So I'm a guy who tells horrendously bad puns, such bad puns that if you hear one, you would shake your head and wonder why we're still friends. In my opinion, I don't think they're all that bad! Last summer I was a part of a worship team here at Dordt and one day I told a math joke. The result: my joke-telling privileges were revoked. I'm also not the greatest at pulling pranks on people either. However, I do tell a good joke/pun and pull a good prank every once in awhile.
This past April Fool's Day was the first time that I had actually pulled off a prank and the idea for it was quite spontaneous. I didn't have plans to do anything, but while I was eating dinner at the Commons with my friends I thought, "What if I shared on Facebook that I was transferring to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, studying Youth Ministry? That'd be funny. Hehe." So, that is what I did. Immediately, people from Dordt, Calvin, and friends and family from back home began to comment a variety of responses. On one end of the spectrum, people offered their congratulations. On the other end, many were confused, and a few people were not too pleased that I was "leaving" Dordt. A few close friends figured out right away that it was a joke, but to this day there are still people who saw my post and continue to think that I transferred to Calvin. During this time, I was asked many times, "What? Why are you leaving? I thought you loved Dordt!"
I met numerous people this summer who do not know what Dordt is, let alone where it is when they ask where you go to school. Once you tell them, and I'm sure many of you share this experience, they often ask, "Dork College??" After conversing for awhile, these people also ask me why I go to school far away from home as well as spending a considerable of money for tuition. This has got me thinking recently. Why Dordt? What is it about Dordt that I enjoy going here so much? What is it about Dordt that is worth the financial struggle? I'll tell you what. It's both the big things and little things.
It's the big things like having 98% of Dordt's population living on campus, being rated #1 in student engagement, having opportunity after opportunity to be able to grow academically, spiritually, musically, and athletically through all of Dordt's sports and activities inside and outside of the classroom. I know it sounds cliché, but Dordt's community is one of the awesome-est parts of the school. Before coming to Dordt I had visited a few other school and knew their campuses (campusi?) pretty well, but it's just a whole other ball game at Dordt. It's a tough to explain, but the atmosphere here is different.
I also love Dordt because of the little things, the parts of Dordt that aren't advertised as much. For example, going ice-skating with friends right across from Dordt's campus, awesome coffee at the local coffee shops, the local concerts that occur throughout the year both on and off campus, as well as the friendships that you create and the adventures that occur because of those friendships!
And man, I could go on and on about why I love Dordt and why I call it home, but I'll stop here for now.
Peace and blessings,