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.
All of my professors have been very helpful in their instructing and are just very welcoming and friendly people.
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
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 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.
I know I’m going to be a better businesswoman after I’m done at Hesston than I would have been otherwise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 grew up in Tokyo so Hesston College was a totally different world to me. This small community welcomed me like family.
The professors are encouraging and allow me to go beyond what they
assign in class by looking into other applications and expanding on
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.
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.
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.
Coming to Hesston gave me opportunities to strengthen my own beliefs,
but more importantly, challenged me and forced me to search for answers.
I love meeting new people and the people here are so friendly. It was an incredibly easy transition to a new place.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Hesston has the reputation it does because people care. When you have a relaxed environment, learning and success come easy.
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 not only prepared me for my work-based life, but it prepared me to go out and share my faith.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.