Maggie Manchester, '19

B.S. in Psychology

What role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
When looking at which colleges I was interested in attending, I was not primarily focused on cost as much as I was other aspects. That being said, even though the affordability of Grove City College did not play a huge role in my college decision-making process, it is something I can now appreciate being a current student.

How has your faith been strengthened or challenged during your time here?
Being surrounded by fellow Christians has taught me so much about my faith and has encouraged personal growth in so many ways. Friends are constantly sharing their wisdom regarding their own faith and teaching me new things to build upon my own.

I think no matter who you are or where you are, your faith has the potential to be challenged, especially in a college setting. Personally, my faith has been challenged in the classroom as I learn about and study new material. Some material challenges you to question your faith and wonder about the role God plays in the big scheme of things. Constantly learning new information forces me to think about and analyze it using a Christian worldview.

How do the academics challenge students to think on a deeper level about the world and life in general?
The rigor of the academics help me to focus on who I really am. Am I a driven, high achiever or am I a willing and working part of the body of Christ. In addition, the academics force me to think about the amazing intricacies that we really are involved in… much below the surface of what we see.

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?
Professors make themselves available during office hours to help students out in further understanding information if need be. They take questions during class and encourage students not to be hesitant in asking questions if they are confused on any information.

What advice would you give to an incoming student?
I would advise incoming students to take advantage of whatever college events they can on campus to really integrate themselves in the college community. I would also advise incoming students to take the transition in stride. College is a big change and it can be a great change if you let it be and look for good opportunities.

Describe your experience with residence life at Grove City College, particularly freshman year.
Freshman year dorm life at first was a little difficult. I moved in with someone I had never even spoken to before. We had no idea how our personalities would match up, but over time we learned a lot about each other and grew closer. We are now really close friends and plan to room with each other for the rest of our time here at Grove City College. Looking back on it, dorm life freshman year was pretty cool because you’re surrounded with a bunch of other students who don’t know anyone, so you all just get to know each other at the same time. 

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