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Exercise ScienceAndrew's personal experiences with injuries and passion for learning about the body helped him want to become a physical therapist.
Manager, PACU and Patient Center, Sanford HealthThe 2020 Patricia Van Wyhe Nurse of the Year award recipient at Sanford Health Sioux Falls, Alex is known for an uplifting attitude and a calm, caring demeanor.
Business AdministrationWith the hands-on experience Karlveon has received as a business administration major and entrepreneurship minor, he feels well prepared to become a real estate agent in the Phoenix area following graduation.
BiophysicsA biophysics major, Dylan says his professors have helped him understand that the learning process is more important than any grade he might receive.
Graphic DesignFaith’s experiences as an art student have given her versatility in multiple art forms, styles and techniques. In the future, she hopes to illustrate children’s books for a Christian publishing company.
English TeachingMadelynn Harre is an English teaching major with a heart for words and exploring God’s world. She appreciates how her English courses have widened her perspective on diverse cultural backgrounds.
Criminal JusticeWrestling brought Manuel to Northwestern, where he is majoring in criminal justice and preparing to become a probation officer.
MathematicsStudying math has strengthened Steven’s faith and taught him how to identify sound reasoning and false assumptions—skills that will be useful not only in his future career as a physician, but also in life.
ChemistryKip appreciates the academic rigor of Northwestern’s science curriculum and feels it will set him apart on his journey to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Secondary educationThe many field experiences Lydia has had as a secondary education major have helped her feel prepared for the day she’ll have her own classroom.
A licensed CPA, Vonda Post is committed to teaching her students how to think like accountants and understand the “why” behind accounting principles.
Political science and social workMaya’s concern for human rights is the motivation for her double majors in political science and social work. She eventually wants to work for a government agency serving refugees, immigrants, migrants and orphans.
Public relations and marketingA campus tour guide who remembered her when she returned to Northwestern for a second visit is one of the reasons Emily decided to transfer to NWC. Even though she transferred in the middle of a school year, she found it easy to make friends and get involved.
Public relations and historyWilliam's internship in a museum marketing department allowed him to combine his passions for history and public relations.
English TeachingThough she is 9,000 miles from home, international student Elyssa has found a second family at Northwestern as she prepares to become an English teacher.
Find a method you like to manage your time and stick to it. Falling behind is a deep pit that is incredibly hard to dig out of.
Step out of your comfort zone in college and do something that challenges you. You only get a limited amount of time, so go out and experience new things.
Manage your time well, and make sure you include time for school and fun.
Try new things, even if they may be a little outside your comfort zone. You never know who you might meet or get to know at new activities. Leave time in your schedule to say yes to spontaneous activities on your wing or with your friends.
Get involved on campus. When I was a freshman, I thought a lot of the campus events where kind of silly and not cool enough for me. I'm not going to lie: The events do tend to be silly at times, but they’re so much fun and a great way to meet a ton of different really cool people. So get involved in some way and enjoy the community..
Have a positive mindset about everything you do, and take advantage of the opportunities presented to you.
Dr. John Vonder Bruegge is known for his love of the New Testament and encourages experiences that allow for academic challenges and growth.
Psychology teacher, Washington High SchoolFor her innovative instructional strategies, passion for teaching, and compassionate heart, Alison was selected as one of 40 national recipients of the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2019–20.
Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship ArtsEven as she is learning about youth ministry and worship arts, Celina is getting practical experiences—serving as a mentor for high school students and as a member of the college's chapel worship team.
Dr. Tatum Geerdes expresses her passion for nursing and for her students through her commitment to stewardship and student success.
M.D. and M.P.H. student, Rush UniversityLaura was a triple major at Northwestern who took advantage of cross-cultural experiences in Nebraska, Nicaragua and Ecuador. She is now pursuing a joint M.D. and master’s degree in public health with a goal of becoming a family medicine physician.
Computer scienceJosh enjoys writing code and solving complex problems. What he loves most, though, are the relationships he has with his computer science professors and peers.
Event designer, The Event CompanyNatalie works with corporations and nonprofits from around the country, designing events to help them support their missions and reach their goals.
Dr. Fan Fei shows his passion for economics through his excitement in the classroom and the many economic research projects he’s completed.
Child life specialist, Seattle Children's HospitalRachel uses her therapy skills and knowledge of child development to help kids cope with the stress of being hospitalized.
Dr. Emily Grace is passionate about her research on physics pedagogy, faith integration and physics hardware.
Language arts teacher, Akron-Westfield High SchoolAt Northwestern, Victor felt professors treated him as more of a colleague than a student. He strives to do the same as he teaches a variety of English and writing courses.
Dr. James Mead thrives on Old Testament teachings and helping students understand, enjoy and learn from all parts of the Bible.
Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biologyA double major, Ali aspires to be a physician scientist, and he says studying art improves his skills as a scientist.
Elementary educationAllison says her Northwestern education prepared her to be and effective and equipped teacher.
Dr. Angela Holt directs Northwestern’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and wind ensembles, while also teaching instrumental music education.
President Greg Christy created new strategies and adopted a new mission, vision, diversity and Christian identity to help the college stand out.
HistoryColin's lifelong love of history has led him to want to bring the past to life for students.
Dr. Laird Edman involves students in research focused on the cognitive science of religion.
TheatreSofia is grateful for how Northwestern's theatre department is preparing her not only for a career in performance, but also many other areas of theatre work.
Dr. Chris Nonhof builds relationships with students in and out of the classroom.
Graduate student, Kent State UniversityInspired by her NWC professors, Tetta aspires to be a professor of scenic design after earning her master’s degree.
Biology-health professionsTaylor appreciates how Northwestern sets high academic standards that will prepare her well for medical school.
Kris Korver is passionate about helping his students and athletes become who God calls them to be.
Accountant, Ernst & YoungChris had a job offer from Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young before he even graduated. His interviewers were so impressed with him, they said they'd send their kids to NWC.
Third grade teacher, Catlin Arts Magnet SchoolKrissa’s classroom passion for students and their learning earned her recognition as Rookie of the Year from the Omaha Education Association.
Medical student, University of Chicago Pritzker School of MedicineAlison's action-packed academic career was filled with opportunities to think critically about biology and chemistry, which has served her well as she transitions into life as a medical student.
Drew Schmidt is emphatic about his love of church, education and the arts, and he enjoys helping students follow their passions.
Social workHayden hopes to serve as an advocate for people in need, aiming to improve their lives and circumstances.
Physical education teacher and coach, Storm Lake ElementaryAt Northwestern, Stephan found a connection to youth he didn't know he had. With the help of professors, he became a teacher and coach who shapes the next generation of students and athletes.
Software engineering analyst, AccentureMeredith's summer internship with Accenture gave her confidence in her decision to begin a full-time career there.
Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma and her students are researching which chemicals in plants stop or slow the growth of cancer cells—and how.
Martha Draayer encourages intercultural student development by mentoring, supporting and teaching students from underrepresented groups.
Dr. Michael Kugler is known for making history come alive.
Medical student, University of South Dakota Sanford School of MedicineEmma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.
Greta Grond enjoys working with students on their research projects and seeing the results of their hard work.
Kendall Stanislav helps connect students with internship and study abroad opportunities, and assists them through the job search process.
Consultant, Communications Strategy GroupBrianna found her niche through the many “real-world” experiences Northwestern's public relations program offers.
Public relationsJadeyn hopes to work in event planning and fundraising, with her sights set on one day starting a nonprofit to assist people who have been rescued from human trafficking.
Business administrationWhen he was unable to wrestle for the Raiders his sophomore year due to an injury, Reid took advantage of the opportunity to study in the college’s Romania Semester.
Volunteer Coordinator, Nicaraguan Council of Protestant ChurchesOlivia has a passion for missions. At Northwestern, she was supported, encouraged and equipped to pursue that dream and follow God’s call to Nicaragua.
Randy Van Peursem offers students the science support they need to succeed and models the encouragement and love of Christ.
Dr. Heeg not only challenges her students in the classroom, but she provides them with many hands-on experiences off campus as well.
Exercise physiologist, Duke University Health and Fitness CenterSara scored an internship with Duke University during her senior year at Northwestern, which led to a full-time job offer at a clinically based fitness center through the university's health system.
Dr. Jennifer Feenstra involves students in her research on volunteerism and service-learning.
Assistant family teacher, Boys TownJerel works with at-risk children and families, providing them with the support and education they need to succeed.
Sport managementJosh's internship with an NBA affiliate team launched his career in sports marketing.
Theatre and business administrationCorrie combined her love for theatre and business administration through her internship with Omaha Performing Arts.
Dr. Mike Wallinga followed his passions from college to become a professor who continually seeks new ways to challenge his students.
Director of basketball sport performance, East Tennessee State UniversityAs a student volunteer, Tyler designed training programs for the Raider men’s basketball team. His experience and skills led to work with the University of Texas Longhorns and East Tennessee State University.
EducationCourtney describes her student teaching experience as "life-changing."
Kyle Ochsner develops and oversees the strength and conditioning programs for many of Northwestern’s athletic teams.
NursingJacob became interested in health care at a young age, as both his mother and grandmother were nurses. Through their examples, he realized that he, too, enjoys helping people be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.
Kirsten Brue encourages students to gain experience in their chosen career field.
Entomology graduate student, University of NebraskaJordan is combining two passions—insects and the outdoors—as he pursues a doctoral degree.
Eric Anderson uses his combination of financial knowledge and care for students to help families find strategies to make Northwestern affordable.
Interpreter/translator, Children’s Hospital & Medical CenterRebeca serves Spanish-speaking patients and their families, helping them communicate with the medical providers at Omaha Children’s Hospital so they receive the best healthcare possible.
Spanish and social workLydia's Spanish major is preparing her to understand the clients she will serve as a social worker.
Piet Koene has elite certification and experience as a courtroom interpreter.
Communications manager, Taproot TheatreTheatre major Isaiah added an arts administration minor and interned at Taproot Theatre in Seattle, which set the stage for his job in communications and promotions for Taproot.
Psychology and public relationsEmily utilized her psychology major and public relations minor during an internship with the American Medical Association in Chicago.
Business administration and psychologyJonathan came to Northwestern from California and joined the Honors Program partway through his college career to increase his learning and competitive advantage for eventual employment or graduate school.
Freelance music producer, SoundReserveAndrew founded a music production company in Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating from Northwestern. In addition to composing and producing music, he also plays keyboard for a classic rock band that performs onboard Holland America cruise ships.
Oncology nurse, University of Iowa HospitalAs an oncology nurse, Sarah cares for patients' emotional and spiritual health as well as their physical needs.
Head wrestling coach Rik Dahl enjoys building relationships with students, extending grace, and encouraging them through life.
First-grade teacherAs a freshman at Northwestern, Courtney was already spending time in school classrooms as part of her education classes, which helped confirm her desire to become a teacher and coach.
Membership services executive, Denver NuggetsJosh turned his love for sports into a career.
Worship artsLibby found that worship arts combines all of her passions: music, theology and theatre.
Biology–health professionsSammy uses the Peer Learning Center herself. She loves the satisfaction that comes when someone leaves a tutoring session confident in their knowledge or homework.
Counseling and art therapy graduate student, Adler UniversityThrough the encouragement of her professors, Osiris found that her passion for psychology and art can lead to an interesting, interdisciplinary career.
Veterinary student, Iowa State UniversityWith the help of Northwestern's science professors, Alex is on her way to her dream career as a veterinarian.
Dr. Kim Jongerius sees math as both art and language and encourages students to communicate mathematics effectively.
Biology–health professionsPerkins' internship with an animal health company combined his business and biology knowledge.
Biology-health professions and chemistryAlison spent a semester studying how to improve the quality of care for hospitalized patients.
Dr. Barb Dewald is passionate about providing multiple opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with Christ.
Dr. David Arnett sees God through nature, science and loving action—all of which have added to his understanding of what it means to live a Christian life.
Biology-health professionsAn aspiring physician assistant, Shelby's internship in a research lab will strengthen her application for graduate school.
Graduate student in mathematics, University of South DakotaWith a love of theatre, music and philosophy, James found that Northwestern’s humanities major enabled him to learn anything and everything about anything and everything.
Dr. Sally Oakes Edman helps students work through problems, find healing and wholeness, and eliminate obstacles to healthy functioning.
Executive director, Atlas: LincolnTaking what he’d learned about the impact of listening to peoples’ stories, Brody pursued a career focused on community development.
Public relations and marketingAnna says her Northwestern classes "perfectly aligned" with the skills required for her internship.
Law student, University of MinnesotaConnor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.
RN, post-surgical unit, Mayo ClinicDevin works with some of the world’s best surgeons and teams at the Mayo Clinic.
Graduate student, Embry-Riddle UniversityAbigail is pursuing a master’s degree in security and intelligence studies as preparation for a career in counterterrorism.
DNA specialist, Kansas Bureau of InvestigationZach completed a master’s degree at Michigan State University and has now begun a career in forensic science.
AccountingSadikshya's internship with a large nonprofit organization allowed her to assist with a variety of accounting procedures.
Genetics graduate student, North Carolina State UniversityJoseph says Northwestern's integration of science and faith deepened his faith while in college. It also prepared him for graduate study in genetics and stoked his interest in a career as a research scientist.
Police officer, Urbandale Police DepartmentCollin's Northwestern education, paired with an internship with the Urbandale, Iowa, Police Department, launched his career in law enforcement.
Security administrator, U.S. State DepartmentShanell's semester in Washington, D.C., and internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.
Social media coordinator, Lutheran Church of HopeAli has always had an eye for design, and with a little encouragement from Northwestern’s art professors and Career Development Center, she chose to pursue her creative passions as a career.
Political science and criminal justiceShanell's internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.
Staff accountant, Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co.Evan's success on the golf course parlayed itself into a job as an accountant in his hometown.
Applications programmer, Interstates Control Systems Inc.Jonathan employs his computer science skills to help build control systems for a wide variety of industrial facilities, designing and building interfaces for operators to use in their businesses.
ChemistryNorthwestern science and lab courses proved beneficial for Abigail during her internship in a quality control lab.
Exercise scienceCole gained valuable hands-on coaching experience through his internship with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's strength and conditioning team.
Public relationsPassionate about community and communications, Adebola put her public relations skills to use with Orange City Arts.
PsychologyAn aspiring occupational therapist, Rebekah’s compassion and skillset led her to an internship with L’Arche Chicago.
Public relationsPassionate about communications and history, Kendra brought the two together during her internship at The Durham Museum.
Economics and business administration–financeCarter put his business skills to practice during a California internship.
Art/graphic designLauren channeled her creativity during an internship with an advertising and marketing agency.
Computer science and historyNorthwestern’s size and sense of community led Landon here, but it's the faculty and learning opportunities that continue to impress him as a student. Right now, Landon is considering grad school to become a history professor.
Exercise scienceKessandra describes her internship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship Performance Institute in Las Vegas as "the dream."
AccountingTyler says he gained valuable experience in business through his internship with Battery Systems Inc.
Graduate student, Princeton SeminaryA Christian and a scholar. That’s the label Steven is aiming for, so he’s building on the strong start he got at Northwestern as a divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Political science and historyTyler says his internship with the City of Chicago Department of Law affirmed his aspirations of being a lawyer.
Sport managementBlake's sport management internship work ranged from marketing events to working with athletes and adaptive sports.
Business administration-financeJoey advanced his business skills through an internship with a well-known insurance and finance company.
Public relationsConnor utilized his public relations skills in his work with an agency that specializes in professional sports.
Business administration–marketingDiviya's internship with an indoor outlet mall offered her the opportunity to work on several marketing projects.
Assistant director, Joy HouseTaylor landed her dream job right after college when she began working at the Joy House, a housing program for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Business administration–agricultural businessBrett's internship at a bank gave him hands-on experience in working with agricultural loans.
Social work and theatreKasandra says she grew professionally and personally through her internship with a transitional housing program in Denver.
Business administration-financeNoah credits Northwestern for preparing him well for his internship with a financial services company.
Attorney, Brown Immigration LawJenna discovered her passion for social justice during her Spanish classes at Northwestern. Now her career is focused on immigration law.
Music and secondary educationIf a Northwestern College music ensemble is playing, there’s a good chance Joel is part of it. A music and secondary education major, he plans to become a high school band director after graduation.
Biology-health professionsWhen looking at career options, Samantha discovered her love for math and science align with the skills needed for biomedical engineering.
Psychology and biology-health professionsPassionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, Hannah aspires to be a forensic psychiatrist.
Graduate student, Western Theological SeminaryA student student in Western Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, Laura hopes to continue ministering to families in the church, just as she did during and after college.
Minor league athletic trainer, San Francisco GiantsA former football player, Vito is pursuing his passion for sports as an athletic trainer, treating injured athletes and getting them back on the field.
Dr. Valerie Stokes provides students with a safe, encouraging environment in which she shares real-life examples from her own therapeutic practice.