What Marvel Movies Taught Me About College Life Vol. 2

By Bailey Linton on July 2, 2019

Welcome back to my deep and arguably too passionate look at Marvel's superhero movies and the lessons they have taught me about life during college. Just so you are aware, this post is part two of a two-part post, so if you haven't read the first one yet, make sure to check it out.

Again, this is a huge spoiler warning for all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase Three movies, "Captain America: Civil…

What Marvel Movies Taught Me About College Life

By Bailey Linton on June 26, 2019

For those of you who may not know a lot about me, I would like to let you in on a secret: I love Marvel more than I love most things.

I grew up reading comic books and learning fact after fact about all things Marvel related. To this day, I can probably tell you exactly how characters reacted in situations in the comics as compared to the movies. That brings me to the thing I hold most dear about…

How to Start the College Search Your Junior Year

By Bailey Linton on June 3, 2019

"It's never to early to start looking at colleges!"

I started hearing this line from just about every one of my family members starting when I finished the third grade. I'd tell them, "I'm too young to think about college!"

None of them much liked to hear that. I thought all of them were being crazy for spurring me on so early (which, to be fair, they probably were). However, my junior year is when…

Benefits of Taking an Online Summer Course

By Bailey Linton on May 14, 2019

I don't know how you felt about the idea of summer school when you were growing up, but to me, it always sounded like a punishment. That misconception makes the awesome idea of dual enrollment in the summer puzzling to some high school students.

In college, summer school is an entirely different story. Taking a summer course may be one of the wisest decisions you can make heading into your college…

Bailey Linton: My Cornerstone Retrospective

By Bailey Linton on May 8, 2019

In one week, my four-year-long journey as a student at Cornerstone University will come to an end. When I first came to CU, I was a wide-eyed 18-year-old with big hopes and dreams for what my future would be.

God had some crazy plans in store for me, things I could not even begin to comprehend. I was beginning a path of self-discovery, self-reflection and self-renewal.

Cornerstone is an incredibly…

Can University Athletics Really Make a Worldwide Difference?

By Bailey Linton on May 3, 2019

In my time at Cornerstone University, I have often been asked about what makes Cornerstone University so special. One of the first school initiatives I always make sure to point people toward is Night of Nets.

Night of Nets is a global campaign that involves different groups from across the world coming together to end malaria, which is a deadly disease. All proceeds of Cornerstone's Night of Nets…

How to Get Plugged in to Local Churches

By Bailey Linton on April 9, 2019

Before I moved from my home on the other side of the state to Cornerstone University, I used to have weekly meetings with my pastor.

In these meetings, my pastor attempted to teach me and the other students leaving for college all of the things he felt would be important to us in the "adult world." Over the course of these meetings, I began to notice one message that was present in every lesson he…

Three Great Places for On-Campus Employment

By Bailey Linton on April 2, 2019

The summer before my freshman year of college, I remember being concerned with one thing and one thing only: making money.

I was incredibly concerned with making sure that I had enough money to go into the school year with because I was moving to the other side of the state, from Flint to Grand Rapids. I was going to an area where I had no connections and was super worried about finding a job.

In…

CUSO: How Students Are Supporting Students On Campus

By Bailey Linton on March 27, 2019

The Cornerstone University Student Offices (CUSO) began as a dream.

There was a time on campus when the student body and organizations had very little chain of command. This meant that people were usually unable to take advantage of all of Cornerstone's resources, and the unification of the student body suffered because of it.

Luckily, in 2018, Cornerstone's student body recognized this issue and…

Questions to Ask Your High School Senior Leaving for College

By Bailey Linton on March 20, 2019

When I was a high school senior, there was nothing that excited me more than leaving for college.

It truly was nothing against my parents. I was simply ready to move on from the melodrama in high school.

I was looking to places beyond where I had grown up and was ready to spread my wings and explore. My parents, however, were a bit less thrilled than I was.

That's right Moms, this blog post is for…

How to Prepare for Your SAT/ACT Retake

By Bailey Linton on March 15, 2019

Don't worry, I'm aware of what you're probably thinking. Something like, why would I ever want to take the SAT/ACT again?

When I took the ACT, I was so worried that my entire future would rely on that one test. I truly felt that there was no way to study for the test (not to mention that I wasn't all that great at studying in the first place) and it made me feel like I was just going to have to accept…

How to Make the Most Out of Your CU Visit

By Bailey Linton on March 12, 2019

When it came to deciding where I wanted to go to college, no aspect was more influential than my visit to Cornerstone University.

I knew all of the university's statistics and had previous meetings with admissions counselors from CU, but nothing was able to sway my decision to commit to attending Cornerstone more than seeing all of the things I had read about for myself.

During my overnight and …

Logan Wesseldyk: The Making of a Teacher

By Bailey Linton on March 1, 2019

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is something we're asked almost as soon as we start school.

Logan Wesseldyk always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She made the decision at the age of five, mostly because "teacher" was one of the only professions she knew at such a young age. However, that simple desire to teach turned into a burning passion as she matured.

Now, Logan is a senior…

How to Find External Scholarships

By Bailey Linton on February 22, 2019

I made the decision on my first visit to Cornerstone that this was the place I wanted to spend my college years.

The visit itself hadn't really been planned at all. My youth group and I had been hoping to get into a large Christian music concert called WinterJam by waiting outside in a line, but they ran out of seats before we got to the door.

Distraught, we desperately searched Grand Rapids for…

Logan Bailey: Developing in Community

By Bailey Linton on February 15, 2019

From the moment he set foot in his first dorm, it became Logan Bailey's dream to serve as a resident assistant (RA).

It was during a visit to campus that he first experienced Cornerstone University's ability to build community, and when he found out that there was a position dedicated to cultivating that community through coordinating activities and supporting students in the dorms, he was sold.

How to Utilize Your Academic Adviser

By Bailey Linton on February 4, 2019

When I was growing up, my parents always stressed the importance of finding myself a mentor.

Their reason for pushing me toward mentors should be obvious—there are wise people out there who have been in the same situations I eventually faced in adolescence. No matter how independent I wanted to be as a child, sometimes I had to admit that I needed help from someone else who knew exactly how to solve…

Study Habits of Successful Students

By Bailey Linton on January 15, 2019

College has always been about learning.

For me, that constantly means putting my pride aside and asking myself what I can do to improve. Most of the time, that means looking to people more experienced than me for advice.

One thing that I have found myself consistently having to ask for advice on is studying. I grew up excelling at most things when I was young while putting in very little effort.…

How to Avoid All-Nighters

By Bailey Linton on January 11, 2019

During my career as a student, I have been often faced with the dreaded all-nighter (not the fun, youth group kind). Spending sleepless nights pouring over books in the library, I searched for something, anything, to help support my points in the paper I was writing. I lamented over my time management skills as I sighed and grabbed another book to leaf through.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is…

How to FAFSA

By Bailey Linton on January 3, 2019

It's everyone's favorite time of year again as it is time to register for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For those of you that don't know, FAFSA is the regulated federal student aid that the majority of students use to help pay for college. It can affect many aspects of funding given such as federal grants and state aid.

It's an incredibly important part of so many students'…

How to Spend Your First Christmas Break in College

By Bailey Linton on December 11, 2018

I understand that for many of you, Christmas Break is something you're familiar with and have experienced many times before. However, returning home from college during Christmas Break can be a completely new beast for a variety of reasons. You're going to be treated as an adult by family members, and they are going to want to know EVERYTHING about you. The barrage of questions will make it easy to…

How to Use Your Spare Time in College

By Bailey Linton on December 7, 2018

Your last class has ended for the day, and you give a long, drawn out sigh as you begin to relax into an evening filled with … what? You rack your brain for ideas. Surely, you didn't forget to make plans, right? Tonight would stink if I have to spend it watching Netflix alone again, you think to yourself. What are you going to do with your free time?

It can be a surprisingly tough question to answer…

How to Care for Your Spiritual Life During Classes

By Bailey Linton on November 16, 2018

Picture this. It's the middle of the semester and you're waking up for one of your early classes. You're tired, oh so tired, and you can barely drag yourself out of bed to take a shower. Far past the point of the shower actually being refreshing, you get out, throw on some clothes and meander off to class. You barely get there on time. As soon as you sit down, the class gets ready to pray for the morning…

How to Adult

By Bailey Linton on November 13, 2018

It's your first night in the dorm and as you walk around the lounge thinking about all of the friends you are going to meet throughout the course of the coming year, your stomach starts to rumble. Back in your room, you look over at the mountain of snacks your mom bought you and decide that they won't do. Instead, you determine that you should make dinner for both you and your roommate! You find supplies…

I Don't Know What I'm Majoring In, and It's Okay

By Bailey Linton on October 12, 2018

When is the last time someone asked you what you wanted to do with your life? If you're anything like me or the several other students here at Cornerstone University, that question probably came roughly five minutes before your reading of this post and will swiftly come in the next five minutes as well. Or, at least that's what it feels like.

Things were always SO MUCH EASIER when we were kids and…