Great idea for soon-to-be college frosh

Kara Powell | Jul 20, 2010

April Diaz, the NextGen pastor at New Song Church in Irvine, is a dear friend of mine and a member of our FYI Advisory Council. Her team had the great idea of compiling tips for their graduating female seniors as they head to college. Whether you’re a parent or a youth leader, you could do the same by asking adults to e.mail or Facebook you with their best tips for kids you care about who are getting ready for college. What a great way to show that graduate you care about them.

Here are the tips from April’s church just to get the ball rolling:

Top 20 Tips for College

  1. Find a church and a college Christian group within the first week on campus, and commit to being a part of it.
  2. Having a 3 or 4 day school schedule is great.
  3. If you can, research the professors before you sign up for their classes. Visit www.ratemyprofessors.com before choosing your classes.
  4. Some people in your classes will just befriend you for that class (study groups) so try to figure out who’s going to stick around and who’s will forget your name once the final of that class is taken.
  5. Avoid credit cards like the plague (even if they ARE giving away from t-shirts and Frisbees)! If you want to build your credit history, ask your parents to add them to one of their credit cards.
  6. Know the campus security number.
  7. Learn how to take public transportation.
  8. Serve in your church somewhere. Itll help build relationships and feel like home away from home.
  9. Dont date anyone your first semester. Use that time to find girlfriends.
  10. Don’t be alone with a boy in a room with closed doors…especially at night.
  11. Conversations past 11:00pm with guys tend to be more detrimental than beneficial.
  12. Call home, or someone who reminds you of home, at least once a week.
  13. Hang out 1on1 with women who have experienced life a little longer than you.
  14. College only happens once. It’s okay to stay up past your bedtime every so often.
  15. Ask to hear other people’s stories. Colleges have some of the most diversity in the same place.
  16. It’s okay to change your major or add one.
  17. Grades matter more in college. Once your GPA gets low, it’s that much harder to raise it.
  18. Journal or blog your experience.
  19. If you study outside of your home late at night, make sure you go with a study buddy.
  20. It is really possible to never pull an all-nighter if you plan your time well.

and never forget us!

Come back and visit us on your breaks!

We love you and are cheering for you!!

April, Tracy, Mercy, and Adriane


Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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