College Success

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #087, College Success with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio NetworkCollege Success

In College Success, episode #087, Meredith Curtis talks about how to thrive, not just survive in college. Whether you are dual enrolling, commuting, or moving to another state for your college years, you will appreciate this practical, encouraging advice. You can excel academically and stay strong in your faith!

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

My College Story

  • New Christian
  • First Bad Grade
  • Nursing Major (starting new curriculum junior year)
  • IV, Christian Fellowship, Making Disciples
  • Close Relationship with my Grandparents

What is College Success to You?

Picture Yourself at the End of College.

Priorities

Your Life Reflects Your Priorities.

Your Priorities Reflect Your Purpose.

What are you living for?

What does your life say?

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

  • Put God first always. Matthew 6:33, Psalm 127.
  • Stay plugged into a local church. Never neglect your family. College is one season; family lasts forever.
  • Connect with godly, genuine Christians on campus.
  • Stay pure; constantly cleanse your mind. Set your standards now and refuse to lower them.
  • Know the Word and Biblical Truth.
  • Know why you believe what you believe.
  • Know the world’s philosophies and learn to evaluate everything by the Truth.

Ruling and Reigning in Academics

Time Management and Scheduling are probably the biggest factors to academic success…even more than brains!!!!

Study Time and Study Habits

Make the Most of this Opportunity. Get the Best Education You Can.

Keys to Success

  • Working hard pays off.
  • Write Well:clear arguments, analysis, organization, complete sentences
  • Read Well: find main points, underline, take notes in margins
  • Take advantage of all your professors offer.

More Than Just Classes

  • Life Preparation & Career Exploration
  • Lifelong friendships!
  • Athletics, clubs, etc.: Choose wisely!
  • Build relationships with your professors.
  • Seize academic opportunities
  • Internships
  • Study Abroad
  • Workshops, networking, and more

Making Disciples in College

Witnessing in the Classroom

They are falling away like flies. Maybe just need to hear one person speak up.

Don’t be intimidated. Walk in your authority in Christ.

Gospel first; everything else second.

Remember they are broken sinners inside for all their pride.

Always learn from your mistakes.

Win them over. C.S. Lewis tactic: start from their side and lead to yours. Live your faith WELL! Respect others.

Pray for those who will be in your class!!! I have done this every single semester.

Outside the Classroom

Intentional relationships for evangelism.

Sit with new people at lunch and share the Gospel.

Pursue with love. Serve. Text. Pray for them.

Invite to coffee or lunch.

Join groups specifically for evangelism.

Learn how to turn conversations to Christ. Know some good questions!

Learn a basic Gospel presentation or two and get comfortable with it.

Be part of a VIBRANT CHURCH to be your net!!!

Start Now Being the Kind of Person You Need to Be

 

Worldview Podcasts

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What Is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What Is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews Collide

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews Collide

Resources

Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteCareer Choices and the College Decision by Meredith CurtisCommunications 101:Essays and Speeches High School ClassAmerican Literature & ResearchWorldview Understanding the Times by Meredith CurtisGreat Commission Course by Meredith CurtisReal Men 103: LeadershipA Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis

 

 

 

Discipline Without Breaking Their Spirit – MBFLP 202

Kids need discipline, and in fact, God tells us that a child who doesn’t receive discipline has been rejected by his parents! (Hebrews 12) Discipline, after all, is discipleship – it’s meant to teach, not just punishBut there are good and very bad ideas for administering the needed correction to our kids. How can you discipline your child without breaking their spirit? That’s what we’re talking about this episode.



What Tree Roots Taught Me About My Children’s Sin

What Tree Roots Taught Me About My Children's Sin

There is no such thing as small sin. Every act of rebellion, no matter the size, should be handled swiftly and purposefully.  If sin is not taken out by the root, it will continue to grow and expand eventually threatening to overtake your child’s heart. We never intend to allow sin to grow in our children’s hearts but there are 3 common ways this can happen. Listen in to this important message to help cultivate a heart free from sin.

 

Links:

Three Ways You Allow Sin to Grow In Y our Child’s Heart

Talking Mom2Mom Website

Watching With Discernment – MBFLP 133

MBFLP 133 - Watching With Discernment - H

Hebrews 5:12-14 tells us that a mature believer is able to discern right and wrong, good from evil, because he has had practice evaluating them both and learning which one to choose. This summer, as we get out our students’ reading lists and look at the summertime movie offerings, we need to ask ourselves – are we teaching our young people to consider and discern? Or are we continuing to shelter and shield our young adults so they are never confronted with “grey area” situations – until they’re out of our homes and out of our guidance? This episode we look at ways to train our teens to ask the right questions and make the right choices about books, music, movies, and more —

 

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MBFLP 116 – The Power of Examples

The New Testament talks a lot about the power of examples for teaching believers the Christian walk. Paul talked about it, Peter talked about it, James talked about it, and most of all, Jesus talked about it. This episode, we take a look at how incredibly important it is to have good examples in a believer’s life – and to become the example for others.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

03:05 – The Bible talks about examples frequently
04:43 – Our own lives should be exemplary
05:34 – Examples demonstrate how to apply principles to real life
06:45 – Our children need examples for their own understanding
07:46 – “Do as I say, do not as I do!”
10:41 – Kids need to see examples beyond just their parents’
12:57 – The greatest Example of them all
15:28 – How this can effect sibling rivalry
18:13 – Schooling, discipleship, and Jesus’ method
20:00 – Our kids need opportunities to actually apply the examples we give them
21:42 – Don’t overlook good examples outside of Scripture, too
23:58 – The need to explain, not just show

MBFLP – Beginning Homeschooling

MBFLP - Summer CoverNews from the government and public schools has been disturbing recently, and homeschool organizations are reporting an increase in inquiries from families who are now considering moving away from the public school option. There are always questions though – is this legal here? Will my kids be able to get into college or a job one day? Will my family turn out weird? This episode, we’ll share some of our own observations from over twenty years of homeschooling our own family – and maybe encourage you to take a serious look at homeschooling your own!

MBFLP – Homeschooling As Discipleship

MBFLP - Homeschooling as Discipleship

Homeschoolers think about academic excellence a great deal – it’s one of the most common reasons people undertake home education at all! But are we losing a Biblical balance when we make schoolwork our focus? What if Scripture gave a different priority for our educational efforts? This episode we open up the concept of homeschooling as discipleship – and what we can learn from Jesus’ example as a teacher!

 

MBFLP – Family Devotions (and how to get them done)

MBFLP Family Devotions

What can be more Biblical than studying the Bible together as a family … after all, we all know you’re supposed to teach these things diligently to your children, and talk of them “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:7, NKJV)

But oh, how hard it can be, to just be consistent about it. What do you have to do just to get devotions done?

This episode, we’ll talk about some things we learned about having family devotions – not to add guilt, but give a hand!

RESOURCES WE MENTIONED

J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels – a great way to learn how to read and explain a passage of the Bible

The Catechism for Young Children (Reformed)
The Catechism for Boys and Girls (Baptist)

NetHymnal has hundreds of familiar hymns with MIDI files to give you the tunes
The Trinity Hymnal page of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church includes some interesting historic hymns you won’t find elsewhere!

MBFLP – Balancing Family and Business in a Family Business

MBFLP Balancing Family and Business

One of the things that makes a family business attractive is the freedom to have more time with your spouse and kids! Yet entrepreneurs quickly learn there’s a balancing act going on — it’s no longer your employer which drives your schedule, but your own sense of urgency and ambition! This show, we talk with experienced business owners and trainers Philip and Carroll Sue Priddy about how to make sure you keep these two valuable things in balance, and how to keep “family” and “business” in harmony–not competition!