Racing to the finish
Not everyone could handle studying biology and being a star runner with the track and cross country team (not to mention having a 4.0 GPA and being team captain), but Isaac Mitchell has found a way to manage it all. He has seen great success in all areas that he invests himself into, and is thankful for the NNU community that has surrounded him with so many role models in the staff, faculty and fellow students.
The biology faculty in particular have made huge investments into Isaac. “The biology professors are very personable and they truly care for their students. If, for example, I have to miss class because of a track or cross country meet, it is very common for my professors to follow up with me and ask me about the meet! The biology professors also do a fantastic job of incorporating faith into the daily classroom experience, which is one reason why I came to NNU in the first place,” Isaac said.
Last year, Isaac took a life-changing trip to Kenya with other members of the cross country team and their coaches, Jake and Jenny Perry. The team traveled to various children's homes and orphanages where they held mini running camps for the kids, which involved taking the children through drills, games, a small running workout and a devotional with worship time.
For the last week of the trip, Isaac had the opportunity to gain some unique experience in his future field. He and his fellow teammate David Waterman traveled to Kapsowar, a small mountain town overlooking the Rift Valley of Kenya. They shadowed an American missionary doctor who worked in local mission hospital and were able to see and experience everything first-hand.
Without NNU and the coaches who took the students to Kenya, this trip would not have been possible. “NNU has opened many doors for me, and entrance through those doors has greatly changed my life,” he said.
This summer, Isaac plans to start applying to medical schools in order to pursue a career as a doctor post graduation.