Why I Chose Hillsdale: Gordon Behr

As I began to learn more about Hillsdale, I was attracted to the way it balanced academics and sports. The commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the court sold me on the College.

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Arete: Greek Excellence at Hillsdale

Christos Giannakopoulos made the intimidating move from Greece to Hillsdale College along with his twin brother, Stefanos, in the summer of 2014.

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Playing Pro in Spain: Spotlight on Kyle Cooper

Kyle Cooper graduated as a competitive applicant for the Rhodes scholarship, but his prowess both in the classroom and on the basketball court led to an interesting crossroads when both employers and agents for professional overseas basketball teams began to vie for his attention.

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Friendship in Competition

Competition is a test of mental strength. There’s the cold sweat, the nervous energy, and above all the thrill of the win. In tennis, you are constantly waging a battle against the chaos of your mind and the match at hand.

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Choose Hillsdale for the Challenge

I believe in investment. I believe that if you give your heart to something, it will pay you back in big ways. Hillsdale’s culture seems to embody this idea.

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Rejoicing in Different Challenges

Hillsdale is hard, there’s no doubt about it. Sometimes all I want to do after finishing classes is lie down on my bed and scroll through social media, but tennis doesn’t leave me with that option.

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A Friendly Place

Hillsdale has always been a friendly place for incoming freshmen, but it can be difficult to adjust to life without your family in a community of people you don’t know. Luckily for me, my basketball teammates played a huge part in my integration into the college life.

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Long Runs and Long Nights: A Portrait of the Cross-Country Team

On any given evening, it is impossible to venture into the library without encountering the men and women of the cross country team dutifully at work, even as their legs protest all the miles they have braved that day in pursuit of athletic excellence.

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A Higher Pursuit

The rigors of track come with their necessary limitations, but Kathryn Bassette lives by the words, “Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway.”

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Intramural Football: Bringing Back the Glory Days

Nowhere does tradition run as deep as it does in the Hillsdale College IM Football League. (It’s hyperbole, people. The Western tradition obviously runs deeper.) On weeknights in the fall, students from all over campus meet under the lights on the football field to compete.

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Nobody Stands Alone

For the volleyball players, academics come first, while volleyball is a close second.

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A Tight-Knit Team Both On and Off the Playing Field

Between being a member of the Hillsdale College women’s volleyball team, volunteering at a local women’s shelter, teaching Sunday school, and pursuing a bio-chem major and biology minor, junior Kyra Rodi doesn’t have a lot of time for Netflix. But when I asked about her experience as a student athlete, a huge smile spread across her face.

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