There are so many things to do the summer before you begin college! Assuming you have already been accepted and know where you will attend, your attention may shift from submitting documents and meeting deadlines to accomplishing something on your bucket list or learning practical life skills. Continue reading →
Missionary families face unique challenges when it comes time to make college plans – whether it be for adults who are going back to finish a degree or earn a new one, or for a missionary kid (MK) who is venturing into the world of college for the first time. Here at TBC, we do what we can to make that transition less stressful. One way we are helping to improve that “re-entry” experience is by offering a scholarship match for missionary families. Continue reading →
For students enrolling in college, financial aid can come in three forms: Federal, Institutional, and Private (or third-party). For those seeking aid options in addition to federal and institutional awards, researching private scholarships may prove highly rewarding and beneficial.
Choosing a college is a big deal no matter what your background happens to be.
Certain aspects of missionary life in particular can make that process even more complicated and intimidating. Missionary kids (MK’s) and third-culture kids (TCK’s) face unique challenges when it comes time to make college decisions.
Moving far (1000’s of miles) from family and friends
Long-distance planning and wondering if you really, actually understand what is expected (“lost in translation” is a real hazard)
Trying to anticipate transportation needs (no car, no US license, and quite possibly no local connections)
Looking the part (looking like typical American kids) but being completely different
Stepping out by faith while still making wise financial decisions (typically, MK’s cannot legally hold a job in a foreign country and might not even have access to a US bank account)
Learning a new culture (culture shock) while attempting to handle all of the above
Safety is always important – no matter what you do or where you go.
Here at Trinity Baptist College we not only understand that, but we make it a priority to make our campus a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for students. We go the extra mile to make this campus a place where students can focus on their studies and their personal growth and not be hampered by safety concerns.
So what does that look like? What measures does TBC employ to keep the campus a comfortable, friendly environment that still keeps a watchful eye?
Are you still working on your reading list for this year?
Sometimes, trying to decide what to read is half the battle. If you are not much of a reader, you may be hesitant to pick up a title without a solid recommendation. On the other hand, if you are an avid reader, you may have such a long list of want-to-reads that you can’t make up your mind what to start next! So many books; so little time.
In an attempt to eliminate some of the guesswork for you, we assembled a short list of titles to share below. This list includes a variety of genres ranging from classic novels to Christian living, and most of them are fairly easy reads as well.
We asked around and got input from our English department, our Administration, and even the students! You may have already read many of these – or maybe not. Either way, we hope you find something that sparks your interest.
Most of these titles can be found in digital and audio formats as well. This makes it even more convenient for you! Especially the audio format – you can listen while you walk to class, work out, or clean your dorm room! (Yes, that was a hint in case you were wondering.)
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
The Making of A Leader by Dr. J. Robert Clinton
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Grit by Angela Duckworth
You Version Bible App Devotional Plans
New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp
My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripkin;
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin
Jonathan Edwards by Lain Murray
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Trevorode the Defender by Holly Bebernitz (former TBC professor)
Classics Everyone Should Read:
The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do you have any more suggestions to add? What other titles are on your reading list?
*Note: TBC does not necessarily endorse the entire content of these books or other writings by these authors. This list is provided as a starting reference to assist you in finding material that is helpful and/or of interest to you.
When was the last time you set foot in your library? Or checked out their website? Or their app?
If you think the library is an out-of-date concept – think
For starters: free Wi-Fi and gobs of downloadable digital
Yes, of course, libraries do still have all the old-school
stuff like physical books (much to the book-lover’s delight) narrated books on
CD, and films on DVD. However, these
days, their content has expanded and morphed to remain accessible, useful, and
convenient to new generations of curious minds.
Here are a few examples of what you can find at a public
With the help of apps like Hoopla, and OverDrive (among others) libraries now
offer an ever-expanding selection of digital content, and you can borrow all of it for free! From movies and books to
periodicals and music. You download the app, select the content you want, and
get on with it! This means you don’t
even have to make it down to the library to check out a book – and you don’t
have to worry about returning it on time because it simply disappears from your
device on the date it is due back!
help with a certain subject? Check out
their tutoring schedule. In some cases,
you can even fill out a request form and they will contact you if a tutor is
Libraries have rooms available for you to use – for meetings, for study groups,
for tutoring, etc. Some rooms are even equipped
with projectors, laptop connections, etc.
The smaller rooms are typically first-come, first-served, while the larger
meetings rooms require reservations.
Free Courses: Check
out their calendar of events. Here in Jacksonville
you can find everything from beginner guitar lessons to digital photography,
ESL, Yoga, and basic coding! (Each
branch offers different things, so make sure you are looking at the right
Copy/Print/Scan: Public computers are available to library card holders and guest passes (“guests” being those who do not have a library card) are available for a nominal fee. Printers and copiers are accessible to library card-holders for a small fee to cover supplies (check pricing at your branch). Some locations even offer mobile printing and 3D printing! Yes, that kind of 3-printing where you can actually create a three dimensional object!
Fine Arts: Some
locations occasionally offer free concerts, presentations, galleries,
exhibitions, craft fairs, and debates.
The Jacksonville Main library features a Lunch @ the Lounge concert on a monthly basis, where you can bring
your lunch, grab a table, and enjoy live guitar music. They also feature a monthly Music @ Main Sunday Intermezzo.
Work space: Of course, libraries also have lots of space to sit and read or study. Coffee shops may be a popular place to go do some homework, but libraries are much more spacious and less chaotic. Plus, you don’t have to make a purchase in order to hang out at a table for three hours. So, if blowing your budget on coffee and pastries is an issue for you, the library is an ideal alternative!
Variety and personality: Some public library buildings are massive works of art with beautiful design and architecture; others are tiny and quaint. The Jacksonville Main Library is a good example of a large and beautiful building. It even has murals and a roof-top patio complete with potted trees and a fountain! Others locations have cozy indoor spaces, craft rooms, and tiny theaters. The branch closest to our TBC campus (West Branch) offers a quiet space with comfy seating, charging stations, and a fireplace! The Willowbranch location is housed in a gorgeous building next to a public park and across the street from a community garden – a beautiful setting to sit and read!
When all is said and done, the public library is pretty much
the perfect place to start if you are interested in what you can do, learn,
enjoy, and use for FREE in your area! Practically
the only prerequisite for accessing it all is having a (free) library card.
Keep in mind that every library in every city will have different things available. Much of it depends on the size of the city, but even small-town libraries can have some great perks! Sign up for their newsletter – it will give you a run-down of community happenings and any new things coming to your library. Bottom line: it is ALWAYS a good idea to try the library first – you never know what you will find!
Winter break is upon us! You are probably holding your breath for that glorious moment when you turn in our last exam! Finally, you can sleep in without missing your first class or paying for it in a low grade!
First up on your to-do list: catch up on sleep and binge-watch your favorite TV shows.