As part of my research for the book I’m writing, I re-listened to a 30-minute message that John Piper gave to those who completed a one-year gap program (post-high school, pre-college). These students were (for the most part) on their way to traditional, four-year colleges and universities. The principles Piper laid out are helpful, I think, for any college or college-bound student. The main thing that jumps out in a day in which students increasingly want to acquire “practical” skills (“When am I going to use this stuff in the real world?”) is the advice that it’s OK if you don’t yet know what you want to do with your life. Seek mainly to become a certain kind of person.