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| I was "forced" to attend BJU even though I won a complete ROTC scholarship to a real college. OK, I wasn't forced, but I was very young and sought to placate my parents who threatened me with alienation if I didn't go. Well, I went and I got alienated from my parents anyway. They completely screwed my mind up from the constant monitoring, being "told on" all the time, and appearing at the Discipline Committee for infractions like not having my top button buttoned. I actually thought that someone there would be a Christian, but I found out that most of them were role-playing just to accommodate the oppressive regime. There was always good sex and drinking there, but you had to be very careful not to get caught. Most of the academics were good, but they loaded down my schedule with all these liberal arts requirements so that gaining the essential knowledge for my field was impossible. |
Preferential treatment was always given to Fine Arts and to people who would talk that funny "Vesper Speak." Their bizarre idea of cultured religion has infiltrated almost every Baptist Church in Greenville and probably in a lot of other places too.
Because I was not a part of the Bob Jones pipeline network of private schools, I really didn't fit in. Being ostracized coupled with the disillusionment to make for a very lonely experience. I was afraid to seek any type of counsel because I new several who did and got either campused or expelled for having defiant attitudes. I became severely introverted and depressed and nobody really gave a shit. Yeah, I learned a few things, but going there did not make my parents happy and they won't have anything to do with me now because I finally grew up and learned to make decisions for myself. It's been almost 20 years and I still have trouble coping with the pain and hurt that I encountered there. Unless you are already "one of them," you probably shouldn't consider going to BJU.
|May 01 2007|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I found the dorm life, the student life and the religious life untolerable. The academics aren't worth the rules. As a rule, the brightest and best do not go there. However, some graduates do go on to good grad schools and, a few, become successful in business. If you're into rote memorization, extremely conservative Christian theology, useless rules, and right-wing politics, check it out. Please visit before going. Prospective students are allowed an overnight dorm visit - do it if you're thinking about it. While you're visiting, ask to see the student handbook, that will tell you volumes.|
While some people say they never learned to think for themselves, I had the opposite experience - I learned to think, but I was told by several faculty members, not to, the administration wouldn't appreciate my views. I was so glad to go (I used to be a fundamentalist Christian), even happier to leave. College is a time to discover your own boundaries, beliefs and value system. Discovering those things later in your 20's in much more difficult. The only good thing I got from BJU was a deep appreciation of the arts.My mother died recently and a BJU grad did her funeral - it was the most inappropriate experience I've ever experienced - he (no "shes") actually preached a hell-fire and damnation sermon. Of course, on the flip side, everybody that was there was expected to know 4 verses of "Amazing Grace" from memory. If that's the best BJU grads can do for a funeral sermon, they can have the place.
|Jan 30 2007|| 1st Year Male --
Class 1977 |