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Let me start by saying this: there is no where I would have rather spent my college experience than at Taylor University (except maybe Wheaton College, but I didn’t know that existed until I was already at Taylor, so it doesn’t count).
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at a Christian college, and I’ll do everything I can to convince the bank to give me a loan for my kids to do the same if they would like. Taylor University equipped me for the real world in numerous ways (that’s another post for another time). I’ll sing my kids to sleep with “How Firm a Foundation” if that’s what it takes to get them to go to school there. I love that place.
I’m so excited to visit my friends in good ol’ Upland soon, and I thought it’d be fun to reflect on the few things attending a Christian college didn’t teach me as it pertains to the real world.
So, here are five ways Christian college didn’t prepare me for the real world.
In case you didn’t know, dancing leads to sex, and Christian college students shouldn’t be having sex, so therefore, they shouldn’t be dancing.
More and more Christian colleges are getting rid of the “no dancing” rules, which is cool to see, as there are plenty of wholesome forms of dancing that don’t immediately lead to pre-marital pregnancy, but unfortunately, my particular university conveniently outlawed dancing until I was gone.
In all fairness, even if my Christian college would have allowed dancing, I still wouldn’t know how to dance, but that’s not the point, is it?
No. No, it’s not.
If you’re unfamiliar, at many Christian colleges, men and women are only allowed to be in each others’ dorm rooms during certain “open house” hours during the week. At my university, the hours were 7pm-12am on Friday and Saturday nights and 1pm-3pm on Sundays, I think.
Open house hours: because goodness knows nothing good happens at 5pm on a Tuesday evening.
So, if you wanted to watch LOST with your girlfriend, sorry buddy, you’re going to be cuddling up among the canoodling couples in the dorm lobby.
Am I allowed to be in the same room with my wife outside of open house hours? Are our feet allowed to not touch the floor? I feel so guilty…
What’s so great about it? I still don’t understand.
At Christian colleges, the only kind of whine is the kind of whine that accompanies finals week and conversations about the pressure to get married, which leads to number four…
There’s this perception in Christian colleges that when you take a girl (or a guy) on a coffee date, you’re basically dating, perhaps even courting for marriage.
Everyone complains (whines?) about this perception, but the perception exists because its usually true that some sort of DTR (that’s “defining of the relationship” for you
secular heathen college students) is happening over coffee.
The problem is, in the real world, when you ask someone of the opposite sex to get coffee, it doesn’t mean that either party is necessarily interested in the other.
If you don’t understand that nuance, it can get awkward pretty quickly, especially in the business world.
It’s true. “Ring-by-spring” is purely an invention of the Christian college culture. For most people in the real world it’s more like “Ring-by-maybe-like-35-or-something,” so when you inevitably graduate without an engagement ring, you’re not alone, no matter how much it feels like it.
Christian college girls (and guys) it’s totally okay if you aren’t engaged the spring semester of your senior year. You’ll survive, you probably still won’t get a job in your major, and you’ll find plenty of other potential roommates who didn’t have ring-downs either.
We all know you just want to be like the cast of New Girl anyway, so you’ll be fine.
Christian college is awesome.
And Taylor is the best because: