From eating pie off the road to being crowned homecoming queen, Krystal Van Wyk’s college career has been full of surprises.
Although it may sound harsh, her freshman initiation of eating smashed pies off the road remains one of Van Wyk’s favorite Northwestern memories. “The fact that we all failed our tests the next day made our roots grow deeper,” said Van Wyk.
Her greatest fear as a freshman was that she would be paired with a bad roommate, but Van Wyk said, “That ended up being one of the biggest blessings of my life.”
Her friendships also led her to some crazy experiences, including sleeping on the top of an abandoned building. Van Wyk said, “In the morning, we realized the cars could see us from the highway so we left within like 10 minutes.”
If Van Wyk could choose to become like any NW professor, she would choose to the current Professor of the Year, Prof. John Vander Bruegge. “I don’t even need to say anything more than that,” she said. “Or Juffer because I can only wish that I can be that cool and still beat college-age boys in Horse.”
As a three-year resident and former RA of Stegenga Hall, Van Wyk, a perpetual lover of hugs, describes herself as being like the building. “Like Steggy opens its arms to the campus, as do I.”