Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana was my first choice when I was applying for colleges back in the late 1980’s. My mother, aunt, uncle, sister and brother all attended VU so it only seemed natural.
When I was still in high school I took a tour of the Valparaiso University campus along with a church group. We had the chance to stay in a dorm and hang out with our college student hosts. It gave me a better idea of what the social life was like. Valparaiso University had several sororities and fraternities you can join.
I decided to live in a dorm. Throughout the years I lived in several dorms. My first year I lived in the girls-only freshman dormitory, Lankenau Hall. Later I lived in Alumni Hall. Many of my friends lived in Brandt Hall. They had visiting hours for the opposite gender and men and women did not cohabitate. Believe me, there is plenty of time for that when you get older and are married!
I had roommates for three years, but decided to live by myself my senior year. I loved having the privacy and extra room. I was extremely cramped sharing space with a roommate. If you are a more private person or enjoy personal space, I highly recommend getting your own apartment or single dorm instead of having a roommate. Perhaps not the freshman year, but after you have established friends.
I enjoyed going to the chapel service in the beautiful Chapel of the Resurrection, which is an architectural focal point on campus. Because Valparaiso U is a Lutheran school, there are plenty of Christian activities and services.
If you are not from the Midwest, be aware of the fact that Valparaiso is called Valpo-rain-snow for a reason. It’s extremely cold and often snows in the winter, getting what they call the “lake effect snow” from Lake Michigan. Bring a lot of warm clothes. Also, be careful about ording pizza every night and gaining the Freshman 15.
Unlike some of my college friends, I ended up living in the Valparaiso or Northwest Indiana area for about 10 years after graduating from VU. I did eventually move. However, I did enjoy living in NW Indiana. I did not really know the area until after I graduated from college.
Northwest Indiana is a wholesome place, for the most part, to raise a family. I loved the apple orchards, the Tony’s Pizza in Valparaiso, the Indiana Dunes, friendly Midwestern folks and close vicinity to Chicago.
If you are applying to Valparaiso University, just be yourself and highlight all of your talents as well as your community service and outreach.
Some people who attend VU have a set career path, while other people just sort of toss about until they figure out what they want to do. I earned a bachelor’s of arts with a major in English and minors in Theology and Communications.
With the high cost of attending VU, I highly recommend earning a practical degree that will result in a career you will enjoy. I was fortunate that I fell into something I loved that also paid well.
Make the most out of your time at Valparaiso University. Take advantage of the sports, clubs and spiritual and social groups. Get to know your professors, who are highly regarded in their fields.
Attending VU is about more than earning a degree. It’s also about finding who you are and how you want to contribute to society. Many people who attend the Universitiy have strong morals and a faith so plan on having fun, but keeping to a higher social standard than you might find in a public university.
For more information about admission to Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, call 1-888-GO-VALPO or (219) 464-5011.
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