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Note: I wrote this blog post directed specifically towards college students on Livingston dorm in Huntington University. However, anyone can apply it to “surviving” life in general.

“I’m gathering specialists for a mission. It’s not going to be easy: the chances for survival are slim.” – Commander Shepard in Mass Effect 2 after being resurrected by the Lazarus Project

“As students across the country prepare to start their freshman year of college, more than 40% of them will not graduate within 6 years.” – American Institutes for Research

“Jesus went up on a mountainside. He called for certain people to come to him, and they came. He appointed 12 of them and called them apostles. From that time on they would be with him. He would also send them out to preach.” – Mark 3:13-14 (NIrV)

 If you have not figured it out by now: college is hard. Yes, college is a blast, but it is also tough. That is because half of Huntington University‘s mission is to push you to develop at least one of your natural talents into a “specialty.”

 Throughout my 4 years on this floor, I’ve seen some of the guys on Livingston 3rd not survive this pressure: they transfer or drop out of HU. Some drop out because of lack of preparedness or money or just because they live in room 306. Most drop out because of one reason: they do not get connected with the other specialists on campus. They struggle on their own and their college careers end up like Commander Shepard in the beginning of Mass Effect 2, who died trying to single-handedly save everyone on his ship from the Collectors.

Instead of following Shepard’s above example, let’s follow Jesus’ example. Jesus knew that he was on a tough mission. So what is one of the first things he does? He gets together a group of diverse friends that he can rely on when things are not going too well: the 12 disciples. In turn, we should get to know others on all of campus. The easiest way to do this is to get to know those on this floor, in your classes, and in other activities. Do not just get to know those in just one of those groups: that soon becomes a “clique” and some of the sports teams have done in the past. Instead, get to know many different kinds of specialists on campus, so that your chances of thriving in college are the complete opposite of slim.

Mass Effect 2:
PC, XBox 360, PS3
Genre: Role-Playing Game (almost a Third-Person Shooter)
Rating: Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
Note: I have only played the PC and X-Box 360 versions.
My Rating: Overall: 5 / 5
Gameplay: 5 / 5 Story: 5 / 5 Graphics and Sound: 5 / 5 Controls: 5 / 5 Christian Values: 4 / 5