One of the things that Biola is best known for is its inviting community, and I will be one of the many students to testify that my community at Biola has made my college experience so amazing. Looking back, I’ve accumulated many great memories, being with my friends and growing together as brothers and sisters in Christ. I can’t explain enough how thankful I am for the impact that Biola’s community has had in my life, but I’d love to share some memories that I’ve had this semester so far!

Last year when I was a Resident Advisor, there were a few girls on my dorm floor that I became really close with. But as this school year started, the five us of were a bit too busy and weren’t able to hang out as much as we used to. So, just a few days before my birthday, we all got together and had brunch at IHOP. And, of course, being the amateur photographer that I am, I prevented everyone from starting to eat so that I could take a hip photo of our food (and that’s what you see above). It was so much fun to catch up with all of them and see how God’s working in their lives since last year! Biolans have a way of being intentional with the people around them, regardless of how often they may or may not see someone.

In the photo above, you can see my good friend, Meghan, shopping with me in Los Feliz, a suburb of Los Angeles. I’ve only known her for a few months, but in that short time, she’s quickly become one of my closest friends. Although we are two very different people, I’m so thankful for what she’s taught me. I’m an extroverted, adventure-seeking, weird and sarcastic person, while she’s an introverted and intelligent skater. I like to think that God put her in my life to teach me all the things that are unique to her, like how to eat vegan or how to skateboard. I honestly don’t know what my semester would look like if she wasn’t there for me.

A few weeks ago, my roommates and I had a little roomie retreat up around Malibu and Santa Barbara. The four of us are very busy people, and it’s been hard for all of us to get together. So, when we were planning this retreat, I was so excited to spend some quality time with my beautiful roommates. We ate a lot of delicious food, listened to bass-heavy music, and bummed around in hammocks in a park. It was such an amazing and relaxing time. We also went to this overlook of the beach about half an hour North of Malibu and watched the sunset. My roommate, Shelby, is also a film major like me, and she took some amazing photos when we were at this overlook. The picture of us on the jeep is my favorite picture of the night!

It’s hard summing up my favorite memories from this semester so far. From hanging around my apartment to going to church, I love every moment that I have with my friends. Honestly, moving away so far from home was hard, but the Biola community made it easy to feel comfortable and as though I belonged. I know this is where God wants me to be.