Professors Are Not Scary

Hello, readers! Hayley here. In case you have not heard yet, just recently Dordt was ranked #1 in student engagement by the Wall Street Journal again, for the second year in a row! I have a few words to say about that-this time, dealing with professors.

Here's a pic of roomie and I taken before a history class we had together last year!

Here's a pic of roomie and I taken before a history class we had together last year!

Let's format a little story here. Once there was a girl who loved school and enjoyed learning and was a decent student growing up. Throughout grade school and high school, she was not afraid of asking questions to her teachers or classmates to help her gain better understanding of whatever concepts were being taught. Then this girl moved to college. (Dordt College, of course!) Being in classes with people she did not know and professors she had previously never met, she got scared to ask questions. In the middle of her first semester, this girl got a grade on a history paper she was really not content with. History had never come easy for her, but she was too afraid to ask questions or inquire more information, so she was not doing as well as in that class she would have liked.  Looking at her syllabus for the remainder of the semester, she was wary of one more major paper coming up that she wanted to do particularly well on, to compensate for the one on which she did not. This student talked with her teammates about her fear of her upcoming paper, and one teammate in particular highly, highly encouraged her to set up an appointment with her professor to help her get a clear understanding of how to improve her writing on her next paper. This girl dreaded the idea more than anything and really did not want to take her teammates' advice. After prompting from her teammate on multiple occasions, she did set up an appointment with her professor. She was so incredibly nervous to go to his office and admit she needed assistance, but thanks to her teammate's encouragement, she did it.

Let me spoil this story for you-this student was me. (Bet you didn't see that one coming!) Terrified as I was, I went to meet my professor who was 100%, completely, more than willing to meet with me. In fact, I vividly remember him saying in our meeting (paraphrasing here,) "This is exactly what students are supposed to do. I want students to come meet with me so I can help them format more solid outlines and thesis's for their final papers." Talk about relief!!! Leaving that meeting, not only did I feel like I was able to overcome a fear (which was a completely unnecessary one, but one nevertheless,) I also gained so much respect and appreciation for my professor, AND I felt so much less overwhelmed and better prepared in the writing of my final paper.

So, engaging. When professors list their open office hours on their syllabi, they actually want us to meet with them! Contrary to what we might think, they care deeply about our grades and are wholly invested into our learning. They want us to succeed! And that is engaging. :)


Digital Media and Dordt Engagement

Heya! It's Emi, your resident digital media sophomore here to talk about digital media things.

As the campus celebrates Dordt College's second year in a row of being ranked #1 in student engagement by the Wall Street Journal, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what that means within my major.

First, a little bit about how I found Dordt: I have been intrigued in the art of filmmaking since I was around 8. Of course at first, this intrigue manifested in the form of really crummy "movies" made on the fly with my older brother's $40 camcorder, but eventually I got more seriously interested in pursuing a career in the film industry. With this developing passion for film, I had to start searching for a place to learn about film. I knew I learned best in a small-scale environment and that I didn't want to feel alone in my faith (especially when learning about this particular industry), so that narrowed my options by a whole lot. Somebody from my church mentioned Dordt's digital media production degree, one thing lead to another, and now I'm in my second year completely immersed in the film program and I am loving it.

If you are at all interested in video production, and the criteria that needs to be met for your best education experience matches up with mine, here's what getting a digital media degree at Dordt looks like.

On the set of my first Dordt film experience as a crew member for recent grad Kyle Fosse's senior project, "The Way Out."

On the set of my first Dordt film experience as a crew member for recent grad Kyle Fosse's senior project, "The Way Out."

While you don't take a film-specific course until your second semester, there are other ways to get involved in the on-campus digital media scene. My first semester last year, I volunteered to be a crew member for a senior film project. That experience was absolutely priceless. I find that I am now much more informed going into my film classes with general set, directing, and camera knowledge.

This year, there are 22 majors and 4 minors in digital media. All of those people will need help with their projects, whether that be crew, editors, actors, or countless other positions. I highly suggest that you experience all of these positions out if you are a digital media major or minor. Even if you know you're an editor extraordinaire, give acting a try! If nothing else, the experience of auditioning for an acting role will give you insight into what actors do. 

Senior digital media majors Ellen Inggrid Dengah and Ben Kuiper take an editing break (which may or may not have included a power nap on the floor).

Senior digital media majors Ellen Inggrid Dengah and Ben Kuiper take an editing break (which may or may not have included a power nap on the floor).

The few times I've been in the digital media lab (DML) at the wee hours of the morning have been some of my most memorable experiences at Dordt. There is a sense of camaraderie that rises to the surface whenever a group of similarly passionate, quirky oddballs get together at 2 am that I will never get tired of. It gets a little nutty in the DML, but that's just how we like it.

Me in the DML! (PS, take note of the coffee mug - you can expect your bloodstream to turn into 50% pure caffeine during your first year as a digital media major.)

Me in the DML! (PS, take note of the coffee mug - you can expect your bloodstream to turn into 50% pure caffeine during your first year as a digital media major.)

Whether you fancy yourself an editor, director, screenwriter, or producer, you will get the opportunity to pursue that throughout this program. If you are yet unsure of what your specific calling in the video-making industry is, you'll quickly find out what part suits your interests best. The neat part about this major is that all of those interests are incredibly valued here. For instance, my particular fascination with film is rooted in television production and cinematography, but I have friends within this major that have a really tailored interest in commercial production, or animation, or music video production! Isn't that cool? All of us have such different purpose that we pair with digital media, and every single talent we have in this field will be worked into a marketable skill over the course of four years.

To put it simply, Dordt College is #1 in student engagement not only because of the programs it offers, but also because of the deep care that the people running the programs have for the student's education. I love creativity and individuality, and to me those are vital components of any form of art - and I am grateful that my major, and my school's community at large, makes the conscious effort to cherish and personally assist me in further developing those aspects of my future career.

- Emi

We're Baaaaack

Somehow we are five weeks into the semester already. (What??) The thing about college is, it goes so fast. My roommate, Mariah, and I were discussing that Thursday night. Every single week we make that comment and its probably gets old, but it never ceases to amaze us. Looking at our planners on Sunday's and seeing all the activities, assignments, and assessments that we will endure that week, it always almost seems like we won't be able to accomplish it all. Yet, every single week, somehow we do!

Being a sophomore this year, the transition back into college was much easier than the first time around, naturally. I would love to share with you some of the best parts about returning to Dordt this semester, this time as a sophomore. :)

In case you weren't already aware, I adore my roomies. Hehe :)

In case you weren't already aware, I adore my roomies. Hehe :)

1. OH MY WORD IT WAS SO FUN TO SEE PEOPLE AGAIN. So many "hi's" and hugs and "how's your summer been's?," and just so much love. :) I honestly did not even realize how many people I had built relationships with that I missed over the summer. Ahh, it was so fun to be back with all these amazing people again. If you had seen any of my blogs over the summer that included the surveys of my classmates, I mentioned how amazing my classmates are, and I want to reiterate that again. They are truly amazing people. Amazing.

2. I LOVE MY CLASSES. I honestly almost kind of maybe definitely did miss being in school. Not necessarily the homework part, but the schooling part. This semester, I am in one middle school education course, one math course for my math emphasis, one English course for my English emphasis, one science course for my coaching endorsement, a geography course for my major, and choir. Seriously, could it get any better?! At this point, I do not see how it could. Twenty credits is a lot, but when it is all major-specific courses or activities I love to be involved in, my classes are so enjoyable and no matter the time commitment, the homework is beneficial.

3. P&W ROCKS. I missed praise and worship so much, like hokey petes. If you have not been to Monday or Thursday night worship yet this year, 11/10 would recommend going as soon as possible. I'll leave it at that. :)

4. COMMUNITY, WHAT'S GOOD. Hey guess what, guys? We were just ranked #1 in the nation by the Wall Street Journal for school engagement for the second year a row. That's so awesome, but it is not too difficult to understand because students to professors to all the faculty and staff on campus are deeply invested in the education as well as interests of us as students. They desire for us to experience the most development in college and preparation for our future vocations and they put so much into what they do to give us the best they can and I have already been experiencing that in this first month. From the responses our teaches want after tests to the times they encourage us to come in and meet with them if we have questions, it is evident that they were so ready to be back with us and pushing us each day to become better equipped to find our calling in God's kingdom.

All in all, it is good to be back. Do I miss my summer job and different schedule? Yes. Do I wish I was getting more sleep? Absolutely. But nothing compares to being back here. I cannot wait to see what this year brings. I am going to do my best not to blink and miss it all!


Praise & Worship

Hi, pals!

When I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to go to a Christian college. No, it wasn't for the spiritual atmosphere or unified religion - although that is certainly a plus. I knew I needed to go to a Christian college because my faith was weaker than watered-down water. I believed that if I went to a Christian college, I would be forced to attend chapels, worship services, and Bible teachings, and I thought that was what would shape my faith.

However, faith isn't something that an institution can force on you. Faith isn't a habit - it's not like you wake up every morning and go to chapel and, BAM! your walk with God just got 1000% easier because suddenly you're standing on one of those moving airport walkway things. That's just not how faith works.

God isn't looking for us to form a habit. Of course, habits can be good, but they often come with the connotation that the thing you are doing becomes effortless, meaningless, and intention-less. If there is anybody who deserves our intentionality, it is Christ. Just going through the motions is not worship - I wish I would have realized this sooner.

Here at Dordt, all the weekly ministry events (chapel, Praise & Worship, GIFT, Monday night worship, and the countless opportunities to connect through a Bible study group) are optional. I never ever ever would have thought, four years ago, that I would be at a college where chapel wasn't mandatory, but here I am, and let me tell you, my faith in Christ is far stronger because of it. I completely believe that, had I gone to a college where involvement in the ministry is required, I (because of my weak faith) would have made my pursuit of Jesus merely something to check off my to-do list.

He is worth far more than to be a small portion of our checklist. I believe that He wants our whole hearts thrown into worship. Jesus paid it all. All to Him, I owe.

If you can't tell, I'm a pretty big fan of worship. I think the way Dordt's worship arts team leads its congregation is spectacular. Every time I go to P&W, I can't help but get emotional. There's just so many people, all gathered in one place for one sole purpose - to lift our voices in praising our King.

And, Since I'm a digital media major, I just had to make a video about it: 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Jesus loves you lots.

- Emi

The Rituals of Dordt

In one of my classes (Core 399: Calling, Task, and Culture—the senior exit class everyone is required to take) this year, we have been talking about the power of habits in our lives, and how habits are a sort of ritual, and rituals are a sort of liturgy that tell us about ourselves, both reflecting and shaping us.

These rituals are not just the intentional things we do, like wearing the same pair of socks for every game, or having devotions at the same time every day, although these are certainly included. They are also the unthinking things we do, like sitting in the same seat in the class every day or Snapping that one friend every time you hear a movie quote. Although it may not seem like it, these habits are rituals that are part of who we are.

So, we as individuals have rituals. That got me thinking that it isn’t such a stretch to see that groups of people could also have rituals that groups of people could also have rituals that shape them. A community like Dordt certainly does:

In between classes, students walking on the sidewalks smile and wave at each other as they pass. Others hang around Jacob’s ladder in the Science building, looking for their other friends whom they know will also be there at that time.

On Thursdays nights, just before 10:00, there is a kind of exodus from all the dorms and apartments and the library as many students head to the Grille area for Praise and Worship.

During Volleyball and basketball games, students fill a section of the bleachers and then stand in support of their teams.

On warm days, students play campus golf. On cold games, students building-hop. On Friday, students go on donut-runs.

In Covey, wings gather in the lobby for a pancake night or a Bible study. In Kuyper, people chatter and study in 55th. In the library, “study” groups form to socialize.

There are an endless number of other rituals I could name, all habits of our community that people participate in to varying degrees, but that we have come to expect and that are a part of who we are and who Dordt is.


Is taking a picture next to the Dordt sign a ritual? I think so. 

Is taking a picture next to the Dordt sign a ritual? I think so. 

Psalm 40:3-"A New Song"

As I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon, my heart is so full after an amazing weekend literally packed with both of my favorite co-curriculars.

A handful of the sophomore choir girls. :)

A handful of the sophomore choir girls. :)

As a choir, we had our "fall retreat" and spent all afternoon and evening Saturday singing and getting to know each other, and we able to cap off our time together by joining First CRC in Sioux Center this morning who graciously invited us to sing for their worship service!

I also had a dance kickoff of sorts this weekend, which included a sleepover with not a lot of sleep but a huge amount of fun. :) We were able to watch last year's routines, discuss team goals and where we are going this year, play games, eat food, and really just bond, enjoying each other's company.

Soap box here-over these last two days I became increasingly aware once again how amazing it is to be able to sing and dance for a Christian school.

At our choir retreat, our new director, Professor Smit, helped us memorize our theme verse for the school year, Psalm 40:3. It reads, "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him." As he is joining our program, and many of us are new to concert choir, we are venturing into a new song, one that the Lord orchestrated for us. We talked about the incredible beauty of being able to sing lyrics of praise to our "great and marvelous" Lord all of the time and to be able to truly mean what we sing, and express it as well!

Most of the dance team after church this morning!

Most of the dance team after church this morning!

Also last night at the end of our dance team meeting, we were able to share joys and concerns and pray over our year together. This was a rough week for the team for a number of reasons, but through devotions Thursday and Friday at practice, and through an amazing discussion led by coach last night, it became aware to me again how much I take for granted being able to dance for a team who desires to bring all the glory to the One who gave us the ability to dance. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

This was just one weekend, friends. Wow, Dordt is such a blessing.


Confessions of a College Control Freak

Hi, everybody! I’m Emi, a sophomore digital media production major here at Dordt, and I’m new to the Dordt Life crew this semester. I like dogs, Bunsen Brew cinnamon rolls, and writing unnecessary commentary about myself in a blog post that is most certainly not a bio - but, I digress. I do actually have something of substance to share with you today.

A long time ago, in a dorm room far, far away, I was a control freak. By a long time ago, I mean last year, and by far, far away, I mean West Hall, but again, I digress.

I remember the summer before I came to Dordt, I kept reminding myself that I had to be on top of things at college. “College is for grown ups,” I told myself, “grown ups get things done on time, don’t get behind on anything, and they definitely don’t get overwhelmed. Not ever.”

Little did I know, speaking to myself in this rigid, unforgiving tone was anything but helpful in preparing me for my collegiate career. I mistakenly thought that the only road to academic success was the one paved with straight A’s.

This constant urge to be perfect quickly flooded every aspect of my life. My existence became nothing but strict checklists, immovable daily schedules - the whole nine yards. At first, it was incredible. I had absolutely everything under control, and I felt like I could handle whatever life chucked at me. That is, until life chucked some things at me.

The main problem with this mode of thinking is that you simply cannot prepare for everything that is inevitably going to come your way. It’s a heartbreaking way of operating day-to-day, and it does nothing but squeeze joy out of what ought to be some of the best years of your life. So, if my story sounds anything like your current situation, I have a few things to say:

1. Your inherent value does not lie in a grade letter.

I cannot stress this enough. Your gift of worth comes from your identity in Jesus Christ, not that Core 140 paper that you bombed last week. If you are going to strive at anything, I beg you to work on fully grounding yourself in Christ.

2. If you must plan, leave room for the un-plan-able.

Life is just plain unpredictable. If you welcome grace into your personal daily goals, you’ll find that some anxieties just melt away along with your unrealistic expectations.

3. Exercise your spontaneity muscles.

One of my fondest memories of my fall semester freshman year was when I agreed to drive with a couple friends to a Taco Bell that was twenty minutes away. It was a Wednesday afternoon in one of the busiest weeks I had that semester. To this day, I am unsure of what possessed me to tag along on this hour-long escapade when I had so many things due the very next day, but I’m sure glad I made that decision. It was this kick of spontaneity that got me through the rest of that week. I really needed that reminder that it’s okay to have fun; to go on tex-mex adventures with people I’ve only known for a month. I also needed the reminder that I had friends, people who were on my side. We were all stressed, but the friendship we shared pulled us through it.

It took me a year to realize, but - surprise, surprise - being consumed by the goal of perfection is not freedom in Christ. Of course, homework is important and you should make an effort to do it to the best of your ability. Academic success is important, but it should never be the king. Do not allow a midterm to reduce you to a desk-ridden robot.

My vision for my adult life was way outta line. I spent too much time trying to get everything under control because I thought adults were supposed to have everything together. But, actually, a big factor in personal maturity is recognizing that some things in life are simply out of human control. So: take your time, allow for mistakes, give it another try, then move on. Let your hair down. Get some burritos on the cheap. Love Jesus with your whole heart. Repeat.

- Emi

Survey Says... :) Part 7!

Well friends, this is it!! The freshmen will be moving in tomorrow and the craziness of Week of Welcome begins. :) It is going to be a busy next few days as you hop on the WOW train and get to participate in all the awesome activities that go with it! One last blog in honor of school's just a couple things to expect for this coming weekend and throughout your first year of college here at Dordt. :)

15. What is the best way to meet people when you first arrive at college?

  • Go to all the events you can and be involved as quickly as possible. Everyone is in the same boat you are. Be willing to go out of your way to talk to someone else.

  • Going to all the worship services and campus events like block parties, ice cream socials, and being out-going in classes when you sit next to strangers.

  • Go to every event that you can go to. Force yourself to be awkward and introduce yourself. Stay up late and find stuff to do with people. Sleep is for the dead.

  • Covenant Basement is lit the first month

  • Go to as many wing and campus wide events as you can! Also, don't be afraid to sit in new spots or with new people in the commons/ grille. Be open to all types of people too because friend groups can change alot in college! :)

  • Covey Basement, hands down

  • Keep your dorm door open! also go to all social events at the beginning of the year (and more!) i met my best friend at the ice cream social who then introduced me to my group of friends i am extremely close with now.

  • talk to them at the ice cream social and the first couple of meals!

  • Just go out there and meet the ones on your wing. CORE 100 really helped. So did the beginning of the year activities

  • Talk to everyone. Talk to people in your Wow group. Sit with new people for the first 2 weeks. Get to know everyone on your wing.

  • Just get out of your comfort zone! Don't be afraid to smile and say hi! And don't worry if you can't remember people's names... don't even try to fake it. Just be honest and tell them you forgot! You'll remember it the next time you see them if you just ask them again!

  • The best way to meet people is to just say hi, ask them how they are doing, and just talk with them for a couple of minutes. It's a bit overwhelming at first because of all the names you have to remember, but they are always forgiving when you ask them their name again :).

  • Go to wing/building events

4. On average, how many hours do you spend doing homework each day?

  • Depending on the time of the semester, anywhere from 3-6 hours a day.

  • Ummm.... depends on the week! Maybe like at the most 2?

  • 5

  • 3

  • 1-2

  • 3-5 hours

  • I spend about two to three hours on homework on average, from rewriting my notes every day to completing assignments that are due. Studying for tests, however, can last a lot longer. I tend to begin studying for a test about a week before the test date.

  • 4-6

  • Each day I probably spend at least two hours doing homework. Varies from day to day. Some days no time on homework and other days a lot more time on homework.

  • Probably around 6-8 hours a day, but that is with many breaks and talking with friends in between.

  • depends on the night. sometimes I don't have anything, other nights I spend a good 6 hours and have to stay up way late.

  • I would say maybe 4 hours

  • On average, about 1-2, but if I have a paper coming up, closer to 3.

  • Oofta, for sure a couple every day.

  • On days I have a lot of homework, probably 4-6. On days I don't have a lot probably 1.

  • 3 hrs.

  • 2-3 hours

  • 4

  • All afternoon with breaks for Netflix of social media

  • Probably 2-3

  • I spend between an hour and 5 hours doing homework each day.

  • 3

  • 5

  • Probably 3 or 4.

  • 4-5

  • On average I would say 2-3 hours. Some days it can be like 5 while other days I will only have a quick assignment.

  • 4-5 hrs

  • 3-4

  • Depends on the day... and how focused I am... haha. Anywhere from 1-3 hours. Some days I don't do any, and some days I do like 12 hours. Don't procrastinate, kids.

  • One to two hours a day on average (unless you are in KSP-151, then you should plan for 2-4 hours specifically for that class)

  • I am an education major with an art endorsement. I probably spend around 1 hr and a half.

  • 2

  • Maybe 2 but not every day. Just depends on how much I have

  • I spend anywhere from 2-6 hours on homework everyday.

  • 2 hours depending on the workload.

  • 5

  • 1.5-2 hours depending

  • 3-4

  • 5 hours.

  • At least 6 hours more or less.

  • I tend to overload and am a perfectionist so about 4-5 hours.

  • Usually 4-5 but when there's tests, more than that.

  • 1/2

  • 1-3. It varies!

  • 2 hours

  • Probably around 2-3 hours

  • 2

  • too much, or 4 hrs

  • About 5

  • 2

  • Usually one or less, sometimes 2-3 when I have big papers or projects due

  • 4

  • 4

5. On average, how many hours of sleep do you get a night?☺

  • Depending on the night, I usually get around 7-9 hours of sleep.

  • 7 because sleep is important to me, just ask my roommate ;)

  • 5

  • 8

  • 6-7

  • 6-7 hours

  • I get anywhere from 3 to 8 hours of sleep, depending on work, homework, studying, and scheduling of classes per day.

  • 6-9

  • I usually get about 6 or 7 hours of sleep during the week and sometimes more and sometimes less on the weekend.

  • Around 4-6. :(

  • 7 maybe

  • Seven hours

  • 7-8

  • 8 ish!! I make sure of it!! Sleep is IMPORTANT:)

  • Totally depends on the night, but probably around 5.

  • 6

  • 7 hours.

  • 6-7

  • A good night means going to bed between 12-1 and waking up at 9 every morning....

  • I try to get 8.

  • Usually between 5 and 7 on a good night. On a busy night, probably 4. But then naps come in clutch the next day.

  • 7

  • 7

  • 5 or 6

  • 6-7

  • I wish I could say around 8, but the truth is about 6 and a half hours. It is my own fault, however, because I love to socialize and save my homework for late at night.

  • 5-7

  • 7

  • Not a lot. Probably an average of 5-7 hours. I always have the best intentions to go to bed early or get up early, but they never quite work out how I intend them to.

  • Eight to nine hours :) I sometimes miss out on social gatherings, but more sleep is definitely worth it!

  • That has dwindled down alot. I used to get 8-9 now I get 5-6.

  • 6 to 8

  • 7 to 8

  • On average, I get about 6-7 hours of sleep at night. I consider it a great night when I get more than 8 :).

  • 6 hours

  • 6-7

  • 6-7 hours

  • 5

  • 5 and 1/2 to 6 usually.

  • I shoot for 7 but I don't always get that or I get lucky and get to sleep for more than that!

  • At first I usually averaged five hours of sleep, but by second semester, I am better at time management and shoot for six-seven.

  • 5-6 sometimes 8 on the weekend.

  • do naps count?😉 if naps count then 9/10 if naps don't count then 7/8

  • 8!! I know that I need my sleep, especially during the week. I also love naps :-)

  • 8-9 hours

  • Typically 5-7 hours

  • 7

  • 6 or 8

  • About 7

  • 6

  • 6-8

  • 8

Here's a fun, mostly irrelevant picture of my dance team and I from our high school camp this summer. We have been on campus now for three days currently eight practices into fall camp and are entirely stoked for this season!! :)

Here's a fun, mostly irrelevant picture of my dance team and I from our high school camp this summer. We have been on campus now for three days currently eight practices into fall camp and are entirely stoked for this season!! :)

Some nights may seem like a lot more homework than sleep, but it will be okay. :) You will survive! And remember the earlier blog question about balancing your schedule? That is a huge part of it! It will all work out. :) I am stoked to be able to hopefully meet a bunch of you in the coming weeks and months! May you have safe travels to campus and a crazy, amazing first weekend here at Dordt!!

Much love,



Survey Says... :) Part 6!

The days are counting's almost school time!! :) Textbooks are being ordered, athletes are moving in, final dorm decorations are being purchased, and it is getting suuuuper exciting!! I have a few more random but fun questions and answers for you from the survey yet! This will be the second-to-last blog in the survey says series. :)

14. What is your favorite part about your dorm room?

Here's my roomie and I in our dorm last year! So blessed to live with her again plus another amazing friend this year. :) Less than two weeks!!!

Here's my roomie and I in our dorm last year! So blessed to live with her again plus another amazing friend this year. :) Less than two weeks!!!

  • The fact that I can share it with my friend. and it has air conditioning :D

  • Ummmm the decor 😍😍 and just that it's a space where I can go to relax and just have time to be by myself and recharge.

  • the window :)

  • My couch and my roommates :)
  • Just having a place to relax and be by myself if I want to
  • My bed.

  • It's extremely roomy and air conditioned! I also love the girls in my hall.
  • My roommates
  • The bed.
  • AC and all the different ways that I can set it up.
  • my bed
  • room mate
  • having no closet doors because it is so much easier to get to our clothes that way
  • I love being in covenant and being able to decorate with another person.
  • It's the handicapped room so it's bigger and I love our Christmas lights
  • My couch! I have the comfiest couch in Covey. FYI
  • my roommates rock and so does my bed and our mini fridge
  • All of the pictures I have hanging up
  • Having our own bathroom, and being close to the classroom building
  • my roommate
  • The lighting, my roommate have put up a lot of different lighting options so we can light the room for whatever mood we are in.
  • The lighting and the coziness
  • My couch. It's the napping couch.

  • Christmas Lights... and the icecream in my freezer.
  • It is cozy, clean, and a great place to relax in :)
  • The way we set up our dorm room is nice and open.
  • My roommate
  • My favorite part about my dorm room is how you can personalize it and set it up the way you want to.
  • I love hanging out with my buddies and playing video games. It's nice to be able to chill and hangout in comfort.

  • I like the loft style beds
  • My roomies :)
  • The friends who have turned into family that fill it up :-)

  • I loved how it was set up. It was fun to buy things for the dorm and my roommate.
  • I like the way it's decorated, it's very home like and pretty I think.
  • i enjoy being with my roommate and having my own little place to decorate and relax
  • My roommate and I color coordinated it, so it feels so homey :-) it is black, white, gold, and blush. I also love our lights on the walls!
  • Our lights
  • Honestly, my roommate!
  • Being so close (location wise) to some great friends
  • the community and new friends
  • My bed
  • Living independently
  • My blacklight.
  • Being with my roommate

9. What is your favorite hot sandwich at the Defender Grille?

  • The Defender. :D

  • Teriyaki chicken on wheat

  • Defender

  • Chicken Bacon Ranch

  • The Defender!

  • The Defender

  • I like the defender on a pretzel bun.

  • Cheeseburger?

  • The Defender.

  • the Defender

  • The Defender on pretzel bun toasted without tomato. There is no other hot sandwhich at the Grille.

  • Typically the defender, but when chicken bacon ranch is offered i prefer that.


  • The Defender on Multigrain

  • The Defender on Pretzel Bun is pretty delish :)

  • Whatever the sub of the month is. You can never go wrong with that.


  • The Defender :)


  • I love the Defender on a pretzel or gluten free bun.

  • the Defender

  • The defender

  • Pizza sub



  • The Defender for days baby!!!!!!!!!!! YUM! YUM! YUM!!!! NOM NOM NOM

  • The Defender on white with no tomato.

  • The Defender, toasted, on a pretzel bun with no tomatoes. There is no other sandwhich.

  • Easy to remember and say, plain Jane on multi-grain.

  • Meatball sub, we need it more

  • The defender

  • My favorite hot sandwich is the Meatball Sub ;).

  • The Defender

  • The defender.... I don't think I've even had another sandwich before

  • #1

  • I have never gotten a hot sandwich at the Grille! I never want to eat lunch that late due to softball practice at 3 :-)

  • My go to is normally the roast beef sandwich!

  • The chicken teriyaki is pretty good!

  • chicken bacon ranch

  • The defender or teriyaki chicken!

  • The Defender

  • Defender

  • Chicken Bacon Ranch, Toasted on a Pretzil bun with no Tomatoes

  • The Defender !!!

  • The defender

  • The Cities

  • The defender

  • The Chicken Terrikaki

10. What is your favorite wing event your RA has hosted?

  • Anything involving crafts :)

  • Glow in the dark sand volleyball or cookie dough

  • Taco stand / truck night!

  • Picture scavenger hunt

  • Murder in the Rec

  • I really enjoyed when all of the covenant RA's made pancakes in the basement for valentine's day.

  • Pancakes in the lodge or painting

  • Broomball

  • Breakfast before bed. we all meet in the lobby and she has Caramel rolls for us yummyyy

  • broomball

  • Wings I love wings 😍 Honey BBQ :) just kidding...hmm I loved the planting a daisy one...even though my little Penelope never sprouted yet...she may be a late bloomer, fingers crossed!

  • Canvas painting night

  • I love it when we join other wings (like the boys wings ;) haha

  • Lasagna night.

  • Anything with food. Especially breakfast food.

  • either apple smash or going to different farms and petting different animals

  • Christmas decorating

  • My favorite wing event was when we did facials! A close runner up was a campus scavenger hunt.

  • We played tug of war in the middle of the winter and it was extremely fun.

  • Painting nails and eating cookie dough. Mostly just the cookie dough.

  • I liked the Christmas eggnog races and stuff

  • Guys and Ties. On Valentines Day, we chose a tie from a guy from a wing of North and were set up on a blind date with them! A great way to meet new people, even if you don't end up dating them :-)

  • I really liked the Sundaes on Sunday because everyone came and you got free ice cream. Also scanvenger hunts are fun.

  • photo shoot

  • Spa night!

  • Breakfast club. On Saturday mornings

  • Volleyball or Ice skating

  • manly cup

These are just a few of the things to get excited for... :) But seriously, you need to get a Defender at some point. It's amazing. And the RA's are going to rock your world!! Can't wait to see you soon!! :)


A Paraguayan’s Summer Story

Hello all—it’s the newbie again. Normally, I’d be the one writing about the students on campus, but today it’s going to be a little different. The following words are straight from Jazmin Mendieta Gauto, a Dordt student from Paraguay who wrote about her own experiences at Dordt during this summer. Enjoy :)

 “Hi, my name is Jazmin Arami Mendieta Gauto, from Paraguay, and I am a student at Dordt. I am currently studying Secondary Education and English/Language Arts, and I have a Music, KSP, and an ESL minor. I will be a sophomore this year, and it will be one year since I left my home country.” 

Whenever I say this, most people stare at me and then ask me: so, how did you end up at Dordt?  

That’s actually a great question. I am not the first person from Paraguay who is studying at Dordt College—I’ve heard about Dordt through other people from my country who graduated from Dordt. All of us have had unique and wonderful stories here in Sioux Center. Stories about the school year, stories about spending Christmas away from home and of course, summer stories. Today, I guess, it is my turn to share my story—my summer story. 

As the seniors graduated and left campus with the rest of the students at the beginning of the summer, I knew that this summer was going to be an unique one. Since I would not be going to Paraguay, I would be staying on campus with friends. I would not have to worry for exams, papers, midterms, and other assignments for the rest of the summer (just kidding, I took an online class and did some reading andwriting for the fall, but let’s pretend that I was more relaxed, ok?). So yes, I had no assignments coming up, and I was about to start my summer jobs at the Music Department at Dordt, and at the Dordt Library. I was (and now that I am currently working in those places still am!) very excited for my work in those two places.   

I love people and their stories, and that is why I enjoy so much my work at the library. In the library, I am in charge of inventorying, reshelving, working on various projects, and checking in & out different books and movies to people. It is amazing to walk through the library and see the different books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other items that are there. Some of them are antiques, and other books are newer. I have seen books that are in Dutch, books that are one-hundred years old (or more), books that have dedications written in the front page -- dedications that were written in the 1920s. The library holds a plethora of stories and, as people walk into the library and they pick a book to read, those stories are embraced by the living stories of Sioux Center. It is priceless for me to see people walking out of the library with a book, because I know that they are not going to be the same after they finish to embrace the story that they’re holding.   

The fact that I am fascinated by people and their stories is the same reason why I also enjoy my work at the music department. As a Music minor, and as a member of Chorale and Jazz Band, I spend a lot of time through the school year in the Music Department. Now, it has been great to work behind the scenes in the Music Building so that everything can be ready for the upcoming school year. During the summer I had the chance to chaperone in an organ camp! That was a wonderful experience. I absolutely loved chaperoning with other Dordt students, Daniel and Justina, and to meet these students who came from different parts of the country. My favorite part of the camp was to listen students playing their favorite pieces and improvising on the organ.  One of the big highlights of the camp was watching a silent film with live organ music performed by John Schwandt, who also taught organ in the camp, at the BJ Haan Auditorium. It was quite unique, Mr. Schwandt rocked that organ for one-and a half hours non-stop! Besides this experience, I would say that filing old and new music has been one of the most remarkable experiences so far. The reason? Once again, the stories that those pieces hold. Many of the old pieces that I took out of the choir folders and filed in our Music library were pieces that I performed with the choir, in other words, music that I performed with my friends. “Let us not become weary, weary in doing good,” “Praise to the Lord, the almighty the king of creation,” those were words that had struck my heart and shaped my mind and soul during the school year. As I held each piece of music in my hands before filing it, I embraced each memory that I had with them. As I put new music in our files I got excited for the stories that those pieces already held, and the memories that we will make with those pieces in each rehearsal.   

The biggest highlight of my first summer at Dordt is definitely the people around me, the places around me, and God within these two. Sharing tacos with my roommates in our apartment; late night deep conversations in my room and in other rooms;  having ice cream with people on campus; meeting interns from other colleges and randomly becoming friends; going on late night walks with Anneke, my friend and roommate, to the prairie and observe the stars and the lightning bugs; interacting and learning from my bosses and co-workers at work; trying pretzels for the first time (thanks to Kim Brinkerhoff); going to the taco truck in town with friends; watching Latin American movies in Spanish with my friend Sarah; biking through the prairie; worshiping God with friends; listening to Pastor John Lee’s sermons at Bethel CRC; getting to talk in Spanish with Sarah, Caty, and Marcus (my Spanish major friends), hanging out with the Nydams (my roommate’s family), and more. I wish I could name all of them. Their stories have embraced and shaped my story, and I have embraced their stories. 

That is my summer story in a nutshell. So far, it has been a great one. A year ago, I would have never imagined living thousands of miles away from my home country in a context that I was not familiar with. But as a good friend of mine expressed once: “home is a starting point,” so I like to think that my story had a starting point and that it keeps moving where God leads. Today I am glad that I can narrate this story from Dordt College/Sioux Center, Iowa. 

Survey Says... :) Part 5!

As the school year is quickly approaching, incoming students' class and book lists have been coming out. :) You may be wondering what "CORE 100" or "EDUC 101" or "BUAD 100" are. They may just look like a bunch of random letters and numbers, really. :) I promise you will soon learn what they mean, where your classes are, who your professors are, and it is really nothing to stress about! You may also be anxious about choosing a major if you are undecided, or you might be second guessing yourself on a major you have selected. Do not worry!! All of Dordt's professors WANT you to find your calling, and they will do everything they can to help you to find your fit. For now, I would like you to get a taste of various students' ideas of what they enjoyed most about their classes this year! Take a look. :)

11. What is the most interesting or enjoyable core class you took this year and why?

  • Core150 - I learned how to study Bible passages in depth.

  • Core 180 Responding to lit.. I usually don't enjoy lit classes, but Professor Schaap made it very interesting and enjoyable.

  • I enjoyed Core 120. I had a great teacher, and the class was enjoyable. It was a tough class and took a lot of work, but I learned how to be a better writer.

  • I really enjoyed CORE 120, Hawley is an interesting guy and class was never boring.

  • core 160 was sweet because we got to watch movies and we went on a trip to Minneapolis which was super fun.

  • Core 180 with Elgersma. Not a fan of literature, but his willingness to speak his mind made class awesome

  • Core 140-GO COSGROVE!

  • I am really enjoying Core 150 with Professor Verbruggen. He is very knowledgeable, opens up class for discussion, and is brutally honest which is very refreshing!

  • Core 100. It was very interesting to learn more about God and Dordt College as a whole. It wasn't hard, but it was enjoyable.

  • CORE 140- i dont really enjoy history but it was with Prof. Cosgrove so it was fun

  • Core 180 because I honestly love Elgersma as a prof and I enjoy writing/reading

  • I honestly have loved all of my CORE classes. It is very hard for me to decide which one was my favorite. I loved CORE 120 because my professor was so fun. It was a Tuesday-Thursday class so it was 75 minutes long. However, she was very organized and did a great job of making the class fly by and including many different activities in the class time. I also loved CORE 150 with Ben Lappenga. It changed my view on the Old Testament and I learned SO many things about the Bible. However, my favorite was probably CORE 140 with Cosgrove. To be honest, I really don't like history but his class was my favorite. It was an 8 am that I never dreaded going to because Cosgrove is the best. He has a great sense of humor and presented the information in such a meaningful and understandable way.

  • Core 271 is very interesting and Prof. Hoekstra rocks!

  • Core 100 I had Attema as a professor and he was great

  • core 150... shirley folkerts is the

  • I have really enjoyed Core 140 with Dr. Cosgrove. History is not my strong suit, but Dr. Cosgrove teaches it in a great way!

  • Core 150!!! Biblical Foundations with VerBruggen. I just loved it, 'nough said.

  • Core - 150 with Prof. Henreckson: would DEFINITELY recommend!

  • I really enjoyed alot of core classes. Core 150 with Verbruggen, because he was a very opinionated teacher but open to people thinking differently. He also made us a read a few books that made me think of things in a new way. I respected him as a pastor of the reformed Church. I also enjoyed Core 140 with Cosgrove. I enjoyed his constant jokes and pictures of his daughter. He has a true heart for history and for many other things but most of all God. I also enjoyed Matt Drissell's Drawing 101. He has such an eye and positive outlook about art. He is passionate and enthusiastic. He makes art come alive and makes sure the class is challenging. Don't expect Drawing 101 to be a breeze, it alot of work. But it was one of my favorite classes.

  • The most enjoyable core class I took this year was Core 150 with Rev. Verbruggen. He helped me see things in the Bible that I had missed, and he was a great storyteller!

12. What was the most beneficial or influential project, lab, test, or assignment you did this year and why?

  • Brand of Me paper in marketing because I had to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. It really made me think of what I want people to think of "my brand."

  • 20 hour project in drawing - forced me to focus on something and work on one thing for a long time

  • In Core 100 we did the paper where we write about how we want to positively change our walks with God, and I chose to read my Bible everyday, which has completely changed my life for the better.

  • Most influential lab has been my zoology lab where we have done many dissections and went on a field trip to oak grove.

  • Building a bridge in engineering lab

  • Well I took a Core 180 test and got an 86/140, so it reminded me I am not invincible.

  • For my Ed. classes, we have to observe classrooms right away freshman year. I really appreciate the education program getting prospective teachers in the classroom right off the bat!

  • Truth Walker's project in Core 100 because it made me examine my faith life more closely

  • Probably my iSearch project for Ed 145 because it allowed me to dig deeper and understand more about an important topic that I am passionate about.

  • maybe the solar cooker because It was fun to do. Maybe a paper that I did on water in developing communities.

  • The No Media Challenge. For one of my communications classes, we had to go without media for 3 days. We couldn't listen to music, check Facebook, watch movies, snapchat, read books for fun, watch YouTube videos, or listen to the radio.

  • My EDUC155 Scaffolded Reading Experience. I got to plan a literature circle unit around 3 different historical fiction novels and it made me super pumped about my major (Seconday English Ed w/ a Middle School Endorsement). I loved every second of it.

  • Reading through the books Verbruggen assigned and writing papers on them made me go in depth. I also really enjoyed writing about Plato and Augustine for Core 140. It challenged me and made me appreciate them on a more personal level.

  • The most beneficial assignment I did this year was a mock-up cover letter and resume because it's applicable to real life.

  • This is a hard question. I think I liked the lab in engineering 114 where we made TLUD stoves!

  • Just learning to listen to people on a day to day. We had to do a listening log.

  • Clinicals for nursing at St Luke's hospital! I got to take care of my own patient at the hospital, making my dream of becoming a nurse be that much more real.

  • I did one about vulnerable people and I did Child Abuse. It helped me to see different areas Of the world and what areas really need the love of God spread to them.

  • I actually really liked the Brand of Me paper in Principles of Marketing. It really encouraged me to think about my good qualities, and I ended up learning a lot about myself and was in awe about how God creates everyone different. It was beneficial because you're going to need to know your qualities in your job interviews someday.

  • Core 120 final research paper. I learned how to take a ton of information. And organize it into a well thought out paper

  • An exegetical paper for core 150 and theology 110. It made me dig into Gods word and I got a lot out of it

  • Sacred space to show how important it is to help others

  • Animal Science labs. Really opens up your worldview on AG

  • Reading and giving a presentation on a biomedical engineering paper because it showed me that is what I want to do.

  • I liked core 100 because it was a great chance for me to reflect on my faith and grow during the beginning stages of college

  • Core 100! A relaxed environment that gave me the opportunity to strengthen the relationships with my Freshman Orientation group. I also built a relationship with my Core 100 prof, Glenn Bouma, who I know I could always go talk to about anything!

  • i enjoyed core 160 because i got the opportunity to take a weekend field trip to minneapolis and had a lot of fun with new people

  •  Core 120 with Professor Hawley. He taught me how to become a much better writer.

13. Have you switched your major at all this year?

  • Yes-22

  • No-19

  • Added a second major, minor, endorsements, or chose emphases-8

There is absolutely no shame in changing (or not changing!) your major! The goal of your Dordt education is to "find your place God's world," and everybody here wants to help you do exactly that! If you have questions about what a certain major consists of, or generally just any questions about classes or homework or anything, ask an upperclassman or your advisor or any professor. I guarantee they would love to talk. :)

I cannot wait to have you on campus in just over a month!! :)