Tara Boer

Hometown

Hull, Iowa

The Story

Where Are They Now

Where Are They Now is a podcast series featuring Dordt’s alumni student-athletes. On this episode, Christian Zylstra interviews Tara (De Boer) Boer, a 2006 graduate of Dordt. Boer, a two-time GPAC Player-of-the-Year, is up there as arguably one of the best volleyball players in Dordt history. She works full-time at Dordt as an Instructor of Social Work. Below are some of Tara’s quotes from the interview.'

on why she chose dordt:

“Dordt was always on my radar. I had friends whose parents had gone to Dordt, older brothers and sister who had gone to Dordt…about my junior year, we experienced some success on the volleyball program. I remember Coach Vanden Bosch writing me notes after tournaments—just little cards would come in the mail with defender stationary. I remember him encouraging me and pointing out some strengths that I had as an athlete.

I remember feeling that that was very kind and thoughtful of him. I began to pay attention to Dordt a little bit through his particular interest in my athletic career.”

on choosing her major:

“I remember being very attuned to the problems of the world, even as a young child, always feeling empathy for other people and their situations. My older cousin…got her social work degree and started living and working in the field of social work. I remember thinking, 'wow, you get to hear the stories and listen and work with some of the most vulnerable people in the communities and you get paid for that.' I remember thinking that's the work that Jesus did.

I remember taking my first social work class, after realizing that's the degree she attained, and thinking ‘yeah, that's where I need to be’ and never really looked back. I was one of the fortunate ones that declared social work early on. I’m very fortunate to have had that degree and be trained here from a Christian institution about what it means to serve and love people as Jesus would have and did.”

on what sticks out to her about dordt:

“It has to be the relationships. It’s that time of your life when you’re trying to figure out who you are, and who you are in the Lord, and the gifts and talents that God has given you. It’s a very formational four years. Those relationships that you gain from that experience are forever valuable.

We’re planning a roommate get-together this spring, just to connect with those college roommates again. Those life-long friendships, long car-rides…just being a student-athlete is a very special experience.”

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