Meet Christianna Marcy, an elementary education: general classroom major, Kuyper Scholars minor, and special education minor from Holdredge, Nebraska.
Why did you come to Dordt?
I came to Dordt through a long process of God pounding at my heart trying to get me here. I first heard about Dordt through a mentor the summer before my senior year. At the time, I was overwhelmed with the choices of colleges. I could go anywhere, I could major in anything, I could be whoever I wanted to be--and that was very scary. It was a huge decision to make. I started going on college visits. When I got to Dordt, I could feel the peaceful atmosphere. I really liked that, but I wasn't sure if that was what I was looking for. I went on more visits, and I kept comparing them to Dordt. In the spring of my senior year, I had it down to two colleges. It came down to which one fit my personality better, and that's why I chose Dordt.
When I was looking at the cost, that was a big factor, because I'm paying my way through college. I realized that it was partly the investment of money, but I was also investing four years of my life into it. I looked at the worldview I would come out with as a teacher, and who I wanted to be as a teacher. When I realized that hopefully I would go into missions or something similar, it was really important that I would be investing my mind, my outlook, and my time into a Christian college that supported all of the values that I did--and would be encouraging and teaching me as a very qualified teacher to go out and changes the lives of students.
Is there anything that stuck out to you when you visited?
Dordt was the only college where I could ask my questions and get honest answers back. I would ask very down-to-earth questions. I actually went and met with the president's wife, Dr. Barb Hoekstra, professor of education, not knowing she was the president's wife. I asked her those hard questions and she gave me very real, honest answers. But more than that, she cared about where I ended up. She cared about me as a fellow servant of Christ. When I realized that she was the president's wife, I thought "Wow! If he married her, then he must be pretty great too." (Laughter.) That was one of the things that really drew me to Dordt. They didn't try to shy away from the truth, and if they didn't know the answer, they'd find someone who did.
What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?
Is it wrong to say everything? (Laughter.) Seriously, every part of my day has surprised me at how amazing it's been. I wake up and I get to see my roommates. There's four of us in a small room, but we're all very encouraging to each other. I can go to the commons and see ten different people that all say good morning to me and ask me how I am. I go to class, and the professors pray before they start. They reach really deeply into the knowledge they want us to know--it's not just shallow stuff they're giving us. I go to work in the costume shop for the theatre, and it's a blessing to be able to do something I love. After that, I might go to clubs. The amount of involvement you can have here is amazing. From morning till night, every day is beautiful. Not easy, though. I want to make that clear--I thought transitioning would be easy, and I think that's false. For any freshman out there who's also feeling like, this is a little harder than I thought, it's okay. Sometimes the lonely moments can be hard, but I love this place so much that I wouldn't trade it for any other experience.
You mentioned some of your classes--how do you feel that your professors have engaged you so far?
That's a good question. I'm trying to think through all my professors and say one thing that fits all of them--they're kind of different.
I can remember my Ed 101 professor saying “Within a couple weeks, I want to know each of you by name.” He would try so hard--he'd look at you and try to know your name, and within a couple weeks, he knew all our names. It meant a lot to me that he would try so hard to know us.
I have Dr. Wayne Kobes, professor emeritus of theology, for my Core 100 class. He's like the sweetest grandfather. It feels like every class is a devotional about your purpose in life. That's really cool.
I have Dr. Bruce Vermeer, professor of psychology, for my psychology class, and he brings back how the development of a child is rooted in our miraculous God. And yet, we're learning the same concepts you might learn at any other college, but it's so much deeper than just concepts.
I've got a lot of great professors--it's hard to say one thing for all of them, but that's the beauty of them. They're so different that they engage you differently.
Is there anything about Dordt that has surprised you?
Hm. I came in here worrying that I wouldn't fit in. Because I was blessed with amazing roommates and an amazing hall, the relationships I built happened pretty quickly. How genuine they were surprised me--that I could feel loved so quickly. I went home over Heartland Break, and it was hard to come back because I love home, but when I got back, I was surrounded by hugs and well-wishes and it was an amazing feeling. It surprised me how many people God allowed me to meet to help me feel at home here.
What would you say to a high school student from your hometown who's looking at Dordt?
I came from a public school, so I would say that the value of this education is so much more than the price tag that you see. You are investing so much more than just money. Education is so much richer and more beautiful when God is in it. That was a huge surprise, because I didn't think it would be that much different. But when you see it, it's like such a breath of fresh air. I'd say it's worth it a hundred times over.
Is there anything else that someone should know about Dordt from your perspective?
It's a lot of fun, and they should join the swing dance club. (Laughter.) I've gone to a fiesta so far, I went to the retreat where I got second place in a contest. I do theatre, which has been a blast. I'm doing the mics, and helped with hair and makeup and costuming for My Fair Lady. If you want to get involved, you can be so involved. Probably every freshman has struggled with time management--that's where I'm at, finding the balance. It's all so much fun.