By Boise Bible College Admissions Office
Many students attend college with set expectations and attending Bible college is no different. Some of us in the admissions office attended a Bible college, either at an undergraduate level and/or a graduate level. So, with Bible college in our DNA, we’re here to give students insight on our experiences.
While each college is different and uncertainty can only vanish so much prior to arrival, it’s vital for students to gain a clearer picture of their new adventure. Lastly, it’s important to note that attending a Bible college breaks the pre-existing mold of “the college experience” we’ve been told our entire lives.
With that in mind, let’s dig deeper:
SEPARATE WOMENS & MENS DORMS
Most Christian and Bible colleges separate the men and women dorm rooms (for obvious reasons). Generally, this is no surprise when stepping foot onto campus. However, some colleges do have open dorm hours for men to go into the women’s dorm and vice versa. For Boise Bible College, the only open dorm hours happen around Christmas time for the dorm decorating contest.
QUOTING OF VEGGIE TALES, CAMP SONGS, OR OTHER “CHRISTIANESE”
Many students who attend a faith-based schools usually come from a Christian home. So, quotes from Christian pop culture or popular Christian words known as “Christianese” run rampant on campus. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there are students who did not grow up around this niche community and may feel excluded.
NO DRINKING OR SMOKING
Legally, underage drinking is frowned upon, and most places are a smoke/tobacco free zone these days. Most Bible and Christian colleges desire for students to grow in their faith and ministry skills, so the removal of these products for a time being means removing a stumbling block.
At Boise Bible College all the staff, faculty, and students strive to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God as we exhibit a posture of service, submission, and sacrifice. This aligns with our Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Statement of Faith which can be viewed on our website.
OTHER BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENTS AREN’T ALWAYS NICE
We’re all part of a broken world learning how to become whole again in Jesus. So, coming with the expectation that EVERYONE is generous, kind, and runs through the field singing “the hills are alive” is unrealistic. Of course, being followers of Jesus, we hope that students exhibit characteristics of love and servanthood. That being said, we’re proud that many students show these in their everyday lives.
CHAPEL ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED
For students at BBC, chapel is mandatory if you’re full-time (12+ credits). Chapel happens every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30am and usually, there’s worship and a message. Typically, students or a guest lead worship or a guest worship team from a surrounding church. The speakers range from graduating student to alumni to guest speakers from other churches.
However, if you miss chapel, you can fill out a chapel make up form after listening the message either on the Messages at BBC Podcast or website.
BIBLE COLLEGE ISN’T AN EXTENSION OF SUMMER CAMP OR SUNDAY SCHOOL
Some students coming to a Bible college or Christian college are surprised by the rigorous academics. While the student life department hosts many fun events and sometimes there’s spontaneous worship nights, assignments and tests are real. Here at BBC, we hold students to a high standard because we’re teaching students how to think critically and handle the Word of God in their ever day lives and ministries.
RING BY SPRING – DOESN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN NOR SHOULD IT
Many young women and men attend Bible college with the expectation that they’ll find “the one” and get married quickly. However, sometimes this doesn’t happen or it does happen, but too quickly. It’s okay to wait. Take it slow and don’t rush into marriage. Go on real dates – don’t do the “let’s get coffee” thing. Lastly, the first person you go on a date with doesn’t need to be your spouse.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Students, most likely, you’re coming from a church or faith community where the attendees generally hold the same beliefs. However, now, you’re stepping into a place where people are coming from many different churches or backgrounds with new ideas and experiences, which will challenge some of your assumptions and beliefs. However, as one of our values say, “We’re not the only Christians, just Christians only”. With humility, we must learn from each other and discuss topics with an open mind.
At the end of the day, students, you’ll be just fine. You won’t’ have it all together in college or maybe not even out of college. If you get a “C” or want to break up with your boyfriend/girlfriend, it won’t be the end of the world. Bible college is intended to help you grow professionally, emotionally, and spiritually in order to help you run the race to the very end. The skills learned along the way will help in any endeavor. In the midst of this transition, you must remember your goals. Remember the “why” you decided to attend Bible college, and at the end it’ll all be worth it.