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| I really enjoy Olivet. They are absorbed into getting new students but you kind of get used to it. A lot of students come in expecting to just float through it like they did in High school and they usually drop out. It is really sad too because the school offers a lot of programs to help students that are struggling academically. |
|Dec 27 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I worked for the Admissions office for a bit while I attended ONU, and I now regret how many high school kids I tried to convince to come here. I love ONU my first year, but that was it. I saw the university (including the Chaplain when I attended, Benson) get more and more fundamentalist and legalistic. If you consider yourself a liberal Christian, be prepared for a fight. Some of the people who attend this university are groomed to think that women belong in the home, and not as leaders in the Church. If you are tolerant of homosexuality, women's rights, women in church leadership, or are politically liberal... if you have ever considered evolution to be a plausable theory... get used to fighting for what you believe in; you will be the minority.|
I attended all four years at ONU, but my brother left after a year because he just couldn't deal with it. My now sister-in-law attended all four years, but left ONU with a very hard heart towards Christianity.
If you find your personal theology to line up with the emerging church, you will find many people who simply think you are heretical, or at the worst, going to hell. I'm not exaggerating. Not everyone is like this, but many, many are, and although dialogue can be awesome at ONU, it can also be very disheartening.
I felt like my class was very proactive with social justice and helping the poor, but I haven't heard much about the continuation of this since I have left.
There is a definite double standard at ONU, which works in your favor if you're a guy, but can be difficult as a women. I had a male friend of mine follow me into my on-campus apartment hallway; I did not realize he had followed me, and I was telling him to leave just as my RA saw him. He was about 7 feet inside the building, and not in my apartment. I told her that I did not invite him, but nevertheless, I was forced to speak with my RA as well as my RD about the matter. I was told that it was possible that I may be thrown out of my apartment and forced to move back into the dorms. I was also told I may need to have a meeting with the Dean of Students. When I asked what was happening with my male friend, and what his punishment was, I was told that "it wasn't my business." When I spoke with him, I found out that his RA simply laughed it off. I was giving a warning 'on my record.'
Another example of the double standard: a friend of mine was married (at a very young age, barely 19) to a religion major. He was in his senior year when she found out that he was cheating on her with another female student. She left him and went back home to be with her family. I spoke with Chaplain Benson about it with another friend of mine. My friend's husband was only a semester away from completing the pastoral/theology program at ONU and would be ordained as a pastor, although he had cheated on his wife. Chaplain Benson said that it wasn't really his place to speak to the student, but that he appreciated that we were concerned for our friend.
If that doesn't convince you about how backwards this school can be, perhaps this will: although ONU says that it has high academic standards, I knew several freshmen who were admitted with ACT scores of less than 16. If you read many of the reviews for ONU, you will see that spelling and grammar are not exactly top priorities at ONU. I sailed through school, rarely having to study for tests. In fact, I read more for pleasure in college than I ever have; it was easy to make time when you don't have to study.I do think ONU can be fun if you are looking for a university that treats you like a child. Some people are not ready to 'leave the nest' and I honestly do think that ONU is probably a very protective, loving place for them. If you want to be challenged on what you believe and how to live, don't go here. You'll just get frustrated. And for many of my friends who professed a belief in Christ, they have now entered the "real world" and no longer believe. I guess it's easier to believe in God when all the answers are spoon fed to you and your belief doesn't have to be your own. It's easier to believe when your beliefs are not challenged.
|Mar 03 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| No disrespect, but to those who wrote such negative, disheartening comments about the school YOU CHOOSE to attend...why on earth are you there? Some of the comments are from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students. If you don't like it, take your bad attitude and leave. Did you know a little less than 50% of students who begin their college education actually graduate from that same school? Olivet is certainty a place where that can become a reality. There are many 1st year students who don't realize what they're getting themselves into (an education with a Christian purpose), that end up transferring. That is completely fine. College is a time to find yourself and begin to make choices that will affect your future. The thing that drew me to this school was the impact the rules had on morals. No matter where you go, you can find a bad crowd. But the majority of students have great morals. I don't want to drink, smoke, or do drugs...because I want to be in control of my life. I want real friends, and an education. That doesn't mean I don't have fun. There are some amazingly cool places in Bourbonnais, you just need to venture out and find them! (Hint: seek abandoned insanity ward, the moon, and the caves)! No matter where you go, people will have an opinion. But don't let us (the commentary), shape yours. Form your own opinion. If you're interested in Christ, morals, safety, open minded intelligent professors, and perhaps even a ring by spring (HAHA), check us out. If you're reading this, its time for you to take charge of your future. I love Olivet and highly recommend it, but I know that God will lead you to make the right decision for you. Don't let others prevent you from writing the story you were meant to live. |
|Aug 07 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |