In the coming weeks, millions of students across the world will be going to university for the first time. 18-year-old Laura is one of them. She’ll be studying psychology in a university in Brazil. She shared her reflections:
I’m going to start university this month. Even though I’ve known since February, I’m still anxious about it. The feeling of leaving my comfort zone in a school where I studied for years with the same friends, and walking into a whole new environment is what makes me anxious. Will I be able to make new friends? Are the classes as hard as everybody’s told me? Will people discriminate against me because I’m a Christian? Those are only a few of my worries concerning university. Big changes generate big fears.
But it’s also a new opportunity to grow. I want to make new friends. I want to be intellectually challenged. I want to make a difference in my university for Christ. I want to learn more about the political ideologies of my classmates in order to help the ones who have not yet come to Christ. University is a space where God will grow me. Even if I might feel frightened, I know I don’t need to be afraid because He is with me.
This week, please pray with us for Laura and other students starting university for the first time:
- Pray for ABUB Brazil to be great at welcoming new students like Laura, helping them to settle in good local churches and find the fellowship and support they need to flourish in their Christian faith.
- Pray that students would not get stuck in a Christian bubble, but would get involved in university life and would be active in sharing their faith with friends from the start.
- Pray for opportunities during orientation weeks to reach out non-Christian students.
Thanks for praying with us!