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.
These two words mean something different to everyone: road trips, beach days, sleeping in, camping, hiking, or maybe for you it means working extra hours to get ahead.
Sadly, in general, the term “spring break” tends to hold a negative connotation. Party-crazy crowds and all that entails seems to take center stage both as a societal norm and even in the news and social media!
However, as a Christian college student, standards of ethical and moral behavior should naturally dictate that the activities of choice during spring break (any break, actually) stand out from the mainstream “spring break beach bash” mentality. Biblical truth and the responsibility to “shine as lights in the world” should be ever-present in our minds — even on vacation!
Does this mean you must spend the week in prayer and fasting and abstain from any type of fun? No. But it does mean that your identity as a Christ-follower must be your point of reference and what determines your decision to engage in any given activity.
So… what are your plans this spring break? Will you skip town for the week? Or are you staying local due to your work schedule or other factors? Leaving town is always nice, but if you’re sticking around, there are quite a few fun experiences to be had right here in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Here is a round up of some of our favorites:
There are dozens of beautiful springs to explore in northeast Florida – many of them are within daytrip distance. You may even get to see a manatee this time of year! http://www.floridasprings.org/visit/map/
Consider filling in for an absent small group teacher in Trinity Kids or Trinity Students on Sunday – contact Charity Milligan at 596-2524. If you attend a local church other than Trinity, reach out to your church’s volunteer coordinator!
Check out the calendar for your local library. The Jacksonville main library offers everything from basic digital photography to Ukulele lessons! Once a month, you can take your lunch to the lounge of the main library and enjoy live guitar music while you eat. http://jplcalendar.coj.net/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp
Find a new café you’ve never tried – there are so many to choose from!
College students with ID get free admission to the Cummer Museum Tuesday through Friday 10am – 4pm, and general admission is free to everyone on Tuesdays from 4pm to 9pm. https://www.cummermuseum.org/visit
However you choose to spend spring break, remember that you are called to be salt and light to a world who needs Christ!
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.
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.