I grew up outside of Madison, Wisconsin, and I attend a church on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Geneva Campus Church and its members have been an archetype of faith for me. Many university students, undergraduate and graduate students alike attend, as well as older members such as my parents. Some of the members have PhDs and some are professors. These incredibly bright people come to worship with young students like me and we are all humbled under the same glorious God. Not only are these members ‘bright’ in the way that they have more neuron synapses or that their neuron synapses are more developed, but in the way that their lights shine upon a hill. I have the utmost respect for every single person who attends Geneva because I can tell that these individuals strive to love God “with heart, soul, mind, and strength.” My personal mentor shows me Christ-like love and has helped me make my faith my own by encouraging me to create a daily habit to start my day off with God and His Word instead of rushing into the day. What Geneva Campus Church and my mentor have been to me, I hope to be to someone at Calvin; at the same time I hope Calvin, the faculty, and peers, can be an extension of Christ’s love and grace to me.
Not only do I hope to learn more about Christ and develop a closer relationship with Him, but I expect challenging and rigorous coursework. In high school I challenged myself by having a difficult schedule and taking four Advanced Placement classes to succeed at a school like Calvin. I am a driven, independent and self-motivated student who looks forward to class and learning as much as I can. I know that the superior academic instruction I could receive at Calvin College would be just what I am looking for to achieve a meaningful understanding of the cultural and spiritual context in which we live so I can make known the infinite love, mercy, and grace of Christ. I hope as a student, I can be one who challenges my peers to work toward their full potential, and I hope that they can challenge me to do the same by always encouraging me to practice a life of service, and continue to help make my faith my own. This is why I would be interested in being part of the Barnabas team at Calvin; not only to reach out to others but to be surrounded by peers with the same qualities and ambitions who are spiritually engaged despite the hectic college life.
To me, the academic and spiritual opportunities that Calvin College offers are equally important to me. As believers, whatever we do should be done for the Lord. I hope that as a student at Calvin I would be able to encourage others because others have encouraged and strengthened me in this aspect. If I were a mentor; may it be done in a way that leads him or her closer to Christ, if I were eating or talking with another student;