Haley Mulder – Staff Writer
Shaniese Quist is a sophomore with bouncy, curly brown hair. She’s an Exercise Science major who loves people more than anything.
“I want to help people,” she said. “It’s because I love people, they make me happy.”
Her love for people first began with an inspiration that can be attributed to her cousin.
“My cousin has influenced me to help others,” she said, “she has many medical issues, mostly in her brain.”
Quist attended physical therapy with her cousin, and was encouraged by the way the doctors treated her like a normal person, without her medical difficulties.
“I want to be that for people,” she said. “I would not be the same if I didn’t have my cousin in my life. She has inspired me.”
Quist grew up in Spencer, Iowa. Although she moved around a lot as a young kid. She grew up with four siblings – all girls – and her mom.
“She’s my best friend,” she said, “and I wouldn’t trade my sisters for the world, even though they suck sometimes.”
In her free time, Quist likes to run sprints and high jumps for the Dordt track team, eat pancakes, and drink strawberry soda.
She spent the summer working almost every day at KFC, and she chose to make the best of it.
“I would work the drive-thru and do all the jobs that include interacting with people,” she said. “I have to work really hard for things in life, but that’s alright.”
Quist attended a public high school, and went under a big change when she first came to Dordt last year; but now she loves it. She knows it’s where she’s meant to be.
Along with Exercise Science, Quist has also been dabbing into the field of social work. She still isn’t quite sure which one she will stick with, but she knows one thing for sure. “I love people and being there for them. I just see myself in the future helping people, no matter what I end up doing.”