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    How We Made the College Choice: Cornerstone University

    7 Cornerstone University students share what they looked for in their college search.

    When making a major decision, like where to go to college, it's good to get advice from people who've already "been there, done that." This is why we talked to some students at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We hope their experiences help you as you look for the school of your dreams.

    Ben - junior

    My top priority was to find a school that would give me biblical training in a Christian environment. The key for me was looking at the conversations and attitudes of people instead of the activities offered on campus. Most times, you start acting like the people you're around. So I wanted to make sure I was surrounding myself with good people.

    Melissa - junior

    I needed to go to a school with small class sizes and accessible professors. I'm the type of person that has to ask questions in class. As soon as I don't understand something, my hand goes up. Here, the classes are small enough that I can ask as many questions as I want. And I can get one-on-one time when I need it. If you learn like that, a smaller school will be much more beneficial.

    Jeff - freshman

    My top priority was being where both God and my parents wanted me to be. When my parents didn't have a preference, I looked for a college that had things I was interested in—one that had my major and other activities I could be involved in.

    Megan - senior

    I have to pay for school myself. So when I was looking for a college, it came down to the one that gave me the most money. If I could do it over, I would've kept my options open. Don't eliminate a school because it's too small or too big, or you think it costs too much. When I looked at schools, I didn't want to go to a small school, but I ended up here, at a college with 1,400 students. Don't eliminate anything because of what you think you might want. I've learned if you're going where God wants you to go, he'll provide everything for you.

    Brooke - freshman

    When I was looking for schools, going to a Christian college wasn't my top priority. But since I've been at Cornerstone, I would encourage everyone to go to a Christian school. I'm going to be making a lot of important decisions while I'm here. And I see that the people you live with are a strong influence in the decisions you make.

    Buddy - freshman

    I would suggest finding a college that has what you want, but also provides a lot of other options. I felt a call to youth ministry. But since being here, I've renewed my love for literature, so I decided to major in English writing.

    Laura - sophomore

    When I was looking for a college, I wanted to find a school where I could play volleyball. But looking back, I wish I would've considered what I wanted to do educationally. When I got here, I had to change my major because I realized the program wasn't what I was looking for.

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