Grace Leuenberger, '16

B.A. in Communication Studies, Minor in English

Do you feel like you made any concessions to come to a school that is reasonably priced?
When I was searching for colleges, I knew I wanted to attend a private Christian college. After reviewing my options and weighing both financials, academics, and extra-curricular opportunities, Grove City College was the best choice for me. I received fantastic financial aid, and the leadership experiences that I had allowed me to build a strong resume. In my four years at Grove City College, 87% of my total college costs were covered by scholarships or financial aid. The leadership opportunities I had completely altered the course of my future for the better. It was worth every penny, but the friendships that I have made here are priceless.

How was your faith been strengthened and perhaps even challenged during your time here?
Coming in freshman year, many students talk like they are 100% certain of their political, social, and religious beliefs. Over time - and positively so - many students' beliefs change and develop into a more mature, well-articulated faith that understands there is room for questions that we will carry into our adult lives. I am much stronger in my faith than I was as a freshman. I have learned through life circumstances and challenges that without God, I am a stressed-out, grumpy, impatient and insecure sinner. This lesson has often been learned the hard way, but I found much encouragement, even in my darkest moments, from both my peers and professors.

How would you describe the level of academics you have experienced during your time at Grove City College?
Work-life balance is a big part of life at Grove City College, and probably the biggest challenge as well. I participated in a lot of extra-curricular activities (running, theatre leadership, orientation board, career services employee, etc.) that often left less time for academics. However, I believe that a balanced approach is the right approach. I have learned my limits and accepted that some things are more important than other things. Prioritizing is a key skill to acquire, as well as patience and grace with oneself and others.

What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
The relationship between students and professors is such a special aspect of Grove City College. I have grown very close with several professors, and have enjoyed getting to know them and their families in a personal context away from the classroom. The mentorship and investment my professors put into me not just as a student, but as a person, has been incredible and very touching to look back on. I received so much support in my personal endeavors, as well as have had many academic and scholarship-related questions answered by my professors.

What led you to choose communication studies as your major?
I switched my major three times at Grove City College, but I know that communication studies was the right choice. It is where my natural talents lie – I love writing, learning about effective communication leadership techniques, and studying principles of communication as they relate to visual communication design. I love doing class assignments because they are things I already would do for fun. I am lucky to study what I do at a place I love. It is making a difference, and I know I am leaving Grove City College better equipped to tackle the challenges of life and workplace.

What is your favorite aspect of Grove City College?
The best aspect of Grove City College are the people. I have met my best friends here. I have met my most influential mentors here. I have been changed forever by the talented, loving, and encouraging individuals who make up this student body.

How would you describe the relationship that the students have with each other on campus?
I found so much encouragement from my fellow students. To be at a place where students live, eat, work, play and pray together is a beautiful experience. It is a community where I see more and more honesty coming out in ways that are going to keep making this campus a better place to be. I think there are definitely challenges and this is not always a perfect place, but I feel pretty fortunate to have know the people I do and have the friends I do. They are forever friends.

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