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Meet the Class of 2013

PILOT Spring 2013

Chase Donahue

Major: Public Relations Hometown: Pine Island, Minn. Most important thing you learned at Northwestern? The importance of recognizing how God has gifted you and using that to the best of your ability. We are all equipped to change the world; it’s time that we do. Plans after graduation? Strategic Planner at Fallon Advertising. How have you changed in your time here? My overall transition into adulthood and being a man. Northwestern has prepared me to: (In the words of Robert Lewis), reject passivity; accept responsibility; lead courageously; expect the greater reward. Advice to current juniors: Dream big. Be passionate. Jump into your endeavors wholeheartedly. People inherently want to help people—ask questions, be curious. Make every experience an adventure.

Bernice Fernandes

Major: Finance Hometown: Born in Kenya; raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern? To completely look to Christ to satisfy me. I will not take for granted the Christian community, chapel, prayer tower, intentionality, accountability, Bible classes, Christian worldview, etc. Plans after graduation? To get a job and seek a master’s degree. How have you changed in your time here? I have become a confident woman of God and have a better view of my self-worth. I have learned what it is like to be a servant leader and I continue to strive to do that every day of my life. Northwestern has prepared me to: Be more intentional, use time management and leadership skills and be more spiritually competent. Advice to current juniors: Give your senior year one hundred percent! This is your last chance. Leave a legacy. Mentor and serve younger students. Above all, strive to reflect Christ in all you do.

Zach Fredman

Major: Biology Hometown: Litchfield, Minn. Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern? How to build deeper friendships—rooted in the Gospel and focused toward Jesus through good and difficult times. Plans after graduation? Medical school. How have you changed in your time here? I’ve gained a better understanding of the Gospel. Northwestern has prepared me to: I have learned the biology and chemistry of the human body to prepare me for medical school; I have also learned a lot about the Bible to be able to bring others to know Jesus. Advice to current juniors: Enjoy your last year at NWC growing spiritually, relationally and intellectually.

Lauren Wineinger

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Electronic Communication Hometown: Hartland, Wis. Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern? To lean on God in everything. Plans after graduation? I’ll be pursuing a job that requires both marketing skills and technology savvy. How have you changed in your time here? I have a better understanding of and confidence in my identity in Christ. I’ve also developed a greater appreciation of others’ unique gifts and talents. Northwestern has prepared me to: Be successful in the workplace, live with a biblical worldview and persevere. Advice to current juniors: Get work experience (and establish contacts) through internships!

Isaac Schultz

Major: Marketing  Hometown: Upsala, Minn. Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern? Being involved in community as servant leaders for Christ. Plans after graduation? I will work as an auctioneer and sales agent of Ameribid LLC, a national real estate auction company. How have you changed in your time here? I have further developed my purpose for life in being a servant leader for Christ in everything I do. My understanding of that purpose directly affects the way I am able to represent Christ. Northwestern has prepared me to: Lead. I have a strong calling to lead. God has granted me many opportunities to this point and Northwestern has given me both the practical skills and needed experience to be effective in leadership after graduation. Best advice to current juniors: In the words of Prof. Middleton, “Dare to be Distinguished” in everything you do.

David Maxwell

Major: Biology Hometown: Country of Togo; raised in France  Most important thing you learned while at Northwestern? To push myself to grow and ameliorate not only in my walk with God, but in anything I partake in. To never be satisfied with being average. Plans after graduation? MBA & Ph.D. in Biology. How have you changed in your time here? I developed life lasting relationships and now understand the importance of a Christian community. Northwestern has prepared me to: Share my faith in secular environments and to be over-analytical to not be blindly misguided. Advice to current juniors: Take advantage of the professor's connections.