Julie (Apple) Walker, '13

B.S. in Accounting, B.S. in Finance

How big of a role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
Affordability was a HUGE factor for me. My dad had recently been laid off from his job during my senior year of high school and was still out of work when I had to make my college education decision. I ruled out a lot of private Christian colleges that I knew would be too expensive. Although I had received significant scholarships at some other schools, I ultimately decided that the quality of the education I would receive at Grove City was worth it.

What are some of the ways you were spiritually engaged while at Grove City College?
I participated in small group Bible studies, got involved with a local church, served as a resident assistant (RA), and received great investment from the residence life staff, etc. But the most powerful way in which I was spiritually engaged at Grove City College was through deep conversations and strong relationships with my friends, hallmates, teammates, classmates, and faculty. The one-on-one meal dates, discussions after class, conversations on the bus ride home from a soccer game, and late night chats in my RA’s room are where my faith was challenged and encouraged.

How would you describe the level of academics you experienced during your time at the College?
They challenged and stretched me in a healthy way. When I was looking at colleges, I was hesitant to go to a Christian college with the fear that the quality of the education I’d received wouldn’t be as strong as some other schools. I was so thankful that Grove City College provided the “rigorous academics” I was looking for within a Christian environment. Additionally, the Department of Accounting does a great job of preparing students for the CPA exam. Because of the strong academic foundation I’d been given at Grove City College, I was able to pass all of my CPA exams within the first six months out of college and obtain my CPA license shortly thereafter.

What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
Because Grove City College is a relatively small college, students are able to build personal relationships with their teachers. Almost all of my teachers knew me by name! Even four years out of college, I still keep in touch with several professors. Coming from a homeschool background, I wanted to be in an environment where I could develop close relationships with my teachers and where they could invest in me as a student both inside and outside of the classroom, and I definitely found that to be the case at Grove City College!

How did you hear about Grove City College?
My older sister applied to Grove City College when she was looking at colleges. Although she didn’t attend, she had a great impression of the school and recommended that I visit when I started looking at colleges.

Describe your experience with dorm life at Grove City College, particularly freshman year.
The majority of my best friends came from my freshman hall. The College does a great job of helping students make the transition and acclimate to college life by equipping each freshman hall with RA’s who are there specifically to invest in you as students and help you with that transition. I loved my freshman hall experience so much that I decided to serve as a freshman RA my junior year of college. The year that I served as an RA for about 50 freshman girls was one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding years of my life. The residential experience creates a sense of community that is hard to replicate anywhere else in life.

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