Grant Gage ’18

Leading by example

NAME: Grant Gage

CLASS YEAR: 2018

HOMETOWN: Highlands Ranch, Colo.  

MAJOR: Engineering Science

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Ultimate frisbee team captain, Wartburg Drumline secretary, Ambassadors, Wind Ensemble, Leadership Society

WHY WARTBURG: Stephen Klaassen ’18 made his decision to go to Wartburg in the middle of his junior year and was very excited about it. He was trying to persuade some of his friends to come since Waverly would be nine hours from home. He finally convinced me to come and see the school, but I really was just thinking of a way to get out of the house and have a fun weekend with my friend. Little did I know what he had planned. He knew I was interested in engineering, and we both played in the high school band and ultimate frisbee. When we arrived for the visit, I was surprised to see I was meeting with an admissions counselor, engineering science professor, and the band director. I was blown away by what I saw and the feeling I had when I left. I told my parents when I got home that this could be the school for me. I came back for the Cedar Valley Science Symposium and Scholarship Day and was offered several scholarships: Regents, Meistersinger, CVSS, and a few outside scholarships. This made Wartburg very affordable for me and my family. After time thinking and praying about it, I decided that this was going to be the right school for me.  

WHAT DID YOU NEVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never thought I would travel for 29 days with some of my best friends and see Europe. We played in the Municipal Hall in Prerov, Czech Republic, rode the London Eye, relaxed in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, sat in a gondola in Venice, toured the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and hung out in Salzburg, Austria. It was the trip of a lifetime.

HOW ARE YOU LIVING OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: Leadership has been a big part of my time here at Wartburg. I hold many leadership positions on campus, and I try to be a leader to others, which usually means serving others. I practice my faith at Prairie Lakes in Cedar Falls, and I am striving to finish with a 3.5 GPA.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO SHARE YOUR WARTBURG STORY AS AN AMBASSADOR: My first year here at Wartburg, I was jealous of the tour guides when I would see them pass through the hall. I thought to myself, “I want to do that.”  I applied to be an ambassador my sophomore year. I love meeting new people who come to Wartburg, and I want them to have the same experience I had. I love to show off our school and hopefully make others feel welcome and show them how great of a place this is.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I was unsure about what field of engineering I wanted to go into, and the engineering science program has given me the opportunity to test many fields and find what I like and don’t like. I graduated from high school with 1,105 students. I was unsure of what to expect at Wartburg, but it is more of a community and family feel. I can say hi and the person’s name to people walking down the hall, and they know my name. I feel like I belong and knowing almost everyone is a nice change from high school. I have grown as a person, a leader, a musician, a engineering student, and athlete. That would never have been possible anywhere else.