Hello future Dordt freshman and anyone else who may be reading! If you happen to be one of the students who answered these questions, thank you again. :) :) Here's another couple questions and answers! You may have read my first blog from this past year about Dordt's community that I got to experience, and particularly from question #1, you might see that other students experienced it as well. :) Check it out!
1. What is the single best part of Dordt College you have experienced this year?
The Christian atmosphere has probably been the best part of Dordt that I have experienced this year because it has challenged and strengthened my faith and caused me to grow in so many ways.
The personal growth and college life in general!
Meeting new people
The friends that I have made
Community. I know the answer is cliche, but it could not be more true. The people I have met this year and friends I have made are some of the most amazing, Christian people I know, and it is a blessing to get to have them as my friends.
The best experience has been how many different worship opportunities there are & how they are all student lead. Going along with this, I have loved being surrounded by students who are actively pursuing their relationship with Christ and showing Christ's love in all they do.
I absolutely love Chapel and having so many different opportunities to grow in my faith.
The openness of everyone at Dordt including the students and professors. There is a great feeling of campus-wide community through the campus events and praise and worship activities.
The people that I have met and the friendships that I have made.
Monday night worship. 10/10 would recommend.
The friends, the relationships we have built, the fun things that we do and how I have grown spiritually
Having the ability to control your own schedule. Not that one necessarily has more free time than high school, but it is nice having the ability to choose how it goes.
It feels like my home away from home :)
The single best part of Dordt I have experienced would have to be Monday night worship or inter-murals. These are two very different things but they are great ways in to get involved and meet people and create friendships!
Meeting new people and friends; getting involved in clubs and intramurals
The community and everyone around it.
The single best part of Dordt that I have experienced is the spiritual community. I love being surrounded by so many other people who are passionate about their faith.
The Christian community and different worship opportunities. Meeting people has been fun too.
The best part of Dordt College I have experienced is the relationships I've formed with the professors. Most of the professors I've had have shown a genuine concern for me and my learning and have been very passionate about their area of study. I have felt cared about and have been encouraged to meet with professors outside of class if I have questions or concerns. I never hesitate to ask for help or get further guidance on assignments or even just life.
I love the community on campus and meeting so many people that are on fire for the Lord!
Monday night praise and worship
The professors at dordt have been amazing. They are super helpful and make it feel like you are getting a really personal experience.
Getting to know other students and grow in my faith through their encouragement and testimony.
The community at praise and worship events has been one of the coolest experiences in my life. The fact that they are weekly and never get tiring or old is so awesome! Seeing the body of Dordt College singing their hearts out to Jesus is just really cool.
The community, running with the team, and the ability to grow in my faith throughout the year
The community :)
Community. I have never felt as loved as I have at Dordt. Seriously. It's crazy how a bunch of people you've only just met can so quickly become vital to your life. I can't imagine life without Dordt right now. The worship, campus events, friendly profs, and endless opportunities for involvement have you never experiencing a dull moment. You really have the chance to grow your faith here.
The dorm life :)
The atmosphere of Dordt has made me grow in different ways than I had ever thought I would. The Lord has worked through friends, the distance from home, opportunity, and love.
The single best part of Dordt College this year was hanging out with friends. Whether it was board games, watching a movie, or sitting and chatting, it was all so enjoyable, especially meeting new people who become your friends!
The connections with other students and friendships that are created.
I have loved getting to know people for who they really are and having people get to know me for who I really am.
Growing in my faith and having incredible opportunities to be in fellowship with so many people I love
The best part of Dordt College that I love is the community. It's so cool being around people who love Jesus Christ with all of their hearts.
The community that pushes me to be my best in my faith walk, in my athletics, in my academics and many other things!
This year I have made so many new friends and being at Dordt College it's great because we also share similar values.
Definately the community, everyone is so nice and close with each other. You're never not involved in anything.
getting to go to classes where everyone has the same intentions: focusing on God and how the course can help us use our gifts and talents to influence the people around us
The spiritual atmosphere
The community, every Sunday I am invited to somebody house for Sunday lunch!
I think meeting all of the people I have and the friendships that have blossomed. Being constantly surrounded by people who encourage you in your faith has also been a huge highlight for me!
I love being able to connect with people from all different walks of life. There is a fairly diverse group of people here.
new friend ships
Meeting new people and making new friends
Being able to live independently
Getting to know new people and getting to experience new things with my friends
Having fun times with friends here.
Meeting lots of new friends!
2. What was the most difficult part of transitioning into college?
The most difficult part of transitioning into college for me was the crazy schedule. I've been used to going to school from 8-3:30 all my life, so starting class at 11 some days kind of threw me off. I've gotten used to it now though!
Time management or adjusting to living away from your parents/starting the next stage of your life
Managing my time since I am the only one in charge of myself.
Not living at home anymore
For me, it would be moving away from home. I moved about 11 hours away, and this was the first time I had experienced anything like this. It takes some time to adjust to living in an environment like college.
The distance from Dordt to my home in Texas. I don't get to go home often, so when I do, I always want to stay as long as possible.
Finding a good group of friends
Learning to do things for yourself like laundry and scheduling your time between school, work, and a social life. Learning to live the life you want to because we now have the freedom to do what we want.
Finding new friends and leaving old friends.
going to college.
Being away from family, especially when you are used to being around them all the time. Also getting used to managing your time efficiently so you can get all your homework done.
Living away from home and always being around people of your age (good and bad).
Leaving my mom.. Let's be real, she is my best friend! Ohh and let's not forget, my puppy! <3
Getting used to a higher work load. At first the amount of homework was overwhelming, but now I have adjusted.
Learning how to manage time and being away from family
The most difficult part is getting used to the homework. I came from a high school that prepared me well but it was definitely still a transition. Also, since you have so much free time, using your time wisely is vital.
Leaving a friend group and getting out of my comfort zone
The hardest part is finding meaningful relationships in the midst of so many people. You are never actually alone in college. You are constantly surrounded by people whether that be your roommate, friends, classmates, teammates, or even just people in the commons or library. It's hard to learn how to battle your own struggles while being surrounded by "stuff" all the time.
The most difficult part of transitioning into college was time management and setting priorities.
Learning to live with another person
Learning to balance classes, homework, on campus jobs, sports and friends
Probably the hardest part for me was not seeing my family anymore. I didn't anticipate being so homesick because I was so eager to get some freedom and get out of the house. I've come to appreciate how special my family is and realized that they are super important to me.
not having my mom to talk to after school
Learning how to do time management and figuring out things by myself was difficult. College is a whole new lifestyle and I didn't know what it would look like until I entered into it.
Meeting new people. Letting God into my life as it was up to me, not my parents, to decide whether or not I was going to go to church or sleep.
Finding my classes
The difference of a college classroom versus my high school classes. Learning the professors' expectations of the class.
The hardest part was going from busy California and the comfortable family and friend groups I had to Iowa.
It's far away from home
The most difficult part of transitioning into college was that I was all of a sudden responsible for myself in multiple ways, like eating, sleeping, when I did homework, and what I did with my free time. In high school, my life was very structured, and students were expected to be in certain places at certain times. The transition to having more freedom was hard, but it was good for me to experience.
Being away from family and relying on yourself for motivation to do work. Transitioning to dorm life is not easy you must sacrifice your own privacy and learn to share with a roommate. Fulfill your tasks and spend your time wisely.
The hardest part was making friends without trying to force yourself into relationships--just realizing that God will bring you the people He wants you to be with in time.
Sharing a room with a stranger.
Getting used to the homework load
Probably getting to used too all the poeple.
Finding friends! Being intentional about putting yourself out there is not something I had to practice in high school, everyone knew me and I knew everyone so I could make friends with whoever I wanted to in high school. In college, you have to choose who you want to be friends with which is more difficult than what it sounds to be. But, if you put yourself out there and connect with people who have the same morals and vales as you, God will put people in your path who you should be friends with!
Even though my home is fifteen minutes away from Dordt, it was a little bit of a shock because everything I did changed; my room, my friends, activities, schedule. After a month, I knew the campus better and everyone was willing to help if I was confused.
The most difficult problem is time management. You think it'll be like high school, but you're for sure more busy.
the amount of money you have to spend to make your experience 100%
Not having that set group of friends that you had in high school. You were on your own and I personally felt like I had to become friends with everyone the first week of college and get to know everyone, but that just isn't possible. It just overwhelms you. I had all year to get to know people and am still getting to know them!
Being on your own and trying to figure out how to manage your schedule
I think the stress of all the homework and not having a parent there to constantly remind you of all the stuff you should be doing.
Being far away from home which prevented me from seeing my family every day
the new schedule and workload.
All of the homework
Being responsible for your classes and academic work
Being away from home, my family, and my friends from high school.
Honestly, it's not always easy. I wanted to show you authentic answers from students that there are difficult parts about the transition to college or classes or being independent. But we are all in this crazy, beautiful time of life together. And guess what? We all made it through. ;) You can, too! And us now sophomores are here to help! I am so thankful for my RA and other sophomores I got to know who answered all the questions I asked throughout the year! And there definitely was not a shortage of them... :)
6. What is your favorite co-curricular you are involved in here and why?
I really enjoy the band and campus clubs.
Student Symposium because it's fun to be on student government and I like being apart of making Dordt such a great place! :)
Soccer - the coach and team are amazing.
Band because I've gotten to meet a lot of new people through band. We also went on a tour of the northeast this year and I got to have a ton of amazing experiences through that.
My favorite that I am involved in is Hall Council. It was a great way to get to know people in my building and plan events for them. I did not participate in intermurals this year, but I would like to in the next few years.
I love being a part of a worship team. Not only does it allow my faith to grow by constantly being surrounded by other students who are taking the time out of their schedules and busy days to use their talents for the purpose of worshiping God and furthering the kingdom of God, it also allows me to hopefully impact other students' faiths by moving their hearts during Worship.
ultimate-frisbee (intramural teams) because I love playing sports and being active and this is something I can do that's away from my studies
My favorite co-curricular activity is probably band because of the chance I get to further my skills and play in multiple concerts.
I am in two sports so I don't really have time for anything else besides that.
Dance team-active, great FRIENDS, awesome coach, and whoop whoop you get to learn new moves!
Inter-murals because it's a fun way to be active and meet new people!
Business Club; I love being on the board of DCBC. I feel like I am able to make a difference and I love working and serving the people of Dordt.
Core 130-135. I really enjoyed being active and being able to interact with other students physically.
Worship and Intermurals
My favorite co-curricular is probably chorale. I love making music and singing and have been blessed by my time in Chorale. It's such a relaxing time to spend 3 hours a week singing!
I loved being involved in rugby because it was a great way to exercise and meet fun gals!
Love Your Melon because it's for a very good cause and has cute clothes and accessories
My favorite thing I'm involved in here is soccer because I love the sport, but more importantly because I love the people in it. The girls on the team were all super welcoming and supportive even though I joined in the spring semester, and I look forward to getting to know them all better in the next few years.
choir and attending students activity events
I am on a co-ed intramural basketball team and absolutely love it!!! I got to know many people through it. Intramural are competitive while still being fun and chill.
Cross Country and Track because of the team and the atmosphere and I get to do what I love to do and what I came to Dordt College to do
I really love intramurals because it gives you a chance to meet new people, try a new sport, have fun with your friends, and stay healthy all at the same time.
I really enjoy intrumurals and chorale.
My favorite co-curricular is softball. I love the team atmosphere, and I love that it gives me a built-in study break and a way to stay active! Also, my Coach is incredibly kind and understanding, and is very easy to talk to, even about things not related to softball, like how I'm doing with schoolwork and in my faith life.
Football, makes a family away from home. Everyone cares about each other, people no longer care if you are cool or not it's simply a brotherhood. In it for each other.
I am involved in the sustainability club, and I love getting to know Dordt staff members and to make a visible difference on our campus.
Intramurals. It is so much fun and you meet a ton of new people.
Football if that is a co- curricular. Otherwise, Monday night worship is pretty incredible
All the intramurals and DCB club.
Softball! I get to play with an amazing team of girls for incredible coaches who love the game of softball and love glorifying God in our actions, words, and thoughts.
I love choir! Growing up singing has always been important to me and at Dordt, others love it just as much as I do! It's not very often you get to sing with a very skilled choir and incorporate your beliefs with all of them.
The worship opprotunities. I go to every single one and it helps me grow in my faith and I get to be able to worship our God.
i love attending monday night worship and supporting sports teams around campus
I love being a basketball manager bc that is how I met my friends! I loved feeling a part of the team and getting to know them more!
I am involved in softball and basketball at Dordt
Volleyball. It's a great group of individuals who spur me on
intramurals or playing Golf for Dordt. I can take my mind off studies and just play and have fun.
Soccer because I love the coach and team
Another perk of Dordt---SO many co-cirrucular opportunities to be part of. This is only a tiny portion of them. :)
Thanks for reading! More to come. :)