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    Don't Play the Perfect Game

    You're bound to fall short now and then. Sometimes you'll miss an appointment, let down a friend, or have to settle for a C. It's not the end of the world. Do your best and let God take care of the rest.

    If you really want to [get] the full personal benefit from your community service, don't talk about it much. Don't gripe to your friends about the time commitment, don't work your generosity into conversations. … When you volunteer quietly you are purifying your motivations … and solidifying your core values. —from How to Win at College

    9 Ways to Get the Most of College

    1) Find a few close friends. Don't try to be everybody's friend. You'll stress out trying. Get to know some of the people on your floor at first, then build slowly from there.

    2) Participate in class. To get the most out your classes, raise your hand and take part in discussions. This is no time to sit at the back of the room and be shy.

    3) Get off campus. Help coach a kids' soccer team, volunteer at a soup kitchen, get active in a church. Do what you can to get to know the world beyond the classroom and dorm.

    4) Stay balanced. Get involved, but not too involved. Learn to say no and plan time to relax and have fun.

    5) Sleep in. Not all the time. But just be sure you're getting enough sleep.

    6) Try something new. You'll never know if you like something until you've tried it. So join a club you've always wanted to try, learn to swim, keep a journal for the first time. You might have fun and you're sure to stretch yourself.

    7) Don't get behind. College homework can pile up fast, so don't let it. Plan ahead. Study between classes. Use your study time wisely.

    8) Keep in touch with home. Staying connected with family and friends back home will help ease your adjustment to college.

    9) Stay close to God. Pray, have devotions, worship with fellow believers, join a Bible study, serve others, and find wise Christian counsel when you need it. Your college experience will be more meaningful and fulfilling if you dedicate each day to God.

    Do This Before You Leave

    • Say goodbye. Have goodbye visits with best friends, grandparents and others you're close to.
    • Write thank-you notes to your youth pastor or another adult who helped you through your high school years.
    • Say "I'm sorry." Don't leave without taking care of any needed apologies.
    • Do something nice for your little brothers and sisters.
    • Say "I love you" to Mom and Dad.

    Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. —Proverbs 3:5-6, The Message

    Help with Research Bibliographies

    Calvin College offers a free online service that puts term and research paper bibliography information in the correct style. Saving students tons of time in creating complex bibliographic notes, knightcite.com was built by Calvin student Justin Searls. This helpful online tool offers these three style choices: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) and Chicago Manual of Style.

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