Start Here, Go Everywhere: Reflections from sophomores
by Emily Kauffman – Horizon Features Editor
Why are you glad you chose to come to Hesston?
“To be honest, I hated my first semester here and didn’t want to come back at all. Now I am a sophomore and graduating in a couple weeks, and I can loudly say I love Hesston. I built and developed many relationships with God, myself, friends, professors, school, and community, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Hesston is a really unique school I think, and I probably couldn’t have had those relationships if I hadn’t chose to come to Hesston.” –Misaki Hirayama, Japan
“Coming to Hesston was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I was able to get away from my home life, and because of softball I’ve been able to see things I would’ve never gotten to see like the Rocky mountains, the Grand Canyon, and was able to play in Phoenix Arizona. I started at Hesston, and have been able to truly go everywhere as corny as that sounds.” –Cheyenne Cherubini, Flint, Mich.
What is one thing you have learned or gained from your time at Hesston that you will take with you as you move on?
“Probably one of the most important things that I have gained from my time at Hesston is perspective. There are so many things that come at us in life, that to fulfill them all would be impossible. We need to realize what truly matters to us and realize what we can and can’t do. We often worry ourselves over things that we can’t control or put ourselves in situations that aren’t the best for us. Being at Hesston helped me better understand what I can and can’t do, and what I should and shouldn’t do.” –Nathan Yoder, Stryker, Ohio
“Hesston is what it is because of its people – its students, its faculty, its staff, and the citizens of Hesston and surrounding communities. The diversity and combination of these people create a community you will experience nowhere else. Though the people may come and go year to year, this unique sense of community is something that never fails to amaze. With that said, don’t cheat yourself by not experiencing this community; get out and seize as many opportunities to experience people within this unique context. You will truly find that your are among and part of a community that truly does bring the motto “Start Here. Go Everywhere.” to life.” –Steven Yoder, McVeytown, Pa.
“I came here knowing that I wanted to serve people, but I wasn’t quite sure how. While here at Hesston I have taken many classes where we talked about marginalized people. During my two years here I have gained a new passion for helping those people. I fully intend to do just that for the rest of my life.” –Cynnandra Luttrell, Tiskilwa, Ill.
What will you miss most about Hesston?
“I will most miss the community of Hesston College. I love having personal relationships with my professors, and seeing them in the cafeteria or at games cheering on our sports teams. I love that the student body is so small and close-knit. Some of my best friends have developed from my time at Hesston, and I will most miss living in this community with them!” –Bethany Snow