Epic Commission is a program that will radically change your life for the better! It is, however, a brand new season for everyone which can be a little intimidating, so here are some tips that I learned last year to help everyone better prepare for this upcoming year:
1. Do NOT pack everything you own
Yes, I understand that you want to bring every article of clothing you own because you just don’t know what items you will need and not need, but understand that you are moving into a room that you are now SHARING! Thats right, sharing is caring, so keep in mind that you are now sharing everything in one room with another person. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your roommates and see who can bring different items such as TVs, movies, video games, blankets, etc.
2. Invest in your roommates’ lives
Your roommates will be the people you live with for 9 months out of the year, so grow close to them. There is a reason Pastors Eric and Erica felt like EC would thrive as a program that you don’t commute to, and that is to strengthen brotherhood and sisterhood. Invest in their lives, take interest in their interests, surprise them with small things that they enjoy, become friends with all of them. Be intentional with the time you spend with them too, put the phone down, do something they enjoy, put them first and so on and so forth. It all comes down to treat others how you want to be treated, so treat your roommates like you would want to be treated. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)- As Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another.
3. Name brand isn’t everything
I learned this quickly last year, that off-brand food tastes just as good as name brand sometimes for around half the price! Pastry Treats from Aldi tastes just as good as Pop Tarts from Meijer. Don’t be afraid to go for that off brand mac and cheese for 45 cents or the bread that is 25 cents a loaf at Aldi, it all is the same, just without the brand name. With living on your own, budgeting your money becomes important and food is mega expensive so don’t be afraid to go off-brand, shop the sales, and heck even become an extreme couponer, whatever works for you to help you save some money.
4. Have fun
Yep, I’m being cliche. EC is an amazing program that helps you grow and stretch in ways that you didn’t even know you could. You will add on a lot more responsibilities that you think you can handle, but it is ok because God has His hand on it, and He graced you to be in this season. So in the midst of the classes and other responsibilities remember to cut loose and have fun. It reminds me of the scene in “The Sandlot” where the mother tells her son to climb trees, jump fences and scrape his knees. You don’t have to do that stuff, but have fun. Partake in the late night Taco Bell and Sweetwater runs, go out and try something you haven’t done before, experience open hours, don’t get so bogged down in the details that you forget to have fun.
Incoming 2nd Year Student