One of the things I am definitely most appreciative of are the professors at Biola, who see you not as a number or "just another student," but rather as unique individuals created with the ability to impact the world in their own way. The amount of time my professors have poured into me, whether it be staying late after class, grabbing coffee or meeting on Zoom, has made a profound impact on my life.
How did your program at Biola prepare you for your career?
Crowell has been instrumental in preparing me for my career and this upcoming job, which is consulting. Strategic Management with Dr. Sherwin, in which my team and I intensely studied Amazon for 15 weeks to then present a final recommendation in front of a business panel, enhanced my critical thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills. Courses such as Leadership & Change with Professor McHugh and Women in Leadership with Professor Mgrdichian added to my skills in a different but equally meaningful way, helping me hone in on and expand my soft skills, such as my communication and interpersonal skills. Business Law with Professor Wilson taught me how to truly think analytically and improved my writing skills.
And most importantly, the "tagline" of the Crowell School of Business: Business As Ministry - so evidently taught, valued, and exemplified by each and every professor, have kept my faith grounded and have prepared me to impact the world for Christ
What did you appreciate most about your time at Biola?
Biola quickly became my home away from home, after a bit of a rough start to college with transferring and moving across the country. One of the things I am definitely most appreciative of are the professors at Biola, who see you not as a number or "just another student," but rather as unique individuals created with the ability to impact the world in their own way. The amount of time my professors have poured into me, whether it be staying late after class, grabbing coffee or meeting on Zoom, has made a profound impact on my life.
I also greatly appreciated the opportunity to minor in both Biblical Studies and Chemistry, allowing my various interests from different "worlds" of learning to intersect. The first thing that drew me to Biola — and still impresses me to this day — is how Biola genuinely keeps Jesus at the center of everything they say and do.
How did Biola equip you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ?
First, the Bible classes at Biola are absolutely incredible. Foundations of Christian Thought with Professor Thad Williams, one of the first Bible classes I took after transferring to Biola, actually changed the way I view life. As I learned more about Jesus in different "realms," specifically that he is a creative genius and has a musical mind, and began to truly see Jesus in both the big and small moments, my life changed. Being able to then continue growing in my faith with courses such as Gospel of John and Jesus' Life and Ministry was an unexpected blessing.
As a person with interests in both science and business, it was encouraging to not only hear my professors talk about Jesus in these fields, but have them show me how they have, and how I can, impact others for Jesus in all careers and all aspects of my life.
What advice would you give to students considering your degree program?
If you're uncertain of what major you want to be or if you're not completely sold on business or your concentration, stick with it. Sure, some of the lower level courses may not be your favorite or seem relevant to your life, but I promise you that 1) it gets better, especially as you get to choose your classes, become friends with classmates, and focus on your concentration area, and 2) the courses will be relevant in one way or another. There is no missed opportunity, and business is something that is so practical and applicable to nearly every aspect of life. And if you have questions, be it about the major, a concentration or anything else, ask someone. I can say with confidence that the professors at Biola, fellow business students and recent alumni would be more than happy to help you.