The Atmosphere is Different Here
| by Wyatt Stark email@example.com
I knew that this was the place that I needed to be.
Criminal justice and psychology major Hannah Delp (‘22), finds that MidAmerica is more than just a place to get her education; it’s a place to make meaningful connections with like-minded people and prepare herself to give back in a big way.
It wasn’t her first choice. Hannah visited MNU in the Spring of 2017, per her mother’s request.
“I was dead-set on going to Northwest Nazarene University,” Hannah explains. “But then my family and I came to the Olathe area to visit my aunt and uncle, and my mom told me that I should go check out MNU to get some options. Even though I didn’t really want to—my mom made me.”
Right away, Hannah could tell that the atmosphere of MNU was different than most universities, due in part to the faculty and staff.
“I met Professor Hiestand from the criminal justice department, and we really clicked,” Hannah recalls. “I felt like a lot of our values lined up as far as making the connection between Christianity and the criminal justice system. After seeing the community and how loving everyone was, I knew that this was the place that I needed to be.”
Once enrolled, Hannah had no trouble deciding on a major.
“I decided to double-major,” Hannah explains. “My ultimate career goal would be to become a part of the Innocence Project.”
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992, is a non-profit legal organization committed to liberating those who have been wrongly convicted of crime. This organization has made a direct impact on Hannah’s family.
“My uncle was wrongly convicted and has been imprisoned since I was about six years old,” she says. “But the Innocence Project has really instilled a lot of hope in me and my family. I would love to be able to give back to a family going through a similar situation.”
When asked about her favorite part about MNU, Hannah credits the staff and faculty.
“The professors really care about you doing well here, and they do a great job in making sure that you know you’re cared for and appreciated,” Hannah says. “They care about you succeeding in life.”
1. Hannah is a PK (pastor’s kid).
2. Growing up, her family moved a total of 11 times!
3. Hannah enjoys dumpster-diving with her friends at Krispy Kreme.