Gap Year: Yes or No?

Taking a “gap year” (a year off between high school and college–or anytime along your college path) has been seen as unconventional, non-conforming and even controversial. However, this past year, due in large part to COVID-19, students deferred college admission at three times the usual rate! A recent study by College Reaction and...

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5 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Your Campus

I still remember my first months as a freshman at Christian college. I couldn’t get over having professors who prayed before class, coaches who gave devotionals at each practice and the opportunity to attend daily chapel services with like-minded students. Nothing prepared me for the unexpected “underground,” as I called it, that emerged...

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Why Take a Mini, Mid-Semester Spiritual Retreat?

The Noise. Life is noisy! Whether it’s scheduling noise, social noise, cultural noise or mental noise, our days are loud and cluttered with activity, demands, stress and distractions. Often, our focus drifts from the Main Thing. Our souls get off-center and our spirits becomes frayed. We may even spend daily time with Jesus, but are

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The Importance of Sleep in College

College culture has created “norms” of staying up late to cram and pulling “all-nighters.” The average college student gets only six hours of sleep per night (and thinks nothing of it) though experts recommend at least seven to nine for optimal functioning. Science has shown that long term sleep deprivation has a negative effect on:

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Why Planning for College as a 9th Grader Matters

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” By the time you’re a freshman in high school you’ve most likely encountered excellent teachers who have inspired you to learn. Hopefully you have tapped into the joy of discovery, felt the exhilaration of accomplishment and experienced the rich pay-off of...

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Good, Clean Fun (& How to Have It)

Sometime college gets a bad rap. Movies and media enhance our negative college  stereotypes of wild frat house initiations, partying, sorority clicks and co-ed dorm life with blurred lines of moral decency. In reality, some of this may be substantiated. 60% of college students report binge drinking at least monthly. About the same number...

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Battling for Personal Holiness in Christian College

We don’t talk much about holiness. The word itself carries an almost archaic feeling. For some reason, the concept has lost appeal, gotten pushed aside and been intentionally (or at best, unintentionally) ignored. Perhaps “holiness” reminds us of the Puritans, or of the kind of Christians we never want to be—those repugnant with...

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5 Ways to Get Motivated for Exercise

  It’s that time of year when New Years’ resolutions fade… the mid-winter crunch where a full class load may cause your spirits to drag. With a full calendar and late nights of study, it’s possible your commitment to exercise may feel negotiable and be getting lost in the shuffle of college life. How can

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College Visits During the Pandemic

Traditionally, college visits have been one of the anticipated “high points” of a high schooler’s experience. Nothing compares with checking out college campuses and beginning to dream in living color: how the food smells and tastes, how the dorms feel, how the professors and students interact and the general atmosphere of the college...

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New Year’s Inventory

Author L. M. Montgomery wrote the now well-known line, “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it…yet.” God is kind in giving us fresh new mornings, as well as brand new years and the chance to hit a proverbial “Refresh” button! We are all on a trajectory—moving in a direction, becoming who we

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