Judy Moseman talks about how to convince your parents that a Christian college is right for you.
Q. My dad says the only reason to go to a Christian school is if you want to be a pastor. He says I'd be limiting my career opportunities if I go to a Christian college. I don't want to be a minister, but I do think I'd like to attend a Christian school. Is there anything I can say to Dad to convince him a Christian college would be the right place for me, even if I don't become a pastor?
A. What a great opportunity you have to include your father in your college choice! It's legitimate for him to be concerned about your future. But with a little research, you can help him see the possibilities of a Christian college education. Look at the catalogs and websites of the colleges you're interested in, and take note of the wide range of majors offered at the various institutions. Your dad will probably be surprised at the options available to you that have absolutely nothing to do with becoming a pastor. You also can find lists of faculty members and their credentials in their various fields of study. Ask the admissions offices for a list of alumni who have distinguished themselves in a variety of careers. Websites may even have profiles on alumni who have been honored for distinctive contributions in their fields.
Be sure to talk with your dad about what you'll gain by attending a Christian college. Tell him why you're drawn to that environment. Explain the rich opportunity you'll have to study everything through the lens of your faith and to become a stronger Christian. Once your dad understands the opportunities at Christian colleges and your reasons for wanting to attend, he'll likely be much more open to the idea.
Written by Judy Moseman