Threshold New Student Orientation (Friday, Aug 24–Sunday, Aug 26) is a long-standing North Park University tradition with the purpose of welcoming students, families, and guests to our campus and community. We believe orientation plays an important role in marking the beginning of your academic journey at North Park. Leaders of Threshold groups are current students excited to show new students around campus and the city during orientation. Get to know some of this semester’s student leaders by reading their bio’s below.
I’m Honduran by birth and parents. I’m the SGA treasurer, an orientation leader, and I’m also a member of the Worship Team (play the guitar). Incoming students will get to enjoy the creation of new friendships with people from all over the world and the United States. North Park might be small, but the University encourages its students to go and explore the city itself, not just the campus.
– Juan Carlos Navarro, Business and Economics: Finance & Marketing, Sophomore (C’21)
I came to North Park because it was close to my home, and I received helpful financial aid. I am very active on campus—you can find me working as the president of the Criminal Justice Club, a writing advisor, a desk manager for Burgh Hall, a student ambassador, and a COMPASS mentor. My favorite place to go is Einsteins, but I spend most of my time in the library. I look forward to new students getting to experience our sports games, especially the Football Homecoming Game.
—Alin Hernandez, Double Major in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Senior (C’19)
I am from Rwanda, and I came to North Park University as a transfer from the University of Botswana. At first, I was here simply to complete my degree, but after spending time at North Park I found a family away from my family, a home away from home. If you are a person who likes to be involved with people around you, this is a great place to be, and even if you are not, don’t worry North Park has a lot in store for you. I hope that as you come to North Park you will allow yourself to have an open mind and experience the beauty of our school and the people who make it.
– Lys Kelsie Isimbi, Business Economics with a Concentration in Management, Senior (C’19)
North Park is a city-centered, Christian university, and with its ethnic diversity, I immediately fell in love. North Park is known for its faithful and humble environment. My favorite part of the campus is absolutely everything. Its welcoming environment feels like home. And being city-centered makes exploring more accessible and fun! I’m excited for incoming students to experience this memorable place and people. I am Cleo Dangcalan, one of your Orientation Leaders, and I am always ready to help. Go Vikings!
– Cleo Dangcalan, Double Majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies