Krista Schmidt, psychology and theology '05
As a senior in high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I chose WLC because it was close to home, it is small and it is a Christian college. My faith was definitely what drew me to the campus. However, it was the people - both friends and professors - who kept me there.
When I started college, I was originally a biology major, but found my skills to be lacking. After two psychology courses and a few deep discussions my freshman year, I declared my major in the fall of sophomore year. My goal has always been to work with children in some capacity. I not only found the field of psychology fascinating, but recognized all the possibilities it offered - everything from counseling to research. I coupled it with a theology major (and I did actually minor in biology). Psychology brought into focus the most important aspects of my life - my faith and my dreams of working with kids.
WLC provided me with what I wanted and needed from psychology. Even though it took until my senior year to know what I wanted to do with my degree, the program was definitely a blessing. The professors, especially Dr. Olson, guided me through the challenges of determining a career. Each of my teachers got to know me as an individual and really focused on providing me with opportunities that helped me explore the field. Those opportunities brought me to New York, Africa, and soon - Grenada. The educational background and experiences I gained from my time at WLC are priceless; I know God has guided me through with His purpose.
The psychology program at WLC is not just a program that will prepare you for a career. It challenges you to think and apply what you know (and more of what you do not know) to both yourself and to other people and events in your life. It incorporates your faith, your intellect and your personality into an amazing life-ambition to serve. It is an incredible program encompassed by a group of professors who only want to see you succeed. It has the potential to change your life, if you just let it.
Krista Schmidt is currently pursuing a master's in therapeutic recreation at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and hopes to someday develop her own faith-based camp for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents.