The Real Story – Jemima Vijayasenan’s Testimony
2021 MCA Graduate

I can 100 percent say that all my achievements and successes in school were because of God. Beginning high school I didn’t have any major interests or achievements like many of my peers. I felt like an very average student with not nothing much to give. Academics was something that I could improve, so in grade 9 I began to put a lot of effort into my studies. However, in grade 11, I became overly stressed out about grades and the future. I was anxious all the time and my sleep schedule was completely wrecked and just unhealthy. This lifestyle was reflected in my work as I wasn’t performing as well as I knew I could. At that point, my academics became more important than my relationship with God. I would put off praying or reading my Bible so I could spend a little more time on an assignment or studying for a test. In the end, I felt depleted and wouldn’t even meet expectations for school work. This went on for a while, but God helped me realize that I was putting myself in an endless cycle of anxiety. I needed to reevaluate my priorities. 

With the support of my family, I worked to prioritize God over everything. I began to spend some time in prayer and reading my Bible – even if it was just for 10 or 15 minutes. This also motivated me to fix up my sleeping habits. I was spending less time on my academics but to my surprise, was performing significantly better. My overall mood had also greatly improved. Looking back, I was relying on myself more than God. I was constantly overthinking and trying to figure everything out on my own when I should’ve been putting my trust in God. One of my favorite verses in the bible is Ecclesiastes 3:1. It reads, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. In verse 11 it goes on to say “He has made everything beautiful in its time”. This whole experience has taught me to really put my trust in God and rely on him rather than on my own abilities. It can be hard, but I now try my best to trust that everything will work out as it is supposed to according to God’s time. 

Sometimes we want to be on our own time because that’s what we think is best. However, we need to learn to rely on God’s perfect timing for our lives, which can be better than anything we can imagine. You could say Jesus was my coach through school. He knew what was best for me and led me through my difficulties. He knows my potential and I can trust in his plan for my future. By the grace of God, I was able to get accepted into a good program and was even blessed with a few awards! As I go into university I will continue to trust and depend on God’s grace and plan for my life.