Commissional Corner: Prepare to Excel

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How is your semester going? It is our sincerest hope that all DBU students have adjusted well to their new schedules, maintained a productive first couple weeks of classes, and fallen into a comfortable routine. Instead, if you find yourself overwhelmed at the prospect of the countless assignments listed on your syllabi, do not get discouraged. Yes, graduate school entails many assignments, papers, exams, presentations, but through God, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment in prayer to ask the Lord to refresh your spirit and be your strength. Cast all your anxiety on Jesus because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) This semester can be an opportunity for you to improve on what you may have previously struggled with and resolve to do things better. It can provide a chance for you to reset your mindset and plan for success.

Time management is key in college life, especially graduate school. It is important to schedule time to get tasks done and complete assignments early if possible. You cannot know what the future holds, and good planning ensures you will have more time to prioritize the important things in life. How do you stay organized and keep track of deadlines, exams, and bills due? Do you keep a paper calendar or a time-management app on your phone? If studying has become mundane, it may help to find a fresh studying space to re-invigorate yourself. If you have not already developed a system to keep track of readings, assignments, and exams, it might be helpful to implement one. Another tip would be to schedule free/recharge time so that you do not quickly become exhausted and burnt out.

On the other hand, if you are feeling confident in your course workload and want to add another class this fall, Dr. Alexander will be teaching a Fall break mini travel study, MAGL 5336 CT: No Need Among You, October 3-7.

Confident or overwhelmed, remember that the Lord holds you in his hand and is working everything for good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purposes. (Romans 8:28)

Keep persevering! The race is not yet run.

Written by The Graduate School of Ministry

The Graduate School of Ministry provides training for individuals who sense God's call to ministry. The mission of the Graduate School of Ministry integrates foundations of Christian faith and values with professional academic studies.