Spartans of UD: Mika Rangel

Mar 17, 2021

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people.

Mika Rangel, of Wilton, Iowa, is a junior majoring in theology.

1. What inspired you to major in theology?

“Honestly, what inspired me to be a theology major was when I figured out I wanted to pursue a career in the ministry field, I wanted to make sure I had a solid foundation of theology.”

2. What do you enjoy most about studying theology at the University of Dubuque?

“Studying theology at the University of Dubuque is very interesting. The Department of Theology is still very new and finding new ways to grow. Many of the courses are called by an overarching question that will be asked throughout the semester such as 'What is the Bible?' or 'Who is God?' and you'll reach a well-rounded answer with guidance from the professor.”

3. Why would you suggest other students consider theology as a major?

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in or even interested in just exploring the Christian faith to consider theology. These classes really help you ground your faith, give you the opportunity to explore the complexity of the Bible, and inspire you to ask more questions.”

4. You were active in the Department of Theology’s Theology+ events earlier this academic year that introduced students to studying theology, communicated the ways theology works well as a double major, and provided socially distanced, outdoor community building events. What was your favorite Theology+ event? Why?

“One of my favorite theology events that Theology + hosted was the Theology and Stars event. They set up a huge high-tech telescope across the street from Heritage Center and we were able to see so many things. I was able to see such a clear image of Saturn you could see the rings around the planet. As we took time to just enjoy one another's company we ended up talking about The Chronicles of Narnia and C.S. Lewis. We then came back together and sat on blankets on the grass and read a beautiful mixture of Psalms and quotes from astronomers from the past.”

5. Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be the third floor of the Charles C. Myers Library sitting in a chair right in front of the fireplace. Having theology as a major comes with a lot of reading and that is such a cozy spot to read, it makes homework so relaxing.”