Emily Kemp

Admissions Counselor
Degree(s): B.A. in Christian Ministries, minor in Global Studies
Hometown: Ferndale, WA


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Q & A with Emily...

How has APU transformed you?
I entered college with fists held tight, grasping to control my own life. Perhaps my desire for control stemmed from being an out-of-state student, so far from my family and all I had known before. But the second I stepped on campus as a freshman, my fear of the unknown was trampled as I was embraced by a community that met me where I was at, tangibly showing me Christ. As I grew in my four years as a student, slowly my fingers began to unfurl as I learned to trust God in ways I had never imagined before. Whether it was being a part of incredible leadership opportunities or truly getting to know my professors, gaining knowledge through deep classroom discussions or wisdom as I figured out life with friends, I found myself being molded each and every day I spent at APU. This place changed my life and I am forever grateful for the person I am today because of my experience. I have learned to trust deeper, embrace bigger, serve louder and love wider, offering open hands to God and following where He leads.
Which activities at APU have you most enjoyed being a part of?
There are honestly too many to count! I have loved the opportunities I have had to serve and participate in the APU community. I especially loved my time serving as an Alpha Leader and Alpha Coordinator through the Office of Orientation and Transitions. My eyes were opened and heart was stretched as I participated in L.A. Term and studied abroad in England, Kenya, and France. I was able to intern for offices on campus and organizations off campus that helped to shape the direction God was pointing me. I also loved helping lead worship for Kaleo chapel my senior year. It was such an amazing full circle moment where I was able to tangibly give back to the entire student body that had blessed me so much all four years.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Take a moment, pause, and just breathe. I remember my senior year of high school as clear as day. It was so busy and full of great things, but I quickly became overwhelmed. My overarching advice is to be present and thankful for the now. You are exactly where you are supposed to be, and God is paving the steps forward. As you take those steps forward, visit campuses, ask questions, and acknowledge how you feel on a campus. There is a peace that comes with trusting that. Exhale into the gift of the present.
How do you spend your free time?
I love being outdoors and would definitely pick lakes over oceans any day! If it's cloudy and rainy you will still find me on a run or a hike. I love adventuring and finding new coffee shops to read in, fun restaurants to try out, and am always up to discover new places with friends.

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