Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Changes Everything

Here at Point University, most of our students do some pretty cool things over the summer. Some of us work, and some of us travel on mission trips or go on vacation. Some of us work at different camps, YMCA’s or babysitting jobs. I got to do something a little different. I, along with Layna Winn 15’, Curtis Zehner 15’, and Shaun Horne 14’, got to represent Point University while working with an organization called Christ in Youth (CIY).
CIY is an organization whose mission is to amplify the call on students’ lives to become kingdom workers through trips, events and resources. CIY coordinates, develops and produces programs, events and trips for students in grades four through college throughout the U.S. and the world. They also develop resources that benefit student ministry in the local church. This is the second summer in a row that I worked with their high school event which is called MOVE. MOVE is a little different than your average high school camp. It has more of a conference type of feel. There are hundreds of students that show up with their churches to these different events. My role there was what they call a Bible College Representative (BC Rep for short.)They have multiple weeks all across the country, but my team and I worked five of the weeks in Tennessee.
When I was in high school, my youth minister took us to MOVE every year. It has been a huge part of my walk with Christ. MOVE changed my life and I got the opportunity to watch it change thousands of teenagers’ lives for five weeks straight.
As BC Reps we did a wide variety of things. We did anything from being referees at the different tournaments held each week, to running cameras or lyrics during the main session and everything in between. While doing all these things we had one main goal: to build relationships with students. Through those relationships, we would share the love we have for Point University. My team and I hoped and prayed that the students would see how much we loved and cared for them through the way that we served them and represented Point while ultimately representing Christ.
This summer I worshipped, learned, laughed and cried with high school students. I got the chance to show them Christ’s love while telling them about the university that show’s me and teaches me about Christ’s love every single day. The theme for MOVE this summer was “This Changes Everything.” The students learned how the resurrection really does change everything so it was no surprise that I got to watch thousands of students’ lives change. I met incredible people and made awesome connections while working alongside my amazing team. I’m so thankful and honored that I got to represent Point this summer. It really was a great summer and it was an experience that I will never forget. 

-Herani  16’

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ross Haralson: A Grassroots Approach

As the Director of Enrollment at Peachtree City’s Point University campus, I’ve had a bird’s-eye view of the processes we use here at Point to help Access students succeed in their chosen programs and the outside world. Time management is a critical part of this, particularly since many of these students are juggling work, education, and family. Offering a variety of class times, including several night classes, allows students to stay on top of everything they have going on.

We also provide education about education; guidance and counseling programs can help students who haven’t been in the classroom for several years adjust to the new educational playing field. Educational methods and techniques are constantly changing due to technology, and even students who are only a few years out of school may have trouble navigating. Students can be eager to take on as much as possible, but our guidance services caution against this; set yourself up for success by taking small steps!

The Point community goes beyond the school grounds. Our instructors have worked in their fields, often in the local area, and we strive to maintain and enhance our ties to the community.  For instance, we’ve had a licensed professional counselor whose office is only ten feet away from his Point classroom.  We also have instructors who are pastors in the local churches, such as at New Hope Baptist Church. These connections give students the opportunity to network and gain valuable real-world experience.

At Point, we understand that your life isn’t necessarily focused around school. You may have a job, family, hobbies, and other interests. That’s why we emphasize flexibility; if you want to spend all your time on campus, great! There are plenty of ways for you to get involved and enhance your educational experience. But if you’re all about convenience, the Access program has the options you need to succeed. 

-Ross Haralson 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Plans

                At last, summer is here! After pushing through two tough semesters, a nice summer break is something that every student can use. This is a time, brief as it may be, to pursue things other than solely school work. We finally have the opportunity to fill our hours with the things we choose instead of following a strict schedule.
                Summer looks different for everyone. Some people return to their hometowns, others stick around and find an apartment and job. I think I would have to say that this is the bittersweet part about summer break. You’ve been sharing your life for the past 10 months with your roommates and friends, and in the blink of an eye, you’re separated. You have to rely on phone calls or texts or even Skype dates to keep you connected with the people you’ve grown so close to.
                Well now that the sad mushy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to summer plans. For me and my family, a trip to the beach is what we look forward to around this time every year. Some students, however, might spend their summer on a mission trip in Africa or maybe even exploring Europe. Hey, in my opinion, if you can get there, go!  You can never see too many new places or try too many new things. God made a huge beautiful for world for us to explore, so let’s do just that!
                I am looking forward to the vacation plans I have, but there is something else I’m looking forward to even more this summer. I have added a whole new role in my life by taking over the youth ministry at my home church. We have already taken our first summer outing to the World of Coke in Atlanta, Ga., and let me just say it was incredible. I mean besides getting lost, getting separated from the others in our party, and fighting the mid-Friday-afternoon traffic in Atlanta, I had a blast. I learned some valuable lessons that day. The most important being to always have your GPS set for home before you start driving!
                So with all that being said, my wish is that everyone would use this summer break to relax and enjoy life. Take advantage of having less stress, less work, and less responsibilities. Don’t get lazy though. Just because there isn’t any school work to be done, doesn’t mean that we can’t accomplish things. Let’s work this summer to make an impact wherever our feet have been planted. Then, let’s come back in the fall ready to start all over again!

Carson Abrams