Ever been try something new for yourself? Ever been curious to explore a fancy new food item at your favorite restaurant? Or a new drink at Starbucks? If you’re the type of person who really has to try something before you buy it, then this blog is for you!

For me, the decision to go on a Biola Bound was a perfect example of this. When I was a high school senior, the list of colleges I was considering was very small. I was pretty much considering two, and only applied to three in total. I ended up pretty much deciding on a school in Utah (where I’m from) where most of my friends would be attending. Clearly, that is not what ended up happening.

To give you a bit of context, my mom went to Biola back in the day and was urging me to consider it. For whatever reason, I didn't want to keep Biola as a college option, and I wasn’t even planning on applying. For starters, I had never imagined spending my college years at a Christian school, and was pretty set on staying in-state. Also, Biola was significantly more expensive than a lot of schools that were in-state. My mom spent months trying to convince me to just go on the four-day “Biola Bound” trip. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but after months of her asking, I agreed to go. At the very least, it was a good excuse to go to Southern California for the weekend, right?

For those of you who don't know what Biola Bound entails, I want to give you a sneak peek. It’s a four-day visit event for out-of-state and Northern California prospective students –– and it completely changed my perspective on Biola. Here are a few of my Biola Bound take-aways that I hope will be helpful to you.

Everyone was friendly.

Overall, I was impressed with how personable everyone was at Biola. The admissions counselor and ambassador who picked me up from the airport were awesome and easy to talk to, and the ambassadors (a team of current Biola students) made it easy to settle in and feel comfortable in a place so far from home. The campus culture was friendly and joyful, and it was an amazing opportunity to meet tons of other awesome people who were also looking to attend Biola.

The event is packed with things to do.

Not only was I impressed with Biola, but the activities and opportunities the trip afforded were also great! On the first night we played silly but extremely fun get-to-know-you games, mingled while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies, and settled into the dorm rooms where we were staying. The next day we went to church, grabbed lunch at In-N-Out, and spent the rest of the day at Disneyland. On the third day, we had the chance to attend classes, meet with our admissions counselors, chat with professors, and participate in a campuswide scavenger hunt. We spent the rest of the trip by hanging out with the people we had been bonding with all weekend and left for the airport in the morning.

It's an accurate glimpse of life at Biola.

Although it felt like somewhat of a short trip, it is the perfect opportunity to give you a truly accurate glimpse of what your life at Biola could be like. You will get to see the heart of the Biola community while making new friends. And, the trip is even more meaningful if you actually decide to come to Biola, like me!

I had no idea what Biola had to offer me until I gave it a shot and visited for Biola Bound. If you are on the fence about Biola, or even just visiting colleges in general, I strongly encourage you to try it out! Be sure to sign up for one of our spring dates!

-Blogger Blakey Bell