My Life in Christ: Victoria Ramos' Faith Story
"As a commuter student at APU, God provided me with countless opportunities to get involved and build community, which is sometimes difficult when you don’t live on campus. He led me to my place at APU, and now I want to help others find where they belong."
After her first day of classes as a freshman at APU, when roommates headed back to their newly decorated dorm rooms, Victoria Ramos ’22 got in her car and drove back to her parents' house. As a commuter, Ramos wrestled with feelings of isolation—it seemed like everyone knew someone, except her. She still knew, however, God called her to APU and she looked to Him for opportunities to engage with the community.
Ramos grew up in a Christian home, but when her mom walked away from faith, Ramos had to decide to continue following Jesus on her own. Her high school years brought involvement with a local church, ministering to junior high students, and serving on a mission trip. Ramos brought this boldness with her to APU, ready to find her place as a commuter.
Her involvement on campus began on a busy weekday afternoon, when Ramos stopped by the Office of Commuter Life to print an assignment for class. The student worker warmly welcomed her and gave information on upcoming events, encouraging her to attend. Ramos took advantage of the opportunities and began plugging in on campus, joining a commuter D-group and signing up for a summer action team. This year, Ramos works as an assistant in the Office of Commuter Life, welcoming fellow commuters just as she was welcomed.
“God communicates in different ways with everyone—sometimes through other people, experiences, or Scripture. He speaks to me through opportunities and opened doors,” said Ramos. “He gave me boldness to get involved and taught me obedience as I stepped into His plans for me.”
As Ramos builds a faith community and grows her personal relationship with Jesus, she gains boundless joy that she desires to share with the people around her. She has told her story at several events, a calling God has placed on her heart. As she looks toward the next three years at APU, Ramos desires to use her experience to encourage and come alongside other commuters—even leading her own D-group. Ramos’ life mission involves including others, a belief she will carry with her when she graduates and pursues a career in social work.
This article is part of a series that features the inspiring faith stories of APU's students, faculty, and staff. If you are a member of the APU community and would like to share your faith story, contact Rachel White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: September 18, 2019