I figure that this post is appropriate. My first blog entry gave a little insight into where I am at now and my experience thus far at APU, but I figured it was equally important to know where I am coming from.
I am a freshmen at APU, majoring in graphic design. I am super passionate about anything artsy, creative, or design related. I also love writing and would gladly write an essay on the weekend just for fun (I am aware that some people think I am crazy). I have a blog of my own, which led me to checking out these APU blogs when I was a perspective student. I desired to get involved with participating with these APU blogs this year because they were actually a huge part of my excitement in coming to APU. You hear all these amazing experiences, and want one of your own.
I grew up about an hour from Azusa. I lived in the same city, house, and room my entire life. So my move to Azusa Pacific was something very new to me.
I am very close to both of my parents, who are basically my best friends, and my older brother is currently attending community college in Colorado. I take after my dads sense of humor and love of criminal justice and I take after my moms personality and love of cooking.
My favorite TV shows are Big Brother and 24. My favorite color is red and my favorite animal is elephants. My favorite movie is Little Miss Sunshine and my favorite book (besides the Bible) are The Irresistible Revolution and Left to Tell. My favorite foods are pasta and rice, and my favorite place to shop is Urban Outfitters.
You may be wondering what brought me to APU? That question gets thrown around a lot during the first month of living here. I actually ended up at APU through a long train of God-oriented events. My original plan my entire life was to attend a prestigious design school in New York City. I was set on applying- so I enrolled for a month-long summer program to see if this was really where I wanted to be. Long story short, returning home from the trip I realized the strange strain on my relationship with God that I had while being in NYC. I was so consumed in work and school and the city, that my faith was pushed aside. After returning home I realized that my faith was of utmost importance, much over any major, career goal, city, or school.
Azusa Pacific continually was sending me mail and calling me. Before then I had never really heard of APU, but after looking at their website and looking deeper into the school I become more interested. After a lot of prayer I decided on visiting the school “just to see” what it was like. The first visit I fell in love with everything about APU. It honestly just took one walk around the campus and one hour in Chapel and my decision was final. This was the place that I pictured myself in, a place where I could grow in my relationship with Christ and where I could utilize my talents and strengths in a way that would glorify God and draw me nearer to him. I gave up my “dream” of art school in NYC because growing closer to Christ I knew was HIS dream for me, and this plan of APU I am beginning to view as the “plan I never knew, I always wanted”. APU was the only school I applied to when sending college applications because I just tend to be that person that sticks to what I believe in and what I want. I could not imagine myself settling for ‘second best.’ I believed this was Gods will and I am beginning to see the ways in which God is already using me here.
Above all, seek God, and if you land up at APU hang on for the amazing ride.