Kalmar, Sweden, Class of 2024
When I was looking at the schools and stuff, I looked at the soccer documentary (Believe: 2017 CACC Champions | Goldey-Beacom College Men's Soccer) for example, and it was like all about the family and for me, that was a little bit scary. I might have to come here and try to join this family that's already really tight. So that was almost a little bit more off-putting than not. But obviously, when you're here, it's a different thing. I also found that there are Scandinavian people hanging out together and it's just a nice family environment, just as it was shown in the documentary.
When I was looking at the cost of the school with the agency, they showed me the percentage that's covered by scholarships and it was cool to see that I got that big institutional scholarship that brought the cost down. I would say if you are looking for a place where you can be yourself, it's a good fit. Because you don't have to pretend in any way.
Temecula, California, Class of 2021 and 2023
I came to Goldey-Beacom because of the three-plus three program - you can get your law degree in six years as opposed to the normal seven to eight - but GBC's affordability was also a huge reason, it was almost like the icing on the cake. I knew that I was going to have to pay for school by myself, and I also knew that this wasn't going to be my last degree. I wanted to go to law school and pursue more higher education. So I had to be smart with the first degrees that I got. And that merit scholarship was literally a game-changer. I was able to come to GBC and graduate and have no student debt attached to my name. And then I'm getting my master's and still have no debt.
When I first came to GBC I was a bit turned away by the fact that it was so small but I think that it was something that I needed because it helped me build these amazing relationships. I needed this environment where I'm not just one of the thousands and thousands of students. It helped me develop myself and my confidence. I think that yeah, I probably could have done that at a big school. But I think it was so much more special to do it at a smaller school, because not only was I coming into myself coming into my confidence and building a family, but also I had all these people around me that were like supporting me and then directly seeing that I was like becoming this person. And I don't think that I would have got that at a big school.
Nairobi, Kenya, Class of 2024
I didn't really like the big crowds, and I don't like big classes. So jumping from UD from having a class of nearly three 400 to GBC with classes of 20 or 30 was a good change for me. I like being able to talk to my professor, and I like that I get to know my classmates. Like Professor Fatma, she teaches us statistics. I really liked her because she really takes the time to really understand her students. And she really goes out of her way to make sure we succeed on each test. And that's not really what a lot of professors do, they just go through the material and give you the test at the end. But Professor Fatma wants you to understand the information she's teaching, and then she gives you a test to see that you're actually learning the material. So it's really nice.
The merit scholarship definitely made a significant difference because I can't really rely on my parents for help.
A lot of people think GBC is a small school, which it is, but they think they're not going to get that whole college experience - but honestly, it's better than that.
Malawi, East Africa, Class of 2022
I've wanted to move to America ever since I was 14 or 15. A family friend of mine told me that they went to a college in the U.S. called Goldey-Beacom. I then applied and got accepted. The scholarships they gave me were perfect. It was affordable, which was one of the main reasons why I chose GBC.
One thing I would have told myself earlier is - force yourself to make friends, put yourself out there. I'm not the most sociable person, I'm not an extrovert at all, but once I involved myself more within the GBC community, I definitely find myself happier. Then I became an RA and a student worker. I really found that everyone is so helpful on campus and they truly have your back.
Paris, France, Class of 2022
My name is Imane Van Veen. I'm 22. I'm coming from France, and I'm on the tennis team of Goldey. My mother is Dutch, and my father is half Moroccan, and half French. And I was born in Paris
I took a class with Meredith Weeler. She teaches presentation and debate classes. I think before her class, I was really shy to talk to people, or give a speech, or really just even say hi to people. She gave me some tips to be more open. And in her class, we did so many speeches, and I got more comfortable. I gave a 10-minute speech, and it went really well. I can do a 10-minute speech now in front of the whole class, and it's not a problem. I don't stress about it. And I know this is going to help me in my future, talking and presenting in front of a lot of people that I don't know.
I think if you're coming to GBC, you should know that it's a small school and everyone knows each other. And that it's kind of like a family and if you need help, you can always find it. You're not just a number. You're a real person. And I like that. And I think people should come to GBC for this.
Smyrna, Delaware, Class of 2023
My name is Jazlee Rojas and I'm from a small town in Smyrna, Delaware.
I chose to come to GBC mostly because of the affordability, but also because it's close to home. I felt like the smaller campus was a better fit for me just because I didn't want to go to a huge university and just be a number. I wanted to be somebody, I wanted to be a leader and I wanted to be a part of organizations and involved on campus because that's how I was in high school.
Institutional and merit scholarships are very beneficial. Scholarships pay for my entire ride here. So I don't pay anything out of pocket to come here. Being a resident assistant pays for my housing. I get that scholarship, and then a merit scholarship on top of that. And then the affordability scholarship. I'll graduate college with minimal debt.
I'm the oldest out of three, and all of my siblings are 7 years apart. My little sister looks up to me, and during our Rho Alpha Sigma Beta Omaha (RASBO) induction ceremony, I gave a speech as the next president of the chapter. My little sister Jaylee was crying. I asked her 'Baby why are you crying ?' and she said 'I'm so proud of you. I could never do that, I could never speak in front of people. I want to be just like you' and then I started crying. I said to her 'When you grow up you're going to do this too, you got this. If you ever need anything I'm always there for you.' I love my sister and brother so much. He's 14 and going through a stage in his life where he's figuring himself out. So, I just want to be there for them and be a good example. That's why I try to be the best that I can – because of them.
Hockessin, Delaware, Class of 2022
My name is Marshall Awtry. I was born here in Delaware. I play baseball at Goldey Beacom. A big reason why I chose GBC is becuase it's close to home. I knew I was going to be playing baseball. So playing at a place where my family and friends could come and watch was probably the biggest decision. Also just being at a nice small campus, having a chance to get to know my professors. And affordability is a huge thing. I'm one of five kids. So for my parents, I was making sure that I'm not breaking the bank to go to college.
I think a big part of my future probably has to do with the people that I've met here, especially my girlfriend, I think my future is, whatever she and I decide on and I think I have a lot of that to thank Goldey-Beacom, like the opportunities I've been given here, whether it be baseball or just getting leadership skills, I think GBC played a big part in that.
I would say if you are going to come to GBC - the best way experience is when you get involved. I've made a lot of great relationships, just that I wouldn't probably have made if I wasn't an resident assistant.
Bogota, Colombia, Class of 2023
I'm from Bogota, Colombia. I'm 22. I play golf for the GBC golf team.
I had a financial management class with Dr. McConkey. All the tools that he gave me in his class, I have been applying them in a little company that I have and that's something that has made an impact on me. I have been actually doing and applying them. I started a little project with my dad a couple of years ago, and then it picked up faster than I was expecting. Then I got a chance to open a company here in the States in the field of real estate and investment. That's something that I guess I wouldn't have had if I wasn't at GBC. They say “you gotta dream big, and you're gonna achieve big goals”.
Obersulm, Germany, Class of 2024
I'm Patrick Stolze. I'm 20 years old, originally from Germany
When I got an offer from GBC to play soccer, I saw that the location was really nice and it was an affordable price. I also found out that there were a lot of international students. So a lot of people have like the same challenge of being away from family. Another big part for choosing GBC is, I saw the documentary about the soccer team when they won the championship (Believe: 2017 CACC Champions | Goldey-Beacom College Men's Soccer). When I watched, I saw how good the relationships between teammates are and how good the student life is here at GBC. Because I also like to connect and talk to people, I was happy about the fact that GBC has that family culture. So it made me feel included. Even though it's a small college, I've already made connections all over the world. So like, now I know people from Scotland and from Australia. So every time I go somewhere, I kind of know somebody, that helps me to get a bigger network. Maybe I can connect again with people I met here.
Mali, West Africa, Class of 2022 and 2023
My name is Sidy Muhammad Toure. I come from Mali, West Africa. I speak three languages, I can speak Bambara, French, and English. I have been in America for four years now.
GBC has people from so many countries, so learning in this kind of community is beneficial. I get to learn about cultures, I get to learn about people. And it gives me so much perspective because I imagine if I was at a big college, there would probably be as many people from my country and I would just want to talk with them. But here I'm interacting with people from America and from other countries. And you know, it's a really friendly environment and the fact that everybody knows everybody is something that I think that I probably wouldn't have gotten anywhere else.
I have not been to all the schools in the world. But this experience, I don't think you can get it everywhere. Because we are really a small group. I think that some people might not like it. But I really think that it's great. I learned from so many people I met along the way. And if we were in a big community where, you know, it's very easy to overlook other people, it would probably not have been the same experience.
Dr. William Rivers has made an impact on me as a professor. Not only is he flexible but I feel like every time I go to his class, he's making sure that we actually learn something. I was taking research writing but I found myself actually translating that to my major. The class helped me grow personally and professionally. And I think that he's just an amazing professor. I enjoyed every class I had with him. Every single class really made me a better person than the one before. I'm really grateful for that.