Hometown: Forest Grove, Oregon
Graduation Year: 2016
Involvement at Wheaton: Improv, Music, Transfer Orientation Committee
Why Wheaton? I did a two-year bible program on the Oregon Coast, then a semester of community college, then transferred to Wheaton. The Lord very clearly led me here and paved the way for me to attend. Each step of life after high school has been an adventure, and I am so grateful for the experiences I had leading up to Wheaton as well as my current experience here. Every day I want to grow closer to the Lord, and I believe that challenges cause that growth. Wheaton is a place of challenge and therefore a place of growth.
Why your major? I am a Communication major with an Interpersonal focus. I love Jesus, people, and music. This major helps to bring those three things together. My dream is to be a professional singer/songwriter and to share the hope of Christ through my music. In order to do so, I must be able to connect with others in a meaningful way. Interpersonal Communication focuses on precisely that.
Favorite class and what you liked about it: Fundamentals of Communication: I had a wonderful professor who deeply invested in her students. Every friday during the second half of the semester, Professor Tomuletiu would bring tea and cookies for our discussion time. She had a way of taking the material we learned in class and applying it directly to our lives. That is the kind of learning that really matters.
Favorite place on campus: I have really appreciated the different prayer chapels around campus. They allow you to step outside of the fast-paced life and just be still.
Free time activities: Relationships are very important to me, so much of my free-time is spent having coffee or other activities with friends. I am also on an Improv troupe at Wheaton, and we perform every other Friday. I write music, as well, and do shows on and off campus regularly.
One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: Having transferred to Wheaton, there weren't too many unexpected aspects of college life. But one thing that I've learned since being here is that the community at Wheaton genuinely cares and wants you to succeed. There are so many resources that are provided in order for you to thrive while being here. Wheaton is not perfect, but it continually strives to be better.