Quest for Transfer Students

Quest

Welcome to QUEST!

If you're starting Calvin in the fall as a transfer student, QUEST is for you. QUEST is a three-and-a-half day program that takes place just before school begins in the fall from August 27 - August 30, 2014. There will also be planned optional activities on September 1.

Your family members are welcome during move-in day and for an evening cookout on the Commons lawn. Following dinner, QUEST starts and is designed just for you.


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What to expect

The QUEST program has three specific objectives:

  1. To introduce you to Calvin College through the college’s vision statement
  2. To connect you to a core group of other new students.
  3. To prepare you for your first semester at Calvin.

Expect a warm welcome to Calvin! At QUEST you’ll meet a lot of new people: more than 1,000 other new students and potential Facebook friends, plus current students, professors, and staff members. You’ll learn a lot about Calvin and the resources that are here for you.

During QUEST, you’ll connect with an orientation group of about 20 other transfer students who will go through QUEST together.

Quest includes a service opportunity, Streetfest, where you’ll learn about the eclectic neighborhoods in Grand Rapids—Eastown, Heritage Hill, Downtown. Expect to have a lot of fun! By the end, you may be a bit tired (the days are full from approximately 9:00am into the evening), but you’ll be ready for classes to begin on Tuesday, September 2.

Here are some more specifics you can anticipate:

Participate in:

  • A creative, if not downright competitive, campus tour
  • A "create your own adventure" night
  • Streetfest – a service-learning experience in the city

Learn about:

  • Challenging, real-life college issues through a series of skits
  • Calvin’s commitment to diversity and anti-racism
  • A variety of other things—from pop culture to what it means that Calvin is "Reformed" to men’s/women’s issues at college to why we care about social justice

The QUEST program is built on Calvin College’s vision:

"Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God’s work in God’s world."

In the QUEST program, we’ll look at some of these aspects of Calvin’s vision:

  • Reformed, Liberal Arts College - Take a closer look at what it means that Calvin is "Reformed" and “a liberal arts college.”
  • Agents of Renewal - Consider the implications of what it means that God is renewing all things.
  • Doing God’s Work in God’s World - Our world belongs to God. What is God's calling us to as we learn and as we serve?