Hello Wheaton fam!
My name is Morgan Jacob, and I am excited to serve as the Student Body Vice President for the 2015-16 year. Student Body President Josh Fort '16, the rest of the Student Government (SG) team, and I just enjoyed a fulfilling Student Leadership Development week at HoneyRock and a rewarding time of policy development on campus, and we are ready for an incredible year.
While at HoneyRock, we spent some intense time evaluating our vision for the year. Ultimately, we felt that one cohesive statement explained our group’s heart for this year:
“Student Government seeks to embody Christ's love by being a proactive, hospitable family.”
Let’s unpack that a little, with definitions for those last key words. The first word is proactive. We desire to enable thoughtful, positive change toward reformational justice. SG is one of the few student organizations on campus that focuses almost exclusively on change. We have a unique opportunity to change Wheaton for the better, and we wanted to focus on directing change toward reformational justice. So whether it be working to add new discounts to the Wheatie card so students have more access to resources in their community or campaigning for more sustainable waste practices in order to better care for God’s creation, look out for SG to be working for impactful change.
The second word is hospitable. We desire to create spaces to listen to others and help them process. Student Government is most effective when it listens to the wide-ranging views of the student body, but we wanted to take that a little farther. We want to wade into the emotional, personal issues on campus, and to walk alongside our fellow students through their struggles. We want to empower students to tell their stories and interact with each other on an individual level.
Lastly, we want to be a family, a cohesive community that symbiotically enables one another. At the end of the day, we want to be able to come together, bear each other’s burdens, and share in the unique experience that is Student Government. Whether in an SG Fun Night or in a group workout, we’d love to come together outside of the boardroom.
So, that’s this year’s SG in 400 words. If you’ve got questions, thoughts, or ideas for how to make Wheaton better, drop us a note in the suggestion box in Lower Beamer, or use the Wheaton app to enter a suggestion. We’d love to hear from you!
Morgan Jacob ’17 is the Student Body Vice President for the 2015-16 school year, serving alongside Student Body President Josh Fort ’16. Learn more about Student Government on their website. Photo captions (from top): Morgan and Josh welcome new students at 2015 Orientation's "Mastodon March" outside of Edman Chapel; 2014-15 Student Government members at the 2015 President's Ball.
Hey there, new students!! This year I’ve had the privilege to serve on the Orientation Committee (OC), and we are pretty darn excited to finally meet you. We have been planning since January, and have a great Orientation week ahead for you!
The time has come for you to start writing your story at Wheaton. Amid all the emotions you may be feeling, I hope you are excited and expecting incredible things for these next few years.
You may be new students now, but soon enough you will be studying for that killer final, “hammocking” on Blanchard lawn, campus golfing, attending “Prez Ball,” and waiting in the seemingly never-ending line for omelets at breakfast (worth it). Before you know it, you will be firmly woven into the fabric of our community.
Here are a few tips on how to tackle you first week as an official Wheatie:
- Ask a different question. “Where are you from?” “What are you majoring in?” Brace yourself for hearing the same 5 questions repeated approximately 217 times. Be the person to think outside of the box and ask something like “What do you want to explore in Chicago?”
- Be yourself. This is probably the most cliché but important thing to remind you. Don’t waste your time trying to fit into a mold of who you think you should be. Embrace what makes you different. Celebrate your diversity! Likewise, celebrate those around you.
- Pace yourself. Take advantage of the events and the down time. Be all there during the events, no matter how trivial you may think they are. At the same time, don’t pull an all-nighter trying to have an intentional conversation with every single person on your floor. Trust me, you will have plenty of time.
- Check out these links to stay connected: Visit our website for all things O-week, including a schedule of events, and use the hashtag #WheatonOrientation on all things social media.
At this point, you probably have answers to a few basic questions: Where are you living? What professors should you choose? How many jackets do you need? As you enter Wheaton, there is one more question to which I would like to draw your attention. This year’s Orientation theme verse, John 6:68-69, asks the question, “To Whom Shall We Go?” Interestingly enough, the question actually functions more as a profound statement of faith. My hope is that we as a community will proclaim with a voice of surrender and trust, “Only to you, Lord.” In a world that is constantly changing, let us hold tightly to our never-changing God.
On behalf of Orientation Committee and the rest of the Wheaton College family, we can’t wait to finally meet you!
Dana Henderson ’17 is this year’s Orientation Committee director. She is originally from Fullerton, California, and is a junior studying Applied Health Science and Business/Economics with the hope of pursuing a career in management within the healthcare field. Learn more about Wheaton Orientation on their website. Photo captions (from top): Getting excited for O-week while wearing our Orientation shirts at HoneyRock!; Setting out on our two-hour canoe trip to our overnight campsite during Student Development Week at HoneyRock...talk about team bonding!
“Who would you rather be: Batman or Robin, and why?”
When the interviewer asked, I answered quickly. I was prepared for a question like this.
"Batman," I said, “Because he has the opportunity to influence more people."
After a brief discussion, another question came:
“Which is more important: maintaining the team, or achieving the goal?”
This was more complicated, so I thought carefully before responding.
"I think it's important to strike a balance," I said, and continued on with support for my position.
These, and many other questions, were part of a series of three interviews I went through before receiving an offer for an internship with the San Diego Padres this summer. I first learned about the internship online, and wasn’t sure if I realistically had a chance at it. This was my home team, the one that I had grown up watching. I figured it was worth a shot, and filled out the online application.
A little over a month later, my interviews began, and at that point I was very thankful for all the wisdom and guidance I had received from my business and economics professors and the staff at Wheaton’s Center for Vocation and Career. Here are three things I learned during my MLB interview process:
- Wheaton’s Center for Vocation and Career offers invaluable help with resume prep and mock interview practice.
- Even though you may be interviewing for a job or internship with a candidate who seems far more qualified, never give up, because you never know what other positions the organization might be considering you for.
- In-person interviews are far more effective than Skype or telephone interviews, even when struggling to balance class schedules, softball games, and flying long distances.
On the first day of my internship, I was so nervous I arrived a half hour early just to make sure I was there on time. Thankfully, once I met my boss and the other members of the department, I realized I had nothing to be nervous about. One of the things I appreciated most about my internship with the Padres was that my boss explained the reason for each of my projects. For example, my first project included organizing all of the invoices for the Guest Services department. Before giving me the invoices, my boss explained that you can learn a lot about an organization by looking at what they spend their money on. This project gave me the opportunity to learn what was important to the Padres’ Guest Services department.
Wheaton is a special place full of people who want to help you succeed—from professors to coaches to the Center for Vocation and Career staff. I am so grateful for the unique opportunity to combine my love of baseball and my hometown with a professional work setting. This one of a kind opportunity truly embodies my Wheaton experience.
Lyndsey Pritchard ’16 is a senior studying business/economics. What is your #MyWheaton internship experience? Share with us on social media using the hashtag #MyWheaton, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story. Photo captions (from top): Lyndsey with fellow summer 2015 interns; A snapshot from the San Diego Padres' home stadium.
Q: How did Wheaton equip you for this internship?
A: The Wheaton community is full of people who will push you to become the best version of who the Lord has made you to be. Professors, Center for Vocation and Career advisers, and various directors have all done this for me in some capacity. They support your God-given passions and desires and point you to avenues that help develop them. Classes and involvement in student groups have engendered in me a work ethic that is nothing but beneficial outside of the Wheaton campus. Hard work, though it may not have become any easier, has become much more expected and manageable. Also, the spiritual growth that happens beyond the classroom at Wheaton has deepened a love for and trust in God and his calling for my life.
Q: What have been some of your "favorite moments" during your internship?
A: My most favorite moment from my internship took place one night when my supervisor invited our staff team to his family’s home for dinner. We spent the evening sharing good food, telling stories, worshiping through song and relaxing together. It was a beautiful community moment filled with genuine care for each other. It was a moment that made me confident that there was a great purpose for this summer. My second favorite moment happened at the first of our Young Adult ministry gatherings. Being able to come together with people in a similar place in life and worship together is exciting. It was an evening that was the beginning of something beautiful. My last favorite memory entails all of small the conversations that I’ve had with people in my department. These men and women have spoken some profound truths into my life and taken the time to tackle the difficult things with me. The Lord has blessed them with unmatched drive and passion and I am so grateful to glean from it.
Q: What are three things that you’ve learned during your internship this summer?
- Even the best jobs are filled with “grunt work.” Sometimes it can be burdensome and a bit frustrating, but doing it and doing it well is all the more worth it. It’s from these small tasks that you can build diligence and endurance, while ultimately preparing you for the greater, bigger things to come. Plus, you are usually doing them for good reason: to make someone else’s day a lot easier.
- Trust is a necessity in surprising ways. It is also slow to grow in many cases. I have learned that in leadership, if you don’t have peoples’ trust, even if you have a title, then your ministry or mission is void. It sounds like common sense, but it permeates every relationship, near or far.
- Pay attention to the tension. I’m in a phase of life where I’m trying to decipher what it would look like to meld my calling, passions, and vocation together. It is a lot harder than I thought, and I feel caught in a place without a lot of clarity. I’ve learned that it does no good to rush through these seasons, so I’ve learned to sit back, lean into the Lord, and trust that he will bring sweet clarity in his time.
Photo captions (from top): (Stage): This is what a typical rehearsal looks like. Leading worship is not only something that I truly believe is a calling on my life, but it is an avenue in which the Lord gives me the most joy. (Behind camera) This summer I have been learning so much about the production side of creative ministry. What you may see on any given Sunday morning has hours and hours of prep behind it. (Group selfie) This is my team! I have had the privilege of working with some of the most innovative, God-fearing people I know. What I have learned from them are things that I will take with me as I go further into this ministry and beyond.
Charlotte Hallstrom '16 is a senior Communication and Biblical and Theological Studies major who interned at Harvest Bible Chapel this summer. Share your summer internship experiences using the hashtag #MyWheaton.
During my time at HoneyRock, while taking a philosophy class with Dr. Fletcher, I learned to fully immerse myself in my community. In two short weeks, I learned a lot of things—here are three of them:
- I found that removing technology from my daily routine allowed more space for God to show up in my relationships with others. Spending more time in the outdoors canoeing, hiking, and around bonfires and less time on my phone meant more opportunities for real relationships to grow. Through many different activities, I created lasting memories with my classmates and friends. Whether it was mountain biking after a rainstorm, laughing on the ski boat, shooting a gun for the first time, or playing soccer in the pouring rain, I will always remember the adventures I had and the people that experienced them with me.
- HoneyRock provides a unique place for group learning. My philosophy class taught me to learn in the context of community. To set the tone before class started, our class participated in team-building activities for an afternoon. Although group projects have not always been my forte, working closely with my classmates on projects further developed my understanding of philosophy by examining issues through others’ point of view. HoneyRock became a place where I could discover far more from others than I could from simply reading a textbook.
- My appreciation for God’s creation grew through HoneyRock’s pristine Northwoods setting. I have always loved nature, and watching a bald eagle soar over our group as Dr. Fletcher wrapped up our last class together was nothing short of amazing. Lying in my canoe watching an incomprehensible number of twinkling stars and the soft moonlight resting on Long Lake reminded me how great our God is. There is no better place to work on philosophy than hanging in a hammock the next tree over from a friend while overlooking a picturesque view of the lake. HoneyRock has become “a place apart” for me where I have seen and experienced God through His people and through His creation.
Katie Mann ’18 is a sophomore applied health science major who participated in Wheaton in the Northwoods, a summer study program at HoneyRock: Wheaton College’s Center for Outdoor Leadership Development. Share your summer Wheaton experiences using the hashtag #MyWheaton.