How big of a role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
My parents, being alumni of the college, thought Grove City College was reasonably priced. This was further confirmed by my father after he read a book called, “Is College Worth It” by William Bennett. This book ranked colleges based on cost of tuition to potential lifetime earnings of students after graduation. Grove City College was highly ranked. The return on investment at Grove City College is far higher than most liberal arts schools, in my mind.
How has your faith been strengthened and perhaps even challenged during your time here?
My faith has been strengthened both through the opportunities I have had and the challenges I have faced. Going to “Warriors,” a student-led worship service on Thursday nights, is an opportunity that has taught me a lot about the importance of communal worship. We gain so much by worshipping Christ as a corporate body. College is a growing process and with growing comes growing pains. But through the challenges we face at Grove City College, we are surrounded by a community that continually supports and cares for one another. The community is unlike anything I have ever experienced.
What drew you to choose management as your major?
My father is a manager at his company and I love what he does. I am more gifted in the soft skills of communicating with people. I realized management would do two things for me: 1) Give me a broad overview of business as a whole and 2) Improve my ability to communicate with people. These things make management great major for me.
What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
The professors here care about you individually. And it isn’t just your grades that they care about. They want to know how you are doing in any sports or activities you might be involved in, as well as how you are doing in general. I am surrounded by smart, godly, mentors that care about how I am doing on all levels and want the best for me. Having the faculty be a real part of the campus community creates a unique environment, one in which I am grateful to be a part of.
What do you find to be the most unique aspect of Grove City College?
The most unique aspect of Grove City College, and I’m going to sound like a broken record, is the community. At my golf tournaments, I talk to students from a lot of other schools. And through talking with them, I can confidently say that Grove City College’s community is rare. The campus is beautiful and creates a space for great interactions with fellow students and faculty. My grandfather has said to me many times, “The students at your school are just friendly. They smile more.” I agree. It’s a huge part of the reason I’m proud to be at Grove City College.
How would you describe the relationship that the students have with each other on campus?
Encouraging. My fellow students are largely encouraging to me. Whether it is just hanging out or talking through something serious, the students here have layers. One of my favorite things I do with friends is a Sheetz run on Friday night and then back to my room to watch “The Office.” Francis Chan once said that everything you say in college is funny. He is right. Those Friday nights always include a lot of laughter and fun. Just as we have fun, we are there for each. It isn’t uncommon to grab a meal with a friend to catch up on life.