Helping Your Young Adult Thrive in College


College is supposed to be an exciting season of life. Fun times. Great classes. New friends.

But it can also be a season of stress. Along with stacks of homework, students have questions about the future. Add to that the impact of the pandemic, and today’s college students are facing a lot of uncertainty.

We were able to host a group of interns this summer here at Focus on the Family. They shared some of their concerns with us about what’s ahead for them. Here are a few of their comments:

  • “All of my classes are now online, and it’s very stressful. I don’t know how I’m going to do it.”
  • “I was super excited to go back to school and participate in theater this semester. Now, I don’t know if we’re going to be allowed to perform.”
  • “I feel anxiety about not returning to school and losing out on the opportunity to make friends and build lifelong relationships.”
  • “This will be my senior year. It’s kind of sad my college years will end this way.”

My own two boys have a lot of questions about how to handle their futures. Troy is a senior in high school, and Trent is a sophomore in college. So, the Daly family is living right where so many of you are today as well.

Life is foggy right now. No question. And no one knows when the uncertainty will end. On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Helping Your Young Adult Thrive in College,” Dr. Barry Corey, the president of Biola University reminds students that they can treat this difficult time as an opportunity rather than a curse.

We can follow the wisdom of Christians who have gone before us. In the time of the early church, Roman governors wrote letters during times of plague talking about the behavior of this strange new group of people called “Christians.” One letter laments the lack of compassion by the Romans while Christians were taking care of everyone, not just their own.

How can we help our young people move ahead into uncertainty with faith and trust? Our program explores that question and offers college students and their parents not only answers but hope and encouragement as well.

Tune in on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.

Dr. Corey has written a great book called Make the Most of It: A Guide to Loving Your College Years. We can put this resource into your hands for a gift of any amount. Give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).

And when you help Focus on the Family today with a gift, your donation will be doubled for twice the impact in helping others through this ministry. Our thanks to generous donors who’ve made that possible. Visit our website for more information.

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Jim Daly with Paul Batura

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