Jan ('00, '01) and Ethan ('99, '00) Schrader
"You'll burn out if you try to be good all on your own." – Jan
"I've learned that my own plans are not the best, and I need to let God lead with the best plan." – Ethan
(pictured with Ethan holding their son Toby, then only three months old).
Degrees: Biology, education
Hometown: Lake Charles
Now reside in: Niš (rhymes with "fish"), Serbia
What brought you to Tech: The National Merit Scholarship offer that included free Tech Rome (which I was able to attend the last year of its existence) was one reason. And my piano teacher and 12th-grade English teachers were both Tech alums, and some of my friends' older siblings were currently at Tech. Each of them had only great things to say about the school and their experiences.
What are some of your favorite memories from school here: Studying by the beautiful flowerbeds in the quad, having lunch with friends and playing ‘ultimate Frisbee' on Friday afternoons freshman year, hanging out with my great roommates, learning to love God more alongside some truly encouraging friends and role models.
What advice would you give to freshmen: Get out of your dorm as much as possible your first quarter and work hard at building friendships -- but don't forget to study!
Tell us about your jobs/career now, why you chose it, what you hope to accomplish: My husband and I are both missionaries which, for me, usually means lots of visiting (and coffee drinking!) to encourage our friends here who want to learn more about the Bible. Now I'm a mom, so my role is changing a little, but I think it will be even better. I've always had a desire to help people know what's in God's Word, and I hope I can accomplish this by living a life that honors Jesus.
How can people help you in this mission? Pray! And spend time reading your Bible so you can know God better, too. Life is hard. Everyone needs help and encouragement, and the best source is from our loving Creator. You'll burn out if you try to be good all on your own.
How can we keep up with you three? We're both on Facebook, and we send out regular updates from our email, which is firstname.lastname@example.org
Degrees: Physics, chemistry, math; education
Hometown: Greenville, Texas
What brought you to Tech: The personable head of the physics department and the research.
What are some of your favorite memories from school: hands-on learning, great times with friends, and learning to be a disciple of Christ.
What advice would you give to freshmen: Early on you need to find the right balance of studying and fun.
Tell us about your jobs/career now, why you chose it, what you hope to accomplish: I do bookkeeping for a non-profit organization and preach at a local church. It seems more like the job chose me. I hope to do less bookkeeping and more direct ministry, but I've learned that my own plans are not the best, and I need to let God lead with the best plan.
How can people help you in this mission? Visits and/or emails of encouragement are great. Prayer is awesome.