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Student Blog: The Importance of Community

The Oxford English Dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.”

Before college, I never understood the importance of community — when in reality, I’ve always been a part of it. I had a strong group of Christian friends during high school who I now realize, looking back on it all, was the beginning point of me being part of a genuine community. Then when I started at Southeastern, I had the stereotypical freshman mindset of “I need to meet everyone and do everything possible in order to fit in!” Oh goodness was I wrong. Now as a junior in college, I realize that having that mindset tends to lead you toward feeling overwhelmed and disappointed whenever it seems as if you aren’t fitting in. If I could change something about my past two years at Southeastern, it would be the types of events I was involved in.I would attend more community-focused events and plan more coffee dates at Portico. That’s where real relationships happen. I would attend more community-focused events and plan more coffee dates at Portico. That’s where real relationships happen. Being able to sit down with someone and just listen to their story is probably one of my favorite things to do. Those are the conversations that matter and lead to great things.

I am currently a social work major and am involved in my core classes, which means that my main interaction is with those who are social work majors as well. That is not a negative thing at all; in fact, that is where I have met the most people and formed those connections to meet even more people. This past semester, I have also been attending the IF: College events that we have once a month on campus. It’s a gathering for women with the goal in mind of equipping us to live out our purpose in the fullest way possible. Every time I’ve been to one of the events, I always leave feeling refreshed and encouraged because I am surrounded by girls who desire the same things I do. It’s a time of worship and praise toward our God, something that is a very cherished thing in my life. We clearly fulfill the definition of community while there.

If you’re reading this and you don’t feel as if you have a group of people who you can surround yourself with and who make you feel loved and appreciated, then I encourage you to check out Southeastern and the many opportunities here for developing lifelong friendships. SEU is full of people who would absolutely love to mentor you and help you become involved — it just takes initiative. SEU is full of people who would absolutely love to mentor you and help you become involved — it just takes initiative. Yes, it can be intimidating at first, but I encourage you to still give it a chance! You are in the prime time of your life for discovering new friends, new things about yourself and new passions. It’s my third year of college, and I’m STILL learning more and more every day. When we desire to walk with Christ, meaning we are willing to be open to His plans and the ways that He wants to shape and mold us, we also desire to be around others who are searching for the same things as well — so don’t give up! Make a commitment to enjoy your time in college and the relationships that you will have the chance to form.


Linsey Buchanan

Social Work, Class of 2017
Treasurer for Phi Alpha (Social Work Honors Program)