Upland, IN
Taylor University


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Curtis
Describe the students at your school.

They are extremely talented and driven to improve their musical abilities and knowledge.

Describe the students at your school.

They are extremely talented and driven to improve their musical abilities and knowledge.

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

Just relax and enjoy high school. Although the work is important in preparing for college, the stress that students are under in pushing themselves so hard is countreproductive to their preparation. The social aspects of college are in some ways just as important as the academics and I could have developed this aspect of my life better in high school.

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

I wish I had known the opportunities available to me with respect to non-classroom activities better. I wish I had known that it was so easy to participate with other music students in ad-hoc activities.

Karolyn
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known for its achedemic achievements. It is currently rated the #1 Mid-west college and strives to provide gradu...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known for its achedemic achievements. It is currently rated the #1 Mid-west college and strives to provide graduated students with solid job placements once they leave campus. The quality departments this school is specifically known for are the Liberal Arts and Education departments. It is also known for its strong sense of community. Being a campus with less than 2,000 students, Taylor is a small foundation which provides intimate connections and a strong spirit of community. Students, including myself, feel a sense of refuge here sometimes refered to as the "taylor bubble" or "simple companionship".

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

The first thing I would relay is don't dread the process. All those applications, whether online or paper-form, need to be considered carefully. I would also tell myself to trust my parents and learn from their mistakes as well as their accomplishments. The reason I ended up at Taylor was my dad; he literally dragged me here when I had my heart set on another college in Michigan. Next, I would tell myself to enjoy the campus visits and pay attention to student interaction with the staff and with eachother. If the attitudes of people on the campus, even just the few that you meet, don't mesh well with your beliefs or even your personality, think hard before seriously considering living there for the next four years of your life. Also, though it might have annoyed me at the time, the more campus visits the better. It was easier for me to make a sure decision when I literally had about 10 other college visits to compare with it. Last of all, I would tell myself trust my gut. When I get that feeling, that pull on my heartstring and hear "this is home", GO FOR IT!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Taylor University is a private, somewhat conservative, Christian-based university. Therefore, if students are looking for a party school, Taylor is NOT for you. However, if a student is looking for a Christian community, focused on an academic education and global outreach, he/she should definately consider Upland, IN as a potential new home. I found no other place like it throughout my 3-year search for the right place to study. It truly fell in love from day one and feel that my dreams are being fulfilled right here.

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

A safe, conservative, religiously focused academic and faith community, committed to students' academic and spiritual success...

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

A safe, conservative, religiously focused academic and faith community, committed to students' academic and spiritual success. The

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

Meg, you are a little overconfident right now. You've been accepted to college, and are anticipating that these next 4 years will be the best of your life. You're assuming that you'll get along with your roommate, focus on school, meet a quality guy to date, stop making mistakes, etc. I'd like to tell you right now that this picture you have in your mind is wrong. You and your roommate will not get along, you will be distracted, lonely and worried often, it will be years before you date the guy you are looking for, and you will continue making mistakes. I'm not telling you this to instill 'fear' - I'm telling you this so you can expect failure. Expect disappointment. Expect darkness. College is not all sunshine and daisys; it will be wavy and you're going to have to learn to stand up against the waves. That's how we grow. Be open to that growth and be open to the joy that comes amid trials and heartache. Have confidence that these things all happen for a reason, and try not to waste time worrying about your failures. Accept, learn, and cherish.

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

The beautiful campus, off campus study options, and it's optional chapel, of which 75%+ of our campus attends 3 times per week.

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

Taylor is a Christ-centered, liberal arts college that offers many opportunities for spiritual and academic growth, service, ...

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

Taylor is a Christ-centered, liberal arts college that offers many opportunities for spiritual and academic growth, service, and domestic and international travel.

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

Prepare for a roller coaster. College will not only be the best times of your life, but sometimes will be your worst. Remember your inner strength and have an open enough mind to learn from your experiences. And don't worry so much!

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

The cost and conservatism. The cost, because I'm now in an overwhelming amount of debt. The conservatism because I yearn for more heated conversations - they don't allow for much conflict and do not welcome speakers who have opposing viewpoints from a conservative Christian perspective. I wish they would be more sensitive to and allow for more conversations in order to prepare students for the outside world.

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

I would love to advise my high school self in two specific areas: 1) relationships with females, and 2) reading. First, high ...

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

I would love to advise my high school self in two specific areas: 1) relationships with females, and 2) reading. First, high school seems like such a blur at this point and it seems that none of the friendships or relationships with females during that time have had any posative effects on me. I definitely wasted my time building meaningless relationships that I knew were not going anywhere beneficial. Now that I am in college, I have many relationships with females, and one in particular, that are spurring me on towards love and good deeds. I should have learned to build those meaningful relationships while in high school. Second, I have nurtured a genuine love for reading and digging deeper in the learning process. However, I have found that I had so much more time to do so in high school, whereas now my time is squelched in learning the surface material. If I had read more during high school, I would have covered a lot of the material that I aspire to learn with the time I was alotted, resulting in more time for deeper learning now. If only I could go back and advise myself in these areas...

What's unique about your campus?

Community. Taylor really emphasizes the importance of "Intentional Community." There is such a love that percolates throughout the campus because of our strong community ties.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Isolation. It is in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. This allows for a tight knit community, but it also allows for not much to do on the weekends. It would be so much more enjoyable if we weren't surrounded by cornfields but by forests or mountains or even a good sized city.

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

I would tell her to focus more and learn the material more throughly. Don't be afraid to ask people for help. College is a change and you won't come out that same way you came in, and that is okay. You should be open to the change.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It's more conservitive than i am, the students are very set in thier ways

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

Make suare you feel like you would fit in at the college. It is very important to be able to connect with other students and...

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

Make suare you feel like you would fit in at the college. It is very important to be able to connect with other students and have a great group of friends to rely on.

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

Don't pack so much. You don't need all of it. Learn good time management skills before you get there. There are so many activities on campus and it's hard to stay away from them, but sometimes you have to say NO to them in order to still do well in classes. Don't be afraid to ask or talk to the professors. They are great and want to help you out the best they can!

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

Throughout high schoo, there is always so much to do. Once you've taken your ACT's or SAT's, high school seems to speed up wi...

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

Throughout high schoo, there is always so much to do. Once you've taken your ACT's or SAT's, high school seems to speed up without you even knowing it. My best advice would be not to wait, and start looking at colleges early. Learn everything you possibly can about them, and maybe try an over-night stay or a campus tour. The more you know about the school is really going to help you out in the end. Really take a look at what interests you the most and maybe even make a chart. Write down all the things you need to have in your University, and things that are negotionable. When it comes to your education and how you spend the rest of your life, there isn't a price you can put on it. Make the next four years the start to your life.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Your shouldn't attend this school if you like to party, and drink or do any drugs. Taylor tends to be fairly conservative, and therefore is kind of like a bubble. If you are used to the big city life, the surrounding cornfields may not interest you.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Since Taylor is so small, everyone knows everyone else's business...it's kind of like high school. It's great that we do have such a great community, but it can turn into cliques sometimes, and make others feel left out.

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

College should not just be about finding a school that will give you the best education, although that is important. I have d...

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

College should not just be about finding a school that will give you the best education, although that is important. I have discovered that college, more than anything, is a place where I have the freedom and safety to discover who I am and what my purpose in life is. So far, I have spent my life preparing to discover who I truely am. My parents have contributed to this, and I am extremely grateful for everything they have done for me. The best thing a student can do is go to college and discover who they are and what they are meant to do. Parents, the best thing you can do is to let them. It's a time of trial and error, and while it might be the most frustrating time in life, it is also the most rewarding. College is not something that should be taken lightly. Not to be cliche, but it is a life-changing decision. I don't think that rewards can come without risks, and heading off to college is a risk that may give you the biggest reward of your life.

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

it's easy to get stuck in a group and not branch out and meet other people.

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

I am learning more than I ever have before and that I do have a good core group of friends that I can rely on.

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

Look at a lot of different colleges and what they have to offer. See if you can talk to students currently at the school and ...

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

Look at a lot of different colleges and what they have to offer. See if you can talk to students currently at the school and in your proposed degree program to see what they think of the school. Once you get to college get involved. People who are involved tend to make friends faster and get adjusted to being in college sooner. Don't spend all your time studying and doing homework, make sure you leave time for a social life. Live in the dorms. There are so many great experiences you won't have if you don't live on campus. Be yourself, don't make yourself someone you're not to make friends, it'll only make it harder to fit in.

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

I wish I had known that I don't have to buy textbooks from the bookstore and that students can sometimes share textbooks.

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

The worst thing about Taylor University is probably the lack of stores and restraunts close by. The nearest Walmart is half an hour away and you have to have a car to get there.

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