Adri Tilstra

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Hometown

Sioux Center

SCHOLARSHIPS I RECEIVED

  • Robyn Agriculture Scholarship
  • Instrumental Music Activity Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholarship

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS

Upstairs in the Science and Technology Center

FAVORITE CLASS

Human Anatomy

COOL THINGS I DID AT DORDT

I was able to participate in many activities at Dordt, including playing viola in the chamber orchestra and being a member of the dance team my freshman year. Some opportunities I had within the Ag department include being the pre-vet club president, participating in Ag club, and being lead Ag ambassador. Yet some of the more unexpected experiences stick out in my mind, such as spending three weeks in the Netherlands as part of a cross cultural class or being a laboratory technician at a local vaccine company. Going on a PLIA mission trip gave me unique experiences I wouldn't have gotten if I attended a different university. There are many cool opportunities for students at Dordt and within Sioux Center; you just have to be willing to give them a shot!

CONCEPT THAT BLEW MY MIND

In agroecology we learned about the interconnectedness and dependency within agriculture and society. Just as every plant is part of a field, watershed, and biome, every aspect of agriculture is part of the greater food system and environment; moreover, every person is a part of a larger paradigm that does not have defined boundaries. This concept gave me a broader prospective on my role in agriculture and the community as well as the responsibility I have as a Christian to make a positive impact.

OBSTACLES I’VE OVERCOME

One of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was the expectation I had for my academics. Some semesters I would fall into this cycle of aiming for a good test grade just to keep a high GPA for graduate school admissions. I needed to learn the difference between education to meet requirements and education to learn about the world.

WHO I WAS WHEN I CAME TO DORDT

When I first arrived at Dordt, I was quiet and apprehensive about everything at college—friends, academics, and the new lifestyle. The first months were a major transition time. I eventually began finding my place by building genuine relationships and seeking opportunities on campus and in the Ag department. Four years later I am still quiet, but I speak up more; I still have apprehensions, but I also have more confidence than I did as a freshman. I have certainty that I belong in this community and that my contributions to it have made Dordt a better place and me a better person.

HOW DORDT IMPACTED ME

I believe Dordt has had an impact on who I will become in the future even more so than who I am now. The trajectory of my life has changed because of the strong Reformed foundation I have built and the Christian examples I have witnessed at Dordt. Instead of having a self-fulfilling career, I want to instigate change in veterinary medicine and be a positive leader within my church and community. In the next years, new experiences and knowledge will be framed through what I have learned at Dordt and the ways I have grown in Christ.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME

Next fall I will be attending veterinary school at Iowa State University in hopes of becoming a mixed animal veterinarian.

WHAT I WOULD TELL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The first week of my sophomore year I accidentally slept through my organic chemistry class; I woke up in a panic to an email from my professor asking to see me. It turned out he was worried that I wasn’t feeling okay, and he wanted to take time to go over the class' material with me. From that, I learned (1) to always set a timer for naps and (2) Dordt professors do care about their students—both academically and personally. Everyone at Dordt is very intentional about forming connections and encouraging one another. Prospective students should feel encouraged that if they become a member of the Dordt community, they will be looked out for and guided.

HOW DORDT HELPED ME DO MORE

Dordt has helped me do more of whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and anything that is excellent or praiseworthy.