Graduating from Cedarville University
May 7, 2013
In today's blog post, graduating senior Emily Sweet reflected on her last four years at Cedarville University ...
Cedarville University has played a huge role in shaping and molding me into the woman I am today. The institution and its faculty have come alongside me to help shape me into a student who pursues excellence and thinks critically.
For some, choosing a college is very difficult, but for me the choice was clear. After looking at many other colleges in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana, I visited Cedarville and loved it. Despite being 13 hours from home, I have enjoyed Cedarville more than I could have ever imagined.
One of the first aspects that attracted me to Cedarville was the fact that the University was serious about developing students with a solid faith in Jesus Christ AND an excellent academic education. Other schools we visited may have excelled academically, but were only Christian in name. Other schools were very obviously Christ-centered but suffered academically. Cedarville University had the perfect balance between the two. While students graduate attending daily chapel and obtain a Bible minor, it was very evident that they also received a top-rate education as well.
Another aspect of Cedarville that I found attractive was the effort, time, and energy that was placed on the Student Life division. Even after my short visit to Cedarville, I observed the love and dedication the staff had toward the students. The freshmen class party, the Getting Started activities, the week-long Christmas party, campus-wide outdoor movie and game nights, and everything in between – I knew this was a university where I would have a great college career.
As a freshman I had no idea the impact that Cedarville would make on my life. Now, four years later, I have grown more in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but I have also been prepared for my career through real life experiences. Because Cedarville is a liberal-arts school, students receive a well-rounded education, not only focused on their particular field of study, but also in other areas as well. Cedarville offered me countless opportunities to grow as a person and a professional.
When I think about walking across the Commencement stage, my mind is flooded with memories of these last four years. The lifelong friends I have made, the faculty I have known, and the learning experiences of both life and academia have become an essential part of my very being. It has been an honor and a privilege to attend this institution, and I am proud to say that I will soon be an alumni of Cedarville University.
Thank you, Cedarville! God has used you to change my life.
Walking across the stage on May 4, 2013, Emily is now an Organizational Communications graduate from Minneapolis, MN. She also holds a double minor in Bible and Writing for the Professions. She is the daughter of Michael and Trisha Sweet. After graduation she planned to return to Minneapolis and continue her search for jobs in the corporate business world.
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