Relationships in College


There are so many types of relationships that can begin, end, or continue to thrive as you enter into this new season of life called college. With this comes a mixture of emotions. Fear and excitement are the two that come to mind for me.

Fear of the unknown:

  • Will I make new friends?
  • Will the friendships I had in high school disappear?
  • How will I find my place?
  • What about my family, will I get homesick?

Excitement for what’s in store:

  • I’ve always wanted to try [insert here what you’ve always wanted to try],
  • I could totally check that out!
  • Freedom…the first glimpse of adulthood!
  • What if I meet “the one”?

There are so many conflicting emotions you could feel as you begin your college career, but praise God we serve the One who is never changing. In the midst of those changing emotions, God is unchanging.

In Malachi 3:6 it says, “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

What a sweet reminder! Because we serve an unchanging God, we don’t have to be consumed by worry or fear or anxiety. We can trust that He will be the one constant in our lives even when it seems like everything else is changing. Though your relationship with your family may be changing or your friendships from high school may be changing, the most important relationship to maintain is your relationship with Jesus Christ.

College is a turning point in many students’ lives. You can choose to continue your relationship with Christ- becoming involved in a church, Christian organizations, and surrounding yourself with a community of Christian friends- or you can choose to turn away from it. I highly encourage you to choose to continue and deepen your relationship with Christ. Or even start a relationship! You won’t regret it. I chose to deepen my relationship with Christ and it has changed my life in so many ways. The Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) has played a huge part in that change. At the BSM, I found bible studies that challenged my faith, people who became my good friends and community, and a place that I could call my home away from home.


Written by Elizabeth, a student at Texas Women's University.

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