Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian Formation and Ministry
Involvement at Wheaton:
Freshmen year: College Life, Interpersonal Communication on Freshmen Class Council, Bon Appétit Student Feedback Director
Sophomore year: Church Unity Club, Diakanoi Program, Ad Fauntes (Bible-Theology Club)
Junior year: Vice President of Ecumenicism Club, Advancement, Discipleship Small Group Cabinet, T.A. for Dr. Barrett McRay and Dr. David Lauber.
Why Wheaton? This is a personal topic for me, but one that I love to share because it was God who placed me here. I applied to nine other top colleges in the country, and I was placed on the wait-list of the top three that I wanted to attend. It came down to two different schools with very different perspectives on how to view the world. Visiting the non-Wheaton school was one of the worst college visits I could possibly have had. Then, I had a wonderful visit at Wheaton. I talked with the students, shared my struggles, and they actually challenged me, and encouraged me in those topics. I knew that I wanted more of this for the rest of my college career, and that is why I chose Wheaton.
Why your major? I have always been drawn toward matters of religion. As a recent convert to Christianity, I had a strong desire to learn what it truly meant to follow Christ. Studying Bible and Theology has allowed me to discover my King and His relevance in our world today. Christian Education has taught me how to be a better teacher, which allows me to more effectively allow the Holy Spirit to stir the affections of someone’s soul for God.
Favorite class and what you liked about it:
Systematic Theology—A seemingly common and boring answer, but I really enjoyed learning all about God in a systematic and logical way. Knowing many of the different aspects of Theology has allowed me to understand the loving God I serve. Having more of a robust view of him allows me to better appreciate Him in the day to day.
Transformational Education—This was one of the most challenging classes I have taken. However, it wasn’t challenging because of the amount of homework, tests, or papers. Rather, the information I learned was what made the class difficult. I was challenged to wrestle with truths and ideas that were not easy to accept. In this class, I struggled with problems of my past, and after the struggle, I now live in a freedom that cannot be put into words. The struggle was not easy, but it was well worth going through.
Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the Gold Star Prayer room in the Beamer Center. It is a quiet place that allows me to talk with my Savior any time I am there. The only way I can describe it is that it is a sanctuary for the weary soul.
Free time activities: I am a very active person who doesn't like to sit around, so I don't tend to have large amounts of free time. When I do though, I love meeting new people. I have immense joy when I am able to learn about another person. I also love discussing theology and how God is present in every situation, and I love watching movies, and sitting on some comfy couches talking with the friends that will last a life time.
One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I had taken more AP Classes at my high school. While they are in no way necessary, it is really nice to come in with some credits. I also wish I had known that everything would be okay. I was freaking out thinking I had to have everything figured out, even the college I was going to go to. I realize now that you are going to be okay wherever you go, because God will still use you.
Wheaton in three words: Relationships, Loving, Life-Changing (seriously... it really is.)
Most memorable experience at Wheaton: My most memorable experience is going to Israel with Wheaton in the Holy Lands and watching a sunset over the Sea of Galilee. To walk the land that Jesus did was something I will never forget. It is easy to read the stories and think they are true, but there is something special about walking and seeing the stories, and KNOWING that they are true.
Favorite campus event: The Talent Show
Favorite Wheatonism: Intentional Community
What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? Johnmark Smith, an admission counselor, has had a tremendous impact on my development as a person. Coming from a dark past in regards to friendship, I have never known a person willing to encourage and invest in me like Johnmark has. Because of his steady friendship and example, Johnmark has shown me what it means to love another person in a real, consistent, and Christ-like way. He has really helped to sharpen me by correcting a lot of my ideas about God. He is one of the real reasons that I can say that I have been changed at Wheaton.
About me: One of the main things I have come to understand at Wheaton is the deep love and acceptance of the Lord. I have seen this truth daily as He has consistently shown me His unfailing love, even when I fail to see it in my life. He has also shown me His love through the friendships He has given me; they always keep me on track and encourage me, even when I find it hard to accept it.
While I don't know what I will be doing in the future, possibly some form of ministry, I do know that God will be faithful in helping me land where I need to be. While it takes a lot of trust to do this, I KNOW that we have a sovereign God who knows the master plan!!
Bonus fact: My secret passion is that I love to beat box.