Preview Day - February 19

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

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Awaken Your Purpose Stories

A place where your story can be written

Southern Wesleyan University is a place where your dreams and your future collide with God's vision and direction; a place where your story can be written. Read about a few recent graduates and how God has been writing their story at SWU.

Michel Herszenhaut

Finding Strength in the Struggle

As cheesy as it sounds, the struggles we face are our path to success, and I have learned this from experience. Being from Brazil, I found it hard to adjust to college in the USA. I knew college in America would be a good choice, but I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I chose a school in the Midwest. I struggled to make friends, my grades were dropping, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and I tore my ACL. I needed a change, so I transferred to SWU on a friend’s recommendation. What began as a total shot in the dark quickly turned into a great decision. When I came to SWU I felt the sense of purpose and family atmosphere I had been missing. Through my struggles I questioned my choices, but the people I met and the purpose I found here inspired me to push through and finish college. Now, as I prepare to move back home to Brazil, I am grateful to be a stronger person.

Michel Herszenhaut
Business Administration
Class of 2017

Reagen Welch

The Perfect Place to Grow

After graduating top in my high school class, I was looking for a successful pre-med program that would allow me to succeed in medical school while having the greatest amount of scholarships possible. My primary reason for attending SWU was the scholarship that I received, but after meeting the science faculty and building relationships with my professors, I realized I had made a great choice. With my major in Biology and minor in Chemistry, I was receiving the perfect degree to prepare me for the medical school entrance exam. The community at SWU made me feel welcome, involved, and engaged in all activities. Being part of the Honors Program also allowed for me to complete graduate-level research as an undergraduate and build professional research skills, giving me a competitive advantage in applying for medical schools. SWU has provided me with an amazing opportunity for growth, both academically and spiritually. SWU is the perfect place to grow as a believer and gain the knowledge necessary to go out and impact the world for Christ, all while gaining a quality education for the next steps of life. For me, those next steps are at Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee.

Reagen Welch
Biology
Class of 2017

Patrick Hampton

Transforming My Passions into Purpose

I was looking to reinvent myself after high school. At the time, I did not know what I wanted for my future career, but I knew I wanted to be different and meet new people. Even though I came to SWU with a passion for music and not much else, God knew exactly what I was supposed to do when I arrived. He has led me to some amazing new friendships and experiences through my time at SWU, and it is crazy to think that there is more in store for me. I took on a leadership position in the SWU Gospel Choir, I started leading people in worship experiences through summer ministry teams, and I encountered God in new ways through music. God took this awesome thing I was already passionate about and transformed it into something much bigger than myself. Best of all, He transformed me through the experience.

Patrick Hampton
Music
Class of 2018

Justin Brew

Unexpected Results

I was looking for God’s will when I was pursuing college options, and He did not let me down when He led me to play baseball at SWU. Through baseball, I was able to find the community I was looking for and make amazing memories. I was also able to become a better communicator and develop skills in digital media through my choice of media communications as a major. Mostly, I ultimately felt God calling me and equipping me for a position in full-time ministry. In the same way I pursued His guidance in my college choice, I pursued His guidance in my post-graduation career choices. I was led to this college opportunity through baseball, and through these experiences God has given me a heart for college students. Now, as a graduate, I will be able to fully dedicate my time to ministry for this age group as I aid Blueprint Church (Atlanta, GA) in the launch of their college ministry.

Justin Brew
Media Communications
Class of 2017

Amber Collins

Unexpected Second Chances

College wasn’t for me. I hated it and I fell into a depression because I wasn’t making friends and I was spending all my time alone in my room. After a year, I dropped out with no intention of returning to college. But, then my best friend chose SWU and I felt God pulling at my heart, guiding me here as well. Devastatingly, the semester before I was set to join her, she passed away in a tragic car accident on her way home for fall break. After this, I could not imagine myself attending SWU without her, but I stuck to my plans. I arrived bitter, angry, and alone; however, I encountered beautiful examples of the love of Christ and cultivated amazing friendships despite my sorrow. As a result of this nurturing community, I was able to continue to pursue my calling to work with worship production and other ministries. Now, I am able to serve on staff at my church, ALIVE Wesleyan, which is where I found a loving church family during my college experience.

Amber Collins
Media Communication
Class of 2017

Nathan Stegenga

Discovering my potential

During my time at Southern Wesleyan, I was able to mature into a leader through different campus activities and organizations, through being a resident assistant, and through the challenge to develop my walk with God. I began my journey by pursuing my passion for the outdoors and all of the adventures they hold. As I developed my course of study at SWU, I was also able to help shape the Recreation and Sport Management major’s brand new Outdoor Leadership concentration. On top of all of the amazing opportunities for serving in this area, I was also able to spend a semester in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as part of my undergraduate experience. Through these experiences as well as internships with Peak 7 Adventures, an outdoor adventure ministry, I feel very prepared for both my career and for whatever leadership opportunities are presented to me in life.

Nathan Stegenga
Recreation and Sports Management - Outdoor Leadership Concentration
Class of 2017

Akilah Jefferson

Preparing for a Calling

When I found my calling to law enforcement in high school, I began imagining what type of college experience would be best to shape me and challenge me in new ways. The one thing I knew: I wanted to attend a family-oriented school that would both prepare me for my calling and provide me with support. I decided to pursue a degree in forensic science in order to someday work in the lab and analysis area of law enforcement, so I was happy to find this program at a smaller university. What I uncovered at SWU was a supportive community and a place ripe with opportunity for success. From being challenged in the classroom to pursuing internships and real-world experience as part of the campus security staff, I was constantly challenged to excel, and I thrived in this environment. Without the support and training I received at SWU, I might not have found a position as a policewoman with the opportunity to transition to the forensics lab.

Akilah Jefferson
Forensic Science
Class of 2017

Mikkaela Bailey

Broader Horizons

I knew I wanted to have the experience to travel and see other cultures while in college. When I moved from Baltimore to South Carolina in my sophomore year of high school, it was hard for me to imagine myself spending my college years exploring the globe because of my location and financial concerns, but there was a hunger for new experiences that I simply could not deny. When I was presented with the opportunity to travel to Italy for spring break my freshman year at SWU, I simply could not give up a chance to see the world. Through study abroad opportunities and grant funded research, I was able to see broader horizons and explore two more nations before graduation. While I was away pursuing these great learning experiences, I found comfort in the knowledge that SWU was waiting for me with the same welcoming spirit that inspired my college choice. I am excited to continue my studies and passion for travel as I pursue a graduate school.

Mikkaela Bailey
History
Class of 2017