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Title: Dollars & Sense for College Students
Author: Ellen Braitman
Publisher: Random House, Inc
ISBN: 0-375-75206-4
Summary: Going away to school, everyone gets the same lecture: Only use your credit card in an emergency. Well, a 1:00am pizza is an emergency, right? And a new snowboard? After a semester or two of “emergencies,” not to mention the phone bill, the meal plan, textbooks, car repairs, rent, and spring break airline tickets, you may find yourself in a serious mess. So whether you’re just heading off to school, or counting down the days to graduation, “Dolllars and Sense” will help you develop the smart habits and make the savvy decisions that will keep you out of financial trouble.
 

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Don’t Pig Out on Junk Food

Author: Alma Daugherty Gordon
Publisher: Evangelical Missions Information Service
ISBN: 0-9617751-1-4
Summary: This book is the MK’s guide to survival in the United States. It offers valuable insights from experienced MKs that will equip other MKs, as well as the children of business, professional, military, and diplomatic personnel to make their cross-cultural entry to the U.S. successful. The unique family resource begins with family preparation before departure and includes practical advice about Education, Money, Work, Social Adjustments, Personal Issues.
 

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Families on the Move

Author: Marion Knell
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 0-8254-6018-2
Summary: More and more families raise their children abroad. Business people, military personnel, diplomats, missionaries: we live in a highly mobile world. Such children grow up with divided loyalties: an allegiance to their parent’s culture, but with friends and outlook far closer to the host culture. They are TCKs – Third Culture Kids. The author’s sane, practical approach will prove invaluable for: preparing yourself and your children, building bridges with “home,” living in non-Western cultures, making the right educational choices.
 

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How to Stay Christian in College

Author: J. Budziszewski
Publisher: Navpress
ISBN: 1-57683-061-6
Summary: How to Stay Christian in College is an interactive guide through the maze of college realities. J. Budziszewski discusses the foundations of the Christian faith, and directly addresses different world views and myths that students encounter at college. Filled with quotes, statistics, resources, stories and encouragement, it will equip you to conquer the dangers that lie ahead.
 

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The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition

Author: Tina Quick
Publisher: Summertime Publishing
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1904881211
Summary: A practical and inspiring handbook for students who must make the double transition of not only adjusting to a new life stage as an independent adult, but to a whole new culture as well, for even their home culture will be foreign to them in many respects.
 

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The On My Way Handbook

Author: Bobb Biehl
Publisher: LifeJourney Books
ISBN: 1-55523-338-X
Summary: The On My Way Handbook is a collection of things you need to know before you leave home. It contains 100 keys to success that provide guidance in the areas of family and marriage, personal growth, social development, professional and career decisions, finance, physical development, and spiritual growth. You may want to leave home. You may feel like you’re ready. You may dream of that day. But if you want your transition to be successful, you need to know the practical and simple principles presented in this book.
 

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The Reentry Team

Author: Neal Pirolo
Publisher: Emmaus Road International
ISBN: 1-880185-07-5
Summary: This is a book that looks at the subject of caring for your returning missionaries and it deals with all kinds of transitional issues related to the reentry experience.
 

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Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

Author: David C. Pollock & Ruth E. Van Reken
Publisher: Intercultural Press
ISBN: 1-85788-295-4
Summary: Widely acclaimed as the first and only book to fully examine the legacy of transition and change shared by those who have grown up globally, Third Culture Kids speaks to the challenges and rewards of a multicultural childhood: the joy of discovery and heartbreaking loss, its effect on maturing and personal identity, and the difficulty in making the transition home. For parents, educators and the thousands of adult TCKs around the world, Third Culture Kids brings to life the essence of the cultural, emotional, physical, and geographical experiences of the nomadic life of a TCK.
 

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Who Moved My Cheese?

Author: Spencer Johnson, MD and Kenneth Blanchard
Summary: An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life. It is a simple parable that reveals profound truths about change. It is written for all ages, the story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime.

 

Online Resources

Barnabas International
barnabas.org
A worldwide ministry of encouragement and enrichment to missionaries, missionary families, and MKs.

Compass Ministries

compass-ministries.org

Based out of St. Petersburg, Florida, Compass Ministries provides housing for college-age MKs who need a place to land. They can study locally or work while they take a gap year or a semester off. Compass Ministries also works with Mu Kappa to provide a retreat for the SE region of the U.S. in January each year. They also sponsor Spring Break Florida at Camp Gilead in Polk City, Florida, as an affordable getaway for MKs for spring break.

Gatehouse Ministries
gatehouseministries.org
Providing a home away from home, a place where college-age MKs can receive support and encouragement as they transition into life in North America, reduce college expenses by not having to pay room and board, enjoy being part of a family who knows and understands them, benefit from an established local Christian network in the areas of job finding and career options, find godly, loving counsel and guidance in making life-steering decisions and become aware of their uniqueness as an MK and how their unique gifts can best serve God’s Kingdom.

Godsquad
godsquad.com
GodSquad was specifically designed to resource and equip students and volunteers to launch and lead new ministries of evangelism and discipleship. Our dream is that every student on every campus will have a chance to say “yes” to the love and forgiveness that Christ offers.

Interaction International
interactionintl.org
Interaction, Inc. is building a global service and support network for individuals involved in third culture issues, studies, and research. It is our desire to provide a site which will be a source for connecting third culture kids with the resources they need and to help researchers, institutions, and parents to network and exchange information.

Intercultural Press
interculturalpress.com/tck.htm
Intercultural Press is the premier publisher of books and materials in the field of intercultural relations.

International Family Transitions
internationalfamilytransitions.com
International Family Transitions (IFT) is a comprehensive service that specializes in helping students who have been living outside their passport countries (Third Culture Kids) successfully manage their transition to college or university, whether they are returning to their home country or going on to another host country. IFT also provides resources to those who support TCKs and other international students on the receiving end.

Missionary Family Counseling Services
mfcs.org
The purpose of MFCS is to provide pastoral counseling and support to the children of missionaries in our nation’s colleges, universities and seminaries; to adult children who have been struggling alone to reintegrate their personalities and find a place in American society; and to other members of missionary families who are on furlough, or who have returned permanently, to make their transition more positive.

MK Connection
mknet.org
Watering hole for MKs.

MK Reentry Transition Seminars
barnabas.org/reentry
The MK Reentry Transition Seminar at Cedarville University is sponsored by Barnabas International. The seminar at Biola University is sponsored by the Narramore Christian Foundation.

MK2MK Ministry
mk2mk.org
Recognizing the urgency of the Great Commission, MK2MK exists to serve the global missions community by addressing the needs of missionary kids (MKs) and partnering with parents to maximize the benefits and minimize the challenges of the MK lifestyle.

MKSTAY
mkstay.org
MKSTAY provides a caring home environment and practical resources for young adult MKs whose parents serve overseas.

Paradise Mountain Ministries
paradisemtn.org
Paradise Mountain Ministries provides a comfortable and caring home away from home for college-age young people whose parents are located outside the United States. Paradise strives to bridge the gap between third world cultures and the American way of life, all in a stress-free environment where young people can be guided in making vital decisions, live while attending college and working to pay for their education, be reunited with lifetime friends and spend special times together, and express hurts and be understood. By providing a place to live while students are acclimating to the USA and seeking educational and vocational direction for their future, Paradise Mountain Ministries strives to provide a much needed “home base” during this crucial time in their lives.

Simroots
simroots.sim.org
A newsletter for adult SIM MKs from the past, through the present and for the future.

TCK World
tckworld.com
TCK World is dedicated to the support and understanding of Third Culture Kids, Military Brats, Preacher’s Kids, Missionary Kids, Foreign Service, Corporate Kids, anyone who has spent their developmental years in a foreign culture.

YouthCompass
youthcompass.org
A relational outreach youth ministry, providing youth programs in a cross-cultural setting for Third Culture Kids.

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