Skip to main content

Jonathan Joyce

Student in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University/Works at the International Center and Center for Student Action at Azusa Pacific University
Psychology, B.A. '15, Intercultural Studies, M.A. '17
The faculty and staff at Biola really go out of their way to make sure each student is taken care of; not only in their academic journey but in their personal/spiritual journey as well.

How did your program at Biola prepare you for your career?

For both of my programs, I really loved that I can apply Biblical teachings to my field of study and my current field of work and life in general. The world is really far removed from Christian teachings and I appreciate how I can defend my faith. I love also that both programs taught me how to love those who are different from myself.

What did you appreciate most about your time at Biola?

I appreciate the amazing community that makes Biola so unique and special. The faculty and staff at Biola really go out of their way to make sure each student is taken care of; not only in their academic journey but in their personal/spiritual journey as well. I appreciate that I was able to make so many lifelong friends at Biola, and how I can freely share my faith. Students are there to listen and to challenge you both inside and outside the classroom. Biola has so many opportunities to get involved. From residence life, student orientation services, clubs, and organizations, Biola really has something for anyone! Biola is a great place to build community.

How did Biola equip you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ?

Biola really challenges you to dig deep within yourself and the community to be a more faithful follower of Christ. Yes, there are Bible units requirements for Grad and Undergrad and chapel requirements for undergrads, but Biola provides a wide variety of Chapel and Bible classes that would appeal to a wide variety of options. The professors at Talbot really challenge you to make your Biblical studies come alive. Also, Biola takes 3 days in the Fall for Torrey Conference and 3 Days in the Spring for Missions conference, allowing students to listen to world-renowned experts on Christianity. Biola prepares you to share your faith body for those around you and to the nations!

What advice would you give to students considering your degree program?

Pursue a degree you are passionate about. Any degree you choose to major in will have professors that will challenge an be gracious to you all at the same time. You will be able to go out into the world and thrive in it because it has prepared you so well in whatever vocation you choose. I can speak for other alumni who I have spoken with recently, and they agree that Biola truly prepares you for grad school or any vocation. For both, they psych and ics program, they have opportunities for internships. I would also advise students to work with their peer advisor, students who are trained to work with students one on one to help them achieve their academic goals. I would recommend that students actively learn with other students in their major, and seek office hours and build rapport with their professors. Lastly, try to engage in other learning opportunities on campus and off campus. There are many lectures that Biola provides and many museums, art and cultural centers in LA.