Tara Pierce, '20

B.S.W. in Social Work

How big of a role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision-making process?
Without Grove City College’s affordable tuition and financial aid, I would have been unable to attend a private school. I am thankful for Grove City College’s scholarships which played a big part in lowering my college costs and debt.

How has your faith been strengthened and perhaps even challenged during your time here?
My faith has become stronger not only through living with Christian peers on campus but also through the application of faith in the classroom. Grove City College professors have given me the opportunity to learn how I can apply my faith in the field of social work. The challenges I have faced here at school have also played a large part in strengthening my faith. The challenging academics have continually forced me to rely on God for strength during a difficult course or for peace after an exam that did not go as I had hoped. Facing new struggles as a young adult on campus leaves you no choice but to draw near to God.

How would you describe the level of academics you have experienced at Grove City College?
Grove City College is unashamed to advertise their rigorous academics, and I would have to agree that it is difficult. The important thing to realize as a student considering applying to Grove City College is that students here enjoy many of their courses despite the challenging work. Pushing through a difficult class is rewarding and leaves students with an abundance of new knowledge.

What is the nature of the relationship between students and professors? 
Grove City College professors and staff are unique compared to those at most colleges and universities. The difference is their kindness and genuine desire for their students to succeed, learn, and grow. My social work professors are always willing to answer questions and provide the advice students are searching for as they pursue their career goals.

What advice would you give to an incoming student? 
I would tell incoming students to be open to exploring different majors and to heavily research the fields they are planning to pursue. It is important to be aware of the average level of education needed to get hired, the average salary in that field, and job availability in the location the student plans to live. Also, it is important that students utilize the excellent resources available to students on campus such as the Office of Career Services. Lastly, I would advise meeting with your academic advisor and the Office of th Registrar regularly in order to stay on track with your academic and career goals.

How active are students in campus activities such as sports, clubs, musical productions etc.? 
The majority of students are heavily involved in campus activities, and I would advise all incoming freshman to do the same. In the fall, I will be an officer of the Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology Association and will continue as a member of my sorority. Each activity and group I have been a part of on campus I have enjoyed, learned from, and made new friends through.

What opportunities did you find to explore your interest in social work outside of the classroom? 
The biggest opportunity social work students get to explore the field outside of the classroom is the internship they participate in their entire senior year. This opportunity is a resume builder and allows students to explore the types of social work they may be interested in pursuing. 

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