David Lee is a senior at Dordt; he is a business major with a marketing emphasis. Aside from spending the last four years in Iowa, David has lived in Mongolia, California, and the Philippines.
How did you first hear about Dordt?
I first heard about Dordt College when I was in the Philippines for high school. Curtis Taylor, who was the Director for Global Education at the time, visited and talked to us about Dordt. Moreover, our school had ties with Dordt and have had a few alumni attend Dordt in the past.
Why did you decide to come to Dordt?
Initially, I wanted to go to California because I had lived there for 5 years in the past. But I chose Dordt because I wanted to grow not only academically but also spiritually and based on the research I’d done and talking with Curtis Taylor, I had the impression that Dordt offered that. In addition, financial aid and soccer were huge factors that influenced my decision to come to Dordt.
What have you liked most about being at Dordt?
I am pretty sure that all, if not the majority of Dordt students who are asked this question would say “community.” There are many prestigious and good programs out there both nationally and globally. However, if there is one thing that differentiates Dordt from others, it is the community. This word simply can’t be overstated enough here at Dordt. I have met many people here who are genuine, vibrant, inspiring, and passionate about God and living in this environment and surrounding myself with these amazing people have allowed me to think and learn many different aspects of life.
Tell us about the international student community at Dordt.
Based on the experiences I have heard from my friends who attend other colleges, Dordt offers a much richer experience for international students. Yes, Dordt might be located in Northwest Iowa, Sioux Center surrounded by corn where people might not be exposed to different cultures as much as other people living in larger cities; nevertheless, the people in this community are quite willing to learn about different cultures. Would you say it is common for strangers to say hi to you on the sidewalk and fellow students asking you questions about your culture? If yes, that’s great! Go America. If not, I have, right here at Dordt.
What advice do you have for high school students who are considering coming to Dordt?
I’d say, “Don’t be afraid to explore.” College is a place where you figure out who you are as a person by experiencing different things. It is also a place where you formulate and live out your worldview. Although it is not wrong to play it safe and not to leave your comfort zone, you might miss many great opportunities that will help you grow/develop in different ways. I speak this from experience.