Going Away to College?

[Written Especially for Young People]

During the month of September many eager-faced, expectant young men and women set forth for college. With them is the thought that education is the key to opportunity and material success. That was the thought which was stressed to the writer when he started for college, and the new experience was considered by him as a steppingstone to the attainment of the things which he desired. Probably other students also are entering our halls of learning impelled mainly by thoughts of self, and seeking material gains.

But what does a college education hold for a student of Christian Science? It offers intellectual and cultural improvement; and with its broad curriculum, its many socialized activities, its challenging problems, it also gives the young Christian Scientist the opportunity to use and to prove the Science of Mind, which knows only perfection, which reveals values which are absolute, and standards which will guide him safely and surely in his endeavors. Because of his understanding of Christian Science he will not be deceived by human systems of thought, while yet recognizing the present usefulness of many courses of study. Thus, Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 95), "We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality."

Some young people who go away to college are leaving home for the first time, and this may be their first experience in making important decisions for themselves. When such a one contrasts the picture of his senior year in high school with his first experience on the college campus, he may foresee a variety of problems. In this new environment the student is just a freshman on a campus where there may be several thousand students. Seemingly, he is alone and must select his course and become acquainted with instructors; he must choose his friends; he may be invited to join clubs and a fraternity; and he may even have to find employment. To material sense, the need of adjustment is great.

Be Still
September 5, 1936

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