Ashley Huizinga

A smiling female student holding a newspaper.

Class of 2018

English Major
Writing Emphasis

Hometown

Marne, Michigan

The Story

Scholarships I Received

  • Distinguished Scholars Award
  • DC Presidential Scholarship
  • Study Abroad Foreign Language Department Scholarship

Favorite Spot On Campus

Anywhere that feels secretive and not-so-well-known, places like the organ loft and the tops of the trees beside the fire pit.

Favorite Class

Science Fiction. Robots and planetary science and existential crises? Yes, please.

A Concept That Blew My Mind

Did you know that stars exist which humanity will never see? I didn't, but now I can tell you the science behind them, too.

Cool Things I Did At Dordt

I headed up the Diamond as a senior, which rocked my world. I also climbed a tree for the first time, belted out a few strains of "Nearer My God to Thee" in an empty church in Munich (Germany) on my study abroad, and attended what felt like 1001 brilliant presentations at the largest undergraduate conference in the nation.

Obstacles I've Overcome

I never thought I would have the leadership capabilities that Dordt brought out in me. I've also never had as many beautiful, broken, intelligent, incomprehensible human beings on my radar as I do now. I had to learn pretty quickly that I don't have all the answers and I shouldn't try to fix everyone else's problem on my own—which, as someone who loves very deeply, is hard to understand.

Who I Was When I Came To Dordt

I was stubborn, I was naive, and I hadn't even made ripples on the surface of the pool of potential my professors saw in me. Sometimes I wonder what I'd put in a letter to the younger me. Exercise? Eat at the Commons more often? Please find someone who can get you access to the roof of the B.J. Haan?

How Dordt Impacted Me

Without a shadow of a doubt, Dordt has changed me. The academic atmosphere, especially meeting people who knew a lot more than I do about a lot of things, is one of the most inspiring things I've ever experienced. Four years ago, I thought I'd graduate with a clearly defined career path and that was what mattered most. But in a few short weeks, I'm graduating with a community (the magic word) and a box full of textbooks I'll never sell for subjects I'll never "need" to know. I have so many more questions than I ever imagined asking, and more knowledge than you can glean from the library.

What's Next For Me

Attending as many weddings as I can in the next few years. In the meantime, I'll be back in Grand Rapids eking out a living doing what I love (editing) until I decide I can't survive without academia and then pursue graduate school. Add to that traveling back and forth from the Netherlands for the next few years, and I'll keep busy.

What I Would Tell Prospective Students

If you choose Dordt, participate in as much as you can without sacrificing your sanity or the quality of your work. Attend as many conferences out-of-state as possible. Talk to your professors as if they were regular people (outside of class); some of them are. Also, allow yourself to be changed: higher education at Dordt is an immersive experience and you don't want to regret a missed opportunity to thrive here by making your own choices and forging your own path.

How Dordt Helped Me Do More

I've done more networking in four years than others have had the opportunity to do in a lifetime. I've stood up in front of (small) crowds and presented papers that represented weeks of research. I've read thousands and thousands of pages of classical works and modern masterpieces. I've written and revised and rewritten Honors papers until 4 in the morning. And I've met hundreds of people who shaped my concept of what it means to be a good person and a good Christian. Truly, nowhere else in the world could I have done what I've done at Dordt through the influence and inspiration of the faculty and staff here. And besides, if I hadn't attended Dordt, I never would have gone to Disneyland.