Getting to Know You(bc): Dan Venzin

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25 years, 4 months, and 7 days (statistics derived on 3/18/13)

Where do you call home?

I call Texas home.  If I had to choose a specific place in Texas it would be College Station - it is the longest I have ever lived in one location.  I was born in Detroit and have lived in Ohio, England, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Texas.  I have an older brother who lives in New York City - he is getting married in late May of this year in Istanbul, Turkey; an older sister who lives in Houston - she is one of the strongest persons I know; a younger brother who goes to school at Texas A&M in College Station - he is the weirdest of weird persons I know; and my mother and father live in West Palm Beach, Florida - best parents anyone could ask for.  They say home is where the heart is, so I consider my home to be in a lot of different places.

What do you do in Waco?

I attend Truett Seminary.  I play basketball every Thursday night at the Columbus Avenue Baptist Center with friends.  I play on an intramural soccer team with some guys from Truett.  I work in the Baylor Marketing & Communications Department.  I watch movies and television in Waco.  I drink lots of coffee in Waco, as well.

What do you love most about UBC?

Craig Nash.  Have you seen his smile, heard his laugh, or looked into his eyes?

Favorite Movie?

What About Bob? with Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, and Kathryn Erbe.  Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy ranks fairly high on the list along with Lord of the Rings and Young Frankenstein.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


What do you want to be now when you grow up?

A month before I graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 I was picked up by a building products distribution plant in Houston and I worked there in sales for one year before moving to Waco.  I felt called to the ministry when I was a senior in high school and decided to take that step in the summer of 2012.  Truett Seminary started a new program that offers a dual degree for an M.Div/MBA which I plan on pursuing.  From my personal, educational, and work experience, I am interested in how ministry works and is practiced in career/workplace settings.  If worse comes to worse I figure I can catch a one way flight to New Zealand and open a high-five stand© that encourages tourists to enjoy their vacation.

Favorite artist/band/musician?

I have seen Relient K in concert 10 times.  I'm not sure if they are my favorite band or the greatest band ever but I grew up listening to them and I get nostalgic whenever a song of theirs comes on.

Best Burger in Waco?


What do we HAVE to know about you to really know you?

I have seen each individual Big Bang Theory episode more times I care to admit.  My room is always messy.  Sometimes I set up a tent in my living room and pretend I'm camping.  People say I'm competitive.  I say that I am passionate about winning.

What is it like being an Aggie in Waco?

It was difficult at first because of all the attention Baylor Bears would give me, but once the celebrity status started to become a background topic, people, especially Craig, came to realize that I'm just a normal guy who happens to be an Aggie and who happens to live in Bear country.  I remember during orientation at Truett, one of my fellow classmates - who also attends UBC - and I were talking about Aggie and Baylor football before the 2012 season had kicked off.  I believe one of his comments consisted of the words, "Oh I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over our Heisman."  To that I say to him: Eternal scoreboard.  Baylor Heisman: 1  Texas A&M: 2.

I love college rivalries and love that I have the opportunity to go to such a great school that shares a unique history with my alma mater.  Baylor is a top-notch school and the people have been nothing short of hospitable to a foreigner like me.  The experience has been humbling at the same time.  I can remember a situation where I said to myself, "I don't know where I want to go to grad school or what I want to do in grad school, but at least I know I will never go to Baylor."  Funny how things work out.

My old roommates from A&M helped me move down to Waco the weekend before classes started.  We had finished unloading all of the boxes in my apartment, said our goodbyes and they drove off.  A few hours later I walked outside and saw my car, which has an A&M decal on the rear window, covered in Baylor stickers.  For 3 months I blamed this prank on a faceless and obnoxious Baylor student.  Turns out my old roommates were the ones who pulled this prank on me.  For Christmas they both got me Baylor gear and insist on me doing a "sic 'em" whenever I see them.  I catch fire from both Bears and Aggies.

Favorite YouTube video of all time?

Keyboard Cat has got to be up there somewhere.  The Harlem Shake.  Nooma Nooma guy.  Leroy Jenkins.  The classics, you know?  I could watch videos of dogs playing with lemons all day -