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Compared with other schools I considered, Wheaton College was the place where I felt the students were most authentically com...
Compared with other schools I considered, Wheaton College was the place where I felt the students were most authentically committed to their Christianity and this is a large reason why I chose to attend. If you are truly committed to your faith, want to attend a small, suburban liberal arts college, don't especially mind cold weather, and are decently bright, then seriously, Wheaton is amazing. I absolutely loved my time here (I'm graduating in December '08).
My favorite event on campus is the once-monthly communion service called All School Communion. It is a wonderful time to rest in the Lord, take a break from school and busyness for a couple hours, and worship. I didn't go to this service at all during my freshman year and am regretful about that. So overall, the best thing about Wheaton is the people. In my experience, everyone is really friendly and happy to get to know you. Also, most students are sincerely committed to their Faith which is great because you can see it in their lives.
The most important part of choosing a college is visiting and staying overnight with a student who is involved in some of the activities in which you are interested. If you are religious, try to meet with some of the people involved in the religous group to which you belong to on campus. The visits to the various schools to which I applied were probably the deciding factor for me on which school to attend. In fact, there was one school to which I decided not to apply as a result of visiting and staying overnight. The best part about the college experience is unquestionably the friendships you build. So, to make the most of your college experience, meet as many people as you can and cultivate friendships with them. Be friendly and outgoing (but not insincere). Go to social events and get involved in groups where you can meet like-minded people. This may be difficult if you are an introvert, as I was during my freshman year, but I cannot stress enough how important this is. Put yourself out there; you'll be glad you did.
At times, some of the upper classmen can be very cynical about life, the church and the college. It seems to be becoming les...
At times, some of the upper classmen can be very cynical about life, the church and the college. It seems to be becoming less so, as the student body is realizing the problem and attempting to correct it, but it still exists
It is extremely important that both parents and students visit the college and get to know some of the students possible soon-to-be peers. In doing so, the parents will be comported knowing that their child has a place to fit in upon starting college. For the student, it allows him to have friends already, so that he doesn't have to worry about making them while also learning to balance classes and social life and adjusting to living in a dorm away from home. Additionally, by spending an extended period of time with students of the college, the student is able to get a less contrived picture of what the college is really like.
Nothing in particular.
There are two pieces of advice I would give a high school student and his parents regarding the college application process t...
There are two pieces of advice I would give a high school student and his parents regarding the college application process that at first may seem paradoxical. My advice is to start early and to be active in the college search, but also to not gain too many worry lines from the process. Choosing the right college is important because college is an incredible time for academic and personal growth. These four years are fleeting, fun, and should not be taken lightly. Therefore, it is never too early to research colleges or to think about one's top priorities for college. At the same time, the college admissions process gets more competitive with each year, and it is easy to get caught up in the hysteria. While being a well informed applicant is a must, there is no need to orient all of one's life or activities solely toward college. Getting accepted to the best school must not be the 'end all, be all' for anyone. Instead, one should look at applying to college as a privilege and trust the fact that everything will work out for good in the end. Because trust me, it will work out well.
Wheaton is friendly and community oriented, and I'm growing spiritually
a non-Christian with a bad GPA
I believe that selecting a college is one of the most important decisions parents and students will make together. It is the ...
I believe that selecting a college is one of the most important decisions parents and students will make together. It is the time when a student will begin to shape their world view and ultimately decide who they want to be in this world. There are so many distractions along the journey to educational success and choosing a school that protects and points their students in a healthy direction is most beneficial. You are embarking on a season of many unknowns and unfamiliar surroundings. The wonderful thing about attending a thriving institution is that many have gone before you and can attest to the school's reputation of greatness. Take advantage of school programs, athletic opportunities, conferences, social gatherings, on-campus housing, and study abroad initiatives. Never be closed minded to what you can acheive and be a part of. We all desire to be a part of something great and this is your time to shine. There are no limits to your abilities. So, rip uo you "cool card" and enjoy the experience of a lifetime, it is a priviledge!
A highly motivated and self driven person. One who is an acheiver and outgoing.
The community of students and faculty waz amazing!
My classmates at Wheaton College can best be described as bright but with the sense not to be arrogant with the extent to whi...
My classmates at Wheaton College can best be described as bright but with the sense not to be arrogant with the extent to which they have grasped or mastered the subject material.
It's important to remember that a college environment can only shape you so far. When prospective students stress over finding the "right" college, I see it more as a matter of those students straining to understand and be content with who they are and will become. Don't buy into the lie that a college defines you. Instead, when you end up at whatever college, push yourself to contribute and make your presence and compassion a reason for other students to want to attend. If you are stuck in an Ivy mentality, remember that wealth, sophistication, and an aristocratic degree should not be anyone's chief end desire. When we pour out of our own abundance we somehow become supernaturally filled again; see to it that your college experience is one where you give more than you receive and I truly believe that you will not leave feeling or being empty.
The most frustrating thing at Wheaton is that students are constantly pushed to do more by the faculty and the administration but it never seems as if we are provided sufficient time to do more.
First off, one reading this must understand that I must speak through my own worldview through which I prescribe my beliefs a...
First off, one reading this must understand that I must speak through my own worldview through which I prescribe my beliefs and hope--that is, my Christian worldview. The answers to the questions of 'why' and 'what are your priorities' are the most important. Why are you seeking a college? What priorities DO you have in an education--are they simply for a career, or is it to become a more wholistic person, able to engage the world in which we live in. The 'why' questions and recognizing your priorites, for one, help find the best place for a person, but they also keep you going once in the place you've chosen. Understanding the 'why' reminds you to keep striving and perform your best, because hopefully your 'why' is tied to your priorities which you will always desire to be fulfilled and satisfied. And if your reasons don't satisfy in the end, that's okay, we learn as we go through life. But realizing that they don't satisfy is the best way to start correcting it as well and reprioritizing and re-asking the 'why's.
the cynicism on campus and the high-pressure to "have it together"
my decision in my Major
An intentionally christian community which promotes a completely and well rounded education.
An intentionally christian community which promotes a completely and well rounded education.
Visiting colleges and talking to the students there is one of the best ways to learn about schools. When you are searching, don't look for a place where everyone is exactly like you are, but look for a place where you can see yourself developing best into the person you want to become. When you are in school, spend time to invest in people. Forming quality relationships is one of the best things about college, and if you become too inundated in academics and extracurriculars, you may lose out on lifelong friendships. Mostly importantly, don't stress. Making the right decision about college is one of the most important decisions of your life, but it is not the only thing in the world. You may never find the perfect college, but that is ok. Part of college, and part of life, is learning to live through imperfect circumstances.
Being surrounded by upper middle class suburbia. We are at least a 30 minute drive from any natural open areas.
Wheaton is both strongly committed to biblical Christianity and academic rigor and success. It's hard to find a school that i...
Wheaton is both strongly committed to biblical Christianity and academic rigor and success. It's hard to find a school that is both, and that's what I appreciate most about it. It's also very big on community, which is why 95% of students live on campus (you have to your first two or three years). Another important aspect of Wheaton is that even though it is a Christian school (and a lot of kids are conservative), it is also very big on social justice. It's what made me into a sociology major!
Find a college that values what you value. There's a lot to be said for the fact that you get out of college what you put into it, but you will be infinitely happier if the institution you attend has a philosophy similar to yours. That's not to say that you shouldn't broaden your horizons - by all means, do! - but if you value liberal arts, don't go to a vocational school. If you value small town comfort, don't go to a huge state school. Wherever you end up, it will not be the utopia you envisioned: much of your experience at college will be determined by how hard you work to make it great! Remember that college is a time of change and your choice of major - or what school you attend - will NOT define your life. Talk to people in your classes; join clubs; volunteer; appreciate your professors; take a class for fun; study abroad, or at a different college, or take a semester off. College is a time of maturing: do something you know will stretch you - it will, in turn, make you grow.
Wheaton is a Christian community and holds its students to strict standards of behavior. Do not come to Wheaton if you are not a Christian or if you plan on drinking, smoking, etc. , because you will NOT enjoy your time here. Don't come if you are not prepared to sacrifice your social life for grades (an unfortunate reality): classes are HARD. Also, Wheaton is very big on liberal arts education, so don't come if you are expecting vocational study-- you are required to take a lot of gen eds and our career services dept. isnt the best.
This school is a bustling marketplace of ideas which allows students to come together in social harmony and in glorification ...
This school is a bustling marketplace of ideas which allows students to come together in social harmony and in glorification of our Savior.
Spend a fair amount of time thinking about which dorm to live in as a freshmen. Many people frequently flock to the newest or most accomodating hall, typically the largest hall, ending up with a variety of people living in a small space which may not fit your personality. Many schools have multiple options, so spend some time discussing what you honestly perceive to be your approach to meeting new people. Some people do well in the large halls, but others need a smaller pool to get to know a bit better than trying to meet new people on a daily basis. Don't be afraid to forgo the personal bathroom for a floor bathroom if it means you're more likely to get out there & make friends.
The professors are excellent at making students genuinely care about the subject they teach, whether it is a course for one's major or a general education course. They inspire long term interest in the subject, resulting in well rounded and intellectually active students. This makes campus life very engaging as individuals are not only full of ideas and opinions, but eager to discuss them with others. The brightest individuals one could ever meet are the ones wandering the halls of Wheaton College.
Wheaton College is a place where academics and faith are taken very seriously, and the motto "For Christ and His kingdom" is ...
Wheaton College is a place where academics and faith are taken very seriously, and the motto "For Christ and His kingdom" is truly lived; however, the understanding of people with different beliefs is sometimes undercut by this, and the social atmosphere definitely suffers.
Apply anywhere you think you might want to go, and if you are put on a waiting list for your first choice, don't lose hope. A lot of people change their minds, which can open up spots for you. If you have always wanted to go to a school, but you are nervous about it now, just go there. You can always transfer, and if you don't go, you will always wish you had. Remember, you can find your niche almost anywhere, so if a couple schools don't seem vastly different at first, they're probably not. Know what is the most important to you in a school, and look for that in the colleges you apply to. Every school will have its faults, so the key is in knowing which ones you can live with and which ones you can't.
The most frustrating thing about this school i s that they keep the gender ratio at about 50/50. But the ratio of people who apply is about 70/30 (girls to guys). So it's much more difficult for girls to be accepted here than for guys. Also, it seems like a lot of guys who get accepted here are only here because they play football.
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