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Schuyler Sterk

Schuyler English teaching

Schuyler says the opportunities she's had to tutor and serve as an English teaching assistant are preparing her for her own classroom.

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Landon Van Berkum

Landon Computer science and history

Northwestern’s size and sense of community led Landon here, but it's the faculty and learning opportunities that continue to impress him as a student. Accepted into the Honors Program as a high school senior, Landon is already taking advantage of many of the opportunities offered. Right now, Landon is considering grad school to become a history professor; he’s also hoping to start a chess club at Northwestern.

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Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Business administration and psychology

Jonathan came to Northwestern from California and joined the Honors Program partway through his college career to increase his learning and competitive advantage for eventual employment or graduate school. He’s eager to dig into research and hopes to explore the relationship between assimilation and feelings of belonging, a topic close to his heart. In addition to being an honors student, Jonathan is a student blogger and Bridge Scholar who composes music electronically and enjoys writing poetry.

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Josh Fischer

Josh Computer science

Josh enjoys writing code and solving complex problems. What he loves most, though, are the relationships he has with his computer science professors and peers.

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Noah Karmann

Noah Political science and history

Noah chose political science because he wants to facilitate a political system that cares about others as much as Jesus commands and abides by the ethic of loving others as yourself.

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Kitrick Fynaardt

Kitrick Math and computer science

Kitrick chose math because it's a language of patterns that gives meaning to abstractions. It's a discipline where there are always solutions to problems. "Math is powerful," he says, "and that's why I love studying it."

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Joel Van Peursem

Joel Music and secondary education

If a Northwestern College music ensemble is playing, there’s a good chance Joel is part of it. He sings bass in the A cappella Choir and plays trombone in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Brass Quintet and Red Raider Athletic Band. When not making music, Joel is a Discipleship Group leader and participant in spikeball, ultimate Frisbee and intramural volleyball. A music and secondary education major, he plans to become a high school band director after graduation.

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Dabby Anyadike

Dabby Business administration

Originally from Nigeria, Dabby transferred to Northwestern after attending a community college in Los Angeles, California. A business administration major with a minor in political science, he is a forward on the Raider soccer team. He says Northwestern’s helpful staff made the transfer process go smoothly, and he’s been impressed with the friendly and welcoming professors.

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Samantha Olson

Samantha Biology-health professions

When looking at career options, Samantha discovered her love for math and science align with the skills needed for biomedical engineering.

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Ali Almail

Ali Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology

A double major, Ali aspires to be a physician scientist, and he says studying art improves his skills as a scientist.

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Chris Ten Pas

Chris Criminal justice

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.

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Erica Hulsing

Erica Sport management and accounting

Erica found she could pursue her passion for athletics through Northwestern’s sport management major.

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Libby Ven Huizen

Libby Worship arts

Libby found that worship arts combines all of her passions: music, theology and theatre.

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Noah Gritters

Noah Biology–health professions, chemistry and mathematics

Noah's future career as a physician will combine his fascination with the intricacies of the human body with his desire to help people.

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Wilfredo Almendarez

Wilfredo Political science

Wilfredo decided to major in political science because he wants to learn how he can help the political situation of his country of Honduras.

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Sammy Blum

Sammy Biology–health professions

Sammy uses the Peer Learning Center herself. She loves the satisfaction that comes when someone leaves a tutoring session confident in their knowledge or homework.

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Hannah Paauw

Hannah Psychology and biology-health professions

Passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, Hannah aspires to be a forensic psychiatrist.

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Taylor VanderVelde

Taylor Biology-health professions

Taylor appreciates how Northwestern sets high academic standards that will prepare her well for medical school.

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Jadeyn Veltkamp

Jadeyn Public relations

Jadeyn hopes to work in event planning and fundraising, with her sights set on one day starting a nonprofit to assist people who have been rescued from human trafficking.

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Steven Van Meeteren

Steven Biophysics, chemistry and mathematics

Steven is majoring in biophysics because it will prepare him well for the MCAT and be a positive addition to his medical school application.

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Sofia Schaeffer

Sofia Theatre

Sofia is grateful for how Northwestern's theatre department is preparing her not only for a career in performance, but also many other areas of theatre work.

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Lydia Pearson

Lydia Spanish and social work

Lydia's Spanish major is preparing her to understand the clients she will serve as a social worker.

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Hayden Lee

Hayden Social work

Hayden hopes to serve as an advocate for people in need, aiming to improve their lives and circumstances.

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Colin Kaemingk

Colin History

Colin's lifelong love of history has led him to want to bring the past to life for students.

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Michaela Kleinwolterink

Michaela Accounting

An accounting major with a minor in business administration, Michaela has been active in the Women in Leadership Club and the Business Club. She has already been hired to work for Plante Moran in Denver after graduation.

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Reid Seelhammer

Reid Business administration

When he was unable to wrestle for the Raiders his sophomore year due to an injury, Reid took advantage of the opportunity to study in the college’s Romania Semester.

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Jacob Lynott

Jacob Nursing

Jacob became interested in health care at a young age, as both his mother and grandmother were nurses. Through their examples, he realized that he, too, enjoys helping people be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

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Celina Corrales

Celina Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts

Even as she is learning about youth ministry and worship arts, Celina is getting practical experiences—serving as a mentor for high school students and as a member of the college's chapel worship team.

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Whitney Erickson

Whitney Elementary education

An elementary education major, Whitney realizes that teaching involves more than knowing the curriculum. Just as important is letting students know they are loved, capable and worthy.

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