Name: Annie Benson
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Graduation Year: 2015
Involvement at Wheaton: I am an ensemble member in Workout in Arena Theater, which involves weekly rehearsals, acting, building sets in the Set Shop, and devising many student theater projects. I am also a member of this year’s Orientation Committee for the new students of 2014! I am also blessed to lead a small group on my old floor in Smith.
Why Wheaton? During my senior year of high school, God made it really clear that I was supposed to attend Wheaton. At first I was resistant to His calling because I didn’t want to leave my home in sunny California. But after a visit to the campus encouraged by my dad, I knew that this community was exactly what I needed to be a part of. After a long time of sitting on the Admissions waiting list, I was granted admission, and I flew to Honey Rock Passage two weeks later! Wheaton College is a community that is training me to fully pursue the Lord with my mind and heart for His Kingdom, both in my classes and in my relationships. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Why your major? Communication is a foundational part of ministry, business, and relationships. By being a Communication major, I am learning important skills for working in many different careers. Combine my Communication degree with an emphasis in Theater and you have the best dynamic duo!
Favorite class and what you liked about it: Old Testament with Dr. Lane was the best class I have taken at Wheaton. I loved learning about God’s plan of redemption for his people. My view of God radically expanded and received greater historical context through studying the more confusing texts in the Old Testament.
Favorite place on campus: Setzuan, a room in Arena Theater with lots of windows and big empty spaces to dance, work, have class, and be myself in.
Free time activities: I love reading good books, creating theater, taking trips to downtown Chicago with friends, and watching movies.
One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I hadn’t expected the new friends I made at Wheaton to know me as well as my family and friends from home, within the matter of a semester or two. I’ve learned that getting to know another person takes much more time than we expect it to. I’ve also learned that the desire for others to know you deeply can only be satisfied if you are willing to invest in other’s lives as well.