Jake Vermeer ’16
Pipestone, Minnesota


Jake hopes for a career as a child psychologist for children with disabilities and has spent time job-shadowing psychologists at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. As an undergraduate psychology major and biology minor, he has been a tutor in the college’s Peer Learning Center. He’s also served as an Admissions Ambassador, junior class representative on the Student Government Association, and a resident assistant for two years.

Intuitive decision
My college search was quite the adventure. I was interested in 15 schools and visited nine campuses. Originally I had my sights set on the University of Minnesota, but after I visited, it didn’t live up to my expectations. After visiting Northwestern, I had an incredible peace and somehow knew this is where God wanted me to be. Coming here has truly been one of the best decisions I ever made.

Brain trust
All the psychology professors are passionate about different areas of the discipline—and that's evident in the classes they teach and the way they answer our questions and involve us in their research. They nurture students’ interests and do a great job equipping us for graduate school if that’s where we’re headed.

After job-shadowing at a large children’s hospital, I’m really excited about working as a child psychologist there or at a similar place—or even overseas. A career like that would require getting my doctorate, which also opens up the possibility of being a professor someday. Professionally, I don’t know yet what God has in store for me, but I pray I will love my job and that my career will be a vessel for God to work through.

The nature of nurture
I’m so grateful for the people at Northwestern—they’re the ones that make this experience about so much more than just earning a degree. I’ve been given so many more opportunities than I could have imagined, and this place has truly molded me. I’ve grown and gained an identity rooted in Christ. God is using Northwestern to shape every aspect of my life.