“There were several things I really liked about Andrews that I didn’t want to miss out on by going to a state school,” says Taejun Ok, freshman from South Korea. “First, my family. I’ve lived with them my entire life and I know after college I won’t be able to spend as much time with them as I have in the past. I wasn’t ready to give that up.”
Taejun smiles and puts his hands in his pockets. Family is important and he knows Andrews understands that.
“Secondly,” he continues, “Andrews is a Seventh-day Adventist university. That really does matter to me. Sometimes I felt an emotional barrier of some kind between my friends and me in public school. That wall made me thirsty for a relationship with God and fellowship with others who believe the same as me.”
Andrews University is the flagship institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and one with a strong emphasis on growing closer to God as you build your future.
“Finally, the affordability of Andrews was a huge draw,” says Taejun. “I thought Andrews was way more expensive than other public schools, but as I learned more about scholarships, FAFSA and other financial aid options, I was convinced Andrews was the wisest choice for me.”
During his senior year of high school, Taejun considered both Michigan and Ohio State Universities, but applied to Andrews first. He was accepted but hesitatedbecause he thought he couldn’t afford Andrews.
“When I unexpectedly qualified for an extensive scholarship based on my ACT score, I began to seriously reconsider Andrews,” he says. It wasn’t just the affordability that impressed Taejun to continue pushing to attend Andrews.
“Suddenly there wasn’t much difference in price between the state schools and Andrews.”
“I have always thought that God’s will would be revealed during every step of choosing a college,” he says. “And when I got that life-changing letter from the financial committee saying I was approved to receive the aid I needed, I felt God’s leading. Without hesitation I turned my back on the state schools and ran with open arms to Andrews.”
Between academic scholarships, federal aid, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and private scholarships, Taejun is happily able to afford the school he thought was the best choice for him.
Now, Taejun plans to study in the pre-med program and has been accepted into the J.N. Andrews Honors Program.
“It feels like I’ve walked from one intense path in my life into another,” he says. “I feel a deep responsibility to fill my college years with integrity, success and experiences I’ll learn from and treasure for the rest of my life. I trust God’s leading, and pray that when it’s all over and I move on to the next big path in my life, I’ll be able to look back and say that the decision to spend my college years at Andrews University was one of the best choices I’ve ever made.”
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