Senior Hannah McClintock, a Worship Arts major, is passionate about the act of worship. Although many people would view this as working in a church and leading worship sets on a stage for Sunday mornings, McClintock has found her gifts elsewhere by providing help towards others with her skills of communication and organization.
“I chose my major because when I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a worship leader and lead worship a lot,” McClintock said. “Much has changed since then, because that is the last thing I want to do now.” While also being involved in Northwestern’s Worship Arts major, McClintock also had a participating in tutoring for all the Music Lab and piano classes at NW. She also had an involvement in the A Capella Choir throughout her years at NW.
“I don’t think I have only one favorite memory from NW just because I’ve made so many friends and have had so many great experiences here,” McClintock said. “But the A Cappella Choir went to Denmark and Sweden this last summer so that was definitely a highlight!”
Although it was hard for McClintock to choose a singular favorite memory, she did have a few favorite classes that she took while at NW. One of McClintock’s favorite classes at NW was Worship Technology. “One of my favorite memories from my Worship Technology class was when our class got to learn how to use the lights in the chapel and all wore our pajamas while learning because it was at 10 o’clock at night,” McClintock said. McClintock’s favorite classes however, included any class with Drew Schmidt, the professor of theatre arts at NW. McClintock felt that he had an effective way of embracing his students’ natural talents and abilities.“With Worship Arts, he [Drew Schmidt] is super gracious in recognizing that everyone is at a different place in life and level of skill and adapts to each student individually. As someone who does not fit the mold of a ‘typical worship leader,’ that really has helped me grow in my other skills.”
McClintock plans to eventually move to Iowa City and pursue her dream job while also incorporating the organization and communication skills that she has attained while attending NW.“My dream job is to be an Administrative Assistant,” McClintock said. “The way I tie that to Worship Arts here at NW is by being Drew Schmidt’s Worship Arts Assistant, and I work for Josh Kuipers on CMT as the Christian Community Coordinator. Although McClintock does not plan to work in a church, she does want to work in any setting in which she can apply her skills of communication, planning and organization into her work routine.
“I have no idea where I will be in 10 years. Hopefully, I’ll have an awesome job where I get to wear cute office outfits and walk around with an iPad while planning different projects and events!”said McClintock. While McClintock has a had an eventful and full college experience here at NW, she is excited for the next chapter of her life to begin and be able to continue fulfilling her dreams of working in an environment in which she can thrive and grow.