Meet Jade Goebel, a music therapy major from Granville, Iowa.
Why did you come to Dordt?
My grandparents told me about it--that's how I first heard about it. I came on a visit, because they were like, "Jade, you need to see it here." I loved the visit and all the people. The staff were very nice about dealing with all my questions. Eric Tudor was my admissions counselor and I asked him so many questions. He was so nice about it.
Is there anything that stuck out to you on your visit?
Yeah, how they said that they would include the Bible in every class. I never really realized that until I was here. That stuck out. Otherwise, the staff was awesome.
What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?
All of the professors have been very nice. The worship services have been outstanding. I like Monday night worship, that's my favorite, because it's so intimate and you move how the spirit leads you. Everyone's very flexible with my schedule--I have wiggle room.
How do you feel that your professors have engaged you so far?
They've kept me very active in asking me questions and making sure I understand the material. We do a lot of hands-on stuff, even though psychology is not typically a hands-on class. I never thought that we'd be doing hands-on stuff, but we do a lot of activities. Today, we did a memory activity that was really fun. It's great because that's how I learn, and they've done a good job of teaching me how to do hands-on stuff.
Is there anything that has surprised you about Dordt?
I would say how nice everyone is. I knew that coming in, but how nice people are and how great everything is--like I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't know it was going to be this good. (Laughter.)
What would you say to someone back in Granville who's looking at Dordt?
Oh, this is good. I would say go on a visit for sure. I think hearing about Dordt is great, but going on a visit is so much more--you get more information from it. If you want your spiritual life and your mental capacity to grow, go here. That's what I've seen.
Is there anything else that you want to say about Dordt or think people should know about Dordt?
It's just a very welcoming community, especially if you come from a small town, and even if you don't. It's a nice area, nice community, awesome people, good education. I like that it's small. That could just be me, but I like that it's a small school and very Christ-centered.