“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” – Jim Elliot
As applied to the big transition that lies ahead of you, these words of wisdom point not only to the importance of living life to the fullest in college, but also taking full advantage of the opportunities to explore each place you’re considering—from doing your research and seeking advice to getting on campus for a visit so you can indeed “be all there.”
While reading about retention rate and return on investment can certainly tell you a lot about a school, there’s nothing like experiencing a campus first hand. “Could I see myself here?” You may never know until you step foot on campus—where you’ll have the greatest potential to actually envision yourself making that place home, or not.
Thinking back to my own college search six years ago, I remember how daunting it all seemed, yet I also recall how helpful it was to visit each school on my list and gain insight from the overall vibe I got by walking around and interacting with the folks who made each community what it was. There’s something intangibly compelling about feeling like you belong when you step foot in the admissions office for an interview, sit in on a class lecture, taste the cafeteria fare, listen to the conversation buzzing in the student union, see the smiles of students passing by, or find yourself wishing you didn’t have to leave. On the other hand, visiting might reveal that a school is just not quite right—so either way, you’re one step closer to finding your fit.
As you start to more seriously consider colleges, don’t underestimate the importance of getting on campus (whether for your first, second or third visit). At Grove City College, we offer various options for you to make your visit informative and memorable. From a Tour and Question & Answer Session or Interview to a Class or Faculty Visit, Chapel Visit, Overnight Stay, or Senior Crimson Day, opportunities abound for you to more meaningfully connect and engage with our vibrant Christ-centered community. To explore your options, check out our website.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out these blog posts for additional tips:
- College Visits Part #1: Mapping Out Your College Visits
- College Visits Part #2: Making the Most of Your Visit
If you have any questions, please let us know. While many of our visits are accessible to you via self-scheduling, we’re more than happy to take your requests and work with you directly. We hope to see you on campus soon!