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Krista Kolean


Krista seeks adventure, love and purpose every day. At Calvin, she’s finding an abundance of all three.

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Why did you choose Calvin?

I was born and raised in West Michigan. At first I didn’t want to come to Calvin because it seemed like everybody expected me to do that. But when I was honest with myself, I knew this: Calvin is a place of love, community and quality education, no matter where you may come from or whatever your story.

How did studying abroad in Ghana change you?

Studying, living and immersing myself in the experience of Ghana ignited a passion to live with purpose. Each day consisted of adventure. I found that my days were suddenly filled with evidence of Jesus. Integrating that evidence into my faith walk and life back at Calvin has been an adventure in itself, but I’ve been changed for the better.

Krista's moment-makers:

Why do you think it’s important to study nursing from Christian professors?

Like any major, nursing can be, and is, a form of ministry. Learning from professors who understand and embrace this concept has been monumental in my education and faith walk. We are the body of Christ and we are in this together.


Everybody kept telling me that college would be the best four years of my life. I suppose the biggest surprise was that these years at Calvin truly have been. I have been pushed to my limits mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I’ve been challenged in my faith and forced to take leaps I didn’t think possible. I have been broken and reformed, piecing together my identity as a child of God. I have been driven to be better by people here, and embracing that has been the most terrifying, but exhilarating ride to date.

This could be your moment.