Grant Nink: STEMing from His Studies

By Leslie VerBerkmoes on July 23, 2019

It takes a special person to work in the health care system, and Grant Nink is one of them. Grant is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and awaiting graduation in spring 2020. This summer, Grant assisted as an intern at the Sparrow Regional Cancer Center.

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…

Dylan Berens: Sharing Christ's Love Through Science

By Jordan Grooters on June 19, 2019

For Cornerstone University student Dylan Berens (B.S. ’21), a pre-med major from Shelby, Mich., summer means time spent with friends and family but also time spent preparing for his future career.

A Desire to Make a Difference

As a high school senior, Dylan didn't know what he wanted to study, but he knew that he wanted to cultivate his love for science and learn more about how to spread Christ's…

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…

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…

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…

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 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 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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.