Hometown: Grand Ledge, Michigan
Major: Strategic Communication, Minor: International Business
Residence Hall: Knoll Apartments
More about Spencer:
Have you completed an internship?
Yes. In the summer of 2012 I was a Marketing intern for The Wieland-Davco Corporation, a contracting firm in Lansing, Michigan. I organized pictures and information for their database of past and current projects, organized materials for construction seminars they put on in the mid-Michigan area, and had the privilege of writing, constructing, and organizing their yearly newsletter which was sent out across the U.S.
What are your career aspirations?
I'd love to be a public ambassador for a company, more specifically a non-profit. It's wherever God leads me, but I'd love to work for a company that furthers God's Kingdom in some way.
Why did you choose CU?
It was actually God's doing that led me to CU. CU's atmosphere was immediately warm and welcoming the minute I stepped on campus, which I loved and found very different from other schools. CU is also very good with scholarships, which took the load off of the total cost of college for me. I also love that CU holds Jesus Christ as their centrality and focus.
Current and past involvements/leadership positions:
Freshman year I was on CU's Q&A panel for incoming students. Sophomore year I served on the CU Student Engagement Board, where we planned awesome extra-curricular activities and events for the CU community. And currently, I am on the CU Student Ambassador Board.
Share a fun fact about you:
I was born on December 12, 1991 (12/12/1991). I did the math, and on 12/12/2012, I turn 21, which is 12 backwards. Freaky, I know.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Taking pictures, playing soccer, lying in my hammock, long boarding, blogging, buying shoes
How would you describe community life at CU?
It's very welcoming. People are loving and pleasant to you, even complete strangers you see while walking to class. I've met some of my best friends here at Cornerstone, because of their culture exposure and their love for Jesus and wanting Him to be evident in every part of their lives.
What did God teach you last semester?
God really put me into multiple positions where I had no choice but to let go and let Him steer. I'm an instigator and very tight-gripped in some areas of my life, and He taught me that even in those areas He needs to have control in order for Him to be purely shown in my life. He also taught me that there is really nothing I can do to justify my sin or make me look like a "better" person, except clinging to the finality of what was done on the cross. Christ really knows how to free you from yourself.
What’s your favorite thing about CU?
I love that in everything CU teaches, they're teaching it with the bigger picture in mind: how we can use this in our every-day lives to represent Jesus, from the mission field in Africa to the corner office in Grand Rapids.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
When the weather is lovely, I love to post up in my hammock in the many places on campus where there are trees. I love being outside, and it's awesome to have places both in public and in private where I can hang.
What are you looking forward to most about the new school year?
Seeing my buddies again! I've made friends from all over the U.S. at CU, and it's always great to be reunited in the fall and catch up on our wild summer stories.
What was your favorite thing about Terra Firma?
I liked being plugged in to a group to help serve the surrounding community.
How has financial aid helped make CU a possibility for you? CU was really great and intentional on finding as much money as possible to help you out. The Advisors are really on your side, and that was really encouraging. I ended up getting enough money that allowed me to not take out many loans, which is great in the long run.
If you could tell a new student one piece of advice, what would it be?
Get involved. Get curious. The more stuff you investigate, the more people and stuff you'll be exposed to, which turns into great connections and great relationships. And have a blast! College is serious, yes, but it's also supposed to be the best time of your life. Embrace everything!