College. We’re all taught that it’s the natural next step after high school. We spend four years of our teenage lives prepping for the big moment we decide which college to go to and what we want to do for a career. Does it really make sense to have an 18 year-old decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives? Should they be sent off to an unfamiliar town so they can have a college experience? I was NOT ready.
Most of my high school career I was a procrastinator. If I had a deadline, the odds of me turning it in a day late was HIGHLY probable. Naturally, I waited until the last minute to decide on college. It was so overwhelming!! What if I pick the wrong school? Should I move away from home? Should I join a sorority? Do I keep my job while in school? Should I pick a private college or a public university? If I go out of state, how will I provide for myself? Looking back I was so paralyzed by fear of making the wrong decision, I just decided I didn’t want to make ANY decision. This is a lot of pressure to put on an 18 year-old. Why do we do it? Why do we put so much pressure on kids to know exactly what they want to do for the next 50+ years? I was not near being ready.
Enter IMPACT 360! Rooted in Christianity, they are a gap year program that equips students leaving high school and going into college with the tools they need to succeed. Over the course of a year, Impact360 Institute teaches students to: Grow in their understanding of what God has revealed about reality and why Christianity is true (Know). Discover your identity in Christ and your God-given calling in authentic community (Be). And lead a life of Spirit-empowered Kingdom influence as you cultivate a servant’s heart (Live). Impact 360 partners with Union University to give their students college credit for work in business leadership.