It’s really easy to be self-focused when thinking about the future. But my friends at Calvin are constantly reminding me to listen to God and where he is telling me to go.
What brought you to Calvin?
Calvin really wasn’t in my plan for my life—but it was definitely in God’s plan for me. I had a scholarship to play soccer at a university near my home, and figured that was where I would end up. But after a serious injury, that soccer scholarship went away. I found Calvin through a friend, and it’s been exactly where I’m supposed to be.
How have you changed since starting college?
In high school, I was a three-sport athlete, and athletics was my focal point. I was also really involved with choir and music. My faith was constantly pushed to the back burner because I was so focused on other things. Now, I’m constantly thinking about what God’s asking me as a Christian to do and be.
How did the environment at Calvin form you into that kind of person?
At Calvin, I’ve learned that I actually do have the ability to understand big problems and, with God’s guidance, to do something about those problems. Before, a lot of things around me—like the injustices in the world—just didn’t make sense. I had a really narrow view of the world. At Calvin, the community takes a hard look at these problems and is empowered to make positive change. I’m constantly with people who are asking tough questions and pushing me forward. That’s changed me, in a very good way.
What’s something Calvin has prepared you for?
I’ve learned a lot about perseverance here. Life has ups and downs, and no matter what you’re facing, you have to keep moving forward. I’ve also learned about empathy. I think of the example of Jesus, who came down, and not only did he come down to love us, but to suffer with us. Going into law, I think that mindset is of the utmost importance.
What’s a Calvin memory that will stick with you?
Singing in Late Night with Cappella was probably the furthest I’ve stretched outside my comfort zone at Calvin. I was up on stage singing a duet for three and a half minutes. If you had asked me to do it when I first came to Calvin, I would probably have just laughed. It was so exciting to do, and that I’ll definitely remember that feeling for a long time.