Regardless of the times of frustration, stress, and anger, students always seem to firmly believe that Gustavus was the right choice for them, and they live and breathe the school and the campus traditions. As the often-repeated saying goes, you will become a Gustie for life. Students who enter Gustavus know many of the “downfalls” before they enroll: the small-town atmosphere, limited majors, and the social politics that will be involved by attending a college the size of many high schools. However, the benefits of the small school experience that come with Gustavus are experienced right away: small class sizes, personal attention from professors, and the ability to meet and befriend a number of fellow students. Students who stick through the four years at Gustavus come away with a changed outlook on themselves, life, and the world around them.
While Gustavus may lack many of the things that come with attending large schools, there are plenty of opportunities to make the four years something to treasure: activities are plentiful, the curriculum challenging, and the chance for self-exploration abounds. Any student who enters Gustavus has the ability to choose their own adventure. Challenge yourself, and do the unexpected. Gustavus offers the chance to step outside of your comfort zone; study abroad, become involved in an activity that you never thought you would be interested in, or declare a minor for something that you truly become passionate about. The four years on the Hill fly by quickly, and then the real world waits. Enjoy the community, warmth, and “small town bubble” while you still can. There simply is no college quite like it.