A double major in Spanish and religion, Jimmy chose to complete his education at Northwestern College because of the community he saw on campus. He’s been active in campus ministry, student government and intramurals. With plans to attend seminary and become a theologian, he wants to focus on justice and reconciliation between marginalized groups in the U.S. and the church.
Transferring to Northwestern was definitely a huge shift from living at home and going to community college, but I was never alone. I always had wonderful people looking out for me as I went through the process.
The people here care—really care—about everything they do. There are students here who actually desire to learn and glorify God with their lives, and that has been so refreshing. The deep intimacy created by this community has always made me feel welcomed and at home in ways my previous college just did not do.
The professors here care so much, it is amazing. I have been mentored, molded, formed, invited over to their homes, and just overall loved very well by them. My biggest recommendation is to get to know your professors outside the classroom. It is well worth your time.
Growing in faith
Everything I have learned at Northwestern has challenged and strengthened my faith, giving me resources to keep pushing toward who God is and what that means for me as a Christ-follower. I have found Jesus anew in my studies, and my small and narrow view of God was challenged as I was freed to believe in the real God of the Bible. The redemptive narrative of the life of Jesus has never been so real to me as I’ve been learning and growing with friends.
Northwestern has molded me into a more compassionate, thoughtful, patient and Christ-focused person. The fruit of this has been in great people skills, the ability to multitask and handle a lot of different kinds of stress at once, and the outgoing nature I need to be able to serve well anywhere I go.
I have gained lifelong friends and mentors—a community that will stick with me my whole life. I have gained friends who will fight with me through the darkest valleys. I have mentors who will pour into me when I need it most. Most of all, I have a deeper love for Christ, which has led me to love those around me deeper than ever before.