Alpha Coordinators

  • Mariah Brooks

    Majors: International Relations and Humanities

    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Favorite Verse: “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” – John 3:21

    Favorite Aspect of APU: Multiple ways to get connected and find community. Whether in leadership roles or small groups, APU has created a space for all to feel seen and known.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Get involved but don’t feel stressed to do everything. Welcome Christ into your every moment and look for the little blessings in even the most uncomfortable days. Pursue community and stay true to yourself.

  • Grace Chung

    Major: Biochemistry

    Hometown: Porter Ranch, California

    Favorite Verse: “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect of APU is community. As often as we hear the word community thrown around in a day at APU, the sense of community on APU is so amazing. The atmosphere around campus is friendly and inviting. For example, I’m a commuter and I don’t have a meal plan, so if I buy food on campus, I have to use cash or card or cougar bucks. But I’ve had this happen so many times where people will offer to pay for whatever it is I’m buying. This is just a small example of people being caring and friendly where people do simple things and look out for others.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Take advantage of opportunities to connect with others. Allow yourself to fully engage with others whether that be in classes, alpha group, intramural sports, d-groups, etc. There are so many opportunities to meet some really awesome people that will be lifelong friends. It’s important that you find a way to keep your faith a priority in your life so you can continue to grow in your relationship with God.

  • Natalie Day

    Majors: Communication Studies and Honors Humanities

    Hometown: Byron Center, Michigan

    Favorite Verse: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:14

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite part about APU is having the opportunity to talk with friends and professors about moments that I have been able to see God move. Having a community that is open to talking about Jesus and investing in one another is something that I am grateful to have and that I admire about my school.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Remember when going through your day-to-day life that even though it may seem boring to you, God has you right here in this moment for a reason. Live every day in constant prayer, and never stop looking for ways that God is moving in your life and in those around you.

  • Saxon Gutierrez

    Major: Social Work

    Hometown: San Dimas, California

    Favorite Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” – Jeremiah 29:11-14

    Favorite Aspect of APU: The people! The APU community is a huge aspect—the conversations that are had, and the memories that are made, only God can make an atmosphere like this.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Do not be afraid. Do not fear failure, and do not fear rejection. Go after every opportunity, seek out every possibility, and put your all into everything you do. God has a specific purpose for you, and he will equip you to do so. Stay true to yourself, make memories and have fun doing it!

  • Kyle Humphrey

    Majors: Economics and Business Finance

    Hometown: San Diego, California

    Favorite Verse: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

    Favorite Aspect of APU: Small class sizes and willingness of professors to engage in conversation.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Slow down on a day-to-day basis and be willing to talk to and get to know people different than you.

  • Leidy Juarez

    Majors: Liberal Studies and Theology

    Hometown: Lake Elsinore, California

    Favorite Verse: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect about APU is the lovely human beings that God created and blessed to be at APU. I truly believe it is the love and care for one another that makes APU such a beautiful place to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and in our relationship with Jesus. APU wouldn’t be the same if Jesus were not at the center of it all.

    Advice for Incoming Students: Truly take this year to reflect on the ways that God has been there for you in the past and live each day with a grateful heart for what He will be doing in this new season of your life. I pray that you are able to step out in courage and not go through the motions in your classes, but to truly be engaged and take ownership of your education. Get informed with the various resources provided around our magnificent campus.

  • Ryan Morwood

    Major: History

    Minor: International Relations

    Hometown: Claremont, California

    Favorite Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

    Favorite Aspect of APU: That a diverse group of students from across the world and from entirely different backgrounds gets to come together to share life, try new things, and grow in their faith as a community. It’s an amazing environment that is so special!

    Advice for Incoming Students: Be patient and open for what God has for you. Your first semester will not be perfect, but God has you at APU for a reason. It’s because of this, you can trust Him through the ups and downs and be confident that God is walking with you during this exciting new season.

  • Maya Richert

    Major: Public Relations

    Minor: Graphic Design

    Hometown: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

    Favorite Verse: Psalm 116

    Favorite Aspect of APU: You’ve heard it once, you’ll hear it again: the people! The community and relational aspect on campus is my favorite thing. They’re the kind of friends and people that you want in your life forever. The kind you can laugh with for hours and go on spontaneous adventures with but also the kind you can pray with, cry with, and seek the Lord with.

    Advice for Incoming Students: No matter how you are feeling in the midst of the transition from home to APU, do not let that get in the way of these two truths:

    1. The Lord is with you. You are not doing this alone.
    2. There are so many people that are going through the same transition or have already been through it; you are not alone.

    There are so many people that want to get to know you! Show up, don’t be anyone but yourself, and see what the Lord does.
  • Chelsea Sealander

    Majors: Biology and Honors Humanities

    Hometown: Santa Clarita, California

    Favorite Verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

    Favorite Aspect of APU: My favorite aspect of APU is its emphasis on “God first” as well as community. Seeking God in all that we do should be the top priority in our lives, and that includes participating in a community that has that same mindset.

    Advice for Incoming Students: My advice to incoming students would be pray fervently, and get involved on campus.

  • Morgan Young

    Major: Acting for the Stage and Screen

    Hometown: Temecula, California

    Favorite Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

    Favorite Aspect of APU: As cliché as it can be at times, the community of people at APU is so amazingly strong and Christ-centered. The emphasis on creating a family between students as well as faculty and staff really separates this university from all others!

    Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t be afraid to be out of your comfort zone! Having to restart the friend-making process can be so difficult amid the new challenges of college like new living spaces and more difficult classes, but the simplest of gestures can go so far. So many students feel the same kind of nerves and stress about finding a good fit so just go for it! Getting plugged in with other students or organizations around the university can be some of the most fulfilling experiences of your life. Also, God can really stretch and grow us when we find things difficult and uncomfortable so have faith in Him, and have no worries!

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