Social Work | In 2012, I attended Grand Rapids Christian High School. This school is one of the reasons why I came to Cornerstone University. While attending Grand Rapids Christian High School, I embarked on a journey of self-examination. I wanted to reconcile my calling to be a Christ-follower and my calling to be a social justice advocate, particularly for children and women who have been trafficked in my country. I quickly realized that I wanted to become a social worker and understand, empower and develop lives and broken areas in third world countries. I began searching for Christian colleges that would equip my spiritual life and prepare me to do God’s work here on earth. I wanted to move to a warmer state but I still came up with a list of colleges that I wanted to visit in Michigan. The first campus that I visited was Cornerstone University. Fortunately, I stopped searching for other schools when I noticed great things about Cornerstone; the location of the campus, the proximity to classes, the Christ-Centered community and the genuine relationships that are established between professors and students definitely made me choose Cornerstone. I am now a Senior and I am proud to say that I don't regret choosing Cornerstone University, for making it my home away from home and for declaring Social Work as my major.
I plan to go to law school after I graduate from Cornerstone University. God has helped me reshape my mind and my heart to become a voice for the voiceless. With a degree in social work and a degree in international law, I would like to work with different international justice organizations and create connections to cultivate different developing programs in Guatemala.
Initial Impression of CU
I graduated from a high quality, faith-based high school in Grand Rapids, and I wanted to attend a college that would have the same environment. It didn't take me too long to find CU and fall in love with chapel. I remember visiting CU for the first time in March 2012. I absolutely loved that the education was based on a solid faith foundation. Also, I loved the size of the campus; it was just the right size for professors to get to know all of their students on a closer level.
Professor Sanders because of his caring, kind and genuine character. But what really makes him unique is that he truly cares for the students inside and outside the classroom.
Highlights from Internship Experience
This year I will be completing a two-semester internship at Bethany Christian Services in the area of Refugee Youth in Crisis. Some of the things that I will be doing as a case manager are: ensuring that residents' developmental and cultural adjustment needs are met in a safe and supportive environment, enhancing their ability to meet treatment goals, tutoring for educational growth, and supervising their safety. Also, I will be developing therapeutic relationships with residents and offering insight into their functioning and participation in the program.
I speak 3.5 languages: Spanish, English, Q'eqchi' (a native language from Guatemala), and some French.
Free Time Rhythm
I like to spend my free time running outside, especially during summer, engaging with friends, arranging get togethers, going to the beach and reading Spanish novels.
Perspective on Community Life at CU
Community at CU is truly important. College here is more than just an academic experience. CU provides practical settings for students to actively engage their faith within the local and global community from service projects to mission trips, internships and other opportunities that encourage students to improve their creativity and compassion for serving the Lord.
Reflection on Spiritual Growth in the Last Year
God has taught me different things as a student leader at CU. I learned that in order to be an effective leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish goals and to contribute to the organization and unity of a group. This is only possible with stronger and meaningful relationships with everyone in the group. That's how I came to appreciate the purpose of being a leader.
Favorite Part of CU
Chapel is my favorite part of CU because it provides wonderful unique times of worship and prayer as well as insightful internal and external speakers.
Best Spot on Campus
The Corum. This is a place where students can meet and hang out with friends, have coffee, study, work on homework or even get to experience different kinds of events such as student panels, small conferences, small concerts, etc.
Top Spot in Grand Rapids
San Chez! I love going out to different restaurants, but San Chez is in my top three to go places. San Chez is a great location to get together with the team or enjoy a good meal with friends and family.
Thoughts on Terra Firma
I liked being plugged in to a group to help serve the surrounding community.
Perspective on Financial Aid and Closing the Gap
CU is one of the few schools in Michigan that awards great financial aid. CU has not only blessed me with great financial aid but also with great jobs on campus and different leadership roles. I know for a fact that CU makes every single effort to provide enough financial aid to all students according to their needs.
Advice for Future Students
Yes, especially for international students. Ask for help when you need it. CU's resources are there to help students through advisors, counselors, professors, upper class students, tutors, mentors, RAs and RDs.