Super Senior: Forrest Rogers

Forrest Rogers
Clemson University
Food & Nutrition Science

HOW DID YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
I became a Christian when I was 5 and was raised in a Christian home, but once I got to college I just started doing what I wanted to do. My freshman and sophomore years were not spent living out the faith. Junior year, I met Landon Tucker who is on staff with CO and started to get involved with his bible study he was starting up. With the combined efforts of small group, reading the Bible, and a few major personal events, I finally realized that I could not be living a double life any longer. So I decided to be all in for Jesus in November of 2015, and I have been walking steadily with Him ever since.

HOW HAS YOUR TIME IN COLLEGE SHAPED YOUR FAITH?
Over the past year, I have grown so much in my faith. This has come from a combination of small group and community, going to New Years conferences and Leadership Project, and leading my own small group of freshman boys. I now see the realness of the gospel and the need to spread it to my friends; I also see the need to lead young Christian men in the pursuit of their relationship with Christ. Finally, I see life as a selfless pursuit of what God wants, which has affected many different aspects of my life (what I spend my free-time doing, relationships, post-graduate life, etc.).

HOW ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT LIFE AFTER COLLEGE?
Life after college is going to be tough. I currently live in a house of believers, surround myself with Christian community throughout the week, and have CO staff that I can go to when I need insight or counsel. The issue is that when I leave college, I will soon realize that the world outside of Clemson is not saturated with people of my similar age and likemindedness. I will need to get plugged in with a local church and seek community there. I know that it will be harder than what I am used to here at Clemson.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER GRADUATION?
I will be attending physical therapy school at either Western Carolina in Cullowhee, NC, or The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

WHAT WENT INTO YOUR DECISION?
I have known that I wanted to do PT since freshman year. As far as school choices, both Western and MUSC have Campus Outreach programs that I can get plugged in with while I am there for 3 years.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS OR THOSE ENTERING COLLEGE?
Don’t wait to get involved with a ministry, whether that be Campus Outreach or another campus organization. I waited until my junior year to get plugged in, and that was a huge mistake. The Bible teaches on the importance of community all throughout the New Testament. We are not meant to go through this life alone. Commit to a group and the people within it, and I guarantee that your spiritual life will grow.