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SCHOLARSHIPS I RECEIVED
Presidential Scholarship, Sid & Carol Verdoorn Foundation Teacher Education Scholarship, Softball Athletic Scholarship, TEACH Grant, Hometown/Local Scholarships
FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS
The B.J. Haan Auditorium! A great place for worship, campus wide events, and opening/closing ceremonies each school year.
EDUC 315–Instructional Methods and Strategies for Students with Disabilities with Dr. Van Tol
A CONCEPT THAT BLEW MY MIND
Being a good teacher means that you are actually a lifelong learner. You must continually be adapting your teaching strategies to the ever-changing needs of students in order to best meet their needs. There is always something new to be learned!
COOL THINGS I DID AT DORDT
I played softball at Dordt so I spent two spring breaks down in Arizona playing softball. My junior year for spring break I went on PLIA to Austin, Texas and learned about the homeless population with lovely strangers that became like family. I spent many warm nights at the Broken Bridge with no cell service, a bonfire, and lovely company. My roommates and friends took a few fall-break trips and other extended weekends to visit each other's hometowns using a minivan we named 'The Woman Wagon'. I spent the summer before my senior year on campus planning the Week of Welcome. Also, I won an intramural championship my senior year in co-ed volleyball. My job on campus was an Admissions Assistant where I got to share what I love about Dordt with campus visitors. Currently I am nearing the end of my Professional Development School (PDS) internship, a year-long student teaching program. (10/10 recommend to all education majors!)
OBSTACLES I'VE OVERCOME
I learned that my worth and identity is only through Christ and that he is the answer to all of life's questions and problems. I was pushed to not be intimidated by the faith of my peers, but to be spurred on by one another. I overcame ending an engagement and learning to be content in each season of life.
WHO I WAS WHEN I CAME TO DORDT
When I first arrived at Dordt, I was so excited to be at a college that I loved so much already. I was intimidated because I was the only one from my high school here and knew next to no one. I created an identity for myself in high school that I drew security from. Yet at the same time, I was excited for a fresh start because everyone always said college was the best four years of their life. I would agree!
HOW DORDT IMPACTED ME
I've fallen more in love with the Creator of the universe and his creation. I've made friends who grew up around the world and challenged me to take off my cultural lens. I learned the value of being a leader and an encourager. I've become someone who values experiences and relationships, over sleep or responsibilities. I've learned that a true, organic community is something I will strive to create wherever the Lord leads me in life. Dordt has impacted every part of who I have become.
WHERE I AM NOW
This summer I'll be coaching middle school softball and in the fall teaching somewhere in a public school!
WHAT I WOULD TELL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
Try everything that looks semi-interesting to you, but don't commit to everything. Get to know your professors and let them get to know you outside of the academic realm. Also, get to know all of the staff who serve you on campus, in the mail room, financial aid, food services, etc. Value relationships and experiences above sleep or getting homework done. There will always be time to sleep or do homework, but don't miss out on the people at Dordt! Overall, spend 1:1 time with the Lord daily.
HOW DORDT HELPED ME DO MORE
Truly there is no other place that would allow me to do more or prepare me to do more like Dordt has. Dordt gave me grace when I failed, encouragement to step out of my comfort zone, and love during every season of life. Dordt has shown me that every part of life should be permeated by the Spirit, and it is in this space that we can do more through Christ.