When and How to Decide Your Major

By Samuel Brooks on June 22, 2018

Deciding on your major, either before or after starting your college career, can be difficult. For me, I have always known that I wanted to go into business since high school. My family has always been involved in business, whether it's entrepreneurship or working in middle to upper management of a corporation. We also have family friends that own businesses from small to large corporations. I've even…

Best GR Homework and Hangout Spots

By Sarah Hiemstra on June 8, 2018

Whether you've lived in Grand Rapids your whole life or never set foot in Michigan, there are always new places to discover, especially when it comes to homework spots. Every student has different preferences when it comes to study environments. Thankfully, Grand Rapids has a plethora of options for everyone.

Underrated College Departments

By Sarah Hiemstra on May 25, 2018

The ultimate goal of college is to receive an education. Along the way to earning your degree, you might be surprised at how many areas of life are involved in college besides course work. During your time as a student, you will grow not only in academics, but you'll also gain professional experience, health and relationships along the way.

Why You Should Communicate with Your Roommate before School Starts

By Sarah Hiemstra on May 11, 2018

There are few relationships quite as complex as that of roommates. You can barely know a person and suddenly, you are sleeping a mere foot away from each other.

The transition to living with someone else after having your own room can be difficult. However, there are certain steps you can take to make it a little easier. You might even find yourself with a new friend at the end of it all.

Understanding God's Will When Choosing a College

By Audrey Wierenga on May 4, 2018

Fewer things are more daunting than getting to the middle of your high school career and realizing you have a choice. High school isn't forever. What's next? As your junior and senior years progress, you and your friends are driving all over the state (or country) visiting colleges and frantically filling out applications.

And then reality hits. High school is over and the cap and gown have been put…

A Day in the Life of a CU Student

By Sarah Hiemstra on April 27, 2018

College can be intimidating. It is a unique stage of life that contains challenges and opportunities not found in any other setting. As a result, the daily schedule of a college student can be a bit different than the average high schooler or working adult. Every day can be a whirlwind of classes, work, homework and social time. Navigating it all can seem overwhelming.

Here is a general outline of…

How to Cure Your Senioritis

By Samuel Brooks on April 20, 2018

If you're anything like me, whether you're a senior in high school or college, you are probably suffering from a bad case of "senioritis." This particular type of procrastination often happens when you are focused on the idea of walking across the stage to grab your diploma. I experienced the feeling when I graduated from high school, and I'm experiencing it again now, as I plan to graduate from college…

Grand Rapids' Hidden Gems

By Jesse Sheridan on March 29, 2018

When you want to venture outside of the Dining Commons and your last bit of library focus disappears, don't fret. Grand Rapids has countless places that offer delicious food, magnificent lattes and splendid study vibes.

Balancing Life as a Student-Athlete

By Jesse Sheridan on March 16, 2018

I'll never forget my first week of college. My mom dropped me off at the airport, early on an August morning, with 15 strangers, boarding a flight to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip.

Some might argue that this doesn't count as my first, real week, but I beg to differ. As a college athlete, my experience started a week before classes, playing basketball in a foreign country, with a group…

Building Community: Lessons I Learned Freshman Year

By Allison Todd on March 2, 2018

College is a new adventure, and freshman year is filled with exciting twists and turns to branch out and meet new people. But, sometimes the relationships you find, aren't the ones you quite expected. And what about the high school friends you left behind?

Here are five lessons I learned about relationships during my freshman year.

Worthy Fitness: An Interview with Student Kara Martin

By Sarah Hiemstra on February 26, 2018

At Cornerstone University, Kara Martin (B.S. '19) is pursuing more than a degree. She has accomplished her goal of becoming a personal trainer and has already launched her own business, all while attending Cornerstone's traditional undergraduate program.

In a recent interview, Kara shared her story and some exciting opportunities happening with her business Worthy Fitness.

How to Survive Winter in West Michigan

By Sarah Hiemstra on February 23, 2018

Winter is an exciting time of the year. It brings the holiday season, snow and dropping temperatures, especially in Michigan. Whether you love winter or loathe it, there are simple tips that can help you survive a West Michigan winter. In fact, you might just be able to thrive in it.

Questions to Ask Before Declaring an Engineering Major

By Allison Todd on February 16, 2018

When choosing a major, it can seem hard to know where to begin. How do you choose what to study? What path should you pursue if you don't know what your career goals are yet?

The good news is that picking a major is more than just picking a job. By declaring a major, you get to follow your interests and learn how to use them to influence the world. One field of study can lead you down numerous different…

Surviving College without a Car

By Allison Todd on February 2, 2018

I have survived three and a half years of college without a car. Yes, there were times when I felt bad about having to ask around for a ride to the grocery store or felt like I was pulling teeth to find a ride to my church. But through all of these encounters, for better or worse, I made it. And you will too. Stranded on campus? Here are three transportation options to get where you need to go.

On Engineering and Faith: A Q&A with Professor Matt Williams

By Allison Todd on December 13, 2017

Matt Williams, assistant professor of engineering, recently joined the Cornerstone University community as a faculty member in the Kinesiology, Science & Mathematics Division. With degrees in both engineering and theology, he is passionate about preparing college students to excel as virtuous engineering professionals and committed disciples of Christ.

During a recent conversation, Professor Williams…

How to Manage Your Money in College

By Sydney Wheat on December 1, 2017

During my first year at Cornerstone, my concept of money was not fully established. One day, during January of my freshman year, I received a call from my dad that led to a conversation about the cost of college. At that moment, I realized that my lifestyle and lack of attention to finances needed to change. It was then that my mindset toward money management switched directions.

Three Myths About Nursing

By Allison Todd on November 28, 2017

From administering medication to educating patients on physical therapy strategies, your decision to enter a career in the health care industry means that you will play a meaningful role in saving lives. With a career in nursing, it can even go beyond basic patient care.

Fingerprints

By Benjamin VanDyke on November 13, 2017

Creation care is important because it protects that connection between us and our Creator. Creation reminds us of Who we serve and belong to. Creation care is important because it is God who both designed and made it to glorify Himself, for our enjoyment and for our stewardship. It is in this stewardship role that we find ourselves the most satisfied, and by no accident, in touch with our Creator.

Surviving Your First Year as an Engineering Student

By Allison Todd on November 6, 2017

Freshman year at college is an adventure. You are in a new city, you have new friends and you begin to feel your first sense of independence. While it's great to finally experience freedom, being responsible with your time and resources is vitally important as you begin to feel the pressures of your course load, especially for an engineering student.

The Church Search

By Allison Todd on November 3, 2017

Arriving for your first year at college, you have all of your classes planned out. But, there is one thing you didn't plan ahead: where to go to church. Since you don't exactly live down the street, it's hard to know where to start.

4 Reasons Why It's Okay to Eat Alone in College

By Meredith Sweet on October 20, 2017

Dinnertime rolls around once classes are finished for the day. It's been a tough week, and you're ready to head to the dining hall and hang out with your friends. But when you reach out to your roommates, your classmates or those students down the hall, no one else is free to grab some food. If you still want to eat on campus, you're going to have to do it alone.

Study to Success, Minus the Stress

By Meredith Sweet on October 6, 2017

Brace yourself: midterms are coming.

The good news is that you've made it this far. Congratulations! The transition from high school to college isn't easy, but you've managed to work hard and push through it. Now all you have to do is prove how much you've learned.

Though studying is never fun, it is an effective way to prepare yourself ahead of time. Don't let yourself rely on cramming the night…

How to Be a Good Roommate

By Meredith Sweet on September 22, 2017

In the age of the Internet, it's easier than ever to connect with people, even those you haven't met yet.

When you first received a friend request from your new roommate, you were excited. Then came the hard part: starting the conversation. Now, as you pack up your things for move-in day, you feel like you've set a solid foundation for a promising friendship.

How to Avoid the Homesickness Blues

By Meredith Sweet on September 8, 2017

Two weeks into the semester, and you can't fall asleep. You spend your time lying in bed, scrolling through your Facebook feed. All of the friends and family members you left behind seem to have moved on without you. You were supposed to be starting this exciting new phase in your life, and here you are, wishing you were still at home.

10 Essential Things You'll Need Your First Year

By Meredith Sweet on July 28, 2017

You're an A+ student, so you've done your research. You've read all the blogs and seen all the lists. Almost everything you own has been pressed, folded and crammed into cardboard boxes at the foot of your bed. It's two weeks before move-in day, and you think you're as ready as you'll ever be.

But what if those lists are incomplete? What if you have to run out to the store on the second day of school…

If You Haven't Picked a Major Yet, It's Going to Be Okay

By Meredith Sweet on June 30, 2017

You love your college; after all, that's why you enrolled. And even if you don't know what you want to study yet, you don't have to compare yourself to the other students you might be seeing on social media.

It's okay to still be searching. It's okay to feel uncertain.

And if you're looking for guidance or just a different point of view, here are four ways you can use your first semester to help…

Accepting That Your High School Friends May Not Last Forever

By Meredith Sweet on June 16, 2017

You switch the tassel on your cap from the right to the left. Diploma in hand, you join the rest of your high school classmates and file out of the commencement service. You are finally ready to start the next phase of your life.

But there are some things you never thought you'd leave behind: your friendships. You want to hold onto those memories of days in the lunchroom, or sitting in the back of…

How to Transition to College Academics

By Meredith Sweet on June 2, 2017

The transition from middle school to high school is rough: new classmates, new friends and the struggles of adulting. Now that you're heading into college, you remember what it felt like to be a freshman the first time, and the thought of doing it again is a scary one.

Getting to Know Your College Professors

By Meredith Sweet on May 19, 2017

It's the first week of classes, and you're feeling overwhelmed. You're surrounded by new classmates in a new building at a university you only visited once or twice before you moved in. The professor at the front of the room keeps lecturing about her expectations for the course, but you have no idea how you'll get her to remember your name, let alone pass the class.

What I Would Tell My Freshman Self

By Meredith Sweet on May 5, 2017

You're counting down the days to college graduation, making plans for the life you've always wanted. Now that you're at the end of your undergraduate education, it all seems like it went by so fast. You think about who you were at the beginning, that freshman student who didn't have a clue, and it seems impossible to think about how much you've grown.