Kati (Herr) DePue ’13 and Jon DePue 13 were just a couple small town kids separated by 60 miles until Simpson College led them to each other and changed their lives forever.
And it didn’t take long.
They met during a freshman orientation trip to Wesley Woods. Two years later, in June 2011, they were married.
By then, their career plans had changed considerably. Jon arrived at Simpson planning to study history. Kati was interested in English or music.
Kati switched her major to religion. Jon eventually majored in religion as well, after testing the fields of history, psychology and exercise science.
Despite changing their majors, the DePues were able to graduate in four years with the Class of 2013.
“If not for the people of Simpson, professors and the students, just the community as a whole, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing without Simpson,” Kati said.
The DePues now live in North Carolina. Kati started her own company, called The Writing Mechanic, where she is a developmental and copy editor specializing in religious writings for individual authors and publishing companies.
One of those projects brought her back to Simpson during May Term to work on the Modern Dickens Project, a novel comprised of chapters each written by a different aspiring writer.
Jon currently attends Duke Divinity School, where he is obtaining his graduate degree with a Master of Divinity.
“I think the biggest legup that I have going in was learning how to think critically,” Jon says. “Taking religion [and] philosophy courses, and being able to write well and articulate ideas well and engage text well, you have to know how to do that in graduate school to be able to excel. I think that’s exactly what Simpson College gave me.”
(Learn more about about the DePue’s career paths through Kati’s blog, thewritingmechanic.typepad.com)