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The Culture of the Student by Travis Evans
February 25, 2009, 1:51 pm
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By: Travis Evans

Why do we go to college? Why are we students? During the “education years”, one lives in a world, in a culture, known as “the student.”

Most students don’t get excited about studying. I know I never did. It’s a daunting task between me and what I want (a good grade on the test). That’s part of the problem. Instead of viewing studying as a process; it is seen as an isolated thing to do on occasion.

Properly Understand the Culture
The culture of the student is one of continual learning. In order to properly shape the minds of students, teachers assign tasks and tests requiring the student to study and familiarize themselves with the subject.

We are all familiar with this concept and this culture, that of the student. However, do we process the way we are supposed to study? Do we consider the effect that it should have on us? Do we go about it rightly? Do we make it our idol?

Identifying with the Culture as a Man
As a student, and as a male, we are to identify with this culture in a unique way: Processing and Provision. We are to understand the world around us so that we can process problems and dilemmas and create solutions and strategies. Ultimately, these effects from education and studying will manifest themselves in leadership. Problem solving is a good trait for a leader. Then, we are able to provide. Provide for our families with a good job. Provide help and counsel to others. God uses studying for our good and for His glory.

Identifying with the Culture as a Christian
Without having Christ as our treasure, we fail at studying. Sure one can obtain “all wisdom” and become educated in all of academia without God, but what have they really obtained? We cannot know the truth or how to communicate it without God. We cannot really lead or help anyone. The awful reality is that studying does not save the soul. We are sinners. Because we idolize school, knowledge, and wisdom or because we are lazy and don’t do what is asked of us, this reveals our evil nature. We’ve sinned against a holy God who must punish sin. We deserve His wrath. We need a Savior. If we then believe in Christ, we do all things in light of what Christ has done for us. Studying becomes a delight. Be diligent in your studies. There’s practical wisdom in it, and it’s not just during college.

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4)

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