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  • Blog Post: Win His Heart: Episode 315

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: What's New in Dating? (Part 2 of 2) Are you looking forward to dating in 2014? This continuation of last week's discussion of the current dating landscape touches on technology in dating, male and female roles, and how to win a man's heart...
  • Blog Post: Ready for the Real World: Paying the Bills

    Last week, I described the disappointment (and panic!) I faced when I got to the end of college and realized that there would be no skywriting at graduation telling me what to do next. I've since met many, many college grads who, degree in hand, feel a little cheated that they're going to have...
  • Blog Post: Not Prepared for 'the Real World'

    Throughout middle school "they" tell us, "You need to get ready for high school." In high school, we're constantly reminded that we need to prepare for college. Along the way, all this talk of preparing for the next stage seems to convey an unspoken promise that when we finally...
  • Blog Post: Frustrated With Community

    I didn't know it until much later, but my high school experience was kind of odd in terms of community. While many folks don't have their first experience of true, deep community until college, I had not one, but two real community experiences in high school (one at my school and one at my church...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Big Church Small: Episode 292

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Circle Your Chairs Most churches have small groups; it's a way to make the big church small, encourage authenticity and accountability, and dig deeper into the Word and each others' lives. But we've all been in small groups that were, um, lacking...
  • Blog Post: Considering Your Small Group Options

    Finding a small group to join or starting one in your church is a great way to plug into your church community and fellowship with other believers. As a college student, I strongly desired to become more involved in church and invest time serving in a small group. However, my crazy class and work schedule...
  • Blog Post: The Challenges of Attending Church in College

    When I moved away to college, I started out in a new city with all new faces. As I've mentioned before, I had no means of transportation other than my feet, and it could have been really easy to skip the hassle of finding a ride for church on Sunday mornings. As a college student, it can be so...
  • Blog Post: Secrets for Your 20s: Episode 290

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: College Sweethearts Is getting married in college a good idea? If you're young and ready to tie the knot, how do you know you're prepared? And what are the challenges that can sometimes be overlooked? Our panel of marrieds shares a realistic picture...
  • Blog Post: College Do-Over

    I have to say goodbye to a longtime friend of mine this week as she moves away to finish college. Hearing her share her hopes and fears for her upcoming college experience makes me reflect on my own experience. Sometimes I really miss being at school, and thinking back on my four years in college, there...
  • Blog Post: Frosh Orientation on Keeping the Faith

    While scanning my usual blog haunts to find topics, events or news items which I believe may be of interest for our Boundless Line readers, I happened across this one from Mere Comments . It's about an article from an old acquaintance of mine, Kevin Offner, on making the most out of college . ...
  • Blog Post: Not Beating the Summertime Blues

    Today's Boundless article, " Beating the Summertime Blues ," by John Thomas brought back some painful memories for me, particularly the summer between my freshmen and sophomore years of college. That was the summer I worked the third shift in a textile mill as a yarn-boy. In case you...
  • Blog Post: Being a Math Geek Pays

    Math pays, says an article on MSN . According to the winter 2007 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), college students graduating with math- or science-related degrees will earn significantly more than their liberal arts peers. According to the survey, mechanical...
  • Blog Post: Dating an 'Uneducated' Man

    Yesterday's Q&A on Boundless may look familiar -- it's from the archives. Thanks to Ted for running an old column when I missed my deadline for the second time. I had a good reason, though! (Isn't that always the case?) This time it really was. We were slammed with fun and challenging...
  • Blog Post: Peace Out, 2010

    The New Year hit me very unexpectedly -- smack in the middle of Christmas break, a time when I rarely know if it is Wednesday or Saturday. Then I found myself in church on Sunday hearing a “New Year’s” sermon. I had celebrated New Year's Eve, but somehow thought I was still living in 2010....
  • Blog Post: A Different Kind of Stewardship

    When I was a kid and getting ready to stay over at a friend’s house, my parents always told me, “Now, I don’t care what things look like when you get there; you just make sure to leave it better than how you found it!” My typical response was something about it not being fair, or "that’s not my...
  • Blog Post: Avoiding Burnout

    I would call myself an ambitious person; although, I enjoy a good nap now and then. I loved the freshman college schedule: class, nap, class, lunch, class, nap, dinner, homework and then time to hang out with friends. This was the life. This year my friends and I, as seniors, sadly find ourselves...
  • Blog Post: A Life-Changing Semester -- For You!

    Guys and Gals, I work at a placed called the Focus on the Family Institute . It is pretty awesome. You should come! I came to the Institute as a student in the Fall of 2004 and -- I'm not even exaggerating -- it changed my life. I learned a ton through the classes (worldview, family, marriage...
  • Blog Post: Muzzling Potential

    Cultural observers tell us today's teens and twentysomethings have the potential to be the next great generation. The book Millennials Rising says that "today's kids are on track to become a powerhouse generation, full of technology planners, community shapers, institution builders, and...
  • Blog Post: Interning Your Way to the Top: Part 1

    Think back to when you were a freshman in college. What did you think your future vocation would be? I wanted to get involved with youth ministry or worship planning in a church. Well, four weeks ago I graduated with a completely different degree. How did this transformation happen in four years'...
  • Blog Post: 10 Things I Wish They Told Me at College Orientation: Part 2

    Better late than never — five more tips for college students (see part 1 ): 6. Summer/semester lovin' isn't as harmless as Sandy and Danny make it seem. Dating is fun, but no one ever said it is harmless. Go on a few dates to test the waters, but college isn't a time to date “for...
  • Blog Post: Do Independent Women Scare Men?

    This question came up in a comment from a recent blog post , and I think it deserves further discussion. JB said: I'm in my early mid-20s, and while I would love to get married and have babies, I have never believed in putting my life on hold because I'm still single. So when I came to believe...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Tomorrow

    It has been made pretty clear that I am a college student. Yep, I’m a senior in college approaching my final semester. This life stage is a slightly stressful one. If you are out there somewhere in my shoes, you can relate. And if you aren’t, you will be someday or were some yesterdays ago. Not only...
  • Blog Post: Remembering a Friend - #1

    My roommate Mike would come home at the end of the day, and inevitably he would talk about Libby, a beautiful godly young woman from church. She was different, and he was intent on winning her heart. And doing it the right way. She was worth it. He regularly met with Libby's father, who knew...
  • Blog Post: Paying Too Much for an Education

    As someone who's spent nearly 10 years studying at the university level, I've found the primary purposes of higher education to be: job/career preparation relationships, both professional and personal "an education" First, classes and coursework gave me the skills...
  • Blog Post: Types of Helicopter Parents

    You've probably heard the term "helicopter parents" in the context of parents constantly hovering over their children in college. Maybe you've seen a few. An article in Thursday's Wall Street Journal describes different types of helicopter parents: The Blackhawk Parent: Among the...