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Keeping Your Connections Open

Keeping Your Connections Open

People are faced with important questions every day…Will I follow Christ? Who will I marry? Where will I live and raise a family? However, one of the most important decisions students make concerns postsecondary education and career choice. In today’s world, a college education is no longer a luxury or optional; it’s a necessity. More and more jobs are dependent on students having a college education than ever before. Carnevale, Smith and Strohl (2013) reported that by 2020, 65% of all jobs would require some form of post-secondary education. In their 2010 executive report, they projected that:

  • Students who only have a high school diploma may be limited to declining or low paying food and personal service work, sales and office support, and blue collar employment.
  • 4.7 million additional workers with postsecondary certificates will be needed by 2018.
  • America’s colleges would need to increase the number of degrees they award by 10 percent annually to keep up with the growing demand (p. 1).

With such a great need, one would think that getting into any and every college would be a sure thing. According to Springer, Reider, and Morgan (2013), however, the student demand may exceed the supply of available spots-especially for selective schools. They suggest that greater numbers of high school graduates, increased international students, the prevalent belief that a college education is valuable, greater minority interest, increased recruiting, and the ease to which students can apply creates a climate for greater competition (p. 1-3).

There is no argument that the pros outweigh the cons. According to The College Board’s publication “The Five Ways that Ed Pays,” individuals with a college degree:

  • Earn an average of 22K more per year than those only with a high school diploma and are less likely to be unemployed (p 6, 10).
  • Are more likely to have employee provided health insurance, time off, and are less likely to be chronically ill (p. 11, 14).
  • Are more likely to read to their children and are more than twice as likely to volunteer

The bottom line for Christians is clear – although people without college degrees can have successful lives and ministries, those who are college educated are more likely to enjoy a greater measure of freedom-including more opportunities to give, greater security against hard times, better health, stronger families, and fuller service to others.

Choosing and applying to college is a process that requires thought, prayer, and planning.Yes, it requires work; but it is doable. However, many families can easily become lost in the sheer amount of information needed to get from point A to B. The opportunities, events, and deadlines can seem overwhelming-even for the most seasoned families. The school counseling department at Smithtown Christian School is dedicated to helping parents and students make sense of all that is needed on the road to college by providing information about the most  current trends through Connections: SCS School Counseling Newsletter. Offered online and monthly, it’s a great way to stay connected.

 

References

Carnevale, A., Smith, N., & Strohl, J. (2013). The road to recovery. Community College Journal, 84(3), 27-29.

Carnevale, A., Smith, N., & Strohl, J. (2010). Help wanted: Projection of jobs and education requirements through 2018. Click here for link.

Springer, S., Reider, J & Morgan, J. (2013) Admission matters: What students and parents need to know about getting into college. San Francisco: CA: Jossey-Bass. 

The College Board. (2011). The five ways that ed pays. Click here for link. 

 

Spring is on its Way

spring is on its way

I wonder how long we would last if we moved up to northern Alaska or even the North Pole? Few of us would be able to survive for long even with the proper equipment and supplies, even fewer would be able to enjoy living in such harsh, unforgiving conditions.  But I bet most people would be willing to try it out, if they had the assurance that at a moment’s notice they could be airlifted to a much more comfortable place, ie. Hawaii, Malibu, Florida, etc.  I have heard so many people lament the winter challenges of all this snow and cold temperatures, and I too have shaken my fist toward the snowflakes dropping from the sky when it’s been the third or fourth time in a week to shovel. However, if you haven’t noticed yet, spring is on its way. Listen closely and you may hear some birds chirping early in the morning, or notice the sky has lightened a few shades of blue. The mountains of icy snow have started to shrink little by little, and seniors are bounding in the hallway because Spring is on its way. This hope of warmer days already has put pep in our step, and in the same way, this is what drives the Christian in his or her journey through life – hope. The hope that the Eternal Spring is on its way. One thing to note is that right behind Godly hope follows pervasive joy. When we walk in hope, life is full of real joy. When we have been drained of hope, life is dismal and frustrating.

So if you find yourself, your family, or your students acting like life is stuck in a forever-winter, consider posting these verses in a place that they will readily see them.

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

 

Prayer

Have you ever wondered how radios and cell phones work? I mean, I know that there are radio waves that connect two devices, and that somehow these invisible waves carry audio, video, and pictures. These radio waves are not only invisible, but also non-detectable by taste, touch, or smell. Yet I use them all the time, and have full confidence that it will continue to work to send all my messages exactly to where I want them to go. I am sure there are many who understand exactly how radios work, but I bet there are few who understand why it works.

Prayer can be viewed as an undiscovered technology too. I know how it works, I pray and God hears. Or God speaks, and I hear his voice and get impressions on my heart.
 However, I also know how easy it is to forget that prayer is more reliable, true, and practice that the act of picking up a cell phone and calling a friend. Sometimes when Christians don’t feel like someone is
If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.” C. H. Spurgeon
on the other end listening, they stop talking. Or they continue to pray, but the with attitude of a “Hail Mary.” I am referring to the football term, in which a quarterback “throws up a prayer.” However, this football term seems to convey the message that prayer is more like flipping a coin than it is communication. Prayer is reliable, sincere, and practical communication with Jesus Christ. As a school, let’s commit our plans, students, and future at SCS to prayer.