Olivia Marquardt

Transfer Counselor
Graduated from APU: 2013
Degree(s): B.A. in Journalism, Marketing minor
Hometown: Seattle, WA


(800) 825-5278

Q & A with Olivia...

How has APU transformed you?
Attending APU was the first time I was exposed to the joys of having Christian professors and faculty pouring into my life. Coming from a pubic high school, I didn't know what it meant to have a person of authority helping me question my faith and then find the answers to those questions. APU has changed the way I view the importance of being a part of a Christian community.
Which activities at APU have you most enjoyed being a part of?
I am a huge advocate for intramural athletics at APU. I even helped run the program for two years as an undergraduate student. Participating gave me the opportunity to competitively interact with tons of different people who I would never have met otherwise. Also, I loved being a part of a D- group (discipleship group). I formed such a deep bond with five other girls because Christ was the center of our weekly meetings. Our leader was a student was only one year above us, so she related well to all of us and became one of my dearest friends.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Picking the right college can be a scary time. There is so much unknown about the future. I would tell prospective students to enjoy this time of finding the right school for them. When you graduate, you will look back and laugh at how anxious you were!
How do you spend your free time?
I am known for hiking to the “A” on Garcia Trail, behind West Campus, multiple times a week. I love challenging myself in active pastimes such as hiking, beach volleyball, and new workout routines. I also enjoy reading a good book. The problem is, I finish them in two or three days because I can never put them down! My favorite book series is the Mark of the Lion novels. Every Sunday you can find me in my 49er gear, cheering on the team.