As high school students start searching for colleges, size becomes a key part of the decision. It all depends on the students, their personality, what kind of experience they are looking for and the background they’re coming from. Even if students think going to a Christian school would be the last thing on their lists, I encourage them to at least visit one; you may just fall in love. I picked a small Christian school, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I didn’t always love it here, and to be honest, sometimes I still don’t. There were a lot of times where I hated this place and wanted nothing more than to transfer. However, looking back at where I was at that time in my life, I am so glad that something in me and this community made me stay and come back for more.
The first thing I am thankful for is the fact that it sheltered me from the typical college experience. That’s what I hated about going to a Christian university at first. I would always hear stories from my friends back home, and a part of me wanted their crazy college experiences because my crazy stories hardly compared. I was always so tempted by that lifestyle but being at a Christian college, those type of worldly things weren’t happening. Don’t get me wrong, though. I have messed up many times. I’ve made poor decisions and broken some rules. But as I look back, I can’t imagine what the temptations would be like if I were at a bigger public university. The active attempts by the school staff to shield us from negative influences are a huge lifesaver, I think.
Another thing I love about going to a small Christian college is the opportunity it has given me to get involved inside and outside of the classroom. Going to a small school means having small class sizes. I came from a small high school with a graduating class of just a little over a hundred, so I’ve always been used to smaller class sizes. Going to college though where there are about 2,000 of us throughout the whole campus, I find myself in smaller classes than I was even in high school and I love it. My class sizes range from seven to 20 students. My professors know me and hold me accountable for my work, and I love that, compared to being just another face in a crowd.
Not only do my professors know me but so do my classmates, and they aren’t afraid to hold you accountable, too. Being at a Christian school, you have certain standards and expectations you’re expected to uphold. By going here, I’m in many ways more spiritually mature now than I was in high school, although I still struggle immensely in several areas. I just know I would be dead meat if the “real world” were fully accessible to me. Everyone here is trying to reach the same goals in life so when they see you slipping, they aren’t afraid to call you out and then try and help you get back on the right track. I love that. I feel like going to a Christian school has helped me grow up and realize what I want out of this world. Even though it’s not the “cool” thing to do, I’m pretty happy with my decision.