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Grove City College represents a community of young Christians focused on academic inquiry and spiritual growth. I believe it...
Grove City College represents a community of young Christians focused on academic inquiry and spiritual growth. I believe it is the collective ambition of the student body to serve a Higher purpose which unifies our community and sets Grove City College apart from other colleges and universities.
Because I am a secondary math education major, many of my courses focus on guiding me to the teaching profession. I enjoy my math and education courses and genuinely believe they are preparing me to become a meaningful teacher and to positively change the lives of my students; however, my college education encompasses more than these academic courses. Today I woke up to the blessings of a (semi-)full night of sleep in a comfortable bed, a hot, (semi-)delicious breakfast, and the opportunity to attend classes taught by brilliant instructors. This past semester, my thankfulness for my joyful college experience has been transformed into a desire to repay these gifts with service, so that I may pass along some of my joys and blessings to others. By participating in several on-campus ministries including Prison-fellowship and Adopt-A-Grandparent, attending a mission trip over Easter Break, and applying for an internship at a Christian summer camp for urban youth, I am learning that serving others offers more fulfillment than any individual success. Every night I fall asleep with a smile on my face as I learn to praise God for this incredible college opportunity by ministering to others.
Grove City College operates under an obvious conservative bias; the professors and administration aim to instill a conservative Christian worldview in the students, but neglect to even mention any opposing opinions in the curriculum. The student body also lacks diversity in backgrounds and beliefs, causing a single-tracked and often close-minded outlook in most discussions.
The most helpful thing to know when first coming to college is to stay on top of work, but still find time to have fun. The w...
The most helpful thing to know when first coming to college is to stay on top of work, but still find time to have fun. The work that is put onto students can be extremely overwhelming at times, but if they put things off, it only makes the work that much harder. The only thing is that it's also very important to fit fun in somewhere too. College is when people are figuring out how to be more responsible and to become independent while getting ready to work in a profession that they are likely going to do for the rest of their life until they retire. That is a lot to put on someone all at once. There needs to be some type of fun or stress release in their lives so that they do not get overwhelmed. I personally wouldn't have been able to make it through the first semester and still be mentally stable if I had not found a way to have time for fun. It has kept me sane under the pressure. With the combination of getting the work done and some type of fun/stress release, college can be an amazing experience.
The worst part about this school in total honesty is the location. In Grove City, the weather is always terrible. There may be 3 or 4 days of sunshine, but usually its always raining, snowing, or overcast. It gets frustrating sometimes.
At GCC, The environment is amazing. The classes are very hard, but the teachers realyl instill in you that if you put the work into it, you can be successful in everything. Also, if there is a subject you do struggle with (no one is good at everything), all of the teachers are very approachable and actually want you to approach them so that they can help you. GCC is the type of school where many of straight A students go, but the teachers here firmly teach that our education isn't about making the grade, it's about learning.
Grove City College is unique in that it is a smaller (about 2500 students), Christian college. It teaches from a Christian W...
Grove City College is unique in that it is a smaller (about 2500 students), Christian college. It teaches from a Christian Worldview, so we learn the different perspectives of an issue, but through the eyes of professors and students with the same belief system. I appreciate how there is an emphasis on living and working honestly and with Christian morals both now and especially when we move on to our occupations in the future.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself an anonymous quote that I read in the past that helped me to get through the first few months of college. "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we've never really lived". During my senior year, I was anxiously looking forward to making the dream of me, attending college, become reality, however I never expected what a drastic and overwhelming change that really is. I would remind myself not to take for granted the luxuries I have at home: the smell of home-made food, the sounds of my parents talking in the other room, or the knowledge of my brother and sister being but a floor above me. I would prepare myself to feel nervous, but encourage myself to replace any fear with excitement because these changes are what make life uncomfortable at first, yes, but beautiful with time. Every change is different, but one more way to rely on God. I would remind myself that I am right where He wants me, and that change and growth are magnificent.
Although I had known this before coming to Grove City, I do wish I had taken more seriously into account that our school does not accept Federal Aid. Although this would not have changed by decision about attending this school, I realize now the need I have for scholarships to help pay for my tuition, especially during such difficult times, economically.
As a high school senior, I was deathly afraid that I wouldn't get accepted to college, and even more afraid that I wouldn't f...
As a high school senior, I was deathly afraid that I wouldn't get accepted to college, and even more afraid that I wouldn't fit in at school if I was accepted. Fortunately, I was accepted to Grove City College, and upon arriving, I found that people at college are pretty much exactly the same as the ones in high school, just a little more overworked. However, the people at college all have something in common that brings everyone together into a close knit community: they are all here by choice to learn and further their education. There aren't any sullen people who try their best to show their displeasure at being there. People are happy to be here, and academic fellowship allows you to make friends of and form relationships with people you would never have noticed before. If I could go back in time and talk to my high school senior self, I would tell my past self that college isn't all fun and games; it is hard work, but the people who attend it make it all worth the trouble.
Grove City's magnificent Career Services division helps college students in their search for jobs when they graduate. Rather than waiting till the last minute to help its students, Grove City offers counseling to its students throughout their undergraduate studies. Their mission is not to just help find students find a job that will pay the bills, but to help them discover their career. They help students discover their passions and find the right career that will harmoniously channel them. Their compassion, empathy, and excellent advice on finding a calling speak well of Grove City's worldview and education philosophy.
Unfortunately, Grove City College's comfortably small size has a negative implication. Its small size contributes to a lack of diversity. While diversity is often treated like an intangible ideal thrown around with no real applicable meaning, the lack of diversity at Grove City leads to a certain amount of rigidity of thought on campus. Overwhelmingly white, conservative, and Christian, it is hard for Grovers to reach outside their self-contained world to understand and discuss important issues with people who don't hold their worldview or opinions.
I would say that Grove City College, which is the school that I am attending, is harder academically than many schools inour ...
I would say that Grove City College, which is the school that I am attending, is harder academically than many schools inour country. It is also Christian school which is what i was looking for when picking a college. Many of my friends that i talk to who are attending other colleges or universities tell me that they are havng an easy time and not having to wok very hard. this is not the case for me because of the college that i chose to attend. But in the end the challenge will have benefited me.
Knowing what I now do about college I would have had several things to tell myself as a high school senior. The most important thing I would have told myself would have been to stop being so frivolous and to buckle down and give everything that I did, wether it be school, work or sports, my best effort possible. Not that i was not successful or did not achieve high grades during my senior year, but i did take many shortcuts and was lazy just as many other seniors are. I wish I had done this, not as much for the better results that would have been achieved, but rather because it would have prepared me better mentally for college and its many challenges. I would also have told myself to stop being heavily entertainment oriented. Once you stop using good study habits and begin to focus primarily on hanging out with friends and going out at night it is much harder to begin college and regain the discipline which you once had. Overall I would have tried to let my former self know that discipline in every apect of your life is what is needed to succeed in college.
I wish I had known that college was going tobe much more challenging tha high school. Many students, including myself, practically take their senior year of high school off. That is not a good thing to do because you lose all the study habits and the work ethic that you once had. I wish i had buckled down my senior year because I would have been more used to the rigorous work load at Grove City College. But that will not stop me from succeeding in college and achieving good grades.
"Rigourous academics. Authentically Christian. Amazing value." While it may be cliche to use our motto here, I feel that i...
"Rigourous academics. Authentically Christian. Amazing value." While it may be cliche to use our motto here, I feel that it encapsulates the spirit of Grove City. At the relatively modest price of $19,414/yr GCC offers an education that could hardly be improved. The on-campus environment really fosters academic and personal growth. The workload is indeed intensive, however the professors are always willing to help and a student passionate about learning should have no problem acquiring one of the best educations in the nation. On a side note, we are also renowned for our love of ultimate frisbee!
Although the transition to college was indeed very drastic and abrupt, I believe that various experiences in my life (such as my parent?s divorce and our subsequent cross-country move) taught me the ability to adapt and helped prepare me for the changes. While most of the adjustments, such as walking across campus for every meal or living on a hall with 36 other guys, were minor and posed no problem, I did find it quite challenging to develop a structured schedule. In hindsight, I feel that developing a routine before actually leaving for college would have helped me through the transition. Given the ability to advise my high-school-senior-self about the future I would have also stressed the importance of time management skills and self-responsibility, things I have found to be absolutely necessary to a successful college student. Finally, I would have encouraged myself to really learn the material in my high school courses, since I would see most of it again in my college freshman classes. Learning it as a senior would save me precious time in college and would allow my future self to focus on topics that were completely foreign.
Possibly the biggest issue I have with Grove City is its lack of diversity. The college has even been facetiously named "The Bubble" because of it's predominantly white, conservative, middle-class student body. However, because I live on Long Island, New York I have plenty of opportunity for interacting with people of different backgrounds, so this is not a huge drawback for me. Otherwise, I honestly don't feel there are many things that I could dislike about Grove City. Even the cafeteria food is quite good!
What do you think you?re doing? How could I have been so stupid? You are about to make mistakes you are really going to regre...
What do you think you?re doing? How could I have been so stupid? You are about to make mistakes you are really going to regret. I know that you think it?s all pointless but you are wrong. I stay up at night wishing that I had some chance to go to a University and follow my dream as a Computer Animator, but we didn't even have that goal yet. I want you to learn from your mistakes and listen to people and what they are telling you. I know in that thick skull you think you?re just, but you?re not. Not even focused on college yet. If only you could have lit that spark years earlier. Now all I want to do is to go to school. Become my dream as a Computer Animator. You didn't get scholarships during senior year so you lost a whole year because of it. Do better, exceed everyone?s expectations. Soar high until you touch the stars, because that is where you want to be. You want to be on top of the world, not to own it but to help it and dazzle everyone in it.
I would tell myself to work hard at academics, but not to stress too much about it. I would tell myself to pick a few organi...
I would tell myself to work hard at academics, but not to stress too much about it. I would tell myself to pick a few organizations on campus that I could get passionate about and stay dedicated to them. I would tell myself to try and make a lot of friends from different groups around campus, but once there is a solid foundation, stay and cultivate those friendships instead of just trying to make more and more friends. I would tell myself to be as open and friendly as possible to the people around me. I would tell myself to become a math major instead of a business major, that way I wouldn't have wasted my freshman year on business classes.
I wish I had known that I wanted to be a math major so I could have started off with that instead of wasting a year on business...
Conservative Christian smart-kid school, everyone is super friendly and academically oriented
Grove City is a Christian college, which does not neccessarily mean that the general disposition of the students is pristine....
Grove City is a Christian college, which does not neccessarily mean that the general disposition of the students is pristine. Stereotypically, Christian colleges are deemed to attract model students. Truthfully though, religion-affiliated colleges contain the same problems of public universities, even if to a lesser degree. However, the majority of students at Grove City College actually do live up to the popular stereotype of Christian college students, with behavior and discipline that any parent would be proud of.
According to the Bible, ?Life is fleeting, like a vapor?. A vapor appears for a few seconds, but soon disperses into transparent air. The time available to us has the same nature. Just when we think we have unlimited hours at our disposal, we take a step back and realize how much of our lives has slipped through our fingers. Clocks are not going to stop, so instead we have to make it our priority to not let valuable ticks of the timepiece escape us. In high school, I did not recognize that I had only been given a certain amount of time to accomplish my goals and did not take advantage of the opportunities right in front of me. Now that I appreciate the fact that we have been blessed with a precise period of life I have begun to step outside my normal ?comfort zone? and make the most of the time I have been given. I have found that I have the strength to do things I never considered, such as inner-city tutoring. We are only given a split-second in the large scope of time. Do not ever waste a single moment.
Part of Grove City College's motto is the promise of "Rigorous Academics". Although extremely challenging at times, it is fulfilling to attend a school which so faithfully applies this statement to their classes. Grove City College is a small campus, so many people assume that the academics at such a tiny school are second rate. In contrast, the academics are second only to, or even on level with those of an ivy league institution. This is a point of pride for both the students and faculty of the college.
If I could go back in time and speak to my former self, I would say, start applying to college early. Applying to College an...
If I could go back in time and speak to my former self, I would say, start applying to college early. Applying to College and Universities late gives you less time to make a decision on a life long career. It will be confusing and a waste of money in the future. All of us want to prepare for our dream job, but in reality very few are in the career we attended school for. I spent two years getting a degree in Computer Technology thinking it was going to be a perfect career once I graduated, but was severely disappointed when the economy went down and I found out Multi-million dollar companies in small towns need only one IT employee to run it. Here I stand, with an Associates Degree in Computer Technology, working a minimum wage job and unable to live in a larger city where odds of getting a job in my field is more probable, but not guaranteed. Therefore, do not wait around for things to fall in your lap. Make decisions on what you want for your future, so you won't waste your time and money in becoming a professional college student.
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