Isaiah Carlson, Vanguard '21

Where are you from?

I’m from Wheaton, Illinois.

What has been your most memorable moment so far?

The rock climbing trip at Devil’s Lake was really, really fun! I initially was a little concerned about sleeping in tents, as it was really cold, but it was actually super enjoyable! I like learning new things, especially sports, so it was the perfect fit.

What new activity or hobby have you picked since arriving at HoneyRock?

As the temperature starts to plummet and we get more snow, I have very much enjoyed broomball. The competitive nature and the intensity from everyone make it fun to play.

Do you have a favorite spot to hang out at HoneyRock?

This sounds funny, but I like sitting in the corner of the chapel. That’s my go-to spot.

What work rotations have you participated in and how have they been going?

First, I was in the barn. Receiving instruction from Erin Sharp and hanging out with the horses all day was loads of fun. Now I’m in media, and it is a definite change of pace, but I like being in something completely different—I feel like that’s kind of the point of doing different work rotations.

What daily HoneyRock rhythms have impacted you?

I think praying three times a day has been impactful. Having space intentionally carved out for being in fellowship with the Lord has been a blessing. 

What are some new practices that Vanguard has provided in your life?

Reading my Bible has been super transformational for me. Journaling has also gone hand in hand with meditating on Scripture. Previously, I didn’t read my Bible as much as I would have liked to, so being soaked in God’s Word has been beneficial.

How have grads and fellows been influencing your time at HoneyRock?

I think the Fellows and grads have had a big impact—especially with the guy Fellows being able to help and guide me through tough times. The grads also provide a lot of insight and wisdom as they’re able to share what they are learning with Vanguards.

What is one interesting or intriguing thing you have learned recently?

I finally found that mink oil comes from fat removed from mink pelts.

What is your favorite part about living in the Northwoods?

Being in a small community is the best part. It’s still crazy to go outside and be around everybody and play broomball or ice skate with your buds!