Major: Music Education
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Favorite Verse: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Favorite Quotation: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis
Favorite Aspect of APU: The Christian community that strives to make others feel valued and loved.
Major: Social Work
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite Verse: “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1–3
Favorite Quotation: “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."
Favorite Aspect of APU: The amazing community and people that are willing to serve.
Major: Applied Health
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Favorite Verse: “'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
Favorite Aspect of APU: The living areas!
Major: Art and English
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Favorite Verse: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
Favorite Quotation: “How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank
Favorite Aspect of APU: The encouraging community.
Hometown: Brea, CA
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1–5
Favorite Quotation: “Love God. Do Stuff.” –Bob Goff
Favorite Aspect of APU: The community!
Hometown: Rocklin, CA
Favorite Verse: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7–9
Favorite Quotation: “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” –E.B. White
Favorite Aspect of APU: Feeling safe, loved, and challenged by such incredible humans, both peers and professors.
Hometown: Solvang, CA
Favorite Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4–7
Favorite Quotation: “The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God’s mercy.” –Max Lucado
Favorite Aspect of APU: I love that APU works so hard to make others belong and that they work towards community reconciliation. I love how Jesus works through this school continuously.
Major: Biblical Studies and Theology
Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Favorite Verse: “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:3–4
Favorite Quotation: “That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse … what will your verse be?” –Dead Poets Society
Favorite Aspect of APU: The constant relationships made and drive of APU to be more than and academic place. The community, the care, the events, all of it makes this place more than a school. It makes it a home.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite Verse: ”Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1–2
Favorite Quotation: “’You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ –Wayne Gretzky” –Michael Scott
Favorite Aspect of APU: The opportunities to invest in communities that challenge and grow your understanding of what it means to be Christ’s church in the world.
Major: Communication Studies and Nursing
Hometown: Salem, OR
Favorite Verse: ”So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6–7
Favorite Quotation: “We may be small, but we’re slow.” –My dad’s middle school basketball coach
Favorite Aspect of APU: The ability to have fun and be crazy with friends, but then level out and have real conversations. I think that’s very special.
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Favorite Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6–7
Favorite Quotation: “We cannot all do great things, but we an do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa
Favorite Aspect of APU: I love that in every aspect, God and faith is integrated and that it is a place where meaningful relationships can be built.
Hometown: Daville, CA
Favorite Verse: “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalms 63:3
Favorite Quotation: “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong doe not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Aspect of APU: The friendships made have changed my life forever. The way people truly desire to know one another and embrace each other is remarkable. There is adventure, love, laughter, and more joy to encounter here than I could’ve possibly imagined!
Major: Cinematic Arts
Hometown: Trabuco Canyon, CA
Favorite Verse: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall." Psalms 55:22
Favorite Quotation: “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”
Favorite Aspect of APU: I love that everyone here belongs. We all are equal in the eyes of God and it shows on campus through every smile exchanged and relationship built here. Everyone here is each other’s cheerleader. It’s great.
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: Silverton, OR
Favorite Verse: “But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Favorite Quotation: “Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.”
Favorite Aspect of APU: The fact that people encourage me to be myself and accept me for that, and the community that this attitude fosters!