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Cristopher Nelson

Hometown: North Newton, Kansas
Major: Biology
Class: 2014

What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
I’m a biology major with chemistry minor and secondary education certification. I chose biology because it is the best. I love science and biology is the science of life, and I think it was one of the most fascinating fields out there.
What brought you to Bethel?
I have always had a strong connection to Bethel having grown up around the area and both of my parents attending. When the time came to choose it just felt right.
What activities have you been involved in?
I played football my freshman year. I currently throw in track and field. I sing in the Men’s Ensemble and am a member of the Humans vs. Zombies public relations team. I am also a student ambassador.
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
I am more confident in myself then I was when I first came. I like to think I have also learned a lot, both in life skills and book smarts.
For what are you most proud of Bethel?
The sense of community at Bethel is amazing. It’s not the biggest school, but it allows for you to make lasting and personal connections with a lot of different kinds of people.
What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
I loved my Molecular Genetics class. The students in the class were great and the professor was incredible, which helped make the class really enjoyable, as did the really fun and interesting material.
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
One of my favorite moments here at Bethel has been Mudslam Volleyball. It is a time where everyone is friends with everyone and you can have a tremendous amount of fun playing with and against people that you may not have had the chance to hang out with during the school year. That and you get to play in the mud, one of life’s simple pleasures done the Bethel way.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
To me, being a Thresher means that you are willing to do what is right not just when it is convenient for you. Being a Thresher means to be bold when others are timid, and to build relationships with people from all walks of life, not just those in your comfort zone. Being a Thresher allows us to look after strangers, friends, and classmates the same way you would a family member. Being a Thresher means being the best you can be at all times of the day, even after you have graduated and moved on to another chapter in your life.

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