Amie Adams ’17
Clear Lake, Iowa


Amie has indulged her love of reading and writing since childhood. When her mom wasn’t reading stories to her, Amie was making up her own. She dreams of becoming a published author someday. Amie chose Northwestern after hearing great things about the college from her camp counselor colleagues. Now she assists freshmen in the First-Year Seminar as a writing fellow and says it’s exciting to use her passion for writing to help others tell their own stories.

Love letters
Every linguistics class I’ve taken with Dr. Kensak begins with, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” I believe that language is one of the most important and beautiful ways that we are able to connect with God. We come to know God personally through his word and the life-changing biblical story of love, sacrifice and forgiveness—then we share that good news with others through actions and in stories.

Reading deeply
The English classes at Northwestern are small and filled with writing workshops, so you receive personal feedback from both professors and classmates. Through reading the work of your peers and participating in class discussions, you get to know people on a much deeper level than if you were just sitting next to them in a lecture hall.

Different chapters
I was a member of Northwestern’s cross country team, and participating in a collegiate-level sport taught me a lot about discipline and perseverance. In addition, leading a discipleship group during my sophomore year gave me the opportunity to create a place for spiritual growth in my dorm. I’m also a writing tutor in the Peer Learning Center and a writing fellow for First-Year Seminar students, and that’s given me the chance to interact with students of different ages and in all different majors, which is an eye-opening experience.

Purposeful plot
I love being a part of a community with a purpose. Learning alongside other students who aim to make a difference in the world inspires me. It’s one thing to go to college just to get a degree with the hopes of getting a well-paying job, but it's something else entirely when you use your education to serve a greater purpose than yourself. It is a blessing to be taught and mentored in a community of faith.