Graduated from APU: 2013
Degree(s): B.A. in Communication Studies, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication concentration,Journalism minor
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Q & A with Shayna...
- How has APU transformed you?
- APU greeted me with a yelling crowd of foam fingers and “I heart APU” shirts. It gave me friends before I asked and let them invite me into an unknown deep-seeded love of which I had never experienced. As I unpacked my decorations in my dorm room, I began to unpack the complexities of me which APU enveloped and consumed. It gave me roots to cling to and a truth to breathe, it gave me a life to live by and a truth that set me free. APU opened my eyes to the outside world and how to marvel His vast and unending beauty. It gave me a vessel to serve and grow in for four years and told me that eyes to serve and a heart to learn does not depend on your placement. It became a place worth missing, a memory full of depth and history worth repeating. I am thankful for APU embodying, equipping and nourishing graduates that God is first and always should be.
- Which activities at APU have you most enjoyed being a part of?
- Upon entering APU I did not know of the story that would unravel with each growing year. I started on the cheerleading team where I was met with the best friends I would do life with throughout my time at APU. I went on my first missions trip to Ireland after my freshman year where my faith experienced a new kind of love and compassion. I was involved in the Office of Residence Life for three years. I loved living in the freshmen dorms for three years and can confidently say I have mastered the art of cooking popcorn without it burning. I loved the intentionality of students and how every story was worth sharing and investing in. I was a part of a Discipleship group for three years with some amazing women that invited me into the deep reserves of who they are. My senior year I worked in the Admissions office and got to come alongside students as they were applying to APU. By far, the highlight of my senior year was playing on my intramural flag football team, Like a 13oss, where I soon learned how competitive I am despite my athletic ability.
- What advice would you give to prospective students?
- When applying to schools my senior year, I became overwhelmed with the laundry list of to-do’s. I was soon reminded that this is such a sacred time to dream of a new place to grow in. I applied to a lot of schools in different states and different structures. Visiting schools was pivotal in making my decision of which school was the “best fit” for me. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions of who want to be when those four years are complete and what community you want standing by your side. A school should not only equip you academically but also change your heart and the lens in which you view life.
- How do you spend your free time?
- I love the beach and being able to sit hours on end staring at the waves rolling into another. I love writing, catching up on my million television shows and exploring new cities. My favorite time of the year is fall where you will always find me with a pumpkin spice latte in hand. I love the rain and the excuse it gives for having movie marathons all day long. I love spending time with my friends around the table where there is always a dessert because I have such a sweet tooth.