Amy Beresik, '02

B.M. in Music Education

How big of a role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
The cost was a consideration as other schools I looked at were significantly more expensive. I appreciate that Grove City College makes every effort to keep costs down for students and is fiscally responsible.

Overall, how would you describe the spiritual environment at Grove City College?
As the College is pretty homogenous with regards to values and faith backgrounds, I didn’t find my faith to be challenged as much as it would have been at a more secular school. However, I found the shared values comforting and affirming of my faith, and this provided a safe place to learn more about it and how to defend it confidently and clearly. As I examine the culture and climate of secular institutions today, I am very thankful that I spent those formative years learning how to think and articulate clearly and rationally in a setting that affirms strong character, logic, and civil discourse.

How would you describe the level of academics you experienced during your time at Grove City College?
The academics at Grove City College were extremely rigorous, and I very much appreciated the inclusion of the humanities core as I graduated with a well-rounded education that included cultural literacy. I felt that I was well-equipped to contribute to conversations on subjects from several disciplines on a deep and engaging level. Since the academics are presented from a faith-based worldview, classes cultivated a persistent awareness of the way God works through humanity and seasons in history. I feel like I have a “big picture” perspective on world events.

What is the relationship like between students and professors?
I appreciated that our program was small enough that our professors knew us very well. Always approachable, they were well aware of our strengths and knew how to respond when we were challenged. There were several opportunities for us to serve in leadership positions and have access to opportunities that are typically reserved for graduate students in other schools. Between access to leadership positions and the requirement and completion of several observations prior to senior year, education majors enjoyed thorough preparation, mentor connections and relationships, and a very real look at the field in which they were considering. When the time came to student teach, I felt very prepared to contribute at a meaningful level.

What advice would you give to an incoming student?
I would advise incoming students to evaluate what Grove City College can offer over other schools: an educational experience that is rigorous and affordable with potential for a personalized experience that will serve them well as they begin to build their professional networks. I would most recommend Grove City College to individuals who are intrinsically motivated and see the value of an environment that offers a balance between academic focus and a welcoming social community.

Describe your experience with residence life at Grove City College, particularly freshman year.
I enjoyed a great friendship with my roommate that went from freshman through senior year – and continues today! We had the chance to connect through letters before meeting and found that we had much in common, from food favorites to our penchant for pranks! I am still in touch with several of the girls who were on my freshman hall, and I felt that our transition into college life felt safe and nurturing. 

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