Meet Steven Amin, a freshman actuarial science major from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Why did you come to Dordt?
My brother graduated from here this May, and I heard a lot from him. Also, Adam Adams, director for global education, came to Indonesia last October, so I heard a lot about Dordt. I decided to go to Dordt because last year, I came for a visit, and I felt that this place is more comfortable, even though it's a small town. For me, it helps me to focus more on my studies—it's less distracting.
So, you visited—how was your visit?
I visited last year, and it was really good. The campus was nice. The town was small compared to my hometown. In high school, every weekend I went to the mall, shopping. We have four or five malls back home, so here I felt like this was a small town. But then, after a lot of thinking, I decided to go here, because I need less distraction.
What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?
First, the classes—I have small classes, so when you have a question, it’s easy to go straight to ask the professor. I like the Christian community—chapel, praise and worship—it's really good.
During the ISO, International Student Orientation, I had to take the English test. I did pretty well, but I have to a public speaking class. Because of that, my Calculus 1 class was moved, so I didn't have to take it this semester. I talked to my actuarial science professor, Dr. Nathan Tintle, about that, and he said, "I think it's better if you take it this semester." He changed my schedule for me. I think that shows that our professors really care for us here at Dordt.
How do you feel that your professors have engaged you?
Every professor says, any time you have questions, shoot me an email and stop by at my office—for me, that's really engaging. I didn't see anything like that at any other campus.
What would you tell a student in high school from back home about Dordt?
I would tell them about the Christian education, the engagement, the community, and the facilities. Campuses in Indonesia don't have a lot of facilities like here, so I would tell them we have a swimming pool, gym, track, basketball court—we have a lot.