Kyle 2013Kyle Schwerdtfeger

Major: Recreation & Sports Ministry
Minor: Bible & Religion
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Choosing a college is a big decision. I as really looking for a place that wasn't too far from home and still had the major I was looking for. Huntington fit that criteria and had few bonuses – like a great community and a Christ-centered approach. I also liked that it didn't have dress codes or curfews, and it wasn't a massive campus where I’d need GPS just to get to class! But when it came down to it, I chose Huntington because I felt that God was calling me here.

At Huntington, everyone is so much fun, and both students and faculty genuinely care about how you're doing. Classes are fairly small, which makes it easier to approach the professor and get to know people. I’ve always had a passion for outdoor recreation, and working at bible camps growing up deepened my love for using activities to reach people. Recreation Ministry is a hybrid between youth ministry and recreation management, and it’s really cool to see how the two ultimately work together.

As a Huntington student, I have been challenged in my faith and studies, which has really stretched and molded me into the person I am today. I’m a fairly cautious person, and I resist change. If you’d told me a year ago that I would go to India, love it, and want to go back, I would’ve laughed in your face. My experiences at Huntington and in India have really gotten out of my comfort zones, whether that meant moving 11 hours from home, going on a trip to the other side of the world, or doing my own laundry!

The first lesson I learned in India was how people treat “the least of these,” as Jesus calls them. Poverty and human desolation are rampant in the streets, but no one is willing to help. It made me ask myself how I treat people whom I consider “lesser.” Do I ignore what they have to say? Or do I take time to listen and show love?

God deserves all the credit for getting me to India. He was the only one with the power to get me out of my comfort zone and experience His love in a whole new way. By going to India, I was reminded to always “Be Present.” Whether in my attitude or in the love I show, being present to me means putting everything I have into what I’m doing.

As a Huntington student, especially through the India trip, I've found out how diverse the body of Christ is. There are tons of people at Huntington with different viewpoints, and learning somebody else's views can be really beneficial. I’ve been taught that I’m not right all the time and I need to be willing to listen. In my experience, this community is exactly what I needed to grow past where I was in high school. If I had to do it all again, I would choose Huntington a hundred times over.