College life can be overwhelming, especially for freshmen and transfer students. Tim Griffin, the dean of students and pastor of Grand Canyon University in Arizona, says students can find a stabilizing benefit in faith.

PHOENIX– The key to a well-rounded college experience is balancing academic pursuits with individual and spiritual growth, according to Grand Canyon University, Arizona’s premier private Christian university. As students look for ways to define and express their spiritual beliefs on campus, GCU offers guidance to help them pursue a greater purpose and reach their full potential.

College students are faced with challenges and countless firsts, including new courses, new surroundings and new freedoms. From attending class and completing assignments to learning to live with new roommates, students find that a campus can be an overwhelming place. “It’s vital for students step away from the spiritual sidelines and get involved with community activities on and off campus,” said Tim Griffin, dean of students and campus pastor at Grand Canyon University.

“After all, college is about more than finding a career path; it’s a time for self-examination as students begin to create their own identity by exploring, experimenting and making decisions along the way. With a variety of life experiences, these young adults are unsure how to nurture their spiritual life on campus.”

To make the most of campus life, students should search out opportunities for self-expression. At GCU, students are invited to attend regular university-wide chapel services, as well as a weekly evening service called The Gathering, which is planned by students, for students. Most college campuses also have active youth organizations that meet regularly to bring together like-minded individuals and provide a positive influence on students’ spiritual journeys.