A Christmas Call to Shine

We see it in the images of Christmas: putting up tree lights, magical starlight, the soft glow of candlelight, the cracking of warm firelight. It’s portrayed in Star Wars, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” But as I’ve been preparing my heart for Christmas this season, I’ve been struck with the

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Staying Grounded: How Nature Preserves Sanity in College

The holidays are a time of year typically associated with stress, hurry, busyness and consumerism. In college, this season is often filled with other pressures…finishing off the semester in one last push of projects, papers and final exams. If you’re feeling mounting tension and anxiety, there is an often-untapped mental health resource...

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Home Again: Shifting Parent Relationships

  With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, it’s possible you’re already heading home for the holidays. Unless your campus is in-state, chances are you haven’t been back for any weekend visits. A word of caution: coming home may not be what you expect! While you may be nostalgically anxious to hug your dad,

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Smart Study Habits to Revolutionize Your College Experience

            Having been a good student in high school, I felt confident heading into my first college exam, but increasingly less sure as I scanned through the questions.  By the time the test was returned to me later that week I was completely cut down to size. It was in that moment I realized that

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Change: Clinging to Hope through Life’s Uncertainties

Illness, a crazy-long election, political unrest, job loss, racial tension, financial pressure, loss of life. These are a few of the trials 2020 has surfaced. I’m currently walking alongside several close friends whose lives have been changed by difficult medical diagnoses or painful relational struggles. What’s the most significant...

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3 Best Uses of Tech

How you heard of the “smart pen” which allows you to keep track of all the notes you’ve ever taken and easily share them with others? Similarly, there is now a “charging backpack” which lets you (and a number of friends) charge your portable device on-the-go. Our lives are definitely full of gadgets. Our dependence

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Strategies for Coping with COVID Changes

Whether you are attending school in person this fall, or currently pursuing your degree via remote learning, one thing is certain: education these days has taken on a different feel! In hopes of keeping cases of COVID-19 from rising too dramatically, some colleges have only allowed freshman and seniors back on their campuses. Others have...

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Why You Need a Roommate Contract (and How to Write One)

Let’s face it: roommates can be a source of great joy—but also great tension. Over 75% of college freshman live with at least one roommate. If this includes you, it’s possible you may be enjoying genuine friendship with your roomie and having a blast. On the other hand, it’s possible that your living situation is rubbing you wrong and...

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Journeying with Jesus through College

“Spiritual formation” has been defined as the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God and the sake of others. In other words, it is a pilgrimage with a clear, specific destination: Christ-likeness. The apostle Paul speaks about this journey when

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Why Fall is a Great Time to Apply for College

Your senior year of high school is full of so many things…taking senior pictures, ordering your cap and gown, sending out graduation announcements, submitting photos, planning parties, senior trips, and on and on!  In the midst of it all, you’re probably dreaming of the independence of college. Maybe you already know your next...

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