Spiritual warfare and the college experience.
Millions of college-bound freshmen will be leaving for school in August and September, with many marking their very first extended time away from home. High school is over and the college years beckon, but are students really prepared for college and all that this setting has to offer?
That question is being asked by educators, parents and students alike, as the drop out rate for college freshmen hits 25 percent. That means one in four college bound freshmen may soon decide that pursuing higher education isn’t for them, leaving school and taking their chances in a weak job market.
Teaching pastor and national speaker John Bryson believes that this upward trend of dropping out of college can be reversed and is teaming up with Men’s Fraternity founder Robert Lewis in a bid to help students leave for college prepared.
Specifically, Bryson and Lewis have launched a six-week study aimed at helping high school seniors and college freshmen make the most of their college experience. The two men have developed College Ready, a six-week program with study videos and a student guide based on six key principles:
- Acquiring vision
- Empowering friendships
- Excelling academically
- Dating right
- Having fun
- Growing spiritually
According to Bryson and Lewis, the program is adaptable to a variety of group settings and is ideal for youth pastors, teachers, homeschool groups and college freshman group leaders.
College Ready is part of a much larger initiative of FamilyLife called Life Ready, a biblical strategy for churches to provide proactive marriage and family training through video resources. FamilyLife is focused on the mission of using biblical principles to build healthier marriages and families.
I am not endorsing this program as I have not reviewed the materials. That being said, I believe that adequately preparing students as they head off to college is essential and can go a long way toward reversing the drop out trend. Therefore, a program such as College Ready seems to provide the tools needed to equip college-bound students.
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