Kimberley Marques

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Hometown

Harare, Zimbabwe

SCHOLARSHIPS I RECEIVED

Sid and Carol Verdoorn Foundation Scholarship
Pamela Adams Teacher Education Scholarship

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS

The Prairie

FAVORITE CLASS

Applied Education Psychology

A CONCEPT THAT BLEW MY MIND

In my Applied Education Psychology class, I learned that adolescents' peculiar and abnormal behavior is not solely governed by hormones but is heavily influenced by the immense brain development that is going on! Second to infancy, adolescence is the time of the most development and growth in individuals. As an education major passionate about teaching middle school, I was mind blown!

COOL THINGS I DID AT DORDT

I learned to swing dance and was on the board of the Future Active Christian Teachers Club. I was also involved in a mentoring program at Kinsey Elementary School which meant I got to be friends with a second grade student and see him grow and flourish over three years. I was also a part of Residence Life as a Learning Community Assistant - I loved being given the opportunity to get to know people and foster community as a job! During my spring breaks, I was involved in PLIA service trips to three different locations. I not only got to see different parts of the United States but I also got to see God's heart for all people of all walks of life and serve and learn alongside people who have a heart for people and God's will.

OBSTACLES I'VE OVERCOME

Being far away from home, I've overcome homesickness and culture shock. I've also had to overcome a new education system, especially in my freshman year, when everything from MLA to researching was new.

WHO I WAS WHEN I CAME TO DORDT

When I first arrived at Dordt, I was nervous. I was nervous to be in a new country. I was nervous to meet new people. I was nervous to start classes. Despite my fears however, I clearly remember sensing God saying that I was embarking on "an adventure with him." God was with me in my home country and the same God was with me in this new place. This reality gave me a confidence and deep hope to engage in all that God had for me here at Dordt, and what an adventure it truly has been.

HOW DORDT IMPACTED ME

My experience at Dordt has shaped me into a knowledgeable teacher who will (God-willing) be able to make an impact, no matter how big, in the education field. My experience at Dordt has grown in me a deep appreciation for where I am from and has shown me the beauty of the small things I so easily take for granted.

WHERE I AM NOW

I am anticipating moving to Indonesia for the next two years to teach (God willing!). After that, I would love to return to Zimbabwe to teach and influence the national education system.

WHAT I WOULD TELL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Dordt University creates a phenomenal community in which you can thrive academically, socially, physically, and spiritually. However, you are a part of this community and you have the choice to embrace and build it or not. When you come, make the most of every opportunity as if it's your last!

HOW DORDT HELPED ME DO MORE

As a freshman, I was challenged by a friend that opportunities don't always get handed to you - you have to chase after them. I was inspired by his words and encouraged by many people around me to step out of my comfort zone. I put myself in positions that meant I could support students academically and emotionally, interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and create community through planning and hosting events. In all I did, I had to rely on God as my everything. This is the greatest lesson I could ever have learned (and will continue to learn in different chapters of my life), and as a result, my experience at Dordt has set me up to do more for God's kingdom and for God's glory alone.