Blakelee Evans

Admissions Counselor
Graduated from APU: 2017
Degree(s): B.A. in Christian Ministries
Hometown: Chandler, AZ

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Q & A with Blakelee

How has APU transformed you?
I genuinely believe that APU has made me who I am today. I am Blakelee because of this school and the opportunities I had to be challenged and explore my relationship with Christ in community. Perhaps the thing that I have grown the most in while at APU has been my understanding of relationships and what it means to live in community. It was in meaningful conversations with professors and fellow APU students that I learned the value of authenticity and the importance of leaning on others in times of need. It was my time at APU that taught me how to admit that I cannot succeed in this life on my own, because I was not created to do so. As Christians, we believe that we were created in community for community, both with God and our human neighbors, who take shape in endless diversity. While walking these hallowed halls, I learned to see the image of God imprinted on each and every individual who walks this Earth, regardless of our many differences. My time at APU has taught me the difficulty and the joy of authentic love and what it means to live a sacrificial life for the benefit of others.
Which activities at APU have you most enjoyed being a part of?
I particularly enjoyed study away with the High Sierra program and the privilege of serving as a resident advisor. Yosemite National Park will always have a special place in my heart after a semester exploring the endless wonder and beauty of this breathtaking environment. This is the place where I fell in love with academia and the outdoors. It is where I developed some lifelong friendships, and learned the true value and necessity of meaningful conversation and vulnerability. While serving as a resident advisor, I was taught much about mentorship and spiritual leadership as I learned how to serve and allow myself to be served by my rock-star residents. Both of these experiences yielded a great deal of fun, many challenging insights, and a tremendous amount of growth.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Be open to growth and shifting perspectives. Allow yourself to learn and be okay with being wrong; don’t let pride get in the way. Whatever season of life you may find yourself in, your time at APU is bound to teach you a great deal, much of which will take place outside of the classroom. I would encourage any prospective students to live life with open hands, learning to accept whatever lessons God may have for you with a willingness to abandon old perspectives and patterns of thought.
How do you spend your free time?
I love the outdoors, people, and books. Any combination of these things is bound to make me a happy camper. Whether it is rock climbing with a buddy, hiking with my beautiful wife, or reading a great book in a hammock somewhere, life feels especially delightful when I have the chance to slow things down for a while.

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