For Seth, Olivet has been about fostering his relationship with Christ and others on a deeper level.
Peachey has been a resident assistant (RA) for three years. He sought out the RA position because he wanted to connect with people wanted to get to know them on a personal level.
Peachey encourages students to get involved with things they think they might enjoy.
“Develop your own beliefs because once you get outside of Olivet, they will be challenged,” Peachey said.
Peachey is from Galesburg, Ill. He is majoring in Business Administration and Management Information Systems.
“Live as Jesus calls you to live,” Courtney McGee said.
Olivet has influenced McGee by surrounding him with a wide range of people who share the same faith. His advice for students is to work hard, not just in their studies, but also work hard to live biblically.
McGee leads the Spiritual Life ministry Mission Possible, a jail ministry at Olivet.
“Being involved in the jail ministry helped me share my faith in a secular environment,” McGee said.
McGee is from Skokie, Ill. He is majoring in Recreation and Sports Fitness. Working out with his dad, who is a personal trainer, made him want to pursue a career in this field.
Olivet has shaped Nate Allen’s entire life. He loves the community and how ONU has shown him how to be a professional and a Christian.
Allen has a heart for music ministry. He is currently the Programming Manager for “At the Well,” a band that travels to summer camps to perform.
Allen’s advice for students is to get involved because the potentials are all around. He encourages students to take advantage of those opportunities.
“I believe that joy in contrast to happiness is a choice, regardless of the situation that you’re in,” Allen said.
Allen is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He majors in Business Management with a legal studies minor.
“I’ve always known that I thrive when I’m around other people,” Kaleb Miller said.
Being Olivet’s student body president, Kaleb is heavily involved at ONU. He is a part of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Enactus. He has even gone on a MIA trip to Mexico.
“Olivet has been the biggest blessing in my life,” Miller said.
Miller is from Canton, Ill. He is studying marketing major with a public relations concentration. He believes that his major helps him combine his interests of business and people.
He plans on going into health care marketing when he graduates from Olivet.
Being at ONU has allowed Paul Dasilva to learn how to better position him self to make the world a better place.
He encourages students to get involved with campus life. Dasilva has gone on a MIA trip to Chicago and went on the same trip a second time as a student leader. He has been a technician for “The Olivetians” and is currently a technician for “City on a Hill.”
“Stick with those commitments,” Dasilva said. “Even though they may be tough, it will be worthwhile in the long run.”
Dasilva is from Bourbonnais, Ill. and is studying marketing.
“The most important thing Olivet has taught me is that my life is not my own,” Esther Paek said.
She believes in giving back to the people who have encouraged her and invested in her.
Paek is currently the Vice President of Spiritual Life and is involved in youth ministry at College Church. She was class chaplain during her sophomore and junior years, and has served as a resident assistant (RA) and a mentor for Youth For Christ.
“I see the love that God has shown me and I need to show that to others,” Paek said. “Always have grace for other people. You have no idea what is going on in a person’s life.”
Paek is from Richmond, Virginia. She is majoring in Computer Science and Religious Studies. She plans to pursue master’s work in Philosophy or Theology.
“[Olivet has] showed me the importance of a Christ-centered community,” Maddie Buseth said. “It also taught me the value of being intentional with people.”
Her experiences have challenged her as a person and has taught her to think about things in different ways. Buseth encourages students to go out of their comfort zone and do something that challenges themselves in any way.
“Be thankful for the times you have here,” Buseth said.
Buseth was a resident assistant (RA) in Williams Hall for two years. Her experience as an RA has been especially influential for her because some of her closest friends have been involved in Residential Life as well.
Buseth is from Mankato, Minn. She majors in Math and Intercultural Studies.
“Ever since I was little, I have loved to go into a space to make it better,” Emily Mills said.
She hopes to pursue a career in commercial interior design, which is designing public places such as restaurants and offices.
Emily is the President of Student Unit of Family and Consumer Sciences (SuFACS), a club for FACS majors. She enjoys planning events like the FACS fashion show and the Christmas Bazaar.
Being at ONU has influenced Mills in so many ways. She loves all of the opportunities that students get at ONU and she believes that it has matured her faith.
“It has helped me become a more well-rounded person,” Mills said.
Emily Mills is from Milan, Illinois. She is majoring in Interior Design.
“I love to use the gift of singing to glorify God,” Alynn Franklin said.
Franklin was a part of the The Olivetians last year and was invoved in gospel choir and Broadway Revue. Her experiences at Olivet have encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone.
She loves that faith is the overall mission and focus of ONU, and that it is a healthy community where one can grow in their relationship with God. She encourages students to be open to what God has in store for them and to be engaged in what God is doing on campus.
Alynn Franklin is from Country Club Hills, Ill. She is majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in math.
“It has made me more confident with who I am with Christ,” Jessica Emmons said.
Throughout her time at Olivet, she has learned to put God above all else by learning to become more spiritually disciplined.
Emmons has been involved in a lot of activities at Olivet, but being a resident assistant (RA) has shaped her the most.
“Each of us has their own strengths and weaknesses,” Emmons said. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of growth.”
Jessica Emmons is from Wentzville, Mo. She is pursuing a career in art therapy. Through this major, she hopes to help those who have been affected by human trafficking.
Information provided by Shannon Vandebunte