Mentorship Matters

The students of today need a place where they can grow into their amazing adult selves.
BY: Jen Shupert

I am making cupcakes for my son. Strawberry cake with strawberry icing (he doesn’t like chocolate for some strange reason!).  He is turning 18 and I have so many feelings about it. Happy – he is maturing and becoming an adult. Sad – he is no longer that cute little kid I can scoop up and cuddle. Excited – that he is hitting a big milestone and has plans for college and beyond. Overwhelmed – at the thought of him living on his own and making decisions without me being available in the next room.  I can still remember how I had to hold his hand extra tight when we crossed the street, because he was ready to just run across without looking left or right. I remember wondering if I would ever be able to trust him to cross the street by himself.  Eventually I did = )

We have talked about and planned for this next season of his life, but now that it has finally come, I am unsure.  Is he ready? Did we talk enough about about making good choices?  Is he going to read his Bible and pray without being reminded? Will he choose friends that will influence him in good ways? Are the professors encouraging and willing to work with the accommodations he may need? Will he ask for help if he is struggling in a class?

I know I am not the only parent who thinks about these things before they send their child off to college.  We all want our kid to have a goal and work hard to accomplish it. To succeed in life.  To become an adult that loves God and their community and themselves.  After high school, there is still much more to learn.  

This is why Seapointe College exists.  The students of today need a place where they can grow into their amazing adult selves, grounded in their faith and ready to impact the world.  We don’t have to just send our kid off into the world, cross our fingers and hope for the best.  We can offer them a place where they will not only learn what is needed to succeed in their career choice, but also what is needed to live a life of faith and purpose.