For seniors graduating this semester, the future may be uncertain, but it’s a feeling they have experienced before.
Jacob Eckles began his college career as a pre-med major but soon realized he was in for a difficult freshman year. Eckles said he felt unprepared for the pre-med program coming out of high school.
“Freshman year was a very difficult year,” Eckles said. “I learned a lot about my limits and my strengths.”
Eckles changed majors his sophomore year, entering political science and pre-law.
He is graduating a semester early with a degree in political science and pre-law. He plans to combine his interest in public health and science by pursuing a career in public health policy. Eckles said he would like to work for the World Health Organization, located in Switzerland.
Eckles said his experience doing missions work in Honduras and Jamaica has helped him identify a lack of basic health care in many nations. He plans to attend graduate school and has applied to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., as well as Yale University.
Keely King is graduating with a degree in psychology and Biblical literature. King said she plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually become a marriage and family counselor. She chose a Biblical literature major because she wants her counseling to be grounded in Scripture.
King attended a small Christian high school and developed a good relationship with her guidance counselor. This encouraged her to want to become a counselor as well.
“I wanted to bless others the same way I was blessed [by my guidance counselor],” King said.
King said she has never doubted her decision to study psychology but has worried that her confidence is unnatural. Through a project in one of her classes, King said she received affirmation of her talents and encouraging support from friends. The assignment was to have her friends describe her strengths.
King said some of her main worries after graduating are losing touch with friends from school. She has applied to attend graduate school at Indiana Wesleyan University and, if accepted, will remain in Marion next semester. King is from Warsaw, Ind., and said she dislikes the Indiana climate changes. Family is more important to her, though, and she plans to remain close to them after graduation.
King’s advice to students is, “Seek to know people, and be known by people.”
Josh Campbell is a graduating senior from Fremont, Mich., Campbell is a media communication major. He is interested in working at an Apple Store in the Midwest after graduating but seems open to pursuing other opportunities.
“I don’t have a plan,” Campbell said.
Campbell’s interest in media technology began in seventh and eighth grades, when he began programming websites. He began his college career pre-declared but decided to pursue technical skills.
“[Media communication] was the closest degree I could get to playing with toys,” Campbell said.
Campbell said he is uncertain about the future because he is about to break the routine of schooling. He said he has become accustomed to a life of school semesters punctuated by traditional holiday breaks.
Campbell’s advice to students is to branch out and make connections with other students and professors.
Susanna Spencer is graduating with a degree in writing and leadership. She also will earn a minor in public relations.
Spencer said she struggled to find the right major. Her family encouraged her to pursue a writing major, but Spencer was hesitant.
“I’d always loved writing but figured I couldn’t make any money off of writing,” Spencer said.
Spencer said she received much help from Dr. Bill Millard and the Life Calling and Leadership Center. Millard encouraged her to pick up a leadership major and helped her identify her talents.
Spencer now wants to help struggling students in the same way. She has applied for positions as an academic adviser at several universities. While she has not committed to a position yet, she feels called to stay in Marion after graduating. Spencer said she would like to remain near IWU and her friends.
Spencer’s English and writing capstone project is a creative nonfiction piece. Spencer said the project explores her struggles at times to maintain faith and explores how God speaks in her life.
Spencer encourages students to enjoy their time in college and realize that God will guide them if they seek Him.
“Remember that God is still in control,” said Spencer. “He gives us freedom to make our own choices. If we’re seeking to glorify Him, he will provide for us. Don’t ever stop praying.”