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Careers: Julie Herrmann

"...What was supposed to be a one year internship working for the church has turned into a two-year life-changing adventure..."

Alumna: Julie Herrmann, '05
Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology and Spanish
Current position: Missionary in Costa Rica

When I started at Calvin I knew two things: I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career, but I wanted to study Spanish. I ended up double majoring in Speech Pathology and Spanish. In order to do both, I spent a semester abroad in Spain. It was a turning point in how I viewed the world that left me with a hunger for traveling the world. Of course as any responsible Speech Pathologist, once I graduated Calvin I went straight to grad school to finish my master’s in Speech Pathology and then jumped right into the workforce at a hospital. Few and far between were my interactions with Spanish speaking patients, but each time I would hear the language it would stir something in me and remind me of my passion for the language that I discovered at Calvin.

Every six months my church, Vineyard North in Grand Rapids, sends short term missions teams to Costa Rica to partner with another Vineyard church located in a very poor neighborhood outside of the capital city. In June of 2010 I decided to go on one of the teams. To make a long story short, I came home from the trip, applied to work as an intern in the community, quit my stable job at the hospital, and moved to Costa Rica that September. What was supposed to be a one year internship working for the church has turned into a two-year life-changing adventure.

During my time at Calvin I had no idea what God held for me in the future. I only knew the passions He had placed in me. If you still have no idea what you want to do as a career, that’s okay. Keep following the passions God has already placed in your heart. You never know how He will choose to use them in the future.

Please feel free to follow my adventures in Costa Rica through my blog: mylifeintupperware.blogspot.com.

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