Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Graduation Year: 2013
Involvement at Wheaton: I have been involved with Varsity Track, Club Soccer, Young Life, a lot of intramurals, Community Outreach Tutoring, Club Hockey, I work at the SRC pool, Youth Hostel Ministry (YHM), and I am now a part of the HNGR (Human Needs and Global Resources) program.
Why Wheaton? I grew up reading about Wheaton in books like Heroes of the Faith: Jim Elliot. If that weren’t enough, my parents met at Wheaton, my oldest sister Amber graduated from Wheaton, and I have many other family members who attended Wheaton. All of this however, was not enough to bring me to Wheaton. Ultimately the Lord opened up the right doors, and sort of sovereignly led me here. I am so thankful that he did. With each passing semester I am more thankful for the blessing of being able to study and learn in an environment like this.
Why your major? I love to dream. I have seven or eight dreams for things I may do post graduation. I love that a liberal arts education in economics gives me such freedom to maintain those dreams in sort of an open-handed fashion. I am excited to see where the Lord will use me in the future, whether it is working on Wall Street or in economic development in some developing country.
Favorite class and what you liked about it: I loved taking photo with Professor Schreck Freshman year. It helped me develop a love for art that I did not know in high school. I also loved Old Testament Literature with Dr. Ansberry. His passion of the Bible was contagious and fun. Finally, I loved Macroeconomics. It was a great intro into my major, and all of the information felt very practical and applicable.
Favorite place on campus: There is no better place than Traber 2!
Free time activities: I love playing intramurals, and listening to friends play music in the Stupe.
One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I would have known the value of being all in, fully, 100% invested in two things rather than halfway invested in four or five things.
Wheaton in three words: Gospel, Community, Shenanigans
Most memorable experience at Wheaton: I can’t share this on the internet… If you are interested ask me in person.
Favorite campus event: Roller Disco!! The only thing better than dancing, is dancing on wheels.
Favorite Wheatonism: Intentional Community
What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? Dane Ortlund is a recent graduate of the doctoral program at Wheaton. Though he is a very sought after professor for many seminaries around the country, he has invested deeply in several of my friends and me. He has helped shape my view of the gospel and modeled how to live life as a gospel, grace centered man.
About me: I grew up in the context of inner city ministry in Kansas City. I am blessed to have parents who model what it is to follow the Lord with reckless abandon, and 5 siblings who are passionate about the Lord. Together they have shaped who I am. My 4 sisters have taught me how to live in a community of grace, and my little brother has taught me how to live life as an adventure and how to risk well for the Kingdom. I have a lot of dreams about the future, but am not sure to which one the Lord will direct me. I would love to use my liberal arts education to integrate business, theology, and art, but for now I am content worshiping Him through my studies and preparation at Wheaton.
Bonus fact: The rumors are true… I once ate 12 large chocolate, banana, Reese’s milkshakes from Whitey’s ice cream. If you don’t believe me ask Erik Most or Bobby Tunberg.