Hello lovely friends,

I hope you guys are rocking the beginning of a fresh semester!

As I’m writing this, I'm officially back at Biola and starting a new semester. But, something I wanted to touch on was some of my thoughts regarding my first Bible class here at Biola. Growing up I went to public school and I had never taken a bible class before, besides Sunday school ( And I don’t think that counts.). As some of you guys may know at Biola all students get the opportunity to take 30 units of Bible in order to complete your Bible minor required by Biola.

I’m not gonna lie before I started at Biola I was terrified about having to take Bible classes, for some reason they sounded intimidating. If you’re feeling the same way, let me take some of that fear away by sharing part of my experience with you.

  1. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW EVERY FACT ABOUT THE BIBLE.

As I said, I went to a public school and coming to Biola I didn’t have much knowledge about the Bible, but that’s okay. You don’t go to school to learn what you already know, but to learn what you don’t know. I’m so blessed to attend Biola which is ranked among the best Bible schools. How awesome is that?

2. PROFESSORS WANT YOU TO LEARN AND SUCCEED.

At the beginning of the semester I felt like my papers for bible class were not good enough. I wasn’t satisfied with my work. So, I decided to go to my professor's office hours and explained to him the way I was feeling. He read one of my papers in front of me, and once he was done, he turned around and told me, “you’re doing an excellent job.” He also reminded me that if I were ever struggling, he was there to help me. If you ever find yourself struggling with a bible class or any class, don’t be too shy to go up to your professor, they want to help.

3. IT’S OKAY TO MAKE MISTAKES.

I was and still am hard on myself, especially when it comes to academics. There have been so many instances in which I let a grade define me. I’m not trying to say “don’t care about your grades” because They Do Matter, but don’t let a simple mistake define what you can and can’t do. Our God is filled with new mercies every day and his word encourages us to press forward. As Jeremiah 8:4 says, “You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return?”

Hope you find this blog helpful!

Stay warm,

Stephannie