12 Bible Verses for College Students

12 Bible Verses for College Students

12 Bible Verses for College Students

 

Sending a child off to college is a monumental step for both parent and student. These 12 Bible Verses for College Students will encourage your student during the days of struggle, fear, loneliness, and moral turmoil that are ahead. They will also help them remember to shout for joy at their hard earned successes and to know that every good and perfect gift is from above.

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12 Good Bible Verses for College Students

 

Isaiah 40:30-31 – Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

Psalm 19:14 – May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

Colossians 2:6-7 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

 

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

 

John 16:33 – In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

Psalm 145:18 – The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

 

Romans 8:31 – What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

Philippians 4:8 – Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

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The Best Back to School Tips for Teens and Parents

 

Can you believe it is already time to get ready to go Back to School? Going back to school for teens is a whole different ballgame than going back as an elementary student.

Their activities are more intense and they cost more. Many teens begin practice for fall sports and fine arts at the beginning of August. Their clothes are extremely important to them and they are not cheap either. If they are headed into their junior year of high school, it is time to get serious about what they are going to do after high school, especially if they are college-bound.

To help you as you prepare for the new school year, I have gotten together with some of my fellow bloggers and prepared the Best Back to School Tips for Teens and Parents. 

 

The Best Back to School Tips for Teens and Parents

 

The best teen and college parent bloggers around have written posts to help you get organized, get school supplies, and start preparing those high school kids for college.

 

Teens and parents have more than just high school on their minds. They also have to plan for their futures after high school. Miranda of The Reluctant Cowgirl has an awesome post with 3 Tips to Motivating Teens to Apply for College and for Scholarships

But before they can apply for college they need to do their homework!! Dana E. Baker of Parenting in Real Life writes about Homework Hell? 10 Tips to Sanity.

Dana also shares her Mom Tips for Surviving the High School Senior Year.

Speaking of that senior year…. There are many costs associated with having a senior. Check out my post High School Senior Year Costs with suggestions for both high and low options for paying for the year.

Going back to school can be super stressful for both teens and their parents. Nancy from Raising Teens Today gives 5 Tips to Conquer Back to School Stress.

Louisa, a teacher, tutor, mom, and owner of LPTutoring knows what school supplies are really needed and how to get good deals on them. She shares Back to School Shopping for Teens.

Melanie of Parenting High Schoolers knows that navigating high school with your child can be like riding a roller coaster. They have a FREE Parent Survival Kit just for the high school moms. Check out their High School Survival Kit for Parents.

Ready to get help your teen get organized? Here are 5 Amazing Organizational Apps for Teens from Kira of Parenting Teens and Tweens.

Kira is an overachiever and also writes Sunshine and Hurricanes with her friend Michelle. They know that the high school homework of today is above most of our pay grades, so they have found The Best Homework Apps to Help Your Child Succeed.

One of the challenges of high school is that college is not far behind. Monica of How2winscholarships knows that the sooner you begin applying for scholarships, the more your child will win. Read her tips in How to Start the College Scholarship Process.

 

Blessings to you all as you begin getting ready for your teens to go back to school and follow the best back to school tips for teens and parents.

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Parent Survival Kit for College Move In

 

You have known this day was coming for several months. You have shopped for all the dorm necessities on the College Dorm Room Check List, have them packed up (How to Move to the U), and everything is in the front hall ready to go in the car. But, what else do you need to ensure a smooth move-in day? There are a few “don't forget” items you need to include in your Parent Survival Kit for College Move In.

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Whether you are approaching college drop-off with dread or excitement or a combination of both, you want the day to go as smoothly as possible. There is the potential for crowded hallways and staircases (forget the elevator), no or very little air conditioning, and a high emotional level from every person you bump into in these crowded hallways. Being prepared will keep you from bursting into tears as soon as you walk into your child's very small room that is already full of her roommate's stuff and her roommate's five family members.

 

 

Follow these steps and you will be smiling at least most of the day:

The first step to being prepared is to follow the instructions from the school. Plan to arrive at the time you have been assigned. Don't try to beat the system. They have assigned the times for a reason and they will not want to check you in early. If you manage to beat the system and get moved in early, it will cause resentment from your child's roommate who arrives to find the room already set up without his input.

Bring your Parent Survival Kit for College Move In

Items to include in your Parent Survival Kit for College Move In:

A dollie or wagon. Hopefully, happy and enthusiastic upper classmen will meet you at the curb and take everything to the room for you. If this does not happen, you will be prepared to stack things in your wagon and make quick work of moving the stuff to the room.

We bought this wagon for our daughter's track meets. It was awesome! It folds up flat, has drink holders, and all-terrain wheels. We will definitely take it to her college move in this fall!!

A wheeled ice chest with some cold drinks and snacks.

A door stop to prop the dorm door open while moving in or to keep the room from being too stuffy.

A few tools (electric screwdriver/drill, rubber mallet, hammer) for assembling shelves and drawer units.

Pen and Paper to make a list of items to go buy once you arrive.

Tape Measure. If you need to go buy shelves or drawer units, it will help to know the space available.

Alcohol Swabs and a blow dryer: These items will be on my list for the first time on the advice of a parent's Facebook group. Why? To hang Command Strips. We plan to hang some curtains with Command Hooks. I am reading that in order to get the strips to hang and stay hung that we need to make sure we clean the wall and get it dry before applying the strips. 

Kleenex (a few for your pocket and a box for the car).

Multi-purpose cleaner and paper towels to clean spots in the room or furniture that were missed by the last occupant.

 

 

 

A Few More College Move In Tips:

Expect chaos and be ready to be patient and malleable to the situation.

Don't plan to give advice to your child about room setup or anything else. This is not the time. It is their room and they need the freedom to decide where the bed goes, what drawer they want their underwear in, and whether they want you to unpack everything.

Take pictures of any existing damage to walls, floors, doors, and furniture in case it is an issue at move-out.

Plan a shopping trip. After you arrive and get the basic unpacking done, take a survey of the room and make a list of items to go buy. These may be items that were too big to bring with you or just some snacks and laundry detergent. A shopping trip gets you out of the dorm for a while and lets you and your child pick out a few last things together.

Find a place other than the dorm for your good-byes – some place calmer and more private. Take your child out to dinner or for ice cream as your last activity and say good bye there.

While it may be hard to believe, you both will survive the drop-off experience. Planning ahead and bringing a Parent Survival Kit for College Move Inn will certainly help. You cannot anticipate everything the day will entail, but having a few items at your fingertips will keep the panic at bay. When it is time to get in the car and drive away, smile through the tears and congratulate yourself on raising a spectacular kid who is ready for the adventures and experiences ahead.

 

 

 

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How to Help Teens Deal with Grief

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How to Help Teens Deal with Grief

 

This is a guest post by Sarah R. Ward of Sararward.com

 

Working through grief is not easy for anyone, but teens can experience situations that adults do not in their grieving process. Sara R. Ward lost her father as a teenager and has a unique perspective on what it feels like to grieve as a teenager. She offers 3 Suggestions for How to Help Teens Deal with Grief in this guest post.

How to Help Teens Deal With Grief

 

I lost my father when I was sixteen years old. When I went back to school after the funeral, I remember everyone treated me like nothing had happened and my life had not been turned upside down. It was their attempt at making things normal for me. My friends all knew my father had died, but everyone avoided the subject. I found myself caught in the conflict between wanting life to be normal again and realizing it never could be.

In the months that followed, only two people brought up my father’s death. One was my high school English teacher, right before he read a poem about death in front of the class.

“Are you going to be okay with this poem?” he asked me in front of the class. He sat at his desk, book open, ready to read. “Because if you’re not going to be okay, you can leave the classroom.”

I could feel the class staring at me, trying to figure out if a poem about death would undo me. It didn’t feel like an invitation, it felt like an interrogation. I bristled in my seat, under the weight of the elephant in the room.

“I’m okay,” I replied, feeling embarrassment creep up my skin.

Everyone turned to the poem as the teacher began reading, but I could only think about his question: Are you going to be okay?

The teacher, trying to be sensitive, had given me permission to leave. But in the moment, it felt anything but sensitive; instead, it felt like my grief was an awkward interruption, the thing everyone wanted to avoid talking about.

People wanted me to be okay. I wanted to be okay. But I did’t know how to talk about being okay and I certainly didn’t want to talk about it in front of my high school English class.

At the same time, I wanted someone to ask me how I felt, to sit with me through the ugly stuff, and not ask me to leave.

I wanted them to tell me, it’s okay to not be okay. And I wanted them to mean it.

 

3 Ways to Help Teens Deal with Loss

 

So how do we help teens navigate grief and loss in their lives? How do we help reassure them that it’s okay to not be okay?

Whether it’s facing a tragic event or the loss of a loved one, teens learn to navigate grief the way all of us do—by living through it and learning from the experience. Though teens may appear to handle it like an adult, they still need our help to understand what is healthy grieving and what is not.

While there’s not one right approach for healthy grieving, here are three important ways you can offer support for a teen who is dealing with loss.

 

  1. Recognize it’s normal for teens to experience a wide range of emotions.

 

Teens may be moody, angry, or anxious in the months and years following a loss. Like adults, different emotions are part of the grieving process and are considered normal responses to grief (with the exception of self-destructive behaviors). Since most teens have not dealt with a significant loss before, they may need help processing their feelings. Encourage open lines of communication and validate their feelings. When you reach out to them, follow their lead and allow them to express emotions as they feel comfortable.

Some teens have trouble sharing their feelings and mask their true emotions. In these cases, journaling or seeing a counselor can be positive ways to share thoughts that teens would have difficulty expressing otherwise.

 

  1. Be a companion on the grief journey.

Companioning someone means walking beside them through their grief. It involves listening to their thoughts and acknowledging that they feel sad. Avoid offering pat answers like, “You’ll be okay” or “It’s not that bad.” These kinds of responses minimize their feelings and close the door to more communication. Acknowledge that grief takes years and be patient with them as they navigate this journey. Companioning them is the best way to offer support through their loss.

 

  1. Work through the big questions with them.

 

Teens who’ve experienced a dramatic change in their lives begin to ask questions like “How could this happen?” and “Why me?”  

Although not all youth are ready to handle deep questions, some need to struggle with issues of life and death before they can find peace. Look at this opportunity as a continuing conversation about beliefs, heaven, suffering, and faith. Talk about people in the Bible who have suffered, including the story of a man named Job. Allow teens to talk through how they responded to suffering as you help guide them toward truth.

 

For teens, walking through grief may lead to a better understanding of their identity and what matters in life. As they work through their feelings, they will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their faith. They’ll discover that in the end, it’s okay to not be okay.  

 

Sara R. Ward teaches women how to find more hope and faith in their lives after loss and grief. She is a pastor’s wife and a mom to three children (one in heaven) and writes about adoption, grief, faith, and motherhood. You can find out more at SaraRWard.com or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

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What to do if your College Student has a Medical Emergency

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What to do if your College Student has a Medical Emergency

 

It's a parent's worst nightmare. A call from your child (or worse, a call from someone else) explaining symptoms or injury requiring immediate medical attention. Preparing ahead of time and having a few things at your fingertips  (like a HIPPA authorization form) will help you stay calm if your College Student has a Medical Emergency.

We received this kind of phone call from our son about 2 years ago. It was 3:30 in the morning and he had awakened with shaking chills, fever, and terrible lower abdominal pain. Less than an hour later he had been diagnosed with an appendicitis and my husband was on the road for the six hour drive to be with him.

What to Do if Your College Student has a Medical Emergency

 

Here are some steps to preparing for and handling, in the moment, a medical emergency involving your child who does not live near you:

 

Before your College Student has a Medical Emergency:

 

 

  • Make sure they have their health insurance card in an easily accessible place.
  • Either call your health insurer or carefully read the materials from your health insurer concerning seeking care in another city/state. Find out if there are “in-network” health care providers and facilities in the new college town. Our son is in another state, so fortunately, our health insurer allows us to seek emergency care anywhere and it will be classified as “in network” for the deductible and out-of-pocket portions of the bill. If there are “in-network” facilities where your child lives and your student goes somewhere else, you could be in for a large bill.
  • Consider executing a HIPPA release with your child. Once your child is 18, you will need YOUR CHILD'S PERMISSION to access their medical information.  Hospitals and doctors are not allowed to discuss your child's medical care with you without signed consent. I recently interviewed a physician about HIPPA forms and here is his take:

Every institution will prefer their own forms for HIPPA purposes, but it is a good idea for the person who will be making the decisions and/or paying the bill to have an executed HIPPA form on file to fax or e-mail if the medical provider/institution will not give you adequate information, especially over the phone. If the patient is unconscious, the provider will talk to the next of kin, but that can sometimes be difficult to determine. Divorces and other family situations can complicate “the next of kin” issue.

*** Tell your child to put you as the emergency contact and as a person with whom health care providers may share medical information when filling out ANY AND ALL medical forms.

  • Have your child fill our whatever forms they need to with the insurer before they go to college, so that you can discuss their bills with the insurer. Even though you are the “insured” and are paying the bills, an insurer is also not allowed to discuss their bills with you without their consent. This was a bit of an issue with us because our son needed to give notice within 24 hours of his emergency to get in network benefits. We ultimately got it straightened out and were given the correct benefits, but did have to argue a bit that we tried several times to call them. They were arguing that the notice had to be from our son! 
  • Discuss with your child, what campus clinics, urgent cares, free-standing ERs, and hospitals are available. Do you have an opinion about where they seek care?
  • If possible, select a local friend or family member, who can act as the emergency contact until you arrive.

What to do when you receive “the call”:

 

  • Determine what action your child should take when they call with “symptoms.” After 18 years, you are probably pretty good at interpreting your child's voice and level of drama. Some kids will call hysterical because they have a splinter. Others will call and say, “I decided to jump off my raised bed and I fell on my arm. My arm is now a weird shape. Do you think I should show it to the pre-med student down the hall or do you think it is nothing?” (If it is just a splinter, send them to the first aid kit from The Best First Aid Kit for College.)
  • If you decide they should seek medical attention, remind them to take their insurance card with them and to PUT YOU AS THE EMERGENCY CONTACT and person to whom the doctor may give medical information.
  • Boys do not like to ask for help even if they are in incredible pain. But, depending on the situation, encourage your child to have a friend drive them. Our son drove himself to a free standing ER. The free standing ER made him call a friend to take him to the hospital. We are extremely grateful for the young man who came to his side at 4:00am.
  • The next step is the toughest: wait by the phone for your child or a doctor to call with news of what is wrong and what the next steps will be.
  • Find your HIPPA form in case you need it.
  • If you have a local friend or family member who can stay with your child until you get there, call them.
  • Plane, train, or automobile it to your child's side.

What if my child is unconscious?

 

I recently interviewed my friend Rexann, who received this kind of call from an ER doctor. Her son played baseball for his college and had collapsed during a workout. He spent over a month in the ICU after a heatstroke and experiencing the breakdown of his muscles from a condition called rhabdomyolysis. He has since recovered thanks to the excellent care he received and the prayers of family, friends, and strangers far and near.

Rexann says they did not have an executed HIPPA document, but had no trouble receiving information from the doctors at the hospital even over the phone. The drive to the hospital was about 8 hours and she received information even on the way. 

She did have the same experience we did with her insurance company. They said they did not have permission to talk to her about her son because he was over 18. After repeatedly explaining to them that he was unconscious, they finally relented and talked to her about the financial side of things. 

I also asked her if she had any advice for parents who find themselves in this situation. She said that there is no way to really prepare for the moment you receive that kind of call. As a sports mom she had dealt with many injuries and issues over the years and was not initially concerned to hear from an ER. Her only advice was to  stay calm because you will receive better information and the hospital staff will respond better to a calm person. 

Knowing What to do if your College Student has a Medical Emergency is a necessary part of the college preparation process. Neither you nor your student wants to be in this situation, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Take the necessary steps to be prepared.

 

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4 Crucial Topics to Discuss Before Your Child Leaves for College

 

This is a guest post by Cyndee Ownbey of Women's Ministry Toolbox.

As we navigated the first few months of our son’s freshman year of college, we quickly discovered our pre-college preparations were strong in some areas and lacking in others.

We failed to establish a communication plan and the monthly allowance we established wasn’t working as expected. And while I thought those years doing laundry had properly prepared him, I had failed to explain what settings I used on the washing machine and why.

If you’re launching your child out of the nest this fall, I pray the list that follows will encourage some beneficial conversations in your home and family.  We learned it’s much better to discuss and establish expectations now, rather than trying to negotiate them via phone and text once your child is at school.

4 Crucial Topics to Discuss Before You Child Leaves for College

 

  • Money

    Who’s going to pay for what?

 Will your daughter or son receive a weekly or monthly allowance? What expenses should be covered by their allowance? Do they need a grocery budget? Will you pay for their gas to travel back and forth from home to school? Haircuts? Toiletries? Cell phone bills? Meals off campus?

 Settle money decisions in advance, but agree to make needed adjustments regularly.

 

  • Communication

    How often will you call and text each other?

 During our son’s first week at school, he suggested we agree on a day and time each week to catch up via phone. He decided Sunday evenings worked best for his schedule. If either of us can’t make that day or time work, we reschedule for as soon as possible.

 One of my friends has implemented a “Proof of Life” requirement for her boys. They know when mom texts “POL” they must quickly respond with a photo of themselves. It gives her peace of mind to see their smiling faces and helps them to be aware that they haven’t been in touch recently. They often send POL photos without prompting even recently surprising their mom that the older was visiting his brother at his campus. They’ve all found a way to have fun with it while honoring their parents’ request.

 Take into account your child’s personality. You may hear from your child multiple times a day or hardly at all. Trust that they will reach out when they need you and don’t hesitate to let them know you’re praying for them.

 

  • Skills

    What skills do they need to master before they leave?

Laundry tops the list of skills your child needs to master before they leave the nest. Our oldest had been doing his laundry for several years, but machines with different settings and different capacities can trip them up. If you can remember, try to take a look at their washer and dryer before you leave campus and take a quick photo so you’ll be able to direct them if questions come up. Teach them how to iron, too, as there are events they may choose to attend that require pressed pants or dress shirts.

Even if your son or daughter is on the unlimited dining plan, basic cooking skills come in handy. Arm them with knowledge about what can and can’t be used or cooked in the microwave (no metal or aluminum foil!). Can they boil an egg or a pot of water for spaghetti? We tend to overlook such things as greasing pans, tell-tale signs of ripe fruit, expiration dates, and how to handle raw meat.  

If your child is taking their car to campus review or teach them how to check the air pressure on their tire, change a flat, and jump their car battery. A first aid kit, jumper cables, and a tire pressure gauge make great graduation gifts!

 

  • Drinking, dating, and other legal issues

    Is your child prepared to navigate social and ethical issues that arise?

While it’s tempting to launch the conversation with a stern lecture on what is and isn’t acceptable by law and in your family, questions make much better conversation starters. Ask your son or daughter how they plan to handle different circumstances and situations. What would they do if they were asked to ride in a car with someone who has been drinking or were offered a drink at a party even though they are underage? How might they respond to unwanted sexual advances or deal with being stranded without a ride?

While we cannot force our children to honor our household rules or even the laws of the land, they need to know where we stand and what is right. Their safety is our number one priority no matter what choices they’ve made, and they need to know they can call if they are in trouble. Unconditional love is not without appropriate consequences at the appropriate time.

Help your daughter or son to devise an exit strategy. While we pray they don’t find themselves in a situation that requires an immediate or necessary exit, having a plan in place will allow them to exit quickly and successfully. Some families have implemented the “x” text plan in which the daughter or son texts their parent an “x” and they immediately respond with an “emergency” phone call that requires they leave immediately. In college, I found myself in a potentially dangerous situation in downtown Nashville over spring break. Suddenly realizing I was in over my head, I faked an upset stomach and escaped to safety.

Your bird is already anxious to spread their wings and leave the nest and may think they know it all, but you have the wisdom of experience that can be shared in a compassionate and caring manner that may help smooth their flight. May God guide your conversations and preparations.

 

Cyndee Ownbey is grateful to God for strengthening her faith and prayer life during these sometimes tumultuous college years. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and their younger son, a high school junior. Their oldest son will be entering his senior year of college in the fall. Cyndee is a speaker, writer, and encourager for women’s ministry leaders at her site Women’s Ministry Toolbox.

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