Deciding to attend Vanguard University has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My name is Eric Arnold and I am a junior. I grew up as a missionary kid and lived most of my life in Northern Asia, France and Belgium. My family moved back to the U.S. while I was in high school. I knew from living abroad I wanted to major in biology with an emphasis in pre-med in college.
At Vanguard, I got the impression that I would be able to make real lifelong friends and go beyond just saying “hi”. When I visited Vanguard’s campus, the tour guide as well as current students were friendlier than any other larger college I had visited. I felt very welcomed! In addition, whenever I called the Admissions Office with a question, they were quick and friendly and didn’t keep me waiting on the phone like other colleges did. This showed me that Vanguard was a school where the staff deeply cared for students and made time for each individual person. One of the other deciding factors for me was the amazing financial aid that I received. While private schools, including Vanguard, are more expensive, I received a generous academic scholarship that allowed me to attend this incredible school.
So far I have made remarkable friends. I feel so blessed to be a part of a great community of fellow Christians who want to have a closer relationship with God while gaining a great education. I’ve also been able to connect with my professors. I deeply value the personal attention professors are able to give to students due to the small class sizes. For me in particular, it’s been a real blessing that my professors have taken the time to really get to know me, especially in my science classes, which is my area of concentration. When I expressed to my biology professor that I could focus more intentionally on her lectures if I just listened without rushing to copy down her notes, she happily agreed to send me her PowerPoint notes so I could focus while in class and then recap with the notes afterwards. By taking my learning style into account, this professor helped me to better understand the content of the class.
After I graduate, I plan to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. It has been a goal of mine for quite some time, and my dream is to be able to do medical mission work in areas of Africa, South America, and/or Asia where good healthcare is limited. I am completely open to wherever God calls me. I love working with kids and look forward to integrating what I learn at Vanguard and medical school with my overall passion.