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How the Gospel Changes the Way We Approach Our Schoolwork

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I sit down at my computer once again. My fingers touch the keys. My thoughts wander. I have to write yet another paper but feel pulled toward so many other things at this moment. Why am I even in school? What about all the other things I wish to do? Does it really matter how well I complete my schoolwork? Being in college has often landed me in this situation, and I’m sure I’m not alone. What...

Advice for High School Seniors Making Big Plans for the Future

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High school senior year might be considered the climax of adolescence. We’re teenagers, and we’re used to that now. But at this unique time in our lives, we can see a new stage of life coming at full speed: adulthood. Maybe we have a fuzzy idea of what we want the next parts of our journeys to look like, but we wonder, Am I ready for this? In addition to practical questions about colleges and...

5 Tips for the College Student: Lessons From My First Semester

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I’m halfway through my first semester of college now, which is really hard to believe. It’s been a rollercoaster, but it’s been teaching me a lot, and I want to share some of that with you. It’s Okay to Change Your Major When I came to college I had everything planned out—my major, whether or not I wanted to go to graduate school, and my career. Then I got to school. It was only about two weeks...

Make This School Year Different: 5 Week Back to School Challenge With The Rebelution

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Like a throwback to New Year’s, back to school season is a time of making new goals and resolutions. This school year…I’m going to wake up earlier. This school year…I’m not going to wait until the night before exams to study. This school year…I’m going to witness to my classmates and be a light for Jesus! Sound familiar? There’s something about the beginning of a new school year that feels like a...

To The 2021 Graduate (a poem)

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it’s going to take courage to step into this new day— don’t forget, take one step at a time. you’re on the verge of life left to be lived. as the page turns to the next chapter, chase after your dreams— run. but never stop chasing after your Savior. this is both the beginning and the end— oh, how far you’ve come. don’t forget, the rest of this journey won’t be easy. but you’re no stranger to...

Advice and Encouragement for New Grads From the Reb Team

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Graduation is a time of paradox. Beginnings and endings blend together as one life season merges into the next. Plans and dreams jumble together with uncertainty and fear. It’s saying hello to the future as we wave goodbye to the past. And honestly? As exciting as graduation is, it can also feel terrifying. Leaving the security of twelve years of grade school, always knowing vaguely what the next...

Preparing for College Starts Now–5 Ways To Grow Stronger Before College

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I’ll be at college in four months, give or take a few days. That’s utterly insane to me. It feels like just yesterday I was a middle schooler, totally in awe of the kids who were going to college. I mean, can you imagine being that old and independent? Taking on the world by yourself? I couldn’t wait till I was all grown up like them. Well, here I am, realizing that they weren’t anywhere near as...

The 6 Things You Need to Work Productively

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This a weird time, isn’t it? A huge percentage of people are working from home, able to meet anyone they want virtually and study online. While we may be free to study intensely and get all our work done in a few hours to free up time for other activities, very few of us feel dedicated enough to actually accomplish anything. I can relate to this struggle. For the past several years, I have been...

Staying Productive in a COVID-Disrupted World

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Humans crave routine. Much of this routine is provided by our schoolwork, extracurriculars, jobs, and church activities. We have to wake up, shower, eat, attend class, and clock in at a certain time. But, these days, our routines and habits have been disrupted by COVID. Even as the world slowly reopens, most of us will still be spending more time at home than normal. While the increased...

What If Sickness Keeps Me From Graduating?

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It was four years ago, around this time of year. The flat was silent, empty. I had just arrived home from university. I didn’t even take my coat off. I just dropped my backpack, sank down on the floor, and cried my eyes out. It would be two more years before the doctors worked it out, and by that time I was resigned to how my life was changing–how it would have to change if my...

rebelling against low expectations

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