Congregational Conversation: CollegeBy Emily Hummel
The recent college acceptance scandal reminds us of the longstanding anxiety caused by the college application process in the United States. This single moment in a child’s life is loaded with fear for future social and economic acceptance. For parents (and their children) this is often the single biggest economic decision of a lifetime. And unfortunately, college pressure hugely distorts the culture of High School, Middle School, youth activities, and peer relationships. Even when parents and teens know the college pressure is exaggerated or unhealthy, the cultural gravity of this life stage is impossible to resist. And we have not even mentioned the way that college spending affects the larger United States economy and politics.
The topic is complicated and has major implications for the daily lives of families in our congregation. As we have with controversial issues in the past, we will be hosting a Congregational Conversation about College Pressure this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM. This format has been a useful way to air difficult topics, hear divergent points of view, and offer ideas about how we can react both individually and as a community. We do not have a pending policy or programmatic decision to make, but we do need to address the way this topic affects our families.
If you have a story to share about how College pressure has adversely affected your family in a significant way, please contact us this week. Has this pressure led to mental health struggles, substance abuse, relational stress, or more difficult situations? Alternatively have you found creative ways to adjust to the college pressure, work around it and find alternative paths to a bright future for you or your teen? As in prior Congregational Conversations, we will be inviting a handful of members to courageously share stories that illustrate the topic. So please do contact email@example.com.
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