The instructors each bring their own values, skills and personalities to class. They have their own unique way that they see each student – as the individual that he or she is – and then they work with the student to develop their gifts and interests.
Getting my financial aid package was really easy. It was exciting to see all the scholarships and grants that make it possible to pay for college.
My two years at Hesston were probably two of the best years of my life. I grew up in western Maryland and my dream was to become a pilot. My first visit to Hesston came at an early age when my mother had a Mennonite Board of Education meeting there. I went with her on this trip and when I came home I knew that I wanted to become a pilot. By the beginning of high school, I knew that I wanted to go to Hesston because of the aviation program.
Hesston has the reputation it does because people care. When you have a relaxed environment, learning and success come easy.
At any other college you have four years with the same people, but starting at Hesston broadens your network. It’s great to have a broad network of people you can relate to and trust.
My first impression of Hesston was, "Wow where did this little diverse college come from in the middle of Kansas?" I was just like, "Let's see how this goes."
When I visited the campus, everyone was so friendly, and they weren’t just being nice because I was a visitor – that’s how it is every day here.
The feeling of community I experienced while at Hesston played a part in my decision to practice medicine in a small town. I learned to truly value relationships, the importance of caring for those around me under every circumstance, and treating people with respect.
I grew up in Tokyo so Hesston College was a totally different world to me. This small community welcomed me like family.
I remember an engineer speaking to our class about the field, and it really seemed to fit what I was looking for in a career. Jim Yoder and his passions for chemistry and teaching were instrumental in my decision to pursue chemical engineering.
Hesston planted the seed for a passion for science and making a difference in the world. They are values I carry with me and that people recognize in me today.
Coming to college, I wanted to help in other countries and major in something that can be taken globally. Going to Haiti allowed me to see what an issue hunger is in so many places. I want to help stop it, and dietetics is a place to start. A lot of organizations are looking for dieticians to help people find affordable and nutritious food no matter their situation or location.
Hesston College makes the transition to the United States easy because the people are so welcoming. You don’t have to worry about feeling overwhelmed by a large population – it’s safe and comfortable.
I found that most of the classes at Hesston deepen your ability to think critically. Not only do you learn the book knowledge about a subject, but you also learn the important, real-life issues surrounding it.
At Hesston, I not only established solid lifelong friendships, I grew spiritually. I was convicted that being a Christian and involved in business can go together. What excites me are my opportunities to further the kingdom because of my business contacts.
This year has been a tremendous challenge for me, but I like challenges. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. Hesston’s campus has been like a big family to me. It’s been a good fresh start.
The professors are encouraging and allow me to go beyond what they assign in class by looking into other applications and expanding on things.
Being in Hesston’s nursing program and interacting with my instructors has reaffirmed my decision to become a nurse. Nursing is more than physical care; it allows me to be encouraged by patients. I hope I can be an encouragement to them as well.
I am grateful that the student body has taught me to be more accepting of others’ views and opinions. My professors have taught me how to analyze and look openly at situations.
Some students would say that the “Hesston Experience” involves a Druber’s run or eating cheese fries at Newell’s. However, to me, it means growing in a Christ-centered community.
Hesston not only prepared me for my work-based life, but it prepared me to go out and share my faith.
As a student at Hesston College I was able to explore all the possibilities for majors. I took a variety of courses to help me discover my interests. I also made great connections on and off campus for future jobs.
Hesston has shaped my future in the fact that it’s giving me the opportunities that I need to be able to succeed in the future. I am getting real-life experience here that I wouldn’t get anywhere else.
Hesston has taught me the value of being accepting, flexible and a critical thinker, all valuable skills that allow a person to adjust to any situation.
I love meeting new people and the people here are so friendly. It was an incredibly easy transition to a new place.
Since I took classes from all fields, I think it will make me a more well-rounded person. I can see things from different perspectives, which will show I have a lot to offer future employers.
I think that starting at Hesston, on this small campus, has helped me to get to know myself more – to know my study skills and what to expect in professional settings. I think it is a great place to figure out who I am, which will help me wherever I go.
Many of my favorite moments at Hesston were the opportunities I had to perform musical theatre. While everybody else got nervous for and dreaded their weekly voice master class performance, I looked forward to them, reveling the opportunity to sing a song and coax smiles and laughs from my classmates.
Being at a smaller two-year college has allowed me to get a lot more experience in the classroom and have more one-on-one interaction with my professors.
I know I’m going to be a better businesswoman after I’m done at Hesston than I would have been otherwise.
The Hesston Experience is meeting people from different states, countries and backgrounds and taking the time to get to know students, faculty and staff. It is being encouraged to talk with instructors outside of class.
Coming to Hesston gave me opportunities to strengthen my own beliefs, but more importantly, challenged me and forced me to search for answers.
My voice instructor, Matt Schloneger, pushed me to always improve, and through his encouragement I was able to participate in Canta in Italia, an opera program based in Florence, Italy.
I am challenged in and out of the classroom daily, but these challenges are helping prepare me for life after Hesston.
Hesston College did and continues to do a very good job of holding true to its mission statement. I have fond memories stemming from the college’s commitment to “educate and nurture each student,” and of the vision to be a “transforming community” – it was for me, and I know it continues to be for others.
So much of what I did at Hesston prepared me for studying abroad and working with people in a neighborhood where I am in the minority.
At Hesston I was able to participate in a lot of theatre, and I took classes that helped shape my worldview and ethic. Hesston was also a place that instilled a sense of social responsibility to care for all creation.
Hesston was an academic launching pad for me. It transformed who I was as a student. I was supported and discovered what I need to be successful. I learned to love learning.