July 06, 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. Nolan Coallier is studying on a full-tuition scholarship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He hopes to one day work as a medical missionary in places like Honduras, where he spent a semester while at Calvin.

  • Name: Nolan Coallier
  • Class: 2017
  • Hometown: Hudsonville, Michigan
  • Major(s): Biochemistry, International Development Studies (Pre-Medicine)
  • Next step: Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Take advantage of all the incredible opportunities and people surrounding you. Get involved in intramurals or other clubs that interest you, go to sporting events and make new friends.

What are you most passionate about and how did you discover that passion?

I am most passionate about medical missions. I discovered this passion on a trip to Honduras during my senior year of high school. This led me to pursue both medicine and international development while at Calvin. The opportunities to return to study abroad in Honduras and connect with Calvin alumni around the world have enabled me to further pursue this passion.

What about Calvin specifically prepared you for this next step in your journey?

Calvin’s exceptional professors prepared me academically for medical school, and the International Development program helped prepare me to live and work abroad. I feel prepared to live in another country, in another culture, learn new languages and follow God’s call wherever it may lead me.

What’s one thing that surprised you about Calvin?

One thing that surprised me about Calvin was the fascinating squirrel population. Squirrels of all different shapes, sizes and colors inhabit Calvin’s campus. They have absolutely no fear of humans, despite being surrounded by college students that sometimes chase or throw things at them (something I, of course, never did).

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.