Meet Hannah Adams, a secondary education and English major from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Why did you come to Dordt?
I have a family history at Dordt. My parents met here, my older brother Micah is a senior, and my grandpa actually founded the engineering program—his name was Charles Adams. My grandma also taught here as an education professor, so there's a deep family history.
I visited a couple colleges, but Dordt just seemed different. When I visited, I felt like I was connecting more with people that I met on campus. It really felt like the right place—I felt like this is where I'm supposed to be. Everyone's super friendly here, the academics are great, and the education program is just out of this world.
So you went on a couple visits, or just one visit here?
I've been visiting Dordt my entire life, but I went on official visits two times. I stayed overnight once and I did a visit when we were visiting my brother once.
On your overnight visit, was there anything that stood out to you?
I have a gluten allergy, so I made that known to Dordt, and they made sure to put me in a room with someone else who was gluten-free. She showed me where the gluten-free things were in the Commons. Dordt went out of its way to say, "We have gluten-free options here," and they have the allergen menus--it's really nice.
What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?
I've got the best roommates ever. They did such a good job matching me up with my roommates. It's really funny—I knew one of my roommates beforehand. She's the niece of Dr. McCarthy, professor of history. We met in 2004 when McCarthy got married and my dad was his best man. We met again at Dordt Discovery Days, became good friends, and kept in touch. We both went completely potluck at Dordt and got each other. That turned out really well. My other roommates are just amazing—they matched us up so well, and it's incredible.
My education class with Dr. Mulder, professor of education, is out of this world amazing. It's so great, it's my favorite class. It's my only class on Thursday, and I look forward to Thursday every single day of the week because it's so fun. I feel like I learn a lot. Mulder is a pretty fun guy.
Speaking of professors, how do you feel that your professors have engaged you so far?
A lot of my professors have mentioned how you can always come to them. I like that we have smaller classes so you get to know them a little more. Dr. Vermeer, a professor of psychology, was showing us pictures of the ultrasound of his new grandchild, which was cool because he tied that into our lifespan development class. The professors are so nice and welcoming. They go out of their way to try to talk to each student outside of class.
You have a big history with Dordt--is there anything about it that surprised you?
For a long time, I was kind of against coming here because of the family history, but then I went on my second visit. No one mentions my grandparents—they're getting to know me, and I really appreciate that. It feels like such a community. It's amazing.
What would you tell people back home in Wisconsin about Dordt--like a prospective student looking at coming here?
I have talked to a couple of my friends who are a couple grades younger than me, and I've just been telling them how amazing the programs are. If you're looking for a good Christian college that also has phenomenal programs, you really need to look at Dordt. It does a good job of tying faith into classwork, and it's not just slapped in--it's integrated into the programs. I think that's really cool. The education program is so good, and the English department is awesome. And how engaged you feel--coming here, I feel like I'm making connections on my own outside of class with what I'm reading.
Is there anything else you'd like to say about Dordt?
I love it. (Laughter). Oh, and the forensics program--I like to tell people about that, because that's awesome.
Are you in the forensics club?
Yeah, I'm on a scholarship for it. That was another thing—Dordt has a forensics scholarship, and I like telling my friends back home about that. I was the forensics team captain at my high school. Not a lot of colleges offer scholarships for forensics, but Dordt does, and that's really awesome.