Last Semester, I interviewed two of my friends: Sam & Averie. They're both transfer students, and since they had had the college experience prior to Calvin I wanted to find out what about Calvin made them want to leave their school and come here. Plus, they're are a real funny duo with a lot of insight!
A bit about themselves:
Sam: All the way from India, Sam is a SUPER SUPER SUPER Senior, but not really. He took two years off school to race motorcycles. How cool? He's a junior studying religion, 'cause he wants to learn more about God and what God wants him to do.
Averie: Averie is a junior transfer from a community college in Saint Louis (the ear of Missouri). Sam technically thinks Averie is earwax, 'cause he comes from the ear. He's studying philosophy, because philosophy is the art of asking questions and seeking the origin of basically every field there is. He also thinks it's a skill for discernment and understanding, which gives you the capacity to function properly.
Me: So what have you guys been up to lately?
Sam: Been trying to overcome the laid-back attitude with work I picked up from community college and make use of time wisely!
Averie: In the aspect of discipline; I've been trying to thrive *such a Calvin word*, to test my capacities. Also, I've been trying to manage my time well, and learning how to get desired grades. In the social aspect; I've been trying to infiltrate friend groups because everyone is tight-knit after 3 years together. Don't get me wrong, Calvin people are welcoming, but friends stay friends. It's been soul searching being at Calvin and trying to figure out if decisions are worth the weight.
Me: Tell me about things you enjoy doing.
Sam: I enjoy taking pictures, 'cause I'm literally trying to save moments. Pictures are like keeping moments in a bottle. I also enjoy collecting random "stuffs" holding tendencies - apparently stuffs is a word. I have collected clothing labels, red bull cans and other "stuffs." I also love meeting new people and learning about them.
Me: Long & short term goals?
Averie: My short term goal: pass classes. Long term goals: Looking at career goals and people who have achieved them, I didn't feel I had the adequate skills, training and knowledge to go about achieving these things, but going to Calvin, seeing how they drive and push you, making you grow in your capacities, it seems like in four semesters, I can be more confident about my capabilities. Another goal is to be able to grow and stretch as much as I can without breaking.
Sam: My short term goal is to be a better student friend. I believe I have been called to serve, which I hope to do. For my long term goals, I'm hoping to know what the right questions are to ask so I can spend the rest of my life answering those questions.
Me: Why did you choose Calvin?
Averie: I always wanted to come to Calvin since my senior year of high school. I wanted a school with a Christian ministry program and a great diving team, and Calvin had a good name! I personally just liked the school. So do you dive? - nope, no diving. I came for diving, stayed for philosophy.
Sam: Diving into philosophy!
Sam: I don't know. Used to live two miles away from Calvin. Fortunately, series of events took place which pointed to studying theology. My first thought of Calvin was it is too expensive, but they gave a very nice amount of scholarship & aid. So I was like, "Okay!"
Me: What do you like most?
Sam: Community! Studying religion breaks you down actually and beliefs are challenged in such a way that you need a safe environment so you won't go off. Luckily, Calvin is a safe environment thanks to the community!
Averie: Calvin is a breeding ground for growth and testing. Let me put it this way - Calvin pokes soft spots. It's like a refining fire, it burns, but something good comes out of it. For instance, community is great; but it has potential to be hard. You have to constantly put yourself out there. Calvin is good for community, and with community comes responsibilities as with greatness a lot of difficulties.
Me: If you took part in a beauty pageant, what would be your final words?
Sam: I won 'cause Averie won't take part.
Me: Averie why won't you take part?
Averie: A beauty contest? Are you kidding? I'll probably say something similar to Paul's closing: I don't care about your opinion, I don't care about mine, they all don't matter. *walks off*
Sam: You can't judge a book by its cover. I'm not semi-attractive, I'm attractive enough - actually exotic enough, and I have a smooth accent. What I lack in the visually appealing department I make up in other departments.