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| The only thing that this college helped me with was a degree (and I barely got that). I wasn't the best student, and when you aren't a 4.0, wealthy, or have family who went to Goshen College, they tend to let you fall to the wayside and focus on the ones who are in that preferred class. Aside from that, the nursing department did not even give me (or 50% of my classmates) the knowledge to pass the state nursing boards. They had a 50% fail rate, and they are only supposed to have a 2% fail rate to be accredited.....not sure how they covered that up, but of those that failed the first time, 50% failed the second, and again the third, and so on.....(SAD!)|
If I had known that this is not the "Mennonite" that I grew up with, I wouldn't have gone there. I was under the impression that the Mennonites were conservative, exactly like the ones I grew up around. These so-called "Mennonites" are the opposite - completely liberal to the point of being ridiculous. And, if you aren't a Christian, they will try their best to force you to be. You are required to go to a set number of chapels and convocations (not unlike most Christian schools) or else you can't graduate. ALL of these sessions are Christian-only. They say they embrace other cultures, but it is only to try to convert them.
I would recommend that a high school student spend more than one college visit day here if you really think this is the place for you. Don't just go when there is a college visit orientation planned, go when the officials aren't spouting you their memorized lines......go on an off-day from high school. Just kind of hang out and listen in to see if this is what you really want.After you pay your $80,000+ to attend, they will frequently send you mail requesting donations and more money for the college. They recently put up a NEW senior apartment complex and said it would not affect the tuition (but it raised it quite a bit). Also, students are no longer allowed to live off-campus. The only way to do that is if you are living with your parents or married (which they frown on).
| Starting Job: Mental Health Technician, Preparedness: D+, Reputation: D+ |
|Jul 04 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| One thing people should know about Goshen is that it's not for everyone. Academically speaking, there's a lot of busywork and memorization. I've had several classes where professors just read off the powerpoint which is copied from the book and expect students to memorize the information for the test without any further instruction or explanation or practical application of the material. Some classes are a bit better, but most teachers are still not very good at relaying information. There are some cool students here but many are very close-minded and don't like things that are different from themselves. They pride (and man are they arrogant) themselves on being globally aware and accepting of everyone, but if they actually experience anything different (which doesn't happen often since every experience off campus takes place in a very sheltered, structured, non-natural form) from what they believe they don't like it. Students are very much stunted in their maturity due to their own self-interest and the faculty's failure to believe students have any need to experience anything outside of the Goshen "Journey." Campus is kept up nicely, but it's almost too nice and reminiscent of Stepford from the Stepford Wives. People have perpetual smiles plastered on plastic faces and are so concerned with their outward impression that any growth and learning happens very sporadically. Also, the financial department will charge you for anything and everything and Meal Plans are mathematically a bad financial choice but there's nothing you can do about it because you are required to have one if you live on campus, which you have to do until you are 23. You have to attend 14 chapels each semester and Mennonites hold some cool beliefs and seem pretty hip but be warned - their history of oppression makes them very grouped off and unwelcoming. Basically it's a bad place. The amazing admissions department is really cool, but don't let them fool you. All in all coming here was one of the worst decisions I ever made. There are some cool people here, obviously, professors and students both. However the general atmosphere is downright depressing. |
|Mar 14 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2009 |