Orientation Committee


Gianna Seeland


Graduation Year: 2015 

Major: Biology; Spanish minor 

About Me: I have moved around a bit, but I spent high school in Sparta and now call it my home. My parents met in third grade Sunday school class and got married after college. I have three younger sisters who love the Lord, are superstar athletes, hilarious, and three of my favorite people in the world. My father and four of his siblings went to Wheaton, making me a 2nd generation Wheatie. Lord willing, after I graduate, I plan to attend medical school and specialize in either oncology or radiology. 

Why Wheaton? Wheaton has a really great combination of the academic rigor and focus on Christ that I was looking for in a college. I also love how close it is to Chicago. 

Why OC? My pre-college jitters and anxieties were totally forgotten during Orientation Week, when OC11 helped to establish Wheaton as my new home. I am beyond excited to be a part of this amazing group of people to help usher in new students and welcome them to our community! 

Favorite place on campus? Lower Beamer

Describe Wheaton in three words: Surprising, challenging, unforgettable 

Favorite Wheatonism: “Getting floated.” Because everyone claims they hate it, but deep down, they love it. 

Most memorable experience at Wheaton (or part of a Wheaton program): Wheaton in Costa Rica 

What makes Wheaton unique? Our motto “For Christ and His Kingdom” is an incredibly true testament to the way our lives are structured here. Little things from praying before meals to seeing people reading the Bible as you walk through Lower Beamer are pretty different from the social norm. I especially appreciate the general atmosphere on campus created by students, faculty, and staff. 

Favorite CU or campus event: The Talent Show 

What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? My roommate, Sarah Pankratz, is one of the strongest people that I know, and has been a constant source of spiritual encouragement to me. She has shown me how to demonstrate the love of Christ to others and always keeps me laughing.

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