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Nathan Elmenhurst

Nathan ElmenhurstI really enjoy the connections my professors make with students here. At SPU, I feel like each (MS-ISM) professor has a personal stake in my life, both professionally and personally. I know they're not just trying to lecture and hand over information; they really want to know, and help, their students.

The best part about the graduate program, though, is the conversations we have in class — conversations covering a wide range of subjects. I have not had conversations like those anywhere else in my life. I will miss the professors’ wide range of experience and wisdom, and I will miss discussing the challenging topics we take on. I don’t know where else I can get this experience.

I have realized that the core parts of me come from my faith, and, whether I like it or not, I am going to bring that into business.This point of view has changed my way of thinking. If I run into an ethical issue, for instance, my old way would be to use common business logic to navigate. I did not realize that ethics must come from faith. Now I have the tools to connect my faith with business issues and act in a way that I think is honoring God and serving people in business. 

The SPU graduate program has shown me that there is a great world of opportunity out there. I have learned that it is not about my job and title. In five years, I want a job that is challenging, where I can make a positive difference in the world, and use technology to help make lives better.

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