Set in the small town of Hastings, Nebraska, Hastings College offers an extensive liberal arts curriculum with a personal touch. Since students are encouraged to “pursue their passions,” the course offerings are extensive for its 1154 students. It is a place that “appreciates your uniqueness, welcomes you into the community and encourages and supports your to become you best.”
This statement was clearly a campus-wide motto and it was very apparent that the faculty fosters this supportive environment. I had the opportunity to meet with several faculty during my visit and it was evident that they all truly care about their students. During their first year, students receive their first faculty advisor or “advocate”. This faculty member is intentionally outside of the student’s field of interest. This way the student has a neutral perspective on how to move forward with their education.
And in determining the path of a student’s education, Hastings offers a wide-variety of options. With majors in Media Production, Wildlife Biology, Human Services Administration, and Peace Justice and Social Change, there is no doubt that students will find something that interests them. If they don’t they also have the opportunity to design their own major. Hastings also has several experiential learning opportunities, including a January term (J-term) where students can take unique courses on campus or abroad.
Outside of the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. From band to sports and everything in between, Hastings offers a wide-variety of activities outside of the classroom.
Over the next few days, I will be posting videos of my trip to Hastings College. The first two videos will feature two academic programs at Hastings. In the last video a current Hastings student who will briefly discuss her experience at the college. There is no doubt that Hastings offers students a plenty of opportunities to learn and discover their place in the world.