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Preface

Congratulations! You have completed high school and have been admitted to college. Way to go. You may not realize it, but you are privileged. The percentage of Amer-icans who actually go to college after high school is not as high as you might think. Just getting into college gives you a head start in terms of your potential for success and personal development. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.

As you begin packing your clothes and other necessi-ties, it is also important for you to prepare emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for the demands you are about to face. During the next few years, you will be challenged in nearly every area of your life. Personally, you have to ac-cept great responsibility for your life. Academically, you will be stretched and pressured like never before. This will also be a time during which you will meet lots of new people and develop some lifelong friendships. Your col-lege/university years should also give you the time and opportunity to let your faith mature and develop.

We are privileged to live and work on a college cam-pus. We have seen thousands of students come and go. We have laughed and cried, cheered and prayed with hundreds of them. From our vantage point, we can see that your days in college may be the most significant time in your life. The scores of decisions you will make during these years will have a forever impact on your life.

We have also seen how important it is for a student to get off to a good start. Packin’ Up and Headin’ Out is for students making the transition from high school to col-lege. Each section introduces you to some of the issues you will face during your first few months on campus. This book doesn’t have all the answers, but it does ask the right questions and points you in the right direction.

As you begin college, start with a sense of excitement, confidence, and a strong determination to succeed. Be as-sured that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Phil. 1:6). We wish you well!