Grief is a Gift

Someone I went to college with died of Covid last week. It was a sobering day as we are still relatively “young.” Simultaneously, several of my friends and family members are navigating painful relationships and I’m hurting for each of them as they grieve the broken dreams of “what could have been.” And then there

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5 Easy Ways to Make Money in College

  With the fall semester of 2021 underway, you’ve made your payments, purchased your books and hopefully recovered from the “sticker shock” brought on by all the expense. The truth is, even with scholarships and the help of financial aid, college is expensive! There’s no way around it. So what’s a broke college student to

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Coping with Homesickness

I’ll never forget the day my parents dropped me off at college. I’d been anticipating this for months with nothing but growing excitement. When we hugged goodbye, I didn’t even get emotional; I was ready for this! But within an hour of being left in my dorm room to finish unpacking, I felt an unexpected

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Syllabus Shock and How to Deal

  If you’re new to college life, you’re about to get hit by something you’ve never experienced before (but will experience repeatedly at the beginning of each semester, no matter how long it takes you to earn your degree): syllabus shock! This dreaded phenomenon generally occurs sometime during the first week of each semester. You’ll...

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Choosing Church in College

You’re immersed in Christian college–surrounded by Christian professors, Christian peers, the study of God’s word, weekly if not daily chapel services and education that is decidedly Christian. The argument could be made that church, in addition to this decidedly Christian cultural experience, is unnecessary. That’s why many...

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Getting Ready for College Move-In Day

  If you’re college bound for the first time this fall you’re probably counting down the days until you move out of your parents’ home and into your dorm room! You may be experiencing a wide range of emotions—from excitement to nervousness to uncertainty to the restlessness that says: let’s just get there already! It’s

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Dorm Room Vs. Off Campus Living

  Most of us are familiar with the well-known expression, “There’s no place like home.” While this is certainly true, all of us leave home hopeful that college will become a comfortable “home away from home” where we eventually feel relaxed and at ease. While most colleges require freshman to live on campus in dormitory

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Is Christian College Right for Me?

  Discouraging statistics about faith in the college years are easy to find. A recent internet search on the subject revealed that only 12% of 18 to 23-year-olds profess to be evangelical Christians, and that 75% of professing Christians will abandon their faith during the college years. We could discuss and debate the “why” behind...

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Practicing Contentment

All of us feel it from time to time. Restlessness. Discontent. Disappointment. Sadness that life isn’t going the way we’d always imagined. Maybe you feel less-than-fulfilled with friendships or desire to be in a relationship but haven’t met “the right one” yet. Perhaps you struggle with your appearance, giftedness or level of health. We...

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Summer to the Max

It’s almost here…your long-awaited summer vacation! Whether you plan to remain on campus or head back home, you’re ready for some downtime and a chance to chill in the sun. And no doubt you have earned some time to rest! But the next few months will go by faster than you can imagine. How can

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