One of the major things we prepare for here in Student Services is helping the new incoming students transition to college life. Especially for students where this is the first time they have lived away from home and are stepping into a new environment, it is a significant (but exciting!) change. We want to help our students make a smooth transition to college life and succeed at Calvary.

To this end we decided to ask the faculty and staff here to share a word of advice for incoming freshmen. Below are some of the nuggets of wisdom (and a few shameless plugs) they have offered.

We are praying for each of you as you prepare for the semester and are looking forward to seeing you!

Student Services Department
Calvary University

Advice for Incoming Freshmen

“Have fun, but remember that God’s calling to prepare for ministry and life come first!”
Dr. Skip Hessel
Chief Development Officer

“Keep your eyes and ears open, pay attention.”
Jeff Campa
Director of the President’s Office and Public Relations

“Make good friends from the start. Take responsibility for yourself. If you have questions, ask Dean Arely.”
Cory Trowbridge
Vice President of Student Services/Dean of Students

“Pay attention, ask good questions, seek God, make wise decisions, have fun.”
Arely Perez
Associate Director of Student Services/Associate Dean of Students

“Don’t take for granted the relationships you build with the professors; those relationships will contain some great discipleship.”
John Oglesby
Admissions Counselor

“Ignoring financial issues NEVER solves them.”
Martha Byers

“Get to know as many of your fellow students as you can – you never know who you might have something in common with.”
Ruth Grimm
Publications Director

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and periodically visit a staff member. Phil. 4:6-8”
Merv Wagner
Executive Director of Advancement

“Be positive! Dive into college life and enjoy it!”
Ann Rogers
Admissions Office Assistant

“YIKES GUYS! Get your sleep! Every hour of sleep before midnight fuels your body as if it were 2 hours!!!! Get to sleep before 11:00. Sorry party animals!”
Patricia Miller
Biblical Counseling Department Chair

“Stay focused, work hard, and most importantly, put God first!”
Gary Rogers

“The first few weeks of your freshman year in college will do a lot to shape the rest of your college experience. During that time, make it a point to get to know as many of your classmates and teachers as possible. You can’t ever go back to the beginning, so make a point to start out well! Also, remember God is faithful, you’re not alone, syllabus-shock will eventually wear off, and there’s pizza on Fridays!”
Rebekah Parker
Senior Admission Counselor

“Don’t just pursue a degree; pursue God.”
Dr. Tom Baurain
Director of the Seminary

“ENJOY your time at Calvary (but not so much that you forget to buckle down and work! )!”
Jolayne Rogers
Human Resources

“Take your studies and your grades very seriously now, because your GPA is harder to improve the longer you stay in college.”
Dr. Eric Stricker
Graduate School Director/Professor

“Make your bed every morning, brush your teeth, put on clean clothes and study hard.”
Randy Grimm
Chief Operations Officer

“Submitting an assignment that is 90% finished is always better than submitting it 100% but late! (I.e., You can always do more but don’t be late!)”
Dr. Michael Dodds
Director of the College

“Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of work in the syllabi you receive, but start reading NOW.”
Dave Vandeberg
Grounds Manager/Maintenance Tech

“Don’t hide in your room. Open your door, be friendly (but not too friendly…get your homework done). Stay up late, explore the city.”
Blinda Dunn
Residence Life Coordinator, Student Services Office Manager

“Discover and use the resources your library provides.”
Tiffany Smith

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:1-10)
Eidene Anderson
Library Assistant

“Be a sponge for learning! In your classes, listen to learn rather than for tests. Your classes will be more interesting, and you will also retain more information…which will come in handy when you’re beginning your new career! Also, buy a planner and use it!”
Maria Russo
Disability Support Services/Elementary Education Instructor

“Lead a balanced life: spend time studying, reading, and preparing for class but also schedule time for socializing. Don’t be afraid to tell someone “no” if you don’t have time to go out, but take a rain check and follow through. Also, you should have 7-8 hours of sleep each day, or you will begin a “sleep deprivation problem.” Everything will become harder and less successful if you deprive yourself of sleep. Lastly, early on in the semester, preferably the first week, check out The Learning Center for the free services that are provided for your academic success.”
Dr. Terri Stricker
Learning Center Director/English Professor