Jon Holwerda

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Sioux Center

The Story

Favorite spot on campus

Kuyper area

favorite class

Civil War Class

a concept that blew my mind

I learned a lot about the Crusades and the Muslim world from Dr. Cosgrove that I never had learned before or even thought of. It really changed my perspective on not only the Middle East and the history of the Middle East, but also on the Muslims and their religion.

cool things i did at dordt

  • Golf Team
  • Baseball Team
  • Political Science/Law Club
  • Civil War Field Trip
  • Lots of History get-togethers and simulations
  • Intramurals

obstacles i've overcome

  • Finding a job in the area that my wife and I wanted to live in.
  • Starting my Masters and then balancing that with teaching and family time.

who i was when i came to dordt

I was ready to get out of the house and be independent but also nervous as I was going to a new place and a new area looking to basically start over.

how dordt impacted me

Dordt has shaped my worldview and challenged me to think more outside of the box. I met great life-long friends, so far, that have challenged me to continue to work hard and push towards the next dream and goal that my wife and I have set for ourselves. I feel a part of a larger community that I have been able to build a lot of connections that has helped me beyond my time at Dordt.

where i am now

I teach at Unity Christian in Orange City and I teach high school Social Studies. I am entering my 4th year here and love it.

We just had our first, a son—Brixten, and so we are adjusting to a new stage in life. I am still teaching but will graduate with my Masters in School Leadership in May of 2019. I am very content where I am at really do not know what is next.

what i would tell prospective students

If you want a place that feels like home, go to Dordt. It not only feels like home while you are there, but after as well. The relationship with teachers and other peers is something that will not end after college. The professors also challenge and push you and know how to get the best out of you.

how dordt helped me do more

Dordt professors taught me what it means to not settle. There is also something more to do and something more to go after. They taught me to continue setting goals and to not be content when you reach your first goal.