Esther Nafziger, EMU Admissions Assistant Director

Esther Nafziger, EMU admissions counselorCounselor for: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming; Eastern Mennonite High School; International students

Hometown: West Liberty, Ohio

Hobbies: reading, listening to music, cooking and baking, going out to eat, being outside, making jewelry, traveling

Education: West Liberty-Salem High School (2008); Eastern Mennonite University (2012): BA in English, licensure in secondary education, minor in writing

Contact info: Phone 540-432-4118; e-mail

See Esther’s fall travel schedule

Why I came to EMU

I wanted to go to a university where I could be familiar with almost everyone I passed on the sidewalks and where my professors knew me personally. I also wanted to be involved in music and theater, but didn’t want to major in either of those areas. EMU’s liberal arts focus allowed me to maintain the English and education majors while still doing the extra things I love, like acting, singing, playing piano and playing intramural sports.

My favorite EMU memory

Traveling through India on cross-cultural: I went white-water rafting down the Ganges river in Rishakesh, planted a barley field with my host family in Ladakh, spent two days on a house boat in the Backwaters of Kerala, and visiting Woodstock Christian International school in Mussoorie.

Favorite things to do in Harrisonburg

Going out to eat at local restaurants downtown; going to concerts in Charlottesville, Richmond or D.C.; hiking and picnicking along Skyline Drive; browsing through books and music at Barnes & Noble.

What some of my EMU friends are up to

Attending the MA/PhD program at Washington University in St. Louis; teaching 8th grade pre-algebra and algebra at a local middle school; teaching at Sarasota Christian school in Florida; attending EMU’s MA in Counseling program; working for a local bike shop; beginning graduate school in theology at University of Virginia; doing freelance photography and videography in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and New York City.

Anything else you should know about me?

In summer 2010, I spent a month living with distant relatives in France. I lived with my eight cousins and got to stay on the homestead where my ancestors lived in the 1700s. It was awesome to see where my roots are and to improve my French language skills!

See Esther’s school visit schedule for fall 2013