So, let’s break the ice with a bit of truth: teenhood is tough. You’re in that weird place in life where you’re not a child, yet not quite an adult either. Furthermore, you’re also working on your education to prepare you for the next phase of life, meaning you have a lot of tough choices to make. Not to mention, when you’re a Christian teen who’s serious about their faith, adolescence can be even more lonely and confusing than for other teens.
Adults are fond of telling teens, “You have your whole life in front of you,” and, “Enjoy it while it lasts, because, one day ….” Though both statements are factual, they don’t suffice as viable solutions for the teen experience. No worries. We’ve listed some practical tips for Christian teens to help them thrive in their academic and personal lives.
Going to a religious private school could look good on college applications
As we mentioned, being a devout teen Christian can be a lonely path. However, attending a private Christian or Catholic school will allow you to be around other teens with a similar worldview and lifestyle. Furthermore, religion-based private schools often go above and beyond the requirements of public school education, giving their students a competitive advantage in the college admissions process.
One way in which Catholic academics differ from public schools is their curriculum includes Bible classes that will help you better understand the tenets of your faith and how to apply them in everyday life. Furthermore, Catholic high school programs provide students with unique opportunities to study in a subject area suited to their career interests. Many even offer college courses, which allow their students to earn college credits before stepping foot on a university campus.
An application counselor can help ease the college admissions process
Speaking of college, did you know certified application counselors who can help you navigate the application process? Different schools have different requirements for admission, and an application counselor can help you understand and meet the criteria for your school of choice. They can even help you get financial aid and improve your eligibility for scholarship programs.
Let your light shine and speak for your faith
Matthew 5:16 offers sage advice for teens (and anyone else who wants to share their faith). It reads, “So then, let your light shine in the sight of men, so that they may see your good works … and glorify your Father, who is in heaven.” It’s understandable to want to share your faith with others, but you must also understand the times in which we live. We’re not, by any means, encouraging you to hide your faith—in fact, it’s quite the opposite. We’re encouraging you to live your faith proudly and boldly so others will see your light and want the same for themselves. After all, actions speak at a fever pitch, whereas words often fall on deaf ears.
Adhering to your faith will help you academically and personally in numerous ways. Indeed, private Catholic schools are among the nation’s best primary through high school institutions, giving you a leg up in the admissions process. It’s a good idea to work with a certified application counselor who can help you navigate the application process and help you get into your dream school. Finally, let your lifestyle be a testament to your faith, and find fellowship with other young Christians, which will give you the sense of belonging that’s so critical at this stage in life.
Teenagers have it rough, and teenhood even more difficult when you’re a person of faith in a time and at an age where temptations abound. However, embracing your faith will give you the strength to thrive under pressure and the wisdom to make good life choices. Indeed, we hope you’re as excited about your future as we are.