Student Spotlights

Hear from ENC students in their own words!

Andrea Carlton
Andrea Carlton

Major/Minor: Social Work/Social Justice
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Richmond, Maine
Home Church: Gardiner Church of the Nazarene
District: Maine
Hobbies: Photography, Reading, Singing
Favorite ENC Activity: Spending time with friends, Gospel Choir, Adventures

What would you say to high school students about ENC?
ENC is a phenomenal school first and foremost. The professors here care about you and want you to succeed. They will help you with almost anything if you just approach them and tell them you are struggling. The Christian community is great. The people here are very welcoming and make you feel at home. I have no idea what kind of person I would have been if I didn’t come to ENC and make the friends that I have.

Brenna Campbell
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Major: Clinical Psychology
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Olathe, KS
Home Church: Olathe College Church of the Nazarene
District: Kansas City
Hobbies: Playing the piano, people watching
Favorite ENC Activity: A Cappella Choir

How do the ENC professors reach out to students?
Every professor I have come in contact with at this school has made a effort to connect with their students and make themselves available should a student need more clarification or advice on a particular subject. Nearly all of my classes start with prayer, and it is amazing at how that simple act changes the tone of the class; it adds purpose.

Brent Neely
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Major: Religion (focus in Youth Min)
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Lorton, VA
Home Church: Woodbridge First Church of the Nazarene
District: VA!
Hobbies: Sleeping, goofing off with friends, trying to spread a bit of sunshine to those who are suffering in the storms
Favorite ENC Activity: Hanging out with my friends and hearing stories about who they are

What do you like about the dormitory life at ENC?
I like that the RA’s care about you and take the time to get to know you. Even the RA’s of the other floors will come and visit and hang out; they really seem to want to get to know their residents. I thought it’d be really crazy and hectic living with thirty or so other guys, but it’s actually been really chill. It’s basically having a lot of close friends within a few feet of you at anytime.
Canaan Hess
Canaan Hess

Major: Communication Arts
Year of Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Nanty Glo, PA
Home Church: Lakeside Church of the Nazarene
District: Pittsburgh
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, photography, worship, and encouraging others
Favorite ENC Activity: Reach Out, Gospel Choir, and Chapel Team

What was your experience when you first came here?
When I first walked through the open gates, I just felt like this place was my home. From day one, I was kind of nervous about meeting new people, but that nervous feeling immediately flew away, because everybody was (and still is) so welcoming! So far, I love the college experience I have had here. I have made so many friends, and I feel like I have grown since I came here! I am growing personally, academically, and spiritually!

Danielle Wilson
Danielle Wilson

Majors: Religion/Psychology
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Independence, MO
Home Church: Southwood Church of the Nazarene
District: Kansas City
Hobbies: Crunching leafs, building snow sculptures and hanging out with Sarah Shute
Favorite ENC Activity: Going to the Basketball games and hanging out with friends

How have the chapel services, student ministries, etc. at ENC helped you grow?
They have been a place where I can hear truth about the gospel, as well as a place where I can wrestle with and ask questions about my faith. Through different experiences and classes I have grown deeper and stronger in my faith as a Christian.

Katherine Rivera
Katherine Rivera
Major/Minor: Religion; Social Welfare minor
Year of Graduation: May 2014
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Home Church: Igelisa Emanuel Del Nazareno
District: Metro New York
Hobbies: Singing, Reading, Watching movies
Favorite ENC Activity: Spring Break Fusion Trips

How have the chapel services, student ministries, etc. at ENC helped you grow in Christ?
Different denominations of speakers and in different areas of life have helped me to see Christianity in a global glimpse. Seeing God in all his diversity shows me that he is without limits nor boundaries. Anything is possible and the Word of the Lord can come from anyone and at time.
Leann Williams
Leann Williams

Major: Secondary Education/Biology
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Oxford, Pennsylvania
Home Church: Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene
District: Philadelphia
Hobbies: playing volleyball, singing in the shower, and taking ridiculous pictures with my girls
Favorite ENC Activity: basketball games, storm services, and Nazzy Idol

How have you experienced the ENC community?
The community at ENC is small and intimate. You cannot walk to one side of campus to the other without saying hello to someone. I love the close atmosphere of academic involvement, athletic support, and more importantly a place of faith. Being able to express myself as a Christian without fear is amazing and being in a constant state of God’s presence is indescribable.

Nathan Hamm
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Major: Chemistry
Minor: Music
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Warren, PA
Home Church: First Church of the Nazarene
District: Pittsburgh
Hobbies: Music, Hanging out with friends, Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite ENC Activity: Building Snowmen at one in the morning

In terms of spiritual development, how have ENC's chapel services, student ministries, and activities helped you grow in Christ?
It is such a blessing that there is always a way to worship Christ when you are looking for it. Whether it is The Storm, Oasis, or just the regular chapel service, there are many unique opportunities to spend time with Christ. I know that a large portion of my friends and I always look forward to chapel during the week. It is always a great feeling to break from the stresses of classes and worship Christ.

Paige Fehr
Paige Fehr
Major: Vocal Performance Major
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Hershey, PA
Home Church: Hershey Church of the Nazarene
District: Philly District
Hobbies: Singing, cooking, scuba diving, skiing, reading, watching movies, playing games, shopping, online scrap booking and hanging out with friends.
Favorite ENC Activity: The Boat Cruise and Breathe Retreat!!

How have you experienced the ENC community?
I believe that community means a joining or coming together of people from different backgrounds, experiences, faiths, connecting though a common idea. I have experienced community through many student led activities such as Breathe Retreat, Kingdom Experience and chapel. Through these activities I have made lasting friendships, made life changing decisions and most importantly helped me in my relationship with Christ.
Raymond Cheung
Raymond Cheung

Major: Business Accounting; Psychology and Pre-Law Minors
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Quincy, MA (Born in Hong Kong!)
Home Church: Wollaston Church of the Nazarene
District: New England
Hobbies: Writing/Reading, Basketball, Scouts, Movie Watching & Collecting
Favorite ENC Activity: Intramural Sports

What does “Discover Your Purpose” mean to you?
It means learning more about life and understanding where God wants you to fit into His ultimate plan for you. If you feel that you are being called to come to ENC, don’t ever doubt that calling. Your education is about what you make of it, and ENC provides the pathways and opens the doors necessary for you to make the best of your college years.

Sarah Wilber
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Majors: Psychology and Pre-Med
Year of Graduation: 2013
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Home Church: Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene
District: Mid-Atlantic
Hobbies: Reading, learning how to play the guitar, texting
Favorite ENC Activity: intramural sports and battle of the bands

How have you grown as a person since coming to ENC?
My freshman year, ENC had an influence I will never forget. With the help of my friends and the supportive staff at ENC, I was able to overcome what had been holding me back. The fact that ENC is a Christian college really allowed me to focus on my relationship with God. I truly believe that never would have happened anywhere else. I am a much better person today due to the love, kindness, and support I had from ENC’s community.

Stephanie Shoonmaker
Stephanie Shoonmaker

Major/Minor: Pre-Med Biology; Missions minor
Year of Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Troy, NY
Home Church: Our Saviors Lutheran Church
Hobbies: Reading, singing, and dancing!
Favorite ENC Activity: Attending basketball games, as well as SGA events.

How have you grown from participating in campus activities?
I was in the musical "Bye-Bye Birdie" my first semester here. For me that was a way to meet new people, and gain some amazing friendships. I am also in Gospel Choir, and they have become an amazing family, and support system. Participating in campus activities really has helped me start new friendships.

Steven Rodriguez
Steven Rodriguez

Major: Business Marketing
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Hatfield, PA
Home Church: Lansdale–Immanuel Church of the Nazarene
District: Philadelphia
Hobbies: Music, Football, Video Production, Hanging out with Friends
Favorite ENC Activity: Chamber Singers

How do the ENC professors reach out to students?
My professors have been so great. They truly care about the students and want us to succeed and come out ahead. I have had my professor recommend me for a lot of different projects and because of that I have a lot to show future employers. Overall, the coolest thing that I love is when professors start class with a prayer and small devotion.

Sydney Michael
Sydney Michael

Majors/Minor: Psychology & Business major, Missions minor
Year of Graduation: 2015
Hometown: Mt. Crawford, VA
Home Church: Harrisonburg 1st Church of the Nazarene
District: Virginia
Hobbies: cosmetology, fishing, glittering, dutch blitz
Favorite ENC Activity: Gospel Choir

How have you grown spiritually through the chapel services, student ministries, and activities at ENC?
Chapel always has great speakers and great worship. That has helped me tremendously if I’m having a bad day or a bad week, just to go and worship with all of my peers is really uplifting. There are also a TON of amazing ministries on campus that reach out to students.

Weston Jordan
Weston Jordan

Majors: Electrical Engineering and Mathematics
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Churchville, MD
Home Church: Bel Air Church of the Nazarene
District: Mid-Atlantic
Hobbies: service, exercising and sports, spending time with friends, enjoying the great outdoors
Favorite ENC Activity: Intramurals

Since coming, in what ways has ENC helped you grow?
I have grown academically, emotionally, relationally, but most importantly, spiritually. The emphasis placed on a spiritual community and the individual’s spiritual life at ENC is simply unparalleled. It is the top priority for both students and faculty and is developed through chapel services led by student worship, class discussions directed by godly professors, and dormitory dialogue sparked by passion for God.

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