College has always been the time in people’s lives when we learn to find ourselves. Unfortunately, it often ends in people losing themselves in the ways of the world instead.
In 2007, the Social Science Research Council, sociologists Mark D. Regnerus and Jeremy E. Uecker reported on religious belief and disbelief among young adults.
According to the data collected by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, 64 percent of young people who enter college with a faith or religion leave college not attending church anymore, and 13 percent lose their faith or religious affiliation altogether.
Faith makes a huge difference in one’s life. It is the basis for everything we do; everything we believe.
With many colleges encouraging students to be liberal, many students begin to disagree with the beliefs of Christianity and what it says in the Bible.
As students of Vanguard, we aim to defy that statistic. Rather than leaving church or God, students earnestly seek Him in all they do. Attending a school where God is prioritized in our college education makes all the difference.
Our faith is active everywhere on campus: You can see it on Facebook when people talk about being excited for church, or if you go to Shine on a Wednesday night you see and hear the cries of God’s people as they lift up their worship to Him. You will see it at any given time of the day when someone reads their Bible during their free time on campus.
Over all, students at Vanguard embrace the Christian aspect of the school and use it to help further their walks with God.
Because we are in college, we still face the same temptations one would at a secular school like sex, drinking, and cursing. As always, it is up to us to either turn away or give in to that temptation.
Statistics can say all that they want about college students and their lack of faith, but it’s safe to say that here at Vanguard we defy those statistics and are proof to society that it is very possible to maintain and even strengthen your faith while in college.
It’s so important to have a strong connection with God during this time in our lives and it is such a blessing that we are at a school that encourages us to pursue it.
When we leave Vanguard and head off to do whatever God has planned for our lives, we leave prepared for life in more ways than a secular school could have ever done. We leave college not only equipped with the knowledge to succeed, but the weapons to keep fighting in this world because we are equipped with our faith in The Lord.