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With so many colleges and universities out there to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where all to apply. After filling out a few, you may look at the next school on your list and think to yourself, “Why should I apply here?” Well, if you’re asking that about Waynesburg University, this list is your answer! Here’s the top five reasons to apply to Waynesburg:

5. It’s free! Not much to explain here. If you apply online, it won’t cost you a penny!

4. Fun. College isn’t all about books, and Waynesburg knows that. Whether you’re off to practice, enjoying Bingo night, taking a trip to Pittsburgh or just hanging with friends in the residence halls, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. Oh, and traditions that students enjoy? We’ve got a bunch of those, too. The President’s Breakfast and Pumpkin Bowling are but a couple.

3. Achievement Awards. Depending on where you’re at with your cumulative high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you could be in line for anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000 (four-year totals) in Achievement Awards. If you apply and are accepted, you’ll find out right on your acceptance letter how much, if any, you may qualify for. This, along with other Financial Aid, could help defray the total cost of attending Waynesburg, which is already about $8,500 less than other private, four-year institutions!

2. Hands-on learning. Hands-on learning is a staple here, and in almost every major, that starts freshman year. Whether you’re assessing injuries on the football field, analyzing blood spatter in the Forensic Science Lab or broadcasting events from the University’s remote TV truck, you won’t just be sitting in a classroom. When you are, though, it’ll only be with about 24 others. As a result, your professors will know you and invest themselves in your learning.

1. People. Cliché? Maybe. But to so many here, the best part of Waynesburg truly is its people. Those faculty members we just mentioned, Residence Life, Campus Ministry Assistants, coaches, and the list could go on – all here committed to our mission of Christian faith, scholarship and service, and to your holistic development as a person.

As you can see, no matter what your criteria, Waynesburg has something for you. Don’t wait; apply today! (Remember, it’s free!)

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There are thousands, if not millions, of things I have learned as a student at Waynesburg, all of which have helped to shape me into the person I have and am becoming today.

Academically, I have learned about acrylic painting and drawing; American, British and World literature; human biology and environmental biology; fiction, nonfiction and poetry; photography and design; psychology and sociology; and much more.

Spiritually, I have learned what it means to listen to the Word and reflect on God’s promises—to trust in Him and, through Him, make a difference.

Yet, through all of these things I have learned, there is always something a professor says that resonates beyond everyday learning. These special sayings make us think without asking any questions. Sometimes unaware, the professor continues on with the lecture as you sit in silence pondering that small, profound thought—that pertinent piece of wisdom.

I experienced this feeling a couple of weeks ago as I was sitting in my intermediate poetry class. We were discussing the power of language and art, and how difficult it is to stop thinking about reason and focus on the experience as it stands before you. A tree is a tree, a sparrow is a sparrow, and these things are better described as what they are. They do not need to be decorated with adjectives and metaphors to stand on their own.

It is easy to state what something is, but to describe it in its natural form as is with no formula or reasoning was something completely unnatural for me. In high school, I was taught there is one single interpretation to every piece of writing, but coming to college, I have come to realize this is not exactly true. A true poem, as well as any piece of creative writing, needs no interpretation or thought provoking message. There is no formula—it is what it is.

As I was trying to wrap my head around this new concept, I heard these words from my professor as she continued on.

“You can prepare yourself for math and science, but it doesn’t prepare you for being human.”

Then it hit me.

We can spend our time trying to create the best new thing known to man, but even that does not change what we are: human. Whether it is writing the next acclaimed novel or creating a cure for cancer, we are all the same. We all hurt, we all fail and we all have weaknesses, but that is the beautiful part of being human.

To some degree, we all paint our lives with certain characteristics, dreams, goals and titles to make us stand out, but in the end we all are human. Just as a tree is a tree and a sparrow is a sparrow. We do not always have to separate ourselves from the rest of world. Sometimes just being is enough to enjoy the true beauty of living.

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It's that time of year again, the time when applications begin flooding into colleges and universities nationwide. As you get set to do the same—or maybe more importantly, as you begin your high school career—here's the top 5 things that will make you a better college prospect…

5. Don't wait until junior year. Too many students make the grave mistake of “slacking off” during their freshman and sophomore years. Unfortunately for those students, college admissions offices don't look the other way at those years when that happens. The first two years count, as well, so start well and finish strong.

4. Challenge yourself…smartly. Post-secondary schools want to see that you're taking rigorous college preparatory curriculum throughout your high school career (again, from freshman year on). However, if you're still struggling with the definition of a function, AP Calculus probably isn't your best bet.

3. Get involved…but not just to be involved. It's important to be involved in extracurricular activities, from sports, to theater, to community service organizations. Don't, however, just join to say you're a member. Be committed, and even strive for a leadership position or special honor within the organization, for that, too, will be looked highly upon by colleges.

2. Set yourself apart in the application process. “Well, duh,” you might be saying, “isn't that the whole point of this thing?” And, of course, it is. What I mean by this, though, is use your essay, letter(s) or recommendation, and all the other supplementary materials wisely. Make the individual of your application say, “Wow, this student's different—in a good way—and we need him/her on our campus.” Who knows, maybe that'll even help lessen the blow of that C in 10th grade English.

1. Maintain a solid academic record. There's obviously much more to it than this (see above), but quality grades and test scores are a critical part of the process. At most places, you won't need a 4.3 GPA and 35 ACT, but it's imperative to work and work throughout your high school career to make sure you are where you need to be when it comes time to start filling out those applications.

Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.

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Big school, or small school? That's the question a lot of individuals face when choosing a college. And in the laundry list of factors that goes into choosing a college, size and type are often at the top in terms of importance. Here are the top five reasons to consider a small, liberal arts college or university…

 

5. Community. It's a rarity to walk anywhere on a smaller campus and not see someone you know. Sheer numbers are a big part of that, but so is the fact that everyone on campus seems to be involved in something. If you play a sport, write for the school newspaper, sing in the choir and work in the dining hall, you might be a student at one of these schools. Seems like a busy life, but the camaraderie is hard to beat at larger institutions.

 

4. Scholarships and financial aid. Sure, big, public universities may have a cheaper sticker price, but when it comes to the bottom line, small schools often surprise prospective students with their affordability. The combination of scholarships and need-based institutional aid, which typically isn't available at larger colleges, makes this possible.

 

3. Small classes taught by professors. Because graduate and doctoral programs are not as prevalent at smaller liberal arts schools, often times, graduate students and teaching assistants don't exist, and if they do, they're not in front of the classroom. Full-time faculty members are the ones teaching the undergraduate students, and it's almost always in a smaller setting. No 300-seat auditoriums here; you'll know your classmates and be able to interact with them in a more intimate classroom environment.

 

2. Grad schools and employers value it. As Lynn O'Shaughnessy put it in her 2010 article on cbsnews.com, “liberal arts colleges…teach kids how to think, talk and write,” and, while simple, that's exactly what employers are looking for. Furthermore, according to O'Shaughnessy's article, “liberal arts schools dominate the list of the top 10 institutions that produce the most students who ultimately earn doctorates.” Why is this? Graduate schools are looking for just the type of research opportunities students have at liberal arts colleges.

 

1. You know your professors, and they know you. While learning from professors in small classes is great, an even bigger benefit is actually getting to know your professors on a personal level and gaining hands-on experience right alongside them. The connections you make with those individuals become invaluable as you search for graduate schools and/or employment. They've all been out there in the field doing the work themselves, and now they're helping little ole you do the same.

 

Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.


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I have always believed that service is an important part of society, but before my time at Waynesburg University, I had never been the type to give it. Not because I ever thought I was too good to serve, but more because I had never felt good enough to serve. Joining the Waynesburg community meant having to serve at some point during my college career, and I was anxious of how I could make a difference.

Little did I know, enrolling in service learning would change my life forever.

Having always loved animals, I chose to conduct my service work at the Humane Society of Greene County. Walking in on my first day, I had no idea what to expect.

When the director began discussing what I could do to help, I began praying they would involve no animal interaction whatsoever. In fact, on my first two days I kept busy scrubbing the inside and outside of every door in the building, setting packages of food on the shelves and working the front desk, answering phones and interacting with customers. I wanted to help the cause, but at a distance. Still, I felt my heart yearning for more.

That's when I was approached with a new request.

The director began talking with me about some of my passions and when I mentioned photography and writing, her face lit up. With a new website and an overload of incoming animals, I was asked if I could help. I could see where the conversation was going, but I wasn't sure I could do what she wanted me to.

Taking photographs of and writing articles about these animals meant getting up close and personal with every single one of them. It broke my heart to think I would have to see their suffering firsthand and tell them they wouldn't find what they were looking for from me; I couldn't give them the love and stability they were desperately searching to find.

But seeing the hope the director had, I accepted her proposition.

As I began working, I realized I had a lot to offer. I was nervous about using my gifts to serve, but God gave me the opportunity to shine and what began as a course requirement quickly developed into a passion for the greater good—helping animals find their “forever homes.”

In the words of Frederick Buechner, "The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

To me, volunteering at the Human Society has not been fulfilling community service hours. It is a commitment fueled by a passion to make a difference in the lives of the animals, who can't do it for themselves. I know I made the right decision when I walked through those doors on the first day.

I know I was led there to make a difference the best way I can—through the gifts God has provided me. I thank Him, and the staff at the shelter, for encouraging me and allowing me to find my passion for serving.

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