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September 22, 2022

How to Prepare for College with Geneva's Closing the Gap Program

The thought of enrolling in a college can be unsettling for there is much to learn. Geneva College offers a program called Closing the Gap that is designed to help prepare high school juniors and seniors for the college experience ahead. The program has three key areas of development: Intellectual Development, Identity Development, and Faith Development.

College Preparation

August 16, 2022

THE College Packing List

Packing isn’t necessarily a science, but if you can make sure you have what you need for basic functions of life, then you can be better prepared for what is ahead. So, glance at this list, think about what might be missing and start filling the suitcase.

College Preparation College Admissions

August 2, 2022

Shopping for a Major

While you search for that right major, utilize the option to remain undeclared for a while. Get to know yourself better, notice your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes and in time, you will be able to put away that heavy shopping cart and walk away with a brand-new major.

Campus Life College Preparation

July 22, 2022

Advice for Incoming First-Year Students

From the second I began college classes freshman year, it seemed like everything I knew about life had changed. Everything was unpredictable and somewhat intimidating. As a high schooler looking on toward your first semester of college, there are a lot of unknowns out there. Here's my advice after four years at college.

College Admissions College Preparation

July 19, 2022

Getting Ready for College

You just graduated from high school - congratulations! Now, reality may be hitting that the start of college will be here in a flash. I am here to gently nudge you toward being well prepared with a checklist of things to do before you attend college in the fall.

College Admissions College Preparation

July 6, 2022

Junior Year Going on Senior Year

Leading up to your momentous senior year, there is so much to think about. What should the last year of high school look like? How should I prepare? What should I prepare for? Good questions. I would like to supply you with a basic “thinking list” rather than a "to-do" list. No pressure to do anything just yet, but I invite you to contemplate some questions and consider how you may answer them.

College Admissions College Preparation The College

June 8, 2022

Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation is designed to welcome both incoming students and parents on a journey together along with Geneva faculty and staff to ensure a well-informed, smooth transition into college. The college strongly recommends that incoming students attend Summer Orientation.

College Preparation Campus Life Higher Education

May 5, 2022

Three Things Not to Do in College

I am here to tell you that you do not need to be a superhuman to get through college. To survive and thrive all four years of your time in college, or however long it takes, here are some things NOT to do while in college.

College Preparation

April 6, 2022

Three Things to Think About When Choosing a Major

Are you struggling to settle on a major to study as you starting college? You are not alone: Sources say that up to 50% of students entering college have the same trouble deciding on a major and about 80% of college students change their major at least once during their college career. Here are three things to consider when deciding on a major.

College Preparation

September 6, 2021

Homeschool to College

From one homeschooler to another, the transition to college frightened me and my anxiety peaked in my senior year of high school. I know now that there was absolutely nothing to worry about. My teacher (Mom) had prepared me well. So, if you have been feeling like being homeschooled has diminished the possibility of success in college, then worry no more.

Campus Life College Admissions College Preparation

August 27, 2021

Four Frightening Freshman Fears

Like anything new, the start of college can bring a lot of fears and doubts that are quite overwhelming. So, from a past freshman to you, here are some questions and worries I had about the college life and reasons why they shouldn’t stop you from having that full college experience.

College Preparation

June 30, 2021

Eleven Things Every Student Should Know about Picking a Major

Picking a major isn't easy. In fact, a recent survey published in Business Wire found that 66% of students feel overwhelmed by the process of selecting a major and more than half of all students wind up changing majors at least once.

College Preparation Early College

April 7, 2021

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Early College Credits

Going to college while still in high school is an adventure. Early college is seen as a benefit to high school students because of the college credits they earn and the experience they gain from working with college. A student starting Early College for the first time could use these five, firsthand tips tips to get the most out of the experience.

College Preparation

March 23, 2021

7 Things to Consider if You’re Thinking About Changing Your Major

When you first chose your college major, you might not have been sure about what kind of career you wanted. Keep in mind that you’re not necessarily stuck with the major you originally picked. You might find that a different course of study seems more appealing or that your career goals have changed. You might also discover that your skills are better suited for a different career path.

College Preparation Financial Aid

January 21, 2021

My Admissions Checklist: January

Geneva College has put together the following checklist with some explanation to help you navigate your journey to college. The list is not comprehensive, but this checklist covers tasks you should make sure to take care of beginning in January of your senior year and check off as soon as you can

Campus Life College Preparation The College

December 4, 2020

From Dining Room to Lecture Hall: Transitioning from Homeschool to College

Whatever your experience with homeschooling has been, though, one thing is for sure: college life is not the same. It just so happens to be very, very different. But whether you’ve spent twelve, ten, or only two years learning from home, there’s helpful advice waiting for you in this post.

Campus Life College Preparation

September 7, 2020

Avoiding College Chaos

For a college student, being unorganized can really hinder an easy flow of daily functionality. Instead of making the most of your time, you’re stuck fixing mistakes and messes you made earlier. Sometimes, making a to-do list can be helpful in the process of organizing and planning what and when things need done. Take a moment and look at these important things to do as soon as you get to campus or as soon as you can.

Campus Life College Preparation

September 4, 2020

What to Expect on Your First Day of College: How to Prepare

The first day of college can be exciting, scary, and confusing. Will I actually like my major? Will I get along with my professors? What do I do if I don’t understand the material? If you are asking yourself these questions, you are certainly not alone. But here is how you can ease your nerves and be prepared for the first day.

Campus Life College Preparation

August 14, 2020

Back to School Packing: 6 Things to Bring

As we approach another transition back to college, packing is on the minds of students everywhere. What should I bring? How much should I bring? What will I need in the age of COVID-19? If questions like these have been haunting you, don’t worry; here's a practical, pandemic-aware packing list. Hopefully it helps you out!

College Preparation

March 26, 2020

How an Honors Program Can Transform Your College Experience

Many students recognize the value of honors courses but are reluctant to enroll in anything that might strain their already busy schedules. In many cases, however, such opportunities are well worth the additional effort.

College Preparation

February 18, 2020

Why You Should Go To a College Open House

An open house is an opportunity, more than anything else, to realistically see yourself at a college before deciding if that’s where you want to spend the next four years of your life. You get to meet your future professors, future classmates, and possibly even your future friends!

College Preparation Higher Education

February 8, 2020

The Value of Dual Enrollment Programs

Families are turning to dual enrollment programs as a way to mitigate the cost of higher education in the United States. At the same time, colleges and universities are promoting the programs as a way to attract students to their undergraduate programs. For families, the growing trend toward early enrollment offers significant positive benefits, but there can be pitfalls.

College Admissions College Preparation Higher Education

October 4, 2019

Taking the First Steps with Closing the Gap

What if I told you there was a way to get a taste of the college experience while also receiving four real college credits? What if I told you that there was an easy way to baby step your way into understanding the college experience without actually attending college?

Campus Life College Preparation

August 23, 2019

The Minimal Back-to-School Packing List

So, what do you really need to pack for school? Is that extra-long fuzzy pillow or that medusa-like lamp really necessary? What about the extra desk, bed and hanging accoutrement? Time to demystify the art of packing light for months away from home. 

Biblical Wisdom College Preparation

August 13, 2019

Five Things to Do before Leaving for College

Need help wrapping things up at home before heading off to college? Well, this blog post is made for you. With only a little bit of time till the beginning of the semester there is so much to think about and do. Make sure not to miss out on this list of things to do before you arrive on campus.

College Preparation Early College Higher Education

June 26, 2019

5 Benefits of Early College

Is there a way that we could start to conquer some of those fears before even stepping on the campus as a freshman? The answer to that question is "yes." Early college is a great opportunity for high school students to peer into the college experience before going to college full time.

Campus Life College Preparation Higher Education

January 11, 2019

Jump In: Start Your Semester Off Right

The new semester begins. For some of you it may be your last college semester ever. For others, it is your first. No matter – we all need to jump in to the routine now, and here are the three most important things you can do to get a great start – and they are aimed at mind, body and soul.

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January 9, 2019

The Promise

With the promises of God as a model of authenticity and commitment, Geneva is happy to be a Preferred College Partner of The Pittsburgh Promise. This program promotes high educational aspirations among urban youth, funds scholarships for college, and fuels a prepared and diverse workforce in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region.

College Admissions College Preparation

January 7, 2019

Hottest Majors in 2019

So, what’s the big deal about a major? And how do you get one? Choosing a major IS a big decision. But it is not the end-all, be-all of existence either. There is so much more to life than just your major, so remember that in the process. Start with research... here are some of the hottest majors in 2019 and beyond.

College Preparation

August 20, 2018

5 Ways to Make the Most of This School Year

It is a new school year and you have a clean slate!

Campus Life College Preparation

August 11, 2018

Three Tips for First Year Students

You think you’re ready for the move to college? I did too, but I wish I knew about these three tips when I was coming to college and moving into my residence hall in my freshman year at college.

College Admissions College Preparation

August 7, 2018

How to Conduct a College Search

The college selection process can be a difficult, stressful time for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make this process less stressful. Here are some tips that can help kickstart your college search.

College Preparation

August 3, 2018

Five Ways to Manage a Long Research Paper

Sometimes, college students are required to write lengthy, in-depth research papers that demand a substantial amount of time and effort in a production often exceeding 20 pages. Here are a few ways you can help make writing long research papers easier.

College Preparation

July 26, 2018

Variety and Effective Studying

Studying in the same place every day can get tiring and cause a distracting sense of boredom that makes working hard very difficult. But a change in scenery is often effective.

Campus Life College Preparation

April 16, 2018

Connections: Making New Friends at College

Although making new friends can seem daunting at first, with the help of a few tricks, it actually becomes a lot easier than it may seem. Here are some tips to help wash away your doubt and plant the flowering seeds of friendship.

College Preparation

March 19, 2018

Critical Questions to Ask College Coaches Before Joining a Sports Team

As a student decides to continue on in their sport of choice on a collegiate level, there are several necessary questions new athletes should ask their prospective new coach.

College Admissions College Preparation

November 3, 2017

More College Affordability with New Grants and Scholarships

With continuing economic pressure on colleges, students and their parents, new students at Geneva College have some new options for Grants and Scholarships that reflect the school’s continued focus on making education affordable.

College Admissions College Preparation

October 31, 2017

First-Generation College Students: Research, Apply, Accept, Enroll!

With so many options in the world to choose for college, finding the one that best suits you can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you along your journey.

Campus Life College Preparation

October 30, 2017

4 Maxims to Live by in College

In college, I learned a lot about the subject of “me.” I’ve boiled down what I’ve learned about myself into these four maxims that I hope can help anyone who is in or headed to college.

College Preparation Higher Education The College

September 5, 2017

A Student's Experience in Geneva's L&T

I recall the benefits of L&T when thinking about the week I turned in my first college paper and took my first college test. I did not receive the grades expected. It wasn’t until the following week’s L&T class that I was able to put some of my worries to rest.

Campus Life College Preparation

August 24, 2017

Welcome Back! 5 Tips for a Successful Semester

Whether a new freshman, transfer or returning student, we pray you have an amazing year! Here are a few tips as you begin the next phase of your journey.

College Preparation

July 26, 2017

How to Get the Advantages of a Campus Visit

Researching schools and talking on the phone to admissions counselors is great, but there are many opportunities you can only get by traveling to a campus.

College Preparation

July 21, 2017

Which Degree Fits You?

If you're wondering which degree is right for you, take our quiz and then take the next step on to find out more about the degree in your results. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and programs and, hopefully, one that's just right for you.

College Preparation Faith

June 16, 2017

Studying with Faithful Obedience at another Denomination’s School

The decision of choosing a university can be difficult. What happens when the school of your choice happens to be different from your denominational faith?

College Preparation

March 17, 2017

College Preparation Cheat Sheet: Essential Steps for High School Students

Your high school career will be over before you know it. No matter where you are in school, it's important to keep your focus on what's next: college. The steps you take now could determine the course of your college career.

Adult Students College Admissions College Preparation

February 27, 2017

Undecided? How Adult College Students Can Choose the Right Course of Study

If you know you want to attend a Christian college but struggle to choose a major, keep these considerations in mind.

College Preparation Uncategorized

January 30, 2017

5 Keys to Building Stronger Friendships In Adulthood

Making friends usually comes pretty easy when you’re young. Making and continuing friendships can be more challenging as you grow older and go through changes. This blog will teach ways to make strong friendships in adulthood

College Preparation

June 29, 2016

Preparing for College Level Sports

Does your routine consist of waking up from the dream where you are the game MVP, eating breakfast fueled for your work-out, followed by being the last athlete to leave the team practice, and then finally returning home to rest/recharge/refuel your body to start all over again the next day? If this sounds like your life and you want to compete at the college level, below are a few must read items as you prepare to transition through summer to your freshman year of college.

College Preparation

June 27, 2016

Benefits of a Summer Reading List

Summer has arrived and you are eager to get caught up on all the Netflix shows you've neglected while writing papers and studying for exams during the school year. There's nothing wrong with a little relaxation, but if you return to school with nothing more than a new dent in the couch, you'll be filled with regret. From spiritual self-help guides to classic novels, the right books can help you grow in your faith and become a more well-rounded person. Need more convincing? Here are a few great reasons to put down the remote and pick up a book

College Preparation

June 17, 2016

It’s Summer! Prepare Now for Your Freshman Year of College

High school graduation has come and gone, and now, you're looking forward to one last hurrah with your best buds before you all head for your respective postsecondary institutions. Between all the beach days and bonfires, you'll want to set aside some time for a part-time job, plus college shopping, communicating with your future roomie, and soul searching as you prepare to pursue your calling. Make the most of this final summer before college, and put the following to-do's on your checklist.

College Preparation Continuing Education Faith

June 8, 2016

Will This Anxiety Ever Leave?

The voice of anxiety is ever present perhaps leaving you with a sick feeling in your stomach any time you are asked about your future plans. What should you do?

College Preparation

April 11, 2016

A Letter to Future Students from a Current Student

You don’t know this yet, but you are about to go through a dramatic change that will shape you into adulthood. You will encounter experiences and people that will cause you pain, incredible joy, deep sadness, and unimaginable blessings all in the course of your time at Geneva. You will be transformed into a new person from the time you graduate high school to the time you walk across the stage at your class graduation in four years.

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February 5, 2016

Good Professors are Childlike

There are many questions that Geneva College professors pursue with that childlike curiosity. Here are some of the things that Geneva College professors got interested in and then wrote about that I find interesting, meaning that, if I had the time, I would enjoy reading.

College Preparation Higher Education

December 14, 2015

A Transfer’s Reasons for Why You Should Transfer to Geneva

Imagine sitting in an auditorium next to 500 other students and you don’t know a single one of them. It’s your first day of classes and you’ve prepared yourself as much as you could for this day. But what you’re now realizing as you sit in that classroom is that there was no possible way for you to prepare for what could make you stand out in a crowd of that many students, let alone the other 15,000 students attending that college.

College Preparation

December 4, 2015

It’s Okay to be Undecided

Choosing your college major may seem like a daunting task for many; it’s choosing what you want to do with the rest of your life, right? Many high school students panic at the prospect of arriving at college with absolutely no idea what they want to do. But having an undeclared major in college is perfectly acceptable, as is changing majors.

College Preparation

November 10, 2015

Time to Switch Schools?

Transferring colleges can seem intimidating. There are new people, new schedules and new routines. But although changing schools may seem scary, transferring doesn’t have to be! Here are four things I discovered when I went through the transfer process.

College Preparation

October 14, 2015

Choosing Your College Major

Choosing your college major may seem like a daunting task for many; it’s choosing what you want to do with the rest of your life, right? Many high school students panic at the prospect of arriving at college with absolutely no idea what they want to do. But having an undeclared major in college is perfectly acceptable, as is changing majors.

College Preparation

September 16, 2015

Things to do before you arrive on campus

Here are several steps to take before you arrive on campus. Give it a read and start preparing!

College Preparation

September 8, 2015

Five Things You Will Definitely Need In Your Dorm Room (and Some Things You Won’t)

So you are coming to school as a freshman and have begun to shop for your dorm. Great! I can tell you right now that when you move out at the end of the year you will find about half of the stuff you bought sitting unused under your bed or in your closet. But I can tell you five things that you definitely will use and should seriously consider buying for your room.