It is graduation season! This means lots of ceremonies and celebrations. This also means that both students and parents are often looking for resources to help transition into and navigate college life. One great resource you may want to check out (if you haven’t already) is a book called Thriving at College by Alex Chediak. This book is written to and for college students (or soon to be college students). The author is a college professor at California Baptist University, so has a lot of experience with college students and the various struggles they face. He presents 10 common mistakes that college students often make while in college and goes on to provide biblical, practical and wise counsel about these issues. Some of the topics covered include: maintaining your faith in college, maturity, relating to the opposite sex, balancing responsibilities, grades, and many others. Students, this can be a helpful book in helping you to navigate this very big transition in your lives. Parents, this can be a great tool to put in the hands of your students. Just to give you a taste of what the author attempts to accomplish with this book he says, “College is a temporary season of academic preparation and growth so that you can serve God more effectively with the rest of your adult life. If you’ve chosen to go to college, then God’s plan is that college be a springboard into all that goes with responsible Christian adulthood” (pp. 26-27).
Two more quick items regarding this resource: 1) Some of the material deals specifically with those students who go away to college and live on campus. However, most of the material in the book is just as relevant for those attending college near home. 2) The author, Alex Chediak, also wrote another book titled Preparing Your Teens for College. As the title implies this is a book written to and for parents of college students, and soon to be college students. I have not read this book myself, but I am sure it would prove helpful.
May God give you students and parents faith and wisdom as you navigate these college years.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan