Evangel University Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Conner

If I were given the opportunity to travel back in time to give myself some advice, I would not. This may come as a surprise, but I whole-heartedly believe words do not resonate, experience resonates. Listening to any advice, whether it be good or bad, falls on deaf ears due to the inability for the lesson to permanently stick. Through growth and experience, the message trying to be conveyed can finally levy the weight neccesary for it to be fully grasped by the mind. Day in and day out, people are shown the right path, but stray from such path due to their inability to permanently attain the idea. Only through each individuals' trials and tribulations can they learn to fully appreciate the advice and justly apply it. I have been aware of what is right and what is wrong for quite some time, but have found it "easier" to simply not make a change and allow myself to get distracted by my fellow peers and media influences. It is only recently that I have found these distractions do not lead to the fulfillment I so desperately seek. Everyday I will learn and grow, no distractions, only success awaits.

Misty

Preparation for college is extremely important. It has the ability to be a life changing experience and can potentially leave you with the greatest, valued memories. If I was able to travel back in time and talk to myself, as a high school student, I would share with myself that goal setting, picking the right classes, joining clubs/activities, being responsible, holding yourself accountable, and educating yourself outside of classroom; as important things to consider before departing to college. I would encourage myself to eliminated relationships that may cause hinderances in your educational experience. In addition, I would encourage learning about taxes, loans, mortgages, credit, and investments to make sure you have a generall knowlege about these subjects. CLEP and Dantes exams are great ways to save money for college courses that may be required, therefore, I would encourage myself to utilize these sources. Joing clubs and participating in college activities are great ways to meet friends and network. This also allows something that can be highlighted on a resume or future college applications. I would tell myself to just relax and be proactive about the goals I want to achieve.

Alexis

If I can go back in time I give myself advice my senior year of high school, I would tell myself, "apply to all the schools you want. Do not limit your options". If someone would have told me that while I was a senior, I would accepted what my guidance counselor told me. She was very discouraging and pretty much told me that I would not get accepted to any university. I should have listen to my gut and gone with the other college applications that I had. I should have been a rebel!

Theresa

The first thing I would tell myself is not to wait!! The best thing you can possibly do is go to college right after high school. It is really difficult to go back because technology changes very rapidly, so you find yourself having to learn that on top of everything else. Just do it-don't procrastinate. Going to college is something that gives you confidence and prepares you for the world. Listen to your parents if this is what they have been telling you because THEY ARE RIGHT! This is something you need to take seriously because it is your future, and you are paying for it. Get the good job after school, then you can afford to go do what you want and really live life to the fullest. I am speaking from experience-my college journey started late in life and I wish I would have done it a lot sooner- but it is the best thing that has ever happened to me!

Brittany

If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself about the importance of staying focused and working hard. You are striving to gain an education that will build the basis for your career so make sure to create good study habits. I would also tell myself that you need to stay true to who you are. You don't have to change in order to "fit in." Also, don't be afraid to take chances and get involved! These are two of the most important things I've learned while in college. Don't miss out on opportunities that could potentially change or impact YOUR life or SOMEONE else's. Don't psych yourself out before even giving yourself a chance. There's always something going on that you can be a part of. Make a difference! Finally, I would say to myself that the chance to be something great lies only within you and what you're willing to do to make it possible. If you work hard and study hard, you will find that you can do anything you set your heart and mind to- I know I have.

Cara

Go for it! College life may be difficult and challenging at times, however it is rewarding beyond belief. A life without a college education may be a life full of regret and "what-ifs". A college education has expanded my horizons and has taught me that I am capable of more than I ever knew. There has been some rough times, but the great times have outweighed the bad. I have made relationships that will last a lifetime. My professors truly care about my success and encourage me to pursue my dreams. I have always had a desire to teach. After going through my college courses, I know now more than ever that teaching is what I am supposed to do. College has really expanded my knowlege on life, on the world, and on myself. There is no doubt that going to college is the right choice to make. The transistion of entering your college career will be tough and exciting. Enjoy every moment of it!

Jayme

If I could go back in time and tell myself some advice about college, I'd have a lot to say. First and foremost, I'd tell myself to take my studies seriously from the very beginning of the first semester. Instead of focusing on developing friendships and joinging clubs or groups, allow those friendships to develop naturally. Also, I'd tell myself that this isn't the end. It was really dicouraging for me when I first arrived to college, because I was constantly thinking of where I wanted to end up. in all reality, college is just a stepping stone into the future. God has so much more in store for me, and it's important to know that there's more to life than just now. Lastly, I'd tell myself that God is in control. Don't ever allow yourself to become so stressed out that you're unhappy; God has His hand on you and will never give you more than you can handle.

Cody

The best advice I could give myself would be to calm down. Having experienced a full year of college already, I am now well aware of the actual difficulty of attending a university and the hopefullness it brings. I would want my senior self to know just how rewarding it is having the opportunity to learn the craft I love. Not only that, but being educated on the many job opportunities my degree is elligble for is rewarding as well. As a senior, I was already expecting to learn the things I did and my experiences at college served as confirmation for those expectations.

Alexandria

If I were to go back and give advice to myself there are severall key things I would inform me of that I did not realize at the time. First I would let myself know that I am really going to enjoy myself even though it is scary leaving home and doing something unknown. I would not give away all the secrets and fun but remind me to be open and friendly to everyone. Secondly I would tell myself to keep track of money, scholarships, and requirments because in the rush of things and when school gets tough it is easy to give up or become frustrated. Finally I would let myself know that it is okay if I do not know exactly what I want to do and to take time to explore because there is a ton of opportunities.

Caleb

Moving back to America from a full seven years of life lived as a missionary kid in Thailand will be a big leep. But don't let that keep you from branching out. Be braver than you are. Remember to smile, and to speak more often--to speak truth, life, grace, forgiveness, strength, power, and most of all love. Let your emotions show and welcome people into your heart. Share your heart and your thoughts, because they are deep, and they are solid and full. Remember your past-- your heartaches, your darkness, your deliverance, and your joy. Remember who you are-- quiet and strong, responsible and loyal. Remember what you're here for-- a medium bringing truth, love, relationship, and freedom from above to those before you. And despite what the world says, be careful about placing too much trust in your own heart. Instead, trust His words, the Spirit, and His guidance. live with Him always. Never let a mind of rationalization eclipse a heart of reconciliation, or you will never have peace. Last of all, always remember that when YOU change-- everything changes. So, Be the man you desire-- and go further.

joel

i would give myself three pieces of advice. first of all i would say to get more involved, life is what you make it so make it awesome. secondly i would say to foccus on scholarships more, money is an important part of life. and lastly i would say to make it a habbit of being more disciplined, in college you are on your own so you need to be responsible.

Bethany

“What would I tell myself if I could go back in time,” is something I think about often. I am learning so much in my college years. Now that I have finished out my first full year of school, I couldnt be more proud of myself. I graduated in 2009 with the intent to go away to school right after, but changed my mind to take time off and work. I don’t regret that action at all, but I would do things a bit differently if I could. I think I would tell myself to make a list of the passions I have and what I want to do in the future. I put things off when it came to a college decision out of fear that it would be too hard. I would tell myself that that feeling I had then is something that could have made me or break me one day, luckily it’s made me. Not being good enough in school, is something I faced during the time of my senior year and this is what I would say to myself, “ it’s what you put into it that you will get out of it.”

Katherine

Personally, the transtition to college was the hardest part. I knew that growing up in Mali, Africa would be vastly different than growing up in Springfield, MO. If I could go back in time and give myself advice, I would tell myself to be aware of the culture shock. Not defensive and ready to strike back, but to be aware that I will not understand everything going on around me. The second piece of advice I would have given myself would be about time management. If I had learned how to effectively practice time management in high school it would have greatly benefitted me during my first year of college. The hardest part about college is not necessarily the difficulty of the assigments, but the quantity of them. If I could warn myself about that simple aspect I feel as if I could have benefitted even more than I already have. Even though I earned a cumulative GPA of 3.6 for my first year, I feel if I had better prepared myself concerning time management it would be the greatest factor in achieving an even higher GPA. Transitioning would followed suit once time management was taken care of.

Jacqueline

Graduating form high school is a big change for all who have accomplished it. It is scary! You have to decied what it is that you want to do in life. One advice I would give my self as a high school senior would be not to worry. To trust God and know that his plan is perfect. That all things work for those who love him. I was very worried on decieding on the fact of leaving out of state for college. I am clad with the choice I made of staying home for two years. High school is more layed make. Only worries were grades. Now its grades, work, future...ect... Therefor I would advice myself to stay focus and give me more me time. Decied what it is that I love. Most importatntly would be to depended fully upon the Lord. Those are a few things I would remind and advice myself about as a high school senior.

Brittany

I wish I would have known as a Senior in high school that college was honestly expensive and that I would not receive a lot of scholarship money. I have heard great stories about people going to school full ride or winning scholarships. I have entered many scholarships. I have written many essays and sent in my transcripts numerous times expecting a miracle to happen for me. The truth is, I was not that special person in any way. I have received scholarships from the school, but they have been really small and never from outside sources that I applied for online. My hopes were destroyed by the end of my first semester. I still question to this day why I cannot be the one to receive even $1,000 if not full ride or half off tuition. I wish I would have known the impact and burden that college tuition brings upon me.

Elsa

College is not all fun and hanging out with friends, it involves hard work, focus and determination. The opportunities you will have will be phenomenal; if you could see them now you’d be overwhelmed! But don’t let anything hold you back, seize every opportunity and follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to say no, spreading yourself too thin can diminish the value of all that you’re trying to accomplish. But, don’t be afraid to say yes either. There are so many things you can do, so don’t be afraid to take that step of faith and pursue your goals to fulfill your dreams. The world is big, but you can find your place in it, one step at a time.

Shawn

You should learn to take responsibility for yourself, Shawn. It is a crazy and expensive world out there and Art School is just the beginning. College is not like high school and you will not be babysat through your classes. You need to focus really hard and stay disciplined to become the best artist you can be. It is your dream, right? Then make your dream a reality through the hardwork you know you can display to your peers and elders. Oh yeah, apply for lots and lots of scholarships, I need not remind you of how expensive it is.

Kevin

If I could go back to my senior year, I would make sure I had my priorities in order. Focusing on college deadlines, due dates, application would have been on the top of my agenda. Although I tried to fill out scholarships, but I would have devoted more time them. College is an expensive yet worthwhile post-secondary education and without financial assistance it is near impossible to be able to afford. Knowing now how costly school can become; I would have made sure I saved some of my earnings for necessities such as a: lab top, tape-recorders, and a quality book bag. There are numerous amount of changes I would have made to my last year of high school, but I am glad the decisions I made got me this far.

Jayme

If I could go back and tell myself what I know now through college experience, I would have so much advice. I would tell myself not to worry so much about what others thought about me or the things that I did in high school. Life is too short to be concerned with boyfriends and high school drama. Focus on friendships and find the people who truly care about you. Spend time with your true friends and family because they are the ones who will be there for you through thick and thin; and when it comes down to it, those are the only people you can honestly rely on. Don't settle for anything less than what you deserve. Try your best- know that if you give all you have, you have nothing to be ashamed of. Work hard, trust in the Lord, and pray about everything, regardless of how small the situation may appear

Danielle

I have found that you learn so much in college. Every experience will help you know how to act in the future. You don't need to be nervous; there are many people willing to help you along your way. There are a couple of things that you find out the hard way such as the importance of studying in advance instead of the night before. Since there was not much in the way of studying in high school, this will take some practice. Also, beware of the freshman fifteen. Fifteen may be an exaggeration, but you will gain weight after that cafeteria food if you do not work out. As far as friends go, make lots of them. It never hurts to be friendly and meet as many people as possible. Not all of them will be your friend, but some will, and it is always nice to have connections down the road. Sleep. Even if you must take naps, sleep will help you be healthy and keep your brain focused during the day. Finally, dating is new to you, so take it slow. Guys will fall for you, but that does not mean you must fall for them.

John

I was watching TV when, out of a flash, a man appeared. His ruggedly handsome face looked all too familiar, like looking in a mirror. “How you doin’?” he asked in a dreamy voice. “Is that… are you, me?" “I know what you’re thinking, I didn’t think we’d have time machines by now either.” “No, way! That’s…” “Sorry," he interrupted. "We only have a few words left. Time machines are rented per word spoken, and I could only afford 200. You should really consider another job.” “So you’re wasting our money on lame jokes?” “Whatever!” he said. “Look, I broke the bank to come back because… I know your dreams Levi, they were mine once too. I’m here to tell you, they’re attainable, but not for me anymore. I’m living the consequences of our decisions, our laziness, and it’s not what we wanted. College life is busy, but this is your time. Now, do you really wanna write that book?” I nodded. “Start writing.” With another flash he was gone. He didn’t say much, but it was all I needed. I clicked the TV off and grabbed a pencil.

Ashley

I would go back and tell myself that high school is not as bad as it seemed to be. Your senior year goes by fast, so make the most out of it. Build lasting friendships with the time you have left in high school. Take one obstacle at a time, otherwise you'll get stressed out.

Bethany

My life would have panned out much differently if going back in time to talk to myself when I was a senior in high school was within the realm of possibilities. I am a student athlete and I would have of course given myself conventional advice like eat healthier, make sure you exercise more and drink more water. Though valuable, that advice would have done little to shape my future. In high school I thought I did not care what people thought. Foresight never fails to be hazy, but hindsight is always 20/20, as a result I lived high school in a highly disillusioned state. I let popular culture and pressure from my peers govern my every move. I was afraid to dress in fashions that attracted me, I did not listen to music I felt spoke to me the most, and I stayed in an unhealthy, emotionally abusive relationship. All of the ridiculous behavior that I subjected myself to was to impress people I am no longer in contact with and will not recognize in twenty years. If I could go back, I would tell myself that my efforts were in vain. I would have changed my situation.

Kate

I would encourage myself to try harder in high school. It's important to apply yourself in school, try to achieve good grades, and enjoy high school life while you can. College is much harder and demands more effort and application. I would encourage myself to try different fields of study in high school. Talk to professionals in an array of fields and discuss what they like/dislike about their career. I would also encourage myself to not limit my options......explore all kinds of career paths and have fun while doing it! Like the saying goes, "Find out what you love to do then figure out how to get paid for it!!"

Vicki

If I were to go back in time to when I was in high school, I would tell myself to not even think about going anywhere else than Evangel University. I would probably go to the same community college for at least a year since it was free through an A+ tutoring program I volunteered for, but I would definitely tell myself to of course, go to college, but to choose Evangel without even hesitating! College is important for any individual. There are so many ways that you can pay for school and with today's economy, a college degree is almost needed to get anywhere in life. Why not take the financial risk and help your future? You learn so much about yourself, who you are, what you stand for, and what you like at college (Even who you like!) College is a must, and Evangel University was a great choice. You won't regret making this decision Vicki! Yes, it may be more expensive, but it will be worth it when you start your career and have an edge over your peers and competition. Good luck and make the most of your college years! They are amazing!

Jenny

College is a time of change, regarless if you choose a college that is close to home. Your friends are going to leave you and you'll find yourself missing people you never even knew. Don't be afraid to get help; a lot of college students experience depression. You don't have to be afraid of change, though. I know there's a lot of pressure for you to choose the right school and major as if it will define your future forever. There is some truth to that, but a good majority of freshmen end up switching their major and still more transfer, and that's okay. Don't choose a college for the sole purpose of getting away from home and don't worry about the money. The right college is worth the debt, or at least I hope so. Stay undecided for at least freshman year. That will help you get your berings straight. You're going to meet a lot of new people. Some you will be instant friends with, and others will hate you for no reason at all. Stay true to who you are. Your future is bright!

Jessica

Don’t let anyone make decisions for you, but do seek advice from those who are in the position to give it. At the start of my college career, I didn’t know what kind of career I wanted to pursue. I let my friends decide which college I would attend and even what my major would be. At the same time, I was hardheaded and didn’t want to talk to an adviser. I have learned from my mistakes. I know now what great people are ready and willing to help me reach my goals. All I had to do was seek them out. College is no longer intimidating and confusing. It’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve upon myself, and I intend to experience as much as I can. A good friend of mine often says that college is wasted on the youth. I want to prove her wrong.

Celina

If I could go back in time and tell myself as a senior in high school advice about college I would tell myself to learn how to study better and how to manage my time. I would tell myself to not get anxiety over a big exam, to just breathe and take the test. I would tell myself to take easy and fast notes that I understand so I can study for. Also, being a college student you’re on your own and you don't have your parents by you the whole time. I would tell myself how to have good time management with homework, studying, working, hanging out with friends, and keeping in touch with my family. But the best thing that I would tell myself being a high school student is letting myself know that I will learn many new things about myself in college. I will be more independent . I will not be influenced by others but instead stand my ground. I will become a better person while being in college. I will tell myself college isn’t too bad as some people make it seem.

Maronica

If i were to go back in time to my high school years i would have made all my negative impacts a more positive impact i have had many stuggles and dropped out at an early age of 16 years old and decided to get back into school two years later when i was 18 years old and it gave me more modivation because i made alot of mistakes that i cant change when i was young and what influenced me was my parents and children, i accomplished to get my high school dipolma in 2009 at the age of 20 years old and decided to go to college from there on i have been setting goals for my self and this has been my stuggle through life and i have made it through my years as a teenager to make whats best of my self and get an higher education so i can further my career in Biology science. My advice i would give my self is dont give up your doing good you made a impact in your life to get to where your at and always know in your heart you can make a difference.

Jaime

If I could, somehow magically go back in time, and have the opportunity to have a brief conversation with myself, I would emphasize how important timing really is. One of my downfalls as a senior in high school was, the anxiety of the cost of college itself. Much to speculation, I pushed college aside to find an alternative to pay for school. I was too green to realize that there were options for me to participate in financial aid, in which I failed to comprehend the grants open to anyone willing to put forth effort in education of higher learning. At the time, so much too quickly was happening, which caused me to turn a blind eye for my future, college. I did learn the hard way, but with so much help with money for college, enrolling was very simple. I am very grateful for the aid I am receiving now, and if I had the opportunity to go back and aware myself of this, I would have started much sooner, at a much younger age. I do regret slightly for not starting sooner but, I am now in school and going on strong.

Amy

I would have told my high school self a few different points of advice. Firstly, I would have tell myself that I have ADD, and that I am not a bad student I just have a challenge to overcome! I wasn't diagnosed until after I completed some college. Knowing that I had ADD back in high school would have really made a difference in how I preceived myself and applied my efforts as a student. Secondly, I would tell my high school self to go back to college much earlier in life. While it's great going back to college at thirty years old, it is far more difficult to juggle my life and school now then it would have been back then. I would not give up my beautiful two year old daughter for anything, however if I had already finished college we would have a better quality of life now.

Jessica

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself three things to do better on. The first thing I would say is to learn how to study. In high school I did not need to study and I did great. But in college you need to study to pass. Also another thing is I would tell myself to always read the readings given. Like studying, I would blow off the reading and still do great but in college it is different. Lastly, I would tell myself to learn how to listen in class and take good notes. In high school they gave us an outline of notes or a simple powerpoint. Here in college they just lecture and I need to learn on taking good notes. In conclusion, if I could go back in time and tell my senior self what to do better on for college it would be studying, reading, and good note taking.

Autumn

First of all, go straight to a university. Living on my own, working two jobs and taking 19 units in college is very difficult. Also, care more about school than friends. The majority of them won't be your life-long friends anyway whereas your education will be with you forever. Everything you do now will affect you for your entire life. Every assignment affects your grade. Every grade affects your GPA. Your GPA affects what schools you get into. The school you get your degree from affects how far you can go in life. Do every assignment the night it is assigned. It is a great habit to get into and it will come in handy in college. It is very easy to get straigh A's if you just do all the assignments. Do not hold yourself back because of social reasons. Reach for the highest possible goal because I know you can acheive it.

Marcella

If I could go back in time and talk to my self as a high school senior I would advise my self to take my GPA seriously and to try on my SAT and ACT. As a high school senior I took my GPA for granted. Because I had a 4.0 GPA and was salutatorian, thought that I could give my self some slack and not turn in a couple of assignments. Little did I know that there were many people that were waiting for me to falter. I went from a perfect 4.0 to a GPA of 3.8 I was still able to maintain my position in the top ten percent of my graduating class but it would have been even more glorious if I were able to graduate as salutatorian. When it came down to taking my SAT and ACT I performed very poorly because I did not study and did not think that the exam was a big deal. I would speed through the exams so that I could have some more sleep due to a late night. Little did I know that these exams would play a big part in my college carrier.

Nina

I would tell myself that I need to learn how to study in high school so that when I get to college the first semester isn’t as hard. I would emphasize how the professors are friendly and there to help aid me in my learning. I might explain that you don’t need to know what you want to major in because you will probably change your major anyways. Don’t stress out over the little things and try to focus on the bigger picture. To remember that if you stumble and fall get back up with a smile on your face. I would say that having a social life while keeping your grades up isn’t easy but eventually you will learn how to balance both. I would put a strong emphasis on how important sleep is. I would tell myself that no challenge is too hard to overcome as long as you have God on your side. Always remember that eventually you will look back on these moments in college and miss them so enjoy them while they last.

Amber

If I could go back in time and give my senior self some advice, I would tell myself to simply relax. Although I don't know exactly what I want to be or how I am going to pay for all of my expenses, or even if anyone here will like me, everything will work out. There is absolutely no reason to stress, since that will not accomplish anything. Another thing I would tell myself is that there will be a lot more hidden expenses than I realize, and to apply for as many scholarships as I possibly can, even though I think I have everything covered. All in all, college isn't nearly as scary as first imagined, and everything works out for the best.

Kayla

I would tell myself to never give up, to continue to push myself even when I thought I couldn't do it. I'd tell myself to never regret what has happened because it made me who I am today. I would tell myself things to encourage me to continue with my education even when I had doubts. I would tell myself to push me to my limits constantly so I could better myself.

Rebecca

Do not wait too long to get involved with career building opportuinties at school. There are so many great ways to get invlved and so many great ways to gain leadership and career experience. Don't be afaid to get involved! Every opportunity you take to grow, will help you once you are no longer in the comfort of a classroom. In college professors help you and are there to encourage you to continue and to do well. They only have your best interests in mind, but once you get out of college and that kind professor is hundreds of miles away, you are on your own. Once you get experience and get a taste of what you will experience in your career field after college, you will be better equipt to succeed.

Brianna

Living life as an seventeen-year-old senior in high school, I was shy and isolated sometimes, and big decisions were heading my way. I did not know what to do, but with the experience I have now, I would have told myself not to worry so much. I worried so much about my classes and my roommate liking me or not when I had not even registered for classes or met my roommate. I would have told myself to trust more in God, who knew what I was going through and knew the plans he had for me, and now that I am in college I see that everything turned out alright and that God gave me such marvelous friends and a great university where I would get the help I needed to pass my classes. I was so gullible to worrying in high school that I cried right before I came to Evangel, and I let Satan make me so scared. God turned my life around within the first semester, and I should have known that back then, but what is the fun of learning through experience if you know what will happen in advance?

Amber

I have only been in college for five months but I have gotten so much out of my college experience in this short amount of time. College has showed me that being here is worth the money I have paid to attend, I have met amazing friends , and I have developed skills that you will use for the rest of your life. College is a great place to find yourself and develop skills you will use for the rest of my life. The University I attend has an awesome Nursing program. I feel like it is definitely worth the money I will be spending in the next four years. I have met amazing people that I hope to stay in contact for the rest of my life. They are encouraging which is an important part of surviving college. College is a lot harder than I expected but I have developed study skills. These skills can be used now and I will be able to use these skills in Nursing school. I am so excited to see all of the other valuable things I get out of the three and a half years I have left here at Evangel University.

Amanda

While attending Evangel University I have not only been presented with the blessing of advancing my knowledge in several areas of education, but have also learned how to better myself for society. I started college unaware of what major I wished to possess or what even slighly interested me. After only taking a few basic courses at Evangel it feels as if my whole world has turned right-side up. I now know which career path I wish to pursue and what skills I possess that will help me in this pursuit. Along with being further educated in academics, I have also experienced tough life lessons. Leaving home and the financial support of your parents does not hold a worry in your mind until the day you get your first bill in the mail. College has taught me that life comes at your fast and without a plan the simple things in life become the complex. We are all given great opportunities in life, what we do with these opportunities determine who will succeed and will struggle through school and even life.

Kelsey

My college experience so far has been challenging, yet rewarding. My professors have pushed me to my max,:to study, to learn, to comtemplate, and to grow spiritually. Not settling for anything less than the best my studies will continue to be rewarding. Along with academics, comes the responsibilities I have come to have and understand. College puts you into the real world, both mentally and fiancially, and I have to come to realize that you no longer have that soft cushion. Attending college has given me some life long friendships, of course I still have good friends from high school, but here at college, some of my friends are different- they are there for me spiritually and mentally. Overall college has been very rewarding: I have become even more responsible. I am ready to face any challenge presented, this I believe is something that college has taught me. For this experience is different than just entering the work place or community college after high school.

Dante'

I never realized how important a college education was until I actually went through my first year of it. It was difficult transition from high school to college, but it was well worth it. I am very blessed to be able to take my education to the next level, and hopefully one day earn a better living because of it. I learned in my sociology class that the best way to become successful today is through education. People with a college degree typically earn more money in their life time and careers than people that don’t have a college education. College has opened my eyes to opportunity. I am now aware of fields of study and careers that I didn’t even know existed when I was in high school. College is teaching me to build relationships and a reputation that will lead to success. Thanks to the classroom and internships I will be better prepared for what the future holds.

Micah

I have recieved a lot from my college experience. I had never been away from home or family and I moved 9 hours away from home and family and have really had to grow up. I have learned to do things on my own and have been very successful. I got a job on campus and work along with taking 17 credit hours. I am very busy but love my life and can't wait to see what all is in store for me. I have developed many friendships and have had the opportunity to travel over Spring break to England . That experience will be one that I will never forget. My education is helping me in practical ways. I want to be a teacher and I have practical classroom experience two times a week at an elementary school. I feel like I have been able to see what all is involved in teaching and I feel much more confident that I will be a great teacher when I graduate!

David

College has given me some perspective on what I need for life. Obviously when a person goes to college they should expect to work for their grade. What has helped me the most and what I am most thankful for is the opportunity for me to meet people and grow relationally. I lack in being a great outgoing person, but college has taught and is teaching me how to communicate with people. As I have gotten older I have realized that sometimes it is skill to be able to get along with people in any situation. Also, learning how to use the information that my professors give me and being able to apply it to life and the business environment has opened my eyes to my fields of study. The best thing about college for me then has been the opportunity to interact with different people. To be honest I could get a set of skills for a much cheaper price, but that robs me of the skills I need to operate with people in the real world. This is one of my greatest appreciations of college so far and I’m sure there will be much more to come.

Kathleen

Evangel University gives me the best experience for learning and college life. I have more challenges in academics than high school, still maintaining a high GPA, and have truly grown personally from living far away from home. The atmosphere of this school is the most welcoming campus that I have experienced and has the top priority of strengthening its students spiritually. I have learned how to make close friendships, volunteer throughout the community, study well, and build a resume for my career choice. There are always opportunities to spend time in the field of your choice to learn from professionals. All these aspects make Evangel a very valuable university.

Rebecca

My college experience has been one of challenges and strife. My college is over 1,000 miles away from home, and I came here knowing no one, being out on my own for the first time in my life Homesickness was the worst, and I just wanted to go home so badly. But the great thing about Evangel is that you are with 2,000 other students in the same situation. Through this experience, I have grown as a person, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and in so many other ways. I have become more confident and sure of who I am. I have been challenged and stretched intellectually, and have learned to learn in an entirely different way. My college experience has definitely been one of the pinnacles of my entire life, and I am so excited to see what my future holds for me, both here at Evangel and after college.

Danielle

My college experience for the past year and a half has been life changing. I am surrounded by energetic and loving students as well as professors that truly care about you. Not only do the professors care about you as an individual, but they also challenge you to become your best. The faculty at Evangel University strives to support the students in any way they can. They encourage students to follow God's plan for your life and to become the best person you can be. There are many different ways you can get involved on campus, so it is hard not to find friends. I have learned to challenge myself and dig deeper into my faith. Evangel has challenged me to not be comfortable with where I am at, but to strive for more in my life.

Jonathan

My college experience has been amazing. I can't think of a time where I've had so much freedom to be the me I want to be. College has given me the opportunities to sharpen my skills and become the man I should be. It sounds so cliché, but the future is in my hands. The attitude I choose, the portfolio I establish, and the skills I learn here are a direct correlation to how wide the door of opportunity will open when I leave to pursue my career. I feel so blessed to attend college. I can remember thinking in high school, "Why does this matter? It's not even what I want to do!", but now I'm able to study what I choose. Here I learn what I want to learn. It's great! On top of that, I've made a group of friends that are about the coolest people on earth. They're the icing on the cake, so to speak. So far, college has been the best thing that's happened to me and I can't wait to see what the next three years will bring!

Sarah

I transferred into Evangel as a junior. I was nervous about making friends, but that changed dramaticallly. I met so many people during the orientation weekend that I would never trade it in for the world. As new people come every semester, I have met more people and some of them are some of my best friends. I have learned so much here, not just in the classroom, but about myself. The discussions that we have in the classroom challenge my beliefs, opinions and what i was taught by my parents. It makes me want to have my own opinion, even if it is not the most popular choice. Sometimes I think about what if I accepted a different school's offer. I cannot imagine having gone anywhere else because the people that I have met, I would not trade them in for anyone else. Also, one of my professors truly challenges me to do my best, even if I am sleep-deprived the following morning while handing in the finished product. He always encourages me to become better and be more positive about my writing. I love where I am at and would not change it for the world.

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