Why I Chose Culver-Stockton College

July 06, 2020

By Jessica Beaver

(Jessica Beaver is a Culver-Stockton student who is interning for the summer at the Press-News Journal)

In my adolescent years, I had always dreamed of moving far away to college. Never did I once imagine that I would only end up a half hour away in the small town of Canton, Missouri. During my senior year of high school, I had some college visits where I toured campuses and got a sense of what they were like. When I drove up to Culver on my 18th birthday,  I didn’t know what to expect. I had been on the campus once when I was 14 years old for a soccer camp with one of my current advisors, Tyler Tomlinson. I auditioned that day for the band with my french horn and later found out that I got a scholarship for music, based on my performance. Everyone I met that day was so friendly and willing to help me in my decision. I had applied and got accepted to the college earlier in the year and it was becoming clear to me that this was where I belonged. I fell in love with the beauty of the campus, with my favorite spot being the fountain by Johnson Hall. Another pro for me was the fact that you could build connections with your professors easier due to the smaller class sizes. The 12-3 week program intrigued me, because you have the opportunity to take one class for three weeks which makes it easier to study abroad or to focus on a class that one might struggle in. I have been able to take some pretty amazing classes along the way, like a video production class where I got to create my own commercial with my classmates. Looking back on it now, I am forever grateful for the opportunities that Culver-Stockton has and continues to give me including this internship. I am excited to create more memories in my last two semesters on “The Hill”.