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In regards to studiousness, if I were to advise students to focus on their studies, should I say:

Just dedicate yourself.

or rather

Just devote yourself.

Am I right to feel that devote yourself sounds a bit too religious?

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Devote is not primarily religious. – tchrist Mar 24 '13 at 16:42
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You're asking for subjective judgments, which is fine, but you'll get no definitive answer to this question. It's strictly a matter of personal preference: "What I like is what you should say".

To answer your real question:

No, "devotion" is not too "religious":

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Thank you, and I see your point. Thanks!!! – Adel Mar 24 '13 at 19:12

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