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Dana Ann Henderson

Dana

Graduation Year:  2017
 
Hometown:  Fullerton, CA
          
Major:  Applied Health Science and Business/Economics  
            
Why OC?  Two reasons: the purpose and the process of Orientation Committee. When welcoming new students into Wheaton, I want to get them excited for all that Wheaton has to offer, welcome them into our community, and remind them of the Lord's sovereignty and faithfulness. Being a part of OC has also been the single most important opportunity for me to be challenged and to grow in Christian leadership.
             
About Me:  I was born and raised in Southern California, and I am the baby of a family of 5. My brother, sister, and I have been all over the country for school and work for the past 10 years, so we treasure time together at Christmas and especially when we are able to travel together as a family. Right now, I am exploring careers in Health Administration and Public Health - I'm hoping to find an internship this summer to gain some experience in the field!             People always wonder why I chose to leave California (where there are two seasons: summer and rain) and come to Wheaton. The weather wasn't my #1 draw, but a lot of other things were, such as its academic reputation, close proximity to Chicago, small student body population, and mainly - you guessed it - Christian community. The fact that Wheaton was founded upon and continues to stay so true to its Christian identity seeps into every aspect of this community. This is a college that longs and strives to be rooted in the Gospel. And funny enough, the seasons have really grown on me too!
       
Favorite place on campus?  Edman Chapel
          
Describe Wheaton in three words:  Grace. Growth. Glorify. 
      
Favorite Wheatonism:  Applesauce and granola
               
Most memorable experience at Wheaton (or part of a Wheaton program):  This past summer, I did Wheaton in the Holy Lands - an academic program in which 2 professors and about 40 students travel to Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Italy to study Scripture. I observed Jews, Christians, and Muslims living within the close quarters of Old Jerusalem, floated in the Dead Sea, stood on the Temple Mount, woke up at 4:30 AM to watch the sun rise over the Judean Desert, looked out into Lebanon from the Golan Heights, went to Poseidon's temple on the Greek coast, stared at mosaics in Hagia Sophia, studied martyrdom, ate (a lot of) gelato next to the Pantheon, wrestled with Biblical truths, and marveled at the Word of God. If you can't tell, I could talk about this exhausting, eye-opening, rewarding, breath-taking experience for days... 
 
What makes Wheaton unique?  To me, Wheaton is unique because it goes beyond the surface level of Christian life in every aspect. In the classroom, faith is incorporated passionately and articulately by professors. As a community, we are able dive into difficult issues because there is a foundation of grace. In relationships, we are able to rejoice in diversity because we are united in Christ. I appreciate that there is a push back against complacency and simple answers here, and a striving for genuine faith. 
           
Favorite CU or campus event:  Talent Show. Heads up for new students: tickets sell fast!  
           
What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why?  There is no single person at Wheaton, but rather an army of people throughout my time here that have inspired me, listened to me, laughed with me, encouraged me, and pushed me to be the best I can be. I will never be able to express my gratitude to my professors, mentors, peers, and friends for the richness they bring to my life.

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