June 27, 2017 | News and Stories Staff

This summer, we’re following the class of 2017: Calvin graduates who are journeying around the corner and across the globe. Jeremiah Croft is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

  • Name: Jeremiah (J. D.) Croft
  • Class: 2017
  • Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina
  • Major(s): Economics
  • Minor(s): International Development Studies
  • Next step: Studying for MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary

What’s one class or professor that had a profound impact on your journey? How so?

One of my professors, Adel Abadeer, would always remind me that I could do better. I have had him for many classes, and he consistently reminds me to think about why I am here and what I am learning for. You see, it is so incredibly easy to lose your motivation and focus while in college. I am thankful for a professor who invested in me enough to challenge me to think deeper about why I am here and what I am doing.

What’s one thing you would want to tell someone starting his or her journey at Calvin?

Don’t take things too seriously. Guess what: you are going to screw up while you are at college. Just try to keep an open mind, learn from your mistakes, and enjoy the ride!

How has your time at Calvin changed you?

For me, Calvin was really a place of self-discovery. I learned so much about who I am as a person and what it means to interact with God, others and myself. I see the world in a completely different way; it’s something quite hard to describe with words.

What part of Calvin’s mission resonates with you, and why?

Calvin’s mission to serve particularly resonates with me, mainly because I think that it is the most important responsibility that God has given us. Calvin has so many incredible opportunities to serve the local and international community, and I truly believe that that is the focal point of true Christianity.

What’s one thing that surprised you about Calvin?

How open minded it was. Calvin was perfect for me because it allowed me to truly challenge my faith and beliefs. It was the best possible atmosphere for my spiritual growth.

What is your favorite space on campus, and why?

I would often go to the track late at night. It was beautiful—the sky always looked so big there, and on a clear night, you could see thousands of stars. At the track, I could be alone. It was there that I could pour out my heart to God; through laughter or tears, joy or sadness, peace or chaos.

A successful path

The success of Calvin grads goes beyond job titles, salaries, graduate degrees and employers as they pursue God's call on their lives. Still, the results are clear: Calvin grads get good jobs at places like Google, Pixar, National Geographic and Boeing, earn higher mid-career salaries than grads from other private colleges in Michigan (according to Payscale.com) and attend some of the best graduate schools in the country. Explore their stories.

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