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
That is a lot to navigate on your own — especially when you’re 18! Continue reading