Curtis Isozaki

Senior Admissions Counselor
Graduated from APU: 2014
Degree(s): B.A. in Liberal Studies, Mathematics Concentration
Hometown: Hacienda Heights, CA


(626) 812-3066

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Q & A with Curtis

How has APU transformed you?
As a young, zealous freshman, I had lived my whole life trying to maintain my free ticket to heaven through good works and trying to achieve perfection academically, athletically, socially, and spiritually. Time and time again I fell short. Being a part of a community that could meet me where I was on my good and bad days transformed me through unconditional love. I used to think our success and significance was defined by who we are and the life we live, but I now know that our success and significance is defined by whose we are as children of God. From my first step onto campus until now, my heart has been transformed by a community that has always been intentional, available, and approachable in every season.
Which activities at APU have you most enjoyed being a part of?
Through dynamic chapel services and Bible courses, I was immediately rocked by who God is and who He calls the Body of Christ to be. It started off as a conversation that launched me into the heartbeat of the community through student life and the hands and feet of who we are through global and local outreach. As a student, I was a Young Life leader at Bonita High School in La Verne. I joined a 40-year legacy of crossing the border through Mexico Outreach, transitioned with first-year students as an Alpha leader, and discipled and lived alongside first-year students and sophomores as a resident advisor for the Office of Residence Life. I also found myself across the Pacific in Thailand, Mongolia, and Japan. What you will be invited into as a student is limitless, and for me all it took was a “yes” on my heart and a “yes” on my lips.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
In a culture where the “hurry sickness” causes anxiety, we often forget that it is in seasons and moments of waiting that the God of the universe reminds His Beloved that He loves us. My hope is that in this season of excitement and exhilarating anticipation, you will be present where you are. My prayer is that you will have confidence in knowing that “those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT). And my advice would be to embrace this season of waiting and reflect on all that God has already done and is going to do in and through you in the next season of your life.
How do you spend your free time?
I absolutely love spontaneous adventures that may take me on the metro to the heart of Los Angeles, venturing into the mountains of California, or beaches along the coast. Pixar movies capture my heart, playing basketball keeps me healthy, spending time with friends and family reminds me that I belong, and more than anything else, I am passionate about Jesus and His purpose on Earth.

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