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| I stayed in a dorm 4 years and looking back now all I have to say is There was really NO social life at all here other than what the school made FOR you and allowed. I can't tell you if it is different now or not, because I have no desire to go back. At MBI there was no place to hang out or have fun other than dorm lounges that are low key and only a few people having real conversations.|
There was NO DATING at this school. Looking for that special Christian "someone"? When I attended NO ONE DATED. They just "holed up" and tried to get out of MBI. It got so bad that a professor who was there in the 60s-70s held sessions on the problem until MOODY SHUT HIM DOWN. This is quite true and did occur.
PCMs often were not good. MBI had a lot of criticism from this, and basically said if your PCM is bad--it's YOUR FAULT. That however is not the case, the problem is the city, the churches, Moody's connections, and to some extent only individuals and how the assignments were done/organized.
Is MBI BIBLICAL or teach enough Bible? In some things, yes--some professors do a great job-- but overall, it's NOT NEARLY BIBLICAL AS NEW STUDENTS THINK (and no, I'm not Catholic or a pagan who slipped in the door). New students are often FLOORED by how Biblical it is--but this is due to a lack of Bible in society--not a strong Bible program at MBI.
PRO-UNIVERSITY EVENTS - IT's EVERYWHERE. It seemed most of my time at MBI was bouncing from event to event--the 10/40 window, founder's week, chapel, live radio, singers, music, etc.. It can be fun, but honestly I don't really remember ANY of it and it didn't help me connect with Chicago communities nor MBI students nor help my walk with Christ. The propaganda is so strong that it almost mind-washes certain people.
This is about as frank as you can get on a review and it took me a while to sort it out. I WISH this review had been positive, but that was not my experience.
|Mar 03 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 1997 |
|Not so bright|
| I was a youth ministry major at Moody. I remember how excited the staff was my freshman year during a youth ministry chapel. All the youth min. students were in a room and the professors expressed to us how happy they were that there were more women in the major.|
Skip to a couple years later...
I was sitting in my senior class for youth ministry. I forgot what this class was called, but it was basically the last class you are required to take and it's basically an overview and teaches you how to find a job after graduation. So Dr. MacRae, one of two professors in the major, says, "If I have two resumes in my hand for a youth pastor position, and one belongs to a girl and the other a guy, and if they are exactly the same, for Biblical reasons I would hire the guy over the girl." Then he went on and wrote all the passages on the board to prove his point of hiring men over women. I was too shocked to say anything during class, including the two other girls. The rest of the class were men, including some of my close brothers on my brother floor, but they never spoke up either.
I spent the rest of the year thinking what in the world did I come to Moody for. And why didn't these professors tell me straight up my freshman year to switch to elementary education, along with all the other girlies. Instead, I wasted four years and am now doing nothing that has to do with youth ministry, because no one will hire me. If I want a job in that field, I'd have to get further education because people in "real life" have never heard of "youth ministry" as a major.If you want to go to this college (if you want to call it that) you need to fit into their cookie cutters.
|Aug 24 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| This school is a Bible school meant to build up missionaries and pastors. Therefore, it should be judged based on that premise. Having said that, this school was absolutely stifling when it came to any innovative thought or creativity. Most of the professors, minus a few of my urban ministry classes, and jewish literature class, just wanted us to spit back information exactly the way they wanted it. If I ever made a question about why something was, or challenged other students to see a different perspective, I was quickly shot down and ostracized for thinking differently. For a school that is supposed to be built with Christ's heart at the center of it's purpose, I felt only dry religion. I heard only arrogant theology debates, and people being judged and mistreated. When a gay student came out to the community, he was shamed and cut off. This school, in my humble opinion, does not live up to the standards of the Gospel. The people here pick and choose which sins are greater and which ones to tolerate. I came to this school excited about missions, it left me only questioning my faith and damaged. |
|May 13 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2005 |