by Korinne Pina
“Why are you going to college at this stage of the game?” Perhaps you’ve been asked this question a time or two since you’ve made the decision to go to college. You may have even asked it of yourself. But as intimidating as this question may seem to most, with a change of perspective based on God’s truth, it doesn’t have to be intimidating in the least.
Life takes us in various directions that lead us to accomplish different things at different times. Some believe that if a person doesn’t accomplish a goal during what they deem to be the appropriate time to do it, that it is pointless, will not yield the results it otherwise would have, or that it is simply too late.
But they are wrong! It is never too late to pursue your goals and live as God intended!
Ephesians 5:15-17 tells us, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
We must learn to recognize God’s perfect timing in our lives. Whether we’re faced with having squandered time or just took an alternate route, going to college can be done at every age and stage of life -- especially when going to school online!
In order to be successful in online learning at any stage, you must know your academic strengths and weaknesses and adjust your strategy accordingly. Keep in mind that time away from school will not cause old habits to recede or new improvements to arise simply because you’re at a different point in your life. No matter what stage of life you’re in, ultimately, it’s still you.
Don’t simply begin the new semester. Review course guides for prospective classes prior to registering for them so you’re prepared for the course load ahead of time. Discuss with your family and employer what level of expectation they anticipate for the upcoming months. Use this information to gauge the demand on your time, then plan your class schedule accordingly. Identify and openly communicate to your professor any areas with which you need extra help. Is it time management, reading comprehension, test anxiety? It’s considered bad form to wait until after you’ve missed a deadline or received a low grade to explain your struggle. Take initiative as early as possible by seeking extra help from your professor, and take advantage of www.tutor.com and the www.onlinewritingcenter.com , which are free to Liberty students!
Remember, God is the time keeper, not the world! So be a good manager of the precious gift of time that God has given and work to the best of your ability! How is this accomplished?
By finding acceptance in God’s timing and redirecting your attention to the tasks in front of you!
Philippians 3:13-14 says it best!"[...] forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."