The Power of Perseverance

EUGENE, Ore. – Bushnell University takes pride in its diverse and determined online population, equipping them to discover and answer God’s call in their lives. Among its inspiring students, Kristin Vreeland is a shining example of resilience, dedication, and service. A senior business major in Bushnell’s School of Business, Leadership, and Technology, Vreeland’s journey is a testament to her personal growth and reflects Bushnell’s core values of wisdom, faith, and service.  

Vreeland’s story is one of perseverance and determination. After navigating the challenges of stopping out of school multiple times, she found the courage to return to her studies. Undeterred by setbacks, she embraced the opportunity to pursue her dreams as an adult learner through Bushnell University’s online platform.

Vreeland is currently employed at the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), part of the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). The commission serves as the primary entity supporting Oregonians as they pursue success in postsecondary education. Vreeland plays a vital role in assisting students to access Oregon-specific scholarships and grants. Her dedication to guiding aspiring scholars reflects Bushnell’s core values of service and wisdom, as she works tirelessly to make higher education more accessible for students in her community.  

Wisdom, faith, and service serve as guiding principles for students like Vreeland, empowering them to overcome challenges and embrace their calling. For Vreeland, her calling lies in her unwavering determination to learn, grow, and serve others.  

Vreeland’s story inspires fellow adult learners, demonstrating that anyone can achieve their educational goals with resilience, dedication, and the right support. As she continues her educational journey at Bushnell University, Vreeland embodies the essence of intellectual and spiritual discovery, reminding us of the transformative power of education and service in shaping a brighter future for individuals and communities alike. 

Speaking about her experience, Vreeland shared, “I am so grateful that Bushnell University has provided me with the support and resources that I needed to reenroll and reach my educational goals. Bushnell University is a place that welcomes and supports all students. Being part of this Christ-centered environment has encouraged me to nurture my faith and gain the tools needed to live a purposeful life of service. After such a positive experience, I now plan to enroll in the Master of Business Management degree program after completing my undergraduate studies. Bushnell University is where I truly belong. I encourage other students with challenges similar to my own, who want to continue their education, to come to Bushnell. 

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