Lexington Christian Academy Families Brace Themselves for College

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Professionals from Northeastern University tackle tough issues facing any student about to enter college.

Lexington Christian Academy invites Northeastern University professionals to tackle tough issues facing students entering college
We wanted to give our students and their families the chance to learn about the transition to college life from experts in the field.

On March 30, 2017, the College Advising Department at Lexington Christian Academy (Lexington, MA) hosted College Life Night 2017, an exclusive, interactive learning experience for the Classes of 2017 and 2018 and their families. Featuring an accomplished panel of presenters from Northeastern University and the Westwood Police Department, the event covered a range of challenging issues common to college-bound students and their families including financing education, the emotional impact of going to college, health and wellness, and safety and the law.

As Rob Scaro, LCA’s Director of College Advising, noted, College Life Night highlighted the importance of knowledge. “We wanted to give our students and their families the chance to learn about the transition to college life from experts in the field. We wanted to get them thinking in a meaningful way about the amazing possibilities and the potential pitfalls that are out there as they enter the next phase of their lives.”

With this in mind, each presentation tackled difficult topics. The discussion on financing education focused specifically on bridging the gap between financial aid awards and the actual cost to attend college, while the presentation on the emotional impact of going to college addressed the stress faced by both students and parents.

Similarly, the discussion of health and wellness examined mental health, anxiety, coping mechanisms and strategies for building resiliency, while the presentation on safety and the law addressed drug and alcohol abuse, harassment, consent, social media and the right to privacy.

According to LCA Senior Peter Walsh the event was a big success. “College Life Night was great. It covered a lot of topics we don’t really get to talk about very much in school. The segment on safety & the law, in particular, was incredible! I learned so much from it.”
LCA Junior Garrett Traer agreed. “The experience was a great preview of what’s to come for us. I got answers to questions about college life that I didn’t even know I had.”

LCA parent Carolyn Stevens was impressed with both the material covered in the event and the response of LCA’s students to it. “I thought there was a lot of good information communicated…the kids were really listening and engaged!”

As James Talkington, Head of the Upper School at LCA, observed, it was the combination of content and audience engagement that made College Life Night so special. “College Life Night was a wonderful event. It served our students and their families in the best way possible—by informing and challenging them.”

Lexington Christian Academy is an independent college preparatory school that exists to educate young men and women in the arts and sciences in the context of a complete commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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