Finals Week Do’s and Don’t

  Finals week is stressful; there is no way around it! After an entire semester of studying, your already tired brain is required to push through a demanding week, calling to mind information from the entire semester. Final exams often account for a large percentage of your class grade, so the pressure to succeed often

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Are You Flourishing?

Flourish: (verb) to thrive; to grow luxuriantly; to prosper; to be fully engaged and energized; to be in a state of production; to reach the height of development and influence The Opposite. As the school year nears an end it’s no surprise that some students are feeling weary and burned out. This year has been

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Discerning God’s Will

It’s that time of year when college students are facing big decisions again. Things like: where should I live this summer? Should I stay on campus or go back home for a few months? Take an internship or return to a tried-and-true job in my hometown? Travel or save every penny? Break up or try

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Paying for College

Financial expert, Dave Ramsey, recently reported that students are graduating college with an average loan debt of $37,172. That’s a hefty number! No one goes into college hoping to come out with loads of debt. If you’re still in high school looking towards college, or even in the midst of your college education, you may

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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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