Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
My College Choice Drama, Part 2By Evan Nehring
Continued from My College Choice Drama, Part 1...
University of Western Ontario won out after I weighed the facts. Their business program was one of the most respected in the nation, and a 4-year partial scholarship meant they valued what I could contribute. As I placed my bet on my future career, UWO fit the vision. I would be a Mustang.
Your matrix might have different categories than mine. One way or another, though, organize what you value so you can clearly think it through.
While I was planning my move to London, my older sister, Sheri, was working through her freshman year at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. My mom, dad and I traveled the 425 miles for a College Days visit.
The best way I could describe North Central was that it had the spiritual intensity of youth camp, but with its sleeves rolled up to get to work. The passion and purpose were overwhelming. Chapel had a thousand young adults pouring out their hearts to God. Classes had professors mentoring students and embracing the challenges of God’s Word. The whole atmosphere was electrifying.
|View from Carlson Hall, overlooking the chapel and Miller Hall.|
Any college decision matrix I would create today would begin with Values as the first column. What God did in my heart with a weekend visit to NCBC, I now understand well enough to see the lifelong impact. The college you choose and how you attend will impact your personal destiny through the values of your mentors.
Does this mean I would lean toward a Christian college? Yes, it does. If you’re chosen profession is best served in another college or university, fine, but you’ll need to be vigilant to guard your faith and personal convictions. Am I saying that some schools will in effect battle your Christian values? Yes, I am.
Comments Are Always Welcome...So my college plans took a big turn along the way. How about you?
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