Age: 21
Year: Senior
Hometown: Zeeland, MI
Major: Family Studies
Dorm: Knoll Apartments
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More about Brooke:

What are your career aspirations?

I just want to help better marriages and families in their walks with each other and the Lord. I’m open to wherever God leads me, whether this takes place in a church, non-profit organization, adoption agency, or other setting.

How did you choose your major?

I’ve always been passionate about healthy relationships, what it means to be a godly husband, wife, mother, daughter, friend, boyfriend, etc. I chose the Family Studies major because I’d like to help others better communicate and care for the people that they are close to.

Why did you choose CU?

I visited during my junior year of high school and fell in love with the Christian community on campus.

Who is your favorite professor? 

That’s a tough one! I’ve especially enjoyed my classes with Dr. Perini, as well as Professor McAdams and Professor Burgess in the Education Division.

Are you involved at CU outside of class?

I work in the Admissions Office and get to talk to prospective students a lot, which is fun! I’ve also been a part of a couple of really great small groups on campus.

Can you share a fun fact about yourself?

I have a really weird obsession with dolphins. I think they are so cool.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to hang out with my friends in Grand Rapids or around campus. Coffee, movies, and music are my favorite.

How would you describe community life at CU?

We have a really tight community here on campus. Everyone loves the Lord and is gifted with their own unique talents. I love seeing how each individual contributes to the greater Cornerstone community and is valued for who they really are, regardless of where they’ve been. There are tons of ways to participate in community life on campus, whether it be going to a concert in the Corum or painting nails with some of the girls that live in your dorm section. There is ALWAYS something to do!

What was God teaching you last semester?

God taught me a lot of things, but the biggest thing I learned was probably the importance of rest. College is an extremely busy time. Taking a Sabbath for a whole day once a week is necessary for spiritual growth and renewal amidst the craziness.

What’s your favorite thing about CU?

Without a doubt it is the people—students, faculty, and staff. All of them.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The prayer room in Miller Library is one of my favorites. It has beautiful stained glass windows and is usually pretty quiet.

What are you looking forward to most about the new school year?

Well, I just changed my major, so I’m excited to start taking new classes. I also cannot wait to see all of my friends again!

What was your favorite thing about Terra Firma?

My Terra Firma group was so awesome! It was great to meet and get to know people that I might not have crossed paths with otherwise.

Many students are shocked by the sticker price of CU. How has financial aid helped make CU a possibility for you?

In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the great scholarships that Cornerstone has given me. Attending Cornerstone is very affordable for me because of financial aid.

How would you describe the faculty at CU?

The faculty here at Cornerstone are so caring, not to mention wise. They have a genuine desire to do whatever they can to help their students build lives that truly matter.

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