Catching Up With Redeemer Grads: Where Are They Now? Vol. 2

Justin Eisinga | Reporter

Name: Sarah Kuipers

Age: 23

Majors/Minors: Honours Psychology, History, and Education Program

What are you doing with your life?

I'm teaching! I was very blessed to get jobs at two Christian schools in my area. I teach music at Trenton Christian School (choir and band classes) and Grade 1/2 classes at Belleville Christian School (also, Kindergarten P.E.). It keeps me busy and I love it!

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?

Redeemer prepared me in many ways... The most obvious is that the B.Ed. Program equipped me well for this call of teaching (even though any first year teacher will tell you that there are some things you just have to learn from experience!). My education courses gave me both the theoretical framework needed for teaching, and the practical application for a real classroom. In addition, I don't think I realized during my B.A. classes how much they would help in terms of challenging and shaping my worldview and giving me a broader way to see the world, and to see people. The psychology major is especially valuable in my field because it gives me insight to my student's learning and needs.

What do you miss about Redeemer?

Living in that community - university is a pretty unique opportunity, to live and study and work and relax and worship with the same group of people. I made really amazing friends, and it was so wonderful to live and learn and grow with them.

Any advice for current students?

Make the most of your time at Redeemer... I'm not saying do everything, but pick a few opportunities that will grow your faith and your character. Find friends who will support you and challenge you to go deeper in your walk with God, ask someone to be your mentor, learn all you can from classes (even the core ones), go out into Hamilton with a service club, worship with the community... Those were the experiences, when I looked back at my five years at Redeemer, that I was the most grateful for.

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?

Good question! Recently at church I reached into my coat pocket for a pen and came up with a valve from a trumpet and a clarinet reed instead!

 

Brandon and Emma Richardson

Name: Brandon Richardson

Age: 23
Majors/Minors: Religion & Theology Honours Major / Business Minor

What are you doing with your life?

Pastoring a student church called The Embassy (the-embassy.org) alongside my wife Emma.

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?

From an early age I knew that I wanted to pastor a church. I took an unconventional route (at least from the viewpoint of the denomination I grew up in) and found myself at Redeemer. The diversity in denominations and courses at Redeemer gave me a broad perspective on life inside and outside of the Church. The education and individuals at Redeemer gave me a well rounded view on life; the community formed me.

What do you miss about Redeemer?

Where do I start?.. haha. The Religion & Theology faculty, Anthony, the hockey team, apt. 209 and so much more. Really, there’s a lot to miss about Redeemer, I wish I had of taken a step back to enjoy it more.

Any advice for current students?

Fully engage in the community but seek opportunities to serve outside of it as well (and Redeemer has many). As I now Pastor on the University Campus I wish I had of sought more opportunities to engage with students outside of Redeemer. Looking back, I would have pursued more opportunities to serve peers at McMaster and Mohawk. I’ve since learned of a church named ‘Lift’ (liftchurch.ca) that exists to serve the campus in Hamilton, I’d start there.

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?

Soul.

Name: Emma Richardson

Age: 23

Majors/Minors: Psychology Honours Major / Religion & Theology Major

What are you doing with your life?

Pursuing a Masters degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy while pastoring The Embassy alongside my husband Brandon.

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?

Redeemer taught me about community. This seems to be the most important element of going into a helping profession. Both inside and outside of the classroom I learned how to learn, share opinions with respect, and be responsible for my education. My education at Redeemer prepared me for the many problems, challenges, and triumphs that I would experience in grad school as well as pastoring.

What do you miss about Redeemer?

The people! From the professors to administration to my peers. Everyone greets you with a smile, cares deeply about you, and are willing to walk with you through the highs and lows. There is a very strong support network at Redeemer that you just can’t find everywhere you go.

Any advice for current students?

Enjoy it! Take time to learn about yourself as much as possible. Try things out. Take risks. Don’t get so bogged down with stress that you can’t learn what makes you flourish. Ask hard questions. Make time for your friends because before you know it you will find yourselves scattered all across the province, country, or even world.

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?

An earring - that wasn’t mine.

Name: Justine Dyk

Age: 22

Majors/Minors: History/ English & Psychology

What are you doing with your life?

I am currently finishing up a Post Graduate Event Management Certificate Program at Conestoga College. I'm also working part-time as a Sales and Special Events Coordinator at the Cambridge Mill. Eventually I'd like to see myself work for a company/venue as a full time event coordinator.

How did your education at Redeemer prepare you for what you are doing now?

While Redeemer has a lot to offer in regards to academics, what I took from my time was so much more. Going to Redeemer taught me how to be an adult. I grew stronger in my identity, my relationships, and my faith. Looking back, I understand how important all these things were to equipping me to live in the real world. I know who I am, what I stand for, and what’s most important to me.

What do you miss about Redeemer?

I'm sure this is the typical, post-Redeemer graduate answer, but the community is something I greatly miss at my new school and as I move into the work force. It's strange not having your closest friends in the same house, or right around the corner from you. However, the friends I made are just a phone call or a Facebook message away.

Any advice for current students?

Remember that graduation is not the be-all and end-all to your time at Redeemer. Make the most of the time you have while you're there, and also start preparing for when you graduate. Volunteer places and find jobs that relate to the work you'd like to do in the future. This will give you a good idea of what the job will be like, and can give your resume that extra boost when you start looking for full time work. It also is a great way to get involved in your community and help out people who need it.

What's the weirdest thing you ever found at the bottom of your pocket?

Money. Welcome to the post-graduate lifestyle.