Zachary Pitcher, '17

B.S. in Business Management, B.A. in Biblical & Religious Studies

How big of a role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
Affordability was significant factor in my college selection. My parents worked as missionaries in Europe for 20 years and had three kids in college at the same time. The affordable cost of Grove City College was a critical element of my brother and I coming here.

How was your faith strengthened and perhaps even challenged during your time here?
One of the most tangible ways my faith was challenged during my time at Grove City College was in the area of prayer. During my freshman year, my hall prayed together every day. That experience taught me about the ways that corporate prayer can stimulate community and connection between people. During my sophomore year, I was challenged with the question of why Christians are supposed to pray. Finally, after my junior year the College funded me to go to India through the Redbox Missions program. During my summer in India, I was challenged to believe that prayer truly has the power to chance our circumstances. During my time at Grove City College, I was continually challenged to pray more frequently and faithfully.

How did the academics challenge students to think on a deeper level about the world and life in general?
All majors push students to think deeper about a specific area of study, while the humanities core challenge students in a broad spectrum of disciplines. Being a liberal arts college, the humanities core is a central part of the Grove City College education and challenges students to think deeply about art, history, biblical studies, and worldview. Having a standard humanities core also helps stimulate discussion between students, since there is a common academic experience that we all share.

What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
The professors at Grove City College are very willing to invest in students. Class sizes are relatively small, especially in upper level classes, which provides a lot of student-professor interactions.

How did you hear about Grove City College?
I first heard of Grove City College because of a friend from high school who attended. After that, my mom received a brochure from Grove City College in the mail and thought it might be a place my older brother should consider attending. My older brother came to Grove City College in 2012 and I followed him in 2013. I had heard great things from him about the classes and the community and thought it would be a place in which I would flourish.

Describe your experience with residence life at Grove City College, particularly freshman year.
My residence life experience during my freshman year was one of the things that motivated me to apply to be a freshman RA. When I came to Grove City College, I quickly became friends with the men on my hall through IM sports and other hall activities. During the second semester of my freshman year, my hall started to pray together every day. Freshman year is always a very exciting and tumultuous time as people are adjusting to living at college and having the support of friends to pray for me every day made that transition much easier.

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