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Freshman send-off inspires new questions

Whether you’re sending your first child off to college – or your sixth, drop-off day is a bittersweet experience. We’ve gathered a collection of thoughts of Wildcat parents whose students will join the ACU family next week. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too!

The Stirman family
The Stirman family (from left): Troy (’91), Sarah (Riley ’91), Riley (’20) and Ashley (’19).

By Troy Stirman
As we are getting ready to take our second child to campus in less than a week, the contrast with taking our first to campus is pretty stark.
With our first child two years ago, there was a lot of angst and hand-wringing replete with emotional tidal waves that came in, asking repeatedly if we had done enough, prepared her enough, taught her enough, ad nauseum in light of the coming transition. Would she make friends easily? Will she like her roommate? Will she enjoy her new living arrangements? How difficult will her classes be? Will she meet a boy?
Now that we are in transition with our son, Version 2.0, the questions are different. When will that school start date get here? What do you think we should do with the extra space? Should we turn that into a man cave or a sewing room? What if we set it up as a hobby room? Maybe we should just sell the house and build?
It’s not that we think we are awesome parents, or that we are comforted in the fact that our firstborn made the transition exceedingly well, but rather we feel a general peace that this is a natural leap in the progression of our offspring making their way into the world. To grow. To lead. To aspire. To learn. And above all, to make a difference. In this case, the ACU difference.
May we claim Christ, and may Christ claim you both as you continue to lead and serve the kingdom. We are very proud of you!

Ronny Landis, son of Karen (McCarty ’84) and Ron Landis (’01)
Ronny Landis, son of Karen (McCarty ’84) and Ron Landis (’01)

By Karen Landis

Parents sending students away to college need to be constantly praying for the student’s spirituality, safety, well-being, academic success, social experiences, financial education and overall welfare. Parents should begin praying for their future family well before conception and as long as the parent lives. In this era we often forget to pray. We need prayer back in our faith.

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