The process of moving away from home and attending college can be a challenge. I wish I would of known that I was going to be living with two girls, instead of one. This was a big surprise on the first day! The last minute roommate situation was something that caught me off guard.
I wish I had known how open minded people are, way more than I expected going into a Christian school and how accessible the professors make themselves to their students. People are always willing to help others out and there is a real community sense there.
As a whole, Cornerstone strongly encourages mental, emotional, and physical health. I wish I had known how well the resources were in place: RAs who were kind enough to talk, a gym that I could work out in, and professors with whom I could speak. Another thing I wish I had known was that I had known that I couldn't meet everyone's needs. As I looked around, I wanted to help everyone, even when I felt I couldn't.
I wish I had known how involved I should've been my first year.
Well I am starting school in the fall so I dont really know yet.
I wish I would have known more about additional fees that came with the tuition bill. I found myself being surprised by unexpected fees that I didn't even know were involved. It would have helped me while filling out for other scholarships.
I wish I would have known how small the campus really is. Also I wish I would have known how strict it is.
I wish i had known that i'd meet great people and friends that share my Christian Belief... I wish i had attended earlier. It's a great school.
Just how windy it got in Grand Rapids! I love the climate here, but I did not anticipate so much wind being 40 or so minutes inland from lake Michigan. The wind gets strong and quite cold!
The bible. a lot of classes are based on biblical meanings and terms
If I could speak to my high school self, I would tell myself to enjoy the process more. Life just kinda falls into place, so you plan the best you can, but you also can't worry when things don't work out how they were "supposed to." A change in priorities or direction is not a bad thing. In fact, it can sometimes be a door opening to something you never could have imagined. Had it not been for "interruptions" in my plan, I would not be as strong or insiteful as I am today.
I wish that I would have known how many great people I would meet. I have started to make life-long relationships on and off the softball field. The girls on my team our my sisters and I absolutely love all of them! The girls in my dorm building all have something different to offer to everyone and it is simply amazing.
I wish I would have known the seriousness of the tuition at Cornerstone. In my freshman year, my parents got a loan for my first year. In the next year, I could not go back to Cornerstone., because my parents could not get out a loan; their credit was bad. I am a junior and am back at Cornerstone; now, I have to work to pay off the remainder of the tuition. I wish I and my parents would have planned more financially for my time at Cornerstone.
How to better plan my schedule, how to take advantage of AP classes and CLEP tests
I wish I had known how majorly important it is to sign up and apply for as many scholoarchips as possible and as early as possible so I wouldn't be stuck trying to squeeze money out of everything.
I wish i had known how cold sonwy it got here in Michigan. I also wish i knew that everyone went home on the weekends. I wish there were more activities on campus on the weekend becasue the activities we do have are fun just not often enough to keep people here every weekend. I also wish i knew that AP classes are great and i wish i took more in highschool.
I wish I would have known that the academic status of the school is not very high. It's getting better though. I also wish I would have known the professors are required to do research, and therefore have less time to be with students.
The school is focused primarily on fields like Bible/Religion and journalism. Most other fields get less attention.
That quite a few students have bad attitudes about the school and about the rules. Most still follow them, but complain often. There is never a bad attitude presented on a prospective visit day, so it was surprising to hear negativity about the school.
I wish I would have known how fairweather the weekends can be as far as things going on. There are weekends where campus is bristling with business, then there are weekends where it is absolutely dead.
That they would be dropping my major before I graduated and I would have trouble finishing in the program.
I wish I knew more about the religious background so I could have been more understanding on the opinions held by a good majority of the students.
I wish I had known what I was getting into, Cornerstone is a culture unlike anything I had known before.
That it was so small and SO conservative. Not forward thinking at all.
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