“Why are you going to college?”
If someone had asked me that question back in 1974 when I was graduating from high school and preparing to head off to Geneva College for the next four years of my life, I’m not sure I could have verbalized any kind of thoughtful answer. I might have mumbled something like, “Well. . . umm. . . that’s what high school graduates do.” I just assumed that college was the next normal stepping stone to adult life. The only choice I made was which college to attend.
While my college experience was incredibly positive and life-shaping, I still wish there had been someone in my life who was challenging me to think about this and other crucial questions during my last couple years of high school. In today’s world, it’s a necessity. Extended adolescence, crippling debt, vocational confusion, and a host of other forces are combining in ways that make it necessary for us to pause and prayerfully think with our kids about the timing and direction of the steps they will take post-high school.
If you’re a regular listener to our daily on-the-air and on-the-Internet audio spot on youth culture – “Youth Culture Today” – you know that today’s show on “College and Calling” broaches these issues. Take a minute and listen.
We’ve been working to think deeply, strategically, practically, and biblically about these issues here at CPYU for several years through the work of Derek Melleby and our College Transition Initiative. Derek’s doing a fantastic job and is, I believe, one of best resources serving parents and youth workers on issues related to college. If you’re not already familiar with CPYU’s College Transition Initiative, take a few minutes to check it out.
I’m excited to let you know that in just about a month (Saturday, October 12), Derek and The College Transition Initiative will be hosting a seminar for students, parents, educators, and youth workers who are looking for resources for making better decisions about life after high school. The seminar – “The College Choice: Faith, Family, and Finances” – will be held here in Central Pennsylvania. You can learn more and register here.
This week, I asked Derek a few questions about the seminar. . . .