I received this image above from a college minister in North Carolina who went all-out with gifts for her seniors, saying “sometimes you just have to spoil your student leaders.”
If you are already gifting After College to your seniors…or you’d like to next academic year…this is just a reminder that NOW is the time to stock up while copies are 40% + FREE US shipping (until 7/25). Order here: https://www.ivpress.com/pages/summer-reading.
Here are some other fun ideas to prime the pump!*
School swag: branded mugs, journals, lanyards, picture frame
Gift of a one year membership to your alumni association
Personalized notes from faculty and staff
Framed print of a special group photo
Writing journal + gift card to a local coffee shop with request for your student to buy a favorite drink and journal about what God taught them over the year
Special pen for writing down their dreams
Playlist of songs that capture moments of your time together
Swag from this site (https://igbok.com/). We appreciate the message of IGBOK as a final thought to give to students. We gave IGBOK magnets and/or stickers (in addition to a copy After College and a personalized note for each student.)
I also love gifts with ampersands (&) because they symbolize that the chapter of college is coming to a close, & the story continues!
OK, your turn. What would you add to this list? What’s your go-to?
As you reach out to recent graduates, here are some questions you can ask. I’m curious, what questions would you add to these?
Check out the article (from the archives) and stop back over to the blog here to comment! I’d love to hear from you. Most importantly, I’d love to know what you’re learning as you take a moment — perhaps right now — to reach out to a recent graduate. Today is a great day to check-in and encourage someone on his/her post-college journey! 🙂
Life after college often feels overwhelming for recent graduates. It’s hard to know where to start. A few years ago, I reached out to a number of alums and asked them to share their advice on what to do first.
Here’s an article (from the archives) on 3 things every recent gradate should prioritize. It’s written for recent graduates, so feel free to pass it to your alums!
More than the ideas in the article, I hope this post is an encouragement to send a text, make a call, or say a prayer for your recent graduates.
We need each other to stay faithful, and our former students need heaps of encouragement in this transition.
Will you take a quick action today to reach out to one or more of your alums? Let me know!
PS I’m curious what you would add to this article. What do you encourage your recent graduates to do first? Leave a comment on the blog here (below) – I’d love to hear from you!
I recently had the opportunity to interview with Colleen Batchelder, the founder of LOUD Summit, a movement that exists to engage, empower and equip Millennials and Gen Z to change the world and be a light of hope.
In in the interview, I discuss themes of the book, but we also talked about business start-ups…and life — how we keeping putting one foot in front of the other to pursue faithfulness.
Last week I had the honor of speaking via live video to two different groups of seniors — one in Alabama, one in Arkansas. They were wonderful groups of students, eager to launch into life after college, and they asked great questions at the end!
As I prepared to be with both groups, there was so much I wanted to say to encourage them. I often feel the tension of wanting to “bring the real” (transitions are hard!) while also leaving students with deep hope (God is good, and He has so much good in store!).
My guess is you too are sharing parting words with your seniors (or will be in the coming days), and you may feel this tension. If you’re managing this tension right now or not sure what to say, here are some thoughts (from the archives) on what our students need to hear before they leave.
I’d love know, what’s one thing you make sure to share with students before they graduate?
If you viewed the last video post, then you know I have something super exciting I want to share with you!
It’s a special, limited-time opportunity that I can’t wait to tell you about: a Live Training Course for practitioners (student affairs professionals, college ministers, and church leaders) who want to equip students to thrive after college.
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If you’re looking to help students prepare for life after college, you may be wondering, are we covering the most important topics? Check out this short video that explains another free PDF you don’t want to miss!
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What’s your favorite topic to cover with students before they graduate?
What topic do you need more help developing?
Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
PS Stay tuned for more exciting things coming your way! If you’ve enjoyed these short videos/PDF giveaways, I encourage you to check out the free teaching series I gave away earlier this semester if you haven’t yet. This is a great time for a binge watch! Here’s the series:
One of the best ways to close the gap between what students expect and the reality they often face is to let them hear from those who have gone before them. Host an alumni panel! If you’re looking to move your efforts from mediocre to awesome, here’s a step-by-step guide.
Download this free PDF to avoid mistakes, remove the guess work, and learn my pro-tips on how-to host an awesome alumni panel!
If you’ve hosted an alumni panel in the past or you’re gearing up for one, I’d love to hear about it! Leave comment below.
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In my last post, I promised some exciting, FREE stuff would be coming your way! These weeks are prime time for helping college seniors anticipate the transition ahead, and I want to help you maximize your efforts.
In this short video, I describe an easy-to-replicate equipping exercise that you can try with your students as soon as this week.
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