Alumni Profile: From Piano to Princeton MIKE BYUN '11

From Piano to Princeton

HOME: Tamuning, Guam

MAJOR: religion and piano performance

GRADUATE STUDIES: Master of divinity program, Princeton Theological Seminary

When Mike Byun first arrived at Calvin for the Entrada Scholars Program, he had no idea what to expect. He knew Entrada was a selective program and reportedly a great experience, but he was a bit skeptical.

Today, he uses words like "inspiring, enlightening and heartening" to describe his years at Calvin.

For a quiet guy, Mike jumped right in. He loved the academics, joined the judo club, performed with the Calvin Wind Ensemble, served on the Barnabas Team in his residence hall and made meaningful connections with his students and professors.

Mike coupled his love for piano performance with a religion major, a department he credits with giving him the knowledge and tools to continue on into seminary. Today, he's working on a mster of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.

VERGE: winter 2011

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First-Year Experience
  • How you spend your time in college is probably going to look a little different from how you spent it in high school (goodbye study hall!) Check out these schedules from real freshmen to get a feel for how your day might look at Calvin.

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  • When you choose Calvin, you choose Grand Rapids, too. Thankfully, GR is the kind of place you won't mind spending four years, with more new restaurants, shops and events opening all the time!

    There's 4 Years of PLAY Here There's 4 Years of FUN Here