Name: Elizabeth Henderson
Expected Graduation Date: April 2021
Major: Human Resources Management
Minors: Anthropology and Human Rights
When did you pledge? Fall 2018
What did you want to be when you grew up (when you were little)? In high school? Now what do you want to be? My mom is a teacher so as a kid that was always my plan. In high school I wanted to be a nurse but those dreams were dashed when I realized I did not like biology! Nonetheless, I love people and care deeply about equality at work and landed in HR.
What are your hobbies? I am a huge neat freak, so I love spending my free time getting myself organized or cleaning, but of course hanging out with my friends and spending time outside!
What's your favorite food or snack? Raspberries. When I buy them at the grocery store I usually end up eating them all as soon as I get home.
Favorite movie or TV show? New Girl
What's your favorite thing you've done in DSP and why? Becoming Pledge Educator! After spending a year in this position I have gotten to know incoming brothers and older brothers so much better. There is nothing better than feeling like I am around 70 of my closest friends at every meeting. Getting to be the person who pledges come to for help during the pledging semester translates into meaningful friendships once they are initiated and I am so honored to have this role.
Favorite thing about Grand Valley:
The Location! I love being in such a naturally beautiful place while also being right near a big city. Before coming here I had never been to Grand Rapids and now it is my favorite place. 20 minutes to the city and 30 minutes to the beach can't be beat.
Why did you join DSP?
I joined, as cheesy as it may sound, to be involved in something bigger than myself as an individual. Whether it be the friendships I’ve made or the professional knowledge I’ve gained, I know that I am connected to an organization and brotherhood with a deeply rooted history of excellence.
Why did you choose Grand Valley?
The completely honest answer to this question is that they offered me scholarships I could not refuse, but I stayed here for the incredible, caring community.
Have you ever studied abroad or gone further than the Americas?
I have traveled France, Switzerland, and Italy and returned to Switzerland this summer for a study abroad with UC Berkeley to study Sustainable Business and Human Rights.
Do you have any pets? I have two dogs and a cat. The dogs are my best friends, but my cat really does not like me. I consider us frienamies.
What advice do you wish you could've given yourself when you started college? I would tell myself to say yes more often. I felt paralyzed by all my options and kept to myself a lot. I do not regret it, but if I could do it again I would say yes to going out with new people, joining new clubs, and going new places much more than I did. We are here to get a degree of course, but also to figure out who we are, which cannot be done in the library I have learned.