Let all things be done decently and in order. –I Corinthians 14:40
Though success in college is sometimes attributed to charisma or talent, those things will always fail if they are not backed up by a life of character. I can distinctly remember people who were more apt to succeed than I that failed their classes, disobeyed the rules, or even quit college altogether—all because they failed to form good habits.
The word habit is defined as “a usual way of behaving, the effect of custom or frequent repetition.” Good habits are not formed overnight; they are a result of conscious effort over time. Bible college is not as difficult as it may seem if one will take the time to develop and ensure that good habits are formed. Here are a few simple habits that I found helpful in my college career:
- Attend every class—Do not let petty excuses hinder you from getting the most out of your education. You paid for that class, and you should allow God every opportunity to work in your heart.
- Take detailed class notes—Taking copies notes will benefit you not only on a short-term basis for quizzes and tests but also on a long-term basis, as it will serve as a practical reference tool even after your college career.
- Keep a calendar of due dates—Use a calendar to mark down every due date for assignments and examinations. Then, work systematically to accomplish those tasks on time. You can avoid procrastination by merely being aware of your timetable.
- Never turn in an assignment late—If you effectively use your assignment calendar, you should be able to work ahead to complete all of your assignments on time or early. This assures you the best chance of doing well and passing your classes.
- Study, study, study—It is easy to feel overloaded with information, so work a little at a time, one day at a time. Making an effort to study each of your classes’ notes regularly eliminates the need to “cram” the night before a test or quiz.
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Having grown up in a wonderful Christian home, Brother Reimers was saved at an early age. After high school, he moved from Meriden, Connecticut, to attend Golden State Baptist College in 2009. Following graduation, he married his wife Joy and joined the church staff as Director of North Valley Publications and the Sunday School.