The Christian Connector interviewed Julie Moskus from Forest Lake Christian School. Julie has been a Christian high school counselor for the past 25 years and has received her counseling degree from a Christian college as well. We're pleased to share some of her insights from a wealth of experience.
We asked Julie, what three tips she would give to students and parents to help in their search for the right college. Julie expressed that it's wise to research each college of interest on the internet first. This will help narrow down your choices.
Secondly, a visit to each campus you are considering is important. Take the time to tour the entire campus and visit the dorms and student union. This will provide you with a sense of how students live and reveal the type of activities, clubs, programs, and bible studies that may be available.
Finally...evaluate yourself! Ask yourself the following types of probing questions:
- Why do I want to attend college?
- What am I looking for in a college?
- What do I really want out of my college experience?
- What can I give back to the college I attend?
- What type of activities would I like to be part of and does the college offer them?
Julie indicated that more students are attending community colleges for their first two years, and then transferring to a Christian or secular college to complete their degree. This is primarily due to financial reasons. With all the degree choices, Julie shared that some students also may not be sure of their career path and may choose to attend a community college until they are more certain.
We asked Julie her opinion regarding attending a Christian college vs. a secular college. She expressed that she is a big fan of Christian colleges and all the advantages they offer. At a Christian college you gain knowledge from the truth. This knowledge supports your belief. She feels that secular colleges often teach in opposition to what the student believes, forcing the student to filter and compare what they are being taught, with their own set of beliefs. Students at a Christian college can build different relationships with professors, students, and residents - things that can impact the student for life. Christian colleges have powerful academics, bible studies, mentoring, and activities which are wholesome and encouraging. Julie went on to express that while the cost for secular colleges is usually less, the benefits of a Christian college outweigh those of a secular school - the most important being truth.
Special thanks to Julie Moskus from Forest Lake Christian School and Shellie Daniels from The Christian Connector, Inc.