Student Profile: Ainsley Herrick
Parma junior Ainsley Herrick came to Alma College looking for a place where her faith could grow, but she never expected it to blossom the way that it has.
“I really love the Chapel community,” she says. “It’s very close-knit. There’s a lot of support and love by everyone you meet there, and it’s always a great place to go.”
With a Presbyterian background, Herrick knew Alma would be the perfect fit for her. The religious studies major says, however, that her Alma education has exceeded her expectations so far.
“The religious studies professors are great,” she says. “I learn a lot from them that helps me in my faith. I decided about a year and a half ago to pursue ministry after feeling a strong calling from God.”
After Alma, Herrick plans to attend seminary to become a pastor. She says Alma has been a great stepping stone for these future plans.
“I have had the chance to learn about the basics of Christianity and the Bible, so I am getting the foundation that I need before I dive in deeper,” she says. “In order to understand your own religion, it’s also important to be able to understand other religions, though, and Alma helps you do just that.”