We recognize that many of the students attending colleges or universities are leaving home for the first time. This is a time of transition in their lives that can have a profound effect on their faith. There are a lot of voices trying to pull students away from a relationship with Jesus, but we stand as a positive influence that says "God is relevant...keep seeking Him." Our goal is that your son or daughter will...
- have personal faith in Jesus Christ
- grow in their relationship with God
- find a place of worship and ministry
- become established in a social support network
- determine to follow God in life - wherever He may lead
To find out more about our Assemblies of God affiliation visit www.ag.org
|Read excerpts from an interview with our national director, Dennis Gaylor:|
Things your child should know before arriving on campus
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How to write a check and balance a checkbook
How to use a credit card wisely and how to evaluate the myriad offers they'll receive once they're at school.
How to budget. If you give your students money, be clear about what it's supposed to cover.
How to do laundry. Teach them to separate their darks and whites so they'll avoid that first-wash-of-the-semester "pink glow."
The importance of personal hygiene. Remind them that they'll be buying their own toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo (and their friends will like them better if they do so regularly). Remind them to change their sheets more than once per semester.
The need to lock their doors. Students want to be trusting of their friends, but it's important to always lock rooms, and to not let nonresidents into their residence halls after hours.
How to be assertive in communicating. Your student will run into situations where they'll feel pressure - a group of students is going to the bars, or a roommate is staying up late and listening to loud music. Help them think about their choices and how to be assertive in communicating those choices.
How to be responsible consumers of their education. Encourage them to ask for academic and emotional support - there are lots of people at universities who want to provide assistance and numerous services available to help students, including sessions on study skills and library use, meetings with academic advisors, and visits with professors during office hours
Tips for spiritual health
Look into campus ministries before arriving at the university. Talk to campus pastors or ministry staff and decide with your students which groups look the most promising.
Check out the Chi Alpha group locator to see if there is a Chi Alpha group on your campus
If there is no Chi Alpha group, you can generally find campus ministries by searching for "religious student organizations" on the university's website or search http://www.liveabove.com/ - a site that lists known Christian campus ministries at colleges and universities nationwide.
You can also check out other national Christian campus ministry organizations:
Look for a church before arriving
www.ag.org has a church locator
Search the Web for a "church directory" for that city
Ask a campus pastor where students go for church that is "student friendly."
Other advice to help your student succeed
Hide a gift certificate to the student bookstore, a telephone calling card or cash in the handsomely inscribed Bible you give to your starving students. You'll find out soon enough if they actually read it, and you can always drop hints when they call if the need arises (one dad hid a Ben Franklin in Revelations)
Communicate your expectations before going to college: regular check-in calls, amount of work hours, money delegation, GPA expectation, church attendance, consequences for failing, etc...
Have your child pay for some part of his/her education experience. ex: Have student pay for books first 2 years and cover his/her tuition the last 2-3 years, or if a Parental Loan, have student pay it back within 5 years of graduation, etc... This causes more responsible behavior and a better transition into life after college.
Most importantly, pray for your child and TRUST the Holy Spirit to continue the good work He started through your parenting hand. God is faithful.