1.The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2.God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3.You failed a test, not your life.

4.Numbers don’t define you.

5.That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so called “hot scale”.

8.Or if you can bench press 200lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym please chill)

9.Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10.Neither are mistakes.

11.But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12.Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13.You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14.Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15.Life isn’t always great moments.

16.But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17.Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18.However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19.So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20.Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22.Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23.Loving Jesus means loving people.

24.Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25.Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked room. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breath in-and-out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30.However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit in the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based off money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself, if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44.Do some squats.

45.But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46.You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47.You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not with someone, leave. You deserve clarity not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back, if he/she doesn’t his loss.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows, if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62.Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

lol I wrote this while in college and guess what??!! I graduated!! Praise Jesus for that ahah. But also I recently published a book I believe is a great resource for any college gal struggling in life. I wrote it while in college! It’s called “Am I Enough?” -by Grace Valentine. Click the “read the book” tab at the top of my website for more info! It’s available at LifeWay, on amazon, and at your local Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Milliom!

I try to write articles the encourage you through scripture and relatability so read the other ones I wrote on my blog. Go to my home page at http://www.gracevalentine.org to read 💓

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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.


  1. Love all of these. I’m a college girls small group leader at my church and I plan to share this with my girls. Thanks for sharing these ❤️

  2. 44. Do some squats hahaha you’re hilarious girl:) also very insightful! The last part also is SO TRUE.. he turns our trials into our testimony! That’s awesome!

  3. I am not a college student, but I’m a mom to two college girls. One of my girls reposted this, and I was so pleased to see something so well written and that puts most of the advice I have tried to give them all in one place. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This post is very inspiring for someone who is actually a college student. When looking for a set of rules before going into college I would recommend this blog post because it is refreshing.

  5. As the father of three kids currently in college, this is wisdom truly inspired by the Creator. Thanks for speaking to this dad’s heart, but most importantly to theirs.

  6. This post was really touching! I am a college student, and I was really happy to read this! Thanks for sharing your love of God with us! God bless you!

  7. I am a college student and a mother to a college student. This is one of the best posts she has shared on her fb in a while! And completely relatable to students of all age groups. Thank you for writing such a beautiful article!

  8. I’m high right now and I gotta be honest, all of this religious stuff is beyond me. Just don’t be a shitty person and you’ll probably be fine. Even so, this post does have some valid points.

  9. I read this article a few weeks back and it has resonated with me ever since. Thank you for writing such an honest and poignant article.

  10. I think you could be a really good friend to talk about God with! I am always surrounded by low-spiritual people and I really just talk with God about himself. I also spread it through the internet, but I really want to have a real life conversation about God. I want to express things in my heart about Him and feel agreed. I love Him so much!

    God bless you!

  11. This is awesome, Grace! A friend of mine who is in college now shared this and I’m saving it for when my granddaughter is in college. It’s timeless. And, to a degree, ageless as well; It was a good reminder for me! Thank you for taking the time to write it and encourage countless others. God bless you!

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