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Anna Petrizzi

Major

Biblical Studies

Hometown

Thousand Oaks, CA

What I love about Biola

The community, the people, the God-centered atmosphere, the professors, the dorm life, Mock Rock, Singspiration, Chapels, Torrey Conference, Missions Conference, the Music Department. Yeah. I basically love everything about it! 

Campus Involvement

SOS and Symphonic Winds

Favorite Quote

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." - Corrie Ten Boom

Fun Fact

I like to speak in obscure movie or TV show quotes. Usually, but certainly not limited to The Lord of the Rings.  

Favorite Smell

Shoe stores. I love the smell of shoe stores. Mmmmm.

Anna Smith

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

Palos Verdes, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community within the students. The professors are caring, intentional, and great people! The classes are all very enriching and practical. I also love the activities Biola puts on such as intramural sports, Punk n Pie, and Mock Rock!

Campus Involvement

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, SOS

Favorite Quote

"I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else."
- C.S. Lewis 

Fun Fact

I LOVE hot sauce and anything spicy. 

Favorite Smell

When it first rains, the smell of the wet asphalt!

Anne Marie Larson

Major

Journalism & Integrated Media

Hometown

Fullerton, CA

What I love about Biola

Disneyland is 15 minutes away, so that's pretty great. 

Campus Involvement

In addition to SOS, I am a member of the Filipino and Hawaiian culture clubs. I am the copy writer of the 2014-2015 yearbook and a freelance writer for The Chimes. One glorious semester I played on an intramural Ultimate frisbee team with Riley Mailman. 

Favorite Quote

"Haters back off!" - Miranda Sings

Fun Fact

I am right-handed. 

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of oranges. I could inhale that scent all day, err' day.

Asa Nelson

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Pittsburgh, PA

What I love about Biola

Three major things: The people, the spirit, and the weather. 

Campus Involvement

Shy writers & outdoors club

Favorite Quote

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." -Oscar Wilde

Fun Fact

I once went three weeks without taking a shower (with good reason)

Favorite Smell

I really like the smell of a not too distant fire

Beatriz Martins

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Sao Paulo, Brazil

What I love about Biola

I love Biola's community and how in every class, the professors incorporate the gospel. 

Campus Involvement

Frequent Commons go-er, fireplace homeworker, and active gym member haha ;) oh! And I'm a member of Biola Dance Crew!

Favorite Quote

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." -Babe Ruth

Fun Fact

I can't hear/say the difference between the names Brendan and Brandon.

Favorite Smell

The Hollister Store and Caraline Dirks.

Bethany Eckstrom

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Ventura, CA

What I love about Biola

The people! I've learned so much from the wisdom and godliness of my professors, and I've made some wonderful friends from my classes and in my dorm who are all willing to support me with prayer and make life more fun!

Campus Involvement

I am a member of NSSLHA (the Communication Disorders club), I was in a soul group, and I do lots of events with my floor. 

Favorite Quote

"With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere." - C.S. Lewis

Fun Fact

I raised a guide dog in high school.

Favorite Smell

Coffee!

Beverly Koloko-Green

Major

Sociology

Hometown

Fremont, CA

What I love about Biola

 I LOVE the community at Biola. The community here is unlike anything else. I have met my closest friends here, friends that have become my family... Of course can't forget about the professors. My Biola experience wouldn't be the same without them. I LOVE all of my professors.

Campus Involvement

BSA (Black Student Association), B.E.A.T. (Biola Ethnic Advancement Team), Multi Ethnic Program, Intramurals and of course SOS.

Favorite Quote

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr

Fun Fact

I love male animated characters, especially Captain Li Shang.

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of "Comet" cleaning product. 

Branden Stewart

Major

Physical Education

Hometown

Hope, British Columbia, Canada

What I love about Biola

I love the student, the professors, the community and the weather that all make Biola the best.

Campus Involvement

I am on the Biola Track team and I am an SOS leader.

Favorite Quote

"Pain hurts, but only for a minute, Yeah life is short so go on and live it- Chris Cagle

Fun Fact

-I live at a summer kids camp.
-I was once knocked out cold from stepping on a rake.
-I am a wakeboard instructor/lifeguard in the summer.

Favorite Smell

The smell of gasoline for sure and the smell of watermelon candy.

Brandon Yee

Major

Design- Arts

Hometown

Walnut, CA

What I love about Biola

Before coming to Biola, I never could've realized all the amazing opportunities here. I'm truly blessed to be placed within a community of brothers, sisters and faculty that I can open up to and will always lift me up in return. Also, SoCal is pretty much the best place ever.

Campus Involvement

SOS and Adventure Club

Favorite Quote

“It’s fine to live in the now. But the best thing about now is that there’s another one tomorrow. I’m going to start making them count.” - The Spectacular Now

Fun Fact

I can cry pretty easily...

Favorite Smell

The smell of ice cream when you walk down Main Street at Disneyland.

Brittany Kyle

Major

Elementary Education

Hometown

Santa Cruz, CA

What I love about Biola

Some of the things I love about Biola are:

1. The amazing community we have
2. Everyone's passion for Jesus Christ
3. Professors that believe what they teach and care for their students
4. The warm sunshine
5. The location (and SO close to LA/Disneyland/Knotts/etc)
6. Mock Rock
7. And a beautiful campus

Campus Involvement

There are so many different outlets to plug into on campus, the ones dearest to my heart are:

1. SOS
2. Mock Rock
3. Dorm events (I live in Alpha, the all girls dorm)
4. And going to basketball games with friends

Favorite Quote

"Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away." - Sarah Kay 

Fun Fact

Every day I wake up in the morning and I always have to begin my day by opening my curtains and blinds. Also, my ring finger has a freckle on it.

Favorite Smell

Chocolate, vanilla extract, perfumes, coffee shops and fresh air.

Brody O'Brien

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Clayton, CA

What I love about Biola

The community at Biola: both students and staff are always so encouraging. The relationships I've made here have been a huge factor in my spiritual growth. And the Caf, what's not to love about it?! 

Campus Involvement

SOS!

Favorite Quote

"No Ragrets" - We're the Millers 

Fun Fact

I can always guess how many jelly beans are in a jar, even if I'm wrong.

Favorite Smell

Coffee Shops

Caraline Dirks

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Altadena, CA

What I love about Biola

I love how sweet and thoughtful people are here. I also love how Biola encourages students to seek Jesus in every aspect of life and use their gifts to impact people in every part of the world. 

Campus Involvement

Frequent Commons go-er, fireplace homeworker, and active gym member. haha ;)

Favorite Quote

"There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this." - Pinterest 

Fun Fact

I spend more money on my iced green teas from Starbucks and cake batter frozen yogurt from Yogurtland than I spend on anything else! 

Favorite Smell

I LOVE the smell of surfboard wax.

Charlie Mortensen

Major

Engineering Physics - Chemical Engineering

Hometown

Orangevale, CA

What I love about Biola

I'll keep it short and sweet. There is no other place that I can think of that might offer a better opportunity for you to form a close and personal relationship with God, and also be able to excel in your major. Oh, and then there's Disneyland, of course that's a major plus!

Campus Involvement

Well, being an Engineer, my life is a little more secluded than most. Beside being a part of the SOS crew, I am very involved in the Library...as in being there almost every single day. Other than that, I am mostly committed to my floor and to my dorm.

Favorite Quote

"No, I AM your Father!" - that is the right line, and don't you forget it!

Fun Fact

I did martial arts back home for 12 years. I was a 3rd degree black belt in the art of Kempo before I came to Biola.

Favorite Smell

Burning of a campfire on a cold winter's night!

Christina Nelson

Major

Biological Sciences

Hometown

Snohomish, WA

What I love about Biola

I love being around students, faculty, and staff who choose to surround themselves in a unified community that aims to put Christ first by allowing every aspect of this institution—academic, social, spiritual, etc.—to point to the glory of Christ.

Also, having Molcasalsa nearby is a plus.

Campus Involvement

Apart from SOS, I am currently involved in Spiritual Development's Chapel Programs (I serve on the Spiritual Formation staff, which deals with Fives, Middays, and Sabbathing chapels).

Favorite Quote

"I'm ugly and I'm proud!" - Spongebob Squarepants

Fun Fact

I am a fraternal triplet, and I am also "Swegyptian" (Swedish and Egyptian).

Favorite Smell

Disneyland--especially during Christmas time.

Christopher Kim

Major

International Business

Hometown

Cerritos, CA

What I love about Biola

Biola University has great diversity in the community. The community among the students is well connected. Everyone has great Christian values and kind hearts. The professors truly care for their students and are supportive.

Campus Involvement

Involved in ISA (International Student Association) as a global student, Intramural Basketball, and Intramural Soccer.

Favorite Quote

"That's so funny the first time I heard that, I laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur." -Dale Doback, Stepbrothers

Fun Fact

Currently, my parents live in Jakarta, Indonesia, my younger sister lives in South Korea, and I live here in California. Biola University is my 11th school.

Favorite Smell

Inside of a library and gasoline.

Dora Mahoe

Major

Intercultural Studies

Hometown

Eleele, HI

What I love about Biola

Good gravy, this is a hard question! I love the friendships I've made with different students at Biola. It's amazing to see how Jesus brings people together from all over the world and allows their stories to connect. I'm so thankful for the beautiful community He has placed me in to learn, grow, and serve. 

Campus Involvement

I've had the opportunity to be involved in the Tijuana Ministry where we go to Mexico about four times in the semester and minister to kids at an orphanage. That's been an incredible experience! I'm also a part of a hula dance group on campus. If you dance hula or have ever wanted to learn come check us out! :)

Favorite Quote

"We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things." - Francis Chan

Fun Fact

I love learning how to surf, and I'm an amazing stunt surfer (aka I fall off my board a lot)! I have a huge passion for playing the guitar and piano. I am a diehard Switchfoot fan!

Favorite Smell

My pillow (as weird as that sounds)

Elizabeth Chung

Major

Elementary Education

Hometown

San Jose, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the Christ Centered education and amazing community! I love the caring professors and the cozy home-like feel/atmosphere all around campus. I love how the professors not only care about you growing academically but spiritually as well. They see us as a body of Christ/ brothers and sisters in Him! 

Campus Involvement

Student and SOS leader :) 

Favorite Quote

"God didn't just give a little for us. He gave His best. He gave Himself." - Francis Chan

Fun Fact

I'm obsessed with chocolate chip cookies, green tea smoothies, and I hate onions. 

Favorite Smell

The smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in oven... OhlaLAA!
& the smell of any good FOOD!!

Gavin Sweeney

Major

Communications Studies

Hometown

Henderson, NV

What I love about Biola

I absolutely love the community and the atmosphere that comes as a direct result of Biola's Christ-centered convictions. I love the life-long friendships I've been able to form with like-minded people. I love that the professors actually want to get to know the students.

I also love the Common Grounds Toddi (cold-brew iced coffee), Emerson and its lack of air conditioning, and perhaps most of all, Riley Mailman and his infinite supply of Batman quotes.

Campus Involvement

I work at Common Grounds doing barista things, I'm an SOS crew leader, and I love doing stuff with the guys on my floor. (GUS!!)

Favorite Quote

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Fun Fact

When I was a kid I lost a tooth in three different countries and several states including Canada, Mexico, China, California, Nevada, and New York. I might have double-jointed shoulders. Or I might just have weird shoulders. I'm not really sure.

Favorite Smell

Fresh Coffee grounds, homecooked meals, lawn-mowers. 

Gavin Wong

Major

Business Administration; Management

Hometown

Cupertino, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola because of the fantastic food, the connected community, the challenging courses, and the captivating chapels.

But mostly the food-OH sooo good! :O

Campus Involvement

Biola Speech and Debate Forensics Team
Chapel Programs; Afterdark Ministries

Favorite Quote

"Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings." - Robert Bloch

Fun Fact

I've never been to Boston in the Fall...take me sometime!!!

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of rain on dry asphalt, and the smell of fresh Lego bricks. 

Genevieve Buchanan

Major

Design

Hometown

Chico, CA

What I love about Biola

It sounds super cheesy, but I love the community Biola has to offer. As a transfer student, right away I felt so welcomed and valued by the students and staff here. There is a certain authenticity at Biola, and I am just so thankful to be a part of such a unique and God-centered university! 

Campus Involvement

I love being involved on my dorm floor, Abide, Horton 4 South, which includes being a part of birthday committee. I also love using my skills in graphic design to do freelance work around campus, like designing floor sweatshirts. 

Favorite Quote

"Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children's approach to life...you see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn't much, either."
-Walt Disney

Fun Fact

My vocabulary mostly consists of quotes from movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos.

Favorite Smell

The inside of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland 

Gracie Pruchnic

Major

Communication Studies 

Hometown

Spokane, WA

What I love about Biola

I love the community, dorm events, my classes, and professors. The fact that Jesus is at the center of my learning and relationships here is amazing. 

Campus Involvement

I am a part of the Hart Hall community! I am also a member of that awesome SOS staff everyone is always talking about. 

Favorite Quote

"Get over your hill and see what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair." - Mumford & Sons 

Fun Fact

Since I am a military child, I was born in England and lived there for four years. 

Favorite Smell

Anything Coffee!!

Hannah Seals

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Palm Desert, CA

What I love about Biola

What's not to love? I love the Christ-centered education, solid community, and unbelievable professors! I also love all the fun activities like the Eddy, Punk 'n' Pie, and Mock Rock! I am so thankful for this school and the impact it has had on my life!

Campus Involvement

I am the Torrey Conference overflow coordinator for Torrey Conference 2014!
I work on campus in Advancement doing fundraising for student scholarships.
I am in the comedy improv team called "Rich Kids!"
And of course, I'M DOING SOS! 

Favorite Quote

"Live in grace, walk in love." - Bob Goff

Fun Fact

I am allergic to un-purified water. I was in a TV commercial that only aired in Canada. I have always wanted to jump out of a plane. 

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of rain, strong coffee, and anything vanilla. 

Heather Bosheth

Major

Psychology 

Hometown

Las Vegas, NV

What I love about Biola

The amazing community in the dorms and it's so close to Disneyland of course!

Campus Involvement

I'm an SOS leader, I'm in a soul group, and I love going to all my floor's events.

Favorite Quote

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Fun Fact

When I sit in the back seat of a car I can only sit in the middle. 

Favorite Smell

The inside of Payless shoe store.

Heather Martin

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Carlsbad, CA

What I love about Biola

It sounds super cliche but I genuinely love the people here at Biola! I think the community that is found on this campus is pretty rare and amazing. 

Campus Involvement

I am involved in a lot of intramural sports (probably more than I have time for) ultimate frisbee, softball, volleyball and soccer! And, obviously, SOS.

Favorite Quote

"You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here." - Buddy the Elf

Fun Fact

I have eleven toes! Just kidding. I don't. But it feels like I do because I FALL ALL THE TIME! 

Favorite Smell

Bounty laundry sheets!

Jared Kaing

Major

Human Biology

Hometown

Bakersfield, CA

What I love about Biola

Teachers who are genuinely invested in the students' lives

A community where you can talk to almost any stranger and feel accepted

Opportunities to explore and develop our own talents as people who will impact other communities for the Lord Jesus Christ!

Campus Involvement

SOS!

California School Project (CSP) - We go out and show high school students how to share the Gospel with their campuses

Intramural Sports (Ultimate Frisbee & Softball)

Favorite Quote

"Me and Shrek drank some magic potion, and now...we're sexy!" - Donkey, Shrek 2

Fun Fact

I have a twitch on the right side of my face. Sometimes people think I'm winking at them.

Favorite Smell

The smell of a BBQ pit and charcoal

Jared Tajima

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Fresno, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the Biola community. It is very rare for a school to have an all-Christian community and staff. There are people here who you can share your faith, struggles, and joys with. It's nice that Biola is a small school too. I can walk almost anywhere on campus and see a friend I know.

Campus Involvement

I'm not the most involved person on campus, but being an SOS leader is one way that I'm involved at Biola. I also participate in a floor Bible study that meets every week.

Favorite Quote

"Don't ever let somebody tell you...you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream...you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." -The Pursuit of Happyness

Fun Fact

I like to make punny jokes…but people don’t usually catch on.

Favorite Smell

Fire smells really nice even though you can’t eat it.

Jessica Dueker

Major

Art-- Drawing and Painting

Hometown

Hemet, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola with all my heart! There is such a friendly atmosphere. Living in a place where people smile at you, even if you don't know them, is a great feeling! Plus, it doesn't hurt that Disneyland is about 20 min away. Best EVER!

Campus Involvement

I am involved in SOS (obviously) and I am on the Birthday Committee on my floor. I am also in the Star Wars club.

Favorite Quote

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” - Émile Zola

Fun Fact

I have read and not finished more books than I have read entire books. Obviously I love reading. Also, I say "peanits" instead of "peanuts." (Everyone gets me on that one!)

Favorite Smell

I LOVE the smell of laundry detergent!

Jessica Randhawa

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada

What I love about Biola

I love Biola for its people. Biola attracts people from all walks of life and from all over the world which brings such diversity, yet at the same time such beautiful hearts that are passionate to further the kingdom of God. This cultivates community beyond most other universities' capabilities.

Campus Involvement

I have taken part in intramural teams (basketball, indoor volleyball and beach volleyball), the Social Justice Mission, and a Soul Group. Also, I love attending Biola events such as the Eddy and Eagles sports games. 

Favorite Quote

"The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives." - Albert Schweitzer

Fun Fact

I have a deep passion for surveys.

Favorite Smell

Rain, not even something Febreeze can can recreate.

Joel Marlette

Major

Sociology

Hometown

Fairfield, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that I can read to baby deer in the morning sun on McNally field, as the dew dries and leaves the grass. I love that I can hang out with my friends all the time. I love all the people that I've met, they are awesome. I love that I can use the track almost anytime I want. I love that I can use the prayer chapel at any time of the day or night. I love that I can walk my dogs, because they get cramped up in my room.

Campus Involvement

I am part of SOS (ha, go figure). I also am involved in Biola Buddies, the Rugby Club, part of a SOUL group (best thing ever!). I go to class, eat at the caf, part of EMI (Evangelical Mormon Interaction), and I live here, so I am basically the campus. 

Favorite Quote

"No." - Rosa Parks

Fun Fact

I actually enjoy doing yard work and have a California driver's licence

Favorite Smell

My cologne. My friend's cologne. Myself.

Jon Field

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Fairfield, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that we are surrounded by a community of people who want to help us grow in our faith. I love that it is always sunny here. Lastly, I love that Tom's Tailgate is only just down the street!

Campus Involvement

I'm doing SOS and I play intramural soccer!

Favorite Quote

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." - Michael Scott

Fun Fact

I have only used an ATM twice.

Favorite Smell

Wet boots. Magical wet boots.

Jordan Swigart

Major

Business

Hometown

Albany, Oregon

What I love about Biola

Biola is rad, gnarly, and every other Californian word you can think of. It has a great community, amazing professors, and a prime basketball court outside of Hope Hall.

Campus Involvement

I have been involved on campus in a couple different ways. I was involved in a sports ministry program, I do multiple intramurals, and am an SOS leader! 

Favorite Quote

"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." - Voltaire

Fun Fact

An interesting fact about me is that I saw Adam Sandler at In N Out during Biola Bound my senior year of high school. 

Favorite Smell

Fresh Jordans, straight from the box.

Josh Douglass

Major

Business- Accounting

Hometown

Oakdale, CA

What I love about Biola

The community at Biola is unbeatable and the people themselves are fantastic. It's great to be in a place where every person has a relationship with Christ.

Campus Involvement

I participated in Mock Rock.

Favorite Quote

"There are certain things I believe in...God and The United States of America are at the top of the list." - Fred MacMurray

Fun Fact

I own two goats. 

Favorite Smell

Gunpowder

Josie Harris

Major

Music in Worship

Hometown

Camas, WA

What I love about Biola

I love that people want to encourage each other to succeed and do well but also support each other in their shortcomings. 

Campus Involvement

I am very involved as an assistant and an aid to incoming and prospective students in the Music in Worship department.

Favorite Quote

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Fun Fact

I love great white sharks. 

Favorite Smell

Tire Shops, Coffee

Hasiet (Joy) Negash

Major

Political Science

Hometown

Seattle, WA

What I love about Biola

It's a truly Christ-centered community, you can't help but feel His presence here on campus. Also some of the kindest and most welcoming people are here. Kinda helps that it's in SoCal too cause I needed to get away from the Seattle rain!

Campus Involvement

I'm really engaged with Multi Ethnic Programs and Development here. I've volunteered for many of the events they've had on campus like SCORR and events of that nature.

Favorite Quote

"For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of.  If you find that you are not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fun Fact

One of my thumbs is misshaped and lopsided because I closed a car door on it when I was 5.

Favorite Smell

Suitcases that just came from Ethiopia full of spices and food. 

Katie Olssén

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

San Diego, CA

What I love about Biola

Biola is an awesome place where both teachers and students care and are involved. It is a healthy and positive environment which strengthens your education along with your faith. 

Campus Involvement

There are so many awesome opportunities to get involved here at Biola. So far I have been a part of Student Orientation Services for two years, Missions Conference staff, Campus Safety, a dance club on campus, floor community and other various involvement opportunities. 

Favorite Quote

"God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called."

Fun Fact

I can fake sneeze really well. 

Favorite Smell

Coffee

Katie Roberts

Major

Public Relations 

Hometown

Tustin, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola because of what it has to offer. There is seriously something for everyone here! Also I love Biola because of the people I have met and the friendship I have made. I love all the life lessons I have learned in the short time I have been here. 

Campus Involvement

Event Society, Intramurals, and of course SOS

Favorite Quote

"Everything happens for a reason. Nothing occurs by chance, it's all part of God's divine plan. Learn to trust it and go where He leads you."

Fun Fact

I can't wink! 

Favorite Smell

For some reason, the smell of air conditioning in a new car

Katlin Puchalski

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Mission Viejo, CA

What I love about Biola

I love dorm life, faith integrated into classes, and the potential to form lasting Christ-based friendships! I also love the chance to connect with professors who love the Lord and love us and desire that we succeed academically and grow in holiness. I definitely recommend meeting with a professor for coffee! 

Campus Involvement

I've been involved in Symphponic Winds, Brown Bag Ministry, and floor community in Hope with fun events like weekly floor dinners and floor bible study. This year I'll be a peer advisor for the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. I am so excited to befriend many of you as you begin this new journey at Biola!
 

Favorite Quote

"God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you." - Augustine

Fun Fact

I used to "meow" like a cat in pre-school when I was scared...and so my parents called me "Kati-Kat." 

Favorite Smell

I like the smell of beach bonfires. 

Kelly Krieger

Major

Communication Studies 

Hometown

Dana Point, CA

What I love about Biola

I absolutely LOVE the community here at Biola!! The friendships that I have formed here have been so incredible and I am blown away by the encouragement and love that I receive from this community. It is a neat thing to be surrounded by people who also love Jesus and people!

Campus Involvement

This is my 2nd year on SOS staff, I work for chapel accountability as a chapel scanner, I lead a soul group for freshmen girls, I'm a member of the Sophomore Year Student Committee, and I love just walking around campus meeting new people and hearing their stories!

Favorite Quote

"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows" - Helen Keller 

Fun Fact

I like to think I'm King Julian from the movie Madagascar. He's the coolest, he's the king, and he has some sick dance moves ;)

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of rain on asphalt! 

Kelsey Hughes

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Scottsdale, AZ

What I love about Biola

There is so much to love about Biola, including the people. There are so many amazing people with diverse backgrounds and I have made a lot strong relationships. I also love being able to make connections with the faculty and staff in the smaller class sizes. Plus, being close to the beach and Disneyland is a big bonus!

Campus Involvement

I am in SOS and am actively involved in dorm and hall events. 

Favorite Quote

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller 

Fun Fact

I once did the Golden Gate Bridge open water swim despite there being a great white shark attack on a surfer a little while before I jumped in. 

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of wet pavement the morning after it rains. 

Kelsey Vogt

Major

Journalism & Integrated Media

Hometown

Wilton, Ca

What I love about Biola

I love the community and the people. I love the professors and their commitment to the Gospel and Lord of the Rings references. I love that Biola is a university that is centered in Christ, and stands firm in their convictions. Basically, I just love it and am having the time of my life. 

Campus Involvement

I can generally be found with the SOS staff, dancing in Mock Rock, eating breakfast burritos at Eagles, or in the comfy chairs at the library... or in class, of course. 

Favorite Quote

"Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you." -Psalm 63:3

Fun Fact

I used to show sheep in high school. Picture a dog show, maybe, but with sheep, walking around a rink, wearing an all white outfit (me, not the sheep). This was my childhood.

Favorite Smell

Rain. #whitegirlprobz

Kristen Wong

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Diamond Bar, CA 

What I love about Biola

Biola is the perfect place to integrate your faith into your academic and social life. I love the relationships that have been built and are continuing to grow as we encourage one another as a unified student body. 

Campus Involvement

From recreational clubs and missions organizations to major-related clubs and so many more, I've had the privilege of participating in dance groups, the Student Missionary Union (SMU), major related activities, and now, Student Orientation Services (SOS)! 

Favorite Quote

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" - Proverbs 31:30

"Comparison is the thief of joy" - Megan Fate

Fun Fact

Too many...!

Favorite Smell

Anything fresh, clean, and calming 

Kristin Wong

Major

Graphic Design

Hometown

Alhambra, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the great community that loves and serves God and each other. I appreciate how the professors really care about us and I feel like I learn important lessons that overflow into my life. Oh! And I can't forget the practically limitless access to ice cream!

Campus Involvement

In addition to SOS, I'm in the Craft club and the Disney club :). I also play intramural volleyball and really want to play intramural basketball and softball in the future!

Favorite Quote

"You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging." - Brené Brown

Fun Fact

I like to draw, paint, and do crafty things. I absolutely love Disney, I am very open to trying new activities, and I believe I am quite skilled in the art of making ugly faces ;P.

Favorite Smell

Freshly baked cookies!!! (I also like to eat them)

Kyle Vick

Major

Biblical Studies

Hometown

Huntington Beach, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that Biola loves the Bible. Seriously, in a world where the Bible is viewed as a historical document or a quaint fairytale, I love that Biola respects the Bible as the inerrant word of God. 

Campus Involvement

I go to class... and study sometimes. I hosted Punk'n Pie (an annual Biola event that happens every fall, and features student talent & punkin' pie) if that counts. Also, I am doing SOS, which is pretty cool. 

Favorite Quote

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” -G.K. Chesterton

Fun Fact

I got slimed by Nickelodeon. It was the highlight of my homeschooling career. Yeah, that's right. I was home schooled. And no, I am not awkward. At least, my mom doesn't think so. 

Favorite Smell

"Glass Cleaner" from Costco.

Kylie Jones

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Tustin, CA

What I love about Biola

Definitely the community! I loved the idea of having a Christ-centered university because I knew I would make amazing/genuine friendships for life, and I totally have! This was one of the major reasons why I came to Biola!

Campus Involvement

I got involved in the Xopoc Dance Crew and the Biola Women's Chorus! I also get involved in the dorms with all the different activities put on such as GYRAD's, All-Hall's, and Floor Activities! I also participated in this year's Mock Rock which was awesome!

Favorite Quote

"It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance." - Kid President

Fun Fact

I got to sing in Carnegie Hall in New York with my choir during my senior year of high school!

Favorite Smell

Pizza. Without a doubt.

Lauren Helsley

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Manteca, CA

What I love about Biola

I've never felt so supported and loved as I have in Biola's community. People are open and genuine, the professors are caring, and the classes are interesting. I love the chapels and the amazing opportunity I have to develop my faith, encouraged by peers and faculty who want to help me grow!

Campus Involvement

Although I'm not in any clubs, I work on campus at the Biola pool. It has been so great getting to know my coworkers and serve my community in such a personal way!

Favorite Quote

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” -Henry Ford

Fun Fact

In sixth grade my hair looked green for nearly two months because of how often I went swimming - I was given the nickname "glow in the dark".

Favorite Smell

Rain, coffee, campfires, and old books

Leslie Teater

Major

Business Marketing

Hometown

Powell Butte, OR

What I love about Biola

I love the people at Biola! The community here is unlike anything I have ever been able to be apart of. It is so positive and uplifting here.

Campus Involvement

I work for Campus Safety and had an internship in the Biola Events Department last year. I am also involved in Brown Bag ministry.

Favorite Quote

"We dream of the perfect wave, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect love, and when we get there, we dream of something else, and the journey goes on." - Rob Machado 

Fun Fact

 I love sunsets. I love them.

Favorite Smell

When you first walk into a Pizza Place... yummmmmmmm

Lisa Holm

Major

Human Biology

Hometown

Huntington Beach, CA

What I love about Biola

I always had a picture of what my college campus would look like, and the walkway lined by trees in front of the library is exactly that. It's so beautiful! I also love the community that Biola has. Oh, I love burrito day. It has to be my favorite caf day. 

Campus Involvement

In addition to SOS, I have been involved in adventure club, Biola health careers club, and floor events. I've played intramural volleyball (court and sand) and basketball too!

Favorite Quote

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” -Dr. Seuss

Fun Fact

I love to travel! My family has been blessed with the chance to travel as I was growing up to some cool places.   

Favorite Smell

I love when I walk into my house and I can smell my mom’s cooking!

Lucas Chadwick

Major

Biblical Studies

Hometown

Snohomish, WA

What I love about Biola

The professors and the wisdom they share. I also love the deep Christian friendships I have gained since being here.

Campus Involvement

SOS

Crossfit (When I can)

Intramural sports

Favorite Quote

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” -Oscar Wilde
 

Fun Fact

It is my passion, goal and calling to copy the entire Bible by hand into a large journal. I am currently in Deuteronomy 7. So far its been an amazing journey!

Favorite Smell

(Really) old books.

Makaela Mendelson

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

What I love about Biola

The people! Just the other day, I heard someone say hi to their friend and tell them that they looked beautiful. The people are so encouraging and loving!

Campus Involvement

I am not too involved besides SOS, however, I am a barista at Biola's Coffee Cart located near Sutherland (You should come stop by!), I used to be a part of some clubs like Infinite for India and ASL Club. All of these have been amazing communities and have helped me feel more at home at Biola. 

Favorite Quote

"Becoming ourselves means we are actively cooperating with God's intention for our lives, not fighting him OR ourselves." -Stasi Eldredge

Fun Fact

I get an absurd amount of toe cramps. Should probably do something about it... 

Favorite Smell

Magazines! Especially the glossy editions! 

Marilly Kepoo

Major

Human Biology 

Hometown

Antioch, CA 

What I love about Biola

I truly love the beautifully different people of Biola. I get countless chills during worship when I hear people praise God in their native language. (Revelation 5:9)  

Campus Involvement

Considering my major is Human Biology it's sort of a given that I study for a good amount of time. However, when I'm not, I'm usually at all the basketball games dancing with my Biola Dance Crew team or eating and/or dancing but DEFINITELY laughing with SOS. <3

Favorite Quote

"God is most glorified when we are satisfied in Him. " -John Piper
 

Fun Fact

I can make cookie dough ice cream disappear, I can say the alphabet backwards really fast and I love Superman. 

Favorite Smell

The sweet enticing aroma of my mother's homemade cooking. YUMMMY. 

Matt Benefiel

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Scottsdale, AZ

What I love about Biola

What I really love about Biola is the dorm life. You can invest so much into your floor and into the community, and you will receive exponential returns. The resident life staff is great and everyone here is like family. If you are a guy, live in Emerson for sure! Also, Disneyland being 10 minutes away doesn't hurt either..

Campus Involvement

I am in SOS... Duh! Besides the obvious, I was a part of 4 intramural teams this year, I was involved with my floor a lot last year, and was involved in adventure club.

Favorite Quote

"King Arthur: Who are you who can summon fire without flint or tinder?
Tim: There are some who call me... Tim." -Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Fun Fact

I can quote the whole movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" It's kinda sad.

Favorite Smell

2-in-1 Suave Naturals Almond Verbena Shampoo and Conditioner

Melissa Michaels

Major

Business Administration 

Hometown

Costa Mesa, CA

What I love about Biola

Biola is easily one of my favorite places. I have never been around so many people who genuinely love God and seek to serve him daily. I think it is because of this devotion that we have such an amazing community. A community that isn't just students studying together but ultimately family living and growing together. 

Campus Involvement

Aside from SOS, I am involved in short term missions through SMU, did a little intramural volleyball playing, and the community on my lovely floor (NorthStar rules the sky). 

Favorite Quote

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” - C.S. Lewis 

Fun Fact

I got to ride a camel to the Taj Mahal, lets just say it was one of those perfect movie moments! 

Favorite Smell

Definitely fresh baked cookies 

Molly Berlin-Burns

Major

Nursing 

Hometown

Winona, MN

What I love about Biola

The Fountain, it's great. 

Campus Involvement

SOS (duh!), and I also work at the Library. 

Favorite Quote

My ancestors made up the quote, "Gotta risk it for the biscuit." They owned a bakery, but I like to think it also applies to life. 

Fun Fact

I have a twin and we kinda look alike. Also I made chocolate in the Amazon. 

Favorite Smell

Fresh-cut grass. 

Morgan Zurborg

Major

Kinesiology

Hometown

Riverside, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the genuine friendliness at Biola and that I am able to have conversations with someone I've never met before and it's not weird! I also love that I get to meet people from all over the country and the world. I love that the faculty members actually care about us and want to help us in our faith. It's awesome! 

Campus Involvement

Biola CrossFit, Adventure Club, Soul Group, ultimate frisbee intramurals

Favorite Quote

"It's called a lance... Hello!" -A Knight's Tale

Fun Fact

I have ridden an ostrich! And I can't do a cartwheel.  

Favorite Smell

Anything that has to do with Christmas. 

Morganne Chadwick

Major

Nursing

Hometown

Snohomish, WA

What I love about Biola

The Community! Its great being surrounded by people who share the same beliefs as you and enjoy investing in you and your life. People are great!

Campus Involvement

Intramurals, SOS staff (obviously), 

Favorite Quote

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Fun Fact

I have small hands. Friends call them the Tiny Totts. I also once had a Harry Potter marathon with my friends and watched 6 Harry Potters (only 6 were out at the time) in one sitting 

Favorite Smell

The smell of rain! Or a new book.. mmmm… 

Natalia Ramos

Major

Elementary Education

Hometown

Elk Grove, CA

What I love about Biola

There is so much that I love about Biola. But, what I love most are the people! The students AND faculty are so kind, so inviting and so loving. Plus, Biola is in the perfect location for beaches, city life, Disneyland, and anything else that LA has to offer!

Campus Involvement

SOS! As well as Intramural Volleyball and Beach Volleyball! 

Favorite Quote

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."

Fun Fact

Hmm. You will almost always find me chewing gum 

Favorite Smell

Rain

Natalie Kato

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Mountain View, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that Biola has a Christ-Centered community. Everyone here is so loving and encouraging towards each other. I also love that there is an integration of academic and biblical learning. Biola is my home away from home!

Campus Involvement

Along with SOS, I am involved in the XOPOC dance crew, Biola Dance Crew, previously part of Missions Conference Staff, and absolutely LOVE taking part in Mock Rock! 

Favorite Quote

"Let God have you, and let God love you- and don't be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you've never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before." -Max Lucado

Fun Fact

I love people, Mount Hermon, and dancing! I can also do a handstand into the worm :)

Favorite Smell

The smell of asphalt just after it rains

Nic Perry

Major

Media Management

Hometown

Crown Point, IN

What I love about Biola

I love Biola's community. The minute I stepped onto campus I felt like I had found my new home. I love their acceptance, care, and love for anyone from all walks of life. We are a family here. 

Campus Involvement

I am involved with production management on student films here at Biola. I am also now involved with SOS, serving and giving back to the school that has given me so much. 

Favorite Quote

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss

Fun Fact

The smell and taste of cheese makes me gag. 

Favorite Smell

That pomegranate hand soap from bath and body works though

Nisha Edwin

Major

Biological Science 

Hometown

Payson, AZ

What I love about Biola

My favorite part about Biola is the people I have met and the "family style" campus community in general. I also love the salad bar at the Caf.

Campus Involvement

Besides SOS, I play intramural softball, and am a member of Muslim Ministries. 

Favorite Quote

"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 a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come to pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:11-13

Fun Fact

Turtles can breathe out of their butts. 

Favorite Smell

Maple syrup or the pages of an old book.

Randi Goulet

Major

Biological Science- Pre-Med

Hometown

Santa Clarita, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that Biola is focused on building and equipping students to be logical, thinking Christians that are firmly established in their faith in Jesus Christ

Campus Involvement

I am involved in SOS, I was in a film for the Emerson Film Festival, and I am involved in the Biology Department 

Favorite Quote

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter" - e. e. cummings 

Fun Fact

I am ensured Starbucks Gold Reward status until 2015. I abbreviate everything. I am in love with Biology. 

Favorite Smell

The smell of exhaust at a dirtbike track

Robbie Woo

Major

Biblical Studies

Hometown

Santa Rosa, CA

What I love about Biola

The water pressure in the showers is amazing. Trust me on this.

Campus Involvement

I am busy with classes so I am not really involved on the campus. I do however spend my time at the fireplace and encounter tons of people so I would consider myself pretty involved. 

Favorite Quote

"On Wednesdays we wear pink" - Mean Girls

Fun Fact

I can tie shoes with my toes...I found out when I was bored on my way to a mission trip.

Favorite Smell

Main Street at Disneyland. Everyone needs to experience this at least once.

Shannon Martin

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Carlsbad, CA

What I love about Biola

I love everything about Biola!!! From the Bible classes to the amazing professors, to the wonderful community of people on campus, Biola is amazing!! 

Campus Involvement

I have been involved in several different intramural sports teams each semester. I am also a part of the Event Society. 

Favorite Quote

"I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite." - Buddy the Elf

Fun Fact

 I have been skydiving twice!! 

Favorite Smell

Wet asphalt

Spencer Pierschbacher

Major

Intercultural Studies

Hometown

Tulare, CA

What I love about Biola

Christ-centeredness and community far above everything else. Some other good things are DBC, chocolate chip cookies, the professors, SOS, and the ducks in the spring.

Campus Involvement

SOS, Intramurals, Adventure Club, Soul group

Favorite Quote

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

Fun Fact

I have a 15 year old goat named Forest.

Favorite Smell

Oranges

Susan Miranda

Major

Biological Sciences

Hometown

Garden Grove, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that Biola makes sure that my education surrounds Jesus. Whether I'm in my Anatomy class or in my English class, everything always points back to Christ. 

Campus Involvement

Health Careers Club

Favorite Quote

"God designed you to live, not to die." -Professor Ruth Ebeling

Fun Fact

I am allergic to dogs and cats.

Favorite Smell

The smell of rain

Taylor Adams

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

Torrance, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the people! Everyone is so friendly and loves Jesus and likes to hug!...and it is super close to Disneyland.

Campus Involvement

I'm in SOS and California School Project (CSP).

Favorite Quote

"Because I am a baboon, and you are not!" -Rafiki. 

Fun Fact

I have irrational fears of throwing up, noodles, flies, and people touching my neck. 

Favorite Smell

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland!

Zack Brisson

Major

Biblical Studies

Hometown

Temecula, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola's community. From living in an all male dorm to being on SOS, I could not have picked a better school filled with so many people I love to spend time with.

Campus Involvement

My campus involvement includes being on the Missions Conference Staff, participating in intramural sports, and being a part of the SOS team. Also, I am very involved with my floor (GUS!) because I am thoroughly convinced that it has the best community of any floor on campus.

Favorite Quote

"The sooner you get serious about Jesus, the better off you're going to be." - Steve Farrar

Fun Fact

When I was two years old, I jumped off the monkey bars thinking I was Buzz Lightyear and broke my leg. 

Favorite Smell

It's a mix of apples and cinnamon. I love apple cinnamon christmas candles. They rock!

Chelsea Vukovich SOS Student Director

Major

Business Administration--Accounting

Hometown

Cerritos, CA

What I love about Biola

Biola has been home to me since day one. The community of people is unlike anything I've ever seen or experienced. It's amazing to be in an environment surrounded by people who truly care about you and professors that challenge you to think critically while integrating God in everything you do.  

Campus Involvement

In addition to SOS Director, I led a soul group with another SOS leader in the fall. I am involved in Associated Students Social Events, which puts on fun events for Biola students throughout the year. I am looking forward to participating in Biola's Leadership Certificate Program for the 2014-2015 academic school year. 

Favorite Quote

“Even when people can't speak your language, they can tell if you have love in your heart.” -Pat Nixon

Fun Fact

I once fainted in a parking lot and rolled under a parked car! 

Favorite Smell

Plumeria flowers from Hawaii 

Riley Mailman SOS Student Director

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Huntington Beach, CA

What I love about Biola

I love that Biola cares about developing students with strong intellect and strong character. When intellect and character development coincide, it can be a powerful thing. I am also thankful for my friends here.

Campus Involvement

I am involved with SOS, my dorm floor (Hope South, 1st Floor, aka the Lodge), and I play intramural sports. Our frisbee team was named Give Ben A Chance in support of Ben Affleck being casted as Batman. We were horrible at first, but we are getting better!

Favorite Quote

"If you make yourself more than a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely." - Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins

Fun Fact

I once rode my bike from Huntington Beach, CA to San Diego, CA with my senior pastor and my friend Billy Williams III. It was a 100 mile bike ride and I enjoyed every moment of it!

Favorite Smell

The smell of gasoline at the Colorado River. (aka the Smell of Adventure)

Claudia Huffine Director of New Student Orientation and Transitions

Marcy Binuya Assistant Director of New Student Orientation

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