Well, it finally happened.
This year, our youngest finally left the nest. If you've also had your last child migrate to face the cold cruel world, you'll agree that these are strange days, for sure. And not without a bit of trepidation. Our daughter is attending one of the most liberal universities in the country. They were a catalyst for the free speech movement in the '60's and continue to proudly wear their badge of open-mindedness.
When she was accepted to the school, I was thrilled! After five children, I'd grown to dread the junior year of high school. The weeks roll by, punctuated by the same question over and over again: "So, where is your daughter going to school next year?" Until the decision is made, there's this persistent black cloud and subliminal pressure about making such a momentous choice.
However, not everyone I know was equally excited about her direction for higher education. In fact, more than once, when we announced where our daughter would attend, we were met with a grimace. Or disappointment. Or concern.
And I understand that. On one hand, I have complete confidence in our daughter's steadfast faith, the strength of her character and a sovereign Lord. But on the other hand, I also realize the Apostle Paul was right: "Bad company corrupts good character." (I Corinthians 15:33) What's a parent to do?!
Turns out, there's a great deal a parent can do. And that's why this week's Haven programs have been especially meaningful to me. Charles Morris has been talking with Alex Chediak, a professor with sound advice on how to, not just survive, but actually thrive in college.
The decision of where to attend college is just the start of a myriad of important choices: what major to study, balancing academics and fun, cultivating relationships, dating, entertainment, and the list goes on. The pattern of life in college forms the basis for the rest of life. And Alex Chediak provides wisdom and practical insight in his book, Thriving at College. Check out the Haven website if you'd like to know more.
Thank you for your partnership that delivers such timely insight to help deepen your, and your family's walk with the Lord. As Charles says every day, it's all about Jesus!
PS -- As hard as it is for a Trojan to say, as a proud parent I say go Bears!!