By Jack Cascone.
As a high school student preparing for college, one of the main things you have to decide is whether you want to go to a small school or a big school. For me, I decided very early on that I wanted to be a big fish in a small pond, not a small fish in a big pond. If you are like me in any way, shape or form then I encourage you to come to a Discovery Day at Eureka College.
I remember my first encounter with Eureka College very vividly. It was the beginning of June between my junior and senior years of high school and I was mowing the lawn. All of a sudden my phone rings and a Eureka, Ill. number pops up. I sent it directly to voicemail. About five minutes later, I get a call again. This time I answer and it’s my admissions counselor personally inviting me to attend the June Discovery Day.
When I first stepped foot on Eureka’s campus, I was blown away. The Dean of Admissions came up to me and asked the basic questions: “What’s your name? Where are you from? What are your interests?” I was impressed because when I went to visit other colleges, I only ever met admissions counselors. I never met the Dean.
Throughout the rest of the day, my expectations were shattered at every corner. The president of the college spoke to us directly. I got to sit down and chat with the professor in my intended field of study. There was a very thorough student panel session and student-led tour. Then came a delicious lunch where I ate with my admissions counselor and the professor that I met earlier in the day. The absolute best part of my day was the end. My family was the last family to leave. As we were walking to our car, the Dean of Admissions ran up to us and asked us about the day. All of our names and every detail that we provided earlier was remembered. I was astonished that after more than four hours of meeting dozens of other people, he still remembered everything. Honestly, that interaction was one of the main selling points for me. I finally felt like I came to a college that didn’t make me feel like a number in a box. They cared about me and I found my home.
I highly encourage everyone to come a visit Eureka College. Come for a personal tour, an overnight visit, sit in on classes or a Discovery Day. Give us the chance the make you feel like you found your college home. You won’t regret it.