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August 30, 2012

Confuse a Freshman= Priceless

By: 
Audrey Puah

I don't know what I expected when Kaben waltzed into my freshman dorm room.   

It was my first week of college, and my roommate and I were sitting in our dorm room doing nothing in particular. Kaben and his friend TJ were saying hi to their sophomore friends who lived down the hall from us.

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August 29, 2012

Learning To Drive Your Faith on Your Own

By: 
Rod Pauls

I remember when I first went to college. My parents and I loaded up our car with all of my earthly possessions and we made the two-and-a half-hour trek to my college campus. My parents took me to my dorm, helped me unload my stuff, took me out to dinner, and then said a tearful good-bye. 

I remember being excited to experience everything that

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August 28, 2012

Who Will You Be?

By: 
Patrick Langan

Remember the old board game called Life? College can feel a lot like that old board game.

Sometimes it feels like your whole life stands or falls on what major you decide on or what career path you commit to. Choose well, get the right grades, and do well at the interview, so you’ll land the job of your dreams.

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August 27, 2012

The First Week: More Important than Finals

By: 
Steve Wimmer

Freshmen: calm down, you don’t need to bring your text books to class.

You might expect the first week to be challenging and filled with assignments, but returning students know that it generally means getting a syllabus and leaving class after ten minutes.

Occasionally, learning happens, but more frequently the

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August 24, 2012

Growing Up Latino in the United States (Borderlands pt. 2)

By: 
Noemi Vega

This summer, seventeen InterVarsity staff and students took part in Borderlands, a special track of the Los Angeles Urban Project. They spent time in Tijuana, San Diego, and Fresno to learn more about the issue of immigration and to understand the issue through a Christian lens.  While at the border, they partnered with staff and students from Compa (the International Fellowship of Evangelical Student movement in

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August 23, 2012

Sometimes, Tough Love is Needed

By: 
Ryan Sutton

When you write a letter to someone, what is the last thing you say?

Sometimes, we save the most important pieces of information for last: the best thing that has been going on lately, that ‘big news’, or the most critical thing that you want your reader to remember.

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August 22, 2012

How to Disagree Without Dishonoring God

By: 
Patrick Langan

There is such a thing as healthy, mature disagreement. I know there is. I have seen it a few times in my life and it is a beautiful thing.

Unfortunately, it is not that common.

I have seen the opposite—the passive aggressiveness, the gossiping, the judgmental assumptions, the divisive

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August 21, 2012

The Hope of Epic Failure

By: 
Matthew W. Meyer

Each summer we partner with the Bosnian IFES movement (EUS) and send a team to Bosnia—to teach English to Bosnian college students and to share our lives and faith.

In a country that is beautiful, broken, overlooked, under-served, and where there are very few genuine followers of Jesus, we pray that our partnership with EUS will lead to the gospel

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August 16, 2012

The One Thing I Learned Last Year

By: 
Angie Giancola

Each morning, I find myself thinking: Less than two weeks? Less than two weeks! 

In less than two weeks, I’ll be back at school preparing for my senior year of college. Part of me feels like summer just started, but then part of me has been pining to get back to campus for months.

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August 15, 2012

My Borderlands Experience

By: 
Alejandra Ortiz Chacón

This summer, seventeen InterVarsity staff and students took part in Borderlands, a special track of the Los Angeles Urban Project. They spent time in Tijuana, San Diego, and Fresno to learn more about the issue of immigration and to understand the issue through a Christian lens.  

While at the border, they partnered with staff and students from

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