Pray for the BCMs’ around the state of Tennessee as they prepare for the Fall Semester. Pray for the BCM student leadership of each campus as they meet in retreats to plan, pray, and work to reach their fellow students for Christ!
Please continue for the summer missionaries as they transition to home and start another semester of school.
One of the most important parts of collegiate ministry is ministry to freshmen. Do you know students who will be freshmen this year? Encourage them to read this practical information and become involved in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on their campus.
By Arliss Dickerson, Retired Arkansas State Baptist collegiate minister. To read his blog, go to http://www.arlissdickerson.blogspot.com
1. It’s OK to change your major or not have one.
-Freshman year is meant to be a time of adjusting and learning about yourself.
-On average college students change majors 3 to 4 times.
-Don’t let the pressure of not having a major rush you into a wrong decision.
-It is best to take basics at the start.
2. Your first 3 weeks set the pattern.
-What you do the first 3 weeks often set the pattern for your whole college life.
-Get into a regular pattern of classes, study, recreation and rest. Balance
-College infirmaries are packed at the 6 week mark with those who have not eaten
or rested well.
-Many fall behind during the first couple of weeks by not taking it seriously
and never recover class wise.
3. Choose friends by your priorities…not your priorities by your new friends.
-Everyone wants and needs new friends.
-In the rush to make friends freshmen often get with the first people they meet
and without thought begin to engage in whatever activities the new friends do.
-Decide what is important to you (grades, faith, etc) and find/ choose friends
that share those priorities.
4. Emotionally go to college.
-Many freshmen do not have a good experience because they are not there
-Don’t hang around your old high school or plan your schedule around it.
-There is more to being a college student than taking classes. Decide to be
apart of it.
5. Become part of a group.
-Studies and surveys indicate the happiest and most successful students are part
of a campus group that shares their goals and priorities.
-If you are a Christian, find and connect to a Christian group on your campus
at the start….don’t wait. They will help you get started right.
-On more than 800 campuses there is a Baptist Collegiate Ministry that
wants to help you have the best possible college experience.