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| Honestly, the school just isn't for me. If you are one of the following, you will probably hate your time at GCC: liberal or independent, homosexual, non-christian, of a minority. Unfortunately, I am all but one of these, and because of it am afraid to express myself here. If you didn't know, here are some of the rules: no drinking on campus by ANY student, no premarital sex on or OFF campus (like they could regulate that anyways), no pornography (our RA gave us a talk on porn and sex, which I probably wisely skipped), and no having the opposite gender in your room, except at designated times (and you have to leave the door open). Oh, and here's something that they don't mention before you get here, so listen up: students are NOT allowed to play any multiplayer online games. This ranges from console games to PC games to flash games. I didn't know this, and combined with how boring the campus is, it's hard to find anything to do in my free time.|
Conservative Christian viewpoints are treated as shared by the whole student body because that's what the school expects. I spend a lot of my time trying to avoid expressing differing opinions out of fear of retaliation, perhaps even violence. The school houses a Conservative think-tank on the third floor of the administrative building, which will often show politically charged movies which I call 'propaganda' but is accepted by everyone else here.
There is probably a quality education to be had here if you can get past all that, especially in the Computer Science department. I found that we prayed before the beginning of class in all but one of my courses (not including the mandatory gym class). While the physics course often begins by asking students to see "God's thumbprint" on the world, religious explanations for the physical world have thankfully been avoided, and having taken the same material in high school I can say that it is a quality program. Computer science is the only class where there is no mention of religion, and since it is a fundamentals class I find it easy. Calculus is a bit of a mixed bag: I understand the material better than in high school, but the teacher often bumbles through board problems and has to be corrected by students.
The humanities course is where I have some of my main complaints. The class is called 'Civilization', but it is more like 'Why Christianity is right and them A-thee-ists are wrong, hurr'. Every other class, the professor will rant against 'intellectuals' (which usually means professors at secular universities) while making faces and noises that resemble a prodded monkey.
The mandatory gym class is easy. If they didn't take attendance I wouldn't have gone. I didn't study and still got an A and B on the exams by using common sense. Oh, and I learned that apparently your 'spiritual health' is an important part of your wellness.
You're required to go to 16 chapels a semester. Thankfully, many of these are musical events or presentations on mission trips. I only got one where the speaker ranted on "them homosexuals and secularists, arrrgh".
The campus itself is very nice, but there's not much to do here. There's a rec room that's usually empty other than people studying, and a gym that has various nets set up, but unless intermurals are on at that time, it's usually empty. The football team went .500, but lost 3 of 5 home games, and there were more townspeople there than students by a factor of about 10:1. Speaking of the surrounding town, there really isn't one. There is a street lined with stores, but most are for insurance and stuff like that. There is a one screen movie theater and some restaurants, but not much else. If I didn't have a few good friends online, I would have gone insane here. I'm probably not coming back from spring semester, and will apply to a bigger state school for next fall. However, if you fit in with the GCC mold, you'll probably find a good education here.
|Nov 19 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| This is a stern warning against attending GCC. The students here are either very shy, awkward, home-schoolish or they dislike the school, cheat the rules and wish they were somewhere else. |
If you are a committed Christian student, go somewhere else and make a difference in the students lives, instead of wasting your potential here.
If you are not very evangelical, do not coem here as you will not liek all the rules and you will wish you went to a normal school.
Academics are challenging but not so much because independent thinking is expected but rather because the student has to memorize integral tables for math or dates for a history class.
The school does not hav ean honor code so cheating and lying is widespread.
If you are a homosexual student who wants to stay in the closet during college this is a good place to attend because you will not raise suspicions by not beign interested in girls because many of the students either don't believe in dating / havign a bf or gf or are too socially inwpt to date.
On a more positive note, IM sports, ICO mission trip spring breaks, and varsity sports can be fun and rewarding.
Also, don't be mislead by the "amazign value' part the college always pushes. if you have decent grades you will most liek ly be able to pay less at a different school since GCC does nto give very much financial aid.Bottom, line is that I deeple regret havign coem here and you probably will as well if you choose to come. Go somewhere, God needs you or somewhere where you are goign to have a fun time instead.
|Oct 12 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| I want to give a stern warning to anyone planning to attend Grove City College. The schoolwork does not stress understanding but rather busywork and workign the system here. The school is somewhat Christian. There are severe repercussions for drinking and sex but NOT for cheating and lying. I do not engage in any of these things, but I am tired of the "morals" here. Teh students are treated as children rather than adults. I am saddened to say that I do not believe that most students experience a lot of spiritual growth here (soemthing many of the Christian kids considering the school are looking for). Is God at obviously at work on this campus? - I do not think so.|
Students that are nto particularily evangelical / fundamental in their Christian belief and are considering the school for the "rigorous academics" - don't go here. I see so many non-evangelical kids here that are doing nothing but complain about the rules and how they wish they were at a "real college".
Since, the college is not a good choice for either group, I can recommend against attending for almost anyone.
The students are either very shy and reserved - they keep their eyes to the ground and do not greet each other, or they proclaim at every opportunity how much they dislike GCC. Strange indeed.
On a more positive note: The food is pretty good and IM sports are fun. Going on Spring break humanitarian aid / missions trips can also be very rewarding and you will meet some good folks there. Most varsity sports are also pretty decent for a DIII school. Teh students don't really care about football games though.
Here is a tip for homosexual students though: If you wish to "stay in the closet during college, GCC is a good place to attend because you not being interested in girls will not raise suspicions as many students either do not wish to date because of their religious beliefs or are to socially inept to do so.
For biology students: This is an awkward subject to study here. Evolution is not taught but neither is it denied. I found that when I talked to a professor in his office he did believe in evolution but didn't want to teach it.In conclusion, I have to say that I very much regret coming to GCC, and I see this as an effort to give prospective students a heads-up.
|Oct 12 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |