I was meeting with a student recently and she expressed a concern that I believe is shared by the majority of our students at this point in the semester.
She has hit the proverbial wall.
While the beginning of spring semester is met with anticipation for a fresh new start, the seven-week mark has students bogged down studying for mid-term exams, working on group projects, and catching up on reading that is necessary to do both. College is hard work and even the highly disciplined student gets tired of the constant demands of school.
Of course, it doesn’t help that we are experiencing beautiful spring-like weather. The crape myrtle trees on campus are in full-bloom. One just has to step outside to smell the perfume of the local orange tree blossoms and jasmine bushes. After on and off rains during the past two months, it is difficult for anyone to spend too much time indoors when the sun is shining and the temperature is near perfect.
During this time of the semester, when Spring Break is still four l-o-n-g weeks away, your student might need some help staying motivated. Here are some ideas in which you, as a parent, can help your student push through their slump.
•Send cards, e-mails, and little gifts on special days such as St. Patrick’s Day, April Fool’s Day, the first day of spring and the days leading up to Easter. Your thoughtfulness can be a great mood lifter. If you’re short on time, check out the Care Packages we offer on our website and order online or by phone.
•Sometimes a change in scenery can make a big difference. Encourage your student to consider a weekend home to regroup. Getting TLC from family and friends may be just what the doctor ordered.
•If necessary, revisit the need to make good use of campus resources. The Learning Center, Academic Advising, Writing Center, Health Center and Counseling Center all provide services that could help your student get through the rest of the semester well.*
And, of course, continue to pray for your student! God knows exactly what they need and He is a gracious and generous Heavenly Father.
With you on the journey,
Director, Parent Relations
*Suggestions taken from “Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s Monthly Guide to the College Experience,” Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram, Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
March 27, 2009 Biola will host its first ever Grandparents Day! It will be a day specifically designed to honor the role Grandparents play in students' lives, and to introduce them to the students' home away from home. Registration for the event is now closed, and we are looking forward to the special day!
Know Grandparents who are looking for hotel accomodations for the weekend? Visit our listing of local hotels for more info. La Mirada's own Holiday Inn Select is offering a rate of $85 for a standard room. Click here for more info.
Beginning the week of the 16th, grandparents will receive information in the mail detailing the parking arrangements, schedule and directions to the University.
In this video message President Corey provides an update on all that has been accomplished around Biola - highlighting Biola's 101st birthday activities, the launch of the School of Education, the annual SCORR Conference as well as athletics achievements. He also discusses the importance of events in March including the 25th Anniversary of the School of Intercultural Studies and the 80th annual Missions Conference.
Watch video here.
We are still looking for more volunteers from Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington!
Biola has found that parent-to-parent contact is a great addition to the recruitment and decision making process for families and prospective students. So once again, the Office of Parent Relations is partnering with Undergraduate Admissions to assist in calling parents of prospective students and we would like to invite you to participate! We are seeking 100 Biola parents who would be willing to call 10 parents of prospective Biola students in their local area. If you are interested, you will be provided with all the necessary information, including a list of FAQ's and a sample script. To participate please call 1.800.99.BIOLA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of Biola's 50th anniversary in the city of La Mirada, Biola has partnered with The Orange Coast Christian Outreach Week to host a free showing of the marriage themed movie, "Fireproof" on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Sutherland Auditorium. A Q&A session with Tim Muehlhoff will immediately follow. Arrive early to guarantee seating, no tickets necessary. Contact 562-777-4062 for more information. Invite your friends.
Whether your student is feeling a little under the weather, or you just want to surprise them with some Spring time goodies, a Biola Care Package is the way to go. For a full listing of package options visit our online site. Available through the beginning of April is our special Spring Care Package, which includes a water bottle, a grow-it-yourself plant, chocolate Easter candy, Granola, dried fruit, Emergen-C vitamin supplements, and Vitamin Water. Order now.
Missions Conference begins next week. Conference sessions take the place of chapel Wednesday - Friday. Missions Conference is a very unique and exciting opportunity for Biola Students. The University takes a break from classes for three days and holds a conference for missionaries and Missions Organizations to come and inform Biola Students about God’s movement through the nations.
Marilyn Laszlo: Marilyn studied linguistics at the University of Oklahoma and then kept her commitment to God by serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She traveled to Papua New Guinea, with a translation partner, to Hauna Village, home of the Sepik Iwam people. Marilyn, her sister Shirley, and their language helpers took an unwritten language and created an alphabet and reading books, and taught the people to read and write. Marilyn and Shirley did medical work, and trained indigenous people to operate a local school, store, and clinic. Now, a boat staffed by Sepik Iwam Christians shares the Gospel and offers medical work along the river.
George Verwer: George Verwer is the Founder and former International Director of Operation Mobilization, which is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship training and church planting. George led Operation Mobilization for over 40 years before stepping down in August 2003. George has a burning concern for vital, propagating and revolutionary Christianity in his own life and in those he meets. George has raised up dedicated leadership to pursue this task across the world. George and his wife, Drena, have three adult children and five grandchildren. They make their home in England.
Grant Porter: Grant, a native born Australian has been living and serving in the Middle East for the last 26 years along with his wife and children. God has involved them in a wide variety of work, including street evangelism, door-to-door, tent-making, church planting, refugee work, and mobilizing young Arab believers into outreach. For the past eighteen years he has been a field director with a major mission agency and has also been involved in creating a network of church planters, businessmen, relief workers and intercessors focused on reaching the lost.
Dr. Barry Corey: Corey received a B.A. in English and Biblical Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, MO., in 1984. In 1988, he received an M.A. in American Studies with a concentration in literature and religious history from Boston College's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He received a Ph.D. from Boston College in curriculum, instruction and administration (a higher education program) in 1992. In addition to his educational experiences, Corey was a Fulbright Scholar with Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and lived in Bangladesh among the rural poor from 1990 to 1991. He has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Board of Trustees of "Convoy of Hope," an international relief and development organization, and the Board of Trustees of "The Boston Theological Consortium" (a nine-member consortium of theological schools in the Boston area including Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University).