1. A nice outfit that would look good on a date.            

    The bible says man cannot live on bread alone. Well, girls can’t live on nike shorts alone. Bring t-shirts and nike shorts, but bring something nice because ya never know.

    2. Thankfulness.                      

    There’s a lot of people who wish they were in your shoes. In fact, there’s a whole wait-list of them. Stop complaining about continuing school and thank God and those who helped make it happen that you get this opportunity.

    3. Your past.                                                                                                                 

    Don’t let your past haunt you, but use your past mistakes to make you stronger and wiser. Mistakes happen–just think about your ex. But what you learn through each mistake has the potential to make you stronger and wiser. Everything that has happened in your past happened for a reason. Ask God for grace and use your past to shape your future. Sometimes our biggest blessings are hard lessons. (Luke 22:32)

    4. A desire to change the world.

    Stop complaining about our country on social media and start being passionate about using your gifts for the betterment of our country and world. God has given YOU a unique gift, and an opportunity to grow in that through higher education. Start thinking how you can change the world today, not tomorrow. (1 Peter 4:10)

    5. Stationery.

    Thank you notes never go out of style. Hand-written notes in general never fade. Write notes occasionally instead of texting.

    6. A sense of humor.

    Learn to laugh at yourself. Learn to have fun in the ordinary adventures life brings. Make jokes often and you will make lots of memories.

    7. A bible.

    God gave us bibles for a reason. They give you the ability to hear God’s voice in a tangible way. Open it and use it. Bring a journal as well and write what He is teaching you. Take time to grow in wisdom by growing in knowledge of the scripture. That is the most important textbook you will ever use. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

    8. Pictures.

    I’m not talking about saving pictures on your phone. Print out pictures of those you love. There’s something so special about pictures hanging in your bedroom instead of just saved on your phone.

    9. Jesus Christ.

    College is hard, and you need Jesus to help you when tempted and when you feel lonely. He is there when you are overwhelmed and cares for you even when you feel broken. He reminds you that you are never alone–even during finals week and even when you are miles away from the troubles at home. Let Him be your best friend during college and I promise you will have joy even in the midst of adversity. (Isaiah 41:10)

    10. A belief that everything is apart of a greater purpose.

    Rainy days bring rainbows, and trials bring strength. Before you go to college it helps if you remember that everything that happens in your life is for a greater purpose. Your life is for a greater purpose. Give your life to the King of Kings, and I promise you will find joy in your present. (Romans 8:28)

College is hard. However, it also is about something bigger and better than TFM, YETIS and Thursday nights. It is about growing more as an individual and serving a purpose bigger than yourself. It is about being able to dance with God and follow His lead, even when the world is trying to cut in. It is about chasing after God recklessly, and giving Him your everyday so you can change the world’s everyday.

So when you pack your bags for college, always remember who you are, where you are from, and what you represent. Remember you are a child of the King of Kings, the Lord has delivered you from your sin, and you now get to represent Him by giving your body as a living sacrifice.

Enjoy the beauty of the everyday adventure college brings. 

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.” –Romans 12:1


Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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