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Written by Alyssa Hoogendoorn
The Christ-centered education is evident in the classroom as professors try to shape the minds of their students to fit into the Christian-worldview mold. Becoming a unique individual can be a challenge because of the focus placed on living in community, meaning you depend on other people constantly. Dordt has a rule that students cannot live off campus until they are 22 years old or married, forcing students to engage in the Dordt community for most of their time at Dordt. The social scene leaves something to be desired. It's not as open and friendly as some students would like you to believe.
Simply, at Dordt you live in a bubble where you are protected from the outside world. The Dordt community tends to seclude itself from the town community. You live in a different little world that hinders you from becoming fully independent and shields you from having more life experiences. A common complaint from the students is that you're stuck in the middle of a cornfield in the middle of nowhere. If you want to go somewhere and do something, you drive. But many students seem to enjoy the small-town life and overlook the limited options and opportunities. Emphasis is placed on having close-knit relationships with your professors and your peers. Making connections with the right people is the key to your success after college.
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