Hey guys! I hope all is going well in all your wonderful lives. Today, I would like to discuss one of most amazing parts about being a prospective student to Biola. I’m sure many of you that are looking to head into college this fall are currently receiving all of your college’s notifications as to if you got accepted or not. Trust me. I know how crazy this time/season can be. It was less than a year ago that I was trying to figure out where God was calling me, and i’ll be honest--I was terrified. I didn’t know where to start and what to look for in a college. I didn’t know what I didn’t know! And, it turned out for the best because this season is formative.

You are in a season of extreme uncertainty, but what’s amazing about that is that you get to explore all the possibilities. What’s even more awesome about Biola is that each prospective student is assigned an admissions counselor! Now, you might be asking what an admissions counselor is, and I was too! Simply put, Biola’s admissions counselors are people who are a part of the Biola admissions staff that specialize in guiding/leading prospective student’s in their college decision process. They are here to see if Biola is the right fit for you and assist you in all your questions. There are fifteen counselors overall, and one oversees a specific amount of prospective students. On Biola’s site, you are able to find who your admissions counselor is!

To help you guys learn a lot more about this terrific resource prospective students are offered, I thought I would interview two of the admissions counselors themselves, so you guys could get to know them more!

First I interviewed Veronica Alvarado! Veronica has a passionate heart for serving prospective students and was so kind to answer these questions.

In your own words, how would you describe your role as an admissions counselor?

In my own words, I would say what my role entails navigating students and families as they figure out if Biola is the best fit for them. I recruit students who I think would benefit from an education at Biola, I encourage them to apply, get to know them personally, and I counsel them through the decision process. I love that it isn't just tied to serving students and families in one way, but in however I can help meet their needs.

What is the question that you receive the most often from prospective students?

The question I receive most often from prospective students is usually Why Biola? Why should I come to Biola? Usually many students ask that because they want to hear about how our university could serve them in preparation for their careers and calling.

What is one question that you think is the most crucial for a prospective student to ask their admissions counselor?

Would you be willing to help me with ________? As your admissions counselor, it is my job to help you, so don't be afraid to ask for clarity about anything or help with something that you're unsure about.

What do you think is one important piece of advice for any prospective student?

The most crucial thing I would advise prospective students to do is to make themselves known to their counselor. Don't be afraid of asking questions that you worry are going to make you look unprepared or "dumb." There are no dumb questions. I want my students to advocate for themselves by letting me know what's going on during senior year, talk about their concerns about college, or even ask about resources that will benefit them and their family.

How did you become an admissions counselor?

When I was in high school applying to Biola, the Lord blessed me with an amazing admissions counselor, who was named Tamra. She went above and beyond in serving little ol' me, a first generation college student who wanted to be known but also needed help throughout the admissions process. I wanted to help teenagers like myself in some capacity, but I just didn't know what that was going to look like. As a college student, I served in different leadership teams tied to work with admissions, fell in love with work and decided to pursue a job as an admissions counselor after college. I graduated from Biola, started working in admissions immediately after for two years at another private university, and then came back to work at Biola almost two years ago. #noregrets

What's your favorite part about being an admissions counselor?

I love that I get to see my work as ministry. I get to serve students and their families throughout the process of discovering Biola, applying to Biola, and figuring out if we're the school that is the best fit for them. It's a blessing to encourage and counsel students through one of the biggest decisions of their lives. My goal is to provide my students with the space and grace that they need to decide on a school that is the best fit for them and I get to see God in my job everyday. It's amazing :)]

Next up, I interviewed Jake Nagy! Jake is a super enthusiastic dude and has such a tremendous passion serving prospective students.

In your own words, how would you describe your role as an admissions counselor?

Admissions Counselors have an awesome job; we get to work with students as they navigate through visiting schools, choosing a major, finding financial aid and making their big college decision!

What is the question that you receive the most often from prospective students?

I actually try to ask students questions, to get to know them and their wants/needs better. One question I ask students most often is "What are you most excited about and most nervous about?" regarding their college decision.

What is one question that you think is the most crucial for a prospective student to ask their admissions counselor?

How will this school prepare for me for life after college? (i.e. spiritual growth, job opportunities, etc.)

What do you think is one important piece of advice for any prospective student?

Think about 3 big things when choosing a college:

1. Academics- What school will prepare me best for school?

2. Experiences- What school has the experiences I'm looking for? (i.e. the beach,

intramural sports, Disneyland, etc.)

3. Community- What school has the best community for me to grow in?

How did you become an admissions counselor?

I was working as a student worker on Biola's Admissions team, and when I graduated I came on as a full time counselor!




What's your favorite part about being an admissions counselor?

My students, 100%. I love getting to hear their stories and how God is working in their lives!



If you have yet to find who your admissions counselors are, FIND THEM! They are an awesome team of fifteen real, God-loving individuals, who are truly passionate about every single one of you guys.

Big shoutout to Veronica and Jake for answering/taking the time to answer these questions!

Thanks guys!

Until next time,

Blogger Holly Changsta