Campus Tour

Campus Tour

August 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat music) – [Omni] I love music. I love sound. Music has been a big part of my life with connecting with my family. (upbeat music) – So I grew up on a small island in the middle of the
Pacific Ocean, it’s Guam. I am a first generation college student so my parents didn’t go to college, I’m the first in my family, so for me it’s like I have a lot of high expectations for myself. So my relationship with God
has gotten a lot stronger. – Seattle Pacific has made me stronger and it’s helped me mature a lot. – Through the support system
that I found through people, through the academics
and just through the work in preparing me for what’s next. (clapping) So I’m studying PPE, it’s
a new program we have, politics, philosophy and economics. And my focus is financial economics. I wanted to look at these
issues through a different lens. ‘Cause obviously I could’ve
just done a business track, or I could’ve just gone straight
into politics, economics. But each of them plays into the other. And I think there’s a lot of overlapping of many different
disciplines that we should all take into consideration. I’m staying on top of my academics. As much as I would love
to say it’s for me, and it is for me. But it’s for everyone else
too, like for my family, to give back to my mom, my sister, everyone that’s helped
me get to this point. (light instrumental music) – One of the things about SPU
that I really, really enjoy for my education specifically, is the class sizes, because
they are a lot smaller. So Krystle Jalalian-Chursky,
I call her my college mom because she’s one of the
special ed college professors, And whenever I needed help with something, she always helped me out. And so we’ve gotten pretty close. I think what she does as a teacher is kinda what I wanna do. So just having her
experience, kind of like listening to her and what she does, is really great for me. And then also I’m part
of a club called PICCA. So it stands for Pacific
Islanders Club of Cultural Arts, and so that is my favorite club. All my friends I’ve made through there, we’re just like one really big family. (clapping) – PICCA, the Pacific Islanders
Club of Cultural Arts, that was a big thing for me. I’m not a Pacific Islander. So finding some community
in something that I can’t even identify with fully was a very beautiful thing and something I really appreciate and still kind of hold to today. I’ve made really good friendships and just created a family
out of these people that I would have not done so back home. (clapping) – Yeah, I definitely think I am prepared. Obviously, after my student teaching, and I graduate, I will
be ready to be a teacher. And so now being here, being
so close to the finish line of like being done with college, it’s definitely made me
realize how blessed I am. And I give all the glory to God. Because without him, I wouldn’t be here. (instrumental jazz music) – I do feel I love here. I do feel that sense of,
like yeah, I do belong. You know? I found that with the people. I feel that with the individuals
that I call my family now. That’s been kind of a
big realization for me. ‘Cause they all look very different. Yeah, I think the experiences
that I’ve had here at Seattle Pacific have been a blessing. I think this university
presents the opportunity to just be who you are,
and come as you are. But be challenged in
how you’re gonna grow. So if you’re willing to take that step, and kinda live into it, you’ll be good. (instrumental music)