Chris Ten Pas ’21
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Chris Ten Pas

Home field

With many Northwestern alumni among his family, it was no surprise that Chris would visit the campus as a high school student. After visiting and comparing NWC to other colleges, he realized it felt more like home. In addition to majoring in criminal justice, Chris is a defender on the Raider soccer team.

Beyond a reasonable doubt

The criminal justice system and the work of law enforcement have always interested me, so I thought it would be something cool to explore. As it turns out, I like criminal justice even more than I thought, and I know this is where God wants me at this point. Where he takes me from here, only he knows. I’ve added a minor in accounting as I know federal agencies such as the FBI like to hire those who have accounting experience.

Community relations

The size of the sociology department means you are able to build very good relationships with many of those in your classes and with your professors. It seems I have met nearly everyone in the department. I have found many good friends through my sociology courses, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every teacher I have had.

Mentors and scholars

The sociology faculty are incredibly personable and kind. They genuinely care about your success and will help you in any way possible. I have asked some of the faculty so many questions that most people would just start ignoring me; however, every response from them is very helpful. I would surely be lost if it wasn’t for the sociology faculty.

Added value

At Northwestern I’ve gained relationships that will last a lifetime. Going to college not knowing anyone was a scary experience, and I was kind of worried about making friends. It took less than a couple of hours on campus for me to meet someone who is now one of my best friends. And from there I found countless other friends who I know will be there for me at any time in my life. I’m not sure I would have made such great friendships so easily elsewhere.