What’s the Enduring Value of a Christian College Education?
Statistics show that the average earnings of a bachelor’s degree-holder remain nearly twice as much as those of a worker with only a high school diploma; some studies estimate that earnings of a college graduate will be $1 million more over a lifetime. While those are impressive figures, families also should consider the more enduring value of the college experience.
A Christian liberal arts education provides students with critical thinking skills, job preparation, lifelong friendships, and a deeper relationship with God—a holistic education that engages mind, body, and spirit.
As parents and students look ahead to the new 2014-15 academic year, they can also look back at a few of the many ways this holistic education happens every day.
Critical thinking and job preparation
Trinity requires every student to participate in an internship or field education. Although only one internship is required for senior Stephanie Reichert’s major, the company where she interned invited her back for a second internship and offered her a part-time role during the academic year.
During a spring break service trip, Trinity students enjoyed the friendships they formed with one another. “One of my favorite parts of the trip was the close and intentional fellowship,” said Hayley Johnson ’15, who plans to room this fall with a student she met on the trip. “I really loved how we could all come together for the same purpose: serving others.”
Deeper relationship with God
Dependence on God was instilled in alumna and educator Leah Branderhorst ’11 long before she stepped into her first classroom. Through the education she received at Trinity, she learned the importance of faith in the workplace. “Trinity taught me how to bring my faith and my calling into my daily life.”
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