As summer draws to a close, our brains are overloaded with back-to-school banter. Oftentimes students get caught up in choosing the right courses, worrying about grades, and collecting the gadgets necessary to complete online schoolwork.
Let's take a step back and reexamine our priorities.
A refreshing blog article from 2013 titled Five Back-to-School Basics outlines a few keys to academic success that put Christ at the center of education. Though the message is geared toward students who attend a physical school, it applies to distance learners too.
"Thinking may be the most critical thing you ever do." School is an opportunity to learn about the world our God created, especially within a Christian distance learning program like AOA. Take advantage of that opportunity every day, and strive to use your education to glorify God.
"The most important book you'll read this fall is your Bible." Treat it as such by making it a priority, because no other book will better prepare you for the future.
"Someone younger than you needs you." Whether you have younger siblings or connect with classmates in online classrooms and on social media sites, you're constantly serving as a role model to someone. Keep that in mind as you set an example with the messages you send and posts you publish this school year.
"Comparison in the classroom can be the birthplace of pride." Humility is a testament to both grace and forgiveness. Strive to lift your classmates up for their hard work and success before you toot your own horn this year.
And finally, "Only the gospel saves anyone, even A-students."
These five guidelines are great reminders to help you have a fulfilling year with Christ, classmates, and teachers at AOA.
To read Five Back-to-School Basics in full, click here.