“If our priorities shape our practice, then our practice will reveal our priorities. If our practice does not include such elements as an ongoing renewal of the mind through consistent time in Scripture, a commitment to cultivating growing intimacy with God through prayer, and a sensitivity to the opportunities the Lord gives us to love and serve believers and seekers in our arena of influence [in the midst of the university], then our priorities are not in alignment with those of Scripture.” (Ken Boa, Conformed to His Image, 2001)
Ten Great Reasons Why Be Involved with GradCru
- Build close friendships. (Overcome isolation and loneliness which significantly affects most grad students–maybe you too!)
- Put balance in life. (Don’t sacrifice everything in life on the altar of academic success.)
- Deepen your understanding of the Bible and Christianity.
- Mature in your faith and walk authentically with God.
- Be discipled (spiritually mentored).
- Become equipped to communicate effectively the gospel and disciple others.
- Minister internationally.
- Integrate your faith and academics.
- Refine your life purpose.
- Network past grad school.
A Personal Story
My first year of graduate school was one of the toughest of my life. I suddenly was in a program with some of the smartest people in the world, and I struggled with mastering skills and concepts quickly, producing new knowledge, and developing my research agenda. Although I had always been considered a high achiever, I was suddenly not the brightest star in the sky, and I found myself questioning my identity and significance. Moreover, being in a new place far from my family and friends and lacking the time to search for new friends left me feeling lonely and without support. Joining a GradCru Bible Study group during this first year was both sustaining and life-changing! Each week I found God transforming my mind through the texts that we studied, and I formed lasting and authentic friendships with the women in my group. Ultimately, God taught me that he will always provide for all my needs in his own way and timing and that I must view myself and my situation through a biblical lens. (Brooklyn, Ph.D. in Political Science)