'Tis The Season at Geneva

candle.jpgAs the traditional season of advent comes to a close, I am comforted that we no longer await the birth of Christ, but live in the expectancy of His return and the completion of God′s redemption of all creation. In spite of my shortcomings, God sent His son to redeem me-may you know the depth and breadth of God′s love for you as this year ends and a new one begins.

The college campus is quiet this time of year, particularly as the faculty and staff also enjoy a short break. However, the campus community has been busy preparing for students returning for the spring semester. Some dates that may be of interest to you:

January
10 - New students move in, participate in Winter Orientation
12 - Returning students move in, residence halls open 8 a.m.
14 - Classes begin at 8 a.m.
18 - Last day to change meal plan (forms available in the Residence Life Office)
19 - GC Life leadership positions interest session, 9:30 p.m.
22 & 23 - Resident Assistant (RA) interest sessions, 9:30 p.m.

March
1 - Spring break begins at 5 p.m.
11 - Residence halls open at 1 p.m.
12 - Classes resume

May
10 - Senior dinner (reservations required), 4:30 p.m.
10 - Baccalaureate, 7 p.m.
11 - Undergraduate commencement, 10 a.m.
13 - May@Geneva begins

As the Christmas decorations return to their boxes once again and preparations are made to celebrate the beginning of a new year, this is also a time many are enjoying the company of a college student home for the holidays. Others are making the next transition, as with my family as our daughter graduates and follows God for the next steps in her life.

For parents of underclassmen, this is a great time to have conversations about the wide range of possibilities available, including off-campus study, internships and May@Geneva classes, and other activities of interest to their student.

For graduating seniors, Geneva is offering Beyond Here: The Senior Success Project, a set of programs specifically designed to assist students transition out of college. Students have found sessions about resume building, debt management, and graduate school preparation, as well as transitioning into a new community and developing new relationships to be very helpful as they prepare for life beyond Geneva. Click to learn more about this project designed to help seniors intentionally engage in the transition out of college so they are better prepared to be employees, community members, neighbors and contributors to society.

We are looking forward to welcoming your student back on campus and into the life of the Geneva community for the spring semester.

Becky Phillips
Associate Director of Church and Parent Relations

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