Arleni's Story

Andrews University was an answer to a prayer that I hadn’t even made yet. There are many emotions that I feel when I think about my Andrews experience so far. However, the biggest of those is relief that God guided my path here to Andrews, because I can truly say it has changed my life for the better.

I am from Boston, Massachusetts, and many consider this part of the country a mecca for universities, which is why I had always pictured myself attending one of the various prestigious institutions located in the Eastern U.S.
But while completing my senior year of high school, I decided I wanted to have the complete college experience by moving far away, and it was my father’s dream for me to attend Andrews, so I thought I would give it a try. I do have to admit that it was not one of my most thought-out decisions, but all the same, in August 2012 I drove through the entrance of Andrews University and on to my first stop as a college freshmen.

I am currently embarking on my junior year here as a Business Administration Management student, though this was not always my chosen career path. I initiated my studies as a Nursing major, but soon realized that it was not for me. Around the time I was coming to this realization, I was working as a Phonathon supervisor to 20 other students, and was really enjoying my work, which caused my interest in business to grow. I started to receive career counseling and after much prayer, I realized that a degree in Management would complement my strengths better.

I attribute all of the growth I have experienced as a person to my time at Andrews University. The professors, friends, and atmosphere I’ve found here have helped me figure out my true passion in life. I love Andrews because the faculty and staff here take an interest in guiding students so they can find happiness in the Lord and in their future. Without the opportunity to participate in events such as Phonathon, receive student-focused career counseling, and have professors that are willing to simply talk and pray with me, I never would have had the courage to truly get to know myself.

Being here has been a challenging and life-changing experience, and I continue to grow closer to God each and every day. Because of scholarships like the Andrews Partnership Scholarship, I am able to further my knowledge and watch it reach new limits, while being at a high-quality Adventist institution. Every day, donors like you give gifts to the Fund for Andrews, which supports these student scholarships, along with academic research opportunities, and the heart of campus life. Thank you so much for your generosity—it is a blessing to so many.

Countless students, just like me, have found their path in life here at Andrews, and because of this, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment to give back to the Fund for Andrews. Your support will give other students the opportunity to grow into someone they may never have dreamed of being, but that God knew they could be. Though my decision to come to Andrews seemed rather spontaneous at the time, I am convinced that no other institution of higher learning would have changed my life the way Andrews continues to do so.