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 →
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