We asked students, faculty, and staff to describe their semester in one word and here is what we got:
From Orientation to finals week, it has been an awesome semester and we can't wait for next year!
It has now been two months since we first launched #MyWheaton. If you have been on campus you may have seen the posters spreading the news about our blog. We have loved seeing the wide array of images on instagram, and all the tweets keeping us up to date on Wheaton life this semester. Here are a few of our favorites:
Our goal for this hashtag and for the blog is to share the stories of Wheaton. So keep using #mywheaton to share your story!
College is likely the only time in life where you will get the chance to live with thirty other people, the same age, on the same floor. During my freshman year, I was placed on the fourth floor of Traber dorm, or in Wheaton dialect, T4. I had the chance to meet, as well as hang out with guys I might not have otherwise known had I attended a commuter campus near my home.
I was randomly placed with a roommate, and I can honestly say that within minutes I was so thankful for the random placement. My roommate has become one of my closest friends and we are rooming together again for our sophomore year. Coming from a family with only sisters, living with another guy was a change for me but an awesome experience. By sharing a room we quickly learned about each other, our interests, life stories, and we also grew together in our Christian faith through our involvement in a Discipleship Small Group (DSG). It was comforting to know that I was not alone in this new transition in life and that all these guys I was living next to were in the same situation. It was so much fun having a constant influx of guys coming into my room to talk to my roommate and me. Instead of texting friends to ask how life was going we could simply walk into their room and ask them in person.
Another highlight of my freshman dorm experience was the Bro-Sis activities that are created throughout the year. Beginning in the middle of welcome week, brother and sister floors are paired up. This gives you an easy opportunity to meet girls or vice versa and allows you to form quick friendships with one another. Many of these activities are also what become highlights during freshman year including raids (one floor having a party in the middle of the night for another floor), meals together, movie nights, etc.
We all chose Wheaton for various reasons important to us, including family history, Christian influence, academic reputation and the hope of lifelong relationships. But the opportunity to live and become brothers and sisters with those who only a year ago were perfect strangers is a gift that only comes from living in community together. Regardless of what initially attracted us to Wheaton, the benefits of experiencing life together refines us into individuals that God will use to influence the world.
As I looked at blogs of Wheaton students, I found a post about the campus organization called World Christian Fellowship sponsored by the Office of Christian Outreach. The OCO is responsible for many on campus and off campus ministry oppotunities throughout the year, including spring break and summer missions trips. The following post was written by Forrest, a Wheaton senior, and he defines the idea of a World Christian.
So, what is a “World Christian”?
It’s my understanding that at the core of being a World Christian is a heart that loves the diversity of the global church and has a passion for the mission of God to all nations. The manner in which a World Christian expresses this particular love and passion varies dramatically. College students (with little money) who recognize the importance of missions, yet are not called to front lines work, can still participate in the mission of God. They can be a World Christian who responds by praying. Prayer really does change things! God has ordained in his wisdom that prayer be the means by which things move forward in this world. Prayer causes good to grow and evil to cease. If we really understand this, how could we not join God in his mission to spread the fragrance of Christ to all nations, by praying towards that end!
The in-gathering of the Gentiles (of every language) into the people of God through Jesus Christ is such a beautiful vision to have one’s life shaped by. Thus, WCF at Wheaton College hopes to encourage students to participate in God’s global mission, mainly through intercession but not limited to it.
Oh that the Lord world raise up prayer warriors for the mission of GOD! And may the entire Wheaton community benefit because of it!! Amen.
Being a freshman at any college is an exciting step in your life, but there are also many questions to be answered. Am I going to like my roommate? Are the other students going to be nice? Will I like my classes? For the freshman arriving on campus, these questions are likely the same. However, only a month into the first semester and the feel has completely changed.
For Hannah Hacker `17, when thinking of her first month at Wheaton the words, “Supportive, alive, and challenging” came to mind. As one freshman student said, “the campus atmosphere is friendly, tight-knit, and faith-based.” It doesn’t get much better than that! Wheaton is unlike any other school when it comes to welcoming in the new class of students.
My first week at Wheaton was a roller coaster ride for me. I was both unsure about being in a new place, but also excited to meet new people and find out what it’s like to be a part of the Wheaton community. The stereotypical idea of freshmen in our culture is that they are the young, naïve students, looked down upon in high schools and colleges. It was not until I had arrived at Wheaton that I would have ever imagined hearing the chant, “We love freshman!” as I walked through campus. The moment I heard all the upper class students yelling it repeatedly was the instant I knew that Wheaton was different from all other schools. These students were not only welcoming the new class, they were excited to have this new group of students on campus. Now as a sophomore, I have the opportunity to be a part of this welcoming cheer echoing throughout the first all-school communion.
Besides getting into the groove of classes the freshman have been jumping right into numerous activities that include, eating in downtown Wheaton, going to Chicago, studying with friends at the Stupe, our campus grill, as well as Bro-Sis activities with their dorm floors. In past years Wheaton has created an exceptional orientation week that has become popular among the incoming students. Multiple freshman students noted that they loved the freshman night of worship during this welcome week. It is such an indescribable feeling having the opportunity to worship for the first time with other students. Knowing that the people in your class share the same faith as you is a reassuring feeling, especially in a new life setting. The best part is that this feeling continues throughout your time at Wheaton. During all school chapel, all school communion, and class worship nights you have the chance to worship side by side with your peers. I know that I will be thankful for this opportunity for the rest of my life.
Check out these highlights from Orientation!
New Student Orientation from Wheaton College on Vimeo.