Your Purpose at University (part 2)

Your number one purpose at university is to get that degree! If you fail at that, it doesn't really matter what else you have achieved, as those things all could have been done without shelling out thousands of pounds or dollars a year in fees alone for the privilege.

We looked at the first reason "1.    It is what you (or your parents) are paying for, and you should respect that" in an earlier post.

In this post, we look at the other 2 good reasons:
2.     It is a much better testimony to non-Christians when you are successful than if you are failing
3.     It will stand you in good stead to get a good job (whether in marketplace or missions), or go on to further study

It is a much better testimony to non-Christians when you are successful than if you are failing

"What about evangelism?" I hear you ask. Evangelism is important. It will always be important whether or not you are at university. The Smart Student knows how to be a successful witness AND pass their degree (and pass it with flying colours). In any case, you are a much more credible testimony of the grace of God on your life when you are putting into practice diligence and hard work, demonstrating your ability to prioritise and understanding that you are at university for a purpose.

It will stand you in good stead to get a good job (whether in marketplace or missions), or go on to further study

If you are in, or approaching your final year and have begun looking for employment, you will see all the more, that this is important. Your degree classification not only tells the world how smart you are, it shows that you know what is important, and you take your future seriously.

"Well, I am going to be a missionary anyway so what I get in my degree doesn't matter"… some of you may say. I beg to differ. Many noble Christian students have gone on to be missionaries. Many have gone to the mission field with their heads held high as possessors of higher degrees in various disciplines. Unfortunately, there are a few too many who have gone having failed at university, having fallen short of God’s best for them. Not only does that affect their confidence, it affects their ability to witness. Is it really ok to say, once you have you failed your degree, that God will now accept you as a missionary? Exactly the same qualities are needed to gain a qualification that are needed to do God’s work. The Lord isn't interested in less than your best. He doesn't want to be your second choice.

So does that mean that I have to spend all my time in my books and ignore God’s work? No. To paraphrase the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, you should have done the latter without leaving the former undone. To learn more about how to prioritise your time as a student click here.

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  1. I just want to say "Thank You!", I graduated recently from the university of Cambridge with a First Class in PPE, without your guidance, this would have been practically difficult. My little community in Uganda welcomed me home with a huge cultural celebration. Love xxx

  2. Gregory, Warwick University04 October, 2013

    I'm just loving this!

  3. Reuben again!09 October, 2013

    Lovely page.

  4. Encouraging, thanks.

  5. Zila, Leicester.15 October, 2013

    My purpose at university and in life is now very clear, my parents are very happy too, you have been of great assistance, TSS. Please visit us again.

  6. Andrew, India16 October, 2013

    I'm proud to be on the mission field with my 2:1, thanks

  7. Hannah, Sydney, Australia18 October, 2013

    This really proves that student life and God can work. Thanks for the TSS downloadable stuff, they helped me plan my year.

  8. Daniel Stanton, Mozambique20 October, 2013

    Yeh, unclear goals and objectives can often lead us astray. Thanks I'm back on track.

  9. Alex Murray, Capetown, SA22 October, 2013

    Hurray! Someone really cares.

  10. Alex, Nottingham22 October, 2013

    Just want to say course fees are too high these day, no one deserves to fail at university, I am struggling with combining my workload and commitment to the Christian union. Please pray for me

  11. Calvin, Yale, USA22 October, 2013

    Calvin loves, please visit us at Yale whenever.

  12. Jacqueline, Paris24 October, 2013

    I'm spending my gap year on the missions field so I can give my studies full attention when I return. I hope this is a good strategy for a slightly weak student like me? Love U

  13. Zach, New York, New York28 October, 2013

    Lovely notes

  14. Theresa, Oxford30 October, 2013

    Special thanks to you, I am an international Christian student, I love these tips

  15. A grieved student.11 November, 2013

    Some of us spend a lot more than £9000 a year, in fact, 5 to 6 figures a year in US dollars, just wondering why the cost of getting a degree has soared in recent years - sorry to deviate slightly from the purpose of your article.

  16. Jay Mortimer, Stockholm, Sweden.17 November, 2013

    Nice and easy guide notes.

  17. Amy Botes, LA, USA20 November, 2013


  18. Blessings are yours and ten thousands besides, xx

  19. Helen, Singapore27 December, 2013

    At home enjoying Christmas and working on my thesis. Have a wonderful holiday, staff!

  20. Carmela, Athens12 January, 2014

    Helpful notes.

  21. Nina, Cairo, Egypt18 February, 2014

    Hello, how do I join thesmartstudent club?

  22. Abigail Tyler09 March, 2014

    I need a job, please help.

  23. Anonymous07 June, 2014

    Am I still a smart student? got drunk to my bones last night at a very famous London night club.

  24. Reuben, Edinburgh University.31 July, 2014

    Graduation ceremony was about 4 weeks ago. I appreciate the support you gave me over the years. ' smiling all the way to my new job in a well known bank in New York

  25. Reuben, Edinburgh University.27 August, 2014

    Best of wishes to my friends on internship this summer. Work very hard to earn your job placement after graduation. Employers are now very savvy and only like to retain the best.

  26. Patrick Nelson, London, UK21 October, 2014

    Just joined at Imperial College. I love

  27. Merry Christmas, going home to see my family. love y'all.

  28. Patrick Nelson, London, UK12 February, 2015

    Hello again,

  29. Heida Stromberg, Paris.26 May, 2015

    Good Advice!