Emily Erck
Brandon, South Dakota
Emily Erck

Plugging in

Emily transferred to Northwestern halfway through her first year of college and quickly made friends and got involved. A marketing and public relations major, she was hired as the marketing and media coordinator for Northwestern’s campus ministry team and as a media writing tutor by the Peer Learning Center. She plans to work in copywriting or marketing and to travel after she graduates from NWC.


Familiar face
My campus tour guide was one of the reasons I transferred to Northwestern. When I visited my junior year of high school, I connected well with my student ambassador and realized she knew a lot of people where I was from. When I revisited NWC my first semester of college, I ran into her on my second campus tour. She came up and gave me a huge hug and asked if I was reconsidering. She’s the reason I chose to come to Northwestern—because of genuine people like her. 

Warm welcome
My transfer experience went smoothly. I transferred halfway through my freshman year of college, and I was nervous about making friends. Luckily, I had a great roommate who had also just transferred from another school and was starting fresh too. She is my best friend now. We also had girls on our floor take us under their wing and make sure that we felt welcome. I’m so thankful for the outgoing people who took a chance, welcomed me, and let me come into their group.

Approachable profs
My classes have been challenging, but in the best way. Northwestern’s professors want to see you succeed, and they make time for you outside of class if you don’t understand something. They’re approachable, understanding and more than willing to work with you.

Faith + learning
My professors talk about ethics in the business field a lot, and they often tie it back to our faith. Many of my professors also pray before class begins. They also tell their personal stories of trials they have faced in the business field and how they leaned on their faith during those times and trusted in God.

Ways to worship
Northwestern has challenged and strengthened my faith in so many ways. Being in an environment filled with young Christians makes it easier for those deep conversations and connections to happen in almost any setting. It has allowed me to hear other people’s perspectives and to open myself up to different ways of prayer and praise. My favorite form of worship is Praise & Worship on Sunday evenings. It isn’t a required service, but many students go, and I always feel so connected to those around me. It’s the best way to start my week!

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