By: Marissa Handerhan, Hidden Valley High School
Four and half hours away from Roanoke tucked away in the bustling city of Newport News lies Christopher Newport University. Imagine a 260 acre expanse, filled with lush green grass, spotless courtyards, and a plethora of new buildings. When I picture a traditional college campus, Christopher Newport comes to mind. To my delight, I got to tour this beautiful university.
There are many factors that made Christopher Newport stand out to me. First of all, CNU strongly suggests an interview as part of their application process so that the school can get to learn more about the applicants, instead of solely relying on test scores and GPAs.
At first I was nervous about my interview because I didn’t know what to expect, but when I met the interviewer I quickly became relaxed. The interview was very casual.
My interviewer, Ashley, was a recent Christopher Newport graduate with a degree in Psychology. I handed her my resume and we chatted about my activities, my internships and what I wanted to do in the future. Ashley informed me of programs offered through Christopher Newport and of internship opportunities available to students. After my interview, I felt more knowledgeable about applying to the college.
During my campus tour I continued to be impressed. The interior of the buildings was pristine, and the campus seemed to sparkle. There was no trace of litter which can be unusual at college campuses. Furthermore, all of the dorms at Christopher Newport are huge. The rooms are suite-style and each room has its own vanity and bathroom
After the tour I was already very excited about Christopher Newport, but the trip got better. My mom and I were standing in the coffee shop on campus getting a soda when a friendly man dressed in a suit and sailboat tie came up to shake our hand. This was the President of the university, Paul Trible, welcoming us to campus.
I was sad to leave campus because I loved everything about it. My only complaint is that it is so far away.