ONELIFE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN A STUDENT?
Here is the OneLife student profile:
- Post high-school to 21 years of age
- Loves travel and adventure
- Appreciates learning both inside and outside the classroom
- Desires to learn and grow in Christian faith & biblical knowledge
- Demonstrates leadership qualities
- Expresses a desire to be teachable
- Exhibits moral character and conduct
- Maintains a positive attitude toward authority
HOW MANY LOCATIONS DOES ONELIFE HAVE?
OneLife offers 3 locations:
- Lancaster, PA
- Three Springs Camp - Morris, PA
- Southern Wesleyan University - Central, SC
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES OF ONELIFE?
OneLife is a nine month, residential program with four desired outcomes.
- Form Christian character
- Develop a biblical worldview
- Increase emotional intelligence
- Acquire life skills
WILL MY CREDITS TRANSFER TO OTHER COLLEGES?
Short answer: YES!
Longer answer: All OneLife graduates will have an official transcript from Cairn University or Southern Wesleyan University and graduate the program with 24-30 credits. All credits are transferable and all of our previous students have transferred credits to other colleges and universities. All of the credits, however, may not apply to certain programs at other colleges. Confused? Please email or call with questions.
ALREADY DID A YEAR (OR 2) OF COLLEGE, CAN I STILL GO TO ONELIFE?
YES! Many of our students have completed some college before coming to OneLife. For those students, OneLife can be an opportunity to re-focus, to gain more direction in life and to take a “break” in order to build a stronger relationship with God.
WHERE DO ONELIFE STUDENTS LIVE WHILE IN THE PROGRAM?
When our students are not traveling, they live on the campuses of Three Springs Camp, our location in Lancaster, PA, or Southern Wesleyan University. They enjoy the student life at each location, while getting the opportunity to travel the world throughout the program.
WHAT IS A GAP YEAR?
A gap year is defined as taking a “break” from formal education, “typically between high school and college, in order to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness.”
For Christian students, taking a gap year before going to college creates a remarkable opportunity to think more deeply and intentionally about the person God is calling him or her to be. Many students who struggle in college do so because they are not able to articulate reasons or explain goals for going to college. College has become the assumed next step after high school, with very little thought about why.
OneLife exists because we believe that taking a gap year forces students out of the routine of “schooling” and into a deeper relationship with God. Students who participate in gap year programs have proven to be far more prepared for the transition to college and adulthood.
WHO TAKES A GAP YEAR?
A gap year is for everyone! From those at the top of their class to those who struggled in high school, there is a reason to be apart. Many students finish high school feeling their education has been about getting grades and test scores, but they do not know what it is they want to do. OneLife is a great first step in the journey through life.
DO GAP YEARS WORK?
They do! The NY Times highlighted research from Middlebury College and the University of North Carolina showing that students who took a gap year got better grades than those who did not. Here is a recent article by Time Magazine expressing the great need for Gap Year programs, as well as this article by The Chronicle of Higher Education.