Smaller schools provide beneficial relationships

I walked through the hall greeting the custodian, asked my Spanish teacher how his wife is doing and smiled at the student whom I have rarely spoken to, but our moms often have lunch together. This was my daily routine at Village Christian Schools from sixth grade to 12th grade, and I would not have wanted it any other way.

I loved every minute of growing up with a close-knit family of 111 students, and I wanted my college experience to be as similar as possible to that positive experience.

This year, California Baptist University has more than 8,000 students enrolled, compared to many state universities that have 20,000 or more. Although the number of students at CBU is dramatically less, I see that as a perk because students are able to form relationships on a
deeper level.

At a larger school, students may be overwhelmed by the amount of people, and only form surface-level relationships to reach as many people as possible. At a smaller school, students may meet fewer people, but will have enough time to invest in each relationship.

CBU makes it a priority to hire faculty and staff who will allow students to grow in their relationship with Christ. The teachers I have come across during my time at CBU have been loving and genuinely interested in furthering my walk with Christ.

The majority (55.2 percent) of classes at CBU do not exceed 20 students, while at some state schools, only 28 percent of classes are fewer than 20 students. This is not to say that professors hired at larger schools neglect their students, but having more intimate class sizes allows professers to pour into the lives of each student.

Another perk of going to a small school is that the school itself is physically smaller. The size of CBU’s campus is 131 acres, compared to larger, public universities which can be thousands of acres.

My morning commute from The Point apartments to the W.E. James Building is about four minutes, give or take a minute or two for slow walkers.

On a state school’s campus, a person’s morning trek could be about 20 to 25 minutes based on a person’s location on campus. Roughly speaking, going to a smaller school saves you about 15 minutes of much-needed sleep.

A small school may not be for everyone, but for those who choose one, choose a family.

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