Alexa Tyler

Bloomington, IL
Applied Health Science/Pre-Medicine
“Since I wanted to play golf in college, my dad and I began my college search looking at schools where that would be possible. I started visiting universities my sophomore year of high school, so by the time I visited Wheaton the winter of my junior year, I had seen my fair share of campuses. I came to Wheaton during Christmas Break, the year of the terrible blizzard, and campus was deserted. It was freezing; it was just my admissions counselor, my dad, and me, but by the end of my visit, I already knew this was where I was supposed to be. I continued visiting schools, but knew deep down that if I received an acceptance letter from Wheaton, I would be sending in my enrollment deposit immediately. Well, the end of December arrived and…I was accepted! Probably one of the best days of my life. We mailed in my enrollment deposit and things were set in motion. I had applied for a scholarship at Wheaton, but wouldn’t find until March. I was getting antsy. All of my friends were able to say where they were headed to school, but because I was going to play golf, I couldn’t make any sort of verbal commitment. So, instead of waiting patiently, I verbally committed to another university. I wasn’t at peace with it, but I ignored my unrest. The university I verbally committed to had a national letter of intent signing day, but we couldn’t find a day to sign until after the day I would be notified about the scholarship at Wheaton. Looking back, I think of it as God giving me a little bit more time to come back to the right decision, the decision that fell right in line with His will for me.

Wheaton has been such a blessing to me. Not only have I been able to prepare for medical school after Wheaton, but I’ve gained practical ways to learn better. And on top of that, I’ve been given opportunities to discover what gifts God has given me. Since being at Wheaton, I’ve been on the golf team for 3 years, been apart of gospel worship team, a member of Solidarity Cabinet, and I’m currently serving the campus as a Student Chaplain.

I could have never foreseen the plans God had already set in motion from the moment I set foot on Wheaton’s campus that cold December. By God’s grace, He gave me the opportunity to listen to Him and become a member of the Wheaton family.”