Well, its official. College is back in session. Some have been in this game for a while, there are some just venturing off into this new world. When we are in college, as many of you might know, we tend to struggle, more often than not. We struggle academically, financially, and even spiritually. Even though it is hard for some of us to admit, we sometimes struggle with all three at the same time. For that reason alone, it is imperative that we receive the motivation and support that we can get. Some students in college have the support of their parents, while some rely on the love and support from close relatives. If you have a family member or a loved one who is in college here are 5 ways you can help them with their studies and in their everyday lives.

1. Pray

Praying for college students can be one of the greatest things you can do for them. Many times, we struggle and go through battles that we might not speak of because we think we're grown, can't handle situations alone, even though we are failing a bit. Every now and then it is okay to speak a prayer over the students who are away from college. Even if it’s just a small prayer. It goes a long way.

“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the Lord’s people”. – Ephesians 6:18 NIV

2. Call

College students live very busy lives. Many of us hold jobs, positions in multiple organizations, our academics, as well as a social life. Sometimes we are so busy, that when we get home the only thing we want to do is eat, shower and go to bed, because most likely we have to repeat the same routine the next day. It actually feels good receiving a random phone call from a relative that's checking on me. Just because we do not call first does not mean that we do not love or miss you.

3. Send Care Packages

It is no secret that college students are BROKE. Sometimes we run off having $15 and a pack of ramen noodles -- and that's a good day. Imagine our reactions when we randomly open our mailboxes and see a box full of our favorite snacks. Small tokens of appreciation and love go a long way with college students. To know that someone at home thinks about them sticks more than you know.

4. Form A Healthy Relationship

Forming a bond and a long lasting relationship with college students is necessary for their sanity. We all need someone to talk to at times. Maybe we just need to vent, or we just need to talk to someone who can help us take our minds off of everything going on. For me, my healthy relationship is with my sister and cousins. When I am having a bad day, I can count of one of them to say something that makes me laugh. When I need to talk, I know I can count on one of them to answer their phones and talk to me. Talking to them every day also helps me get through my day.

5. Visit

Every college campus has family weekend, parents weekend, or something of that nature. It can really make a difference in your college student’s life if you come to those events or even popped up one weekend. A trip to Walmart and out to dinner would make our day. It’s the small things that matter the most. 

Supporting college students is actually very simple. Small things go a long way for many of us. If you have a student who is in college consider doing one, or all of these tips. It will benefit that student in more ways than you know.