The following post was written by Jeff Pratt, Director of FUGE Camps
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One of the most important decisions that many of your students will make over the next several months will be what college they choose to attend. What a lot of students do not understand is that they have been making this choice since beginning their freshman year. I wish someone had told me how important it was to work hard and receive good grades in school. As student ministers we have the opportunity to partner with parents and assist them in this very important time in their student’s life. Below are a few articles that you can pass on to your parents as you resource them during this time in their life.
This article gives some great practical suggestions for parents as they continue to work through the college choice with their student. The article also gives students some suggestions to think about as they finish their senior year of high school.
“New Year’s is often a time of new beginnings. For parents of high school students who may be headed off to college in the fall, this year will bring significant changes. You may, or may not, be prepared for those changes, but you know that they are still several months away. We’d like to offer some New Year’s resolutions to help you, and your college bound high school student, begin to prepare now.”
This is a great article to help students set some academic goals for the new year. The article emphasizes planning ahead, narrowing your interests, and doing things earlier instead of later. The information will position students well academically as they move through their high school years.
“The New Year is a great time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make. If you’re a student looking at ways to improve yourself and make the transition to college easier, International College Counselors offers a few more resolutions you might want to add to your list.”
I realize that neither of these articles or even this topic are the least bit spiritual. But it is real life. This is where your students and your parents live everyday, and as student ministers we have the opportunity to step in and partner with parents as they walk through life with their students. Having gone through this process three times in the last six years I can tell you that this type of help and encouragement is invaluable.