Finding the strength and resources to face the challenges
that come our way is an important skill for any student who
hopes to survive the rigors of getting a degree. Class deadlines,
relationships, finances, balancing schedules, and finding time
to relax all pull us in different directions and take an emotional
and physical toll. When all this becomes overwhelming, where
can we find the strength to keep going?
One of the most important resources we have is the people around
us. Being able to confide in others who are sharing the same
experiences can diffuse loneliness and the feeling that we are
carrying these burdens all by ourselves. Knowing we are not alone
goes a long way to helping us face our challenges.
Participating in University activities is an important way
of enlarging our support system. But there are less organized
to help ourselves and others. Be on the lookout for someone who
might need a listening ear and offer it; add kind words of acknowledgement
and encouragement. You might just make their day and yours as
Don’t underestimate the strength of your tradition of faith.
It is a strong resource. Connecting with it connects us with
the infinite resources of a loving God who is present in good
times as well as challenging ones. Why not invite a friend, old
or new, to go with you to experience your tradition of worship?
Share the strength!