I arrived at UA last year with two years of college already under my belt, ready for the semester to begin. However, the transition from a small community college in northeastern Alabama to the biggest institution in the state wasn't an easy one, to say the least. Coming to a place with so many people took a few weeks to get used to, but joining a campus ministry (in my case, the BCM) helped me get acclimated to campus life.
All of that said, my advice to you, whether you’re a transfer or new college student, is to make the most of your time here. Your years at UA will be the best years of your life, so take time to enjoy them! Studying and doing well in your classes is important, but don’t let that take over your life. Take time to go out and meet new people, eat new foods, and try new things. There is so much to experience in Tuscaloosa, so don’t be afraid to go for it.
However, be careful about what you decide to try and what positions you put yourself in. I know I’m probably sounding like your mom saying that, but it’s extremely easy to get caught up in sin in a new environment, especially on a college campus. The gospel of Matthew gives us a great analogy of that with Peter walking on the water toward Christ.
"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray." // Matthew 14:22-23
While Peter was walking toward Him, he kept his eyes on Christ, and he stayed above the water. But then he began to notice the wind and the waves around him, and immediately began to sink after he took his eyes off Jesus. Christ then pulled him out of the raging waters and brought them both safely back to the boat. He then asked Peter why he had such little faith, and proceeded to calm the storm and give further evidence to the disciples that He is the Son of God.
When you get to college, you will be submerged in an environment surrounded with sin. There will be many things that could take your eyes off Christ, and that opens you up to sink into sin very easily. The good news is, even when we do slip up, Christ will be right there to pull us out of the water and bring us to safety. Don’t be afraid to trust Him! He loves you and He will lead you through life if you just follow Him.
I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you!
Evan Tucker // @ettucker23
Senior // Finance