Why I Chose Cedarville
I remember walking up the stairs in front of the President's Dining Room on my first visit to Cedarville, and I knew I wanted to come to this school. I just felt so welcome and not like anyone was looking at me thinking I was different, but like I was a friend. I felt comfortable, and I felt at home.
And that's the way Cedarville is. It takes a huge effort to make everyone, including minorities, feel welcome. People like Dr. Thomas White, the University president; Jon Purple, the dean for student life programs; and others let you know they care about the Cedarville community and your part within it.
One thing I love is what the University does to connect you to your roots. For me, as an African-American, the Civil Rights Bus Tour of January 2008 especially stands out. Just that Cedarville put on something like that, sponsored something that showed us how we got where we are today as a result of the civil rights movement, really proves it has a heart for minorities.
I also appreciate the fact that we have diversity in our chapel speakers and events. Some of the previous examples include chapels highlighting Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the P.E.A.C.E. Project, and the OneVoice Gospel Choir I've had the privilege of being a member of since my freshman year. Opportunities like these put diversity out there. They not only make people aware, but also make everyone feel welcome.
Of course, it's not always easy being a minority student, because sometimes people just don't understand. But here at Cedarville they make understanding a priority. For my part, I've had the opportunity to grow as a leader and as a friend, and I know people accept me for who I am. That acceptance of someone's background and values doesn't just apply outside your race, but within it.
The truth is, after my first visit to Cedarville, I never looked at another school. I have no regrets. I've loved every minute of it.
Charmaine Porter '09