Catholic Things

Things I’m Going to Miss, and Not Miss, About Attending College

Hello.

I know what you may be thinking: “What does going to college have to do with being Catholic?” I know this post ins’t in line with what I normally post. But bear with me.

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During college, I was able to grow in confidence. I became more comfortable in my own skin. I became more “me.” I met my best friends there. I grew in my faith.

The girl that walked onto Murray State University’s campus in August 2014 developed into a far more confident and faith-centered version of herself by the time she walked the stage at graduation this past May.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t have progress to make. Because I do. I’m far from perfect. I readily admit it. I have never been perfect and I won’t be until I get to Heaven.

I still struggle with my prayer life. I struggle to remember God throughout my day. I struggle, like, really struggle, with trusting God. I still want things to go my own way. The way I have things planned.

But my point is:

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And with Murray State’s move in being this upcoming weekend, I thought that I’d look at what I’m going to miss, and not miss, about college.

Here’s what I am going to miss:

  • My friends.
  • Newman House.
  • St. Leo’s.
  • Bonfires.
  • Having a set routine.
  • Bible Studies.
  • Student Mass on Sunday evenings.
  • Being in close proximity to my friends.
  • Everything being within 5 or 10 minutes by car.
  • Spending time with my friends.
  • Late night talks with my roommate.
  • Especially if they got weird.
  • Having a community of fellow Catholic college students around me.
  • Attending Fellowship of Catholic University Student (FOCUS) conferences.
  • Going to movies with friends.
  • Going to the barn with a friend or two.
  • General shenanigans with friends.
  • Favorite professors. *waves*
  • Our campus minister. *waves again*
  • Heck, I might even miss classes.
  • And probably more that I’m not remembering at the moment.

But, as mentioned, there are things I’m not going to miss:

  • Walking across campus in the rain.
  • Or in the snow and ice.
  • Or early in the morning, for that matter (I wasn’t a morning person in college. I’m working on it.)
  • Late nights working on homework or research.
  • The battle for parking spots. If you attended Murray State, or are currently, you understand.
  • Having to dish out money for city stickers and university parking passes. Hey, if it keeps me from getting a ticket, so be it.
  • Constantly stressing about classes. Which has since been replaced with stress about work. Go figure.
  • Having a suitemate who would play music loud enough to hear through the paper thin dorm walls.
  • 8 a.m. classes.
  • And probably more that I’m currently forgetting.

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I’ll miss college and the people I met there. But God is leading me into a new phase of my life. I just have to have the courage to trust Him to lead me to where He needs me to be.

So, until we meet again, I hope your day is good, your week goes well, and that life is happy.

-Victoria

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