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My time at LeTourneau has been marked by rich transformation. The opportunities I have had to be involved in leadership, exciting biology research, and spring break mission trips have stretched me from an insecure, shy individual to a confident disciple of Jesus.

Kathryn Baker

Kathryn
Baker

  • Distinguished Senior 2020

  • Biology



Why did you choose to attend LeTourneau?

My path to LeTourneau was a bit unconventional. When I began my search for colleges, I did not even know LeTourneau University existed. I had grown up attending a private Christian school, so I was ready to experience something new and be a witness for Christ in a place where other believers didn’t surround me. One day, on a whim, I typed “Christian engineering school” into Google and found LeTourneau. After reading about the engineering program and being impressed by the rigorous curriculum and integration of theology courses, I decided to apply to this school as my “back-up plan.” I visited LeTourneau soon afterwards, and during my time on campus, I found a strong community of students and faculty who wanted to worship God in their work. As the door to LeTourneau opened, God gave me peace that He would use LeTourneau to equip me for my future workplace and strengthen my walk with Him.

 

How would you describe your time at LeTourneau?

My time at LeTourneau has been marked by rich transformation. The opportunities I have had to be involved in leadership, exciting biology research, and spring break mission trips have stretched me from an insecure, shy individual to a confident disciple of Jesus. Through the challenges of academics and service, I have learned to rest in the sufficiency of Christ and repeatedly confess to the Lord my need of Him. I have also been surrounded by the encouragement and exhortation of professors, classmates, and the girls on my floor, who have made the past four years such a sweet season of life.

 

Why did you choose your major?

I actually entered LeTourneau with a major of biomedical engineering and changed it to biology after my freshman year. I grew up being fascinated by human biology and often thought about becoming a physician. However, for several reasons, I decided to forego that dream and pursue what I thought was the closest field I could get to medicine. In the summer after my freshman year, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya with the LeTourneau Wheels Project, which performed research on wheelchair mobility for students with disabilities, and shadow physicians in a mission hospital nearby. I loved watching the way these missionaries prayed over their patients and provided them excellent medical care. After many weeks in prayer, I felt the Lord calling me to trust Him and step into the gifts and passions He had given me, so I changed my major to biology with the intent to pursue medical school.

 

What is one thing you'll take away from your time at LeTourneau?

One thing that I will take away from my time at LeTourneau is the incredible mentorship I received from upperclassmen, faculty, and staff. From day one, people at LeTourneau wanted to get to know me. They wanted to know how my relationship with Lord was doing, my strengths and weaknesses, and where God was calling me. These relationships were a source of wisdom, grace, and truth for me, and I am so thankful to the Lord for them! I hope to be a facilitator of the same kind of community wherever my future work takes me.

 

What piece of advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

One piece of advice that I would give to a freshman would be to come into college with a heart attitude of humility. College life at LeTourneau is a unique time of being able to learn about the Lord, who you are in relation to Him, how to build meaningful friendships, professionalism, leadership, and much more! Have a teachable spirit, confess your need of God, be vulnerable with your trusted friends, get advice from upperclassmen and older mentors in your church, ask for forgiveness, and seek the Lord in the secret place, not to be seen by others. God is so faithful and has so much He desires to teach you in this season at LeTourneau!