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Austin Farrow

Austin

Major: Physics 

About Me: I grew up in Highland Park, MI around almost all of my cousins uncles and aunts. I have two siblings and my parents' generation was the first on either side of my family to go to College. My parents always told us that we would go to college and they encouraged us to dream big. I really have a passion for public speaking and I know that in some capacity I will be doing that in the future. I also like physics and I would really like to teach and study it more. 

Why Wheaton? I was speaking with my high school guidance counselor one day and he said, "Wheaton would be a great fit for you." I had never heard of Wheaton, but I applied and was accepted with very generous financial aid. So when I came to Wheaton for a visit during a Connection Weekend I was amazed at how much people loved God on campus and sought to glorify Him. I decided I wanted to be a part of what was going on on this campus. 

Why OC? I wanted to join the Orientation Committee because I felt so loved and welcomed by the OC13 that I wanted to make next year's incoming students feel that love too. More recently, I have been taught the much larger importance of making new students aware of the love and community that awaits them on campus. Some students come into Wheaton with a troubling past and issues that they are still dealing with and I want them to know that we accept them as they are and that we want to walk with them through their journey as they overcome these obstacles. 

Favorite place on campus? Lower Beamer 

Describe Wheaton in three words: Gospel, Church, Fear (I think there is a little fear as to how we will participate in God's kingdom once we graduate) 

Most memorable experience at Wheaton (or part of a Wheaton program): My most memorable experience as part of Wheaton Urban Passage was bonding with my brothers in the city of Chicago. We made such strong relationships that were Christ- focused. It was one of the most encouraging and joyful times of my life. 

What makes Wheaton unique? Because of our faith there is a tone of acceptance, forgiveness and love that you do not find in most places. Along with this, there is the challenge to try to become all that you can be for Christ and His Kingdom. 

Favorite CU or campus event: My favorite campus event is chapel. It is the most encouraging campus event to me and it is amazing time and time again. I also like roulettes because they give us brothers chances that we might otherwise not get to hang out with our fantastic sisters. 

What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? There is a brother on campus named Mark Andersen and he is a Christ-like, loving, encouraging, joyful, brother in Christ. I am in many ways inspired by him.

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