Nathan's Story

I came to visit Sterling a little more than three years ago for Preview Weekend. That weekend I met a lot of great people, had a lot of fun and made a lot of progress on my college decision.

One of the first things that stuck out to me was the strong Christian atmosphere on campus. The chapel that we attended that night was an all-worship chapel and I felt a strong sense of community in Christ through the worship that night.

Spending that night in the dorms I got a great taste of what life is like on campus. I got to spend the night hanging out with a couple really awesome hosts (who turned out to be my neighbors when I moved in freshman year). We played Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 with the guys across the hall, watched a ton of random YouTube videos and stayed up until 3:00 am talking about life.

The following day I got to meet some professors and other important leaders on campus. I had great conversations with professors in my major and left feeling very excited about the possibilities.

As I sit back here now looking back on that time three years ago, it is very encouraging to be able to say that all of the things that drew me to Sterling have come true.

Three years later, one of my favorite things to do at Sterling is to hang out in the dorms. We still play Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64, we still watch tons of Harlem Shake videos on YouTube and we still stay up until 3:00 am talking about life.

And those professors that I got to meet are now some of the best relationships I have. The personal attention that comes from being at a small college coupled with professors who have a deep interest in their students has been a huge part of my progress as a student at Sterling.

All of that is to say that Sterling College is a great place that can make a strong impression in just 24 hours. And most of that impression comes from the people. The thing that drew me most to Sterling was that I felt like a part of the Warrior family before I even started as a student. And now that I am here as a student it does feel like a family – a wild and dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless. And that is one of the things that makes Sterling College such a great place.

Communications and Christian Ministries major