Stefan BaumgartnerStefan Baumgartner is a junior music and sociology double major from Goshen; he’s a big fan of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Planet Earth” and will listen to any music that speaks to him or that he can sing along to.

He believes in social justice: he is, after all, an active participant in multiple campus groups that address inequality. But he found that GC also shared his drive for open conversation and understanding with its women’s studies/sexuality classes (which he highly recommends) and gave him a place to share his story—something that is just as valuable as the education he’s receiving. Meet more Goshen students and read their stories.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE GOSHEN COLLEGE?

I grew up going to Silverwood Mennonite Church in Goshen and I felt a strong connection to the Mennonite faith and Mennonite colleges. I picked Goshen because of the fantastic music facilities in the Music Center and the strong music department.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAVE YOU HAD HERE?

I have been heavily involved in LGBTQ inclusion through Advocates and GC Open Letter (projects addressing sexual identity issues). I am very passionate about LGBTQ issues and other inequalities and look forward to continue working for justice. Other opportunities have been theater-based, where I have been able to learn how to collaborate with some very talented people without professor instruction.

HOW HAS YOUR FAITH CHANGED?

Goshen has strengthened my faith by encouraging me to look for God in all situations and disciplines. I came into college as a very internally spiritual person, but Goshen has provided a place for me to express my faith more openly in fellowship with others.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO WITH YOUR DEGREE?

I am currently double majoring in sociology and music in hopes of going to graduate school for music therapy. I understand that my journey might not take me in that direction, but I know that God will use me wherever I go. I enjoy sociology and music separately as well, so there are many options to listen to God’s call.

WHAT MAKES GOSHEN DIFFERENT?

Obviously there are many differences between Goshen and huge state schools, but I think it also differs from other liberal arts colleges. It is a small campus with a relatively small student body, but the relationships I have experienced with friends, peers, faculty and staff have been incredibly enriching. GC has a strong peace and justice focus and is intentional about diversity issues.

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