We’re an eclectic group, the one’s I’ve spent most of my time with this year.
No two of us are from the same hometown, and few are from the same state. We range from Washington to Texas, from California to Minnesota back to Iowa. Further, we have six countries represented in this photo: Senegal, Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, Australia, and Indonesia. Wow.
No two of us have the same major. In this photo, a psychology major has her arm around a biology major who stands next to a future teacher who has hooked arms with an actuarial science major, standing next to an agricultural missions major, etc… Also, a construction major is capping an art major’s afro with a French horn, and that art major is proudly displaying Richard Parker, his fish, supported by a plant science major. (I have no rational explanation.)
We can’t even attribute our friendship to the clubs we’re a part of. We have some theatre kids, some swing dancers, some in Students Without Borders, some cross country/track runners, a student symposium member, future RAs, those who spend all their time in the music building, etc. It’s not our church affiliation, our location in one residence building, our grade level – anything!
To be completely honest, I have no idea how most of these friendships formed or why they’ve been sustained so strongly throughout this school year. These people are so diverse, and they’re just a sampling of all the diversity present in this small, Iowa town. Especially as finals week progresses and I reflect on my freshman year as a whole, I’m amazed by the way all of our stories have intersected here at Dordt -- I cannot wait to see what the next three years of our shared story hold!
It’s strange, really. We’re certainly diverse, but we’re common in our love of Christ and our love of each other. Not only did I need these people to survive the transition into semi-adulthood, but I wanted them with me. Doing this whole college-thing with others makes it so much more meaningful. God knew what He was doing when he threw us together, and for that, I’m beyond grateful.