College is a significant milestone in a students life. This is the time of year where parents and students embark on a new journey. Although, students become more independent and are encouraged to spread their wings and fly. However, every student has is different academic and social challenges as they transition from high school to the university setting. In hind sight, having the support of Godly parents and encouraging pastors with the combined efforts of a supportive and loving church family will help to build a strong platform to overcome a number of adverse and unsurmountable obstacles for the Christian student.
In addition, in order to succeed in college or university students must assume responsibility for their academic and social lives. Romans 12:3 Delay gratification when necessary and work hard to achieve a clear set of set of goals. The teaching of responsibility should begin in the early stages of child development, continuing into adolescence until the student reaches the age to attend a state college or major university. However, the life skills and lessons that are learned in childhood are the fundamentals that build a strong and supportive foundation to help guide the Christian student into a productive adulthood.
The best approach is for parents to build a healthy communication pattern and to speak to their students about their career choices daily before beginning the application process for college. This is where planning and preparation meet success on the road to defining the students course for their academic career. Students should take advantage of campus tours and talk to former students about their college experience prior to their freshman year. Students will have to make major decisions about the best fit for their long term and short term goals. In conclusion, they will have the opportunity to discuss, research, and explore campus groups that focus on Christianity and living a faith filled life if the student has a desire to move out of state for school.
If they choose to attend school close to home having supportive groups filled with the love of God is key to academic success and achievement. These things need to be instilled in our students daily as Godly parents raising Godly children. Student must remain covered and surrounded by positive people and positive things to reach their highest potential in life. We have to reach deep into our prayer closet to pray for divine tools to help navigate the student through this life changing and meaningful time.
6 Best Tips
1. Prepare early during elementary, middle school and high school years
Search for college resources to help both parents and students financially with scholarships, ROTC programs, early ACT ad SAT preparation during the highs chool years.
2. Determine what type of education your child wants the types of career and major that are available to your student.
Community, Technical, Junior, Private, Christian colleges
Four Year colleges or universities
3. Prepare for college financially
Room and Board
Other Course Expenses
There are several ways that you can prepare for college saving money as early as as possible, These include 539 college savings plans. The FAFSA is a very important part of preparing financially for college. However, while your student is in high school it is very important to capitalize on scholarships for Pre ACT and SAT testing, scholarships for students of color, and the forms of fellowships that will benefit the student throughout their college career. Some scholarships that are available to high school students:
Ron Brown Scholars
Elks National Foundation Scholars
Gates Millenium Scholarship
Coca Cola Scholarships
4. Developing a graduation plan The most important thing when your student enters college for the first time is to prepare a four year graduation plan. This will ensure that they stay focused and om track.
5. Register for College Make sure your student meets with a college and financial advisor o help guide your student on what courses they need their freshman year.
6.Have long term and short term goals for the student The student entering college for the first time may see this as an overwhelming experience, this is the time where the student will have to test the boundaries of their life skills, take on the responsibility of paying their own bills, making themselves available to attend all classes on time without the parental guidance of their parents, and at the same time creating new friendships with other students Christian and non Christian that they will meet on campus during the class day. It is pertinent that they have long and short term goals approaching the first crucial semester of college or university. This is where as a Christian student leaning and trusting in God is the key to success.
This blog post is inspired by Tim Schmoyer’s Youth Ministry Blog site called 100 Blog Posts I Hope to Write.