Making the transition from high school to college can be daunting in many respects, especially spiritually.
It’s for such challenges that a member of the Auburn faculty has provided a guidebook of sorts. No, this isn’t a textbook, but a thin paperback that tackles some of the tough collegiate issues.
Mike Bozack is an Auburn physics professor who holds an M.A. in theology from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.
“Basically I’ve been wanting to write such a book for a few years now,” Bozack said. “The lessons in the book are based on years of being a professor learning what can help students. It is aimed at a number of people, primarily high school and college students, and provides straight talk about the issues and about how you can be successful with this pivotal time in your life.”
According to his Web site, for years Bozack commuted to head a large singles class at First Baptist Church, Atlanta, and now serves at Cascade Hills Baptist Church in Columbus.
It was this experience combined with his interaction with students that inspired Bozack to write his book, “Street-Smart Advice to Christian College Students: From a Professor’s Point of View.”
The book contains features such as the top 10 mistakes students make, how best to take tests and how to develop work ethic and gain deferred rewards.
It also contains advice for Christian students on how to include God in weekly life and how to locate a good collegiate church.
“I like the idea of there being a book that helps students deal with some of the pressures of college life,” said Neil Senkbeil, a sophomore in business finance. “Many freshmen come in and have to confront issues that they’ve never had to deal with, so it helps to have some sort of guidance. Also seniors can leave with a better experience and be able to better handle being in the real world.”
Bozack teaches workshops on these subjects, which are discussed at mikebozack.com. The book can be purchased at the University and J&M bookstores.
“I see a lot of students struggle, especially in their first year,” Bozack said. “Many freshmen I come across all have that same deer-in-the-headlights look, but it is possible to get a high GPA and leave Auburn with a good feeling.”