Alexa Tyler

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Alexa

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

Graduation Year: 2015 

Involvement at Wheaton: Varsity Golf, Solidarity Cabinet, Student Chaplain, Gospel Ensemble

Why Wheaton? When I began my college search, I was at a critical point in my faith. I was really beginning to truly know God and not just know about him. When I set foot on Wheaton's campus, everyone was on Christmas break and the weather was awful, but I had this overwhelming feeling that this was where I was supposed to be. God provided and here I am!

Why your major? I initially came in to Wheaton as a Biology/Pre-medicine student. I moved through freshman year fine, but as classes started sophomore year, I was excited about my major. I talked with friends and my parents and after some deliberation, I decided to switch to Applied Health Science. I LOVE IT. I am hoping to attend medical school when I graduate, and I feel so engaged and excited about the material I am learning in this major. Don't get me wrong, our Biology program here is phenomenal, but it wasn't a good fit for me. The hands-on, human body oriented learning I receive in AHS excites me and affirms my desire to pursue medicine.

Favorite class and what you liked about it: I took Human Anatomy with Dr. Townsend and was truly captivated by it. It is incredible to learn about the intricacies of our body systems and then go to lab and touch them. I have never been so excited about learning. On top of that, Dr. Townsend believes so passionately in each of her students, which made me want to push myself even more.

Favorite place on campus: I'm not sure I have a favorite place on campus. When I'm with friends, any place I get to be with them is great.

Free time activities: I love Netflix. In any free time I have, I watch television shows on Netflix or watch one of the many movies I have acquired over the years. I also really enjoy reading, but during the semester I don't get the chance to read leisurely very often.

One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I had grasped how much growth I would go through once in college. It is amazing to look back and see how much I have developed as an individual, as a friend, as a Christian. It catches you off guard, in a good way. There's no way to truly prepare for the experiences you'll go through, but I would have loved to have been reminded to surrender to the Lord's specific plan for my continued formation.

Alexa

Wheaton in three words: Challenging. Formative. Distinct.

Most memorable experience at Wheaton: I have had too many wonderful experiences at Wheaton, but this one definitely ranks up there. I was a member of Solidarity Cabinet my sophomore year, and we worked toward the ultimate goal of racial reconciliation. We are given a chapel service, and in our service we had short testimonies shared of prejudices experienced by minority students, at Wheaton and in life. After that period of sharing, I was privileged enough to lead worship. With a team of four others, I led the campus community in singing, "I Give Myself Away" by William McDowell. It was moving to watch the campus rise and sing with me, in the midst of the hurts we had just heard. It reminded that, at the end of all, we share Jesus. And with Jesus, we can traverse anything.

What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? My golf coach, Janet Moore, is an incredible woman. She believes so wholeheartedly in me and my team. That belief makes you want to believe in yourself more. She cares for me beyond golf; she loves me like her own child. It's a love that empowers and challenges me to be great, not out of pressure, but out of pure belief that she knows I am more than capable. Having someone love and believe in you like that makes you want to be great, not just for yourself, but for them as well. And she grounds all of her faith in us in her faith in Christ. She always brings it full circle and reminds us to do the same.

About me: I'm an all around happy person. I love to laugh; it makes every day, no matter how tough, just a little bit lighter. I also love people. It is so much fun to hear someone's story and get to share a little bit of life with them. For me, life is pretty simple: Love Jesus, love others, give thanks. Things just seem to fall into place after that.

Bonus fact: I have a love of 90s music. I honestly can't believe how long ago that was! But, there are definitely days that you'll find 90s pop on repeat on my iPod. It's too good to not listen to every once in a while.

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