SSU of the Month: Tess

image: Single Sisters in University
Interview Topic: Studying at a Secular School
Ladies, meet Tess, a former SSU who sat down with us to discuss her experience studying at a secular university. Tess holds a degree in Radiology and enjoys watching movies and hanging out with friends

How did you like studying at a secular school?
Studying at a secular school was a good and bad experience at the same time. It was good because I got exposed to different religions, which helped me learn the differences between those religions and Christianity. It was a good experience because I was able to realize how people who do not believe in God need a Savior. On the other side, it was a bad experience because of all the negativity I got to see and endure. Being in a place where people cussed and fought all the time was so terrible.

Why did you opt to study in a secular school as opposed to a Christian one?
I didn’t have a choice. I guess neither parents or I ever thought about “Christian” schools. We weren’t familiar with that type of schools. Back home, we have two options: it’s either public or private school. So when it was time for me to go to college, I had a choice between private or public and it was clear that I was going to public college and I didn’t have any problem with that.

What would you say is one of the biggest challenges in studying at a secular school?
One of the biggest challenges in studying at a secular school is peer pressure. Students can easily be corrupted into doing something that goes against their beliefs which later becomes destructive to their lives.

Generally, there are so many influences in university, how did you stay grounded in the Lord?
To stay grounded in the Lord, I frequently attended church, joined a church small group, and made I spent regular quiet time with God.

Did you have men that tried to seduce you? If yes, how did you resist the temptation?
Yes, there were some men and I knew how to resist them because growing up I was taught by my mom that most men were after only one thing: sex. She also taught me that I will know the right man by his fruits. He will basically be respectful, will put my interests and well being before his own, etc. With that education, I was able to identify those “players” and resist them by staying away from them.

In your school, what was the greatest tactic that Satan used to lead Christian students astray?
I believe the greatest tactic that Satan used to lead Christian students astray was peer pressure. If a Christian student was not well grounded, he/she could easily succumb to temptation. In college, one gets exposed to all new ideas and things (drugs, alcohol, sex, etc) and with no parental influences present, he/she can easily fall.

What is the biggest mistake, in your opinion, that SSU can make while studying at a secular university?
I guess the biggest mistake will be to question their faith and renounce it. As mentioned before, there are so many influences prevailing on campus, and it is important to stay close to God as possible in order not to give the enemy a foothold. When SSU are distracted by friends, school activities, and all, they can easily begin to detach themselves from the Lord and before you know it, they no longer give much importance to their faith.

In these last days we’re living, people are very hardened about the Gospel. What strategies did you use to minister to your friends/classmates?
Today, people don’t want to hear the Word anymore. So the only way I knew to reach out to people was by the way I lived my life. Matthew 5:14, 16 reads “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden… In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” So I always made sure to preach the Word of God through my life and by helping people.

On a last note, what message would you like to address to SSU?
I will say to SSU to keep their eyes on Jesus. Even when your faith is being tried or when you don’t understand what’s happening around you or things don’t make sense, always choose Jesus ’cause He knows better, knows what’s best for you as opposed to your friends or today’s culture.

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