The Simpson University Experience - Lindsay Szymanski
"If you are looking for a holistic, incredible experience and if you are wanting your life to be changed for the better, I would suggest Simpson University. You will find an incredible education, great professors, and a community that is going to love you and truly accept you for who you are."
— Lindsay Szymanski, general ministries major, class of 2016
Attending Simpson University was a transformative experience, both academically and spiritually, for alumna Lindsay Szymanski ’16.
“Simpson University has played a huge role in my legacy being changed,” she said. “I did not grow up in a Christian home, and I didn’t grow up in a family where college was something that was widely pursued. I was the first one in my immediate family to finish a bachelor’s degree.”
Lindsay, who is from Paradise, Calif., graduated from Simpson in April 2016 with a B.A. in General Ministries.
“I chose General Ministries because I wanted a major where I could receive wisdom and knowledge about all different types of ministry; where I could learn about the needs of many different demographics of people, and learn how to effectively meet those needs,” she said. “When I looked at all the colleges I was interested in, Simpson was the only one that offered exactly what I was looking for.”
When Lindsay first heard about Simpson when she was in high school, she had no interest in attending. After she became a Christian and she visited the campus, she knew Simpson was the college for her.
“I knew that Simpson was a place where I would have a Christian worldview implemented into my education,” she said. “I would get to learn alongside others who wanted to honor God with their lives, and I knew I would be able to ask deep and real questions and be met with wisdom, compassion, love, and truth.”
According to Lindsay, one of the unique features of the General Ministries program is the professors.
“They are geniuses, and they have so much to offer their students in the way of wisdom and experience,” she said. “Our professors really love God, and they really love us.”
As a student, Lindsay discovered her desire to use her General Ministries degree to work in the Student Development Office. Shortly after graduating, she was hired as the assistant director of student engagement at Simpson. She helps oversee the university’s commuter student services, intramural sports, student clubs, new student orientation, and First and Second Year Experience programs. She is also in charge of hiring and working with student leaders.
"The experience I got at Simpson truly changed my life," she said. "I want to be able to be with college students as they wrestle with answering big questions like who they are and who they want to become. I would love to be able to help provide an experience like I had for current and future students of Simpson University."
Lindsay said what she learned in her ministry classes will help her in her student development career.
“I have learned how to listen to people, how to hopefully love them well, and how to practically care about them holistically,” she said. “I gained so much wisdom regarding interpersonal and relational skills. I have learned how to work on a team and where I fit best on a team.”
Based on her positive experience, Lindsay said she would recommend Simpson to others.
“If you are looking for a holistic, incredible experience and if you are wanting your life to be changed for the better, I would suggest Simpson University,” she said. “You will find an incredible education, great professors, and a community that is going to love you and truly accept you for who you are.”
In order to offset the cost of college, Lindsay received several scholarships, including the Heritage Scholarship, and other types of financial aid.
“To anyone who has given or is considering giving, it is worth the investment,” she said. “God is doing incredible things through your faithfulness and generosity. You are a huge blessing and a big reason why kingdom building is happening through Simpson University.”