Friday, September 15, 2017

Why I Chose a Secular College Over a Christian One

In the middle-class conservative Christian subculture that I've been born into, college is nigh a given. Going to a Christian college is highly, highly recommended unless you want to become a partying relativist who makes Cheese-Whiz towers in his or her spare time.

Thus when I chose to go to a local community college I did it to save money and perhaps to be a rebel.

But after a few weeks of commuting to classes (look at experienced me  :P) I think even if I did have the money to pay the steep admission rates of a Christian private school, I would still make the same decision in a heartbeat. I know this will come as a shock to many, so here are some of my reasons (in list format, of course, because my brain is too fried right now for a logical sequence of ideas):

1. Exposure

My college English professor is a somewhat angry liberal who pushes the PG-13 rating in every class, and I wouldn't have it any other way. As a homeschooler I haven't had much interaction with the rest of the world except for online, and it is SO different in real life. I think going to a Christian college would have been nigh similar to homeschooling because I would still be around people who have the same general beliefs and language and boundaries, whereas here I can practice appreciating and learning from people who are vastly different from myself.

2. Faith

Even thinking about God in college is SO HARD. I've realized that for my whole life I've been just going with the flow around like-minded people.

3. Practicality

Now for the obvious: this college is much cheaper than any private college. Not only that, but here I can actually major in the subject that I love the most: music. And the professors and students are all plugged into my hometown community, which means that getting a job in music will (hopefully) be relatively easy. Also the professors here are amazing at what they do, and chosen specifically for their abilities rather than for their religious background.

In conclusion, I figure that I might as well pay for challenging and practical lessons in my area of study than for a Christian community that I'm already plugged into for free.

So there you have it! A condensed version of my current thoughts.

*ducks a barrage of Bibles and VeggieTales DVDs*

What do you think about going to a Christian college? Feel free to disagree!


  1. These are good reasons. I highly recommend commuting to college as a general rule. For me that means that going to Christian college was unfeasible (only a 45 minute drive to the closest ones, but the drive would be quite bad during winter). I commute to the Johnstown campus of the University of Pittsburgh, and my REB Commuter Scholarship pays for my tuition, fees, and books. In my area, it's not quite so big a deal whether you go to Christian college or not, though perhaps we're more working class/middle class than simply working class. In my first year I lamented being in a secular environment to some degree, but I couldn't part with the deal I have. I'm not fully convinced that Christian institutions are as great as they may seem anyway. (I guess I should note that I'm a Protestant Christian and that I went to public school.)

    1. That's a great deal; good for you! Interesting thoughts, Patrick. Thanks for reading.

  2. *throws Veggie Tales VHS's and bad Christian romcoms at you* Just kidding.

    "a partying relativist who makes Cheese-Whiz towers in his or her spare time" xD Okay but this is a good point. I don't really understand why Christians approach secular colleges(/secular exposure of any kind) that way. If an individual's faith is so weak that that's what a few years of college will make him(/her)...the problem isn't just with the college!

    Saving money and perhaps being a rebel is always the way to go. ;)

    1). Haha, CAP IS ME. Exposure is definitely a good point.

    2). Huh. I feel like Christians tend to close themselves into a little bubble of like-minded people rather than actually experiencing the outside world. It's probably more comfortable to hang out with people who share your religion but comfort isn't everything. And yeah, you should allow your faith to be challenged to help understand why it's your faith at all.

    3). *nods* That makes sense.

    So yeah...this is interesting. I'm leaning towards a Christian college because I was planning to go out of state anyways and I think I could find a Christian school that's something of quality somewhere out there, if not locally. And since I'd be going out of state and away from my family, I would probably end up spending more time at the college I'm going to than if I commuted there from my home...and I'd like it to be Christian if that's case. At the same time, money is important...and exposure is important...and quality is this is something I definitely need to think and pray more about before making the decision.

    Good posts! (and as always, good gifs :D)

    1. Bad Christian romcoms, haha. xD

      Seriously though, thanks for your thoughts, and best wishes on how your college discernment. There's definitely a lot to think about, and I'd like to reiterate that I think a secular college is better for me personally, not necessarily for everyone. I'm sure whatever you end up doing you will end up blessed. And educated. ;)

      And thank you. I take my gifs very seriously :D

    2. Yep! No, I totally understand that. :)

  3. I dont think going to a Christian school would be like homeschooling. Its still college w all sorts of people.

  4. GO YOU.

    I know that a lot of people disagree (and probably have valid reasons) but honestly... why do Christian colleges and schools even EXIST??? I mean... isn't it good for you beliefs to be tested and questioned? Isn't it good to be stretched and exposed to students and professors who believe differently or come from as different background???

    I guess I don't understand the basic principle behind surrounding yourself with like-minded people... Isn't that rather stagnant?

    I think, if you're a Christian (or subscribe to aaaany religion or belief system, really) that you can raise your children to practice it as well without sheltering them and never letting them interact with nonreligious people. I mean, we're going to have to face it sooner or later in the workplace??

    *sigh* Oh well. Maybe I'm wrong. ANYWAY. I fully support your decision. *firm nod*


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