Hello lovely people!
I am a current student at Azusa Pacific University (APU) that Transferred here from a Community College in my hometown, in California. It has been one great experience in being accepted and coming to this school. With the enormous amount of students that befriended me here in just the first week of school was overwhelming at first because I met so many people and I forgot almost every single one of their names! But hey, I had friends in all my classes and I have APU’s transfer student Orientation to thank.
Over the course of this first month being here, I have been able to get involved with the Open Door Soccer League (ODSL). It’s a program for APU student’s to engage in and volunteer to be coaches or referees for kids of the Azusa area that sign up for soccer through the Open Door Church. It’s a great way to not only coach kids but also share Christ with them openly. Though coaching the kids from the age of 6-8 years old can be challenging, it is definitely worth every moment of my Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Giving back to the community through coaching for ODSL is an amazing experience so far. I’ve been able to make new APU student friends that are volunteering as well as with the kids of the city of Azusa. The volunteering also credits for the requirements of every APU student of Ministry and Service credits (MAS) http://www.apu.edu/mas/ministries/mas/ , which to me is convenient to get credit for coaching awesome kids a sport that I have learned to love so much.
Overall, I’m ready to meet more friends here at Azusa Pacific University, enjoy the season with my new team on ODSL, and look forward to what else APU is offering me as a new student.