Isaiah Gritters
Pella, Iowa
Isaiah Gritters

Major scholar

An Honors Program participant, Isaiah is pursuing a quadruple major in biology-health professions, chemistry, business administration/finance and economics. He is involved in several campus clubs, student government and peer tutoring in multiple subject areas. Isaiah also serves as a teaching assistant and as a research assistant in the chemistry department.

Choosing a path
I was interested in Northwestern because of its reputation for strong academics and opportunities for spiritual enrichment. When I visited campus, every student and faculty member I met was honored to represent the college and what it stood for. It became clear that Northwestern cares about its students in every aspect of their college experience.

Aiming ahead
I want to apply my interdisciplinary passions at the intersection of medicine, business and finance. I plan to attend medical school and become a doctor. My long-term goal is to open and operate a medical practice. This excites me because I would be utilizing the knowledge acquired at NWC to serve patients both as a medical practitioner and as a business owner.

Seeking excellence
The Honors Program represents an opportunity for students to discover what it means to be a Christian scholar. The professors in the program are invested in their students. They convinced me that the program would grow me intellectually and spiritually—and they were right!

Highly recommended
I have three main reasons to recommend the Honors Program. First, it facilitates interactions between students and professors outside of their major, leading to many lasting friendships. Secondly, the professors overseeing the Honors Program are some of the most intelligent and thought-provoking people I have met. They are gifted with the ability to bring course content to life. Finally, the Honors Program is committed to guiding students towards integrating their Christian faith into their academics.

Applied learning
The highlight of my Northwestern experience so far started when I took a spring semester course called The Greek Legacy, offered only by the Honors Program. As part of the class, each student became an expert on a historic site in Greece related to their major and interests. Then in the summer, we departed on a three-week study abroad in Greece. We visited every ancient site we had studied, and each student served as the “tour guide” at their site. My site was Epidaurus—it was an unforgettable experience.

Feeding faith
My faith has grown tremendously throughout my time at Northwestern. Top-notch chapels, speakers, events and activities continuously encourage spiritual development. Also, my friends at NWC challenge me and keep me accountable. Students hungry for spiritual growth are well-fed at Northwestern.