Victoria O'Brien, '17

B.A. in Communication Studies

How big of a role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
Affordability was definitely a key factor in my college decision. I have five siblings, of which three have attended Grove City College. This college has allowed us all to share a wonderful experience together which has been enjoyable and so fulfilling.

What are some of the ways you were spiritually engaged while at Grove City College?
Grove City College gave me the opportunity to be spiritually engaged on a daily basis. I find that I am most engaged in the classroom where my faith is used to bring meaning and life to my academics. Additionally, I was the president of Mortar Board, which is a senior service honorary. Through this position, I served as the hands and feet of Christ through multiple service projects including Make-A-Wish Foundation and Operation Christmas Child. I truly felt blessed to have this opportunity to serve and witness to God’s people.

How do the academics challenge students to think on a deeper level about the world and life in general?
Grove City College provides students with a quality education where they are challenged to think deeper about what they are studying and why. The academics do not just stop at the grade; but students are continually seeking and offered opportunities outside the classroom. I attend over 10 conferences, traveled to over five different states, and visited seven different countries because of the endless opportunities I was offered through Grove City College. The classroom is only a launching pad for Grove City College students. The faculty, administration, and staff work hard each and every day to train us to not only graduate but to be leaders in whatever positions we are placed in after college.

What are some of the ways that professors ensure that students not only receive information but truly learn and understand how to apply that information?
Through the multiple opportunities professors have encouraged me to apply for and attend. During my time at Grove City College, I have attended multiple conferences in which I used my education to collaborate with thought leaders and peers on pressing issues of today. Last summer, I attended the Values and Capitalism Summer Honors Program hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. I participated in the “Christian Faith and Politics” hosted by Amy Black, where students I discussed different Christian denominations and their involvement in politics. Additionally, I attended Praxis Academy, which inspires and prepares undergraduates and recent graduates with the heart, vision, knowledge, relationships, and opportunities needed to work on cultural renewal in business and nonprofits alike.

How did you hear about Grove City College?
My family first heard about Grove City College through a two college students who attended our church. After visiting the College and learning more about Grove City College’s stance on faith and freedom, my family was invested for life. My older sister Elisabeth attended the College a year before I came, and after hearing all the wonderful experiences she had, I knew I would find my home at Grove City College.

How would you describe the relationship that the students have with each other on campus?
The small campus size allows for students to form close bonds and community. We see through our alumni that the friendships formed at Grove City College are not just for four years but for life. Our Christian faith unites us all and challenges us to grow closer to one another and Christ.

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