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College is not just a series of buildings, professors, and students all centered around the world of acedamia; college is an ...
College is not just a series of buildings, professors, and students all centered around the world of acedamia; college is an experience, an experience that hinges on the choices you make. Any college will promise good acedemics and a nice campus, but what matters is the student's ability to fit into the enviroment. Finding a good fit will ensure a happier and more sucessful term. Searching online or in guidebooks for colleges with your intended major or area of study is the first step, then narrow your choices down to which colleges seem to fit your personality (i.e. if you are a strong Christian, a Christian College would be a big factor). If you go to a college soley for how good the program looks, but the college seems to clash with your personality or beliefs, it may actually do worse for you in the long-run. Visiting a college will give you a good feel for the place, but keep in mind that you are entering acedamia here as well, college is not going to be completely comfortable, but will be an experience with ups and downs, you will remember your whole life.
The Christian atmosphere that does not overwhelm or enforce ideas, but reflects it in many activities and classes
The attitude of the "cool kids in high school" is seen around campus by students and even some professors (i.e. those who are "too cool" to get involved with activities on campus or to actually do productive things with their time.)
The most important thing that I discovered about finding the right college is to go with your gut. When going on college vis...
The most important thing that I discovered about finding the right college is to go with your gut. When going on college visits you get this good feeling about it and that was how I ended up at Bethany Lutheran College. Getting involved in at least one on campus activicty is a wonderful way of meet people and a way to bond with fellow classmates. Never go home on the weekends, its a good time to see your dormmates as they are outside the classroom. Always keep your door open, people will be more willing to come in and meet you, dont stay in the dorm room all the time. When stressed out from college in the first couple weeks, relax it is part of adjusting to the college life. It helps to know many freshmen are home sick too, so try not to think about it, by the time the month is up, the home sickness will be gone and soon by sophmore year you will be excitted to be going away to college and not be sad at all when the parents leave. its a good growing up process.
The best thing about Bethany Lutheran College, is that it is a small campus, everyone seems to know everyone and the staff is pretty friendly and they know your name. It feels nice to walk down the hall to know the staff know you, it brings a closeness to the school.
That the classes are smaller compared to most campuses like 12-13 students, I feel more comfortable to ask questions when in a smaller class and it makes learning easier.
Bethany is best known for its tightly-knit Christian community, where you are supported not only in your academic life, but a...
Bethany is best known for its tightly-knit Christian community, where you are supported not only in your academic life, but also your spiritual life. The religious side of Bethany is what you make out of it, though, and those searching for a good experience are sure to find it, just as those who are looking for conflict will have no problem rocking the boat.
Be sure to look around. Every school, like every student, is different, and you need to be sure to find the one that fits YOU. Figure out what means the most to you, be it class size, student diversity, religious or political affiliation, and find the one that's your best match. Also, remember that freshman year is tough for everyone, and you will probably fall into one of two groups - those that loved or those that hated their freshman year. If you hated it, try giving it one more semester. Often you need that year to get adjusted.
Bethany is complete culture shock for anyone coming from a large city and growing up in a liberal home. Populated mostly by conservative Christians from the rural surrounding areas, someone coming from a culturally or religiously diverse background is sure to find some real frustration with the conservative Christian mindset of the college, just as those coming from a large urban area will find the small-town qualities of the campus incredibly confining.
The strong emphasis on a Christ based education. The other school I considered was not nearly as welcoming and I would have ...
The strong emphasis on a Christ based education. The other school I considered was not nearly as welcoming and I would have had to be always defending my faith and values. At Bethany, nearly everyone shares my beliefs and I am allowed to grow in my love for God through a liberal arts education.
Students should be allowed to go where ever they can be involved in what they love to do. A career will come after college. In my experience so far, I know I can find a job just about anywhere but the oppurtunities and relationships that I've had are far better than working only for one career goal.
Some of the students who might wish to be more involved can only pick one or two activities because the meeting times conflict or the work load is too much to handle anything else. Those in band cannot be in a certain choir because it overlaps. Also that there isn't as big of a fine arts staff to offer more theatrical productions in a year.
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