College is hard. As a student when you first start, you realize that you aren't as on top of things as you thought you were in high school where you finally started to figure out the system as a senior. Now you're in a new place, with new people, new systems, new expectations, and much more freedom than you are used to having.
Emma Claire says, "As a senior in high school, my list of college requirements covered available majors, regional temperature, and proximity to a city, but made no mention of religious life. Seeking out a Christian community wasn't on my radar, and I didn't even know American University was Methodist affiliated until I was moved into my freshman dorm. How do I reconcile that with the fact that just this week I spent a total of 17 hours in church and church-related activities, not counting the six hours spent in religious studies classes and the time spent reading theology books for fun?"
Angela says, "A lot of fuss is made about the “lack” of religion on college campuses. College campuses are stereotypically thought of as hotbeds for atheism, doubting, and just about every vice imaginable. And while there’s some truth to this, this is definitely not the full picture."
Faith can take many forms on a college campus. Sometimes it looks similar to faith in a church, other times it looks entirely different. During the last month, faith among the students in the Methodist-Protestant Community at American University has looked like: Raising money to donate to a Veterans organization Eating a Thanksgiving Feast provided … Continue reading Faith on Campus – November
What does faith look like for young adults on a college campus? Why would The United Methodist Church send young adults committed to mission to placement sites in the United States, and to college campuses?