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Alisa Ohara SOS Leader

Major

Public Relations

Hometown

Torrance, CA

What I love about Biola
I love the Christ-centered education at Biola. Through this institution, not only will you grow as a young professional but as a believer. Biola is one university that truly fulfills its mission statement, which is to "equip young men and women to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ." 
Campus Involvement
Student Orientation Services 
Biola Event Society
Public Relations Student Society of America Board 
Biola Media Services Technician 
Japanese Club 
Favorite Quote

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?' (Hebrews 13:5–6)” - John PiperDesiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

Fun Fact
I am a fraternal twin! :) It's funny how God made my sister and me polar opposites of each other. I consider her my bestest friend and partner in crime.
Favorite Smell
CLEAN LAUNDRY! I love love love the smell of Downy. It brings so much comfort and relaxation to my soul. It always reminds me of fresh fluffy towels.  

Allie Meredith SOS Leader

Major

Business Administration

Hometown

Fair Oaks, CA

What I love about Biola

What's not to love about Biola?! There's an amazing Christ-centered community of wonderful people, great classes, and sunshine!

Campus Involvement

Tijuana Ministries, Missions Conference Staff, Eagle Host, Scuba Diving Club, Adventure Club and SOS. I am also involved in my floor and an amazing soul group!

Favorite Quote

"To live will be an awfully big adventure." -Peter Pan

Fun Fact

Growing up I was never afraid of sharks....because they are MAN-eating sharks.

Favorite Smell

Fresh mountain air and the Westin hotels

Alyssa Yee SOS Leader

Major

Journalism and Integrated Media

Hometown

Waikele, HI

What I love about Biola

I don't even know where to begin. Wait, just kidding-- I do. It's so amazing to be a part of a community that loves God whole-heartedly and inspires me to do the same. We're all in the same boat, you know? We're just scraps of cardboard trying to figure out where we fit into God's massive puzzle, but the fact that we're doing it together is what makes it so incredible.

Campus Involvement

I'm currently involved in SOS, and I also play guitar in one of the chapel bands.

Favorite Quote

"I was hiding under your porch... because I love you." -- Dug from UP

"Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?” -- C.S. Lewis

Fun Fact

I don't want y'all to be intimidated. But you should know I'm 4'11".

Favorite Smell

Smoke... from bonfires. Bonfires are memories.

Andrew Johnson SOS Leader

Major

Engineering Physics

Hometown

Fairmont, MN and Colorado Springs, CO

What I love about Biola

The PEOPLE!!! Biola is full of incredible people. I have met so many different people here at Biola who encourage, challenge, and inspire me every day. Through these relationships, I have grown closer with God, and learned a lot about myself.

Campus Involvement

Biola Connect Student Caller Team, intramural basketball and Ultimate Frisbee, SOS, and engineering student.....I do a lot of homework.

Favorite Quote

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."
-Jim Elliot

Fun Fact

I have been told I resemble Benedict Cumberbatch.

Favorite Smell

Anything my grandmother cooks!

Angie Winkler SOS Leader

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Carlsbad, CA

What I love about Biola

The people! Definitely the most welcoming campus I have ever been on and you can see the love of Christ in people everywhere, including professors and faculty. The Christ centered atmosphere is so obvious and it is what really stood out to me. It is awesome how people genuinely care about you and want to get to know you. I also love Singspiration!! It is so amazing!

Campus Involvement

SOS, Intramural sports teams (soccer, basketball, softball, and volleyball), recently hired at Heritage Cafe

Favorite Quote

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene

Fun Fact

I have been on a floating restaurant, Cloud 9, in the middle of the ocean in Fiji! Possibly the coolest thing ever.

Favorite Smell

The salty ocean water.

Ariana Gruber SOS Leader

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Whittier, CA

What I love about Biola

There is so much I love about Biola but to pick one, I would say the professors. They have all definitely exceeded all expectations and have been amazing support for me, academically, spiritually, and emotionally. Stay after class, talk to your prof.

Campus Involvement

I work at the Soaring Eagle food truck and Bon Appetit Catering, I am a member of NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association), I attend Hide n Seek Club, I volunteer for Torrey and Missions Conference, I did Mock Rock with SOS, aaaannnd I am an SOS leader!

Favorite Quote

"One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."
— G.K. Chesterton

"You don't have to be funny, just be willing to laugh."
- the ever-wise Gavin Sweeney (SOS Student Director)

Fun Fact

I cry at the majority of the movies that I watch. I got to ride an elephant in Thailand. I have always had a greater interest in couches, draperies, and desks than in clothes and jewelry. I absolutely love humans! #madeintheimageofGod

Favorite Smell

The Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland, Earl Grey tea, and Christmas candles.

Beverly Koloko-Green SOS Leader

Major

Sociology

Hometown

Fremont, CA (Bay Area)

What I love about Biola

I LOVE Biola's community. The community here is unlike anything else. I have met my closest friends here, friends that have become my family... I LOVE all of my professors. My time and experience at Biola wouldn't be the same without my professors. I am completely in LOVE with Biola :).

Campus Involvement

BSA (Black Student Association), B.E.A.T. (Biola Ethnic Advancement Team), MEPD (Multi-Ethnic Programs & Development), SAA (Student Alumni Association), Eagle Host, Intramural flag football & volleyball, SOS Crew Leader and SOS Leader.

Favorite Quote

"Don't be color blind, be color conscious." - Matt Huffine (Biola Alum)

Fun Fact

I ALWAYS wear fuzzy socks to bed.

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of "Comet" cleaning product.

Blake Van Aken SOS Leader

Major

Business

Hometown

Sacramento, CA

What I love about Biola

There are so many things to love about Biola. Being so close to downtown LA, the beach AND Disneyland is swell. It's great to be in Southern California where 60 degrees is considered freezing. On top of all that, and most importantly, the people that I have encountered are incredible blessings to me and I have loved my classes and professors.

Go Hart or go home!

Campus Involvement

Clearly, I am a part of SOS, including Mock Rock; I play intramural softball, am super involved in floor/dorm events, and work for catering on campus!

Favorite Quote

"There will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears, and love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears." -Mumford & Sons

Fun Fact

I had naturally straight hair until I was around 11 years old.

Favorite Smell

Campfires, gasoline, sharpies and pretty much any other smell that isn't good for you.

Brandon Yee SOS Leader

Major

Studio Arts - Design

Hometown

Walnut, CA

What I love about Biola

THE PEOPLE!
Biola's community contains the most loving and caring people who not only want to have fun, but care deeply about your spiritual walk and deeper selves.
Also, I love the campus' size. Randomly running in to your friends is one of the most fun things ever.
And SoCal you know..it's alright. The beach and mountains and perfect weather and LA...yeah...it's okay.

Campus Involvement

Well I'm writing this bio, so I'm part of Student Orientation Services (SOS) of course...and I'm loving every second of it.
And in the summer of 2015 I'm going on a Student Missionary Union (SMU) trip to Spain to participate in an art ministry!
I'm also a part of the Adventure Club! So like backpacking and hiking and cliff jumping and all that stuff!

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 don't like using straws.
They don't transfer enough liquid in my mouth...

Favorite Smell

Bonfires at the beach.

Caitlin Pon SOS Leader

Major

Elementary Education

Hometown

Fremont, CA

What I love about Biola

I love how Biola is a safe environment to learn and grow in. It is so great that every faculty member truly cares about your well being and is always willing to grab a cup of coffee with you!

Campus Involvement

I work as an Eagle Host in Admissions and a Mail Processor in Biola's Mail and Parcel Services. Previously I was on staff for SCORR conference and currently I'm involved with Missio Dei, American Sign Language Club, and SOS.

Favorite Quote

“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” -Mother Teresa

Fun Fact

Doubles matches (tennis), Pinterest, Disney, and playing piano are a few of my favorite things.

Favorite Smell

Play-Doh and a Brand New box of Crayola Crayons.

Chelsea Comiskey SOS Leader

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

Moreno Valley, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the welcoming community and caring Professors. I love that Jesus is the focus of everything! I also love all the opportunities to get involved.

Campus Involvement

I work at the campus coffee shop Common Grounds and am an SOS leader!

Favorite Quote

"Chancho, when you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun." - Nacho Libre

Fun Fact

I've been to 20 different countries.

Favorite Smell

My mom's perfume. It brings back childhood memories.

Claire Hagan SOS Leader

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Washington, IL

What I love about Biola

The community! All of the people here are so incredible and God-centered. I also really love Singspiration, Missions Conference, and Commons.

Campus Involvement

SOS, frequent Commons go-er, soul group, and I currently am part of a short term mission team that is going to Spain!

Favorite Quote

"You'll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things." -Jamie Tworkomski

Fun Fact

- I have a dog with one eye and three legs...but I promise you she is still super cute!
- I am obsessed with the TV show Friends.
- I have put the gas nozzle in my car wrong and have had gas spray back at me two different times...needless to say I hate pumping gas.

Favorite Smell

I LOVE the smell of coffee and vanilla!

Connor Lunde SOS Leader

Major

Undeclared

Hometown

Brea, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community and professors. Also my floor is easily the best floor on campus.

Campus Involvement

I work at Common Grounds, and live in Hope.

Favorite Quote

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

Fun Fact

I have a sweet Batman impression.

Favorite Smell

Freshly peeled oranges

Cyrus Dela Cruz SOS Leader

Major

Computer Science: Information Systems

Hometown

Vallejo, CA

What I love about Biola

I love it when the Caf' has chicken. Mmm, I love chicken. But for real, Biola is such an amazing place to be. Everyone here loves the Lord, and is always willing to pray for you. It's great being able to sit down with a friend and have meaningful, spiritual conversations. Come with an open mind and be prepared to face challenges throughout your time here. And remember, have fun. You only go to college once... unless you got the funds to get another degree. If that's the case, help a homie out.

Campus Involvement

Tennis on Campus (TOC), Student Orientation Services, Duck Feeder

Favorite Quote

"Are you callin' me a liar?" -Drake Bell

Fun Fact

TIME Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year. Also, I may or may not be a signed rapper under the alias "Lil C From The V".

Favorite Smell

The inside of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.

David Jocson SOS Leader

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

Yorba Linda, CA

What I love about Biola

Hmm...what to say... I love the community. I love my classes. I love how every professor does not see you as just a number but as a person. I love that I can read my Bible as homework. I love that there's a group of friends for everyone. I love the all-you-can-eat caf. I love singspo. Honestly, I just love Biola. No place on earth is perfect, but Biola is pretty darn rad and the Holy Spirit is definitely doing something wild in the hearts of every student here!

Campus Involvement

SOS!

Favorite Quote

"I ain't callin' you a truther!" -Josh Peck

Fun Fact

I wish I had tattoos.

Favorite Smell

Winter Candy Apple from Bath & Body Works

Denise Kerum SOS Leader

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Norwalk, CA

What I love about Biola

Ich LIEBE Biola (I LOVE Biola)! I found friends that have challenged my education and edified my walk with God. Learning about God's character, redemptive story, His grace, and so on, I am not the same person. Going to a University where it is Christ-centered and Biblically sound with young adults who are passionate about the Kingdom is a true blessing.

Campus Involvement

SOS-whoot whoot. I am a member of the Collegium - it is my home away from home and it has the greatest people you will ever meet.

Favorite Quote

"Change doesn't occur through temporary emotional experience, change occurs through conviction."

Fun Fact

I love taking Selfies. #SELFIEADDICT

Favorite Smell

ALL types of Flowers.

Dylan Moore SOS Leader

Major

Political Science

Hometown

Eastvale, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community here at Biola that comes arounds me, lifts me up, and encourages me in my walk with Christ. I love the political science program, and wouldn't want to study anywhere else.

Campus Involvement

Biola Legal Society, College Republicans, Campus Safety Cadet, Eagle Host

Favorite Quote

"We are never defeated unless we give up on God." -Ronald Reagan

Fun Fact

I drive a Ford Mustang, and LOVE Country music.

Favorite Smell

Brewing Coffee

Emily Hyunjee Lee SOS Leader

Major

Music Performance & Music Education

Hometown

South Korea

What I love about Biola

Prayer room
Community
People
Events

Campus Involvement

Biola chorale
SOS

Favorite Quote

Romans 8:26

Fun Fact
 
I can eat more than guy can eat more than guys
 
 
 

I can eat more than you guys. 

Favorite Smell

Baby powder

Emily Pearce SOS Leader

Major

Nursing

Hometown

Grass Valley, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community at Biola. I love how everyone loves Jesus and has fun serving Him!

Campus Involvement

I am currently an SOS leader for the fall and a volunteer for Singspiration next year. I am also involved in the Biola Scuba Club.

Favorite Quote

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." - C. S. Lewis

Fun Fact

I own two llamas.

Favorite Smell

Rain

Esdras Alvizures SOS Leader

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Hawthorne, CA

What I love about Biola

The community & atmosphere :)

Campus Involvement

I've been a part of a multiethnic outreach program known as BEAT. I'm currently involved with the Honduras Water Project, SOS, and working as an Eagle Host.

Favorite Quote

"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." –Wayne Gretzky

Fun Fact

I've played drums for 11 years!

Favorite Smell

Gas and Sharpies

Gianni Buonvicino SOS Leader

Major

Cinema & Media Arts

Hometown

Agoura Hills, CA

What I love about Biola

The caring environment. Nearly everyone I have ever met here at Biola is joyful and genuine. When you come to Biola, you come to a loving community.

Campus Involvement

As many intramurals as I can do, various film projects, SOS leader!

Favorite Quote

"Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell." - Bill Copeland

Fun Fact

I have been on a game show!

Favorite Smell

The inside of the International Banana Museum. Or cherry car freshener.

Hannah de la Peña SOS Leader

Major

Intercultural Studies

Hometown

Torrance, CA

What I love about Biola

I love all of Biola! But if I have to pick one aspect, I would say I love how Biola cultivates a place to grow in and explore your faith, and teaches you how integrate it into life!

Campus Involvement

Other than Student Orientation Services, I am involved with SMU (Student Missionary Union).

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 elephants!

Favorite Smell

The classic Irish Spring bar soap!

Hannah Dougher SOS Leader

Major

Mathematics/Secondary Education

Hometown

Torrance, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the peace that I felt when I first stepped on campus. I love that there are programs like SOS, that I now have the privilege of serving with. I love walking by the prayer chapel, reading the verses inside the skylight in the library, and singing my lungs out at Singspo each Sunday night. I love that I can have a conversation about my relationship with God with a professor, friend, or stranger for that matter, and feel comfortable. I love Biola, and I want to help students grow to love it too.

Campus Involvement

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, Punk n' Pie, SOS!
I also love going to floor events, lunch and dinner dates with people, Biola basketball games when I can, and school wide fun events!

Favorite Quote

"Oh Great and Mighty One, with one desire we come
That You would reign, that You would reign in us.
We're offering up our lives, a living sacrifice
That you would reign, that you would reign in us."
"Reign In Us" by Starfield

Fun Fact

I have an unhealthy addiction to mints and chapstick. I also love to dance! Tap dancing and hip hop are my faves.

Favorite Smell

Homemade cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, lemon bars, magic bars...the list goes on, I love desserts. :)

Hannah Panlilio SOS Leader

Major

Biochemistry

Hometown

San Diego, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola's community especially my professors. I love the friendships that I am building here. There is so much diversity and I learn so much from people all the time. Another thing that I love in BIOLA is the integration of our specific fields of study and our faith. It is difficult to be a Science major in a secular university while growing my faith at the same time - but hey, #thanksBIOLA!

Campus Involvement

SOS - duh. I also work as a Stockroom TA. I chill with Uncle Lloyd sometimes ...oh yeah, and mockrock.

Favorite Quote

"...all who live to see such times, but that is not for them todecide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." -Gandalf

Fun Fact

Holes and patterns bother me.

Favorite Smell

Rice. WHITE RICE.

Heather Bosheth SOS Leader

Major

Liberal Studies

Hometown

Henderson, NV

What I love about Biola

The people are great and Disneyland is close.

Campus Involvement

SOS leader, Soul Group leader, Mock Rock, avid library goer, swim instructor.

Favorite Quote

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

Fun Fact

I like to watch sunsets upside down.

Favorite Smell

Payless

Heather Martin SOS Leader

Major

Business Marketing

Hometown

Carlsbad, CA

What I love about Biola

It sounds super cliché but I genuinely love the people here at Biola! I think that the community that is found on 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, and basketball! 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!

Jacob Scholl SOS Leader

Major

Psychology 

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ 

What I love about Biola

I love the Christian community of faculty, professors, and fellow students. I love being able to grow and learn in a place surrounded by so many loving brothers and sisters in Christ.

Campus Involvement

I am in the Biola Scuba Club as well as volleyball and soccer intramurals.

Favorite Quote

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C. S. Lewis

Fun Fact

I became a certified scuba diver here at Biola though the Scuba Club.

Favorite Smell

Warm Apple Pie

James Bumroongnangam SOS Leader

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Duarte, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community and the Christ centered classes.

Campus Involvement

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Favorite Quote

Hmm, I really don't have one yet. Maybe one day. This is not a quote. Maybe it should be?

Fun Fact

My last name means "to produce a healthy rice paddy field."

I guess my ancestors were all farmers.

Favorite Smell

Jasmine flowers
Dove Body wash

Jared Cadena SOS Leader

Major

Human Biology (Pre-Med)

Hometown

Whittier, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community at Biola and how we can openly learn about God in the classroom. I have also made many close connections here that I know will last a lifetime. One other thing I love is how there are many people from different areas of the world that come to school here. It allows us to experience the many cultures of the world and to see the other parts of God's kingdom.

Campus Involvement

I have played intramural football, currently part of a few clubs, Collegium staff member, and of course an SOS leader.

Fun Fact

I love snails...just kidding, they're creepy.

Favorite Smell

CHOCOLATE!!!

Jezie Pelayo SOS Leader

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

San Diego, CA

What I love about Biola

I adore the unique community that Biola holds and how the Christ-centered values truly are reflected in the environment, and the fact that I'm surrounded by people who have an aligned desire to give glory to God through their lives. Also, the professors genuinely care for their students on a spiritual and academic level and thrive to see you grow in both. Lastly, them crispy tater tots in the Caf!

Campus Involvement

SMU Impact teams, Soul Group, Mock Rock and SOS of course!

Favorite Quote

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - e. e. cummings

Fun Fact

Laughing is my favorite, so much that I often do it in my sleep (according to my mom and roommates..creepy, I know). I randomly try to speak in accents in most conversations, but never follow through. And I love Spiderman.

Favorite Smell

Coffee, rain, Pine-Sol, old books, and anything baking in the oven.

Jill Gamelson SOS Leader

Major

Business Management

Hometown

San Diego, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community of believers and having teachers who are engaged, involved and pray in classes.

Campus Involvement

Biola Theatre Design Team- Hair and Makeup stylist

Favorite Quote

"Don't be sad that it is over, Be thankful that it happened."

Fun Fact

My favorite genre of music is Motown.

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of Coffee!

Jonathan Mull SOS Leader

Major

Undeclared

Hometown

Tamuning, GU and Whittier, CA

What I love about Biola

I love how everything is so centered around Christ and getting to know Him better.

Campus Involvement

Soul Group, I play piano for the chapel band I'm in, MOCK ROCK, and late night In-N-Out runs with anyone else who's hungry.

Favorite Quote

"The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair." - Relient K

Fun Fact

I play 5 instruments.

Favorite Smell

A freshly opened bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Mmmmmmmhmm.

Joshua Douglass SOS Leader

Major

Business Management

Hometown

Oakdale, CA

What I love about Biola

Being at Biola is a special experience. To go to Biola is to be in a place where everyone professes to have a relationship with the Lord and you are being able to fellowship with these people in mostly every aspect of life. Honestly, what's not to love?

Campus Involvement

I eat at the Caf (pretty frequently), I am an SOS Leader (mmm..yes), I take classes, I am the self-proclaimed MVP of Biola's intramural softball league, I do live here, and every once in a while, I may be spotted "people watching" in various places on campus.

I eat at the caf (pretty frequently), I am an SOS Leader (mmm..yes), I take classes, I am the self-proclaimed MVP of Biola's intramural softball league, I do live here, and every once in a while, I may be spotted "people watching" in various places on campus.
 

I eat at the caf (pretty frequently), I am an SOS Leader (mmm..yes), I take classes, I am the self-proclaimed MVP of Biola's intramural softball league, I do live here, and every once in a while, I may be spotted "people watching" in various places on campus.
 
 

 

Favorite Quote

"I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fun Fact

I met Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) when I was a kid.

Favorite Smell

Gunpowder, inside a new car, while wearing Tommy Hilfiger cologne.

Joyce Kim SOS Leader

Major

Applied Mathematics, Computer Science 

Hometown

La Palma, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the Bible classes! I love that we get to learn about God and who He is, so that we can be know Him and love Him and worship Him even more truly and deeply!

I love the people and community here, and how I've learned to better cultivate deep and meaningful relationships with a diverse group of friends.

Also the campus is so beautiful! Those Biola red bricks tho...

Campus Involvement

I have been a part of the Biola Chorale the last two years as an alto 2 (*deep voice* woot woot). We get to sing an awesome repertoire of music, and travel to different places to sing for people.

I love being a part of any of the events that Biola offers--everything is awesome!

Favorite Quote

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crowns again shall be king."

-The Fellowship of the Ring

Fun Fact

At all times, I only breathe out of one nostril at a time, and throughout the day the nostril switches! Apparently this is true of all people, but I just found this out yesterday and I'm still pretty mindblown....

Favorite Smell

Speaking of nostrils, one of my favorite smells is the smell of sunscreen. Especially when paired with smells of salty ocean air and the smell of a bbq. Can you tell I'm a spoiled southern California girl?

Julian Chavez SOS Leader

Major

Undeclared

Hometown

La Mirada, CA

What I love about Biola

I love having the ability to not only connect with students that have the same vision of becoming a more Christ-like person, but I also enjoy having the ability to openly share my faith in a loving and caring community.

Campus Involvement

Intramural Football/Frisbee and of course SOS!

Favorite Quote

"I got a fever and the only prescription is more COWBELL!" - Christopher Walken

Fun Fact

I ride a moped.

Favorite Smell

I love me the smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread!

Katie Blackmore SOS Leader

Major

Political Science

Hometown

Whittier, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the comfortable and encouraging atmosphere around campus and the wonderful professors, who not only care about your academics, but helping you grow spiritually and personally

Campus Involvement

I’m not too involved on campus yet, but I spend most of my time supervising the Gymnastics Program at the East Whittier YMCA. I love coaching and encouraging my gymnasts to achieve their goals in the sport and also grow in their character and support for their teammates.

Favorite Quote

“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure remember to whom you belong.”
“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are."

Fun Fact

I love line dancing, spontaneous dance parties, and food!

Favorite Smell

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Katie Mullett SOS Leader

Major

Sociology

Hometown

Londonderry, NH

What I love about Biola

I love the community, the faculty and staff care so much about the students!

Campus Involvement

Honduras Water Project
Talon Barista

Favorite Quote

"Ferris Bueller, you're my hero." - Cameron Frye

Fun Fact

I love rollerblading!

Favorite Smell

Disneyworld

Katie Starr SOS Leader

Major

Business

Hometown

Placentia, CA

What I love about Biola

The very first thing that attracted me to Biola was the community. I have met so many incredible people here. They are all so genuine and caring including the faculty and staff.

Campus Involvement

I work at the Talon and I am also a part of SOS!

Favorite Quote

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe

Fun Fact

I was on a cover of a magazine when I was in 3rd grade... It may have been because my mom worked there.

Favorite Smell

FRESH PEELED ORANGES!

Katy Kwan SOS Leader

Major

Psychology

Hometown

San Francisco, CA

What I love about Biola

I LOVE the Christ-centeredness and can safely say that Biola is one of a kind. I mean, how many people can say that they've minored in Bible, had professors pray for them, participated in a campus-wide dodgeball tournament AND lip synched and danced in front of the entire school??!

Campus Involvement

SOS!

Favorite Quote

“I’ve got to make sure that Youtube comes down to tape this.” –Michael Scott

Fun Fact

I am super ticklish so any sounds made near my back/neck make me squirm. I can’t even sit still while getting my hair cut!

Favorite Smell

Bounce laundry sheets and BBQ

Kayla Kawamura SOS Leader

Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown

Mililani, HI

What I love about Biola

Staff and students here truly care for each other and demonstrate a passion for the Gospel. We all have different stories and come from all over the world, yet we come together to learn from each other and grow in Christ as a family!

Campus Involvement

1. Mailani na lahui i ke akua (Hula ministry)
2. Hawaii club
3. NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Club)

Favorite Quote

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." - Winnie the Pooh

Fun Fact

If I could have one wish, I would ask for my own minion!

Favorite Smell

Fresh bread out of the oven and CHOCOLATE!

Kayla Kunisaki SOS Leader

Major

Sociology

Hometown

Mililani, HI

What I love about Biola

I love the friendships that I'm building here, and the opportunities to get involved on campus.

Campus Involvement

I am in SOS, Tijuana Ministry, and the Singspiration team.

Favorite Quote

"Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear, and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

Fun Fact

I don't know how to ride a bike, even though I learned twice.

Favorite Smell

I love the smell of brand new tires.

Kevin McMichael SOS Leader

Major

Biology

Hometown

Streetsboro, OH

What I love about Biola

Everything! I love Biola's emphasis on the student's spiritual life. I also love the community and how friendly everyone is. The location doesn't hurt either!!!

Campus Involvement

I am involved with SOS, Missions Conference, Mock Rock, and Mosiac Masquerade.

Favorite Quote

"Many people receive advice, only the wise profit from it." - Harper Lee

Fun Fact

Beyoncé = Bae

Favorite Smell

The smell of salt in the air and the smell of fresh pressed vegetable juices

Krista Rodriguez SOS Leader

Major

Sociology

Hometown

La Verne, California

What I love about Biola

UM ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING..
to be specific,
I love that every student here is passionate about something and that all those different passions come together to glorify God. It's so cool to see the body of Christ working together on this campus.
Also, that it truly is a Christ centered education with amazing, intentional professors who really do love their students.
AND the way the students love and care for one another is an incredibly beautiful thing to witness.
Basically, like I said I love everything about Biola.

Campus Involvement

Leader of the Evangelical Mormon Interaction (Financial coordinator to be exact)
SOS, of course.
Mock Rock
Co-founder of the KAK shack (otherwise known as Horton 510)
Active member of the Selah community (otherwise known as Horton 5th North)

Favorite Quote

"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story." - Barney Stinson

Fun Fact

I speak in mostly quotes, whether it be Friends, HIMYM, Taylor Swift... etc.

Favorite Smell

my momma's home cookin'

(I really, really, really like food...)

Kristin Wong SOS Leader

Major

Art

Hometown

Alhambra, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the people! They are very friendly and don't shy away from getting deep. From the amazing friends I've made to random people I've gotten to talk to, it is very evident that good community and love is so important on this campus.
I also love being able to connect what I learn in my classes to my daily life and how I can live fully for God.

Campus Involvement

I've been a part of SOS for two years and I love being able to serve Biola and build community though it!
I hang out on my floor a lot, the girls on Selah are so wonderful!

Favorite Quote

"Just sitting here on the corner of awesome & bombdiggity."
(insert peace sign and sunglasses smiley face emojis here)

Fun Fact

When I meet you I'm going to want to hug you whenever I see you. :)

(but of course, I won't if you're not comfortable)

Favorite Smell

coconut & vanilla :)

Kyla McGuire SOS Leader

Major

Cinema & Media Arts (Production)

Hometown

Whittier, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the humans that make up Biola's community! Biola has so many amazing people that have had a great impact on my life both while I have been attending here and before I even came. It's definitely the students and faculty that make it such a welcoming and loving place. It's also a beautiful campus and I feel really safe here, which is important.

Campus Involvement

I am a student, the President of Hide & Seek Club, and an avid chapel attendee. I am involved in intramural sports and I love watching Biola athletics and intramural games. I regularly attend campus wide events such as Punk'n Pie, Midnight Madness and Mock Rock! Also, I am an SOS leader, which is probably my favorite of them all!

Favorite Quote

"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it." - We Bought A Zoo

Fun Fact

Ariana Grande once told me "I feel like I've watched you grow up, is that weird?"

Favorite Smell

I really love the smell of sunscreen, surfwax, and lawn-mowers. It reminds me of my childhood.

Lauren Chiu SOS Leader

Major

Liberal Arts, Elementary Education

Hometown

San Ramon, CA

What I love about Biola

I love all the school events, the deep dish chocolate chip cookie in the Caf, the fact that it is so close to Disneyland, the people, and the weather! Also, all the professors are awesome. I really appreciate how they relate the subject they are teaching back to God.

Campus Involvement

I'm involved in one of the coolest programs on campus... SOS! Also, I work at the Heritage Cafe!

Favorite Quote

"When it rains, look for rainbows, when it's dark, look for stars."

Fun Fact

My tongue can fold into a clover shape.

Favorite Smell

1) Fresh laundry
2) The Payless Shoe Store
3) The smell of water in amusement park rides, like Splash Mountain

Lauren Fitterer SOS Leader

Major

Nursing

Hometown

Walnut Creek, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the Bible classes, the Christ-centered friendships I've been blessed with, and the warm, giant cookies from Commons.

Campus Involvement

Missio Dei, Soul Group and SOS!

Favorite Quote

"Man for all his genius is but an echo of the original Voice, a reflection of the uncreated Light." - A.W. Tozer

Fun Fact

I can talk like Gru from Despicable Me.

Favorite Smell

Fresh baked pie/cookies/brownies/etc...mmm

Lauren Peterson SOS Leader

Major

Public Relations

Hometown

Andover, MN

What I love about Biola

THE PEOPLE! The students and faculty here are amazing. My professors genuinely care about me and want me to succeed. I've made the most amazing friends that never stop encouraging me! I still can't believe that I have the opportunity to go to a school where the community is so Christ-focused and authentic.

(Also, living close to the beach and Disneyland is always a good thing.)

Campus Involvement

- SOS (obviously)
- Public Relations Student Society of America
- Adventure Club
- Soul Group
- Evangelical Mormon Interaction Ministry
- Tijuana Ministry

Favorite Quote

"I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter." - Bob Goff

Fun Fact

My cat back home can FETCH.

Favorite Smell

Coffee grounds, anything lemon scented, and Christmas trees.

Leina Villemez SOS Leader

Major

Undecided

Hometown

Valley Center, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola's commitment to biblical truth! I appreciate that no matter what, God's word and will is taught to be the center of our lives!

Campus Involvement

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, SOS, frequent customer at Commons. I also go to class a lot.

Favorite Quote

"Join us!" - Nick Mutch (SOS Leader)

Fun Fact

I get scared really easily...

Favorite Smell

Bacon, delicious food, nice air fresheners, THE OCEAN

Lindsey Abbond SOS Leader

Major

Nursing

Hometown

Whittier, CA.

What I love about Biola

I love Biola's overwhelmingly incredible community. The moment I step foot on campus every morning, I know that I'm beginning my day with the people that encourage me the most. I haven't made friends at Biola, I've made a family. A family full of love, care, and support. Biola upholds an extraordinary testimony of spiritual standards that are lavished upon its community each and everyday. I am more than privileged to attend such a God-fearing university. Biola University has made me who I am today; a person I am proud to have become.

Campus Involvement

SOS Leader, 2015

Favorite Quote

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

Fun Fact

I'm really into under-the-hood mechanics of classic cars.

Favorite Smell

The old, musty smell of the interior of my 1966 Mustang

Mackenzie Conner SOS Leader

Major

English - Secondary Education 

Hometown

Arcadia, CA

What I love about Biola

It would probably be a far shorter list to say what I don't love about Biola, but I will try and be brief. I love the community, classes, intentionality, heart, vision, location, and commitment of this school. I love Missions Conference, Bible classes, floor community, Common Grounds, and homework by the fountain. Basically...I just love Biola a whole lot!

Campus Involvement

In addition to SOS Staff, I work as a teacher's assistant in the School of Education, and I am a campus mentor with the California School Project.

Favorite Quote

"Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion." - Brennan Manning

Fun Fact

I binge watched all 10 seasons of Grey's Anatomy my first semester of college. Best/worst decision of my life!

Favorite Smell

Coffee!!

Maggie Hill SOS Leader

Major

Intercultural Studies

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

What I love about Biola

That it is such diverse group of people that are like minded in their pursuit of Christ and his will for their lives.

Campus Involvement

SOS!

Favorite Quote

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

Fun Fact

I can touch my tongue to my nose.

Favorite Smell

The smell of spring, almost any Yankee Candle, fresh cut grass, lavender, and lilacs.

Marilly Kepoo SOS Leader

Major

Kinesiology

Hometown

Antioch, CA

What I love about Biola

I love Biola because of the people. I have learned so much from my friends who have become family. This community is truly irreplaceable and can never be replicated.

Campus Involvement

You can find me laughing, eating, beaching, exploring and dancing with my Biola Dance Crew team but DEFINITELY laughing with SOS. I was a part of Hot Pockets (2015) for Mock Rock and I had a blast! Also, my brother goes here and I love salsa dancing with him!

Favorite Quote

"Who, being loved, is poor?" - Oscar Wilde

Fun Fact

I've been dancing since I was two!

Favorite Smell

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

Monica Lee SOS Leader

Major

Public Relations

Hometown

Koreatown, CA

What I love about Biola

The ever-encouraging and loving community, the professors, Biola sunsets, brunch at the Caf, and the sound of people laughing and singing.

Campus Involvement

PRSSA, Torch Radio, Part-time KBBQ spokesperson.

Favorite Quote

“There’s no such thing as coincidence.” - Grandma Kim

Fun Fact

I instantly bond with people that have the same taste in music and love for minions.

Favorite Smell

Campfires, fresh flowers, and homecooked meals

Morganne Chadwick SOS Leader

Major

Nursing 

Hometown

Snohomish, WA 

What I love about Biola

Everything really. But I think what I love the most are the opportunities Biola gives you and the way everyone encourages you to make the most of all your experiences. Biola allows you to be surrounded by a community of fun, excited, God fearing and God seeking young adults going through ever stage of life. And within that community are hundreds of clubs, outreach programs, student mission organizations, friend groups, chapels, and ultimately opportunities to learn more about yourself and the God who created you to be. How cool is that!?

Campus Involvement

SOS leader, SOS Crew Leader, Torrey Conference staff, floor events, intramural sports, and a big supporter of Heritage Cafe smoothies (OH.. does the library count...)

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

Hmmm... I don't like Nutella, It's my dream to travel to Amsterdam and If I could be any animal I would probably be a lion cub, because why not?

Favorite Smell

Walking into a coffee shop and reading a new book after walking down the street in the rain... So rain, coffee and new book smell I guess. OH and Christmas Trees!!!!

Nick Mutch SOS Leader

Major

Public Relations

Hometown

Novato, CA

What I love about Biola

I love the community of Biola. We are blessed with an encouraging community of students, professors, and faculty members who strive to bring glory to God. Also, the m&m cookies at the Caf are ridiculous!

Campus Involvement

SOS and a member of the best floor on campus (The Corps)

Favorite Quote

"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." - Dr. Suess

Fun Fact

I hate white fluffy foods (whipped cream, marshmallows, mayonnaise, sour cream etc.)!

Favorite Smell

Campfire smell, except when the smoke gets in your face.

Peter Rothermel VI SOS Leader

Major

Journalism & Political Science

Hometown

Charleston, SC

What I love about Biola

I love the Christ-centered community in which I am able to grow in my faith, friendships, and academics.

Campus Involvement

Eagle Vision News: Reporter and Web Manager
Young Americans for Liberty: Vice President
SOS

Favorite Quote

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
- C.S. Lewis

Fun Fact

I used to hate the beach and sand until I began surfing. Now, I can't ever imagine living away from a beach.

Favorite Smell

The smell of the ocean breeze and salt water.

 

Philippa Briggs SOS Leader

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Sammamish, WA 

What I love about Biola

What's not to love? The people are the heart of Biola. You will meet the best people here and find yourself emerged into a loving and supportive community of believers. Also, I dig the So-Cal weather.

Campus Involvement

Avid Commons go-er, The Eddy and Rich Kids Comedy attendee, and SOS leader

Favorite Quote


"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis

or

"Love; it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free." - Mumford and Sons

Fun Fact

I like to pretend I'm in a music video and I am a proud supporter of the messy bun.

Favorite Smell

Roses

Phoenix Hook SOS Leader

Major

Psychology

Hometown

Dallas, TX

What I love about Biola

I especially love the community at Biola- the professors are heavily invested in their students' academic success and personal/spiritual lives; most of the students desire to form meaningful and lasting relationships; and the staff values the uniqueness of each student and wants to see them thrive here. I love the Biblical teaching we have the opportunity of receiving, Singspo, the lights on the library trees around Christmas, the fact that most Biolans all love a good dance party, and how close we are to so many fun places (Disney, LA, Orange, the mountains, the beach).

Campus Involvement

SOS!!!!

Fun Fact

I have a wonky eye & it likes to be extra wonky with selfies..

Favorite Smell

I'm going to be THAT person and say coffee...because it really is such a good smell & it's my favorite.

Portia Jeronimo SOS Leader

Major

Kinesiology

Hometown

Wilsonville, OR

What I love about Biola

I love how friendly everyone is on campus! Any time you walk around campus people will smile and say hi, even if they're a complete stranger. There's such a unique and welcoming atmosphere on campus, and a lot of times I forget that it's not normal to smile and say hi to strangers when I'm not at Biola.
Also, I can't forget to give a shout out to our big Jesus mural. We named him Steve. Steve is a true homie.

Campus Involvement

So far only SOS, but I'm looking forward to getting involved in more ways this coming semester. Maybe Hide and Seek Club or Adventure Club?

Favorite Quote

"To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable." - G.K. Chesterton


"Life is a bag of potato chips. I'm the worm in all of this." - Gianni Buonvicino (SOS Leader)

Fun Fact

I do a sport called equestrian vaulting, which is basically gymnastics on horses and I just started competing internationally this year.

Favorite Smell

I love lavender, vanilla, freshly washed laundry, and the ocean. I also love the smell when you first walk into a horse barn or the smell after it rains when it's been dry out for a while.

Raquel Hargrove SOS Leader

Major

English - Secondary Education

Hometown

Istanbul, Turkey

What I love about Biola

For the first time in my life I feel like I completely belong somewhere. The friends I've made here have completely blown me away with their grace and love; they've become my America family.
Also the beach is rad.

Campus Involvement

I'm in the Torrey Honors Institute, I volunteer for anything that involves speaking Turkish so that I can show off, I attend a Soul Group that lifts me up and anchors me, and I bring up the campus height average.

Favorite Quote

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." - Francis Bacon

Fun Fact

Moving here to attend Biola has been my first time living in America.

Favorite Smell

My dad's surfboard wax.

Sarah Wilde SOS Leader

Major

Communication

Hometown

Eden Prairie, MN

What I love about Biola

I absolutely love the community within the classrooms here at Biola. The professors truly care and take time to pray for you. I also love meeting new people everyday but also seeing so many familiar faces around campus. And I guess living about 10 minutes from Disneyland isn't too bad.

Campus Involvement

I'm involved with the Student Alumni Association, and Intramural Volleyball and Softball.

Favorite Quote

"The task ahead of you is never as great as the strength within you."

Fun Fact

I fractured my eye socket once...yeah, that hurt.

Favorite Smell

It's a tie between pine forests and honeysuckle flowers.

Sere Brown SOS Leader

Major

Business

Hometown

Vancouver, WA

What I love about Biola

Biola is such a fun place to be! People are all here for different reasons, but ultimately for the Lord. God works in the craziest ways here. The friendships I have made will last for a long time, and I feel so blessed by this school.

Campus Involvement

Social Board on Associated Students, Intramural softball and of course SOS!

Favorite Quote

"We were on a break!" - Ross Geller, Friends

Fun Fact

I always finish a burrito when it's placed in front of me.

Favorite Smell

Campfire smoke in my hair the day after camping...or Anthropologie.

Stephen Oey SOS Leader

Major

Vocal Performance

Hometown

San Jose, CA

What I love about Biola

The professors care for you and really enjoy seeing their students thrive!

Campus Involvement

SOS and Biola Men's Chorus

Favorite Quote

"To love another person is to see the face of God. " - Victor Hugo

Fun Fact

I taught myself how to Lucid Dream!

Favorite Smell

The smell of coconut is up there!

Taylor Sangster SOS Leader

Major

Intercultural Studies

Hometown

Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

What I love about Biola

Everything! Biola is such a unique place that offers so many amazing opportunities for students. Stepping onto campus feels like stepping into one big family!

Campus Involvement

I am involved in intramural sports, the Tijuana ministry, and SOS!

Favorite Quote

"I changed all my passwords to 'incorrect.' So when I forget, it will tell me 'Your password is incorrect.'" - Michael Scott, The Office

Fun Fact

I sneeze like a cat!

Favorite Smell

Coffee and bonfires!

Teodora Christati SOS Leader

Major

Nursing

Hometown

San Diego, CA

What I love about Biola

Its community and how genuine and authentic people are. Also, that everything is Christ-centered.

Campus Involvement

SOS, work at the Bookstore, Intramural Sand Volleyball

Favorite Quote

"Never frown, even when you're sad, because you never know when someone is falling in love with your smile."

Fun Fact

I can impersonate the Youtube hit, Miranda Sings.

Favorite Smell

Twilight Woods from Bath and Body Works

Thomas Oh SOS Leader

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

Salisbury, MD

What I love about Biola

I love how the professors, people, and classes are challenging me to live a Christ-centered life! People at this school are genuinely curious of who you are. They are always down to grab a meal!

I'm in an environment where I can be vulnerable with my struggles and have my friends guide me through the process.

I love how Biola loves JESUS!

Campus Involvement

Student Missionary Union -STM
SOS

Favorite Quote

"If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself." - D.L. Moody

Fun Fact

I LOVE little kids. They bring me joy!

I want to build an orphanage/schools in a third world country.

I enjoy going to the beach! Been getting into surfing lately..

I always enjoy having personal/deep talks with people about Jesus/life!

I can't picture smile...

Favorite Smell

I LOVE the smell of BBQ with coals. I also enjoy the smell of gasoline and my garage!!

Tim Cruz SOS Leader

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Des Plaines, IL

Walnut, CA

What I love about Biola

Biola has a Christocentric community that encourages you to be a selfless, engaging, and genuine scholar. Besides the academic curriculum, students are provided with a higher education in knowing about the Bible through our chapel programs. It is amazing to see students who want to discuss about theology and life's most difficult questions throughout this campus with your peers and faculty!

Campus Involvement

* SOS (WOOP WOOP!) * Spiritual Development Ministry - AfterDark Chapel Team * Barista and Cashier at Heritage Cafe * Mock Rock * Community Life Council at Sigma Hall * Maharlika (Filipino Culture Club) * I attend regular events on campus, large and small (Punk 'N' Pie, Mock Rock, Midnight Madness, Eddy concerts, sports games) * Soul Group * Tour Guide for Missions Conference * Chimes Freelancer Photographer * Going out to eat with students living on or off campus, whether it would be In-N-Out, donuts, Pho, sushi, etc.

Favorite Quote

“A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain." - Lauren Hillenbrand (from the movie "Unbroken")

Fun Fact

I sometimes twitch with my left eye when I smile.

Favorite Smell

Campfire Treat (S'mores) Yankee Candle

Trent Martin SOS Leader

Major

Christian Ministries

Hometown

Foothill Ranch, CA

 

What I love about Biola

I love the community, education, and atmosphere that are all focused on glorifying God. I love SOS and I love that Biola is a safe place to worship God with all of our heart, mind, and soul.

Campus Involvement

I play on the Biola Lacrosse team.

Favorite Quote

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky

Fun Fact

I love to dance in front of the mirror.

Favorite Smell

Bacon!!!!

Zack Brisson SOS Leader

Major

Biblical and Theological Studies

Hometown

Temecula, CA

What I love about Biola

The community is awesome, I have the best group of friends, SOS is kind of an obsession, my professors are the most intelligent people and love to mentor others which makes all of them great godly examples in my life. Sometimes I go on walks too.

Campus Involvement

SOS leader, SOS Crew Leader, SMU Missions Trip Leader, intramural sports, Punk 'n' Pie host, amateur egg finder, professional Tapingo user, meet with professors a lot.

Favorite Quote

"I love America." - Joshua Douglass (SOS Leader)

Fun Fact

I am allergic to apples. And mean people.

Favorite Smell

Oak in the middle of a hot summer in Alaska, where I'm from.

Katie Olssen Student Director

Major

Business

Hometown

Carlsbad, CA

What I love about Biola
I love Biola because we an opportunity to study areas that we are passionate about while growing in our faith. I love that with every class, learning goes beyond a textbook and goes into who we are, as well as building relationships with the people around us. 
Campus Involvement
I have been involved with SOS, Academic Advising, Missions Conference, Campus Safety, XOPOC Dance Crew, and OCC (Off-Campus Community). 
Favorite Quote
"God has called me to be faithful, not successful," - Mother Teresa 
 
Fun Fact
I won 2nd place in Nationals for tap dancing when I was 12.
 
Favorite Smell

Honeysuckle anything!

Gavin Sweeney Student Director

Major

Communication Studies

Hometown

Henderson, NV

What I love about Biola

There are so many things about the way Biola is organized, constructed, and oriented that make it an amazing school, but far and away my favorite part is the people. Be they faculty, staff, or students, I have been deeply impacted and refined through the Christ-centered relationships I've been blessed to form here.

Campus Involvement

I have been involved with SOS (Student Orientation Services) for three years. In addition to that I volunteered on the Student Missionary Union's Missions Conference staff my sophomore year. I have also worked at Common Grounds (Biola's extravagant campus coffee shop) for about 2 years.

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 little, I may or may not have taken figure skating lessons.

Favorite Smell

Fresh coffee grounds

Claudia Huffine Director of New Student Orientation and Transitions

Marcy Binuya Assistant Director of New Student Orientation

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