Nikki Abramson shares her story about how Bethel University changed her life.
I grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities as an international adoptee. When I was five, I was diagnosed with mitochondria myopathy and doctors said I would likely die in my teens. That wasn’t God’s plan for me. Against all odds, I graduated from high school and attended Bethel University, the school of my dreams.
My faith grew exponentially at Bethel. I was challenged to accept the ways I’m different and to become a mentor and leader. I joined the Welcome Week team, led student multicultural programs and services, and was president of a college political party during the 2008 presidential election season.
That experience was a great model, with faculty and students coming together with civility, even with different viewpoints and beliefs. We learned that we can wrestle with ideas without fighting with one another. We are the body of Christ, so we support and love one another even if we don’t agree.
That is what makes Bethel University special. Bethel is a community that loves God and is willing to help students wrestle with tough questions. Bethel is investing in students in a way that changes lives. Bethel has had a profound impact on me—it has shaped me and how I respond to difficult situations. I respond with hope.
Today, I give back to Bethel University because of the people who invested in me. Bethel gave me a great foundation for the real world, and I am deeply grateful for my experiences there.
Bethel students need hope as much as ever. The caring community, dialogue, and life sharing that changed my life at Bethel can change their lives, too. Will you join me in making a gift and supporting Bethel? Your gift helps to advance Bethel’s mission and passes on—to the next generation of Royals—hope for the future.
Nikki Abramson ’09 G’16 is a teacher, actor for No Limits, speaker, mentor, and author of I Choose Hope and Hope for Today. Abramson has returned to Bethel University to pursue a master's degree in K-12 education.