The Simpson University Experience - Summer Yang

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"Simpson has given me practical tools to utilize so I can enter into many closed countries and communities as a teacher and share the love of Christ. With Simpson’s motto to be a ‘Gateway to World Service,’ I have learned to steward my education as a Christian in my future ministry."

— Summer Yang, cross-cultural studies major, class of 2016

Summer (Kyle) Yang graduated from Simpson University in April 2016 with a B.A. in cross-cultural studies and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She plans on pursuing a master’s degree and using what she has learned to partner with her husband, Joshua, as a Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary.

Summer first heard about Simpson from a high school friend who was attending Simpson. She was drawn to Simpson’s nursing program and heart for missions and initially enrolled as a pre-nursing major, but an encounter with a student majoring in cross-cultural studies led Summer to change her major.

“She explained different classes, experiences, and opportunities you can have with the major, and I found it very unique, practical, and closely aligned to my passion for mission,” Summer said.

During her time at Simpson, Summer received hands-on experience in a cross-cultural setting through an internship with Footsteps Ministries teaching English to students from Taiwan. She also developed skills to understand other cultures through cross-cultural communication, religions, language acquisition, and theology.

“Simpson has given me practical tools to utilize so I can enter into many closed countries and communities as a teacher and share the love of Christ,” Summer said. “With Simpson’s motto to be a ‘Gateway to World Service,’ I have learned to steward my education as a Christian in my future ministry.”

One of the things Summer liked most about Simpson’s cross-cultural studies program was the professors.

“All of my professors spent at least 10-plus years as missionaries or overseas workers, and I loved that their understanding for cross-cultural studies are not just by the book and knowledge, but real-life experiences and practices,” she said. “They are very relatable and available to mentor and guide you in having a holistic theology of mission and service in the world.”

Summer received grants and scholarships and said she is grateful for the support from donors that enabled her pursue her love of missions while at Simpson.

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