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

The most important thing in picking a school is to find a place where you feel at home. From that, all else follows much more...

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

The most important thing in picking a school is to find a place where you feel at home. From that, all else follows much more smoothly (though it doesn't hurt to find a program that excites you with professors that will challenge you and facilities that provide convenient opportunities). While you're there, the best way to fully enter the college experience is to stay out of the "stepping stone" mindset - college is so much more enjoyable if you immerse yourself in the social world at the school. Total immersion is impossible if you only see that period - that four year chunk of your life - as a stepping stone to later things. Let your friends there mean everything to you - skip the occasional class to go ice fishing with a housemate, neglect the occasional small assignment for a late night chatting with friends, and most of all: live together, laugh together, struggle together, grow together. Energy also ought to be directed towards studying so you get your money's worth for your education, but the real rewards come from getting involved with the people you meet there. Be young and stupid. Take on the world.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That I didn't have to plan and follow a strict career path - the openness of the future and the possibilities out there is a beautiful thing, and I wish I'd known that earlier in my academic career at a liberal arts college.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Lack of career placement services - makes the last year a whole lot more stressful when you're doing the job search on your own.

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

Find a college that fits you personally! As a student, do not lose focus of why you are going to school and do not go just b...

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

Find a college that fits you personally! As a student, do not lose focus of why you are going to school and do not go just becuase you want to party or socialize. College is not easy and you have to work hard. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you need.

What's unique about your campus?

Everything! All the people are nice professors, students, and administration. They want you to do well and to be successful.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who isn't academically ready for the strong educational committment.

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

When looking for a college choose one that will give you a well rounded education based on the variety of types of classes an...

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

When looking for a college choose one that will give you a well rounded education based on the variety of types of classes and experiences it has to offer. One strength found in liberal arts colleges is the ability to draw on various strengths, making graduates more ready to handle the variety of challenges they will find in the work place. Take advantage of opportunities to travel and study abroad. Cross-cultural experiences change your life. When you have the opportunity, go. Don't be afraid to look at things you've always believed and question them. By asking questions you will understand better what you believe and why. Questions only make you stonger. Find extracurricular activities that you enjoy and dive in. Especially in the first year, trying new things will help you make friends and learn names of peers you hadn't know, even if your bond happens to be that you both DONT enjoy that new thing you tried. College is a great time to learn about the world and about yourself and try and figure out how you will make a difference.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how much it helps to have already taken college credit classes in high school. My schedule is very tight due to a pretty demanding major and I hadn't been aware of how much of an impact taking AP classes could've made.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

All students have to have some form of a meal plan. This doesn't encourage the food services to try hard to make money, since every student has to buy at least a partial meal plan. However, next year Goshen isn't automatically renewing the contract with Sudexo (the food company). They have heard the student's complaints for long enough! Also the bookstore is very expensive and has almost no hope for competing with online bookstores for textbooks and other classroom materials.

A.
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A strong community for students to learn and grow not only intellectually but emotionally and spiritually.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A strong community for students to learn and grow not only intellectually but emotionally and spiritually.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The people here are unique and similar to me.

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

Parents and students should make sure to talk to students at the schools that they visit. Meet some of the professors and talk to administrators to see if you feel like you fit in. College is a once in a lifetime experience and should enrich and nuture you. I have found my college experience to be extremely valuable. The people I've met and the experiences I've had have changed me into the person I am today. I am very greatful for all the time I have spent here at Goshen College.

Jacob
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Goshen College is a campus where community is held very high and learning is encouraged.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Goshen College is a campus where community is held very high and learning is encouraged.

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

Transitioning to college is a daunting task. Looking for a college that fits "you" is intimidating and can be stressful for the college bound and their parents. I feel that most people make good decisions on where they want to go, based on what they want to study, what kind of social life they want to experience, and what they can afford. People do a good job searching for a college. After the choice is made, mom and dad send their child off to gain a higher education. At this juncture, things should be great, but one quickly learns that beginning college can be an extreemly lonely time. It is important to have patience and wait for things to settle in. Everything takes time. Classes take time. Sports take time. Homework takes time. Finding friends takes time. I would encourage any new college student to pack their schedule and get out there. Don't sit around. You will feel lonely. You will feel like you have no friends, but the more you get out there , the more you learn about yourself and life. Things will settle in and you will feel comfortable, just give it time.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

College can be a lonely place and it takes time to settle in.

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

Valuing the learning environment of a school is just as important as the course offerings. Beyond a diploma, what do you want...

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

Valuing the learning environment of a school is just as important as the course offerings. Beyond a diploma, what do you want to be able to say you?ve accomplished or achieved? Through college, I have gained a new and wider understandings of change. The important thing to understand about college is that it will change you. No matter what college you attend, there will be times of feelings of completely lost and completely at home. This time in your life is a time of independence and one of building community. You will be stretched to new limits academically and socially, with new and old challenges alike. What is importance is how your formal and informal education will encourage these changes in you and help you discover what you truly want to accomplish. So chose an institution that has goals for its students that will encourage changes that you wish to see in yourself. You will accomplishing the changes of a lifetime in any school you decide to attend.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

As an institution, Goshen is very open to different cultures and beliefs. However, many students with common political and moral opinions are very outspoken, and weather or not they are the majority often there is a feeling of superiority over opposing sides. Often this leaves me a feeling of being very alone. There are different views on campus, but only one is typically felt to be more ?correct? than others.

Lindsey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Goshen College encourages self-discovery to help students learn to know themselves and the GC community.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Goshen College encourages self-discovery to help students learn to know themselves and the GC community.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The diversity if the most unique aspect of Goshen College. We have students and faculty from all nations, cultures, socio-economic status, etc.

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

Relax and Enjoy the Process. It is a difficult process. First, look for colleges that have a potential major you would be interested in, but don't rule out other majors. Upon entering college, life changes and interests in different subjects might be elevated, so don't limit your options. No matter where you go, there will be positives and negatives regarding the campus life and education. But be open to new things and oppurtunities, for this is when you will really grow into the person you were made to be. It is then you will truly learn about yourself and with that comes clarity in life and direction. Participate and get to know others instead of locking yourself in your room or the library. Network - it is never to early to start thinking about a serious career, and networking people you know will one day help you to find an ideal job. Have Fun! Life is about balance, so don't be afraid to have fun as long as you can balance it with work! Lastly - laugh!! Have fun and laugh hard and make as memories as possible!

Emily
Describe the students at your school.

Liberal, hippie, commie, peace-lovin', Bush-bashing, pot-smoking, GLBT-friendly, dirty, smelly democrats.

Describe the students at your school.

Liberal, hippie, commie, peace-lovin', Bush-bashing, pot-smoking, GLBT-friendly, dirty, smelly democrats.

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

The biggest thing that I've learned after being at Goshen College for 3-1/2 years is the importance of letting your child pick their own college. I felt pressured into attending my parents' alma mater, and as a result, I have spent the last 3-1/2 years at a college that doesn't fit my needs or personality at all. Parents, it's your child's time to pick what they think is right for them, not your time to force the glory days of your college expereince on them. Making the most of the college experience ties right into this. If you choose a college that you fit in to, it will be much easier to make friends that share your interests and worldviews. It's been hard for me, because I'm the opposite of many of my classmates, and even though I am in my senior year of college, I have not yet found a close group of friends that I can identify with. So, in summery, evaluate every option carefully, because the next four years are some of the most important years of your life.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I don't brag about my school, really. Except for the lack of homework I have.

Dara
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Goshen is a mennonite college run by the donors.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Goshen is a mennonite college run by the donors.

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

Know where you're going. Don't talk to the admissions councelors. Talk to Seniors, and not ones the college directs you to. Stop someone random and ask them what they think; you'll get a more honest assesment.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Although 45% of the students are other than Mennonite, its assumed most people are mennonite and as a result the non-mennonites feel excluded and are assumed to agree with the masses.

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

It is important for students to focus on the academic aspects of their college choices, but I think that this can sometimes b...

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

It is important for students to focus on the academic aspects of their college choices, but I think that this can sometimes be pushed to hard. Having good academics at a college is necessary, but if that is the only thing that students base their college choice on, there is a good chance that they will not be happy in their college setting. I think that it is equally important to focus on the atmosphere of the campus. If a student chooses a college only because of a program that it has, there is a good chance that they will still end up changing their major and then what are they left with? If students choose the school that feels right to them, they will thrive because they have not only academics, but a support system of friends and professors to help them through difficult times. Without this, a student will struggle to thrive academically no matter how great the school is. I knew when I stepped onto the Goshen College campus that it was the school for me. It just felt right.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Because of its small size, it is more difficult to have a campus of diverse students and faculty. For me, it is important to have diversity among the faculty particularly because I think that it promotes the broader learning that a liberal arts school is supposed to provide.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is open-minded and enjoys being challenged in their ideas and beliefs. Students here need to be able to apply themselves, but also know how to have a fun time together being creative because it is a small campus and a small town. Students have to come up with their own entertainment which usually results in more fun.

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