Graduate school often is isolating and lonely. When you connect with other grad students who are facing many of the same challenges academically and in life, you are in an environment for being built up and strengthened in your life and faith. By choosing to get involved with GradCru, you are choosing to fight isolation and loneliness and make your faith in Christ a priority in your life.
It’s been said, “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)
Here are ten great reasons why to get involved with GradCru. There are more, but these should give you reasons enough to consider getting involved.
- Overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness by building close (often lifelong) friendships.
- Put balance in life by connecting with other grad students from across campus.
- Investigate the Bible and Christianity further.
- Grow and mature in your faith as you learn how to live an authentic Christian life.
- Be spiritually mentored/discipled individually.
- Learn to integrate your faith and academics.
- Become equipped to communicate the Gospel and spiritually mentor/disciple others.
- Refine your life purpose.
- Minister internationally.
- 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)