Name: Benjamin Holtrop Hometown: Independence, Ore. Major: Art (concentration in studio art – photography and mixed media)
Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?
A: My experience at George Fox has been one that has deeply influenced my life. I have learned so much about community, trust and faith through faculty and friends. I can remember freshman year being so excited to be part of this community and thinking to myself, “I have four years of this!” and being super excited. I have grown so much in my decision-making; and through mistakes, papers and tests, I have found that life is short so just go for it. The grace that is shown at Fox has allowed me to really learn about myself and to honestly ask questions about life. I can’t believe that those four years are rapidly coming to a close. I will truly miss this place. Continue reading →
Junior Erin Kays, a double major in studio art and graphic design, got the opportunity some artists only dream of this past summer – she became a published illustrator. And not just any published illustrator, but the illustrator for alumna Sarah Katreen Hoggatt’s book of poetry titled In The Wild Places. Hoggatt graduated from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a master’s degree in 2006 and finished a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship in 2007. Continue reading →
Lexie Christopherson interned in Dhaka, Bangladesh during winter break.
By Heather DeRosa, Class of 2014
George Fox students recently returned to the daily grind of classes, homework and studying after a long winter break. Here are a few students’ stories of what they did with their month off from classes. While most of us spent our breaks getting caught up with family and friends, and enjoying home cooking a bit too much, these students got out and made the most of their time off. Continue reading →
Mikaela Alexander is a senior Christian ministries major with an emphasis in missions. Mikaela is one of those people who constantly bring joy and love to those around her; her contagious laughter and energetic personality make her someone worth getting to know. She spent time studying abroad this spring in Rwanda, and recently shared about her time abroad and how it has impacted and changed her. Continue reading →
By Heather DeRosa (’14), photo by Emily Jackson (’16)
Meet Joe Djanga and Tracy Berg, this year’s Homecoming king and queen. Joe is from Beaverton, Ore., and is an athletic training major. Tracy is a business major from Corvallis, Ore. Tracy will graduate this spring, and Joe will graduate once he finishes the athletic training program in a few years. Interesting fact: Tracy was a Homecoming princess her freshman year, and now homecoming queen her senior year. Tracy’s roommate described her experiences on homecoming court as bookends to her time at George Fox. Continue reading →
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting up with and interviewing several former and current student athletes. Take a look at the above video to hear them share their stories, memories and experiences with the athletics department here at George Fox.
For me, moving back to school changes each year. There’s always the same goodbye dinner at home, the same bittersweet farewells to friends, the same drive up Highway 99 to Newberg. However, coming onto campus always feels different each September. I’m in an apartment instead of a dorm this year, and I feel much, much older. Okay, I feel a little bit older. I mean, my roommates and I did watch “Horton Hears a Who” together last night, but I am cooking a couple meals for myself, so that’s different.
It usually takes me a few weeks to adjust to being back in school. I forget that I have homework to do or classes to go to, and I just want to sit in the sun and eat Otter Pops all afternoon. I have found, however, that if you manage your time really well and work hard at getting your homework done early, a red cherry Otter Pop on the bench out front will taste even better.
I love coming back and meeting new people, as well as seeing old friends. My four roommates and I are already planning a trip to the coast this weekend, and I can’t wait for our first trip of the year into Portland. Voodoo Doughnuts here we come!
I have discovered one thing that never changes – your college experience is always going to be what you make it. I came to George Fox University hoping to push myself, to learn, to grow, and to make lifelong friends and lifelong memories. So far, I’ve done that every single year. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next nine months!
What are you going to do with your college experience?
Listen to the award winning song “Fallin So Fast” above.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest that provides the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. George Fox graduate Alex Post (’10) came away with a victory this year in the contest winning third place in the Hip Hop/R&B category. The winning song is off an album written with jazz musician Erin Elizabeth Aubrey. Continue reading →
Mike and I interview-ambushed students, staff, and even some parents today as they were packing up and finishing up their last finals of the year. They shared their thoughts on finals week, coffee, summer plans and more! What was your experience like on the last day of school?