Meet Kelsey Bartels, a freshman business major and Kuyper Scholars Program (KSP) minor from Sioux Center, Iowa.
Why did you come to Dordt?
Well, I'm from Sioux Center, so I've grown up knowing all about it. My family went here, but when I visited, I just felt like God was calling me to come here. Like, this is exactly the place where I needed to be.
What was it about the visit that made you feel that way?
I just felt very welcomed, like I was already a part of the Dordt community. I liked the tour a lot, the tour guides were really friendly.
What are you enjoying about Dordt so far?
I've really enjoyed meeting a lot of new people and all the worship opportunities. My favorite is Monday Night worship—that's praise and worship and prayer. I feel God's spirit there. It feels more personal to me.
I've also really liked the KSP class because it's so discussion based. It's interesting to hear what people's thoughts are. The other day, we had a really long discussion about predestination and that was really interesting. There's people from a ton of different backgrounds—like there was a girl who grew up Baptist, some people who grew up Pentecostal, and then a bunch of Reformed kids. That was cool.
How do you feel that your professors have engaged you?
I feel like they've tried to teach things from a Christian perspective and really make you think about why you're doing the subject, instead of just teaching you the subject. They make an effort to get to know you, too. They encourage you to do your best and find your place in God's world.
So you're a local person, and you knew about Dordt. Is there anything once you were on campus that surprised you?
Probably just how much longer homework takes than high school. (Laughter.)
What would you say to a prospective student who's considering Dordt?
Just pray about it and if this is the place for you, God will make it clear to you.