Student Profile: Dan DeVries ’12
There never really was any doubt in Daniel DeVries’ mind. “Hope’s
always been my first choice,” he says. “The day you
walk on to campus, you meet down-to-earth, friendly people who
are open to talking. That’s
why I came.”
As a freshman, Dan lived in Scott Hall, where the majority of students
are part of the Phelps Scholars Program. Although not a member of the program
himself, Dan appreciated its focus on bringing students together to explore
the topic of diversity.
“The Phelps Scholars Program helps to
bridge gaps between people. I remember
walking down into the basement of Scott
and seeing all these different people hanging
out together. It really was one body.”
It was his positive experience as a freshman
that led him to become a residential
assistant in Scott Hall the next year. “I just
wanted to help give people the same experience
that I got,” he says.
Dan has made an intentional push to
make his and other’s time at Hope as
unique and eye-opening as possible. This
past year he has traveled with the Phelps
Scholars Program on trips to Chicago, to
the Holocaust Museum in Detroit and to
Hispanic Festival in Grand Rapids. The
trips not only helped him connect with
others, but also allowed him to travel outside
of West Michigan.
While being an RA requires a substantial
time and energy commitment, it also
requires strong leadership skills, something
Dan has been honing in other ways at
Hope as well. His freshman year, under the guidance of Paul Boersma
Campus Ministries staff, Dan started a Bible study in Scott Hall.
What began with
just a few students meeting had grown, by year two, to roughly
25 people, with
Dan meeting every other week with four students who helped in guiding
Dan has found that Hope has provided him with many opportunities
and grow in his faith. He is majoring in religion while also participating
Studies in Ministry minor program and minoring in communication.
In addition to
being an RA and leading Bible studies, he also served in Hope’s
mission trips. He went to both Pompano Beach, Fla., as a freshman—“One
best weeks ever,” he recalls—and to Stinking Creek,
Ky., his sophomore year.
His experiences both within the classroom and beyond are all serving
as he looks past graduation. The next step for Dan? “Seminary,
most likely,” he
says with a smile.
This profile was written by Charlie A. Walter, a Hope College
senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 2010-11 Hope College
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