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Making the most of college (second annual)

September 2007

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


Editorial: Gather 'round

By Gideon Strauss

We all need a guide.


Making the most of college: Recovering the lost logic of church

By John Seel

"Why bother going to church when I don't feel like it?" Cannot a walk in the woods be as spiritually meaningful? Cannot a latté at Starbucks be as deep a time of fellowship? Cannot sleeping in on Sunday morning be as personally refreshing?


Making the most of college: Finding your coffee community

By Bethany Warren

Does your life have a third place?


Making the most of college: Preparing for leadership

By David T. Koyzis

How should you, an undergraduate student, go about preparing for responsibility, for citizenship, for leadership? Keep your courage up, your eyes wide, and your bookshelf stocked.


Making the most of college sports: courts, diamonds & gridirons

By David Greusel

The real value of spectator sports.


Making the most of college: The importance of dressing well

By Jeff Cavanaugh

"Whatever's most comfortable" isn't really good enough.


Making the most of college: Business, balance, and learning to live

By David C. Bentall

Have you decided on the limits of your career?


Making the most of college: The off-campus investment

By Alissa Wilkinson

You may not stay forever, but you're there for a reason.


Making the most of college: Learning with friends

By Esther Meek

Friendship is necessary to learning, and it strategically helps us to learn. Interpersonal knowing is what we humans were made for, what we hope for. Learn to see your friendships covenantally, as co-knowers growing together.


Making the most of college: Appreciating the arts

By Russ Kuykendall

Exposure to the best is part of being a student.


Loving our neighbour(hood)s: The architecture of altruism

By James K.A. Smith

Remember that command? Learn to really love your neighbour(hood)s.

This Issue

This is our second annual issue of Comment with the theme "Making the most of college" (or university). In 2006, we considered a number of Big Questions that young adults must answer, and practices that help answer those questions: "What do I love?" (and the asking of big questions in general); "What do I believe?" (and the reading of good books, learning from history, studying philosophy, and studying art); "Who are my friends?" (and making friends for life); and "What should I be doing with my life?" (and cultivating the skills of writing and leadership). Following our March issue on commitment and our June issue on conviction, we focus our September issue on the cultivation of community: making and learning alongside the friends who will shape us. We hope you will also learn how to cultivate your convictions, how to lead, and how to seek the shalom of the city in which you live. And don’t forget delights like cheering on sports teams or dressing well!

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