Title

Emerging Adulthood: A Time to Prepare for One's "Ministries" in Life

Keywords

emerging adulthood, university, parenting, family

Abstract

At the beginning of my doctoral studies at a large school in the eastern United States, I met some fellow students and introductions ensued. From our conversation they discovered that I was 26 years old and seeking a graduate degree while already married and the father of two children. With disbelief and a hint of disdain that I was already married and a father, one of my peers blurted out, “You are a fool!” I have told that story several times in professional settings, and people are usually in complete agreement that I was not a typical 26-year-old in the United States.

Original Publication Citation

Nelson, L. J. (2014). Emerging adulthood: A time to prepare for one’s “ministries” in life. In B. L. Top & M. A. Goodman, By Divine Design (pp.317-348). Provo, UT: BYU Studies.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

BYU Studies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Chemical Engineering

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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