majored in English. It has been invaluable in every aspect of my life–personally, professionally, socially, even spiritually. The most beneficial classes I took were probably Critical Writing with Dr. Horton and Philosophy of Education with Dr. Salter (both should be required by every major, in my humble opinion). To think clearly and logically and to be able to write concisely and coherently are two of the most precious yet neglected treasures in this culture. Klinkenborg writes: “Writing well used to be a fundamental principle of the humanities, as essential as the knowledge of mathematics and statistics in the sciences. But writing well isn’t merely a utilitarian skill. It is about developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.” and “No one has found a way to put a dollar sign on this kind of literacy, and I doubt anyone ever will. But everyone who possesses it — no matter how or when it was acquired — knows that it is a rare and precious inheritance.” Well said, Verlyn.

Finally, it’s important in your college years to stay healthy in this fast-paced, stress-filled season of life. Here’s a fun “Cheat Sheet for Healthy School Lunches” from The Honest Co.:

Jesus and Religion

Are you a Christian? Did you know that “Christian” means “little Christ”? So often, it’s easy to put on a happy face and go to church and act like everything’s perfect, but we all have problems. Even after salvation, we need a Savior–a daily leader in this battle against sin! That leader–that Savior–is Jesus! It can be no other. Church is wonderful, and given to us by God. The Bible is His Word. But if you call yourself a Christian, remember who you’re living for.

A recent poem “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” was created by Jeff Bethke, uploaded to YouTube, and went viral! He presented an honest testimony of his conversion and how he felt about much of what is called “Christianity” or “religion”–the hypocritical, pious, superficial, and social meanings of those words–the ones that have departed from Christ and the Bible–not all religion, and certainly not all Christians.

The video created quite the controversy, and even got an article posted by Huffington Post. Kevin DeYoung, Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and part of The Gospel Coalition, wrote an excellent article called “Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really,” which breaks apart the poem line by line and compares it to Scripture. It’s very well written, and even Bethke wrote, “I just wanted to say I really appreciate your article man. It hit me hard. I’ll even be honest and say I agree 100%.” But DeYoung didn’t stop there. He contacted Bethke and they exchanged several emails and had several phone conversations, parts of which are recorded in DeYoung’s follow-up blog post.

Are you living for your Leader Jesus today?