The Covid-19 pandemic may seem like a distant memory at this point, but for those graduating with a bachelor’s degree as part of the class of 2023, it was a core part of their college experience, as the pandemic interrupted their introductory year of college.
“While this was frustrating and anxiety-producing, I believe it has contributed to the resiliency that I see in this particular class,” says Amy Westra, director of career development. “As a class, and as individuals, they have faced challenges head-on. They forged a way through the isolation of quarantine and have contributed a depth of relationships and the same sense of community and engagement that has always characterized Dordt University.”
Derek Buteyn, associate dean of students and director of residence life, remembers those early days when Covid-19 interrupted the school year. “In a time when we were told to keep our distance and minimize our socialization, they carried over a vibrant culture and set the tone for new students coming in – guiding the student body by participating in and investing in campus life,” he says.