Lydia Pearson ’22
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Lydia Pearson

Called to communicate

Lydia is majoring in both Spanish and social work in the hope of being better able to walk through life with others. She serves as a resident assistant and mentor for students in the Northwestern NEXT program. She’s also involved in Discipleship Groups and Spring Service Partnerships. After graduating from Northwestern, Lydia wants to work with families, immigrants and refugees as a social worker.

Raider love

After visiting campus my senior year of high school, I knew I was going to Northwestern. I chose NWC because of the intentionality of the professors, staff and students. Northwestern pushes students to grow into world changers through academic and spiritual leadership. The love Raiders have for one another is evident and reflective of Christ. These aspects guided my decision to choose Northwestern.

Cristo en español

I appreciate our Spanish professors’ commitment to students’ cultural and linguistic knowledge. It’s evident that each professor understands the beauty of God’s creation, and they seek to teach their students to speak Spanish while also understanding the vibrancy of people. My professors integrate faith and learning through the sharing of testimonies and devotionals in class. Their love for Christ is evident in their speech and conduct. They incorporate Scripture into grammar lessons and provide vocabulary for prayers. Most of all, the professors genuinely care about each student as an individual.


Being a Spanish major has challenged me to listen and understand the stories of immigrants of different statuses and to seek God in loving people whose life stories are vastly different than my own. In addition, the Spanish classes I’ve taken have enabled me to communicate as I traveled in Mexico and South America. I was able to speak with strangers in plazas and on street corners about God’s faithfulness and love. Northwestern prepared me for these opportunities and strengthened my desire to know God.

Prepared to serve

I love being able to converse with friends’ family members and customers at my summer job, to travel, and to meet people from around the Spanish-speaking world. Northwestern’s foreign language department is preparing me to be a social worker who seeks to continuously grow in cultural competence and language skills. My hope is to better care for future clients by speaking their native tongue so I can understand their hopes and dreams, as well as their challenges. Whether God’s will for me is to be in the United States or abroad long-term, speaking Spanish will equip me to understand and communicate with my neighbor.