How do the academics challenge students to think on a deeper level about the world and life in general?
While Grove City College doesn’t cut corners when it comes to solid course content or texts, it is often my professors and peers who stretch my thinking most. Everyone has holes in their worldview — even the best teachers — but “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Prov. 27:27). Class discussions have challenged my views of education, science and faith, Western civilization, and what it means to be a Christian.
I think that because we are human, we need truth to be incarnate to best grasp it. Christ is the ultimate incarnation of truth, but we can be thankful for guides along the way who help us see certain facets of truth because they exhibit it so clearly.
What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
I did not expect the healthy and generous relationship that I have found between students and faculty. Professors are at Grove City College not merely because they love their discipline but also because they love their students.
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
You can’t pull the college student card when it comes to living for Christ. How you live now matters, because you can only live in the present. School is not merely an in-between place; it is a real place, and here you will only find immortal beings, not mere mortals, as C. S. Lewis said.
Keep kingdom priorities, not choked by the cares of this life (Luke 8:14), and remember your Creator in the days of your youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1). One application is being involved in a local church. If you’re too busy to do that, then you are indeed too busy.
What are some of the things you do during your free time either on or off campus?
My major kept me busy, but my friends kept me sane. I was active with the College Fellowship of Hillcrest (my home church), as well as the Hymn Singers that meet Saturday nights in Harbison. As time allowed, I also had the chance to serve in a few other capacities, e.g., president of IEEE, coach of the Grove City Homeschoolers BEST Robotics team, and member of Orientation Board.