Adrian College Student Feature of the Week: Caleb Vanderlugt
At Adrian College there is a focus is how can we make an impact on the world. As students, we are taught to cross boundaries and define disciplines to become the most well rounded people we can be. One student, in particular, exemplifies these teachings. Caleb Vanderlugt, a sophomore, not only demonstrates excellence in the classroom, but in his extracurricular activities as well. An avid singer, a fraternity executive, varsity football player and member of the honors program, Vanderlugt believes that the only way to get places in life is to take initiative and make connections.
Caleb Vanderlugt attended Holland Christian High School located in Zeeland, MI. As a member of the varsity football team, he found his true love in singing through the school honors choir, also known as Living Hope. Now, a member of the college choir and a part of the on campus acapella group Infinite Harmony, Vanderlugt continues his passion for music by singing whenever he gets the chance.
In October, Caleb received the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage in his singing career: the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Through a friend, associated with the organization, he was invited to sing at the event in Columbus, Ohio. Congress is considered the world’s largest single-breed horse show, giving Caleb the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people from all over the world.
As Vanderlugt explains, “My legs shook as we stood on stage. I had never performed for so many people, and I didn’t want to mess up. My fingers stumbled on the first couple cords of my guitar, but once I started singing, I was at home on stage. It was truly an experience I will never forget.”
Caleb continues to strive for excellence by obtaining a 4.0 G.P.A in the classroom while managing his time outside as well.
“As the new member educator for Pi Kappa Alpha, it allows me to meet a lot of new people, but it has also taught me how to balance my time here better,” he adds.
Vanderlugt plans on continuing his love of music and sports while working to obtain his degree in criminal justice.