Christian college professor offers faith-based tips for freshmen

“Surviving Your First Year of College” aims to help students make the most of freshman year.

Christian author Mike Kipp has co-authored his first book for a secular audience: “Surviving Your First Year of College.”

“I’m sure my faith comes through, but I’m not trying to encourage anyone to go to a Christian university,” says Kipp. “In fact, I caution people: Christian schools often have a lifestyle agreement.”
Along with his co-author, wife Sandy Kipp, the Northwest Nazarene professor leads students through a step-by-step process of navigating freshman year: from packing for the dorm, to discussing budgets with parents.

“There’s a lot of just practical, pragmatic advice: Here’s how you get along in class, here’s how you make it through your first semester, here’s how to set up your dorm room with just the right amount of stuff,” says Kipp.

And he isn’t the least bit preachy, especially when it comes to academics:

“One of my fellow professors said that, ‘college is about 10 percent studies and 90 percent living life.’ I love that! But the thing is you’ve got to get that 10 percent right. You don’t have to be a great student, but you have to be just good enough to keep your scholarships, grants, or to just pass.”
A recurring theme in “Surviving” is coping with a prolonged transition between adolescence and adulthood.

“The world has shifted significantly. In 1980 about 60 percent of private firms had a pension plan. About 15 years later less than 10 percent had one. Plus, you need more and more education just to get a job,” says Kipp. “So people put off adult decisions: marriage, kids, owning a home. Everything is delayed, and that needs to be discussed in a serious way.”


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.