Shayna Youngs

Senior Admissions Counselor – Student Calling Program Supervisor
Graduated from APU: 2013
Degree(s): B.A. in Communication Studies, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication concentration,Journalism minor
Hometown: Beaverton, OR


(626) 815-2014

Q & A with Shayna...

How has APU transformed you?
Azusa Pacific greeted me with a yelling crowd of foam fingers and “I heart APU” shirts. APU opened my eyes to the outside world and taught me how to marvel at His vast and unending beauty. It gave me a vessel to serve and grow in and taught me that eyes to serve and a heart to learn do not depend on your placement. I am thankful to APU for equipping and nourishing graduates, and modeling that God is first and always should be.
Which activities at APU have you most enjoyed being a part of?
I started on the cheerleading team where I met best friends I would do life with throughout my time at APU. I went on my first mission trip to Ireland after my freshman year where I 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 freshman residence halls 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 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 Office of Undergraduate Admissions and got to come alongside students as they applied to APU. By far, the highlight of my senior year was playing on my intramural flag football team, where I quickly learned how competitive I am.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
When applying to schools my senior year of high school, I became overwhelmed with the laundry list of things to do. I was reminded that this is a sacred time to dream of a new place in which to grown and learn. I applied to a number of schools in different states. Visiting schools was pivotal in making the decision of which school was the “best fit” for me. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions of who you 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 through which you view life.
How do you spend your free time?
I love writing, catching up on a million television shows, and exploring new cities. My favorite time of the year is fall, when 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 put siracha on most food items. It's a game changer.