The Difference You Make
"I graduated from SC in 2012 with a degree in English. Since then, The Lord has taken me to seminary, where I am pursuing a master’s degree in media and communication with an emphasis in writing. The English department is a huge reason I'm doing well: Squires taught me how to break down a sentence, Watney taught me how to read critically and Sutton taught me how to write concisely. My literary background has prepared me to engage the biblical text with respect and to write in a way that attempts to bring God glory."
Being a high school senior, from Luray, KS, I didn't know what to do after graduation. I came to Sterling College for a campus visit and right away I knew that I belonged here. During my time at SC, I have made lifelong friendships, further developed my passion for art, by becoming an Art major, and became a member of the Track & Field team. But most importantly, I have come to know God and have a relationship with Him.
Transferring to Sterling College from a big community college was the best decision I've ever made. I was blessed to play college football for Coach Andy Lambert, who invested in me as an athlete and as a man of God. During my time at Sterling I grew through serving in student government, being in a one act play, hosting the annual talent show, leading student Bible studies and participating in an international mission trip. It was refreshing to have faculty who authentically cared about me and wanted me to succeed. I will be graduating this spring, excited about my future opportunities. I leave Sterling College confident, knowing that the experiences I've had at Sterling have prepared me for life and the workplace.
I knew Sterling is where God wants me because the minute I stepped on campus, I instantly felt at home. This was after I’d already spent time at two other colleges where my ventures fell short of what I’d hoped for. Since coming to Sterling, I am making my faith my own and have learned more in the past two years than in my previous twenty-one years of life. Professors and staff here are so personable, like surrogate parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. I love being part of a family I was not born into, but chose to be a part of.
Being from Huntington Beach, California, I had no idea how I was going to adjust to living in a small town and school. I knew that God had a plan for me coming to Sterling College. Now being here for the past three years I have gained so much growth in my education to become a teacher and in my faith with the Lord. I have been blessed to be at a place where I can build relationships with people on my floor as a Resident Assistant, with classmates, and with faculty. Sterling is a place that is so unique from any other college.
A large part of why I chose Sterling College was because of the well-known teacher education program. Through my journey at Sterling, I have been challenged by rigorous classwork, and I am confident that I will be prepared for clinical teaching in the fall. Not only have I been blessed by the education department, but I’ve also grown exponentially from being a Resident Assistant in the dorms. Being hired as a sophomore, I didn’t know if I would be cut out for the job; however, God is bigger than my limited expectations. My time at Sterling has honed and refined my God given talents and I cannot wait to get into a classroom and impart knowledge to future generations.
Sterling College was not on my radar until it came time to make my college decision - I enrolled without a campus visit. When I returned home for my first Christmas break, I realized the effect that Sterling had on me. The people I met here have changed my life and perspective. There is the feeling of a family, not just a college. Sterling has become my home. It has opened my eyes to many things that California does not have to offer. The professors are so personable and helpful. This was especially evident when I had my knee surgery. I have learned lifelong lessons and made lifelong friends.
My first year at Sterling College has proven to be more than I ever expected. In coming here, I never imagined I would be mentored and loved by the faculty and staff. Every faculty and staff member I have met loves the Lord and seems keenly engaged in preparing students to be the best they can be academically and spiritually. I continue to learn and be challenged in my classes at Sterling and have yet to take a class and not learn something that will undoubtedly impact the rest of my life.
It is a blessing to serve... I'm often reminded of this here at Sterling. As an R.A., there are plenty of opportunities for me to serve others, but I'm consistently blown away by the joyful, loving, service-oriented attitudes of others. I am so blessed by the people here at Sterling. Everyone from my art professors to the cafeteria staff displays the love of Christ in their everyday lives, and it is evident that they care not only about my grades, but about my life and faith as well. Attending Sterling has given me more truly amazing friendships and a deeper love for my savior than I ever could have asked for.
Words cannot properly describe how Sterling College has impacted my life. Even before I reached my senior year in high school, I knew SC was the place for me. I have not only found amazing friendships among my peers, but have also developed friendships among the faculty and staff that I know I wouldn’t have found at a bigger university. Sterling has proven to be academically challenging. My faith has also grown in leaps and bounds, being challenged every day in new way. In short, I have found a home at Sterling and I couldn’t think of a better place to be equipped for my future.
“When choosing to come to Sterling I never would have imagined I would have such opportunities for growth and leadership. Sterling has helped me develop a passion to lead and to serve and allowed me to hone in on this through mission trips, competing on the debate and forensics team, serving as president of the Campus Activities Board and now serving as the director of campus activities on the Student Government Association. Learning to lead in a Christian environment has really changed the way that I think about leadership and something I want to share with others when I leave Sterling. I am really grateful and blessed to have had these opportunities and don’t think I could have gotten them at any other college.”
“When I started looking for colleges, I wanted a college that would enhance my education and would be a catalyst for me to grow in my walk with Christ. Sterling’s amazing atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. Sterling College possesses a quality that few others do: a true sense of community and togetherness in Christ. I greatly look forward to experiencing what Sterling has to offer: faith, education, and community.”
"Sterling has done more for me than other more 'elite' colleges can do for anyone. Sterling has not only given me a solid education in the field of my choosing, but they have helped me discover myself. I am a completely different person now than I was when I graduated high school. And for this I am extremely grateful that Sterling has offered me more than just a diploma."
"I credit Sterling's education program for completely preparing me to handle every aspect of teaching. The education professors model good teaching practices in their classrooms and obviously care for each of their students. I could go on and on about how much respect I have for these people. Even when I began my career and had questions or needed help, [the faculty] have been there to rely on. What a great support team!"
"Sterling College not only helped me become an educator, it prepared me for obstacles that might arise during my first year of teaching. Sterling College helped me be confident in my own skills as a teacher."
"Life after college has been foreign - literally - I love it. I learned so much in my classes at Sterling College, but being in medical school overseas means I have new challenges daily. Sometimes it is overwhelming, but I think that's where God wants me - trusting Him. As I'm faced with different hurdles - planning meetings, attempting to communicate in another language, or just listening to a friend who's struggling - I remember Sterling, the mentors who truly exemplified servant leadership, and I'm so thankful for the ways God used Sterling College to grow and prepare me."
"After a campus visit I knew Sterling College was where I belonged. During my time at Sterling I have made lifelong friendships, further developed my passion for art, and participated in track and field. The faculty have made a huge impact on me, especially Professor Kathy Glynn. She has been a great mentor, both academically and personally. Most importantly, I have come to know God better, and my relationship with Him is so much stronger than when I came to Sterling."
"Coming from a large Chicago area high school with 1,000 students in my graduating class, I was not sure how I would adjust to Sterling. I looked at a couple other colleges that were closer to home, but once I visited Sterling I felt a connection and wanted to go there. Through my time at Sterling, my calling to ministry has grown. I am excited about serving God through the church."
"Coming into Sterling from a similar-size town seemed like the perfect fit, but I had no idea just how perfect it really would be. Over time, God has used this school to break through to me on many different levels. Sterling College has allowed me to find myself and my own identity through Jesus Christ. Throughout this process, I have developed the desire to share my heart with others, as well as the heart of Christ. Due to Sterling’s servant leadership attitude and heart for missions, I have learned just what it means to be a light and to share Jesus Christ with the world."
"My Sterling College experience was truly memorable and life changing. The spiritual and intellectual philosophy of SC helped me to learn how to accept and overcome life challenges in a positive, productive way. Growing up in Pasadena, Calif., and moving to Sterling, Kan., was kind of a culture shock at first. Once I started to meet and learn about the amazing people at Sterling, I knew this was going to be a special four years. The knowledge I received in the classroom and the life experiences I had on the football field have been invaluable. I am very grateful to the Sterling College faculty for their direction and guidance that placed me on the right path to make a difference and help others to lead successful lives."
"Going to Guatemala was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I could never put into words how much I cherish the people I met and the experiences I was able to have as a result of this trip. I learned that one should never let anything such as a different language, culture, or belief stop one from reaching out and making connections in the name of God. It’s crazy how much you can have in common with someone from a completely different part of the world!"
"God has shown me many things through this trip to Kenya. He showed me how to be a more gracious giver and how to be joyful always. How showed me how to be content with what I have and as Philippians 2:14 states, to do everything without complaining or arguing."
"The mission trip I went on to Thailand was an amazing, faith-changing experience. Being over there opened my eyes to the hold that Satan has on this world while at the same time giving me an opportunity to witness the love and mercy the Lord has for His people. Traveling halfway around the world was out of my spiritual comfort zone but being there required me to truly lean on Him and my other group members."
"[My trip to Asia] was absolutely one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Though the government does not allow anyone to share their faith openly over there, God still allowed us to do it. On this trip God showed me once again how great and mighty He is! In fact He provided the opportunity to share multiple times how awesome He is. Even when everything and everyone was against Him, His plan can never be stopped!"
"In the two and a half weeks that I was blessed to spend in East Asia this past summer, God was revealed to me in ways that I never thought possible. His Spirit moved and shaped me into becoming a bold proclaimer of the name Jesus Christ. It was evident that His love was thick and moving throughout the lives of the Asian people I encountered. God unmistakably taught me about the ultimate power of prayer while serving in Asia."
"I was radically impacted and encountered by God this past summer in Guatemala. I was able to see the one, true God perform a miracle straight from the New Testament, right in front of my face! The Lord multiplied the food that we gave to hungry villagers, and when you think about it, it required a minuscule amount of His power to do something so mind-blowing to us. My faith was stretched and grew like nothing that sitting at home could ever have done for me."
"The factors that drew me to Sterling were the accessibility of the professors and the personal attention they give, the strong sense of community on campus, and – most importantly – the strong Christian atmosphere. I have emerged from my first semester already admiring and conversing regularly with two professors who are helping show me how to develop my faith as I grow into a leader desiring to serve the world."
"When Sterling presented a chance to go to Chicago to complete my student teaching, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to try something different from what I had experienced most my life: a small, rural town made up mostly of middle class. Sterling College encouraged me to move beyond my comfort zone to get a glimpse of other cultures that I knew little about. After this experience, I feel equipped and comfortable living and teaching in a city. I’m not sure where I’ll go from here, but I am confident that after Chicago, the sky is the limit!"