Written and Media by Kelsey Neier.
There are many different colleges out there that are unique in many ways. It’s because of these differences that students choose which college will best fit them. Some students prefer to be on a large campus and use different types of transportation to get from one place to another. For instance, students may have to take a bike, car or bus to get to their next class on time. Others prefer a smaller campus that’s easy to walk from class to class. At Greenville College, students typically walk or longboard to their next class. I’ve even seen some razor scooters, but that’s about the extent of transportation to and from buildings. Some students may want to go to a college that’s filled with lots of diverse people. Others may want a more intimate setting with a smaller attendance. The question is, does class size really matter when it comes to choosing a college?
I think class size is very important because it definitely played a huge factor in deciding where I wanted to go. I personally wanted to go to a school that had a smaller campus and class size. Growing up, I went to a private Catholic school where our largest class size was around twenty-five students. I was used to knowing many of my peers and our graduating class as a whole. I liked being able to feel comfortable with the people around me. It made us all closer and become good friends. That’s why I chose Greenville College. I know all of the people who are in my major and feel comfortable going to them for help when I’m confused about a design project.
Another reason I chose Greenville College is because you get more one on one time with the professors because the classes are so small. If you’re struggling with a class, the professor will usually be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your issues. Professors are usually happy to meet with you over coffee at Jo’s Java or wherever you feel comfortable. They really are here to help you and want to see you not only do well in their class but to also grow as a Christian. That’s one of the benefits about this college, your teachers want to help achieve all that God has planned for you and push your potential to fulfill your purpose. Not only will you be receiving help with homework, but you will also be growing in your faith.
If I went to a bigger college, I would be terrified. I’m already bad with directions, so I most likely would get lost. I think having a lot of people around campus would make it harder to get to know more people and create long-term friendships. I also wouldn’t want to go to class settings where I walk away from the class and my professor doesn’t know my name or anything about me. I don’t want to feel like I’m just another nameless student in a crowded class. Greenville College professors really try to make even the most boring classes fun and entertaining. You can tell they truly care about their jobs and students.
I understand not everyone is like me. I must accept that some people like massive campuses and want to move away to a big city. Others, like me, prefer a more intimate setting and life in the country away from the hustle and bustle of the world. With differing personalities comes different wants and desires. It’s important to know what location, size, and student life you’re going to come across when deciding what college fits you best. I’m glad I did my research when choosing Greenville College. This place feels like home to me. I am reminded of the beauty of Greenville College’s campus as I type this and look out onto an open Scott Field, feel the September chill blow my hair around my face, and listen to the sweet silence of the trees blowing around me. This truly is a wonderful campus filled with amazing students and professors.