Finding a Home at Northwestern

Shalom fellow and future Raiders! My name is Nick Heider, and I am a junior elementary education major from Humboldt, Iowa. This is my first blog post, so it’s fitting for me to tell you how excited I am to share with you some of my experiences here at Northwestern. This place has impacted my life in such an amazing way that can’t really be put into words, and I love being able to share with people how much Northwestern means to me. I truly believe that God put me where I am for a reason, and I would love to share with you how I ended up here!

In high school, Northwestern really wasn’t on my radar of colleges to go to, and I chose to attend a different school. After about one month, I realized that the school wasn’t for me and I needed to transfer. It seemed like every time the thought of transferring came to mind, something related to Northwestern did also. Whether it was my mom mentioning it, seeing an ad on the Internet, or finding my Northwestern shirt from basketball camp, I now understand how much of a role God played in this. Eventually I decided to make a visit to Orange City, and the minute I stepped on campus, I absolutely loved everything about it. I became a Raider in January of my freshman year and could not be happier with my decision!

Fast forward three semesters to the beginning of my junior year …

I think I blinked a few times and the calendar went from early August to the beginning of November. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and time is definitely flying right now! It seems like yesterday I was arriving on campus for RA training and soccer camp.

Being an RA and playing on the soccer team are just two of Northwestern’s many great opportunities that come with being a student here. I also play the drums on the Praise & Worship team, which puts on a student-led worship service every Sunday night in the chapel, and I'm a sportswriter for The Beacon, Northwestern’s student newspaper. In addition to these, I was also given the opportunity to lead a Spring Service Project in March to Bluefields, Nicaragua, a place that captured my heart last spring break. I feel incredibly blessed to go to a school that provides me with these opportunities!

To sum this all up, I could not be happier with Northwestern, and if you are a prospective student reading this, it is my prayer that you find yourself at a college that you can say the same about, whether that’s at Northwestern or not. I am very excited to get to share some of my experiences of everything from my home in Colenbrander Hall to the soccer field and in the classroom!