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Far From Home: A Simple College ConnectionBy Evan Nehring
If you can survive this...Orientation week as a college freshman was brutal. I know they have to do all of those things: “Here’s how we do this and here’s how we do that.” If you can survive orientation week, honestly, I think you can survive the classes to get your degree.
Why? Because one of the keys to success in college (and life) is conquering boredom. Every challenge you tackle will have a not-so-glamorous side. Learning to push through the dry, stuffy moments is at the heart of maturity and accomplishment.
If the antidote to disappointment is discipline, than conquering boredom is one of the great victories of life.
Far from HomeIt’s hard to believe that North Central was about a third the distance from home that my leading southern Ontario universities would have been! While it felt very foreign to be across the US border, it was a blessing to be only a long day’s drive from home.
Having big sis there was more of a comfort than I would have ever admitted. Sheri and her roomie, Tonilee from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, had a great room location on second floor Miller Hall right next to the skyway to the chapel. She got a really long cord for her little piano phone—Sheri and Toni were music majors—and we would pull it all the way out through the dorm hallway and into the main hallway to call home.
Once a week, on the weekend, we would sit on the floor next to the skyway door and play the little tune that would dial home.
“Heyello!”Mom would pick it up in the bedroom and we’d be off, talking about dorms and roomies, the city and the weather, classes and chapel speakers.
“Hey Dad, its Sheri and Evan.”
“Merrilyn, its the kids.”
A Simple ConnectionMy parents let us make contact and helped with things like money, cars, food and moral support. I don’t think it takes a lot of chiding and pushing to get the job done. A simple weekly phone call to chit chat means an awful lot. I know my parents weren’t calling to check up, but what student would want to get on that phone call after failing a bunch of tests or receiving disciplinary action? Not us!
Did my parents have a massive investment at stake? Yes, they did. Partly financial, but mostly the decades of pouring heart and soul into raising us. One of the great assurances my parents had going for them was that Sheri and I, and later Heather, were connected with godly mentors as we worked through our college years. That goes back to the “values” column in the college choice matrix.
But even if a secular college is chosen, there are myriads of ways to connect with godly mentors. You’ve chosen one of them by reading this blog. There are also wonderful Christian campus groups and nearby churches and friends. Maintaining your values is your responsibility, even far from home. Every book you read, lecture you attend, conversation you enjoy, is a choice for your core values and your center spirituality.
Comments Are Always Welcome...Got any thoughts on spreading your own wings away from home but still staying connected? Which one was more important for you?
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