We‘re sending them back to you

Published on Apr 21, 2017.
I’m talking about your students, of course.

For some of you, this marks the first summer your students are returning home from college. For others, it will be the last before they move to the next stage of their lives.
We have enjoyed them for these past several months, and we have seen transformations educationally, socially and spiritually. Most parents expect their young adult children to change when they go to college, yet some parents are not prepared for how much they have changed.

You might wonder when your child started eating salad or why they are reading a book of poetry…for fun. Or you might wonder about new words and ideas they express in casual conversation. You might also notice talk of a different major from when they started. Or they may have a new political philosophy that doesn’t match the one you sent them to college with. Maybe they have gotten involved in a campus club that has piqued a new interest. No matter what transformations you see, there are bound to be more each year. After all, that is a huge part of going to college and growing up.

Indeed, we send our kids to college so that they grow and develop in wonderful ways. The truth is, that’s exactly what happens. The difficult part is, that they don’t necessarily tell us they are different … we have to see it for ourselves to fully understand.  Your influence has been and still continues to be a critical part of who your child is becoming.

We hope you like what you see when they come home. We know you will love them regardless, but truly, we hope you like the transformation you see in them. 

Thank you for partnering with us in the lives of your children!

Carey Cook
Vice President of Student Development

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