The common wisdom suggests that the first three weeks of the school year are the most significant for reaching new students, reconnecting with old ones, and helping catapult students toward a significant, God-centered semester.
The three-week theory makes sense to me: Week 1 is Crazy Week; week 2 things start to settle; week 3, the settled starts to gel, to become habit, and it feels like routine has begun.
(Notably, this sequence applies to students’ personal walks with the Lord, their decisions about commitments and opportunities, and even the group dynamics of an entire campus.)
If the first three weeks of a school year are special, then we should probably be treating them special – in actual, “tangible” ways.
So, since most colleges started a good week ago (and some started further back than that), time is slipping away…
Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock.
(And yes, I realize that many of you Quarter System people are still enjoying a last, lazy month in the California sun, or wherever. But your three weeks are right around the bend!)