The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and students are anxious for an extended break. They have visions of sleeping until noon and catching up on their favorite shows. They want to chill.
For many families, this may be the first opportunity to be with your student since classes began in August. You can’t wait to see them and get the real scoop on college life. You’re going to be a bit frustrated with the whole “sleeping ’til noon” situation. And getting the scoop on college? There’s no guarantee you’ll get more than a “great” or “fine” in response.
These are over-generalizations, but not too far from reality for many. So how do you make the most of the time you do have with your student? Make every conversation count by asking questions that require more than a one-word response. Listen and hear what your student is saying. Don’t critique, correct or counter with your opinion. Take it in, and perhaps ask a clarifying question. Need some ideas to get started? I hoped you would ask!
Learn about your student and help them process their year thus far with these questions
Some of you parents won’t have the opportunity to be with your student for the Thanksgiving holiday. I can only imagine how difficult that is. I encourage you to ask these same questions by phone, Skype or Google Hangout. It’s not the same as having your student at the dinner table, but the conversation will be just as rich.
Blessings for a grace-filled Thanksgiving Day,
Director, Alumni & Parent Relations
On November 9, 2016, Dr. Corey sent out a message to Biola students, faculty, staff and families in response to the recent presidential elections. In a time of high tension in our country, Dr. Corey saw it fit to unite us as a university in prayer to the God who sits enthroned in heaven.
According to Dr. Corey, “Our identity as Christians should transcend our national identity. In this passage Peter—inspired by the Holy Spirit—also calls believers to submit to and honor human institutions, including governors and emperors. We do this regardless of who is elected president.”
He shared that he was praying for our present-elect Donald J. Trump, for his leadership, his agenda, his counselors, his decisions, his heart. He prayed that Trump will become known as a president who leads this nation toward unity and better days. But he also shared his prayer for our community as we look to the future: “I pray we would not buy into pervasive despair and disunity. I pray that Biola University could in God’s mercy be a university that would lead in this season of reflection and moving forward in unity. We need to see all that is happening as an opportunity to spread the gospel. God has promised to purify the church, and I pray this extraordinary political event is God’s way of advancing the kingdom.”
On Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. the Biola University gathered in Calvary Chapel for prayer. Using Psalm 95 as their guide, the Biola students and staff gathered to worship the Lord and offer prayers for our nation’s leadership, unity as Christ followers, and adherence to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives as individuals.
As a university, we are grateful for Dr. Corey’s leadership even in the midst of turbulent and tense times. Whatever our response is regarding the outcome of the election may prayer, as Dr. Corey shares, be our posture as we look to the future.
The Biola Christmas tree lighting is one of the most beloved traditions of current students and our alumni. From a Christmas fair complete with cookie and ornament decorating to singing Christmas carols together as a community, there’s nothing like it!
We don’t want anyone to miss out on this tradition. If you live close to Biola, come! It’s free! If you’re out of state or too far to visit, don’t fear, you can join the festivities too via LIVE STREAM.
Details for the event on campus can be found here.
Livestream of the Tree Lighting can be found here.
Do you have an extra bed or even comfy couch available this Christmas break? There are Biola Global students who cannot travel home for the holidays and are left with limited options when it comes to where to stay, how they will eat, and how they spend their time. We encourage you to create a new family tradition by opening up your home to a global student from Biola this Christmas break.
You can sign up to be put on our list of potential hosts here.
**Signing up does not mean you will automatically be placed with a student but rather will be contacted should students inquire.
Join Biola on National Giving Tuesday Nov 29th as we raise funds to help make Biola more affordable for all students. Check back here for more info!
Can you imagine the pressure and stress a typical student faces during finals week? Picture them receiving a gift from home during this exhaustive time, to help them through their week.
With your generous, tax-deductible gift to Spiritual Development Ministries (formerly known as Christian Formation & Ministry), we have the opportunity to deliver “Survival Sacks” to your student’s residence hall room the Friday before final exams begin.
This Survival Sack contains a plentiful assortment of fresh fruit, popcorn, sugarless gum, granola bars and various snacks and candy. In addition, it can also include a personal note of encouragement from you.
This service to parents and students is the primary way we raise support for our ministry efforts both locally and globally.
Survival Sacks will be delivered Friday, December 9th in the afternoon. For students living off-campus, we contact them via e-mail and phone (if their cell number is provided) so they can pick up their Survival Sack.
We would love to hear from you before Monday, December 5th. After December 5th, the online option will be closed, but you can order through our office at (562) 903-4754.
More information can be found here: https://connect.biola.edu/2016-fall-survival-sacks
The commencement website contains information about the ceremonies taking place on Friday, December 16, including:
With Finals, Graduation and Christmas right around the corner, we’ve got Care Packages to last through the end of the fall semester. Check our latest additions and ordering information here.
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