Jaime StackJaime had some reservations about Goshen at first; after all, the college was only ten minutes away from her parents’ house. But once she was on campus, that didn’t seem to be a problem. Thanks to GC’s friendly community and the chance to play volleyball and basketball—as well as getting a degree—Jaime found a niche at the place that was she once thought was a little too close to home.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE GOSHEN?

I chose Goshen because I wanted to play sports. I made great friends, found a good program to study and realized that being close to home was a blessing in disguise.”

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAVE YOU HAD HERE?

I’ve learned to balance practice/games, homework/studying and my social life. The social part of college is hard to ignore and even harder when you’re an athlete because every non-athlete has more free time than you. But it can be done and I’m glad I’m learning because it’s showing me how rewarding hard work can be—and also how much more fun it is to hang with friends knowing you’ve done all you want to accomplish.”

HOW HAVE YOUR VIEWS CHANGED?

Since Goshen is so mindful of the environment and peacemaking, it has made me more mindful of those things, too.  Now, that doesn’t mean I recycle all the time, want to plant a prairie in my back yard or am a convert to pacifism. But I do think about what my actions can do to aid in peacemaking and helping the environment become a little cleaner.”

WHAT MAKES GOSHEN DIFFERENT?

The people are the best part about Goshen. The atmosphere is very lively and community-oriented. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and friends are not hard to find. And finally, we’re the Maple Leafs! Who doesn’t want to be one of those?”

WHAT SHOULD EVERY GC STUDENT EXPERIENCE?

I think every GC student should experience a 3am Steak ‘n Shake run. You’d be surprised at the memories you make and the number of other Goshen-ites you see there!”

Make Goshen College your home, too!