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Evangel University

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Date: Aug 20 2010
Major: Music - Composition/Theory (This Major's Salary over time)
I had a rather wacky experience with Evangel University. I wanted to go to Evangel for 3 basic reasons.

1. A Christian university. I wanted to go to a school where my understanding of the world, universe, of our very existence would grow. I wanted to grow closer to what my definition of Jesus was.

2. I wanted to go to a "University" rather than just a local college. A place of actual higher learning.

3. I really wanted to get away from my mom for a while. She's the single mother that worked full time and still managed to raise me. An amazing woman. I wanted away from home.

Well, at Evangel University, I found a place quite unlike whatever it was that I was really expecting. First, there were a load of dirty old barracks all over campus. Not a single one of which showed up in ANY website, or catalog pictures. I thought all my classes would be in nice new buildings. Only 3-4 classes the entire time I was there.

In addition to this, when I attended Evangel University was the first time I became aware of a multitude of previously undisclosed, and currently unpleasant class issues. I didn't realize that coming from a family that makes less that 30 grand a year made me any less of a person. Until I met my roommate, classmates, and everyone around me.
I also realized that the beast that is Evangel is very hungry, and hungry for only one thing, money. I of course had to work until 11:45 every single night just to catch up on paying for my text books. The textbooks are only used by Evangel, you have no hope of selling a single book back to any of the Text book places in Springfield.

So, here I was after work one night. It was 11:48pm and I was driving back to my dorm. I had been up since 6 that morning. My normal wake up time is 7:30, and I still have time for breakfast for my first 8AM class. However, this time I didn't. I skipped breakfast, I skipped lunch, I skipped dinner. 6AM - 11:49PM. I decided to pull over at a drive through on Glenstone. Little did I know that would cause me to be fined $50. Well, no money, I can't make it to eat the food I was REQUIRED TO BUY at the lunch room. Now I can't afford to eat ANYTHING.

A fellow student in my hall tells me that he makes a lot of money where he works, and he has a lot left over. He tells me that if I need 10 bucks sometimes to get something to eat, or even to go out with the guys to tell him, he'll hook me up. Well since I was so hungry, I told him, he ignored me. Few days latter the same chap kicked me out of the halls "worship band" because he felt "God" was telling him to. Thanks Brother in Christ. (Not in the Dollar though).

So I finally get my work schedule resolved and am able to go to the cafeteria about 5 times a week. Awesome, thats food to stay alive. Oh, but wait, I went and put cro?tons on my salad. What happens? The lady at the lunch counter tells me that I have to pick the cro?tons off of my salad. She tells me to put them in a cup so she can weight them. She then proceeds to charge me $1.10 for ELEVEN cro?ton. I don't have a dollar ten. I only have my ID card. She makes me throw my eleven cro?ton away. Later I tell my roommate about it. He tells me that stealing is a sin.

My roommate would go out every single day with a group of friends, mostly guys and girls from our hall. They'd go somewhere expensive. The first time I went with them, I ordered a Root Bear ($4.99). Everybody urged me to get food, until I mentioned that I didn't have any money. I was never invited back to eat with my roommates friends. The next semester he moved out.

All in all the Educational facilities of Evangel were pretty good. Probably on par with some of the better State schools, which is really really good considering all the screwed up stuff that goes on with the Assemblies of God. However, if you are poor Evangel University will not accept you. You may find it the loneliest experience you've ever had. I was so lonely at Evangel that I latched on to the only other lonely person I could find. Which was a bad match, and a bad Idea.

My experience at Evangel changed my life. I'll never look at the world the same, it's sad.

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