Steven Michaluk, ’14, discovered his calling to the mission field working alongside some of the world’s poorest people in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras. The trips’ projects included building houses with Habitat for Humanity and teaching English.
“What really inspired me was the love of the people that I came into contact with,” says Michaluk, who plans to start his career as an elementary school teacher. “Seeing how they live so simply while being able to love others was truly amazing. These experiences abroad have made me more hungry to go out into the world and help those in need of food, housing and education.”
When Michaluk first came to Emory & Henry, he hadn’t even considered a ministry-related field. But getting involved in Spiritual Life at the College has helped to shape his view of other cultures and of his place in this world. Michaluk says E&H’s strong academic program, numerous opportunities for participation in campus life and close relationships with his professors, have given him a strong foundation for life in the real world.
“I feel like the opportunity to have a true relationship with your professors is what really makes this place special,” Michaluk says. “I can walk into any professor’s office and sit down and talk about life and they would sit and listen. This is a place you can truly call home.”
Hometown: Sevierville, Tenn.
Major: Interdisciplinary social studies, 5-year master of professional studies degree in education—certification for Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade
Extra-curricular Activities at Emory & Henry:
President, Blue Key Honors Society
President, Emory Golf Association
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Vice President, E&H Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
Student Leader, Study Abroad trip to Nicaragua
Global Ambassador, International Studies Program
Head Resident Advisor
Co-Chair, Emory & Henry College Relay For Life