Tag Archives: Student Experience

Learning Through Leadership: Zach Lickteig Jumps Into Great Escapes

It was evening when freshman Zach Lickteig finally made it back to his dorm. After slowly walking to his room, he tossed his bags and immediately flopped down on his bed and didn’t move; every muscle in his body ached. He could still smell the bay on his clothes as memories of the day flashed through his mind. They had left an imprint on him and he was grateful. Lickteig led a kayaking trip to Coronado last semester with Great Escapes, PLNU’s outdoor leadership club,…

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Seeing People Through the Eyes of Christ

This summer, I had the opportunity to travel with several other PLNU students and leaders on a LoveWorks trip to Selma, Ala.—a 17-day museum and mission trip with the primary goal of fulfilling a need at Selma high schools. “To look at people through the lens of Christ, I had to look at myself with the same lens.” Prior to leaving, our team led university-wide giving competitions and weight-lifting challenges, together dubbed the “Selma Strong Campaign,” through which we raised around $10,000 to upgrade and…

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Returning to India

My education has undoubtedly shaped me into who I am today, but I did not fully realize the power of an education until I stood in a classroom on a warm spring day in India two years ago. The classroom was full of 10-year-old girls who recited their classroom commandments to me. With sparkling eyes and booming voices, they declared: I am not inferior to anyone. I shall be the leader wherever I am. I shall do what I love and be different. I shall always think…

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From RN to BSN: Allison Gold’s Journey of Vocation

Each day on my way to work, I call my mom just to hear her simple, loving words: “I hope you have a nice day.” I park my car, finish my coffee, and pray for guidance. These prayers continue as I walk into work, through the automatic doors of the emergency room at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and hit the ground running, never knowing what adventure I may be in for or what God will teach me. Growing up, I always had a love for family and caring for others. My father,…

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Ivy and the Children of Ghana: A Story of Healing

I still cry when I think about those kids in Ghana—when I shuffle through their pictures or read the letters they wrote me on the day I left. I was told before I arrived that the kids would steal a part of my heart; I didn’t realize how large that portion would be. I must thank God, though, that my heart was given to such beautiful souls for safe-keeping. These kids opened their arms to my broken self, taking in every inch of my broken…

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From Shy Guy to Champion: Scenes from the Mind of a Debater

BY NICHOLAS KJELDGAARD Scene one: June 4, 2011 The final day of the tournament. Still in high school, I’m sitting on the stage in PLNU’s Crill Auditorium with my debate partner, anxiously waiting. The lights beat down and the auditorium buzzes. Finally, silence settles over the large crowd. The semi-final round of the national Tournament of Champions begins. We’ve debated public policy for the past three days. The debate topic: missile defense systems near Russia. Nerves are always there—but I was a nervous wreck when…

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Rhapsody from the Ashes: The Music-Making of J.R. Bishop

BY JAMES BISHOP I don’t know why or how the notes came when they did, but it happened at 2 a.m. I had stared at the piano, seriously disappointed that I wasn’t in bed. I’d been frustrated and perplexed for hours, clunking out good but unsatisfying notes, melodies, chords, and themes that felt more forgettable to me than worthwhile. I was in the basement of Cooper Music Center after hours, falling asleep on a piano in one of the practice rooms.   As I drifted…

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My Journey Through the History of Mathematics

BY JONATHAN PAUL The day after graduation, Dr. Maria Zack, chair of the Department of Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences, led me, along with four other students, on a two-week study abroad trip to England for a course on the history of mathematics entitled “Time, Space and Place: The History of Mathematics and Science in England from 1500-1800.” Everybody on the trip was pretty different, which made for a good experience and an interesting group dynamic. Before we left, we read books on the lives and works of Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren,…

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Discovering My Passion

BY JASMINE MYLES Growing up, I was always fascinated with television shows about murder mysteries like CSI and Dr. G: Medical Examiner, as well as more lighthearted children’s shows such as Jimmy Neutron and Dexter’s Laboratory. I loved all the science aspects behind the shows, and I aspired to be a forensic chemist. So it’s no surprise that my life journey has led me to here, right now, learning about molecules and how they interact with one another; their applications in the world and living…

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Caring for Creation

BY ERIN SMITH Tie-dye? Jello? Whiteboard markers? Snorkel mask? Nametags? Watercolor paper? My mind ran through the needed supplies for the following day, just hours away, as I lay awake in bed, pretending to get some sleep before the week’s activities began. The past five months I had been preparing for this camp, and now, filled with anticipation, I again pondered the schedule, the stations left to set up, the staff introduction to the kids. As an environmental science major, I was first inspired to…

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Balancing College with Being a Caregiver

BY NAZARÉ SIMAS I was not quite two years old when my younger sister, Lizzy, was born. She was tiny and fragile and came into the world quite likely surrounded by angels. I was too young to realize that my path as a caregiver was about to be set into place but also at the perfect age where I wouldn’t know the difference. I became the big sister to a beautiful baby girl whose disabilities would help to formulate my life’s path. Prenatally, Lizzy was…

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Little Shop of Horrors

By Alyssa Salter Photos by Brittany Naylor As a junior theatre major, I was beyond excited when I found out that we were doing Little Shop of Horrors as the musical for our 2012-13 season.  In addition to getting to act in this great show, I also served as publicity manager. I knew it would be a lot of work. Building sets, finding props and costumes, and accommodating the space for a musical takes time, but I also knew that it would be fun work.…

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