Growing up as an Ethiopian refugee in Kenya, Habtam Asmeche spent a lot of time taking her mother to clinics and the hospital. These experiences ignited in her a desire to become a medical doctor, which was a far-fetched dream for a girl who had very few resources and a stack of barriers before her.
Dual-sport athlete and social work major Taylor VanValey never wanted to come to NNU. Fortunately, God had other plans for her. She gave her life to Christ her senior year of high school and decided to give a Christian university a chance.
Organic chemistry class. It’s not a scene that evokes thoughts of spiritual transformation or religious encounters. But amidst lab coats, goggles and beakers full of chemicals, NNU nursing student Brandi Johnson has discovered what it means to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ.
Paulo Salvador, a 2014 graduate, had an incredible four years at NNU. He was one of five graduates of NNU’s first class of engineering majors; he researched on projects ranging from crop monitoring with drones to building a rehabilitation machine for a paraplegic girl; and this fall he is beginning the journey towards a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.
Junior nursing major Janie Weaver is not the typical college student. She is a two-time transfer student back at college after a hiatus of many years. As a mom of eight kids ranging from ages five to 21, going back to school hasn’t been an easy journey.
“Coming to NNU seemed like an impossible dream, but it became a reality because of generous people supporting me. I’m learning from all my experiences how to take that investment in me and translate it into an investment in the students I will teach as well as everyone else I will encounter along the way.”
Shaun knows a lot about coming from a place of spiritual authenticity. Raised in a non-church background, Shaun first felt the desire to attend NNU after going on a senior high winter retreat with his local Nazarene church. He knew that to be able to come to NNU, he’d have to convince his family of the value of the experience he would receive in Nampa.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today—academically, spiritually and emotionally—if it weren’t for NNU. I am so thankful for the people who have invested in me and my future.”
“I only needed a couple hundred dollars. That doesn’t seem like very much, but it was what I needed to stay here. The donor might have thought, ‘What is this going to do for a student?’ Well, it kept me here.”