Interview with freshman Isaac Peabody
When it came to his post-high school plans, freshman Isaac Peabody was skeptical about NU; he had visited campus a few times but was torn between Northwest and another Christian college. Everything changed when he attended NU Unplugged, our exclusive event for students who have been accepted to Northwest University. Curious to discover what he thought of Unplugged, the Admissions Office interviewed Isaac, revealing the driving forces behind his decision to attend NU.
NU Admissions – Anna Pflug: What was your first thought when you received the invitation to NU Unplugged?
Isaac: I remember getting the invitation, which was really creative, and being super excited right away. I had no idea how to choose between colleges. I knew Unplugged was going to be the deciding factor, so I signed up!
What were your expectations when you arrived at Unplugged?
The week before Unplugged, I had gone to another college’s accepted student event. To be honest, I didn’t like it. They always talked about how great their community is, but I didn’t connect with any of the students there. I came to Unplugged not knowing what to expect, and when I arrived I instantly liked NU better. So was it the events that really impacted you or the people you met during the events? It was the people, but it was also the way Northwest does community; it was really unique. Like a family.
What was the highlight of your experience here?
Kyle Lorenz was the first person I met when I got here; we ended up spending the whole weekend together. We stayed in touch over the summer and eventually decided to become roommates. Being at Unplugged made my transition to college so much easier because I already knew my roommate and a few other people before movein day.
Describe your most memorable moment.
Meeting my girlfriend was pretty memorable! [Laughs] Seriously, though, I felt like I could trust the leadership and the direction they’re taking the school. Pastor Phil and Dr. Castleberry were humble, honest, and real. I also remember the spiritual atmosphere being a notch higher than at other schools. I’m a Communications major, which you can get anywhere, but there’s something unique about the spiritual environment at NU.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Last year, it was so significant for me that I literally wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t gone to Unplugged. My dorm host, David Kimball, did such a great job making me feel welcome. I appreciated that so much, and he was such a good example of what people are like at NU, that I want to be able to convey that to students who are considering coming here, too.
Why would you encourage current students to get involved?
Because it’s super fun! It’s also a good way to experiment with leadership opportunities; we won’t be doing things that are very hard – just showing students around campus – so if you have a heart for people and want to bring more people into the NU community, then we need to do everything in our power to make them feel welcomed and accepted.
If you could sum up your experience at Unplugged in one hashtag, what would it be?
[Pauses] I want to say “acceptance,” but Unplugged is so much more than that. Not only are you accepted for admission to the school, but at Unplugged you’re accepted into the community. So I would say, #soblessedtobepartofthiscommunity
Any last words?
I’m so fired up about Unplugged! Last year was awesome, so it’s only going to get better from here!
To be a part of this epic event, sign up at: http://eagle.northwestu.edu/departments/admissions/unplugged/