Hometown: Souderton, Pa.
Majors: Psychology and Bible, religion and philosophy
Plans: Central American Study and Service (CASAS) in Guatemala through December, then work with an outdoor youth program guiding at-risk teens on backpacking and canoeing trips, Eckard Youth Alternatives.
Goshen path: Undecided my first year about which direction I was going to take as far as a major went, I opted for the classes that most interested me. All of the questions I had about religion and the human condition were fleshed out in the courses of my double major.
Notes from the journey: Gods hand in my vocational direction? It has been subtle at times Im not a slap-in-the-face kind of guy. The direction and encouragement from those close to me have been a blessing that I do not take for granted.
Hometown: Manistique, Mich.
Plans: Join Ernst and Young, Fort Wayne, Ind., in January 2002. In June 2002, begin a masters degree in accountancy program at the University of Virginia, sponsored by Ernst and Young. Plan to work in public accounting, aspiring to reach a management position. Law school or a law/business graduate school program are possibilities for the future, perhaps leading to corporate or international business law.
Goshen path: At Goshen I developed a better understanding of vocational opportunities that helped me focus my goals by defining which aspects best fit and would equip me to be successful in the business world and achieve my long-term goals.
Notes from the journey: All of the professors in the business department have been helpful in helping me find a vision and path to reach my goals, particularly Russ Rupp [associate professor of accounting], Michelle Horning [assistant professor of accounting] and Randy Gunden [associate professor of business and economics].
Hometown: San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica
Major: Communication major, graphic design minor
Plans: This summer: design, build and install a new production room in the basement of Good Library for video and audio production for Goshen Colleges ITS-Media and free-lance for NaviGuide Systems. In October, begin a full-time recording arts program at Full Sail, a school in Orlando, Fla.
Goshen path: My degree will be in communication and my concentration is in multimedia; these are more related to my end goal.
Notes from the journey: Everything about coming to Goshen College has been part of Gods plan for me. I didnt even apply to Goshen until about a month before classes started, and ever since that day the pieces keep falling in place. I have done a lot of work and put effort in, but there was something more helping me along the way.
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Plans: Internship with Womens Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, Washington, D.C., in June and July. Then, a two-year assignment with Mennonite Central Committee at a high school in a large district in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, Canada, serving mostly boarding students, 90 percent of whom are First Nation students from communities considered at risk for drug and alcohol problems. With other recreation workers and counselors, will lead programs in anger management, self-esteem, group communication and other activities.
Goshen path: I transferred here, and it was a good choice to have made. My time at Goshen helped to shape my vision for the future. I felt encouraged to use skills I have and to develop new ones. I participated in the Ministry Inquiry Program last summer and that opened my eyes to possibilities like a pastor/social work combination, one to which I really connect. I would eventually like to go to graduate school. I am open to being led.
Notes from the journey: I served on a number of committees while I was here to talk about everything from chapel to small group housing to sexuality. The opportunity to see how the institution works at a broader level and become part of the process was amazing. I also enjoyed teaching private and group swimming lessons, especially the individual lessons.
Hometown: Goshen, Ind.
Plans: Work full time this summer for Dick Lehman (76) Pottery; in the fall, hopefully join MennoCorps program in Pittsburgh, Pa., potentially teaching after-school ceramics to urban high school students.
Ultimately, I want to attend graduate school for a master of fine arts degree in order to teach ceramics at the college level.
Goshen path: At Goshen, I have been able to pursue ceramics with as much intensity as I am willing to put into it. At many larger schools, I probably wouldnt have been able to even take a class in my emphasis area until my junior year, but I was in ceramics my first year. I have been encouraged to find my own way, and keep records to learn things for myself. [Professor of Art] Marvin Bartel has always been supportive and has allowed me the freedom to explore.
Notes from the journey: I want to be able to not only teach the next generation of clay artists, but also have the freedom to pursue my own work without relying on it to pay the rent.
Hometown: Wapakoneta, Ohio
Major: French, secondary education endorsement
Plans: In September, begin study at the Université François-Rebelais through Bowling Green State Universitys masters degree program in French; next summer, travel to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to study regional culture, history and civilization. The next year will be spent finishing post-graduate work and teaching a French course.
After obtaining my masters degree, I may teach or go abroad with a missionary organization. Someday, I would also like to write a book, become a foster and host parent, assist communities struggling with racial issues and become involved with the youth at my local congregation.
Goshen path: Professors and administrators care about helping students realize their potential and, more importantly, to nurture all students into the best citizens they can be. There have been many people who have been involved in my development Judith Davis [professor of French], Jennifer Jenkins [assistant professor of biology], Susan Weybright [assistant professor of education]. Each professor took particular interest in students, making the class a community. [Professor of Bible] Don Blossers Jesus and the Gospels class made me think about biblical issues I hadnt been exposed to before.
Notes from the journey: My long-term career goal or mission is to serve and love those around me. I know I will work in an environment that allows me to use my gifts to benefit the larger community.
Deana Landis, Alicia
Montoya and Rachel Glick
Hometowns: Goshen, Ind.; Angola, Ind.; and Middleton, Wis.
Plans: All three will live together in Boston, Mass. Deana will work for Franciscan Childrens Hospital after serving as summer program director at Camp Amigo, Sturgis, Mich. Rachel and Alicia are weighing several job offers. All three are interested in attending graduate school in the future.
Deana: I started out as a biology/psychology double major; when I decided to leave those majors, nursing seemed like a natural step.
Alicia: Nursing is more than passing medications and answering call lights its being an active member of the profession and understanding changes. Two classes in womens studies with [Professor of Religion and Nursing and Psychology] Ruth Krall taught me about me who I am, and the woman I want to be.
Rachel: The Goshen College nursing department has a high regard for its students and their individuality. I like how the nursing department has fostered my growth in a structured environment. I am constantly amazed at how much Ive grown as a person. A special bond is created between our clinical instructors who see us not only in the classroom, but also in practice; it has boosted my confidence in myself.
Notes from the journey:
Deana: Things have worked out well for me as I have begun to pursue opportunities in Boston. Even though I have had doubts, things have really fallen into place.
Alicia: God has always been my foundation and my greatest resource. If it werent for Gods presence in my life, I would not have been able to make it through such a challenging nursing program.
Rachel: I know God has a plan for me and itll all happen in time.
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Fling yourself but, darling, dont drop! by President Shirley H. Showalter
How Julia Kasdorf changed my life by Daniel Shank Cruz
Mennonite by choice by Joni S. Sancken 98
A lifetime in family business: What Ive learned by Leonard Geiser 57 with Rachel Lapp
Allon H. Lefever by Ryan Miller
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