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Jul 2, 2012

How We Chose a College

MaryAnn Gaver

Hi homeschooling moms!

How are you? I hope that you're having a good day so far.

All moms of juniors and seniors - take note. Moms with younger kids—one day you'll get here. Yes, one day the kids will turn 18 and you'll be looking at that next step after high school.

For us, the actual college search started in the junior year. We had always prayed for direction of course, and had in our minds some important things in choosing a college.  

       - We looked for schools that taught a Christian worldview and had the most outstanding faculty with the highest degrees in their field.

       - The college had to be in the Mid-Atlantic region of our country.

       - The school needed to be known for its excellent training in journalism and business.

       - There had to be plentiful, top-quality musical opportunities for the guys (orchestras, ensembles, etc.)

The twins looked at seven schools, narrowed it down to three, then chose THE one! Good news.... they found it! The south won out and they found that perfect fit after a long process. Honestly, I thought the whole process was rather grueling and stressful. There were snooty schools, stately schools, friendly schools, inspiring schools...

One helpful hint: Don't let anyone tell you that college isn't about the SAT's! It is. Some schools that said that they look at the whole person...not true. It is definitely about the SAT's. I don't say that to cause you stress, but to say that's what I've found to be true.  

Yes, keep striving to help your children be well rounded (academically, musically and physically) —but keep remembering the most important thing: the spiritual aspect. Loving the Lord and loving people. If we miss teaching that—we've missed everything!

My encouragement would be to always keep in mind what it is you're really trying to achieve. Is is simply to produce smart scholars that can get into Harvard so that we feel good about ourselves? Or is it a young person that not only strives for his or her best academically, but at the same time truly loves God and loves people? 

Mark 12:30-31

  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Keep being a great mom!

Joyfully,

MaryAnn

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