Hillary Topazian

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Hillary Topazian

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Graduation Year: 2013

Major: BiologyEconomics minor

Involvement at Wheaton: Cross country, Track and field, [being involved in sustainable development through coffee production with] Grower’s First coffee, Tutoring at Longfellow Elementary School in Wheaton [through a World Relief after school tutoring program for immigrant kids].

Why Wheaton? I came to Wheaton because I was challenged by the class I visited and the people I talked to while I was on campus. I loved that I could be involved in music or athletics and take such a wide variety of classes.

Why your major? One thing I have loved about my bio classes is seeing just how unbelievable creation is. I have enjoyed learning about all of the intricate systems that keep us alive, and about all of the organisms I had no idea even existed. The safety glasses also boost up those attractiveness levels.

Favorite class and what you liked about it: Old Testament with Dr. Graves. I had never had a Bible class in school before and many times sermons and Sunday school lessons only incorporate a small section of the Bible. It was incredible to go through the whole Old Testament and to see the Israelite narratives as an overarching story between God and his people.

Favorite place on campus: Heaven (at the end of the BGC museum).

Free time activities: What free time? Just kidding. I like visiting the Cosley Zoo and spending time walking around Chicago.

One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I knew it would be ok to change my major three times. Don’t view gen. eds. as a waste of time—my Bible classes and art class have been some of my favorites.

Wheaton in three words: College of champions

Most memorable experience at Wheaton: Throwing up four cans of root beer after the cross country team’s week of pain.

Favorite campus event: ROLLER DISCO! And free cookies on Blanchard’s birthday.

Favorite Wheatonism: chapeltisement

What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? Something I’ve really enjoyed at Wheaton is the chance to talk to my professors, even gen. ed. profs not in my major. I’ve had a great time getting to know adjunct professor Dr. Chignell and talking to him about water development. He has been influential in giving me a vision for missions in development.

About me: I grew up in Connecticut and Minnesota and have two sisters, Rachel and Elise. My family has spent a lot of time traveling overseas and shoveling our driveway every day in the winter. Running track and cross country has been fantastic—I have deepened my friendships and have personally experienced the pain of trying to eat a dozen doughnuts in half an hour. After Wheaton, I hope to do development work overseas in an area like water improvement or public health. My time here has solidified my desire to serve Christ and has simultaneously given me patience to wait for God’s direction in my life.

Bonus fact: My favorite thing in SAGA is the fruit loop bars.

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Graduation Year: 2013

Major: BiologyEconomics minor

Involvement at Wheaton: Cross country, Track and field, [being involved in sustainable development through coffee production with] Grower’s First coffee, Tutoring at Longfellow Elementary School in Wheaton [through a World Relief after school tutoring program for immigrant kids].

Why Wheaton? I came to Wheaton because I was challenged by the class I visited and the people I talked to while I was on campus. I loved that I could be involved in music or athletics and take such a wide variety of classes.

Why your major? One thing I have loved about my bio classes is seeing just how unbelievable creation is. I have enjoyed learning about all of the intricate systems that keep us alive, and about all of the organisms I had no idea even existed. The safety glasses also boost up those attractiveness levels.

Favorite class and what you liked about it: Old Testament with Dr. Graves. I had never had a Bible class in school before and many times sermons and Sunday school lessons only incorporate a small section of the Bible. It was incredible to go through the whole Old Testament and to see the Israelite narratives as an overarching story between God and his people.

Favorite place on campus: Heaven (at the end of the BGC museum).

Free time activities: What free time? Just kidding. I like visiting the Cosley Zoo and spending time walking around Chicago.

One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I knew it would be ok to change my major three times. Don’t view gen. eds. as a waste of time—my Bible classes and art class have been some of my favorites.

Wheaton in three words: College of champions

Most memorable experience at Wheaton: Throwing up four cans of root beer after the cross country team’s week of pain.

Favorite campus event: ROLLER DISCO! And free cookies on Blanchard’s birthday.

Favorite Wheatonism: chapeltisement

What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? Something I’ve really enjoyed at Wheaton is the chance to talk to my professors, even gen. ed. profs not in my major. I’ve had a great time getting to know adjunct professor Dr. Chignell and talking to him about water development. He has been influential in giving me a vision for missions in development.

About me: I grew up in Connecticut and Minnesota and have two sisters, Rachel and Elise. My family has spent a lot of time traveling overseas and shoveling our driveway every day in the winter. Running track and cross country has been fantastic—I have deepened my friendships and have personally experienced the pain of trying to eat a dozen doughnuts in half an hour. After Wheaton, I hope to do development work overseas in an area like water improvement or public health. My time here has solidified my desire to serve Christ and has simultaneously given me patience to wait for God’s direction in my life.

Bonus fact: My favorite thing in SAGA is the fruit loop bars.