Letter to Parents

Congratulations! You found the parent section. If you are a parent, we figured you would because you care about your child. And if you’re a student – you’re just curious. Either way, here’s why we created a section just for parents:

You want to know if there is anything else you can do to prepare them spiritually, physically, and academically to help them succeed at college and university.

You have cared about them since the moment they joined your family to their first day of school and to their graduation of high school and all the days in between. But you’re not going to stop at high school. You still care for them and want what’s best for them as they finish off this chapter and start the next one(on their own)!

For students, what awaits them is a sense of independence and freedom. As parents, what lies ahead is the end of a sense of control and the beginning of an unknown. We know that college and university is more than just academic or career development, but has a dramatic impact on the journey of faith that a student lives out beyond graduation.

You are on as much of a journey as your child is as they arrive on campus in the fall. There exists a myriad of feelings, thoughts, and questions concerning your child. You want to know if there is anything else you can do to prepare them.

We have included this section of articles here with you in mind. We find writers who are parents themselves who have gone through this particular stage. While no journey is the same because no parent or child is exactly the same, we hope that these articles will still give you a fresh perspective and insight not only into your child, but into your own life.  We hope that through these articles you will be reassured of three things:

  1. You are not alone
  2. It is never too late to prepare your child
  3. God cares about your child and you through this journey.

Before you jump into them, can I offer a suggestion about all the articles written to your child? You’ll probably see something that you would love your son or daughter to read. You know them best so you can probably best gauge their receptivity to reading it. You don’t have to share every article with them – be selective and trust that they’ll find their way around!

I am really excited for what lies ahead. Thanks for letting us join you on your journey.

Anton Lim

NEXT Initiative Co-ordinator