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Men’s Dance, paragliding and clinicals

Four of your Bethel University professors list their summer memories, childhood dreams and favorite Royal Grounds drinks.

Walking into your first college class can be intimidating, but knowing your professors can help ease some nerves. Ever wonder how they take their coffee or what they wanted to be as an eight year old? Some of them teach QWILT or Humanities – a series of courses fulfilling the general education requirement. Some of these professors teach the first-year classes for the most popular majors at Bethel from nursing to business to biokinetics. Or they teach classes with tags (the letter behind the number on some classes) that you will probably take this year. But more than anything, they are excited to meet you. No need to be scared (Trust me, I know, I was you once). Meet them here and learn some Bethel lingo along the way. Find the professors in your major and the ones teaching your classes this year, 

Disclaimer: Some answers have been edited for grammatical errors and clarity.

AnneMarie Kooistra | History

Favorite Bethel tradition: The Men’s Dance Competition during Homecoming!

Freshman memory: I loved hearing my Western Civilization professor talk about the relationship between a culture’s origin stories, mythology, and history! Plus, I was taking the class with a good friend who would write me excellent commentary in his notebook while we were jotting down notes.

Teaching essential: A sense of humor

Jennifer Scott | Biblical & Theological Studies

Favorite summer memory: Paragliding off the mountain in Jackson Hole with four best friends

Favorite RG drink: Half-caff Americano with room for cream (hot)

Favorite place to be alone: The path around Anderson Center21

Teaching essential: GOOD dry erase markers

Grace Jang | Mathematics

Favorite Bethel tradition: It’s my first year, but I’m looking forward to finding out!

Freshman memory: Midnight runs to the store with my sister to buy study snacks

What are you most excited about this semester? Meeting my students

Teaching essential: Comfortable shoes

Ann Holland | Nursing


Freshman memory:
Training with my team members for the mini-500 tricycle race at Indiana University. 

What they wanted to be as an 8-year-old: A racehorse trainer/owner

What they are looking forward to this semester: Taking students to the hospital for clinical learning!

Teaching essential: An alarm! I get up at 3:45 a.m. on clinical days!

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