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Why Even GO Here?!

To be honest, Muskingum was my second choice college until the last month of my senior year in high school. At first, I was fascinated by a huge state school with 45,000 undergrads in a major city. Muskingum looked nice and I loved the campus and all of the people when I visited, but I was dead set on living a fast paced life in the city.

Until I visited that huge school. Then I realized there would be 500 students in my Comp 101 class. No one on one with the professor if I needed help. I visited Muskingum again after that and tried not to like it because I didn’t think I wanted a small school, and ended up really connecting even more with all the faculty and students I came in contact with. I was convinced after my second visit that this was a friendlier place to be.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with going to a big school. But for me, Muskingum is the perfect size because you feel like you know everyone, and you don’t have to take a bus to get to your parking spot. There are so many opportunities at Muskingum but because it’s a smaller school, there is a lot less competition for internships, jobs, and leadership roles. The chances of getting that scholarship or becoming president of your club or winning a poetry contest are much higher.

The first few weeks of school might still be tough because you’re living in a new place, but pretty soon you’ll find yourself involved on campus and loving every minute of it. This is my second year at Muskingum and I’ve never once regretted my decision to come here. I’m not always the best at making close friends in a new place, but the friends I’ve made here are truly some of the best I’ve ever had. I’ve had leadership and employment opportunities I never would have gotten in a larger school with so many more people vying for the positions, especially as a first year. Most other places, you won’t get your foot in the door in a leadership role until you’re an upperclassman. Although the same is generally true anywhere, it is definitely way less of a thing here. If there’s a need and you’re qualified to fill it, it often doesn’t matter what year you are.

Heads up: College is going to be a little tougher than high school and can take some getting used to during the first month or so of classes. But by the end of the semester you’ll forget you ever felt that way, and feel as though you were born already a Muskie. 🙂


One Response

  1. Very well written! Thank you for sharing your perspective. It helps those who are undecided with such a HUGE decision.

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