Name: Anya Grovenburg
College: Southern Nazarene University
1. What first drew you to Southern Nazarene University?
As a junior in high school, I got to spend a week taking seminars with many of the top faculty while staying in the dorms. It was essentially a practice run for school. I loved the faculty and the atmosphere on campus, and I knew then that SNU was a good fit for me.
2. What other colleges were you considering?
I was considering some other private Christian schools including Olivet Nazarene University and MidAmerica Nazarene University.
3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?
Academically, I adjusted well to the new level of school, but the social adjustment was much harder for me. I’m a natural introvert, and it takes me time to make good friends. I even considered transferring during that first year to join my high school best friend at her school, but I’m glad I didn’t. It took time, but I made some lifelong friends in college.
4. What was your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class was my advanced grammar class. Yes, I am a nerd. I had picked up most of my grammar knowledge from reading growing up, and I loved learning the rules for things I just “knew” before.
5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?
I played trumpet in the band and the small brass ensemble group. I’m certainly not a professional, and I haven’t played since school, but these groups gave me a small scholarship that helped pay for school. It
6. Anything else you want to tell us?
My school offered the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, so the spring semester of my Junior year was spent at Oxford University in England. I was a challenging semester, but one of the most rewarding. If you get a chance to travel as a part of school, DO IT. It will broaden your worldview and stretch you in amazing ways.
7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?
I love the small, family feel of my school, where instructors know you and care about helping you succeed.
Anya Grovenburg is a former Tutor at Get Smarter Prep