Jacob Clark

Hometown

Monument, Colorado

The Story

Favorite Spot On Campus

55th (in Kuyper)

A Concept That Blew My Mind

I remember thinking "wow" when Tintle first described the Central Limit Theorem and how it makes statistics so powerful.

Cool Things I Did At Dordt

I was part of a PLIA trip to Atlanta one spring; that was a blast! I volunteered at a local school as part of a psychology class. Some of my dorm wing comrades and I failed miserably in a cook-off challenge but had fun anyway. I helped the student activities committee put on a talent show. And I always enjoyed helping the food services putting on holiday-themed meals (like Hawaiian night!).

Obstacles I've Overcome

Since Dordt, my biggest obstacle has been graduate school. Getting through that without any permanent mental instability is a short of a miracle.

Who I Was When I Came To Dordt

Fashionably challenged, emotionally burdened, theologically questioning, and vocationally floundering.

How Dordt Impacted Me

Most importantly, it was a community that gave me room to struggle and question my faith with others who were supportive and encouraging. My relationship with Christ deepened as a result and I'm forever grateful.

The reformed thought posited by the college and infused into the classes gives me security to delve into today's issues without fear. Questions, doubts, and challenges don't shake my faith, but instead are ways to broaden my views on how the Kingdom is enacted into this world.

Where I Am Now

I'm currently working for the University of Iowa in the Center of Public Health Statistics where I help manage data for public health officials and researchers and assist students in their own endeavors. I also help teach an online stats class at Dordt! I feel like this is where God wants for me now, but I have my eye on moving back to Colorado.

What I Would Tell Prospective Students

You can get quality education at other institutions, for sure, but Dordt provides a rare opportunity to really entrench yourself in the wrestle of how God calls us to be lights in everything we do, both in our work and in our engagement with the world.

How Dordt Helped Me Do More

Easy: Small classes, student-teacher interaction. Engaging with professors is much more practical in a smaller school, and I've found that most Dordt profs jump on this opportunity. These interactions opened opportunities that gave me experiences and training without which I probably never would have been able to get through grad school (much less into one).