The campus has not been void of activity this summer, but nothing can compare to the sights and sounds of new and continuing students flooding the campus for another school year. Some students will be soaking up every moment of their senior year while others are the future faces of NNU–the freshmen.
One of the students who will help shape NNU’s community is Isaac Mitchell. Isaac, a star track athlete, hails from Sandy, Ore., at the base of Mt. Hood east of Portland. His accomplishments during his senior year of high school were many, including breaking the Sandy High School 1500-meter record with a time of 3 minutes 56 seconds and placing fourth in the 3000-meter race at the Oregon State 5A Track Meet. While it may seem like Isaac is attending NNU to continue his family legacy becoming a fourth generation Crusader, Isaac’s decision to attend NNU was much more involved.
He applied to eight different colleges, including Yale and the University of Oregon, but there was something he was searching for that those schools lacked. “As an Oregon distance runner, it was a dream of mine to be able to run at a Division I school, hopefully the University of Oregon, which is a distance running powerhouse, but I came to realize that the most important quality for any athletic program is being Christ-centered.” NNU’s program stood out to Isaac for that very reason: “Out of all the schools I looked at, the NNU assistant cross country and distance track coaches, Jake and Jenny Perry, stood out….their faith was very apparent.”
Athletics was not the only thing that Isaac looked into when choosing the school at which he would spend his undergraduate years. Isaac wants to major in chemistry and pre-med, so alongside visiting athletic programs, he also visited science classes. Again, NNU stood out. “After sitting in on a few science classes, I realized the important role that God played in the lives and instruction of the professors.”
The friendly community of NNU was also a factor important to Isaac. “The people I met were very open and friendly, and I knew that I mattered to them. At the end of my second visit, which was a couple days long, one of the cafeteria workers actually asked me if I was a new student because they didn’t remember seeing me before.”
Like most other college students, Isaac is excited to have the freedom to create and keep his own schedule, and after all the running he will be doing, he is excited for the endless buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Dex, NNU’s cafeteria.
As of right now Isaac wants to be a medical doctor. “NNU will provide me with the degree to help make that possible as well as the knowledge to be successful in medical school. Most importantly, NNU will provide an environment in which I can easily seek out influences that will help me grow and mature in my faith.” NNU proved to be the perfect package for Isaac.
Many other new students will join Isaac on August 22 for NNU’s New Student Orientation. Students will enjoy a community fair of local businesses offering services and employment opportunities, an introduction to NNU community life as faculty, staff and SGA members greet them and help them move into their dorms, and a week filled with social and academic activities designed to help them acclimate to college life.