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Sunday, April 7, 2013

My College Choice Drama, Part 2

imageThe 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.



Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Learning: What's My Worldview?

My College Choice Drama, Part 2

By 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.

On the way home, my mom asked, “So, do you think you might come here?” “Yeah, I think so.” In the blink of an eye, a weekend trip to Minneapolis snatched my carefully crafted matrix and tossed it out the rear window of the family’s blue Mercury Zephyr.
 
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.

 

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So my college plans took a big turn along the way. How about you?
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9 comments:

  1. I would love to see that many young people pouring their hearts out to God at the same time!

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  2. I am so glad I 'found' your page and experience today! I have 5 children total, 3 already out and 2 still at home, but we are forward looking at colleges! (things like this always happen when I realize we are coming up to a 'crossroads' in life where certain decisions will result in specific outcomes, and as usual, God and my Angel 'group' are Way ahead of me, just waiting to direct me to the paths I need to see at appropriate times! I am so glad to have seen this here today! (:D) KC )

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    1. Kelly, I'm so glad God and your angel group were able to connect with you and your family through this post. Thanks for the encouraging comment. It makes a difference for me. All the best as you and the family navigate the road ahead.

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  3. I agree about Christian colleges. Our church is homebase for our ministry and has its own Bible college. All disciplines taught are Bible. And we have students coming here from affiliated churches all over the world. Over the years, Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the best hospitals on the planet, has hired and regularly promoted graduates from our little Bible college. What they found was that the Biblical teaching gave them a work ethic to be envied and prepared them for good decision making. So, while our courses of study had little to do directly with the jobs our people are hired for, the quality of our graduates has over the years gotten them into important administrative and management positions. And I think it points to a spiritual reality.

    If a student first makes sure his spiritual life and studies are a priority, the rest falls into place. Know God first, study "tentmaking" second.

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    1. Bill, I'd love to know the name of the college...

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  5. Such an important post. I had an experience similar to yours (changed my mind weeks leading up to my freshmen year). Met my husband at the same Christian university where he has now served for over 25 years. It can be very expensive today to send your kids to Christian university. We are still paying off our children's Christian education. We feel it was our investment in not only their future, but in the Kingdom. God..."tentmaking"...marketplace...yet!

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    1. Met your husband there! Yes, that's pretty life changing! I can also relate to the linger college bills. No regrets, though. What an amazing opportunity for your husband to work in that environment where godly mentoring happens all the time! All the best to you.

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