I once had a pair of Levi’s jeans that were so well worn they felt like silk. The hems had frayed and the knees had developed holes, yet they were my favorite jeans, my “go to” jeans, for whenever I wanted to be comfortable. Towards the end of their life they were relegated to being “yard work” jeans, then “painting” jeans. At some point I had to let them go. And since then, every pair of jeans I’ve worn reminds me that they aren’t as comfortable as those old Levi’s.
Friends are kind of that way. Novelist Sarah Orne Jewett said it best when she wrote, “Yes’m, old friends is always best, ‘less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.” There’s nothing more comfortable than an old friend. And perhaps that’s what makes the transition to college so challenging. It doesn’t matter if a student is moving on campus or commuting, those old friends from high school aren’t as easily available. It doesn’t take long for one to really miss the comfort of an old friend.
College is a time of learning, but it’s not just about academics. One of the biggest lessons is learning how to meet and make new friends. Students have lots of opportunities to do that, but one needs more than opportunities. Developing new friendships takes time and can be lonely in the process. Aristotle understood this when he said, “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
So don’t be surprised or alarmed if your student develops “friendsickness.” Everyone experiences it at one time or another. It’s that feeling of needing to be with someone who really “gets” you, someone who can sit with you quietly and make you feel at ease. Every student, whether freshman or senior, will experience friendsickness as people come in and out of their lives during their college years. The very best ones, however, will stay in contact and last a lifetime. The key is to understand that it takes time.
Encourage your student to keep working at meeting people and developing friendships. It takes time and it takes effort. The process may not move as quickly as they want it to, and people will disappoint them along the way. But some of the friendships they make in their college years will be “fit to make an old one out of.”
Blessings to you on the journey,
Director of Parent Relations
Biola is partnering with Footsteps Ministry to take a once-in-lifetime trip to Greece! During the trip, guests will see some of the world’s most beautiful sights as they walk in footsteps of the apostle Paul. Join Dr. Corey and Dean of Biblical Studies, Dr. Clint Arnold, as they tour cities familiar to us from the New Testament records of Paul’s ministry, such as Thessaloniki, Philippi, Ephesus and Corinth. For more details click here.
Biola has found that parent-to-parent contact is a great addition to the recruitment and decision making process for families of prospective students. So once again, the Office of Parent Relations is partnering with Undergraduate Admissions to assist in contacting parents of prospective students, and we would like to invite you to participate!
We are seeking 100 Biola parents who are willing to contact 10 parents of prospective Biola students by phone or email to share about your experience. You will be provided with all the necessary information, including a sample script, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and information about financial aid and tuition. We will do our best to match you with families in your state or region, but please be aware that you may be asked to contact families outside of your local area. Volunteers will receive their contact assignments by Friday, March 3rd. Click here to volunteer by February 26, 2017.
Join us in celebrating Biola’s 109th birthday on Tuesday, February 21, at the Spirit Week Block Party!
Join us for a special dinner in the Café (tickets $5), a live DJ, popcorn and sweets!
Come cheer the Eagles on to victory as they play San Diego Christian College (Parent tickets $3 - cash at the door)
For more details or to register: https://connect.biola.edu/2017-spirit-week-block-party
The Center for Christianity Culture in the Arts is hosting the 4th Annual Lent Project. Subscribers of the project will receive a daily devotional delivered to their inbox. Each devotional combines theology, art and music creating a multi-dimensional devotional experience and enhancing the lent season for all involved. To learn more or sign up for the devotionals click here.
Don’t miss the chance to place a special ad in the back of the yearbook to honor your student’s graduation. Spaces are very limited, so claim your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and by mailing a check to the Biolan office. Spaces are reserved on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t wait!
Submission Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017
*Due to space issues full pages are no longer available.
Half page: $125.00
Quarter page: $75.00
The Biolan Design Team will design your ad for you!
To purchase a senior ad, please email email@example.com with the following information:
Contact Phone Number:
Ad Size (half or quarter):
Text for Ad (up to 150 words for half/ 100 words for quarter):
Be sure to include in your email 1-4 high quality pictures.
(Pictures from Facebook will not work!)
All checks must be made out to Biola University and mailed to the following address:
The Biolan #13
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
We cannot accept cash or credit cards. Please write the student’s name in the memo line. We ask that you direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every month the Office of Parent Relations sends out a once-a-month Parents in Prayer newsletter with an average of 25 prayers for our students, faculty, staff and their families. Our next meeting is March 10th and we will gather in Business 105 at 10:30 a.m. to pray through this list and for the university as a whole.
Want to sign up for the Parents in Prayer newsletter? Email email@example.com and we will add you to our list of recipients.
Did you know that Parent Relations has a Facebook page? You don’t need to wait for a newsletter to know what’s happening on campus. Our Facebook page is a great place to interact with other parents, post thoughts or questions and stay informed about campus activities. We also post relevant articles and blogs. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/BiolaParents/