Orientation Committee


Julia Dennis


Graduation Year: 2015 

Major: English Writing 

About Me: My family has lived on the South Side of Chicago for fifteen years. Our home is two blocks from the lake, four blocks from President Obama's Chicago home, and eight blocks from my cousins the Helms. My parents grew up in Wheaton (but didn't go to Wheaton) and moved to Chicago to be part of a church plant. My brother Micah is a senior here and excessively more intelligent than I am. My little sisters Liza and Anna bookend the high school years and Josh is 11 and gets a lot of attention. After college, I'd love to move back to the city and keep eating deep dish pizza by the lake. 

Why Wheaton? I experienced Christian community at HoneyRock as a 9th grader and Wheaton was my top pick ever since. Plus, it's next to the best city in world! 

Why OC? Because Orientation is the introduction for new students into this school that I love. 

Favorite place on campus? Edman Chapel

Describe Wheaton in three words: short and sweet 

Favorite Wheatonism: intentional community 

Most memorable experience at Wheaton (or part of a Wheaton program): Spending the summer in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in the SLS program. It was great to go back to the place that made me want to come to Wheaton, but on the other side - as a counselor; It was the hardest and best summer of my life. 

What makes Wheaton unique? It is a community that is Gospel-centered, therefore the people are quick to love and quick to forgive. Those are two qualities that are not easy to come by, but constant reasons I am glad to be at Wheaton. 

Favorite CU or campus event: All the dances - square dance, Prez Ball, and all the techno heavy ones in between 

What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? The women I have lived with throughout my time here. We get to see each other day in and day out and I am thankful for the way that they have loved me and shown me grace. The most fun happens with my roomies in our cozy apartment.

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