Making the most of college (fourth annual)

September 2009


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Comment Magazine - Making the most of college (fourth annual)

01

Rondeau (1st place): "We Learn It All"

By Dyana Herron

The winner of Comment's poetry contest; the 2009 form was: rondeau.

02

Editorial: A benediction

By Gideon Strauss

As my colleagues and I put together this fourth annual Making the Most of College issue of Comment, I was vividly aware that we are addressing it, for the first time, also to my own children, and their friends. And so I dedicate this issue to them, and begin it with a prayer for blessing over students in 2009-2010.

06

Long distance friendships

By Heather Dewey and Denise Frame Harlan

Eyeing graduation, a junior asks how to keep friends after school.

12

Making the most of your professors

In the September 2006 edition of Comment, Calvin Seerveld advises students to "major in the best profs, who make you think self-critically and who give solid course content in a field-area that you have gifts for or can be busy with, without noticing the passage of time."

To help our student readers follow Seerveld's advice, Comment asked contributors to respond to the following questions:

  • How can students identify the best professors at their college or university?
  • How does one go about making the most of the learning opportunity represented by a really great professor?
  • 18

    A student's guide to the "whole big ecosystem" of culture

    By Ken Myers

    With tours through durability, community and attentiveness, plus a long tarry in poetry.

    28

    Come and see: look out for The Fellows Initiative

    By Steven Garber

    College grads are being vocationally mentored through a church program that's spreading across more than a dozen states.

    34

    The missing manual

    By John Seel

    College is work. Or, at least, college done well is work. An interview with the authors of Getting the Best out of College.

    41

    Rondeau (2nd place): "We Learn To Love"

    By James K.A. Smith

    The second-place finisher in Comment's poetry contest; the 2009 form was: rondeau.

    42

    Solomon the scholar

    By David K. Naugle

    What would you ask God to do if you could ask him for anything at all?

    48

    As far as postmodernism goes...

    By Alissa Wilkinson

    Understanding postmodernism's claims can sharpen Christians and improve our churches.

    55

    Rondeau (3rd place): "Curriculum"

    By W.F. Lantry

    The third-place finisher in Comment's poetry contest; the 2009 form was: rondeau.

    56

    How SHOULD we teach art?

    How three art professors at Christian colleges seek the right mix of studio, history, theory and the other elements of teaching art.

    This Issue

    As my colleagues and I put together this fourth annual Making the Most of College issue of Comment, I was vividly aware that we are addressing it, for the first time, also to my own children, and their friends. And so I dedicate this issue to them, and begin it with a prayer for blessing over students in 2009-2010.

    Jim Cotter writes his paraphrase—or "unfolding," as he prefers to call it—of Psalm 136 "in solidarity with research scientists; and with those who help others handle change and resolve conflicts; and in gratitude for a marvellous universe..."

    This is a prayer of "holding in the presence of God" the teachers and students, administrators and coaches, chaplains and campus ministers, boards and staff of the academic institutions of Canada and America—and in particular those of you who are part of the Comment community of writers and readers, artists and editors, funders and publishers, partners and mentors.

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