Faculty-Staff Scholarship Applicants

Name Student ID# Email Address Local Address City State Zip Permanent Address City State Zip Country Phone Major Division Expected Grad Mo Expected Grad Yr GPA Units Completed Recommender 1 Division Email Recommender 2 Division Email Signature Response to Mission Statement Timestamp Waive
David Cook100240512david.cook2@pepperdine.edu9099520596BSPHYSICSNatural Science1220183.7620Courtney DavisNatural Sciencecourtney.davis2@pepperdine.eduGerard FaselNatural Sciencegerard.fasel@pepperdine.educOver the past year at Pepperdine it is hard to put into words how much I have grown as a person, specifically in my ability to be a leader. The teachers, staff, and students have not only shown me a place that makes me excited to contribute to in whatever way I am able to do so, but have guided me in showing what contributions would be most beneficial for both myself and the school. Over the last 2 semesters, I have become a math tutor and gotten involved with physics research on campus. The tutoring gives me a direct approach of leading by helping out fellow students in a subject that I am passionate about. This is rewarding for many reasons. I not only get to review math constantly, which helps for my major, but it gives me the opportunity to learn how to get through to others who have a desire to learn something new or difficult. I also believe that research has been beneficial for my leadership skills, in that I have been immersed in a subject that I was previously unfamiliar with. Many of the students in the lab were in a similar situation, so I have gone above and beyond to learn the topic as extensively as possible. The work has been paying off, as I attended a conference in December to present a poster, will travel to Norway this year for further research, and have become a chair in the physics club. I hope to continue to grow and contribute for the rest of my time here, and a contribution such as this scholarship would greatly reduce the financial stresses of school.Mar 12 2017 09:50:17:000PMw
Rachel Lee White100305918rachel.white@pepperdine.edu8188579985BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420183.94698Stephen DavisNatural Sciencestephen.davis@pepperdine.eduTuan A. HoangHumanities/Teacher Educationtuan.hoang@pepperdine.educThis year, I have most grown in my sense of purpose. Since middle school, I have wanted to become a medical researcher in virology, and this year has not only strengthened that desire, but made it seem more possible. In part, this is due to a course in virology that I took last semester, which I could afford largely because of past scholarships like this one. I am applying again in the hopes that any award I may receive will help me continue my studies towards this goal. I had heard the professor speak about her research at seminars before, and she was an excellent teacher. But more than that, she was very open about the frustrations that are inseparable from a life in research, and about why she chose the field she did. I have rarely felt as humble as I did when she described her decision to study viruses after spending her gap year working with AIDS sufferers. Her story was incredible, and it made me realize that I had almost forgotten why I had become interested in viruses in the first place. I have stayed fascinated by them because for all their danger they are extraordinarily intricate and beautiful. My interest started, though, the first time I read an article about the potential to use therapeutic viruses in cancer treatment and diagnosis. I was also reminded that one of the most beautiful things about research is that it is communal. Even if I did nothing but disprove my own hypotheses my whole career, I would still have contributed to what knowledge was available to other researchers, who could use it to make their own research more successful. I am even more passionate about viruses than I was before this year, but I have also never felt so strongly that my passion was something I could really use to love other people. Mar 8 2017 08:57:19:000AMw
Caren Rosen 100358003caren.rosen@pepperdine.edu6614331001BSNUTRSCINatural Science1220173.63119Susan Helm Natural Sciencesusan.helm@pepperdine.edu Justin SchneiderStaffjustin.schneider@pepperdine.educPepperdine encompasses so many ways to keep busy and to get involved. In the first two years of my time at Pepperdine, I submerged myself into different activities, clubs, social events, summer school programs, jobs, and numerous hours of school work. I was caught up in finding where I would thrive and where I wanted to spend my time. I was trying to find something that would make me feel fulfilled. I participated in Step Forward Day, a one-day event of service. At the time I thought so highly of myself because I spent one whole day helping others. I did not contemplate continuing service outside of this event. I would continue to participate in it again, but did not really consider volunteering any other time throughout the year due to the business of college. Days were filled up already with not enough time as it was so thinking about adding in helping others was too overwhelming. With all my busy work and getting lost in it, I discovered that my mindset needed to change. I came to realize that it was not about having activities to do, but having meaning in what I was doing. When summer after sophomore year came around, I began to question my choices in my various activities. I felt I was determining my activities based on what was good for me and my social life. I started to look outside of the Pepperdine “bubble” at other people who were in need. For example, if you go to the beach on any given day, there are homeless people just existing. I always saw that, but never really did anything to help. I felt the cliché, so blessed, being here in Malibu, and wanted to do something besides just being thankful. I wanted to make a difference in others’ lives that were not so blessed. I wanted my junior year to be more meaningful and make a difference. I began thinking back to my high school days. I was the president of Key Club, a student-led organization that encourages members to volunteer in their community, and in doing so, building character and becoming stronger leaders. It was an amazing opportunity to serve within this club in our community and to provide the student body events to volunteer at as well. It not only built up my leadership skills, but showed me how much meaning there was in helping the community. I realized there was so much more to life than just pleasing yourself, family, or friends. I realized that there are so many people out there who are in need of help. I had changed my motives at the beginning of my junior year. Instead of looking at school as what I can get out of it, I looked at it is how can I help the community at school. I decided to apply for a job in the Volunteer Center, as I saw an opening. With this new job, I wanted to be a part of providing Pepperdine students a way to help the community. This was not coming from a place of “I can help” but a place of having a desire to make a difference in the community and providing a way to do that. Students come to the Volunteer Center looking for volunteer work to help in. Sometimes they come because one of their classes wants them to participate volunteering. Some come to add lines on their college resumes of involvement. Regardless, the Volunteer Center is a place where one can find volunteering opportunities which when done, will help others. My position is to work to find organizations that need volunteers and then connect Pepperdine students to those organizations on a weekly basis. I act often as a liaison between the students and the organizations. My job, as the Health and Wellness Coordinator, specifically works with two main organizations, Hand in Hand and Creative Steps. Both of these programs are set up for young adults with developmental disabilities to interact with each other and Pepperdine students in a safe and fun environment where relationships are also built. Some bonding activities include participating in crafts, cooking, sports, and singing. There are also some scheduled group outings. Initially when I signed up as a Health and Wellness Coordinator, I thought I would be helping others volunteering in the areas of nutrition. I am a nutritional science major, so my passion was to be able to help others in the community with nutritional health. I quickly learned this was not the case. I had really wanted to do something with nutrition so was not happy at first. I felt as though the job title was misleading because I was not thinking outside the box. I then remembered why I had applied to this job in the first place. This was not about me in any way. This was about helping others in the community and serving them. I began going to Hand in Hand meetings more consistently in the second semester, as well being involved in the details of scheduling them. I could not believe how much fun it was and how inspired I felt after each weekly meeting. I was in awe of the buddies in how much life they had, not letting their disabilities affect their attitudes when they definitely could have. I became so appreciative of what I have and could not stop smiling and having a good time with them. I am so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to not only serve the student body in providing them a way to volunteer, but also being able to serve the community myself. Serving requires a change in heart from making it all about oneself to reaching out to the people one is serving. One must take a step back and see how beautiful it is to be able to help others and put them first in our lives. In the bible, God calls us to “serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13). Also, the bible states: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). There are many bible verses imploring these values. As I am almost done with my years as an undergraduate at Pepperdine University, I plan to always make volunteering a part of my life. Mar 11 2017 10:10:04:000AMw
Lauren Kay Young100361134lauren.young@pepperdine.edu405-921-9680BAMEDIAPRODCommunication0520183.6477Gregory DaumReligion and Philosophygregory.l.daum@pepperdine.eduCynthia ColburnFine Artscynthia.colburn@pepperdine.educ Growth can be an intimidating concept. As humans, many of us want to stay within our comfort zones and be surrounded by familiarities. However, this past year at Pepperdine has caused me to leave my comfort zone behind as God has lead me to build a stronger relationship with Him, allowed me to become a leader in my sorority, has given me a greater purpose through serving those around me. Last week, I returned from a Spring Break trip with Project Serve where we traveled to Seattle, Washington and worked with the city’s large homeless community. Partnering with the faith-based organization “Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission,” we stayed at a shelter for women recovering from addiction, domestic abuse, and homeless. We had the opportunity to make meals for these inspiring women, clean rooms for new residents and their children, and learn how strong they are and how powerful God’s love and redemption are. This trip helped me realize that I want to use the life God gave me to serve others and make a positive difference in the world, and I feel that Pepperdine is preparing me for that path. As one of my professors recently said “We are blessed so that we can be a blessing.” I am so thankful to attend a school like Pepperdine where faculty and friends encourage me in my faith and purpose. I hope to use my growth from this past year to continue being a light those around me, whether I’m on a mission trip or being a friend to someone in need, and I cannot wait to see where He will lead me next. Mar 13 2017 04:35:10:000PMw
Fernando Nicolas Grimaldo100379529fernando.n.grimaldo@pepperdine.edu2816176540BAMUSICFine Arts0420183.7788Jeff Banks Humanities/Teacher Educationjeff.banks@pepperdine.eduHenry PriceFine Artshenry.price@pepperdine.educMy Junior year at Pepperdine has stretched me beyond any expectations I could have possibly set for myself. My sense of purpose has become more focused and final. Academically, I am beginning to see my surroundings through a more critical lens. Being able to take History 204, Humanities 212, and Survey of East Asia (among others) has helped me further my own understanding of my place in this world. Furthermore, these teachers pushed me to ask more critical questions about what it means to be American as well. My self-awareness has never been higher, and I firmly believe that this has helped me to know God better. Additionally, this year has given me a new resolve to fully commit to my purpose through my vocation. My purpose is to sing. From being in the musical, completing my Junior Recital, and being a major role in the opera, I finally can state that I want to pursue classical singing in order to share the human experience. When I am performing, I feel as if this is what God has meant for me to do. I am able to reach people on a completely different level by sharing human emotions and stories with them. Although I cannot say for sure, I feel that I change the people watching me even. I am fulfilling my purpose if I can make people think, or smile, or even laugh. This past year has been the biggest growth period from any year in my life. My growth has helped realize my purpose, and that is because I am at Pepperdine.Mar 10 2017 03:46:40:000PMw
Ryan Opton100379835ryan.opton@pepperdine.edu806-543-8540BAFILMSTDHumanities/Teacher Education0520183.93773.5Dr. Michael GoseHumanities/Teacher Educationmichael.gose@pepperdine.eduDr. Joi CarrHumanities/Teacher Educationjoi.carr@pepperdine.educPepperdine University is a blessing in my life as I continue to develop into a person I am proud of becoming. This year, more than any other, I have grown as a Christian leader in my roles of resident advisor for Housing Residence Life, philanthropy chair for Delta Tau Delta, and a student leader in the Pepperdine Improv Troupe. Pepperdine consistently allows me to embrace the school motto “Freely ye received, freely give” as I serve in these leadership roles, each of which present unique opportunities and challenges and allow me to adapt and grow my servant leadership skills. My position as a resident advisor stretches me every day in ways I never could have imagined. I have discovered how to gracefully stand firm, how to listen to problems people face in a nonjudgmental and pragmatic way, and how to embrace people where they are along their personal journey. God calls leaders to handle situations with humility and kindness, and I have repeatedly been able to humbly lead with compassion. Christ calls for confidence and boldness and, in trusting my own abilities and seeking guidance from mentors, I have been able to confidently address difficult situations. As a student at Pepperdine University who strives to continue developing my leadership abilities, I am an ideal candidate for the Faculty-Staff Scholarship. I aim to pursue a life wherein I can make the world a better place for other people, and I know that Pepperdine will continue to guide me in the right direction.Mar 1 2017 03:19:47:000PMw
Katherine Elizabeth Sciortino100379976katherine.sciortino@pepperdine.edu4047135516BAADVERTISCommunication0420183.6998.5Ginger RosenkransCommunicationginger.rosenkrans@pepperdine.eduCynthia ColburnHumanities/Teacher Educationcynthia.colburn@pepperdine.educDuring my tour at Pepperdine I was asked to consider the question, “which school will help me become the best person I can be?” I fully believe that in the past three years Pepperdine has stretched me and helped me grow into a much better person than when I began as a freshman and I am so grateful for everything and everyone that have helped me grow. As an RA in Florence, I learned leadership qualities that challenged me to reach out and know every person in our program, organize events, and navigate various challenges that occurred throughout the year and help fellow students manage them emotionally and spiritually. I learned how to put others before myself and live a life of integrity. Additionally, I grew vastly in my confidence and ability to communicate with and lead others. Throughout my time in Jordan with the Middle Eastern Studies Program with Pepperdine, I learned how to approach different cultures and religions with empathy and an open mind. I have grown in my faith through campus involvement, joining a church in Los Angeles, and in deep discussions with friends and professors. Pepperdine is the greatest blessing that I have received in life. I am constantly in awe of the community and love that is always prevalent in the Pepperdine community.Mar 13 2017 04:32:28:000PMw
Katrina Marie Winnett100381949katrina.winnett@pepperdine.edu678-935-8536BACONTRACTReligion and Philosophy0420183.8674.5Emily Scott-LoweSocial Scienceemily.scott-lowe@pepperdine.eduCarrie WallHumanities/Teacher Educationcarrie.wall@pepperdine.educThis year has been one of a renewal in purpose. Returning to Malibu after spending a year abroad in Heidelberg, Germany allowed me to refocus on the studies directly pertaining to my vocation and pursue new leadership and service opportunities. Resuming the Great Books Colloquium, earning my Undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, and taking classes for my Intercultural Ministry major continually challenged me and revealed both my strengths and growth areas. Furthermore, the opportunity to serve as a Resident Advisor for upperclassmen living in the Drescher Apartments has strengthened my ability and my passion to serve others through Bible study and community. Having led two club convocations this year, I am more convinced than ever my purpose is to serve God through ministry and teaching. As such, I am thankful for the opportunity to have improved my public speaking skills this year through the preparation provided by my participation on Pepperdine’s Model United Nations team. As a whole, this year has shown me the importance of maintaining close relationships with friends, family, and church family (both at my home church and at University Church of Christ) while constantly pursuing a relationship with God. I have seen how God has been able to work through all of the wonderful experiences Pepperdine has provided me this year to, once again, remind me of my purpose to share His love with others in ministry, both while at Pepperdine and after graduation.Mar 11 2017 11:34:49:000AMw
Tara Jenkins100387095tara.jenkins@pepperdine.edu4806788116BATHEATRTVFine Arts0420183.885126Cathy Thomas-GrantFine Artscathy.thomas-grant@pepperdine.eduSusan SalasCommunicationsusan.salas@pepperdine.educThis past year I have grown in my understanding of leadership and what it entails. I have had the privilege of being the President of the Pepperdine Improv Troupe for this school year, a time consuming position in a field that I have found a lot of purpose in. I have had leadership positions on campus before, but never for something that I am so proud to be a part of. The Pepperdine Improv Troupe has always been one of the most rewarding experiences for me at Pepperdine, but to lead this group of fourteen improviser definitely posed a challenge. It has been a test of my patience and my faith that issues will eventually work out. I believe that I have learned a lot about the concept of leadership that is expressed in the Pepperdine Mission Statement through this experience. I have discovered the necessity to bring positivity and open-mindedness to the environment you are in. I have found how much leadership is about putting the group first and about serving them in the ways that are needed. This year has been a hard one for the Pepperdine Improv Troupe because of a cut in funding, which affected morale. I found that an important component of leadership is to be conscientious of the worries of the group, to be empathetic and bring positivity and hope, even if you personally are as worried as everyone else. Leadership is not about personal feelings, but about what must be done for the good of all. To serve others, you sometimes have to put your doubts aside about the future and set an example of positivity because it is best for the group. I believe I have learned a lot about leading in an others-driven way through this. I think that this better understanding of the mission statement will assist me in continuing to hold leadership positions in the future and makes me an ideal candidate for this scholarship. Mar 8 2017 08:50:27:000AMw
Sarah Duan Dahlberg100400465sarah.dahlberg@pepperdine.edu6066690142BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0520183.856124Dr. Jane GanskeNatural Sciencejane.ganske@pepperdine.eduDr. Jay BrewsterNatural Sciencejay.brewster@pepperdine.educOver the past year, I have grown to understand my strengths in leadership, and have a deeper appreciation and understanding of what it takes to be a servant leader who leads by putting the needs of others first in my leadership roles. I believe that my involvement in leadership of an organization with a large presence on campus has pushed me to encourage others in my organization to do the same. I strive to be a positive example of Greek-life outside to others who are not involved, through my active involvement in leadership within my own organization (Delta Gamma) and participation in campus-wide service events. Currently, I am the only member in my organization who has served in 2 executive leadership roles, namely vp:finance, and vp:social standards. My role as finance officer saw me getting heavily involved in planning and executing our annual philanthropy, Anchor Splash, which raised a record $25,000 for Service for Sight. Being a pivotal player in organizing this philanthropy was a test of my ability to delegate, and educate others on a cause that I am passionate about. My current position as Social Standards has challenged me to lead the women in my chapter by example, and ensure that everybody is acting in accordance to Pepperdine policies and the mission of our school. I am tasked ensuring our members keep to high standards of excellence in the areas of academics, service, and participation in the Pepperdine community. Mar 12 2017 07:58:18:000AMw
Christian Alec Sanchez100420907christian.sanchez@pepperdine.edu310-709-9301BACHEMSTRYNatural Science0520193.7653.5Kelle MarshallInternational Studies and Languageskelle.marshall@pepperdine.eduMatt JoynerNatural Sciencematt.joyner@pepperdine.educAt the beginning of the year, I was offered the position of Spiritual Mentor of the Latino Student Association here on campus. Having never served on a official leadership position, I began to navigate exactly what leadership entailed. Throughout my freshman year at Pepperdine, I had served as a faciliter of a peer-led bible study and in a secondary leadership role with my church's ministry on campus, but for the first time, it was only me. I had inherited the role of the sole manager of the spiritual dimension of an influential group on campus. The ball was in my park. I tried to probe the club's president, "What are my expected duties and activities?" The realization that had been slowly creeping on me finally manifested itself in her words towards me: it is what you make it. As the weeks progressed, I learned that anything and everything in my role will only be as dynamic, as active, as purposeful, and as good as God allows me to make it. I discovered that leadership is as much of a mentality and source of motivation than it is anything else. The weeks progressed into months, the months into a semester, and standing here at this point in the year, I have accepted a position of Spiritual Life Advisor for the next academic year. Acutely aware of my responsibility to God and to those who offered me the position, the leadership I bring to my service can be nothing or it can my everything. Leadership is pouring out of oneself; anything short of that is simply a title.Mar 9 2017 06:42:40:000PMw
Maxwell Alexander Kenyon100423756max.kenyon@pepperdine.edu2069627664BAHISPANICInternational Studies and Languages0420183.70583.5Verónica CachiInternational Studies and Languagesmariaveronica.cachi@pepperdine.eduRoxana Blancas CurielInternational Studies and Languagesroxana.blancascuriel@pepperdine.educOne of the areas I have been focusing on this year is what it means to be a Christian leader. This year I was blessed with the opportunity to become an SLA. During the beginning of the year I really had to think about what it meant to be a good SLA and set many unattainable goals for myself as a student leader. As I worked incredibly hard at these goals and tried to make myself a better Christian so that I felt comfortable being a mentor to other students, I realized that I would never feel “holy” enough to be in a position of Christian leadership. I read about pastors who felt the same way and attempted a completely different approach. I started entering relationships with residents by being completely honest with them about where I am and how I hoped we could grow together. Doing this has actually helped my residents open up with me more as well and together we have grown more than I ever could have done on my own. I started to get really close with my residents and built up a support network with our small group as well as even knocking on residents doors and introducing myself. We have had incredibly deep conversations with each other and I continue to pray for them everyday. This new approach has gotten me so far with my residents and I am very exited to implement this practice from the start next year to see how much farther we can all grow together! Feb 11 2017 11:56:11:000AMw
Amanda Stark100427775amanda.stark@pepperdine.edu7147453339BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420183.82120James WhiteNatural Sciencejames.white@pepperdine.eduMary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.educI have always enjoyed leading, but I have struggled this track season with what it means to be a leader. I am finally realizing that leadership does not necessarily come with a title or recognition. My current experience as the only non-freshman on the women’s distance track team has led me to understand that being a good leader does not equate to being called captain. I am being humbled in this aspect, and continually discovering how much more I can persist, especially with the love I receive from my teammates. This challenge has made me more focused on service and decisions without concern for tangible success or rewards. Knowing that my experience is not restricted to athletics, I feel more prepared to challenge myself with involvement in my passions and vocation, regardless of perceived rewards. My intended career path has altered slightly, but I am still incredibly passionate about medicine and improving health education and conditions. I decided to take Biology of Malnutrition and go to Kenya this summer to learn more about global health and service opportunities. I will apply to join the Peace Corps after graduation to volunteer in the Health sector in Central/South America to serve while using Spanish. Following this experience, I plan to attend graduate school for global or public health, allowing me to be an agent for change both domestically and abroad. My experiences continue to influence my worldview and reinforce my desire to be a service leader.Mar 10 2017 08:38:11:000PMw
Kaley Casenhiser100432301kaley.casenhiser@pepperdine.edu7143163062BAMUSICFine Arts0520173.81891.5Melanie EmelioFine Artsmelanie.emelio@pepperdine.eduKeith ColcloughFine Artskeith.colclough@pepperdine.educThis year has been transformative for me. I am more deeply grounded in my purpose as an artist and human being; and I have been given opportunities to lead in light of that new awareness. At the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, I auditioned to be one of the principal roles, Zerlina, in Pepperdine's Opera Production, Don Giovanni. The year prior, I participated in the Die Zauberflote here at Pepperdine as a chorus member, but this fall, if I was brave and earnest in my interpretation of the character, I felt I had the potential to take on a more significant role in the telling of this year's operatic story. After an extensive audition process, I was given this opportunity. I was excited and nervous, as this was my first major role in an opera. But, with the guidance, inspiration, and support of all the Pepperdine Music faculty and our co-directors Martha and Henry Price, we were able to put on an incredible production of Don Giovanni. Being a 3 hour opera with no spoken dialogue, it was quite a feat. It has been Dr. Price's dream to do this opera for 25 years, but because of its complexity and difficulty he waited until he, "had the horses to run the race." It was such an honor to be chosen to run this race. At the beginning of the process, I was a bit timid, but by the end, I felt brave enough to be vulnerable and share my thoughts and ideas. I felt brave enough to share my deepest self with the cast and with the audience. I felt brave enough to sing this challenging music with confidence, imbued with my unique interpretation. As we rehearsed, I learned so much about myself as a person, performer, and co-leader. I discovered a deeper passion for opera and for communicating it in a way that people resonate with and relate to. There was nothing more exhilarating and freeing than opening and closing night. I felt at home on the stage with my colleagues and friends and more fully myself than ever. As I look towards applying for graduate school next semester, I am certain I want to pursue a Master's degree in Voice. This experience gave me that clarity in purpose and strengthened my confidence in my potential to lead, with great leaders, in the field of music. Mar 12 2017 12:07:50:000PMw
Miled Jr. Anthony Jabor100436546miled.jabor@pepperdine.edu806-787-8594BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0520193.59377Charlie EngelmannStaffcharlie.engelmann@pepperdine.eduStephanie CooperNatural Sciencestephanie.cooper@pepperdine.educ Over the past year, I have grown in several areas of my life. Specifically, one area that I have grown in recently has been service. Throughout this year, I have become a lot more involved in service activities and have developed a liking for them as well. During the fall semester of 2016, I pledged the Psi Upsilon fraternity. Throughout pledge and even after I was initiated, I was involved in various service projects with my fraternity brothers. During my freshman year at Pepperdine, I was not heavily involved in service. Furthermore, I deemed service as overbearing and burdensome. I saw it as something that would look good on a resumé, but not as something that was really worthwhile or meaningful. However, since then I have come to realize that service is much more than something to put on a resumé. Through my pledge process, I discovered that service is something that can leave a lasting impact on the lives of others. Initially, I came to enjoy service activities more during pledge because I was able to have fun with my fraternity brothers at various events such as the Suicide Awareness Walk in Santa Monica, the AIDS Walk in LA, and numerous beach clean-ups in Malibu. However, as I opened up to these outreach opportunities, I came to see them in a different light. I saw people being helped and encouraged and communities being revitalized. Even though I could not always see the direct impact of my service, I knew that I was positively affecting the people and communities that I served. I knew that when I was leaving from a service project, the community I had helped was in a better state than it had been in initially. Furthermore, this service also strung a cord with my faith. I realized that it is something that honors God as well; for these reasons, I will continue to serve.Mar 10 2017 04:51:53:000AMw
Chris Donald Lee100446192chris.lee@pepperdine.edu2065181471BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy0420183.8392Mason MarshallReligion and Philosophyjohn.m.marshall@pepperdine.eduGarrett PendergraftReligion and Philosophygarrett.pendergraft@pepperdine.educThe ideals of purpose, service and leadership have all been major areas of personal growth for me over the last year. However, I would have to say that I have grown most in the area of purpose. My experiences studying abroad in particular have had a major impact on this area of my life. I have always felt that my purpose in life is to help others live better lives. This strong intuition was reaffirmed and given new focus during my time studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. At the time I was there, Germany had one of the most welcoming and humanitarian policies of any industrialized country in the world towards refugees coming from Syria. As such, cities all over the country saw an influx of refugees, all bringing with them needs that now had to be met by their host country. It was one thing to hear stories of the hardships of refugees on the news, but it was entirely more visceral an experience seeing hundreds of refugees being herded through train stations, or sleeping on sidewalks in thin sleeping bags, trying to get into the country. My purpose is to help these truly needy people by representing them as a refugee/immigration attorney. I would be an ideal pick for this scholarship because of my newfound grasp on what my purpose in life is. Receiving this scholarship will allow me to relentlessly pursue my education towards becoming an attorney, with my newfound clarity of purpose pushing me ever onward towards helping refugees to live better, safer lives full of promise.Mar 7 2017 09:24:27:000PMw
Shannon Aye Markiewicz100446996samarkie@pepperdine.edu925-819-1033BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0420183.533114Farrell GeanBusiness Administrationfarrell.gean@pepperdine.eduNicolas TestermanInternational Studies and Languagesnicolas.testerman@pepperdine.educNearing the end of the summer, I was excited to start the 2016-2017 school year co-captaining Pepperdine’s club tennis team. After a year abroad, I was ready to get back into the game and lead the team into Nationals. However, I was not as prepared as I thought I was to take such a responsibility. My co-captain and I started strong at the start, and we were ecstatic to see so many talented players at tryouts. Shortly after, everything went downhill. My co-captain soon dropped out of the club, taking away some of our gifted players as well. I wanted to fix the situation and asked him to discuss in person to reach an understanding, however he refused to meet. In less than two weeks of being co-captain, I had a sudden increase in responsibility on my shoulders: determining practices, calculating finances, and handling our players’ satisfaction on top of my twenty-two units (four units were auditing a class), three jobs, and being the Junior Representative of the Student Philanthropy Council. Some of my teammates offered help, however all but one was unreliable; this left me completing their tasks in less time. For example, I ran and set up the second annual club tennis tournament. I spread out the responsibilities between those who stated they would help: searching hotels to block rooms, researching food choices and pricing for lunch and breakfast, booking the tennis courts, ordering tables and chairs, calculating tennis supplies and awards, and arranging the tournament schedule and teams. Unfortunately, many did not warn me of being unable to do their part until last minute. Without my close friends – most of whom do not play tennis – I would not have been able to run such a successful tournament. In addition to my schoolwork and extracurricular activities, I managed to still see my friends and balance my time. I started to improve in adjusting to my busy schedule, but another challenge lied ahead. In the beginning of November, a comrade sexually assaulted me. I became lost in confusion. If it was not for my closer friends, I would not have realized the fact until much later in time. I also disclosed the sad news to my parents, and I felt relieved to not have held this secret from them. After, I felt ready to have a discussion with the person that assaulted me. He was not aware of the situation, and he decided to see a counselor to help him through his condition. Once all this was done, I could breathe fully again and the burden was lifted from me. I reassured myself and my friends about my mental condition by seeing a counselor of which I was cleared, and I was welcome to come back anytime if anything comes up. Throughout this time, I prayed for guidance and reassurance. I prayed that my assaulter and I would be all right. I prayed for the both us to have clarity and to feel like this situation never happened. It took time, but Jesus guided me throughout the process, and I later realized I was never truly alone. I will never feel as if this situation never happened, but there is this strength that moves me forward even more than before. I saw how our Lord placed people in my path that I needed to speak to during this time that helped me out of my despair. For example, a friend asked me to catch up with her one night. I was not going to go out since it was the day after the incident, but I decided I had to distract my thoughts. Our conversation enlightened me, and I did not have to mention the assault at all. I felt empowered and thanked God for guiding me to speak with her. This current semester started out smoother. I created a reliable tennis leadership team with people I trust and formed a closer-knit community of supportive friends. However, no matter how I hard I manage, there will always be things outside of my control. It started with coughing fits. The doctors performed a chest x-ray to check my lungs for pneumonia only to find something more critical. My lungs were clear, but my heart seemed to be the problem. After more tests, they found it to be rather thymoma or lymphoma. We have yet to find out. Throughout all that has happened, my growth spiritually and mentally gradually increased with each challenge. I have grown in each aspect of Pepperdine’s mission statement, but irrefutably leadership would be the one that I grew most in. Through each problem, I learned how to be a leader. With my co-captain dropping from the team, I learned a leader must be cooperative and attentive to their followers. From the unfortunate encounter with my friend who sexually assaulted me, I learned that patience and being vulnerable and speaking to others about difficult situations relieves the mind from stress so that one can think clear again. To be a leader, one must be truthful and vulnerable to those that one leads. Lastly, in the current medical state of my body, I learned that I do not have control of everything. That a leader is a servant above all, and that a leader must accept the service of others when it is given. I have yet to see what the Lord has in store for me, but I am grateful for all the people he placed and the strength he gave me during my times of need. Mar 2 2017 11:47:47:000AMw
Michelle Taylor Maupin100447211michelle.maupin@pepperdine.edu951-227-2785BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420183.89878Gregory DaumReligion and Philosophygregory.daum@pepperdine.eduRiggs KlikaNatural Scienceriggs.klika@pepperdine.educReturning from abroad, I had a mental image of what my junior year would involve. Post-it notes reading “BOARD event at 7” and “Chapter on Sunday” danced in my head. I have assumed leadership roles from a young age from Student Council President to Resident Advisor. I thought I needed a title to be considered a leader, and when the activities I’d applied for didn’t materialize, I felt defeated. This year, God has redefined my definition of what it means to be a leader. In the fall I began attending University Ministries (UM) at Malibu Presbyterian Church. UM welcomed me with open arms, and I was eager to share the joy I was experiencing with my friends, so I started bringing them with me each week. Saona, the UM Director, asked me to be a UM Student Leader next year. Initially I felt inadequate—I cannot quote scripture or answer deep theological questions. However, the Bible is proof that God uses broken people to spread His message of hope and I’m convinced that God wants to use me NOW. He doesn’t want to wait until I’m better read or have my life “together”. In fact, it’s in this state that I fully acknowledge my neediness for God. When He plucked my Post-its from the wall, He replaced them with a banner reading His name. What once felt like rejection has been a demonstration of God’s grace—revealing that He gives and takes away—but that what He gives will provide true and lasting fulfillment. Striving to be a disciple of Christ is a leadership role surpassing all others. Mar 3 2017 08:37:53:000PMw
Slade Sanderson100450729slade.sanderson@pepperdine.edu9728248889BSMATHNatural Science0520183.9694Courtney DavisNatural Sciencecourtney.davis2@pepperdine.eduTimothy LucasNatural Sciencetimothy.lucas@pepperdine.educOver the past year, I’ve come to realize more fully my purpose in the world of mathematics. I had the pleasure of participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology program at Pepperdine during the past summer. This program helped me better understand scientific research and the importance of academic pursuit outside of the classroom. Prior to this summer, I wrestled with the decision between actuarial science or research as a career path. I’m convinced, after SURB, that my purpose lies in mathematical research—whether it be pure or applied, in academia, industry, or government. If I pursue applied mathematics, I’ll be studying problems that can directly impact and benefit the lives of others through scientific advancement. If, on the other hand, I end up in pure mathematics, I’ll devote my life to building the tools that may some day have an application that benefits others, or my research may ultimately end up forgotten. In either case, I will be driven to humbly carry out my work with the hope that it may be useful but with the realization that recognition for it is improbable. In that sense, I find purpose, service and leadership necessary in mathematics—purpose in my calling to contribute to the world of mathematics, service in the desire that my findings may benefit others, and humble leadership in the hope that my research may advance the scientific lens through which we’ve come to understand the world. Jan 30 2017 06:23:25:000PMw
Gregory Michael Virant100462230gregory.virant@pepperdine.edu925 683 1093BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0520183.72104Dennis LoweSocial Sciencedennis.lowe@pepperdine.eduNicholas ZolaReligion and Philosophynicholas.zola@pepperdine.educI thought I had a handle on life. I’ve considered myself pretty independent and self-sustaining since my freshman year of high school, and my first year of college seemed to only support the notion that I had everything under control and I knew all there was to know. And then I went abroad. Instantly worries, nerves, and fear of the unknown crumbled my pride; but that allowed me to finally listen to what God was trying to tell me. He stressed over and over that there will always be novelty in my life; somewhere I’ve never been and something I have yet to learn and understand. He also stressed the need for me to let go of my self, because truly living for God means serving everyone else at the table before you take a bite. As the Resident Advisor for the Heidelberg program was confident in my leadership and planning skills, but God truly pushed me to work on forming community, and it started with me. The fall semester of my abroad year I took each room out for coffee or lunch, and after realizing the power those simple interactions had I truly felt as if I understood a whole new aspect of leadership. Now that I felt well rounded as a leader and confident as an enforcer of Pepperdine’s community standards, I applied for the position of Resident Advisor for the 2016-2017 academic year. I was selected with my two best friends to oversee a freshman hall of fifty residents, and I truly believe we have made a tremendous impact on those residents. However, my time in Germany was not quite finished, as I was asked to intern at Commerzbank in Frankfurt over the summer following my abroad experience. While the Heidelberg experience pushed me in relationships and grew my spiritual life, that summer enlightened me with practical knowledge any adult should be equipped with. My first time paying rent, working full time and providing for myself all took place in a foreign country, and coming home I was humbled by how vast and different the world truly is and I was confident in my ability to learn and adapt to any situation. This proved to be an incredibly useful asset in my first week as a resident advisor, in which I responded to three different incidents among my residents that violated the community standards I support and swear to uphold. In the aftermath of those, my co-RA and I recalled our experiences abroad and remembered the power of conversation; and we began reaching out to the residents involved in those incidents. Through our efforts to understand their perspective and to show that our support and respect for them will not waver because of these events, we ended up creating meaningful relationships with these residents. Since attaining Eagle Scout I always saw myself as a leader among my peers, and as a proponent of the servant leader model of leadership I always thought I had taken everyone’s best interest into account whenever I was at the helm. However, these experiences from abroad and this past fall have changed the way I understand leadership and service, that in order for them to be the most effective it needs to stem from personal connections. Personal relationships has helped me discover the best method to lead and teach my residents, and when I know all the things going on in their life I discover what their needs are, and that allows me to best serve them. Since the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year, our dorm proudly boasts the fact that we’ve organized more events than any other dorm and have had incredible turnout for those events; whether it be deep sea fishing off the coast of Newport or riding ATVs on the sand dunes in Pismo Beach or going to serve dinners to the homeless at a local church every month. While I certainly value my academic experiences and pride myself on my 3.7 grade point average, I contend that there is much more to the college experience, and to restrict college to the classroom would deprive my residents of having a well-rounded year. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to serve this university in the ways that I have, and to be attending a school that is grounded in the Christian mission. Unfortunately alcoholism runs rampant on both sides of my family, so while I get no satisfaction for reporting residents for violation of the community standards, I firmly believe these policies best protect our students and allow us to focus on the truly important pieces of college. I had the pleasure to attend and share at the Alcohol or Drug Committee on campus, it was inspiring to see so many different departments coming together to serve us students and it is my hope going forward that we as a university boast in the fact we choose to abide by Christian principles. It is my pleasure to attend this university, and while I certainly have a fear of finding a job and paying off loans after next year I am confident this degree and experience will prepare me to succeed. Halfway during my sophomore year my Dad was released from his position, and while he was able to find employment since it has nevertheless affected us as a family, meaning I’ve had to increase the amount of loans I’ve been taking even with the Resident Advisor scholarship. While I certainly consider this a trying time for me and my family, but when the fears and doubts strike I like to think of my year in Heidelberg, or the friendships I’ve crafted since being here, and recognize those experiences don’t come with a price tag and it’s made me a stronger leader, friend, student, world traveler, and ultimately a stronger child of God. For all the aforementioned reasons I respectfully request that my application be reviewed for this scholarship, and I thank you for your consideration. Feb 7 2017 09:04:03:000AMw
Talia Cao100462263talia.cao@pepperdine.edu9092631383BABIOLOGYNatural Science0520193.90785.5Dr. Nataria Joseph Social Sciencenataria.joseph@pepperdine.eduDr. Thomas VandergonNatural Sciencethomas.vandergon@pepperdine.educ Hidden amidst craftily plied humor and neatly manicured character foils in the literary works penned by Mark Twain are subconsciously indelible phrases which once read cannot be unread or forgotten. It is through these phrases that the author conveys some of his most striking convictions and arguments; it is through these phrases that the reader is pierced by self-reflection and thenceforth either convicted to act or disavowed. Rationally, one cannot continue forward with this train of thought, with this discussion of conviction, without making mention of the line which precipitated the rooting of the notion at the outset. Hence, from the pen of Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Birth marks the start of a life and even though it involves a young, naïve individual as its main participant, it still poses the questions of the current meaning of Hamlet’s famous words, “to be or not to be”. For certain infants the answer to said question is straightforward; they are born into the world with a full bill of health and therefore have no battle to wage to keep their life. For others, every second is a hard-fought victory and is celebrated as such. Yet, it is at this stage of life where the question “to be or not to be”, to live a life that is alive and is not simply going through the motions, is intrinsically most simple. As years pass and individuals develop, the question itself develops as well into a notion more convoluted. Development or hardening of the question continues with each year or so it is believed from the limited knowledge, or more appropriately timespan, that is possessed. However limited in scope the held perspective may be, it is still qualified to discuss its own progression and growth, for who better to talk about oneself than the one in question? Begged by the aforementioned words of Mark Twain is the importance of discovering a purpose for a life; begged by the question “to be or not to be” is to live a life full of purpose. Paired with the addition of years from birth, the two require intricate work to answer. Yet the work needed to answer the two is necessary as long as one has life and is further spurred by institutions and their respective mission statements such as the one held by Pepperdine University. It is the words, the people, and the institutions surrounding an individual which shape said individual and it is only after retrospection of each that the answer to the two posed words can be formulated. For that reason, ad fontes. Analyzing solely the past calendar year, that of 2016, one stumbles upon three main albeit slightly cliché divisions: spring semester, summer, and fall semester. Each division in and of its own right contributed at least one significant aspect to my present being but it was this past semester, that of the fall, which had the greatest impact and for that reason it is the one which will be looked like. As hinted above, purpose is the notion being hinted at and it is the notion which was most prominently deliberated over. Purpose, or one’s life purpose, can be answered through an individual’s career or major, but the belief is held that the answer to purpose lies deeper than a line on a resume. It is believed that the answer of one’s purpose is inclusive of an adage given before the start of my freshmen year at Pepperdine, the gist of which being that an individual’s purpose is found at the crossroad of their passion and the world’s hunger. Admittedly, the phrase originally identified an individual’s vocation as being at the location but a vocation should include aspects of a purpose. Purpose was most prominently deliberated in the past semester for the reason that it was the area of most growth. It is regarded as the area of most growth because I learned the most important life-knowledge in this past semester that I have up until this part in my college career and that is to question and then to exhibit. Question what it is you are doing, not to introduce doubt or worry, but to establish a reason, and then exhibit this reason in how you go about performing any task, not as a self-centered boast but as a display of your passion. Applying this knowledge to my own life, I began to question what it was that I was doing pursuing a career in the medical field. The answer that came to mind was that I am pursuing this career in order to be able to aid others. This answer was not enough because I learned that in order to initiate growth in your life you need to be willing to rearrange the blueprints of your being, you need to be able to take certain walls down and add others. Yes, it will be laborious and yes it may cause strife between your own conflicting thoughts but it is necessary. Hence I set out along this path for if I really am desiring to aid others I must first be willing to give of myself to put forth the best effort. Further self-reflection deepened my original answer to include being able to aid those who are unable to aid themselves. Seemingly my burning desire underneath these superficial desires is to go to war for those who cannot and in my mind the best capacity for me to do just that is medically, when some would consider themselves to be at their weakest. Armed with a purpose it was time to exhibit. Not exhibit in the sense of running around to and fro constantly on the hunt for people to lend a hand to but exhibit in the sense that I intentionally help whoever I come across in need of help, intentionally because any passion should not be performed out of requirement. It was the acquirement of this knowledge that brought about growth in terms of purpose for me since for once in my life I had taken the time to find the root of the desire and had taken the time to decide to doggedly pursue my purpose in an intentional manner. By no means do I claim to know or understand my purpose fully and by no means am I deluded into thinking that it is I who sets my footsteps but part of the self-reflection was prayer and prayer reinforced the desire to be in a profession where I can help others. Due to the results of the prayer I know that I am on the right path, at least I am for now. It may be the road less traveled and I may never set foot on the other path but this is the road that I am committed to. On paper I am not the candidate to bet on, but once again Mark Twain must be quoted, “It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight of the dog.” There is no better way to prove the size of my fight than to respond to the two phrases which started this discussion. To Mark Twain’s opening quoted words I say the second most important day resides sometime within the latter half of the past semester. To Hamlet’s posed question I say that I will live fully, not solely for myself, but for others around me as well. I will live not to please myself but to serve. In the words of George Pepperdine, “freely ye received, freely give.” While not a forerunner on paper, paper is not all that matters in a fight, what matters is the reason behind the acts, the passion which drives it all. For all intents and in all probability the world will little note what it is that I will do for as Walt Whitman said, “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse”, but I will contribute said verse, not for myself but for others, for in the end there is no better way to convey the thought than how Emerson did, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Jan 28 2017 09:17:49:000AMw
Jonathan Rinkus100467073jgrinkus@pepperdine.edu6263755934BAINTMInternational Studies and Languages0420183.77982.5Robert WilliamsInternational Studies and Languagesrobert.williams@pepperdine.eduZach LoveStaffzachary.love@pepperdine.educI think that for many people, 2016 was a deeply trying year. Due to my position as a Spiritual Life Adviser, I have had access to hearing the stories of trials and triumphs of many college freshman during the 2016-2017 school year. Throughout this year I have grown in my leadership abilities. I have strengthened my ability to connect, empathize, and in my capacity to challenge my peers to mature in their academic, political, and spiritual understandings. Of the many lessons that I have learned in this past year, perhaps the most important, is that in life it is better to be in “right” relationships than it is to be “right”. This is a lesson that I learned through this divisive election cycle. When I disagreed with residents about various policies or political rhetorics I often found that our discussions were not rooted in love and respect for one another, but rather, they were based in a desire to prove who was “right” about how our country should be run, etc. I realized fairly quickly that this was not bringing us closer towards one another. I think the growth in my leadership occurred when I realized that I was responsible for creating unity in the residence hall that I serve in and on campus. My personal dispositions should not be cause for division when so much division already exists. I now see my role as a campus leader is to listen and to try to understand those that are different from me on whatever spectrum. As a result of this development in my leadership that I am qualified to receive an award from the faculty and staff. This growth uniquely qualifies me for this scholarship because I have the opportunity to return as an SLA next year and I will us my position to continue to creating understanding on our campus that is rooted in listening to one another. Mar 13 2017 02:26:44:000PMw
Conner Gray Brase100472140conner.brase@pepperdine.edu9494661321BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420203.7649Brain ThomasonBusiness Administrationbrian.thomason@pepperdine.eduDon ThompsonNatural Sciencedon.thompson@pepperdine.educThere is something about starting over that daunted me at the beginning of the school year. A new school, new friends, new mentors, a new church, and a new place to call home. How was I supposed to remain standing when all the pillars that had held me up in the past were being torn from underneath me? When the pillars around me were beginning to fall, I had to lean into my one constant that didn’t change, my relationship with the Lord. It was only after I gave up trying to figure out college on my own and completely trust Him to provide that the Lord placed incredible people and fulfilling opportunities into my life. For instance, CHARACTER was a program that dramatically transformed my leadership by illustrating to me how to develop into a Godly leader that can lead from a place of overflow. The Lord also placed an incredible friendship in my life when a senior took me under his wing and made me feel like I belonged and was appreciated for who I was. He modeled to me what true community looked like and I want to be able to create this same type of community for others who may be searching for it. The Lord has now started to build new pillars this year by teaching me what it looks like to love people that are different from me while also being confident in the person that He created me to be. He has also been confirming the desires that I have to be a missionary in the business world and to use my future position as a platform to share the hope that I have with others. Mar 9 2017 08:01:42:000AMw
Aubrey K Hall100472663aubrey.hall@pepperdine.edu949-412-6998BALIBARTSHumanities/Teacher Education0520183.76698Stella Erbes Humanities/Teacher Educationstella.erbes@pepperdine.eduNicole DuyaoStaffnicole.duyao@pepperdine.educ This past year as a Junior returning from a year abroad, I have experienced incredible growth in all areas of my life and in particular within the “purpose” aspect of the Pepperdine mission. Throughout my entire life I have grappled with the question of what career path I want to pursue in college and beyond. This year I have felt affirmation and an overwhelming peace in my decision to pursue education as my major and teaching as my career. During the first semester of this year I completed 70 hours of student-teaching in an elementary school and experienced true joy in discovering my vocation. Junior year has been a difficult and tumultuous season in my life however I have experienced authentic growth from a confidence in and passion for my purpose at Pepperdine and in life. Next year--my final year in college--I will be part-time student-teaching while taking 18 units in the Fall and then full-time student-teaching in the Spring. Having my senior year be so busy like this is exciting because I will be fulfilling my purpose, however it is also daunting in terms of finances and the thought of not being able to take on an additional job to pay for tuition, books, gas, etc. Thus this is why I have been applying for scholarships and believe I would be an ideal candidate for this scholarship because it will be directly applied to my personal growth and pursuit of my purpose and passion to serve others in the field of education. Mar 5 2017 12:14:03:000PMw
Catherine Anne McCreary100487937catherine.mccreary@pepperdine.edu704-458-7636BAPSYCHSocial Science0420183.812111Nataria JosephSocial Sciencenataria.joseph@pepperdine.eduJanet TrammellSocial Sciencejanet.trammell@pepperdine.educWhile at Pepperdine, I have learned to meditate on God’s word and to listen to His guidance in determining my purpose—a purpose not only for the future but also for the present. The death of a friend last year, while studying abroad, taught me to trust God more than ever. Despite being surrounded by seventy friends, the loneliness at times was indescribable. A Pepperdine faculty mentor of mine reminded me that sometimes loneliness is God’s way of telling us to spend more time with Him. I also learned that God’s timing and plans are perfect, while mine are not. Many times this past year I felt confused about God’s plan, yet God knew and provided exactly what I needed before I knew what I needed. God has shaped and guided me in understanding that His will is not simply a futuristic end goal, but He is active and present in my everyday activities as well. I have learned to view my hard work and studies, not only as a pathway to my future purpose, but also as a purpose within itself. I glorify Him and fulfill His purpose by using my God-given talents and passions. I believe that I represent the ideals of the Faculty-Staff Scholarship because God has given me a passion and purpose to serve others through psychology, while also using my Spanish language skills to serve a more diverse community. I know that my ultimate purpose is to further God’s Kingdom, thus I strive for excellence in all that I do to make an impact on others and to fulfill God’s daily purpose for my life.Mar 5 2017 09:55:03:000AMw
Madison Townsend Hays100489067madison.hays@pepperdine.edu970-443-4373BAMATHEDUCNatural Science0420183.88122Carrie WallHumanities/Teacher Educationcarrie.wall@pepperdine.eduJoshua BowmanNatural Sciencejoshua.bowman@pepperdine.educI have been called to shine God’s light in the lives around me, while using my own talents I have been given. This purpose is something I can do through teaching. This past year, I have grown in my sense of purpose to serve through performing research abroad and internationally, student teaching, and being an RA. I spent ten days in Africa working with locals to create a change in the education system in Namibia. This allowed me to delve deeper into my field of study while also working internationally, one of my dreams. I also did math research over the summer and have been student teaching/observing in classrooms throughout the year. Both of these allowed me to grow in my knowledge of math education, thus allowing me to become more confident and excited for my career. Being a resident advisor has taught me how to handle various situations and prepared me for my experience in the classroom. It has also taught me how to love others and do all things for the Lord, traits that I believe are essential to my purpose. My purpose to serve others and love education has grown throughout the continuous opportunities I have been blessed with while at Pepperdine; however, I could not have done any of these things without the financial assistance I have received. I know that my purpose and sense of service will only continue to grow next year, and hope that I am able to receive this scholarship to help me continue to accept these opportunities to pursue and fulfill my purpose. Mar 5 2017 08:08:55:000PMw
Allison Yang100489151allison.yang@pepperdine.edu303.349.6520BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420183.6799Dr. Jay BrewsterNatural Sciencejay.brewster@pepperdine.eduDr. James WhiteNatural Sciencejames.white@pepperdine.educThis past summer my experiences, working for GoldLeaf HomeCare, an at-home care agency, greatly strengthened my social intelligence, particularly in learning to care for those who may not want to be helped. My personal goal as a Certified Nurse Aide was to improve a patient’s overall quality of life and to provide quality medical services for every senior I was responsible for. For each shift, I went to clients’ homes or assisted-living facilities and aided patients with daily tasks, such as ambulation, cooking and feeding of meals, bathing, diapering, and so on. I learned very quickly, though, how humbling it is to be in a position of complete service to others. Often, I had clients who would spitefully ask, “Who sent you?”, or, “What gives you the right to do that?”, and I’d even been threatened with, “You’d better leave, or I’ll call the police!” It was heartbreaking to witness, firsthand, how quickly a patient could deteriorate as his or her dementia progressed. Undoubtedly, the job was emotionally draining, but, despite the difficulties I faced while working this job, the reward of seeing a client reminisce about his or her past, as I quietly listened, far outweighed any of the negative moments. Indeed, my position as a nurse aide has more deeply confirmed within me the desire to pursue medicine, post-graduation from Pepperdine. Working as a nurse aide has changed my perspective of the world, allowing me to see it through a different lens—one which others may not be predisposed to—and with a renewed perspective, so, too, came a recalibrated moral compass. Should the Faculty-Staff Scholarship be awarded to me for 2017-2018, I promise to continue to excel spiritually and academically, and to honor the Pepperdine mission of purpose, service, and leadership. Feb 12 2017 08:17:50:000PMw
Scot Andrew Bommarito100489309scot.bommarito@pepperdine.edu701-425-5552BAECONSocial Science0420184.00102Andrew YuengertSocial Scienceandrew.yuengert@pepperdine.eduAlison StewartInternational Studies and Languagesalison.stewart@pepperdine.educ I am a natural leader. Even as a child I loved to take charge, a tendency that grew with me as I myself grew. Naturally, I brought this personality trait with me to college, and this last year in Buenos Aires, where I served as a Resident Assistant, Pepperdine gave me the opportunity to grow this inborn quality. Rafa, the Buenos Aires program director, inspired and challenged me to develop this trait most tangibly in giving me full autonomy to plan our program’s spiritual retreat. I had to think strategically about how to organize and lead a weekend for our program of nearly seventy students. First, I identified our program’s most crucial needs. Then I began developing ideas of how to meet those needs. I found myself truly in a position of servant-leadership. I was to plan and lead a weekend that would bring rest and rejuvenation to the members of our program, not haphazardly put together a few fun activities. I am deeply thankful that Rafa and the directors of IP at Pepperdine immersed me in a role that challenged, developed, and matured my natural talents. I have grown exponentially in my ability to lead this past year as I received a first-hand impression of what it means to be a servant-leader in Buenos Aires. This growth would not have been possible without Pepperdine. For this reason I am an excellent candidate for the Faculty-Staff Scholarship; I am a verifiable example of how Pepperdine faculty and staff members inspire and cultivate leadership in their students.Mar 11 2017 01:43:12:000PMw
Riley Jameson van Velthuyzen100489907riley.vanvelthuyzen@pepperdine.edu9097422825BSACCOUNTBusiness Administration0420183.56084.5Brian ThomasonStaffbrian.thomason@pepperdine.eduDongkuk LimBusiness Administrationdongkuk.lim@pepperdine.educThis past year has been the year of most considerable growth in my adult life. Studying abroad last spring provided me ample time for self-reflection and a great opportunity to look forward as to what my purpose in life may be. During the Spring 2016 semester, after much thought, research, and prayer, I changed my major to accounting. I felt as though I was being called to do something that is looked down on and seen as boring by the general population both because I was good at it and because I felt as though it was something that I could do to bring good to others. I wasn’t positive that this was the right change to make, but I continued to pray about it. I said that if opportunities presented themselves to me and I continued to succeed in this area, that I would take that as a sign that I was meant to do it. Although this last semester was the hardest for me academically, it was also one of great confirmation of my purpose. I was presented the opportunity to work in the Pepperdine finance office, was offered research positions with two different business professors, and exceeded my expectations for my academic performance. Most important and surprising of all, I accepted a position for a summer internship with one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Though I have had to work harder than ever before, I have never felt so sure about my purpose. All of these opportunities and experiences have helped me grow to believe and confirm that I am where I am supposed to be and I am doing what I was called to do. My professors and superiors at work have pushed me and forced me to become more confident in myself and my purpose, and I am very grateful. Feb 20 2017 04:34:10:000PMw
Chase Forrest Riekhof100490403chase.riekhof@pepperdine.edu816-838-7810BAADVERTISCommunication0520183.99114Abi SmithCommunicationabi.smith@pepperdine.eduAmy BrinkerhoffStaffamy.brinkerhoff@pepperdine.educMy decision to come to Pepperdine was a difficult one for a variety of reasons, tough finances being one the biggest influences. Although a hard decision, if I had known exactly where that choice would have taken me only 3 years down the road, I wouldn’t have blinked an eye before accepting admission. While my life has both changed and grown dramatically in the areas of purpose, service, and leadership, I would say that my understanding of a purpose here on Earth has really been put into full perspective these past few years. The opportunities that Pepperdine has given me have been more important to me and my life than any form of education I could have received at another school. Being given the chance to spend a year in Argentina, experiencing the extreme highs and lows of such an adverse time, has forever changed how I see my purpose on Earth. Today, my focus on relationships and others is magnified in everything that I do. From daily interactions to discovering my vocation, my emphasis on the importance of relationships, discovered abroad, is the single driving force. I’ve discovered the true potential of being a Christian, and how making a difference here on Earth is about so much more than just making money. Today, Pepperdine has provided me with much more than education. This school has given me the confidence to trust in God and know exactly where he wants me on Earth, allowing me to best live a life full of purpose, service, and leadership.Mar 10 2017 09:42:49:000AMw
Cassandra Kay Stephenson100490866cassandra.stephenson@pepperdine.edu805-312-5710BAJOURNALCommunication0520183.97799Elizabeth SmithCommunicationelizabeth.smith@pepperdine.eduLauren AmaroCommunicationlauren.amaro@pepperdine.educThis year I developed my purpose – serving the community through journalism – by taking leadership roles in student journalism. I contributed to the Pepperdine Graphic as news editor for two semesters. In this position, I wrote several articles that aimed to inform the Pepperdine community about important Pepperdine policies as well as world issues (such as Brexit). This helped me further my commitment to serving others as a journalist. I believe that people should have access to information that concerns them, and it is my duty as a journalist to help make that available and as comprehensible as possible. This role also allowed me to foster and encourage the journalistic development of the peers who served on my staff. I met with individual writers to discuss their writing style and interviewing technique, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and mentor each of my staff members. In this way, I realized more clearly my love for mentorship and how it functions as a part of my purpose and service. I also attended the Associated Collegiate Press National Media Convention in Washington, D.C. with members of the Graphic in October. This was a great opportunity to learn from professional journalists, and I was selected to interview Bob Woodward at a keynote event, which allowed me to represent Pepperdine and student journalists as a whole. These opportunities helped me create a more complete picture of how I can serve others through leadership roles in my profession.Mar 3 2017 03:33:27:000PMw
Sudie Caroline Canada100491826sudie.canada@pepperdine.edu205-213-6396BAPUBRELCommunication0420183.8785Michelle Truelson Communicationmichelle.truelson@pepperdine.eduAllison GreenStaffallison.green@pepperdine.educ My college experience has been transformative in more ways than one, and each year I am astounded at how much I grow. Pepperdine has molded me into the person I am today, and I am positive that I am not finished learning how to be a humble, passionate leader with an ability to communicate with my peers. When I returned from Lausanne, Switzerland in Spring 2016, my sorority provided me with the perfect opportunity to hold a leadership position. I took the role of Vice President of Campus Affairs and encouraged 80 passionate, driven women to be involved in on-campus philanthropic events. With the experience of leading my own chapter, I decided to apply for a position with more responsibility. Now I am the president of Pepperdine Panhellenic, and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to lead all of the women in the Greek system. I have learned to set lofty, but attainable goals, and I’m lucky to work alongside six other intelligent, hardworking members of the executive board. In addition to the wonderful opportunities I’ve been given to showcase my leadership skills, I have learned that leadership does not limit itself to the boundaries a certain position places on it. I am able to lead in all areas of my life, and I believe this is what Pepperdine strives to convey to its students. I can become someone’s role model when I stop and think about the consequences of my actions. I am a mentor to underclassman when I treat them with kindness and respect. The list continues, but no matter what situation life throws at me, Pepperdine has given me the tools to always be a compassionate leader. I believe I embody what George Pepperdine intended for each and every student. I live my life with the intention to be a best friend, an honest student, and a great leader.Mar 6 2017 02:38:07:000PMw
Nathanael Charles Robinson100491849nathanael.robinson@pepperdine.edu323-573-4048BAECONSocial Science0520183.96103Ronald BatchelderSocial Scienceron.batchelder@pepperdine.eduPaul JonesSocial Sciencepaul.jones@pepperdine.educThis past year, I believe that I have grown the most in the area of purpose. As a Junior, I've begun to question exactly who I am, who I want to be, and what I want to do with my life upon graduation. The event that has impacted how I answer these questions the most in the past year is the death of my fraternity brother Cameron Johnson. You may have heard about him; my fraternity, Psi Upsilon, set out to raise $100,000 to memorialize a scholarship in his name. Incredibly, we exceeded this goal, raised $106,000, and officially established the Cameron Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Cameron was always eager to serve the community, to make days brighter, and he always led without selfish ambition. Psi Upsilon, Pepperdine’s only Service Fraternity, performs around 1900 service hours annually with just about 35 active members. Whether it was fishing for crayfish (an invasive species), cleaning up beaches, or volunteering at the LA Food Bank, Cameron was always there serving, inspiring us through his leadership, and making us laugh at the same time. Although he died while abroad in Buenos Aires, we made sure that his values, principles, and name would live on forever through this scholarship. This past year, Cameron and Psi Upsilon taught me that bold ambitions, teamwork, and having a heart for service can drive a life that finds answers to the questions previously mentioned. This scholarship would fund my desire to take the best of Cam’s life and live it out in my future career.Mar 9 2017 04:33:25:000PMw
Jordan Kathleen Powell100494720jordan.powell@pepperdine.edu979-530-2756BSACCOUNTBusiness Administration0520183.938104.5Gary SelbyCommunicationgary.selby@pepperdine.eduMarilyn MischBusiness AdministrationMarilyn.misch@pepperdine.educWhile this University continuously changes me, the past two semesters make up the most transformational time in my life. You’re probably thinking, ”Here we go, let’s see how this girl is going to make her path to a career in accounting sound interesting, much less transformational.” Had I been told at this point last year that I would be excited about pursuing accounting, I would have laughed. Nevertheless, here I am. I owe the first step of my transformation to Dr. Selby’s C.S. Lewis course, taken during the second semester of my time in Europe. I remember Dr. Selby reading one of Lewis’s sermons as we sat in a circle on the first day of class. He read, “There are no ordinary people.” Lewis’s point is that every interaction we have with one another is leading us toward either eternal glory or damnation. This realization that I am able to make a difference in the world even with the smallest of interactions was the first step of looking beyond myself. Flash forward to my internship the following summer in NYC, where the second step in my transformation occurred. I was asked to write down my goal salary. I then understood that there was not a number which equates to happiness. Instead, I wrote, “Enough to allow me to help someone in greater need than I.” My goals have always centered around getting the best grades, achieving the highest GPA, and receiving a great job offer. Now I realize that a high GPA and salary are ambitions that I intend to use toward a higher purpose.Feb 21 2017 12:15:33:000PMw
Madison Souza Blume100494827madison.blume@pepperdine.edu6264300368BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420183.7487Robert RadnotiStaffrobert.radnoti@pepperdine.eduMichael SoucyNatural Sciencemichael.soucy@pepperdine.educPepperdine University is an outstanding institution because it calls for its students to be open to not only intellectual growth, but spiritual growth as well. Over the past year, I have cultivated a strong awareness of my purpose in this lifetime. The process began during the second semester of my sophomore year at Pepperdine when I took a course entitled Christianity and Culture. In this class we discussed various causes and possible solutions for social and economic disparity in the United States and abroad. This class truly embodied George Pepperdine's vision in which he emphasized his desire for students to influence society by using the knowledge that they have obtained from their Christian education. During this past summer, I worked as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home. The facility at which I worked house around twenty individuals from the ages of seventy to ninety-nine suffering from dementia, cancer, and various other illnesses that restricted their ability to live alone. This was an eye-opening experience that further solidified my purpose to serve others. As I look down the road toward my goal of becoming a Physician Assistant, I am constantly reminded of the Pepperdine motto, " Freely ye received, Freely ye give". I am motivated by the opportunity to attend Pepperdine University, as it is a great stepping stone on my journey to become an individual who is dedicated to service. I pray that through the abundance of blessings that I have received in my life thus far, I can utilize my experiences to manifest Christ's compassion in the world. Mar 6 2017 09:38:25:000AMw
Gillian Chong100494863gillian.chong@pepperdine.edu682-401-4745BSNUTRSCINatural Science0420183.8388Susan HelmNatural Sciencesusan.helm@pepperdine.eduStacy RothbergStaffstacy.rothberg@pepperdine.educIn the past year, I have had the opportunity to lead a club convocation in Mandarin for Chinese students, and to serve as an intern with Campus Ministry. It has been a year of growth in many aspects, and these areas that I've been able to be involved in have made my purpose at Pepperdine clear to me. In the Fall of 2016, I led the Chinese club convo for the first time, aiming to reach out to our Mandarin-speaking students. This idea came to me when I was in Shanghai during the Fall of my Sophomore year, as I realized that this was a group of students who were not as well-integrated into the Pepperdine community. I noticed that there were not many efforts made to reach out to them, and being fluent in Mandarin, I felt that God had equipped me for this and was compelled to do something about it. It was a significant challenge, as many of these individuals were either unfamiliar with the Christian faith or very new to it, and I did not have much experience in sharing my faith with people who knew so little about it, let alone doing that in Mandarin. Under the guidance of mentors, and with the support and prayers of friends, the experience was both teaching and rewarding, and I grew in my desire to further and better serve this community. My purpose for the remaining semesters I have at Pepperdine is simple - to strive for excellence in the matters at hand, and to serve wholeheartedly according to God's purpose for me.Feb 6 2017 02:59:40:000PMw
Amber Liu100495049amber.liu@pepperdine.edu720-532-6568BAADVERTISCommunication0420183.86106.5Ginger RosenkranzCommunicationginger.rosernkrans@pepperdine.eduAnthony Ahn HoyoungCommunicationhoyoung.ahn@pepperdine.educEver since I can remember, I have always been a people pleaser. No matter where I was or who it was, I was so accustomed to putting every person in front of myself. Maybe this mentality stemmed from my parents who raised me in a collective culture and environment where selflessness and the act of giving were imperative. Or maybe it stemmed from my fear of others and not being able to accept rejection. Either way, the combination of these two hypotheses created an innate desire to always put others desires in front of mine. So what does people pleasing have to do with my growth within the past year in purpose, service, or leadership? Throughout my life I have held positions of leadership in high school and even in college. I was the president of two clubs in high school and the captain of my track team. At Pepperdine, I have been a part of a few organizations. One of them was The Mountain, where I headed the marketing department. My passion has always been building new relationships and creating synergy between people in all environments. However, instead of focusing on my goal to achieve a vision, I found myself constantly striving for others approval and feeling responsible for others happiness. I gradually came to the conclusion that being a leader is not easy, especially when you let people pleasing come in the way. I thought that being a leader had its valuable moments but it was also at times, exhausting. It was not until this past year when I realized that I was leading the wrong way. Through two pivotal experiences, I learned that I needed to focus on my own well-being before I could export all my energy to others. I realized that when people pleasing became my goal, I did not lead people into what was best because I was led more by the opinions of others. I also realized that an important part of being a leader requires one to let go of other people’s opinions and to accept your own. The two instances that influenced my growth in leadership were a car accident this past winter and the elimination of social media. During winter break, I went back home to Colorado to visit my family. I was enamored by the snowcapped mountains and winter activities because it had been my first time home since before I left for abroad. I spent a decent amount of time with my family and friends but my friends had not seen me for a while so I felt the need to constantly be with them. As much as I wanted to spend time alone or with my family, my friends would summon me day and night. Being a huge people pleaser, I could never say the word "no". One night, my friends wanted to go ice-skating in a mountain town around an hour and a half away. I did not want to drive so far away because by the time we would return, the icy roads would be too dangerous to drive through. My friends were so adamant on going that I caved and decided to drive them. On our way back driving from the mountain town, I was consumed by my friends: listening to them talk and focusing my attention on them. I turned around to tell my friend something and before I knew it, I crashed into a car. Luckily, no one was injured and my friends and I returned home safely. After the car accident I spent one week at home without seeing anyone. It was time for me to be introspective and learn the importance of having time for myself. This experience truly changed my outlook on pleasing other people. I should not only transport my energy to others for the reason of ensuring their happiness. When I do this, I tend to lose myself. I forget about my own well-being and inhibit wisdom that comes from within. This experience taught me to listen to my own thoughts and to not be afraid of saying no. This was pivotal in my growth as a leader because I learned the importance of deciphering when to say yes and when to say no. There are times when no may seem like a tough answer but the end result will be more beneficial. The next experience that inspired me to live for myself and not others is deleting Snapchat. It was my New Years resolution to delete this social media app that was controlling my mindset and behavior. I was so accustomed to posting certain stories for other people. I rarely posted for myself and instead, acted in a way for others. I forgot about myself and began to feel empty because my identity was deviating. However, after my Snapchat detox, I quit living in other people’s reality and started to live in mine. Now that I don’t spend as much time seeing what others are doing, I am prioritizing my own time and utilizing it in a more valuable way. Eliminating Snapchat freed me from caring about what others thought about me. This enabled me to not excessively care about others opinion and ultimately grow as a leader. This past year showed me what leadership truly means. I thought I had qualities of being a leader but once I found that solely succumbing to the desires of others would hinder a better way, I knew I had to change. I cannot be consumed by every person’s opinion or else the causalities of people pleasing will ultimately crush the end goal. I believe that I am the ideal candidate for this scholarship because I am a work in progress. According to Pepperdine’s mission statement, “…where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership,” the University understands that students leave drastically different than the way they arrive. This is because the purpose of college, specifically Pepperdine, is for students to find themselves so that they can move on to the real world and positively influence others. My three years at Pepperdine have given me the opportunity to learn and grow, especially in the leadership realm. I understand that an integral part of being successful is to learn from my failures. Everyone has unlimited potential as long as they have a desire to learn and grow in whatever circumstance. While my car accident and deletion of Snapchat did not directly correlate to growing as a leader, I utilized the lessons to grow as a leader. The two instances taught me valuable life lessons which helped build my character to prepare me as a future leader. Mar 12 2017 11:58:46:000PMw
Caitlin Quisenberry100495435Caitlin.Quisenberry@pepperdine.edu720-375-3204BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy0520183.8889.5Mason MarshallReligion and Philosophyjohn.m.marshall@pepperdine.eduRandall ChesnuttReligion and Philosophyrandall.chesnutt@pepperdine.educMy opportunities at Pepperdine have been boundless, and this year was no exception. The doors of leadership have opened for me to realize my full potential. At the beginning of this year I was honored to be selected as a Songfest host. Besides performing, my responsibilities include working with the staff to choose the music, learn songs and choreography, create costumes, write scripts, build stage sets, and lead the kick off event for the students. My next leadership position came this January when I was elected as Education chair for my sorority. Through this, I give weekly power point presentations, organize speakers, chair Founder’s Day, help with philanthropy events, and transition seniors into alumni status. To further my leadership skills, I will be acquiring an Undergraduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Pepperdine’s Law School. This coupled with my Philosophy degree should help me become a top applicant into law school. I believe I am an ideal candidate for a faculty-staff scholarship because of my growth in acquiring leadership positions and pouring myself into them. While doing this, I earned a 4.0 fall semester and am on target to do the same this semester. George Pepperdine had envisioned students’ lives being transformed through his institution, and as a student who has experienced this; I can attest that the combination of a Christian education coupled with a strong and supportive faculty has given me the gift of leadership. Mar 6 2017 08:55:16:000AMw
Joseph Clayton Burton100495858joseph.burton@peppperdine.edu316-259-1269BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420183.79396.5Joseph HugginsBusiness Administrationjoseph.huggins@pepperdine.eduDongkuk LimBusiness Administrationdongkuk.lim@pepperdine.educPepperdine University affirms values of service, purpose, and leadership to instill the altruism of Christ's character within the University's students, faculty, and administration. Over the course of the last academic year, I have had these core values reaffirmed in my academic work both inside and outside the classroom. The area I have seen the most growth and maturity in over this time is in service. Last semester, I worked to help aid students in their own academic endeavors by tutoring. Whether it was my roommate's freshman brother or some of my own class counterparts, I'd help lend my services in their academic pursuits. With the start of the current semester this January, I have seen the character of service mature in my Service Leadership course. Through this class, I have been able to help impact a nonprofit that assists with immigration and naturalization for Hispanic migrants. This organization has faced challenges with their online capabilities. By providing my time and knowledge, I have been able to benefit this organization's outreach through the creation of a social media strategy plan and a website. At times, the task at hand has proved challenging. However, I continue to preserve as I remember that this organization currently employs eight individuals who assist over thirty thousand migrant workers. My motivation in this endeavor has been the thirty thousand, and my purpose in this project is to do all that I can to best serve them. Mar 13 2017 12:44:08:000AMw
Kindra Noelle Liang100496490kindra.liang@pepperdine.edu480-703-8044BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0420183.945134Ben PostlethwaiteBusiness Administrationben.postlethwaite@pepperdine.eduJacqueline DillionHumanities/Teacher Educationjacqueline.dillion@pepperdine.educThe transition back to campus life after studying overseas has allowed me to see the influence of my growth abroad in a more familiar setting. This year I have developed a greater understanding of the importance of knowing who I am and tying that self-awareness into my work. The biggest realization upon entering my third year is that I am preparing myself to enter the “real world.” In my internship, it is intimidating to see the hard work and success of those above me. But I must ask myself, “why would I be incapable of such achievement?” Before this school year, I had the tendency to feel paralyzed by my uncertainty of the future and my ability to thrive in it. However, in a convocation event, I learned that it’s better to take the next good step rather than waste our energy on worrying. In response, I have become more confident in my ability to be successful in anything I take on. In my Organizational Behavior class, it was emphasized that our calling appears to us as a “faint urge” and it is our responsibility to discover our vocation and put forth our vigor in being fruitful in whatever we choose to do. This year I have seen enrichment in my passion for engaging different peoples and cultures. My time abroad instilled in me an appreciation for the diversity of perspectives that I encounter every day. I have grown to recognize that any work tied to my own values and passions will be fulfilling. God has blessed me with an enthusiasm for conversing with people of differing beliefs to widen my own views and I want to inspire that eagerness in others. This year has fostered my role as a voice of encouragement for those who are overwhelmed by uncertainty in their futures. Although I may not know my exact career path, I have faith in the path that God has planned for me as long as I am moving forward. Mar 9 2017 10:57:43:000PMw
Jiaqi Ke100496671jiaqi.ke@pepperdine.edu3106225198BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420183.72479Joshua KimBusiness AdministrationJoshua.K.Kim@Pepperdine.eduSharyl CorradoHumanities/Teacher Educationsharyl.corrado@pepperdine.educService, is the action of helping or doing work for someone, and according to George Pepperdine, service is the moral imperative to serve others sacrificially. The difference between these definition is whether or not we ask for something in return when we serve others, and I think this selfless service is fundamental to any interpretation of Christianity.         During the past year, I felt driven to support the education of students in Chinese rural areas, which helped me to determine my life goal of improving the Chinese education system. I started to realize my purpose during my sophomore year, when I was studying in Pepperdine’s Washington DC program. In that time, I interned in a non-profit organization called the International Child Art Foundation, and I served as the Chinese program coordinator. The chairman, Dr. Ishaq, is committed to develop children’s creativity and empathy through the universal language of art. I was impressed by his perseverance, since he worked for the children for twenty years; he seized every opportunity that was beneficial to the children. Working as the Chinese program coordinator, I also contacted many similar organizations in China and saw the necessity for developing creativity among Chinese children. But I did not know how to do something specific to fulfill this need. It was not until my trip to Cuba, that my purpose became much more clear. During my EFT trip to Cuba, we visited a primary school, and were surprised by their talent in singing, dancing and painting which the students showed. We also found that the teacher effectively integrated modern musical instruments with the native music, which inspired the children’s creativity and interest in learning. Therefore, I decided to join the program “Teach for China” during the summer, to support education in a rural part of China.         After I came back from Cuba, I applied for a program in the Yunnan Province and everything went on successfully. My goal was to see the current education situation in an undeveloped region of China, and to use my limited strength to inspire and improve the children’s creativity and learning abilities. In June, I started my journey to the small village: Jinping. It took me two days to get there, because the school was remote and the road was muddy. I anticipated the difficulties in the following month. However, once I got there, my worries disappeared and I was touched by the lovely and innocent kids. Although they were shy at the beginning, they showed affection to me when I taught them and played with them. I became not only their English and music teacher, but also their older sister who cared about and shared experiences with them. In order to increase their interest in learning English, I combined English with music, by replacing some characters of Chinese songs with English words. I also found that the children liked me to share my experiences in the US, so I tried to write some simple scripts for them to act out. Although they could only learn very little from the limited time I had with the, I was pleased that every child enjoyed their new knowledge and was excited about the outside world. Some people think that children from urban areas are smarter than kids in rural areas, but I do not think so; I think they simply lack the adequate educational resources. However, I think the problem of the unequal distribution of educational resources cannot be solved in China in a short time, and it should be the teacher who guides these children correctly, teaching them how to learn and value life, and encouraging them to serve their neighborhood when they grow up. These children have the same responsibility as Pepperdine students: to serve others when they receive generous gifts.         Although I am majoring in Business Administration, I have realized the significance of education during my studies. I also think it is not only the children from the rural areas who should be getting better educational resources, but it is also the urban children who need a more creative teaching method rather than the examination-oriented method. I hope my profession can lay the foundation for my dreams, and provide me with sufficient economic base and social influence to help me to serve more children in the future.   Mar 13 2017 10:47:31:000AMw
Meghan Joy Doyle100497784meghan.doyle@pepperdine.edu224-723-3462BAITALIANInternational Studies and Languages0520184.080Fiona StewartInternational Studies and Languagesfiona.stewart@pepperdine.eduCynthia ColburnFine Artscynthia.colburn@pepperdine.educFrom Firenze to Chicago and back to Malibu, this year has dragged me on an emotional roller coaster. It's been an excessively bumpy ride, but each twist and turn has given me new insight into what it means to have purpose. My purpose abroad seemed to be little more than enjoying my weekends and soaking up the history and culture by which I was daily surrounded. I came to learn that my role in the villa was more than just a travel companion, but a life companion, and I left Italy with forever friends and a newfound passion for art history. Summer in Chicago introduced me to the field of nonprofit fundraising, where I found a fulfilling outlet for my burgeoning skill-set and a possible career path I have since decided to pursue. Frequent visits to the Art Institute further sparked my passion for the arts and molded my current goal of grant-writing for a major art museum. I carried those passions into my junior year courses, where it's been exciting to see class content collide. Finally feeling purposeful, I prepared for a difficult but rewarding year as a freshman RA, but was soon stopped short by a severe car accident. Through that healing process, I came to redefine the concept of purpose. It's not in the big dreams or future aspirations, but in the "yes, I'll drive you to church" and "sure, I'll read over your resume" that I now find mine. It's in the sincere intentionality needed to pursue others and the raw vulnerability it takes to build trust that I see my true purpose. Feb 14 2017 01:48:11:000PMw
Barbara Elizabeth Tarwater100497810eliza.tarwater@pepperdine.edu615-491-3002BAINTMARKTCommunication0520183.89101.5Brian HemsworthCommunicationbrian.hemsworth@pepperdine.eduMarilyn MischBusiness Administrationmarilyn.misch@pepperdine.educFor me, this has been a year of many changes, hard times, and rejections. Because of this, I have reevaluated what my purpose is at Pepperdine. Facing rejection was something I was not completely used to, but it has helped me to grow in ways that I could not have expected. Following these rejections, the path lead me to become a member of the Student Philanthropy Council. Not being top on my list, the Council was something that I was not truly passionate about at first, but I wanted to be involved at Pepperdine in whatever way I could. As the year progressed, I began to find myself fulfilling an important role on the Council. I am a people person, so talking to people and explaining the job of the Council is something I excelled at. I felt that I could reach people in ways that I didn’t realize were possible. This all culminated in the event Give2Pepp. I worked closely with the Council to plan the event and I had the opportunity to share about giving back to Pepperdine during the actual day. Give2Pepp was a huge success and by the end, I knew that I finally found my purpose at Pepperdine. In the Council, we talk about making gifts towards scholarships and how much the donors impact the students. This has made me appreciate the scholarships I have received in the past even more and makes me want to do all that I can to help other students find their purpose at Pepperdine. Mar 10 2017 04:42:56:000PMw
Simone Raeth100498026simone.raeth@pepperdine.edu925-876-2987BANATSCINatural Science0420183.98590John MannNatural Sciencejohn.mann@pepperdine.eduLila CarlsenInternational Studies and Languageslila.carlsen@pepperdine.educWhen I stepped onto campus to be an Orientation Leader at the beginning of junior year, I was tingling with anticipation to welcome the incoming students and to continue friendships I had already made. I felt a strong sense of purpose and was ready to dig deep into my physics, math, and Spanish classes to work on my major and minor. However, the beginning of the year was not as idyllic as I had pictured it. It seemed like we were all suddenly consumed with our different schedules, and I found myself feeling disconnected and disoriented in the first weeks of the semester. However, this soon changed as I took the opportunity to lead one of the Landed club convo groups for the Heidelberg program. I was motivated to keep on top of my schoolwork so that I could enjoy spending intentional time with them and with God every week. As time went on, I became more confident in who I am. I would go on Spanish field trips, I went to my professors’ office hours to ask questions and now I go sometimes just to say hello. I invested a lot of work, got a huge amount out of my classes, and found that I truly enjoy them and have a zest for the degrees I am pursuing. I feel a renewed and fortified sense of purpose to do well in my classes, build relationships, and continue becoming someone who will contribute positively to whatever I do after college. I will stride forward faithfully and gratefully, and live out the path that I am walking down. This scholarship would help me continue my journey. Feb 25 2017 09:03:08:000AMw
Annaleise Amalia Lee100498298annaleise.lee@pepperdine.edu8019075808BAMUSICFine Arts0420183.795Gary CobbFine Artsgary.cobb@pepperdine.eduChristina RogerroInternational Studies and Languageschristina.rogerro@pepperdine.educWhile attending Pepperdine I have grown intellectually, musically, and spiritually. However, looking back at my time here, I realized that my greatest growth has been in regards to leadership. Before Pepperdine I was timid, insecure, and somewhat unsure of how to lead a group or present myself. With that being said, I am grateful to see that every semester my leadership skills have grown more than expected and more than I believed was even possible. I accredit this tremendous growth in myself to three specific things; classes, professors, and extracurricular organizations. First, through classes and academic work I have learned the orator and rhetoric skills that are needed to lead. These skills developed through things such as academic presentations, speech classes, music performances, and classmate examples. Second, my professors have instilled in me a passion for leadership and a drive for achievement through their consistent efforts to make me a better leader and their persistent instruction. Lastly, through my involvement in the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, my membership in the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and through leading various Club Convocations, I have been given the experience to practice my leadership skills in practical and realistic ways. Through these experiences, organizations, and individuals my skills and passions for leadership have improved tremendously. Mar 7 2017 07:33:15:000PMw
Megan Chou100498727megan.chou@pepperdine.edu6264205733BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0520183.7797Cheng Yu HouBusiness Administrationchengyu.hou@pepperdine.eduCourtney DavisNatural Sciencecourtney.davis2@pepperdine.educThroughout the last year, I have experienced transcendent growth in my personal as well as professional career. As an International Business major, along with Applied Math and Industrial Organizational Psychology minors, I am diving into a wealth of knowledge that Pepperdine has to offer. After studying abroad in London, I came back to Malibu ready to embrace my major and start speeding ahead full force into the unlimited future. In the beginning of my junior year, I applied to be a student worker in the Financial Aid office. I wanted to utilize my analytical skills and practice my interpersonal ones by helping distressed students and parents. With my practical Excel knowledge, I headed the project to organize the entire Pepeprdine outside scholarship webpage. In addition, I was able to apply some of the therapy and counseling techniques that I learned in my minor classes to communicate effectively with nervous and sometimes angry parents. After a semester of consistent work performance and excellent work acumen, I was chosen to be promoted to a lead intern in my senior year. Additionally, I participated in the Career Coaching Program to learn more about professional development. After a couple of months of intensive workshopping, I have acquired numerous useful job searching tips and interviewing techniques that helped me in securing an internship position at Farmers Insurance. Furthermore, I stretched my comfort zone and bonded with a group of diverse students when I decided to join Songfest and gave it my best shot. With a full academic work load and at least ten hours of working a week, I was forced to sharpen my time-management skills. In short, I seized the opportunities for growth and never left any regrets during my time at Pepperdine. Mar 2 2017 01:17:43:000PMw
Christopher Scott Sanderson100499478christopher.sanderson@pepperdine.edu716-946-4407BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy0420183.7779.5Mason MarshallReligion and Philosophymason.marshall@pepperdine.eduGregory DaumReligion and Philosophygregory.daum@pepperdine.educPepperdine comes alongside students in the pursuit of purpose, service, and leadership. Over the past twelve months I have grown in my sense of purpose, my desire for servitude, and my capacity for leadership. On my flight from Buffalo to LAX (cliche, I know) in August of 2016 I became embraced a faith in Jesus Christ. I employ the word faith as used by Tim Keller: having the courage to hold to what you know is true. My studying of Philosophy has equipped me with the tools to arrive at a sturdy foundational world view which compels me to serve others with humility. Since this transition I have tried to tangibly reorder my heart in alignment with Christ's example. Consequently, service is now a more important part of my life. Every Monday I volunteer at Camp David Gonzales mentoring and tutoring disadvantaged teens. I go to the same class and invest the students. Each time I leave refreshed by their innocence and humor despite their rugged backgrounds. In addition, I had the opportunity to go on an alternative spring break trip to Monteverde, Costa Rice through Project Serve. It is important to note that I take advantage of these opportunities not because I am exceptionally benevolent but rather because I believe that servitude contributes to human flourishing, or Eudaimonia as coined by Aristotle. In regards to my capacity for leadership, I have discovered a new trick. Ironically, striving towards a humble, outwardly focused disposition lends confidence. I am on the e-board of Pepperdine's IJM chapter as VP of Communications and have taken the initiative to go into Greek organization chapter meetings and SAAJ classes to spread awareness about IJM's mission. Moreover, I have led dialogues at IJM general meetings. By focusing on the cause I am working towards rather than on myself I can lead with conviction. Mar 13 2017 04:26:21:000PMw
Katherine Zhu100499523kzhu7@pepperdine.edu6268418199BAINTMInternational Studies and Languages0420183.5693Constance James Business Administrationconnie.james@pepperdine.eduBenjamin RaddInternational Studies and Languagesbenjamin.radd@pepperdine.educ Within the past years at Pepperdine, I have matured in ways that I never thought I would. According to the Pepperdine Mission Statement, “Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.” I believe I have lived up to the Pepperdine Mission Statement; therefore, this paper will focus on the purpose aspect of the statement. My purpose at Pepperdine revolves around two facets; academics and athletics. In terms of athletics, I am a student-athlete that is currently on the Pepperdine women’s golf team. As a student-athlete, my purpose on the team is to set high standards for myself during practice and competition, be good examples for my teammates, always treat my teammates, coaches, and competitors with respect and kindness, and finally, represent Pepperdine with confidence and honor. In terms of academics, my purpose is to learn as much as I can from professors, coaches, and friends. Pepperdine offers never ending learning opportunities for its students. For example, My coach taught me that one must always work with a purpose and goal and never give up. The knowledge and wisdom I can learn from the people around me can lead me to a successful and purposeful life after I graduate. Pepperdine University has helped me mature into the person I am today and find my purpose. It has taught me to continuously strive for academic and athletic excellence. I believe my purpose at Pepperdine will continue even after I graduate as I carry the experience and the knowledge I have gained. I will always be a Wave representing Pepperdine. Feb 24 2017 10:04:54:000PMw
Meghan Flanigan100500162meghan.flanigan@pepperdine.edu2074871249BAECONSocial Science0520183.901119Gary GallesSocial Sciencegary.galles@pepperdine.eduJoshua BowmanNatural Sciencejoshua.bowman@pepperdine.educFor a long time, I equated leadership with management. I thought that a leader was someone able to use the skills and personalities of different people to get the best results. So, when I began my internship in the Office of Admission, I thought my responsibilities would be training new students and making sure they completed their best work. Instead of leading families through the campus on tours, I would lead new students through their first phone calls and application workshops. I saw myself as a guide for the new workers and someone who played a relatively small part in the admission process. In the past year, I have come to see that a leader not only manages an office, but creates the vision that people strive for. This type of leadership can come from any level in an office and works to empower people, rather than handle them. During my shifts, I try to get to know each one of my co-workers and talk to them about their jobs. I focus on the big picture so that they know every task they do truly has a big impact on the families that come to Pepperdine and the admission process. As an intern, I can show people what our office stands for and how our team works together. Next year, I am looking forward to taking on a larger role as lead intern and maturing as a leader. Every class and every working experience I have at Pepperdine challenges my assumptions and forces me to grow, so I am excited for what next year will bring. Mar 3 2017 10:14:13:000AMw
Kevin Prescott Maeda100500351kevin.maeda@pepperdine.edu909-708-6213BSCHEMSTRYNatural Science0420183.8971Dr. Jane GanskeNatural Sciencejane.ganske@pepperdine.eduDr. Joesph FritschNatural Sciencejoseph.fritsch@pepperdine.educPepperdine has influenced me in ways unimaginable. Over the past three years I have developed in all of the characteristics Pepperdine values; yet, this academic year I have matured the most in purpose. Through my experiences at this university my vocation for mentorship has become more evident. Especially through my involvement as a chemistry lab teacher's assistant, I have realized this passion. I relish every chance I get to help students grow in their chemistry endeavors. Lab writing skills have become my primary focus in this role. I set apart time for students to either meet with me in groups or individually so that they may become more proficient in writing. And throughout this experience, I have found immense joy. The conversations that have stemmed from this have provided me with great fulfillment and realization for my purpose. From these experiences I have accumulated over my time at Pepperdine, I have grown tremendously. In my future endeavors I will take the values that Pepperdine has granted me and try to influence the world around me, just as Pepperdine has impacted me.Feb 26 2017 07:58:09:000PMw
Caroline Jane Rubach100501590caroline.rubach@pepperdine.edu630-809-6190BACOMRLCommunication0420183.814102Dr. Lauren AmaroCommunicationlauren.amaro@pepperdine.eduBarry FikeCommunicationbarry.fike@pepperdine.educThis past year at Pepperdine, I had the privilege of working as a student leader on the The Student Programming Board. This opportunity has grown me in all areas of purpose, service, and leadership and it has taught me how these three things are so fluidly integrated. I will demonstrate how I have specifically grown in the area of purpose. Serving on Weekend Events for the Board, my coworker and I plan events for students to come and enjoy with the goal of fostering community. This work has given me such a strong sense of purpose within my Pepperdine community. I have the honor of seeing our work produce tangible results of relationships being built and community being formed by the spaces we create. My understanding of work and purpose has now shifted too. I now understand that whatever I work at, if it is contributing to the community around me and creating something good for those within it, the work has purpose and meaning inherently within it. It is not about working for the sake of work, but for those I get to serve through it and the relationships I get to see build from it. I am an ideal candidate for this scholarship because I have experienced the way that Pepperdine teaches how purpose, service, and leadership are interdependent and can produce transformative results when all brought into one space. I plan to continue exploring and demonstrating these core values next year as a student, as a leader on the Board, and as a fellow community member. Thank you!Mar 13 2017 01:19:47:000AMw
Ashley Salazar100501598ashley.salazar@pepperdine.edu310-486-5017BSNUTRSCINatural Science0520183.73112Susan E. HelmNatural Sciencesusan.helm@pepperdine.eduChristine PetersonInternational Studies and Languagescpeterso@pepperdine.educTrials are never easy. The news of your mother having to battle cancer again is not the first thing you want to start out your junior year at college with. In addition to my mom’s illness, my dad’s job was slowing leaving him unemployed, I was struggling to do well in my classes, and our consistent failed search for a new church left my family feeling isolated and stagnant in our faith. Yes, trials are hard, but they are needed for growth. Through the challenges this year has brought, I have learned to become more “other-centered” and praise God in everything. This year has had plenty of exhausting tests of faith and character. My mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer the first day of my freshmen year of college. After much treatment and prayers, my mom’s condition got better; however, at the start of this school year, the cancer came back. Since then, our whole family has rallied to help her with whenever she needs. There have been days this semester when I have to forfeit school to care for my mom’s business because she is too weak to work. I've also had to drive her to the hospital for check-ups, prepare food for her, and be a constant source of encouragement and support for her. Almost simultaneously, my dad starting working less and less, and eventually he was unemployed. Among the great financial effects it put on our family, stress further built up in my mom and his own idleness filled my dad with anxiety. We would have asked our church family to lift us up in prayers, but having recently left a church we had been going to for a while, we were left bottling up our problems. Week after week passed in which we did not attend church on Sunday mornings. After years of never missing a Sunday church service beforehand, it became almost normal to not go to church, and my heart hardened at the thought of having to scout another one. Indeed, deciding to live at home this year has forced me to experience these stressful situations more intensely since I do not have the safe haven of my room at school and friends to escape to. Coupled with the time management of commuting and the fact that it was my most stressful academic year yet, I had no energy to face these problems. I would wake up early, go to classes all day, get home late, be expected to help out at home while trying to finish my school work, and have to do it all over again. The pile of stress started building up inside of me, and I was starting to feel hopeless. I would try to talk to my sister who lives at another university about the problems happening at home, but they never seem real to her since she was not present for what was happening. At first, this angered me because I thought, “How unfair is it that my sister gets to have fun in college while I’m stuck dealing with my parents issues?” However, a devotional one Monday morning quickly began a change in my heart. I woke up one morning remembering a devotional I had had two years earlier with some friends in the dorms. We had read the book of Esther, but I did not remember why it was so special at the time. As I was reading it again that morning, my eye stopped at Esther 4:14: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who know but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” I suddenly remembered this verse catching my eye at the Bible study two years ago as well. It was if the Lord spoke to me at that moment, causing me to realize that I too was in a royal position as a daughter of the King of Kings, and that I was placed at home, in the midst of the turmoil, for a reason. This short devotional on a mundane Monday morning was the first time I had felt the presence of God in a long time. Having no church services or fellowship had hardened my heart to the Word. Keeping this verse in my mind, I began praying. I prayed for my mom’s healing while I was in class learning about vitamins and minerals in my nutrition classes. I prayed for the provision of work for my dad as I was eating lunch. I prayed for a renewal of my faith and strengthening of my character while I was in lab mixing organic molecules. I even started praying for my professors and their families, for the doctors treating my mom, and for the presidents and leaders of the world. Prayer slowly lifted me out of my own self-pity and allowed me to think about others. I especially began viewing my professors less as strictly educators and more as people who need to be loved as well. I became more open about what was happening in my life with them and I asked them if they had anything they wanted me to pray for. When I heard about this scholarship, I had to apply because I knew that much of my growth was thanks to the wonderful prayers and friendships I was able to build among my professors. Certainly, the power of prayer awakened my soul to the reality of what mattered most in my life. My mom is still battling cancer and we have not yet found a church we feel comfortable at, but God did provided my dad with a wonderful new job. It is easy to take pity on myself, but the reality is that trials in life happen to make room for growth. I can choose to live in this constant “stress-filled” mindset, or I can realize the goodness that can come when I see the blessings that still persist in spite of stressful situations. This year, I’ve learned, and I am still trying to learn how, to care for others regardless of my own problems. It’s easy to feel bad for yourself and get angry with God for your situation. It takes no effort to tell my mom that I can’t cook for her or help her out because I have piles of homework waiting for me. I do not have to try hard to get angry with my family at times when they leave the difficult stuff for someone else to do. What’s difficult, but brings the most fruit, is being thankful and trusting the Lord in all circumstances and putting on a heart of love in spite of people’s defects or how one feels. I’m still understanding my duty to help out my mom, the importance of loving people at all times, the power of praying, and the need to cry out to and thank God everyday. Though I would not wish trials on anyone, I now welcome challenges because I know that “[His] power is made perfect in [my] weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I am sure that the more I change according to God’s will, the more Christ grows in me, and that is what is most important.Mar 8 2017 09:43:13:000PMw
hiuyam wong100501735hiuyam.wong@pepperdine.edu6263277685BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420183.49384steven.bauerBusiness Administrationsteven.bauer@pepperdine.edu Paul B. LasiterStaffpaul.lasiter@pepperdine.edu cI know my GPA now is below than 3.5 but I have tried my best to get a good grade and really learn something from every class in last semester and I am sure I have made some progress. I really need this scholarship because the financial situation of my family is not really well. I desperately need this scholarship so that I can take some classes in the summer session and be graduate on time.Jan 11 2017 11:10:45:000PMn
Joshua Edward Altrock100501906joshua.altrock@pepperdine.edu6822274530BARELIGIONReligion and Philosophy0420193.9482Dave LemleyReligion and Philosophydavid.lemley@pepperdine.eduDanny MathewsReligion and Philosophydanny.mathews@pepperdine.educIn the past year, I have seen the most growth in myself in the area of purpose. Through my time at Pepperdine I have become increasingly convinced that it is my purpose in life to find the places that music and God intersect and use them to draw others to Him. Though I have known this distinctly for some time, the unique circumstances of the past year have made this more evident than ever. This year I have been a sophomore who stayed in Malibu, one of the rare few who found themselves studying in the USA rather than a far off country. While I have enjoyed this opportunity to continue pursuing my passions of music and God here, it has been hard. Losing almost all of my friends to the abroad programs has been incredibly bittersweet and has shaped me in ways I did not expect. As I returned to school this year, I found myself forced to create a new community of friends. As I began doing this, I learned that I have a deep passion for connecting with people that I did not know was there. I found myself wishing that instead of working on schoolwork, I could be working on relationships. One day it dawned on me: that is exactly the job of a missionary. In the last year, God has used the unique circumstances of a diminished social community to show me a hunger for connection that I did not know existed in me. This hunger has brought new light to my understanding of purpose as I now feel secure in pursuing a career as a music missionary.Mar 9 2017 02:54:46:000PMw
Alexia Letayf Lazo de la Vega100502406alexia.letayflazodelavega@pepperdine.edu6192046585BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420183.53497David LemleyReligion and Philosophydavid.lemley@pepperdine.eduMadelline AbourchedStaffmadelline.abourched@pepperdine.educThe moment I saw people with tattoos on their faces and monitors on their ankles, I knew I was out of my comfort zone. Often, these observations have the potential to represent something negative, but their presence actually had the opposite effect on me. As a Nonprofit Management minor, volunteering with Homeboy Industries in addition to guest speakers and class discussions have all led to my incredible growth within the area of service. Choosing to have a minor in Nonprofit Management has been one of the best decisions I have made at Pepperdine. This was heavily influenced by the university’s strong belief in helping thy dear neighbor, which I was first introduced to through Step Forward Day. My passion to serve began and has continued to grow within this year. The minor has allowed me to delve deeper in questioning and expanding upon the aspects of nonprofit organizations. In October, I worked alongside past gang members in Downtown LA for a class project where I learned the importance of fundraising and maintaining relationships. Currently, I am learning about the roles of the board of directors and how it should be structured. All of what I learned in the classroom was further enhanced when I attended the Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Hearing the experiences and passions of individuals within the sector fired my drive even more to hopefully open my own organization or serve as a board member someday. Further, joining the Student Philanthropy Council has allowed me to become an active voice for service and promote the idea of giving back to the university. All in all, my time at Pepperdine has been nothing less than an amazing experience being made all the better being surrounded by faculty and staff who are truly invested into the lives of the students on campus.Mar 8 2017 07:51:44:000AMw
Chase Mendoza100502419chase.mendoza@pepperdine.edu714-615-2483BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy1220173.65102Mason MarshallReligion and Philosophymason.marshall@pepperdine.eduBrian NewmanSocial Sciencebrian.newman@pepperdine.educOver the summer of 2016 I served at the Seventh Day Adventist Mission in Natuvu Creek. This Pepperdine abroad program was oriented towards service as we assisted in the medical clinic, helped clean up the compound, and worshipped God in the remote Fijian jungle. A man in one of the Fijian villages had a seizure ten years back. Half of his body was paralyzed from the seizure. He used his strong right hand, and a series of ropes set up inside of his house to maneuver his way around. However, the step outside of his house was too tall for him to step down onto the dirt. The man had been permanently confined to his home. With the help of my peers from Pepperdine, we constructed a ramp with a hand rail to allow this man to leave the confines of his house. He had not taken a step outside onto the dirt in five or more years. We set the ramp up and helped him down onto the dirt where you could visibly see his toes sink into the wet earth and feel the grass. This experience along with many others on that trip, vividly taught me to thank God for the smallest things in life because all of it is a gift. We never think about what it would be like to not have felt the Earth for years, to not experience the rays of sunshine in the morning, or to not have the diversity of food choice present in our current diets. Our sheer existence is a blessed act of grace conceived by our heavenly Father. After my Fijian trip, I hope that I will never take that gift for granted. Mar 12 2017 04:38:11:000PMw
Rachel Kailani Yoshimura100502499rachel.yoshimura@pepperdine.edu808-271-9577BACOMRLCommunication0420183.8388Sarah BallardCommunicationSarah.Ballard@pepperdine.edu Gary SelbyCommunicationgary.selby@pepperdine.educI was a prideful person – I still am. Pride is something I have struggled with in my walk with God for a long time, but my role as a Spiritual Life Advisor has greatly humbled and grown me this year. Before my job, I had this image of what it meant to be a SLA; I would be a role model for my girls, and they would come to my pedestal in times of need for comfort and wisdom. God has a funny way of wrecking our pride. I used to view leadership in a self-righteous way, but I was radically humbled by this job. I did not know what it meant to truly be a servant leader until I laid my pride down so that I could come to my residents with open arms, ready to listen. I extensively study public speaking in my major, but this year I learned the importance of listening as a leader. Often times all someone needs is to feel heard. I imagined this position to solely include intense counseling and giving advice, but the most impactful way I lead was by meeting my residents where they were. I watched TV shows I hated with them and I had to let them make their own mistakes. I loved each of them through their struggles and was transparent by sharing my own shortcomings. My role as a SLA and my calling in life as a Christian is to serve others. This year I have found that although you can serve without being a leader, you cannot lead without being a servant. Leadership is a privilege not a right, and it was truly a privilege to serve my girls this year.Mar 3 2017 04:06:28:000PMw
William John Robinson100503146william.j.robinson@pepperdine.edu(747) 334-9116BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0520183.7781Cambry PardeeReligion and Philosophycambry.pardee@pepperdine.eduCameron WrightBusiness Administrationcameron.wright@pepperdine.educAfter an exhilarating year abroad, my junior year has been a time of reflection and planning with regard to what lies ahead of me following graduation. As difficult as it is to map out one’s future, I have learned to also simultaneously juggle schoolwork, extra curriculars, and a job which, if I am being honest, has been rather overwhelming at times. Despite my chaotic schedule, I can confidently say that the Lord has used this time of stress and anxiety to teach me about the importance of service. As a housegroup leader and member of the Guatemala Project Serve team, I have learned this past year that servitude is something that cannot be placed on the backburner for convenience sake in order to ease one’s busyness. Rather, service must be practiced relentlessly as taught and exemplified by Christ himself. As Mark 10:45 states, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In the same way, we as Christians are called to live a life that embodies Christ’s work and ministry here on earth. To do that, we must humble ourselves and serve as Jesus did regardless of what we have going on. After reading the qualifications of the Faculty-Staff Scholarship, I can confidently say that my growth in this area makes me an ideal candidate for this scholarship because it has prompted my unwavering commitment to serve which has resultantly transformed the way that I live. Every week, I have learned the importance of dedicating many hours toward leading a bible study for my housegroup members, spending time with them, and pouring into their lives to help support them through their struggles. On top of this, it has been a blessing to have spent this past spring break in Guatemala working alongside Story International, a non-profit dedicated to providing care and Christ’s love to orphans. Between these two modes of service, I would never reduce the amount of time poured into either of them to better relieve myself of my busy schedule. As a Christian, I take pride in serving others during my busyness because I understand that regardless of our availability, we are called to step up as leaders of society and align our lives with God’s intended desire for us to serve.Mar 6 2017 06:58:44:000PMw
Terra Jeane Atwood100503311terra.atwood@pepperdine.edu949-325-0246BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420183.6789Priscilla MacRaeNatural Sciencepriscilla.macrae@pepperdine.eduEmily Scott-LoweSocial Scienceemily.scott-lowe@pepperdine.educEach school year at Pepperdine has begun with my participation in Step Forward Day. It used to be a day where I could check off the box “complete act of service” and then continue on with my year. However, one of my classes this semester required each student to complete 14-16 hours of service learning. At the time, I thought I already had enough on my plate. Now, I had to complete 14-16 hours of something I thought I already checked off my to-do list. Nevertheless, I went onto the Volunteer Center’s website and found Hand in Hand. Working with people who have disabilities allows one to realize the things in life that are most important. Before Hand in Hand, I was only worried about my academic success at Pepperdine, putting my own spiritual and mental needs on the back burner. Despite the disabilities that these individuals have to deal with, they come to Hand in Hand and they, above all, are incredibly happy. God gave me the ability to walk on both legs, talk, and the intelligence to attend Pepperdine. However, I took for granted those blessings that God gave me. After the experience of Hand in Hand, I realized that happiness lies in how you frame the blessings God has given you, and the importance of being grateful for the gifts each day brings. I have given more than 16 hours in service to Hand in Hand this semester. Service is no longer a check mark on my to-do list, it is a necessity I look forward to, and makes me a deserving candidate for this scholarship.Mar 12 2017 04:34:13:000PMw
Alexander Shofner Corwin100504068alexander.corwin@pepperdine.edu6268085458BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy0420183.6575Brittany SkinnerStaffbrittany.skinner@pepperdine.eduGarrett PendergraftReligion and Philosophygarrett.pendergraft@pepperdine.educThis year I was graced with the opportunity to serve on Pepperdine University's Student Programming Board—a student lead organization "dedicated to bringing students together through planning, organizing, and executing events for the Pepperdine Community." While my job is a clear blessing, it took a lot of time, and discomfort for me to realize how transformative this work experience would be considering Pepperdine’s mission. Returning from overseas was more challenging than I often recognize; friends I made in my abroad program gradually dispersed into their sorority/fraternity groups and my old friends from freshman year drifted away. I too drifted and found myself feeling lonely and unmotivated. I had neither voice to listen to nor ears to hear me. Inspired to make a beneficial change, I dedicated my year to working for “The Board.” At first I felt palpably misplaced and frivolous with my time—working 20 hour weeks simultaneously balancing school began to wear at my wellbeing. However, after experiencing the community “Board” events establish for students, I realized that my prior state of depression taught me compassion for the very people to whom our events appeal and that God prepared me to serve in this way. I have continued to serve Pepperdine by spearheading events and promoting a monolithic collaborative community. I believe that I am a good candidate for scholarship because I have developed a passion of applying Pepperdine’s mission to my life and serving the student body. Furthermore, service seems to burgeon my faith and inspire me to live as God has intended. Mar 12 2017 11:48:07:000PMw
Kiana Elise Newman100504659kiana.newman@pepperdine.edu8082929158BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420183.3393Michael SoucyNatural Sciencemichael.soucy@pepperdine.eduEmily Scott-LoweSocial Scienceemily.scott-lowe@pepperdine.educAlthough I feel like I have grown immensely in all three areas of purpose, service, and leadership during my time at Pepperdine. I would like to highlight my growth specifically in the area of purpose. Attending Pepperdine University, being surrounded by fellow Christians, and studying Sports Medicine has helped more greatly refine my values and long-term intentions. In my interactions with professors and students with many different backgrounds from different places around the world, I have been able to discover and marvel at the fact that God has brought us all together at this one school under the same purpose to love, become better people, selflessly give, and to discover more about who God is and His plan for all of our lives. From my one-and-a-half years at Pepperdine University, one year studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and one month serving in Fiji, I have discovered not only that I still have no idea what I want to do with my major after college but that I am also okay with that. I am okay with it because I know that God has a plan and that my purpose is to, first and foremost, love God and love others; one of the most foundational and life-changing things I learned during my time in Fiji. I am proud to say that my goal in life is to love God and serve Him with how I serve and love others and, just like everybody else at this school, I am still discovering how to best achieve this using the passions and gifts God has given me. I strive daily to throw myself into my studies and practically whatever else I am a participant of so as to work at it as if I was working for the kingdom of God. I am not the perfect, straight 'A' student and my Sports Medicine classes do not come as naturally to me as it does to others but I know that my passion for Sports Medicine continues to grow so I will continue to pursue it, God willing. I realize that I do not have the minimum 3.5 GPA required for this scholarship. I have a 3.33 GPA. However, I am applying for this scholarship because despite my academic inadequacy, I not only desperately need the extra financial aid but I wanted to demonstrate how God has worked in my weaknesses and inadequacies to portray just how great of a God He is and how He has given me a purpose beyond being academically or monetarily successful. He has shown me success in the kingdom of heaven through the fruits of the relationships with other students and faculty I have poured into at Pepperdine and that have poured into me; through the ways people have freely given to me and inspired me to give freely back in whatever way I possibly can. Besides, isn't that the point of college anyway? It’s to receive an education and experience not for my own benefit but for the benefit of everyone else. I truly believe in the words once spoken by Pablo Picasso, "The meaning of life is to find you gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." In conclusion, I desire this scholarship as a means to aid my pursuit of education and refining my career path so that I can dedicate all that I have learned and who I have become towards loving others and helping people in every circumstance and any career path no matter where God takes me next. Jan 10 2017 08:18:39:000AMw
Kristin Chelby Vartan 100504991kristin.vartan@pepperdine.edu2095731872BAJOURNALCommunication0420183.790Nicholas ZolaReligion and Philosophynicholas.zola@pepperdine.eduMichael Murrie Communicationmichael.murrie@pepperdine.educIn the past year at Pepperdine, I have learned to become a better leader by first being humbled. I came back from abroad assuming because I had been Online Managing Editor of the Pepperdine Graphic my freshman year and had written many high profile pieces for the publication, I would be qualified enough to take on the role as the Currents Magazine Editor for the Fall 2016 semester. I was wrong. Rather than obtaining the position, one that I had dreamed of having since I first stepped foot on Pepperdine’s campus in 2014, I was given the position of Life and Arts Assistant Editor and Currents Magazine staff writer. At first, I looked at this decision as a demotion. Little did I know that God had put me in that position to first be a servant to my editors and diversify my writing subjects. Not only did I learn so much about the editing/design software, InDesign while on the job, but had enough time on my hands as an assistant editor to write about more than just entertainment and fashion. I wrote about hard news, sports, the performing arts, and many more high profile pieces such as interviewing alumna Peggy Grande, former Executive Assistant to Ronald Reagan about her new book. As a staff writer for Currents, I made sure to ask many questions and attend editing nights I wasn’t required to go to just so I could learn more about the publication process of the magazine. Most importantly, I realized it was a blessing that I was not Currents Magazine Editor last semester because who was chosen was more qualified at the time because well-versed in different areas of Pepperdine Graphic Media. In addition to that, her theme “The Undercurrent, telling the untold stories at Pepperdine” was so genius and had such a strong journalistic purpose that it made sense for her to obtain the position. In addition to learning more about design/editing and diversifying my writing last semester, I was brainstorming what I would want Currents to look like if I became the next editor. It turns out that my vision was exactly what my advisors, Elizabeth Smith and Courtenay Stallings were looking for, and I was now qualified for the position. The skills I’ve learned these last three years (and especially this last semester) as a member of Pepperdine Graphic Media have helped me develop into both a leader and a servant to Currents Magazine as their current editor. I cannot say enough how privileged I am to be in this position and know that God has great plans for it and for me. In the end, I was meant to be a leader, it just had to happen within the Lord’s time. Mar 13 2017 11:43:50:000AMw
Patrick Wells100505026patrick.wells@pepperdine.edu5302770781BSPHYSICSNatural Science0520183.7591.5John MannNatural Sciencejohn.mann@pepperdine.eduGerard FaselNatural Sciencegerard.fasel@pepperdine.educWhen I first arrived at Pepperdine University, I had little to no understanding of how transformative the college experience can be. Now, as I approach my final year at Pepperdine, I realize that my choice of institution has been almost as important as my choice of field of study. Pepperdine’s goal to instill its students with the value of purpose, service, and leadership has had a very real impact on my life. In the past year especially, my time at Pepperdine has developed my own sense of purpose specifically, both in my day to day life and in the long term. One of the great benefits of Pepperdine is the personal relationship I am able to build with faculty members, particularly the ones that teach my major classes. As I have been looking forward to life after Pepperdine, the wisdom of the faculty has been indispensable. My fairly recent decision to go to graduate school was very much aided by a faculty member, and their support has been important as I prepare to make the transition. Additionally, the faculty in my major have consistently provided me with opportunities for growth in my field of study outside of the classroom. All this has served to develop my personal sense of purpose. I believe that a strong sense of purpose is a primary indicator of a life that is fulfilling to the person living it. I feel that it is worthwhile for the university to support students such as myself as it will allow me to continue to focus on living my specific God-given purpose each day Mar 11 2017 01:08:31:000PMw
Melissa Mallari100505587melissa.mallari@pepperdine.edu8054166768BAADVERTISCommunication0420183.5686Christina Littlefield-EngCommunicationchristina.littlefield@pepperdine.eduHoyoung AhnCommunicationHoyoung.Ahn@pepperdine.educThe constant support and mentoring of the faculty and staff is why I am most proud to be a part of the Pepperdine community. About a year ago, I was offered a full-time job by a start up company. I was hired to assist in leading the basketball division. To say that it felt good to have a steady income to help my parents would be an understatement. However, it was from this proud moment that I learned that living a life of purpose, service, and leadership starts from within. The dream of working for the start-up was being crushed by the harsh pressure to activate revenue, fast. The company culture became so money hungry. I was growing as a leader, but at the cost of no longer feeling like I was serving God’s purpose. As I prayed for guidance and picked the brains of my professors and mentors the answer came to me at a club convocation. We were studying the Gospel of Matthew, and as I read Matthew 6:24 , I had instant goosebumps. I realized that I was serving money rather than God. I learned that I have to make moves in my personal and professional life that will fulfill all three characteristics described in our mission statement. I know the prompt was to describe growth within the past year in one of the areas of purpose, service, or leadership, but the truth is, it is impossible to touch on just one. Maintaining this trinity in every major decision is crucial to maintaining true happiness and peace. Mar 10 2017 03:00:33:000AMw
SIYU DONG100507667siyu.dong@pepperdine.edu626-223-4601BSACCOUNTBusiness Administration0520194.0061Thomas H. ReillyInternational Studies and Languagesthomas.reilly@pepperdine.eduRobin D. PerrinSocial Sciencerobin.perrin@pepperdine.educInspired by the mission of Pepperdine, I participated more in extracurricular activities to improve my leadership during the past year. As a member of Chinese Student Association (CSA), I was elected by CSA officers to be the director of Human Resources Department. Since last September, I successfully organized two recruitments, hired 25 new members, and established a CSA database for both current students and alumni in our association. This special experience develops my interpersonal skills and enables me to better prepare my future interviews. Additionally, in order to help more students in my hometown Yinchuan, a small and undeveloped city in China, to study abroad and open their eyes to the outside world, I helped to found the Exchange Centre for Overseas Study (ECOS) with my friends studying in different countries. We share our foreign study experience to students who prepare to study abroad and assist students who have problems during their school life in foreign countries. I feel fulfilled because I can use my personal experience as a light house to inspire and guide students who are confused and in trouble, which is the largest growth I made for the past year. Besides building up leadership, I work 14 hours per week as a grader and a cashier at Jamba Juice to learn how to interact with people and team work abilities. I think the knowledge I received at Pepperdine and these colorful experiences will help me to better understand the mission of Pepperdine and make more improvements in the future.Feb 13 2017 02:52:49:000PMw
Ryan Reeves100509339ryan.reeves@pepperdine.edu310-793-6794BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420183.9584Joshua KimBusiness Administrationjoshua.k.kim@pepperdine.eduTyler KemmererStaffTyler.Kemmerer@pepperdine.educIn the past year, I have grown particularly in the area of purpose. Last semester, I was abroad in Shanghai and being out of my comfort zone allowed me to re-evaluate my purpose in this life. After much thought and prayer, three simple questions kept reappearing. These questions have changed the ways I spend my time, how I view purpose, and have simplified what is important. Here they are: How do I get closer to God? How do I get closer to others? How do I use my talents and interests to glorify God? You do not need to be a genius to answer these but using them to guide my habits and growth has been fruitful. I have become astutely aware of how my actions and thoughts have consequences, both good or bad. Every single day, I read my Bible, memorize a bible verse, meet someone new, and no longer watch television, but instead allocate that time to learning about my passion, investing. I now live, not merely by going through the motions of life, but feel I have a clear purpose. Even the atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche could see the meaning of purpose when he said, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” I now have a strong ‘why.’ Purpose is the driving force behind many great efforts and this scholarship would aid me in my goal to live out my purpose each day. However, I am not entitled to this award simply because I have tried my best and done well academically. This award goes deeper than checking off boxes; it is about character, selflessness, and hope. Feb 16 2017 11:08:10:000AMw
Benjamin Howard100509574benjamin.howard@pepperdine.edu9258587578BAECONSocial Science0520193.6355Ronald CoxReligion and Philosophyronald.cox@pepperdine.eduMichael GoseHumanities/Teacher Educationmichael.gose@pepperdine.educAs the comedian Jerry Seinfeld once quipped, a young child’s dreams of being Superman are Batman, “aren’t just fantasies, they’re options” (I’m Telling You For the Last Time, 1998). Growing up, I had so many different dreams of what I was going to be: an astronomer, a doctor, a pilot, and so on. What I was going to be was, for so long (even into college), the most prominent question on my mind. This past year has not answered that question. No, instead, it has rid my life of that question, replacing it with the more pressing question: who am I going to be? Two circumstances have helped me to better answer this question in the past year. First, through my work as an intern and camp counselor at my church this past summer, I have identified God’s call for me to go into full-time ministry after college. Second, interacting with a professor from Pepperdine Law has ignited a passion in me to bring justice to the hopeless and oppressed in the world. I believe my purpose is to preach the Gospel that brings hope to the hopeless, and then to actually engage with organizations that are involved with global social justice. With abundant clarity, God has placed this purpose in my heart. So come what may, whatever life throws at me, I have confidence in my call and in my purpose. Through the work and grace of God alone He has given me a glimpse of what is to come in my life over the past year, and I wait with eager anticipation to answer that call.Jan 31 2017 01:26:40:000PMw
Sophia Flint100510012sophia.flint@pepperdine.edu4793723902BAMENAInternational Studies and Languages0520193.95680.5Joelle Zagury International Studies and Languagesjoelle.zagury@pepperdine.eduMark Barneche Staffmark.barneche@pepperdine.educAt the start of freshman year, I wrote, and still believe this to be my goal, that I seek to grow both academically and spiritually in the next four years. Studying in Lausanne this year, I have grown to see that the purpose for my education can and does intersect with my spiritual values. One weekend, I attended a retreat with my program where the speaker addressed the topic of social justice. His push to question who our neighbor is and how we can love our neighbor inspired me to reflect. Coming into abroad, one of my goals was to develop deep relationships while I have the opportunity to serve a smaller portion of my peers. The sixty students here are just one aspect of my neighbor that I chose to point towards God through service and love. The people of Lausanne, the locals I interact with on trips, and the communities I stay connected to at home also make up my “neighbor.” This year, however, I feel a push to go beyond that. My purpose is also to bring justice and service to any place in the world where people hurt or live in unjust situations. By seeking these people who may suffer or be deemed unworthy by the world, and bringing service and community to them, I believe I can encourage others to live for God, and, in doing so, create a community that reflects who God is and what His kingdom looks like. This growth encourages me as I continue to study International Studies and seek paths where my purpose to serve and love intersects with my education of the world.Mar 7 2017 12:49:24:000AMw
Noel Desiree Kildiszew100510600noel.kildiszew@pepperdine.edu760-815-7969BACOMIPCommunication0420193.6145Sarah BallardCommunicationsarah.ballard@pepperdine.eduRonald CoxReligion and Philosophyronald.cox@pepperdine.educDuring this past year abroad in the Heidelberg program, I see my personal and spiritual growth specifically in regards to the areas of leadership and purpose. Next year, I will be an important leader on campus as a Resident Advisor in the Crocker community, serving freshman girls as they experience their first year at Pepperdine. By building relationships and creating a welcoming environment of fellowship and inclusion, I hope to have an impact on the community of the freshman class. Secondly, these past months have been a great reaffirmation of my passion for people. I feel that God is working in my life and revealing His greater purpose for me. I know that this purpose involves me working closely with people, steering me towards the Interpersonal Communications field. On campus, I pursue this passion by working in the Office of Admission as a tour guide. Through this work, I am constantly interacting with families and future students, demonstrating to them the major aspects of Pepperdine’s culture not only through tour information, but also through my actions. This job has taught me important lessons on professionalism and working with people, leading me to a desire to pursue the higher education field. The opportunities at Pepperdine have allowed me to be involved on campus and develop career goals. Just over the course of about two years of attending Pepperdine, I have shown great involvement as a student, delving deeper into the spiritual, academic, and social community on campus. Academically, I have made the Dean’s List the past two semesters. Spiritually, I attend The Well, participated in house group, and lead a women’s Bible study abroad. Overall, I feel that I would be an ideal candidate to receive this scholarship because of my efforts to grow as a member of Pepperdine University. Feb 27 2017 08:15:01:000AMw
Alec David Royal100512648alec.royal@pepperdine.edu6262721075BSACCOUNTBusiness Administration0420194.072Don HancockNatural Sciencedon.hancock@pepperdine.eduDiana A. BursySocial Sciencediana.bursy@pepperdine.educPepperdine is part of me and I seek to uplift my community. "Freely ye received, freely give" is an ongoing aspiration for my tenure at Pepperdine and beyond. In regards to academic excellence, I am an extrinsic learner. As the semester progresses, I am engrossed by each of my classes, whether it is Philosophy of Religion or Financial Accounting. I attribute my 4.0 grade point average and repeated placement on the Dean’s List to my hunger for knowledge; however, I would rather learn something than simply get a perfect score. Because learning fascinates me, I found success last summer as an assurance intern at CLIFTONLARSONALLEN LLP, a national CPA firm. The skills I carried over from my business classes, in addition to my analytical and communicative approach to tasks, led me to be asked back to the firm for another summer. In regards to Christian values, I fully embrace the Church of Christ atmosphere fostered by the University. During my freshman year, I had a spiritual community in the University Church of Christ and a house group that gave me a sense of spiritual intimacy. As a student in Heidelberg, I belong to a loving Christian community and actively participate in house church and men’s Bible study. Pepperdine has provided me with other ways to carry out our Christian mission, such as teaching English to children in Jinotega, Nicaragua with the Pepperdine Volunteer Center and community service around Malibu with the Psi Upsilon fraternity. In sum, I continue to grasp Pepperdine’s spirit through academic excellence, spiritual formation, and community service. Feb 20 2017 07:07:30:000AMw
Maggie Alise Wood100512724maggie.wood@pepperdine.edu4795861883BAPSYCHSocial Science0420203.92742Robin PerrinSocial Sciencerobin.perrin@pepperdine.eduKelly HaerSocial Sciencekelly.haer@pepperdine.educServing others is crucial to the preservation of humanity. It forces us to gain perspective. It makes us wrestle with the uncomfortable reality of injustice. But perhaps most importantly, service invites us to become part of the solution. Service asks us to come to a place of discomfort, of empathy, in the suffering of others to work as allies to enact bottom-up change. Because of the emphasis placed on this by Pepperdine, I have come to firmly believe that the most important contribution I can make is to serve “the least of these.” This year I had many opportunities to serve, such as Jumpstart and Project Serve, allowing me to learn about structural issues in a way that I have never experienced. These programs gave me the chance to listen to people experiencing oppression daily. This direct interaction worked in tandem with the educational component, giving me a more cohesive and nuanced view on social justice. Pepperdine’s focus on service has cultivated my own passion for aiding others. After graduating, I plan to pursue law school, then work to reform the foster care system. Freshman year at Pepperdine was a time of growing in the embodiment of purpose, service, and leadership. While I developed my passion for service the strongest, all values are intrinsically interdependent. When one invests in others through service, it gives them purpose. People follow those who have direction, making them a leader. I am blessed to study at a university that values not only academic excellence, but equally emphasizes the Christian values necessary to become part of the solution: first service, then purpose, and eventually, leadership. I am excited to see the internal transformation during my next three years at Pepperdine.Mar 6 2017 12:14:12:000PMw
Sydnie Morgan Greger100512949sydnie.greger@pepperdine.edu480-234-2914BAPSYCHSocial Science0520204.049Jennifer HarrigerSocial Sciencejennifer.harriger@pepperdine.eduTanya CollingsStafftanya.collings@pepperdine.educ Sitting on my bathroom floor, I was surrounded by color. I reached into my makeup box to retrieve the last eyeliner pencil I needed to make my final mark. I brushed it across my paper and I was done. I had completed my entire makeup design book for my high school’s production of The Neverending Story. I sang along to the show tunes blaring through my speakers and I looked contently at what my creativity had produced. This was my life almost exactly one year ago. I basically lived in the theatre, both as a designer and as an actress. I was convinced that I was going to go to school and pursue a degree in the arts. Only until about a few weeks later did this ensured feeling fade. I received rejection from a few schools I had applied to, but I also received amazing opportunities to study elsewhere. However, something was off. Going to school for theatre no longer seemed like it should be my only option. I had to put my pride aside and ask myself a few necessary questions: What is my passion? What is my purpose? How can these two elements work together to give me a meaningful life? I believe that one’s purpose in life is to use the gifts God has blessed them with in order to serve others and, ultimately, improve the world around them. Even though this concept may be easy for me to articulate on paper, I struggled with this idea when it came to finally choosing a career path. God has blessed me with so many opportunities and passions that I was never truly sure of the career that could encompass all the different facets of my persona. One day I was struck with the words of Frederick Buechner. Buechner stated that, “the kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need the most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done”. I have participated in theatre as an actress, singer, and dancer since the age of twelve. For the longest time, it was my one and only passion. I thought it was the only thing that could ever make me happy. What I noticed, however, was the amount of times I said “me”, “my”, or “I” when talking about theatre. I wanted to pursue it for very selfish reasons. I wanted the fame, the attention. No part of me wanted to pursue theatre for the benefit of others. When choosing which school to commit to, the thought struck me— if I am choosing a career for selfish intentions, what happens when it no longer satisfies me? What will I have to work for? It was then that I knew that while I will always have a passion for the arts, a career in theatre is not God’s purpose for my life. It satisfied Buchner’s (a) but it didn't satisfy (b). I declined my offers from other schools to pursue a degree in acting and I committed to Pepperdine University because of its reputable academic reputation and Christian mission. After that difficult decision to decline pursuing theatre in college, I decided to look toward my other passions. Within the past two years, I have acquired an intense passion for politics inspired by the previous election. I then thought that perhaps God could be calling me to enact change through the political system. I reflected on what my daily life would be like working in politics, and I realized that I would not be fulfilled working in a system that is so often plagued with negativity and inefficiency. Pursuing politics and law would satisfy Buchner’s (b) but not (a). Yet again, my days were consumed by more introspective thought about my calling in life. In the past I have joked about how I had to act as my mother’s therapist following my parents’ divorce, but only this past summer did it strike me that I could help others, besides my mother, in the mental health field. A desire to learn, a compassion for those struggling, and an interest in the human brain are all passions that had quietly loomed in the back of my mind throughout my high school years. I spent my summer nights researching the mental health field and I soon became engrossed in the intricately beautiful world of psychiatry. Not only does the field of psychiatry greatly interest me, but it also provides a remarkable opportunity to change people’s lives for the better. My own struggles with anxiety have given me the desire to help others who are struggling like I once was. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of psychiatry is expected to grow faster than most fields in the next ten years, meaning that there will be an incredible need for my career choice in America going forward. Because of this, I feel as though I have seen a glimpse of what God’s purpose for my life may be. Since starting classes at Pepperdine, my love for the field of psychiatry has already grown. I am studying psychology with pre-health curriculum, and I could not be more content with my decision and path in life. Although I feel as though I have a solid grasp on my purpose now, situations are bound to change throughout the upcoming years. The future is unpredictable, and my purpose may change yet again. Overall, I hope that my trust in God will provide me with clarity on how I can best serve others in my life. In the musical Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton poses the question, “What is a legacy?” to which he replies, “it’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see”. This quote reflects my views on my purpose in life— to create a legacy (as cliché as that may sound). No matter what vocation or career I end up dedicating my life to, I hope I am able to make a long lasting difference. I strive to pursue career that will plant “seeds” around the world that grow into positive change even after I’m gone. More than choosing psychiatry as my ultimate goal, this realization truly represents how my sense of purpose has grown over the past year. With the faculty-staff scholarship, I will be able to pursue my education at Pepperdine with less overall debt. I hope to conclude all of my education with as little debt as possible so that I can focus my time and money on those less fortunate, not on paying back loans. Receiving scholarships, like the faculty-staff scholarship, will help me to achieve this goal and eventually give back to the community that has given me so much already. I would be honored to receive the faculty-staff scholarship and I thank you for your time and consideration. Mar 8 2017 02:19:13:000AMw
Troy Thomas Kramer100515188troy.kramer@pepperdine.edu6024325970BAECONSocial Science0420193.6256Jeff BanksHumanities/Teacher Educationjeff.banks@pepperdine.eduRafael SassotFine Artsrafael.sassot@pepperdine.educPurpose is what we find when we allow God to create a plan for us rather than doing it by ourselves. I always subscribed to the idea of planning far in advance and thinking about my future, but it was only recently that I came to understand God’s purpose for me. Pepperdine has been a community of faith cultivation that has brought clarity and joy to my life over this past year. My abroad program in Buenos Aires is focused on faith formation through small groups and house church and has been invaluable in aiding in the growth and strengthening of my relationship with God. Through this, I feel that I have been able to discern what God wants me to do and who he wants me to be. I am more open with my feelings to others, more focused on my personal relationships, and more willing to put my plans aside for His. I did not have to switch my major or change my religious beliefs to know that God is leading me on a path that both he and I want. My purpose in life is to grow in my love for others, provide a healthy environment for my future family to flourish in, and glorify God in everything that I do. I know my life has changed for the better in ways I could not have predicted and I cannot be grateful enough for the foundation Pepperdine has provided for me to find my purpose.Mar 14 2017 01:49:57:000PMw
Collin Steele Mantz100515291collin.mantz@pepperdine.edu2546248596BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0520193.66379Charlie EngelmannInternational Studies and Languagescharlie.engelmann@pepperdine.eduWilliam WuBusiness Administrationwilliam.wu@pepperdine.educThe main driver of my growth in the past year has been my exposure to Chinese culture and a society with an entirely different worldview that has challenged my own. I have become involved in charities in Shanghai and have helped lead events to give back to the community here, even though it is far removed, both culturally and geographically, from my own. Growth as a global citizen has completely altered my perspective on international issues, moving me away from my previous America-centric approach. I can now consider international issues more fairly and from a liberal perspective. This is an important aspect of an internationally-oriented education, and an important aspect of my International Business degree. I have improved in the area of leadership by holding two leadership positions while studying abroad in Shanghai. As Spiritual Life Advisor, I have grown in faith and become more available to help my peers in their spiritual journey by leading a small group devotional and playing guitar at house church. Additionally, I hold the role of Talent Coordinator for the house, in which I encouraged and set up events for people to express themselves, one of which included an auction which benefited a local anti-human trafficking organization. Most noticeably, I have become more enterprising and willing to enact new ideas on a whim. The downside of this is that these ideas can be rough and underdeveloped, but surrounding myself with other talented people allows me to throw out ideas and be an activator, with other people further refining these ideas. Returning to Malibu, I will use my improved skills to become a leader in organizations I am a part of and those I intend to found. In business classes, I will be able to integrate my experience in dynamic, emerging China. Mar 1 2017 11:20:54:000PMw
Emily Rose DeWitt 100516162emily.dewitt@pepperdine.edu805-668-5824BALIBARTSHumanities/Teacher Education0420193.9449Kristi Fenrich Staffkristi.fenrich@pepperdine.eduDr. Elizabeth Thoren Natural ScienceElizabeth.Thoren@pepperdine.educ Over the course of my college experience, the Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC) has acted as a catalyst, kindling my interest and involvement in the sphere of service. For the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve with the PVC, specifically with the Jumpstart Program. Last year, my role focused on reinforcing literacy skills with children in low income classrooms. This year, I transitioned into the position of Jumpstart Program Assistant. Although my new role is more secretarial than “hands on”, it has expanded and diversified my service experience. For me, service evokes a strong sense of community involvement, like providing resources to the homeless. Such endeavors have been enormously rewarding, and I feel both humbled and privileged to have participated in that form of outreach. Along the way, I have come to learn that service takes various forms. In my current role at the PVC, which involves less field work, I have been tempted to doubt the value of my contributions; over time, however, I came to discover the importance of behind-the-scenes work. Although I miss participating in field work, what I currently do in the office has allowed me to establish meaningful relationships with my coworkers and to find new ways to serve my community, whether it be by filing papers, working at the front desk, or helping a colleague organize a service event. As I continue my educational journey at Pepperdine, I hope to find new ways to grow in knowledge, in faith, and in service. Jan 30 2017 02:12:27:000PMw
Anika Wilson100516639anika.wilson@pepperdine.edu(805) 886-0120BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0520193.7782Michael NovackBusiness Administrationmichael.novack@pepperdine.eduNina MatthiesStaffnina.matthies@pepperdine.educ During the last year and a half of being a student athlete at Pepperdine University, I have developed a unique perspective and deeper understanding of the statement: “Competing with Purpose.” Ever since I was in junior high school, I dreamed of my college experience. I hoped to gain a quality education, play Division One beach volleyball, and hopefully win a National Championship. Growing up, I believed this was my purpose. However, after coming to Pepperdine University, my mindset has changed. Pepperdine’s amazing core Christian values and commitment to make its student athletes not only remarkable players, but selfless people as well, has completely changed my preconceived self focused sense of purpose. Over the last year, I’ve discovered that volleyball is not my sole calling in life. Instead, it a tool I can use to connect with others and fulfill a purpose that is greater than myself. “Beep, beep, beep,” buzzed my alarm clock. It was 7 am in Malibu, California. The warm September heat could be felt even in the early morning. I rolled out of the twin-sized bed in my freshman dorm room and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes. I splashed water on my face and absent-mindedly brushed my auburn hair with three quick strokes. After throwing on my usual daily attire (orange running shorts, blue and orange Asics lifting shoes, and a blue t-shirt that read “Pepperdine Beach Volleyball”) I raced out of White House and onto Upper Dorm Road. Scarfing down a Cliff Bar on the way to my 8 am class, my mind raced over all the tasks I needed to complete that day. I needed to grab sunscreen for beach volleyball practice, schedule an appointment with my economics tutor, and return a library book I checked out last week. The list went on. I began my freshman year of college in a similar manner as many other division one athletes: completely self focused. Each day my attention centered on school and athletics. In the classroom, I was determined to earn all A’s, and on the beach volleyball court, I was intent on earning a starting spot. Coming into college, I felt like my sole purpose and focus in life was to be successful in both school and sports. By the middle of May, my freshman year and freshman season of beach volleyball was drawing to a close. Looking back on the year I could think of only one word to describe my experience: amazing; but not for the reasons expected. In the classroom, my report card was nearly flawless. On the court I had not only earned a starting spot, I had helped my team finish fifth in the entire nation. I spent the season partnered with my best friend and roommate. Playing together was easy because we knew each other very well. We went undefeated for the first sixteen games of the season and helped our team to victories against many of the top programs in the nation. While my freshman year was full of successes, that is not the reason why my experience at Pepperdine has been so incredible. Looking back on the season, I realized that the joy and fulfillment I experienced was not from my report card, my athletic record, or the awards I won. Instead, my fulfillment and joy came from the relationships I formed with the people around me. This realization changed my self-focused mindset and gave me a sense of purpose that was based on loving and giving to those around me. Being at a school and on a team where I can feel Gods love and presence in the people around me has given me a more giving, and Christ centered mindset. Instead of just focusing on my needs, I am now much more focused on helping others and glorifying God in all I do. On my team this year, I have especially focused on being a “servant” (Mark 10:45) to others. My sophomore season has been very different from my freshman season. Firstly, I am playing with a new partner who is a freshman. Developing our team synergy and getting to know each other is a daily work in progress (even as I write this essay). In addition, we gained seven new players on our roster this year and our team feels very different. Team dynamics and partnerships have changed. These new relationship have challenged me and pushed me out of my freshman season “comfort zone”. The new additions to our team and my newly formed partnership have continued to cause me to grow beyond myself. The situation has further altered my mindset and directed my attention towards others. On my team, I have helped create team synergy by giving rides to underclassmen, and having teammates over for dinner. In addition, as the more experienced player in my partnership, I have learned that I need to be a leader both on the court and off the court. I’ve learned to be confident because my partner looks up to me, and to lead by example. Being the older partner has made me more aware and mature. I’ve learned to be giving to my partner, and to help build her up both emotionally and physically. Being the leader on our team has forced me to push past my own insecurities and weakness. In my new beach volleyball partnership, I am committed to being patient and seeing past myself in order to give my freshman partner encouragement and support so that we can be our very best as a team. Pepperdine University has also given me new purpose through the opportunities it provides. Being an athlete at this amazing school has given me a platform to reach out into the community and pour in to the people around me. For example, after my freshman season at Pepperdine, I had many summer coaching opportunities. As a result, I spent this past summer encouraging and teaching junior high school kids the fundamentals of beach volleyball. My fondest memory was coaching a 7th grade girl named Ellie. The very first day of camp, she was sitting alone before the beginning of camp meeting. Noticing her alone, I went over to talk to her and pass the volleyball. Week after week she came back to camp and as summer went on, we grew to be very close. To my delight and surprise, she came to cheer me on a couple weeks ago in our opening season tournament against USC and UCLA! Over the past year, this university has not only given me an amazing education and a place to explore my faith freely, it has also opened my eyes up to the purpose God has for my life and allowed me to connect with other people in a new and different way. It has given me the ability to look past my own needs to the needs of others and given me a sense of focus that is directed towards others and not myself. Coming to Pepperdine, I thought that being successful at volleyball was my purpose in life. Now I realize there is so much more. Throughout the past year, God has opened my eyes to that fact that volleyball is not my purpose, but it can be used to assist me in achieving my purpose of connecting, loving, and giving to others. Mar 7 2017 01:36:40:000PMn
Sydney Claire Jones100516892sydney.jones@pepperdine.edu503-915-1233BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420193.97547.5James WhiteNatural Sciencejames.white@pepperdine.eduMary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.educI want to be a primary care physician. I initially came to college expecting to emphasize the pre-medicine classes, but this last year I have realized there is so much more to learn if I want to be an empathetic doctor. Currently, I am minoring in Hispanic Studies in addition to majoring in Biology. Not only am I getting the opportunity to take Spanish classes, but also volunteer to tutor English to Hispanic Immigrants at the Malibu Labor Exchange, go to chapel in Spanish, and study abroad in Buenos Aires the summer after my Junior year. I am not just concerned with how many bones in the body I can memorize for the MCAT, but also with my communication skills and cultural open-mindedness. Even within my Biology major, I am not just learning the bare minimum necessary for me to move on, but really investing myself in each subject and taking the time to truly understand the material. This last summer, I did an internship at Kaiser Permanente that involved working with and shadowing several physicians. In one case, I was allowed to observe an appointment where the patient had recently heard he/she only had several months to live. The very next appointment was a two-week check-up for a newborn. In both cases, the doctor demonstrated that being a physician requires empathy, a strong work ethic, and good communication skills, along with the medical knowledge. As an undergraduate, I know that now is the time for me to build these foundational traits. My purpose is not simply to study pre-medicine, but rather become the individual who is invested in learning and can serve and connect with people of all backgrounds. Mar 5 2017 07:15:25:000PMw
Lauren Grzybowski100517226lauren.grzybowski@pepperdine.edu267-495-6236BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420193.7161.5Courtney DavisNatural Sciencecourtney.davis2@pepperdine.eduAnnalisa IzzoInternational Studies and Languagesannalisa.izzo@pepperdine.educThis past year has been the most incredible and challenging year of my life. I finished my first year of college, and four months later, I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. Since September, I have been studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland. I was nervous as that September departure date came closer because everything was going to be so foreign. However, I had faith that this was what I was meant to be doing, and this experience has surpassed all of my expectations. I think one of the reasons I was nervous in the beginning was because I have struggled with what my purpose is. Even though it was going to be a big change, I knew that doing something out of my comfort zone would help me grow the most and lead me closer to my purpose. I cannot just sit back and wait for it to stand right in front of me, because it is never going to happen. I need to seize every opportunity, travel to new places, and meet new people in order to get closer to my purpose. This is exactly what I have been trying to do. By the end of this semester, I will have traveled to 14 different countries. I have been immersed in so many different cultures and have learned lessons I will take with me for the rest of my life. None of the opportunities I have had this past year would have been possible without Pepperdine. I am excited to come back to the Malibu campus and continue my journey of growth. This scholarship would help me pay my tuition for next year. Mar 11 2017 07:14:05:000AMw
Carol Dasom Lee100517306carol.d.lee@pepperdine.edu812-202-5031BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420193.8560Dr. Holden MacRaeNatural Scienceholden.macrae@pepperdine.eduProfessor Cristina RoggeroInternational Studies and Languagescristina.roggero@pepperdine.educ When I think of purpose, my mind does not paint a picture of a single achievement or profession. In the past, I have always equated the purpose of my life to my dream job, but over this past year at Pepperdine, I have learned that my purpose is not exclusive to my dream profession but rather encompasses the entirety of my life. A future teacher’s purpose does not end when he finally enters his own classroom; likewise, my purpose will not end when I achieve my dream and begin practicing as a doctor. If that was not so, what purpose would we live for after we achieve our dreams? God has given all of us a purpose to glorify Him through our lives, which trickles down to how we carry ourselves in every avenue in life. The purpose of my life is to glorify God in all that I do; this is what gives me true fulfillment in life. Upon this realization, I have grown to be a better friend, classmate, student, and neighbor. I have been challenged to be more patient, loving, and empowering to those around me. With the privilege of my education at Pepperdine, I now worked harder than I have ever before because academics is another way to glorify Him. I believe I am making a quiet, but positive, impact with this newfound growth, one that will hopefully encourage others to also live for this liberating purpose. We were purposefully created by God to live as testaments of His grace and to show it through the way we live our lives to glorify who we live for. Mar 3 2017 11:51:57:000AMw
Madison Field100517571madison.field@pepperdine.edu4075163645BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0520193.85246.5Mary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.eduStephen DavisNatural Sciencestephen.davis@pepperdine.educIn our world, there are more kinds of resources than just money. Although education is a close second, my greatest resource is time. I usually dedicate my time to studying, my family, and close friends. Using my time to volunteer? Rarely. During high school, I volunteered in order to fulfill my school’s service requirement. In college, there is no service requirement needed to be filled, but, as I attend a university that encourages its students to serve others, I have participated in several volunteer opportunities, which has helped me realize the incredible gift of serving. When I returned to Malibu this spring, a friend convinced me to volunteer for the Painted Turtle project serve trip. At the Painted Turtle, I was paired with a family with a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy. For the entire weekend, I was the “family pal,” who served the family with whatever was requested. My camper was enthusiastic about camp from the beginning to the end. It was incredible watching my camper participate in all the camp’s activities. I cannot forget the smile that never left her face. My heart was opened to serving during my weekend. Every opportunity I could, I tried to make her experience at camp exceptional. From waking up early to meet her to dancing after every meal, I could feel my heart growing. When the weekend came to an end and my camper cried as we parted, I could not hug her long enough. Over the last year, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve others. Each experience became an unforgettable memory, and the spirit of service has found a home in my heart. Exchanging my time for time serving others has been priceless. As my heart continues to embrace service, I intend on investing my time in serving and exciting fellow students to cultivate their serving hearts. Mar 1 2017 03:41:48:000PMw
Emma Catherine Stenz100518655emma.stenz@pepperdine.edu707-474-7081BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0520193.9649.5Dr. James WhiteNatural Sciencejames.white@pepperdine.eduDr. Jay BrewsterNatural Sciencejay.brewster@pepperdine.educBefore this past semester, I had a comically-misled perception of what “research in cell biology” truly meant. Research meant a fancy key to a high-tech lab, placing sophisticatedly-named chemicals on well-plates and an impressive bullet on a resume. Research meant successful experiments, flawless data analysis and an infallible sense of accomplishment; I was so wrong. But through the process of trial and error, I have found purpose in both the successes and failures of research: both have deepened my understanding of biology and reaffirmed my desire to pursue an MD/PhD degree, and have blessed me with the opportunity to serve as a Natural Science Foundation mentor. Delving into research on ER stress-induced morphology has not only catalyzed a new perspective on what it means to be a research student, but also on what it means to be a scientist. Despite some slightly-pained midnight lab visits and sacrificed weekends, many of my experiments have been fruitless. I’ve learned that the scientific method is a slow-going, complicated process full of dead ends and, oftentimes, poor data. However, much of my scientific competence has been derived from such inconclusive results. Because of the complications the lab has posed, I’ve fostered a resilient disposition towards biology research; failure to me means an altered approach to the question posed, not surrender. My resilience in the lab has further translated to other parts of my life: my relationships, spirituality, and community projects within my sorority. Now, I see hardship as a critical part of self-improvement, rather than absolute failure. I hope to foster this growth in the coming years so that I might not only become a better scientist, but better serve as a mentor to other research students. Mar 5 2017 12:21:01:000PMw
CLaire Nicole Becker100519023claire.becker@pepperdine.edu402-350-4578BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0520193.66467Ezra PlankStaffezra.plank@pepperdine.eduJoelle ZaguryInternational Studies and LanguagesJoelle.Zagury@pepperdine.educLast summer, I worked my first full-time job. It was difficult, but it was something that helped me grow as a person and as a leader and I believe it will be very helpful with my career path. I landed the position of Client Account Specialist at an independently run business called Signarama in McKinney, Texas. Our work force consisted of 4 people, and two of them were the owners. I was hands-on with everything. I spoke to every person that walked through the front door and helped them with whatever they needed. When there wasn't a customer in the store, I was at the production table, helping my co-worker construct all of the signs and orders we had. In a way, I became a stronger leader by motivating myself every day at work. I became more disciplined in time management and productivity. Often times my bosses were out installing a sign somewhere and I had to take care of the store and whatever crazy order was thrown my way. (And trust me, people order some crazy things). Working at an independently run business was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me. It was good for my work ethic, and gave me a vision of what I want to do after graduation. Running my own business would be a dream come true. I have developed my customer service skills immensely, as well as established a respectful and mature way to speak to any type of person that walks through the door. It has also advanced my experience of working well with other team members and collaborating on what works best for the business. This job experience was crucial for my growth in the business world, and I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained. I believe that my development as a leader through this job makes me a worthy candidate for this scholarship because it will lead me to bigger and better places in the future.Feb 15 2017 06:26:24:000AMw
Sara Jeane Coulter100519180sara.coulter@pepperdine.edu9702744826BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0520183.96186Sara CoulterNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.eduPriscilla MacRaeNatural Sciencepriscilla.macrae@pepperdine.educOn August 31st, 2015, I became a student at Pepperdine University. I came from a small town and an even smaller Christian high school. When I entered into my freshman year at Pepperdine, I knew the values and the motto of my college, but I didn't have the faintest clue the impact they would make on my life. The sentiments of Matthew 10:8, "Freely ye received, freely give," saturate our small Malibu campus and leave no doubt in any student, faculty, or visitor's mind that Pepperdine University is committed to upholding our Christian mission and values. I knew my time in college was intended to strengthen me and prepare me for "purpose, service, and leadership." I knew these words by heart after a few weeks of seeing them on the cafeteria walls, but it wasn't until my sophomore/junior year (I am graduating a year early) that these words truly took root in my heart. I have always known that my purpose is to serve others through the outlet of medicine. As a teenager, I spent hundreds of hours in doctor's offices and in surgery to attempt to cure damaged hips and a chronic internal disease. I knew that medicine was what the Lord was calling me to, but I didn't know the extent of my desire until my professors and my coursework helped me realize it. Midway through the first semester of my second year at Pepperdine, I was extremely overwhelmed with my major classes and feeling dejected. I sat down with my advisor, Dr. Storm, and completely re-evaluated where I stood with my desire to pursue medicine. After a few hours, some tears, prayer, and encouragement, I came to realize that I had been mistaking purpose with perfection. My purpose on this Earth is to heal. I am meant to be the hands and heart of Jesus to those who need care. I know that I am FAR from perfect, but the pressure I was placing on myself to be just that was crippling. After much prayer and guidance, I changed my specialty to pre-nursing and started a shadow program with a neonatal nurse practicioner. Shadowing in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) gave me an absolutely overwhelming sense of purpose. I now know what the Lord is calling me to do and how He is giving me purpose - by teaching me to love and to heal. Without Pepperdine University, its professors, and its mission, I do not know where I would be, but I can confidently say I would be nowhere near where I am today. The impact this university and its inhabitants have had on me in a mere three semesters is impossible to put into words, but I can say with confidence that I know my purpose. The Lord gives me purpose each and every day and Pepperdine University constantly helps remind me of that. I am honored to be a student at this institution and I am eternally grateful for the impact it has had and will continue to have on my life. Jan 28 2017 12:46:09:000AMw
Annelise Michele Green100519198annelise.green@pepperdine.edu530-921-3895BACOMRCommunication0420183.586101Gregory DaumCommunicationgregory.l.daum@pepperdine.eduLauren AmaroCommunicationlauren.amaro@pepperdine.educWhen I first toured Pepperdine, what resonated with me the most were the banners that read purpose, service, and leadership because that is exactly what I want to pursue in life. In high school, after extensive experience in community service and leadership training, I knew I wanted to be a social worker. I felt like I truly belonged at Pepperdine. While my parents were financially strapped (they both work in community service), they prioritized my education and we all took out loans. At Pepperdine, I have been able to set up a plan to graduate in three years with double majors in Psychology and Intercultural Communications. I got my first job at Waves on Call and was promoted to Student Supervisor. Over the summer, I worked as a licensed advocate at a shelter for people seeking refuge from abusive situations. I was also a paid staff member at a camp for children exposed to domestic violence and sexual assault. Next summer I have been given the opportunity to be staff at two camps and I will be conducting research with my professor. I’ve noticed that my biggest area of growth since attending university has been expanding my ability to take my skill-set beyond volunteering and actually be hired. While it has always been my goal to become a social worker, I have found myself struggling with the financial barriers of getting my Master’s degree. I am passionate about education and professors have even mentioned that I’d be a great candidate for a doctoral program. Unfortunately, even a MSW seems out of reach when there is over $100,000 in loans. This has been a burden on my heart because I truly feel called to serve and I am unable to be a social worker without a MSW. Any financial aid would be an investment in the future of a student with fierce passion, work ethic, and talent. Feb 21 2017 03:05:41:000PMw
Nick Heath100520022nick.heath@pepperdine.edu408-316-0066BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420193.97561Tuan HoangHumanities/Teacher EducationTuan.Hoang@pepperdine.eduSteven BauerBusiness AdministrationSteven.Bauer@pepperdine.educ While in my first year at Pepperdine I grew mostly in discovering my purpose, this year I have noticed myself grow especially in leadership. When I first arrived at the school, I did not know how I would fit into a new group of friends, a new cross country team, or a new academic program. However, by the end of the year, not only did I solidify my relationships with my friends and teammates and establish myself as a hard-working business student, but I also found how everything I had been learning could apply to my career aspirations in the field of real estate as well as God’s plan for my life. Beginning my second year at Pepperdine with a stronger understanding of my purpose gave me a large opportunity to grow as a leader, especially among my cross country teammates. Beyond being our team’s top finisher in every race of the season, I worked hard to be a role model every day in practice by always arriving on time with a positive attitude and completing each workout to the best of my ability, encouraging others along the way. I also helped organize meeting times and places for our team’s regular runs and helped drive teammates without cars to off-campus training sites regularly. My coach recognized how much dedication and leadership I have been showing this year and gave me a position as team captain of both Pepperdine’s cross country and track teams next year. Furthermore, I am joining the Waves Leadership Council this month to represent my teams and help organize several events to support the athletics community. My relationships with friends and classmates have also reflected my growth in leadership as well: I have been taking initiative much more often to organize group events and study sessions with others, which has been very beneficial. Mar 6 2017 09:26:03:000AMw
Houston Henry Wilson100520190houston.wilson@pepperdine.edu+17606993412BAINTPInternational Studies and Languages0420193.6369Margaret Hollas-CultonInternational Studies and Languagesmargaret.hollas-culton@pepperdine.eduDaniel Daugherty Staffdaniel.daugherty@pepperdine.educ Brussels, Orlando, Berlin, the murder of unarmed black men, the Keystone Pipeline, and Trump plagued our media cycle. I am petrified of what message our President has sent refugees who desire to enter this country. Struck by the ease at which Trump’s administration can lie, I fear the dissolution of truth as we know it. These are trying times. I am writing this as Trump issued his executive orders barring refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. All of this, despite the fact that no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil have been carried out by immigrants from those countries. So, I suppose the biggest factor for my growth in the area of purpose is the realization of how small I am. In the grand scheme of things, I do not matter. Yet, I am loved by a man who gave his life to save me, and all of humankind. My only purpose is to devote my life, everything I have and call my own, to Jesus. There are different seasons within the Catholic liturgical calendar centered upon the life of Jesus. So, in the Winter, you have the Advent season to prepare you for the birth of Jesus to come. On December 25th, we enter into a raucous celebration of Jesus’s birth, the Christmas season. In Spring, there is the Lenten season where a Priest places ashes on our foreheads, we sacrifice something, and we await Christ’s crucifixion. Easter Sunday ushers us into the brief season of Easter where we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The joyous birth of Jesus, the tragic cross, and the unbelievable resurrection are the defining moments of the gospel. Still, there are thirty years between those moments. During that time Jesus grew up, came of age, began his public ministry, experienced the grace of baptism, and performed his miracles. This season is called Ordinary Time, and it lasts from May until December. This past year I became Catholic, walked the Camino de Santiago, and studied in Heidelberg. These are the defining moments of my year. That is only part of the story. I attended a Jesuit high school and fell in love with Jesus. I then spent a year discerning whether the Catholic Church was right for me. I trained for months leading up to the Camino to be ready for the 500-mile journey through Northern Spain. I went through the process of applying for abroad, was rejected, and spent months in uncertainty sitting on the waitlist. Eventually, I received the acceptance letter into the Heidelberg program over Christmas break. I celebrated my confirmation into the Catholic Church on the Easter Vigil surrounded by my closest friends and family. On July 31st, I stumbled shakily into Santiago and bawled tears of joy at the altar of St. James. This year has been one of immense change and uncertainty. However, the one constant in my life has been Christ. It is in Him who I devote everything I am and call my own. Moving forward into this next year at Pepperdine as the SLA of the Eaton community, I am encouraged and at peace because of the love that I know. Although I am weak and prone to sin, I know that God is clinging to me, and I to Him. That is where my purpose lies, through and through the storms and the sunny days alike. Feb 28 2017 05:23:39:000AMw
Trevor Montgomery Sytsma100521107trevor.sytsma@pepperdine.edu425-306-8256BSCHEMSTRYNatural Science0420194.0082.83Dr. Jane GanskeNatural Sciencejane.ganske@pepperdine.eduDr. James WhiteNatural Sciencejames.white@pepperdine.educWhen I stepped off the bus in Natuvu Creek for Pepperdine’s Fiji medical mission trip last summer, I was mesmerized by the beauty of the Pacific and quickly overwhelmed by the number of hats we had to wear. We taught primary school, spoke to congregations about health, worked in a medical clinic, repaired a dam, and executed village clean-ups, among a plethora of other activities. Ultimately, the multi-faceted nature of the work in Fiji dictated that everyone step up to be a leader in some capacity. I found my call to leadership in interacting with children. Whenever we traveled to a new village, there were cultural and social barriers to be broken. A couple guys and I found that an effective way to do so was to approach a group of kids, ask for names and then swing them through the air by their hands in big circles. As soon as one kid went airborne, a mob of shrieking others would form, itching to be swung like a propeller. It was dizzying work, but just like that we recognized that we could evoke a playful mood to break the tension that often forms when foreign groups come into contact, helping our presence to be more positive. From my experiences in Fiji, I realize that a key dimension of leadership is recognizing a need, big or small, and acting swiftly and adeptly to fill it. Back at Pepperdine, I’ve applied this in my work on the Waves Leadership Council, a body of 32 athletes acting as the voice of our student-athlete population. When we were short a representative for ICC, I stepped up to fill the spot. When we launched a Thanksgiving food drive, I arranged a table outside of convo to maximize the number of people we could reach. Leadership, I’ve learned, is not just about charisma, but a cognizance of the issues, a can-do attitude and willingness to lead through example and service. Jan 30 2017 08:55:38:000PMw
Lilia Aubrey Kerski100521203lakerski@pepperdine.edu7206486727BAPOLISCIHumanities/Teacher Education0420193.95974.5Nick ZolaReligion and Philosophynicholas.zola@pepperdine.eduCarrie Wall Humanities/Teacher Educationcarrie.wall@pepperdine.educHumanity spends its days seeking answers, seeking meaning, seeking purpose. When I moved halfway across the country for college, I sought to solidify my sense of self—to discover my individual identity away from everything I’d ever known. Following a great deal of introspection and self-reflection, I turned my gaze outward and began to seek significance for the person I had become and was in the process of becoming. On a quest for a renewed sense of purpose, I found reality in a new understanding of Christ. Last semester, in Dr. Nick Zola’s religion 102 course, I was struck by the centrality of Christ in one’s understanding of the world. Indeed, one’s orientation to Christ dictates the totality of their worldview. I was challenged to rethink my understanding of Christ, and thereby reshape my understanding of purpose. Through the tutelage of Dr. Zola, I found that my purpose is not derived from career aspirations, from seeking the approval of others, or from expectations other people set for me. My question of purpose is answered in the calling of Christ: a call to die to myself daily, a call to love others radically and unconditionally, a call to follow Christ wherever He may lead me. My journey is a testament to the importance of strong student-faculty relationships, as my understanding of purpose has been profoundly affected by my interactions with Dr. Zola and other Pepperdine faculty. These professors have exemplified Pepperdine’s mission of equipping students for lives of purpose. This past year, I have come to understand purpose as knowing Christ and making Him known, which has led me to to give what I have received and to commit my life to service. Mar 5 2017 01:52:36:000PMw
Sydnie Taylor Anderson100521488sydnie.anderson@pepperdine.edu6613644244BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420193.60652Jeffrey JasperseNatural Sciencejeffrey.jasperse@pepperdine.eduElizabeth WhatleyStaffelizabeth.whatley@pepperdine.educI have always struggled answering people when that ask, “what do you think your purpose is?” Throughout high school I was surrounded by people who knew what they wanted to do and/or who they wanted to be by graduation. Unlike them, I had no indication of what my life calling was. However, all of that changed this past year. Through many trials and circumstances, I have realized my life vocation is to serve others. Throughout the past year of my life here in Malibu, at Pepperdine University, many events and situations have occurred, showing me my purpose is to serve. Significant events leading to this realization have been leaving home for Malibu, leaving Malibu for Italy, and leaving Italy for America. I know these all seem very similar; however, each of these events reveal something new and different that have guided me on a path towards wanting to continue my vocation in service. I had countless insecurities about leaving my home town in central California for Malibu, but the physical act of leaving was not the hardest part. It was the emotional and mental separation that would inevitably cause me question, and then to realize, my purpose for the rest of my life. Stepping out of my comfort zone to go to a place I knew little to nothing about was a catalyst, which allowed me to try new things I never would have dreamt of. At the beginning of the year, I began volunteering at a local church. This church provided a sense of home in a place that seemed so foreign. Every Sunday and Wednesday I worked with the Junior High and High school age kids which stretched me, drastically. I had grown up in the church but never was involved in such a hands-on manner of service. This was the turning point in realizing that my vocation is service oriented. I knew in the midst of serving these students that God was growing and molding me, but I did not know that He was preparing me for a lifetime of service. Through every rough, unorganized moment of youth ministry, I was adapting my way of thinking, and gaining experience. I had gone into this with little to no expectations, other than to help out where I could, but came out with a changed perception of my life purpose. The first small step in understanding my vocation was leaving my comfort zone. Malibu slowly has become a hub in my heart, a place where I identify myself, and leaving that behind posed a threat to that identity I have found. My last semester was spent abroad in an amazing city, Florence, in the middle of Italy surrounded by people who I originally had classified as strangers. However, they quickly nestled their way into my heart and I now consider them my closest friends. These people contributed to the growth and development of my calling abroad. The first few days of staying in the Pepperdine Villa were challenging, and I was struggling to adapt and see why I was being called to Italy. Then, the visiting faculty family approached me and asked me to lead worship on Sunday nights. I hesitated because I was never one to step that far out of my comfort zone so quickly and in such a foreign situation, but I reluctantly agreed. However, little did I know, I was being placed in another opportunity which would contribute to my purpose. Shortly after that Sunday night worship service I became the Worship Coordinator in Florence giving me an opportunity to serve others and serve God in a humble way. As I finished up my Fall semester in Florence, I realized having the opportunity to lead worship and serve alongside such an incredible faculty family was God, again, revealing to me my servant’s heart. I have always had a passion for playing worship music and through leading every Sunday night, God showed me why that passion was placed on my heart. I was called to use it to serve Him and those around me. When December came around I was disheartened and I became anxious because I knew my time in Florence was coming to an end. Leaving Italy was a difficult task because it was a place that fostered immense personal and spiritual growth. That Fall semester my passion for service was rekindled and on my way back to Malibu, I was more sure of my calling than I had ever been. Being back for the Spring semester and being involved in everyday life on the Malibu campus, I have concluded that my servant’s heart can be applied in more areas of my life. My purpose of serving now incentivizes me to finish school and become a Physician’s Assistant. I now associate my calling to serve in more areas of my life, other than church ministries. I want to be able to serve everyone I come into contact with, and being involved in the medical field is the way for me to do exactly that. It allows my passion of learning about the human body, and my call to serve, to collide. Returning from an incredible previous semester, I have felt what it is like to serve others with ever fiber of my being and I want to do that everyday from here on out, in more areas of life. The past year brought about both highs and lows, but in the midst of it all, a question that I once struggled with was answered. My purpose is now evident; I no longer feel like I am wandering aimlessly through my college career. Instead, I have a driving force that pushes me through even the tough weeks of school. I now know that the reason I was placed on this earth is to serve, not only serve the loved ones around me, but everyone I come into contact with. I am excited to chase that purpose, allow it to motivate me through the hard times, and see how it continues to mature within the next year of my life.Mar 2 2017 04:58:28:000PMw
Anthony Joseph Adducci 100522383anthony.adducci@pepperdine.edu9529564798BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420194.061.5Dr. MonzonNatural Sciencejavier.monzon@pepperdine.eduDr. VandergonNatural Sciencethomas.vandergon@pepperdine.educWhile all aspects of the mission of Pepperdine University are very important to me and I have clearly noticed growth in all areas during my time here, I personally have been impacted most by my growth in the area of purpose. My childhood dream of getting in to West Point became a reality for me once I graduated high school. After attending basic training and being there a semester, I soon realized that my goals and aspirations were different than that of a life in the military. I left there confused, broken and unsure of what I was to do next, but felt a deep calling after a series of divine interventions, to attend Pepperdine. During my year at Pepperdine, I have regained my sense of purpose. One of the most influential moments for me at Pepperdine came in my first year seminar. In this class we read an article on vocations and then reflected on what our vocations are in a short essay. It forced me to not only think of what I wanted to do but what God was calling me to do in life. This was exactly what I needed. I know my true vocation, my calling from God, is to be a scientist – a doctor. I have fallen in love with biology and the complexities of life and the world around me. I realized at the heart of my desire to join the military was a desire to help people. I can still serve and help people by taking care of and helping them heal as Pepperdine has healed me this past year. I have grown into a confident, strong, directed man who fully sees his purpose in life. I am living what God has called me to do. The Faculty-Staff Scholarship would be extremely beneficial in helping me financially to continue pursuing my vocation and purpose in life at Pepperdine University. I am forever indebted to this great university for helping me find my correct path and also for showing me the way to my true purpose. Mar 1 2017 02:15:19:000PMw
Maria Elise Valente100522628maria.valente@pepperdine.edu+1(480)215-9510BAJOURNALCommunication0520193.711101.5Elizabeth Whatley Staffelizabeth.whatley@pepperdine.eduDafne MazzantiHumanities/Teacher EducationDafne.Mazzanti@pepperdine.educI have had anxiety since I was 12. I get anxiety in several different situations, but they all are centered around food: buffet lines, walking into a restaurant first (if I’m with a group), ordering food, finishing my food last (because then everyone was waiting on me). I had never been able to rid myself of these seemingly trivial fears. They had been with me so long I had figured that they would always be there, forever keeping me at home to order in (although the anxiety came back when it came time to pay), never to enjoy meals out in public. Italy was just named the best country for cuisine by U.S. News & World Report. Since September, I have studied abroad in Florence. There is no lack of incredible restaurants, sandwich and gelato shops, and cafes. There was no way that my anxiety would stop me here. This year, I have grown (almost entirely) out of this food anxiety. I can order food without my heartrate rising. Buffet lines no longer frighten me, as every day in the villa I walk through one for lunch and dinner. Meals last so long here no one even pays attention to how fast I finish my food. A year ago today, the last thing I would’ve thought was that my anxiety would be nearly eradicated through my experiences abroad. The psychologists that came to talk to us in the beginning of this year spoke of how the transition abroad was even harder with those with any kind of mental illness. I guess I am the exception, and blessed to be. Mar 13 2017 10:21:41:000AMw
Lauren Anglin100522720lauren.anglin@pepperdine.edu4258305045BAJOURNALCommunication0420193.65549.5Donna Nofziger PlankNatural ScienceDonna.Nofziger.Plank@pepperdine.eduChris Stivers CommunicationChris.Stivers@pepperdine.eduu During Christmas break I helped a family from Paraguay in their bakery eight hours daily, for two weeks in Buenos Aires. Running a bakery is a lot of work. It was difficult because the family was short staffed. Each day, while speaking Spanish I assisted customers, cleaned prepared food, and played with Stephanie, a little girl who lives in the bakery. After working eight hours without a break, my whole body was sore. One of the the only things I wanted to do was sit down and rest. Through serving at the bakery I learned the importance of offering physical service. There were moments during this service experience when I felt they were taking advantage of me. However, my mom reminded me “service is service”. I was growing in terms of my outlook on service. Pepperdine’s mission states that students are strengthened for lives of service. Through serving at the bakery I certainly was strengthened in my perspective towards service. I learned that God’s love can be show through demanding physical labor. I was called to serve in a more physically demanding way than I had previously experienced. Service is mopping floors in a bakery. Service is arranging bread on shelves. Service is helping others when your body hurts. Service is repeated actions of love; and sometimes those actions are physical. I grew in spiritual freedom learning that service can be physically demanding but at the end of the day service is service and love is love. Mar 2 2017 12:33:12:000PMw
Danielle Aimee Adair100523295danielle.adair@pepperdine.edu8165089407BAMUSICFine Arts0520193.6364Ryan BoardFine Artsryan.board@pepperdine.eduTony CasonFine Artstony.cason@peperdine.educI believe that my sense of purpose being at Pepperdine has been validated time and time again. One of my gifts that God has given me is that of music. The ability to communicate on a multitude of levels, through music, and to share that with others is the greatest service I can offer. Not only does music touch one on a primal level—the movement and feeling of the music—but it is also food for the soul, a necessity to be human. I have prayed to God nearly every day this past year questioning the path He has set me upon. The inner conflict I faced was almost unbearable for a time. However, He has brought people into my life to affirm that seeking a life of music to serve the art and others is the only life I can lead. My professors demand excellence for me, and I do as well. It drives me to be more than who I think I am. I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach elementary and middle school children in private lessons and by helping to conduct a choir. It has been so fulfilling to see them understand music on more than a surface level. The experience not only changes them for the better, but it helps me become a better teacher, a better citizen, a better human. Without seeking the truth for my life, I doubt I would be at Pepperdine or succeeding in my endeavors as a student and musician. Mar 7 2017 08:09:32:000PMw
Genesis Trirene Trejo100523445genesis.trejo@pepperdine.edu702-848-0682BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0520193.54676Professor Mary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.eduDr. Jennifer A. SmithHumanities/Teacher Educationjennifer.smith@pepperdine.educIn the past year at Pepperdine University, I have experienced growth in service through the roles I have taken on in the community. Because of Pepperdine's focus on creating an inclusive atmosphere and providing opportunities to learn about different cultures, I have utilized these opportunities to grow in service in areas I am interested in. As Co-Vice President of Pre-Med Club, I have been able to advise incoming pre-med freshman and reassuring them in their passion for medicine. Becoming more involved in the Latino Student Association has allowed me to find community and fellowship with my Latino peers. I firmly believe that the Latino/Hispanic population is an integral part of our society and it has been an edifying experience to make my fellow Latinos feel included on this campus. It is especially important to me to provide equal health care opportunities for underserved Hispanic/Latino communities in the future. As a maternal and child health research assistant, I have been able to investigate the outcomes of pregnancies in a primarily Hispanic community of Ventura County. My research has reinforced my commitment to serving people of all backgrounds as a future physician. My growth in service makes me an ideal candidate because this scholarship will lower a financial stress on my family and I would be able to devote more time and effort to continue serving in the Pepperdine community and advancing my education to serve in the medical field. Mar 7 2017 04:29:35:000PMw
Bailee Blechschmidt100523624bailee.blechschmidt@pepperdine.edu3606352745BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420193.63447.5Jeffrey JasperseNatural Sciencejeffrey.jasperse@pepperdine.eduElizabeth WhatleyReligion and Philosophyelizabeth.whatley@pepperdine.educI have known my purpose is to become a doctor ever since I was 8 years old. However, knowing what your purpose is and knowing how to fulfill it became two very different things for me. At the end of my freshman year, I felt alone and like Pepperdine had been the wrong choice for me. The only reason I chose not to look into transferring schools only because I was accepted to study abroad in the Fall 2016 in Florence, Italy. Just a few short months after returning, I know that God sent me to Pepperdine and then to Italy to re-find myself and figure out how to fulfill the purpose that He established for me. I had always been told how lucky I was that I knew what I wanted to do and what God wanted me to do at such a young age, however with that blessing came a lot of pressure. I was always confident and outgoing in high school, however coming to Pepperdine and knowing no one caused both of those characteristics to bury themselves deep inside of me. I found myself to be shy and timid with very low self-esteem. Those personality traits are not typically the first to mind when thinking about those of a good doctor. I began doubting that I was cut out to fulfill this massive goal I had set for myself. Going abroad changed all of this. I truly believe I found myself again. I reintroduced myself to the old me who was not afraid to ask questions in class no matter how stupid or silly they might be. I found myself sparking up conversations with people I never would have even tried to talk to last year. I found that the doubts that were holding me back from thriving, were nonexistent. Somewhere along the way in those 3 months I stopping thinking “I hope I can become a doctor someday” and began thinking “I am going to be a doctor someday”. Within this year I did not necessarily find my purpose, but I rediscovered the person that can fulfill that purpose. Feb 12 2017 05:04:59:000PMw
Araceli Crescencio100523653acrescen@pepperdine.edu6158396609BAJOURNALCommunication0520193.6454.5Christina LittlefieldCommunicationChristina.Littlefield@pepperdine.eduAbigail SmithCommunicationabi.smith@pepperdine.educSince the beginning of our college career, Pepperdine has asked us to wrestle with the question of vocation and understand what God has called us to do. I’ve placed great importance on demystifying my ultimate purpose, especially in the past year. Last semester, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Shanghai, where I experienced a culture and government vastly different than America’s. Traveling allowed me to gain rich mind broadening that clarified my purpose. When visiting Tibet, I knew that my calling was to help inform the world about injustices and help correct misconceptions. Nevertheless, remaining optimistic this year has proven to be difficult. Our nation is going through tumultuous times, polarization runs rampant, and individuals can’t seem to compromise. As a Mexican-American, I witnessed Trump run his campaign on the hatred of my community. He used a demagogic technique to invoke fear and blame the nation’s discontent on Mexicans. As a member of the debate team for two years, I’ve learned the importance of discourse and truth. With great coaches, I’ve learned to form arguments and strengthen my beliefs as a follower of Christ. In the past year, I have experienced growth and development in significant ways. However, I’m not naive to the injustices that continue to be perpetuated. Still, Pepperdine has equipped me with hope and certainty. I know my purpose lies in practicing convicted civility, helping educate the world, and speaking for marginalized groups. Mar 10 2017 03:28:45:000AMw
Charles Ross Duvall100523923charles.duvall@pepperdine.edu9037466224BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420203.6118Don ThompsonReligion and Philosophydon.thompson@pepperdine.eduLila CarlsenInternational Studies and Languageslila.carlsen@pepperdine.educBefore I came to Pepperdine, I always seemed to be thrust into a leadership position whether I wanted it or not (my father says it’s because of my height). Most of these times, I was not prepared or felt inadequate to act effectively as a leader. This year, however, Pepperdine has pushed me to develop my leadership skills in ways I had not expected. My house club convo is quite small, so in order to keep the discussion going I often found it was me that would interject and take control. My RAs and SLA welcome my input and my leadership as a resident, and they have really given me a picture of leadership that I have not had previously in my life. So much so, in fact, that I am now a finalist for the position of RA in Buenos Aires next year. I would never have thought of myself in this position until this year with the encouragement and support that I have been shown by my RAs, my professors, and my own classmates alike. I now find myself heading group projects and organizing meetings for my pledge class this semester, and with all these little experiences I am constantly developing into a more mature and effective leader. Everyday I am seeing that true leadership is a willingness to sacrifice for those you are leading, just as Christ sacrificed himself for us. I know that this would not have been possible without the environment Pepperdine has created for me, and for this opportunity to grow I am incredibly thankful. Mar 3 2017 02:43:17:000PMw
Ansley Elizabeth Rathgeber100524335ansley.rathgeber@pepperdine.edu(239) 297-1325BSACCOUNTBusiness Administration0420193.7105Carolyn GalantineBusiness Administrationcarolyn.galantine@pepperdine.eduDongkuk LimBusiness Administrationdongkuk.lim@pepperdine.educDuring the past year, I have developed my purpose through my role as Vice President of Finance and as a Teaching Assistant. I am sincerely thankful to receive a Christian education which has motivated me to serve others and further develop my purpose in Christ’s body. Most recently, I was honored to be elected as Vice President of Finance for Alpha Kappa Psi. As Vice President of Finance, I develop chapter budgets, prepare financial statements, ensure payment of chapter fees, authorize purchases, and collect and record chapter dues. Being elected strengthened my sense purpose as the financial decision maker within my chapter. Last semester, I was a teaching assistant for an Accounting 224 class. I developed a passion for teaching others financial literacy and accounting fundamentals. During the semester, I spent many days meeting one on one with accounting students to work through practice problems and explain class concepts. I held free group review sessions before exams in order to help students prepare for their exam. Being a teaching assistant strengthened my sense of purpose as a teacher, and as an expert of accounting and finance concepts. Winning the Faculty-Staff Scholarship would help me in my purpose of becoming a person who is well versed in financial decision making, by making my education more affordable. Winning the scholarship would also allow me to use more time teaching and studying accounting and finance, rather than working to afford school.Mar 13 2017 04:42:12:000PMw
Brianna Marin Beiler100525682brianna.beiler@pepperdine.edu7172839799BAHISPANICInternational Studies and Languages0420194.074Laura MoldesInternational Studies and Languageslaura.moldes@pepperdine.eduJohn PetersonHumanities/Teacher Educationjohn.peterson@pepperdine.educOver this past year, my identity and purpose have grown clearer than ever before. I am a healer. I am deeply moved by compassion. In my role as an IPRA in Buenos Aires this year, I have stepped further into this calling. As others bring their wounds to me, I listen to my heart respond as I work to bandage them. Show me suffering, and I will cry tears. I am a protector. I am a fierce advocate for justice. As I engage in service here in Argentina, particularly within impoverished local communities, I witness outrage and defiant protest welling up in my spirit. Show me suffering, and I will get angry. I am an organizer. I am ambitious and a hard worker. Impassioned by the chaos plaguing the world and moved by my desire to affect change, I applied to spend next spring interning in Washington DC. Show me suffering, and I will get to work. I am moved by the suffering of others. God has equipped me with a heart of compassion and a passion for justice. My purpose is to use my education and abilities to alleviate global suffering. Right now, that looks like pursuing a double-major and equipping myself with knowledge. After graduation, I intend to put this education to work through humanitarian efforts within an internationally focused, justice-centered organization. I am an ideal candidate for this scholarship because I am committed to embodying Pepperdine’s mission with my life: I am fully committed to leading a purposeful life as a servant-minded leader in the world.Mar 10 2017 01:22:23:000AMw
Austin Thomas Fagerberg100525771austin.fagerberg@pepperdine.edu5125542468BABIOLOGYNatural Science0420193.73555Donna Nofziger PlankNatural ScienceDonna.Nofziger.Plank@pepperdine.eduSebastian ProvvidenteHumanities/Teacher Educationsebastian.provvidente@pepperdine.educMy abroad experience has helped me to understand God’s purpose for my life in a variety of ways. The nature of the BA program is very different from the rest of the abroad programs because of the amount of autonomy afforded to us. For a long time, I have felt almost trapped by the monotony and regularity of the school system and Pepperdine was the first school I’ve ever experienced that broke that routine. This routine was something that was mentally exhausting and negatively impacted my fervor for knowledge but my abroad experience has totally broken me out of my slump and I have never felt a stronger drive to succeed and excel in everything I do. I have been able to reflect on what it is that drives me and specifically built up my ability to push through my mental barriers that had been insurmountable for so long. I have always kept up with my schoolwork but I have noticed that my motives for doing my work are no longer just for the sake of getting them done. With everything I am doing, I am now convicted to do it the best I possibly can, because when I do anything, I am putting my personal mark of approval on whatever that may be. I lament the fact that it took me this long to figure this out myself but the separation and time of reflection has allowed me to see what was missing. This sense of personal responsibility and accountability has pushed me to be a not only a better student, but a better man and a better Christian and not settle for anything that is less than my best.Mar 14 2017 01:55:46:000PMw
Christie Ann Kittelsen100526214christie.kittelsen@pepperdine.edu9496169951BAINTMARKTCommunication0420193.9372Dr. Stone WattCommunicationSarah.StoneWatt@pepperdine.edu Dr. Vos StracheBusiness Administrationcarolyn.vosstrache@pepperdine.educ Upon entering Pepperdine University in the fall of 2015, I was undeclared, and quite anxious about navigating through God’s plan for my college career. Studying abroad this past year has allowed me to experience my vocational calling. Living in the bustling city of London has enabled me to find peace in the face of chaos and the unknown. This past year, my father was laid-off, and underwent dual hip replacement surgery. Needless to say, my world at home was impacted dramatically. Throughout the summer, I questioned if going abroad was financially possible. After months of thought and prayer, God provided the financial means for me to study abroad in the form of a Pepperdine International Programs Scholarship. Shortly after I received the scholarship, I was provided with an internship in the field of marketing. At this point, I was not sure which path my career would take, but I was thankful for the job. I soon found that the field of marketing allowed me the freedom to take my career into virtually any industry. I interned for a skincare company, however, I now possess the skills to work for any firm requesting multi-media design services. Although I am not exactly sure which direction my career is heading, I feel at ease. Instead of anxiously awaiting the future, I am enjoying the present and doing everything in my power to prepare myself for what is to come. This transformation did not happen overnight, but conceptualizing the term “vocation” as a call from God has guided my college experience thus far. Last year when I filled out this application form, I included the following paragraph: Upon my arrival to Pepperdine in the fall, I immediately felt the pressures associated with academic excellence. Although I have always been a perfectionist when it comes to my grades, I began to realize that my college experience should be filled with much more than the pursuit of attaining a high GPA. College is about experiencing personal growth, developing friendships and connections, and of course, graduating with a valuable degree. Thinking of my future job as a vocation instead of a career alleviates substantial stress, and fuels me to push towards my goals. Learning to live a life of purpose, service, and leadership has been a central theme throughout my classes at Pepperdine, but “purpose” has been the most prominent motif. One day I hope to acquire a job that gives me satisfaction in every sense of the word. Although I came into college feeling very unsure of which career field I was interested in, I am looking forward to spending my sophomore year abroad in London and discovering my vocational calling. As I reflect on these words, I find myself smiling at my whirlwind of a year. Over the past few months I went from being undeclared to traveling the streets of Europe and pursuing a degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. The Lord has provided for me in every sense of the word: spiritually, physically, and financially. I have learned that God truly does have an intricate plan for my life. He is using the hardships and challenges of this year to strengthen my faith and teach me patience so that I can serve others. My purpose at this point in my life is to use the gifts and experiences God has given me to shape my future. I feel called to use my talents in photography and media design to one day work for a health and wellness organization, an industry that is near to my heart considering my father’s medical history. The growth I have experienced this year has motivated me take every opportunity to develop my professional skills including taking another term abroad this summer by attending the Heidelberg Religion Program, and interning as a marketing assistant when I return. I give thanks for the many wonderful opportunities that the Lord has blessed me with. As the Psalmist says, “My cup overflows.” Thank you for your consideration. Feb 28 2017 08:45:12:000AMw
Gracyn Antoinette Lewis100526227gracyn.lewis@pepperdine.edu916-719-5996BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420193.6957Jeffrey JasperseNatural Sciencejeffrey.jasperse@pepperdine.eduElizabeth WhatleyStaffelizabeth.whatley@pepperdine.educI am blessed to have studied abroad in Florence, Italy this past fall semester, undergoing tremendous growth as a student, a Christian, and a leader. Living abroad for me meant working twenty-plus hours a week, taking four courses including physiology, and immersing myself in Italian culture. I knew I would be working abroad because of my financial situation, but when I was offered the Student Worker Supervisor position, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. This job showed me the difficulties of being a boss and challenged me to expand my leadership qualities. I had to deal with unenthusiastic workers, doing my best to lead them to a productive and positive work ethic rather than just telling them what to do. I chose to keep my three clean-up shifts in the kitchen even though the hours as supervisor were plenty enough, because I felt I had made a commitment to my team and wanted them to embrace the same responsibility and respect for our work as I did. Outside of work, I constantly took on the leadership of living out Christian values and faith as I encouraged my friends to civilly handle conflicts, empathize with others, and resist passing judgment. Through these acts, I matured in my own beliefs and became more confident in who I am and strive to be. My time abroad proved that I am a capable and trustworthy leader through my work ethic and following of Christ. These invaluable characteristics will and have assisted me in my educational, spiritual, and personal advancements.Mar 10 2017 06:37:14:000PMw
Jacob Amble100526611jacob.amble@pepperdine.edu661-428-4371BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy1220183.6970Abi SmithCommunicationabi.smith@pepperdine.eduCarolyn Vos StracheNatural Sciencecarolyn.vosstrache@pepperdine.educ Through my first two years at Pepperdine, I have come to realize that my experience here is anything but the stereotypical collegiate experience as portrayed in media, full of aimless, purposeless debauchery. For me, in fact, it has truly anything but that. My college experience has been characterized by broadening my worldview beyond what I thought possible, partaking in experiences I would have never had otherwise, and finding my purpose in life and setting a series of goals to attain it. I believe that my experience at Pepperdine has been a living representation of the lofty values of purpose, service, and leadership our school so proudly encourages. It was through the lessons learned, people met, and experiences undertaken while at Pepperdine that I discovered my purpose in life after years of searching. As I began working at the law school and came into contact with people involved in, and looking into, the profession, I decided I would enter the legal profession myself. Recently, I applied for the undergraduate Dispute Resolution Program at the law school as a final step towards achieving my goal. I am doing all I can during my undergraduate years to prepare myself for a future in law. It is only through Pepperdine that this could have happened - I cannot think of anywhere else where I can begin my legal studies before even graduating on to law school and gain knowledge and insight into it through my on-campus job. I have been fortunate enough to attend a university not only with an on-campus law school, but which also encourages undergraduate immersion into typically strictly graduate programs in effort to encourage all to seek out and discover their purpose. In coming to Pepperdine, I was inspired by the emphasis on purpose - as well as the values of dedication and commitment it requires - to become involved in extracurricular activities. I became involved in the debate team and undertook debate-related trips all across the country to compete. In this activity, I found a true passion - one I came to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to and for which I soon received a scholarship. Having the opportunity to represent Pepperdine in nationwide and even international competitions is among the feats I am proudest of during my time here, and I believe it qualifies me as a worthy candidate for this scholarship. All my life long, I had dreamt of traveling the world and going outside the world as I knew it. Coming to Pepperdine made this dream possible through its renowned study abroad programs. During my first semester of sophomore year, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in the London international program. To say it was life changing would be rather an understatement. It was in London that I discovered that my purpose in life could not be limited to one country alone, but would rather traverse the entire world. I made new friends I would’ve never met otherwise and saw new places I never would’ve known existed. I also came to observe how, in every place I went, each person functioned as an integral, indispensable part of the greater machine of society. However lowly or prestigious their role, each person had a unique purpose in some way or another, with their individual participation directly affecting the rest in this inextricable web. My time abroad also opened my eyes to the various injustices across the world. In Greece, I spent time on the islands where refugees arrive on the daily fleeing war-torn Syria. In Britain, I witnessed the growing xenophobia towards foreigners in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. In the rest of Europe, I witnessed the growing anti-Semitism prompting a mass exodus of Jews from the continent. Leaving my comfort zone and seeing these phenomena firsthand stirred within me not only a desire to do something about it, but a feeling of obligation to do all I could to fix it. It was whilst abroad that I decided I would pursue a career in international law, specifically, so as to address the problems facing our world today through legal means and demonstrating that the pen is, indeed, mightier than the world in solving these crises. This inspired me once back on the Malibu campus to double down in my studies and become even more active in debate. This summer, I have applied for an internship with the House Majority Leader in order to further my prospects of attaining my ultimate purpose. I believe I am an ideal candidate for this scholarship as it will further enable me to represent Pepperdine academically and in debate. The experiences I have had have made me into an all-around more wholesome representative of the school, and this scholarship would continue to further both my studies and my extracurricular involvement. Coming from a family in which both parents are teachers, I am trying my best to get all the financial aid and scholarships I can in order to ease my parents’ burden. I feel I owe it to them after their many sacrifices in sending me to Pepperdine to try my best to help out as much as possible. I have done this academically by received straight-A’s during two of my three semesters thus far. Pepperdine has been, for me and my family, a true blessing in every form. I am wholeheartedly convinced that no other university could have given me the great opportunities I have received through Pepperdine. I believe that this scholarship would be the result of lots of hard work and sheer dedication, and would enable me to continue my development at my home away from home with less of a burden on my family.Mar 4 2017 05:05:02:000PMw
David Hoon Kim100527189david.h.kim@pepperdine.edu925-337-2276BSACCOUNTBusiness Administration0420193.65866Charlie EngelmannStaffcharlie.engelmann@pepperdine.eduTyler KemmererStafftyler.kemmerer@pepperdine.educPepperdine University is distinct through not only its diverse students and beautiful campus, but also its values of purpose, service, and leadership. Within the past year, I believe that I have experienced these values a lot through my time abroad in Shanghai, China. However, I feel that my exponential growth has resulted mainly from the area of Leadership. Through the growth in Leadership from studying abroad, being a House Church leader, and holding the Student Government Association Representative position, I was able to grow mentally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually and I am immeasurably grateful for the growth God instilled in me through my time abroad. The term, “Leadership”, is very complex. There are different ways of defining it and expressing it, but my experience abroad has been one that challenged me the most to not only become a leader, but also have a leadership mindset. One definition of Leadership can be described as taking initiative and even to be willing to listen. Being in China has been a very challenging experience due to things such as the language barrier and the culture shock, but these challenges were the components that really pushed me forward as an individual. In the beginning of the semester Charlie Engelmann, our program director, told us that there were going to be many challenges and obstacles coming our way especially because of the environment and setting we’re in, but he then told us the importance of being fascinated instead of frustrated. A lot of people still struggle with this, but I found it imperative to listen to this advice because it has allowed me to have an incredibly different mindset on not only Shanghai but all of the battles and trials I face in life. I’ve learned that God doesn’t want us to be stagnant. He actually calls us to grow. God calls us to accept these challenges and the things that happen to our lives so that we may grow as an individual. Through my time abroad, I’ve taken the initiative to develop a “growth” mindset, instead of a “fixed” mindset. I believe that there are two mindsets: “fixed” and “growth”. A “fixed” mindset is essentially qualities carved in a stone. Everything is almost innate and labeled. However, a “growth” mindset is when traits are simply just a starting point. Things such as intelligence, creativity, and skills can be fostered and developed. In this, I have learned to not fear failure, and to actually embrace challenges as a way to grow. I have learned to take criticisms as well, and most importantly, to accept them with humility. A person with a “fixed” mindset would normally disagree with anything they would not like to hear and say things such as, “no, I’m not like that” or “no I don’t think so”. However, the way people describe you is most likely the way you emulate yourself. I’ve learned to listen to others and to embrace the differences. Saying things like “Shanghai Pepperdine should teach the Malibu way” is actually a “fixed” mindset. Though it may seem like an external problem, it is actually an internal problem, and it is important for one to realize that and embrace these differences and obstacles and learn to grow form these challenges. Some people believe that “Smart people get A’s”, but this is simply not true. Smart or not, it is about how hard you work, and how much you put in is what you get out. This study abroad experience, through things such as exploring, taking classes, and even from attending convocation, has taught me leadership through recognizing that God designed us for growth, and it can be done in many ways. From this time abroad, I have been able to apply and practice leadership and my faith at House Church. In the Shanghai Program, we have student-led house church every Sunday night and it has been one of the greatest things that have developed me not only as a leader but as a spiritual leader. Before coming to Shanghai, I have personally never spoken about the word of God to anyone in a formal setting, but I was fortunate enough to be able to speak to others about the word of God and challenge myself spiritually. For house church, I was also part of the praise team that played for worship every week. We practiced every Saturday and Sunday and although practice may be time-consuming, it was another way for us to serve the students of the program and God. Being involved in house church has really humbled me and made me grateful for this Shangahi program and all of the students I have been surrounded with. As one of the house church leaders, I took joy in seeing students coming together and growing spiritually, despite the environment we’re set in. Especially in Shanghai, life can seem to go by very quickly because of all of the exploring, classes, and new adventures. However, it is important for one to be still and reflective upon what is going on, otherwise life will just be a blur. House church has allowed me to stay focused on my spiritual life and allowed me to be more thankful and thoughtful about the things that come my way. This year, I also began journaling, which has been a huge part of my growth as a leader. Journaling everyday has allowed me to take my life day by day. Whatever happens, big or small, I am able to reflect upon all of my challenges, prayers, struggles, happiness, and even sadness. I have also been journaling about my readings mainly about Christianity. All of the time spent on practice, house church, reading, and journaling has really allowed me to grow spiritually as a leader and hold a clear role in the Shanghai program. In the Shanghai Program, I was also able to apply and practice leadership through my experience as the Student Government Association (SGA) Representative. As SGA representative, my role was to work closely with the volunteer leaders and program staff and act as the bridge between Malibu and Shanghai. I prepared financial records for all activities and transactions and allocated funds to the program. This experience has greatly developed my leadership through working on my teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills. Organizing and leading weekly meetings with the Student Government, I pushed the different committees to go the extra mile and help make this Shanghai experience one to remember. The SGA’s job is to essentially improve the Shanghai program and Shanghai experience as a whole. Knowing this, I took great responsibility in motivating and challenging other student volunteers so that they can enhance not only their own experience as a volunteer but also the experience of others in the program. This experience has really opened my eyes to the joy Shanghai brings through all of the activities planned from the SGA. From activities such as the talent shows, serving the homeless, and even the escape room, I’ve enjoyed working with the other volunteers and organizing the best possible Shanghai experience for the program. Being the SGA representative has really allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and become a leader for this program. I’ve developed closer relationships with other students and the program staff, and ultimately improved my own Shanghai experience by trying to improve the experiences of others. If I had to describe the past year in one word, it would be “Growth”. A lot of times people roll their eyes when they hear that studying abroad is a life-changing experience, but it is actually very true when you go into with the right mindset or, as I would say, a growth mindset. I came into the Shanghai program not really expecting much, but with the different things that I’ve been involved with such as house church and SGA, I’ve really been able to grow as an individual and as a leader. I do not doubt the growth of others, but I strongly do believe that my intellectual, mental, spiritual, and professional growth makes me an ideal candidate for this scholarship. I can honestly say that I’ve learned and grown a lot more within the past year than my whole high school career. Studying abroad really gives you a new perspective because of the overwhelming exposure to different cultures, values, and beliefs. This, along with my active involvement in the Shanghai Program, has evolved me into the leader I believe I am today. I hope to receive this scholarship to help my parents financially because of all of the money spent studying abroad and try to show how fully thankful I am to be given this once in a lifetime opportunity. However, scholarship or not, I am extremely overwhelmed by the growth instilled in me. I hope to only take away from this experience and live it throughout my time in Pepperdine and the rest of my life. Mar 3 2017 10:35:24:000PMn
Jeremiah Jules Rondeau100527453jeremiah.rondeau@pepperdine.edu6508633858BAECONSocial Science0420183.9682Robert SextonSocial Sciencerobert.sexton@pepperdine.eduThomas ReillyInternational Studies and Languagesthomas.reilly@pepperdine.educLast summer I was asked to film a Christian conference at the Warfield in San Francisco. The conference was built around the idea of service. Instead of listening to an afternoon speaker, the thousands of attendees would serve members of the surrounding Tenderloin community: from cooking meals to washing feet. It was a cause I truly believed in, and thought I understood. Upon arrival at the Warfield, I was given an “all access” pass, and escorted past security into the green room. I set down my gear and began talking with the photographer and several singers. The long-time head of security joined us, recalling wild green room stories with everyone from Slayer to Green Day. A producer introduced herself and asked what we wanted to eat for lunch, which would be purchased and delivered later in the day. The entire experience felt strange. Despite believing in the event and appreciating the hospitality, all I could feel was impostor syndrome. I felt out of place. I was. I am an economics major who makes films as a hobby. There was a zero percent chance that I was qualified to film such an event. I had no idea what the organization’s expectations were, much less if I could meet them. While I was treated extraordinarily well by the staff and other crew, I couldn’t help but be filled with the fear that my videography would prove a disappointment among such a well equipped group. Just before it was time to open the doors, one of the speakers called everyone together. After bringing everyone backstage into a close huddle he said, “We have an important mission tonight. We’re about to share the Gospel with the thousands of people who are about to pour through those doors. It’s about this time that doubts start flooding your mind. Some of you may believe you’re too tired. Others may believe you’re too unskilled. Others may believe you’re too immoral or unholy. I’d like to put these doubts to rest by confirming them. None of us are capable of accomplishing our mission alone. None of you are here because of your qualifications: all of you are here because of God’s calling.” Soon after he spoke these words, I began to see the conceited nature of my own self-doubt. Were my technical skills enough to give voice to the Gospel? No, of course not. However I did have talents that could be used to serve others, should I choose to use them in that manor. Although superficially more technical in nature, what I was doing was no different than what was created by the musicians, speakers, or thousands of participants who would be washing feet later that day. Even within a leadership position in a conference on service, I had allowed my view of service to be defined by what I believed I could accomplish. Despite claiming to care deeply about service, my mentality was completely wrong. Throughout high school I had taken on many “service opportunities:” from mission trips to church camps. Although I still place tremendous value on structured service opportunities, over the past year I’ve realized to what extent the view of service I developed has been limiting. My view of the subject, summarized by the ubiquitous phrase “giving back,” was transactional. While I would never acknowledge it at the time, the two weeks a year I “gave back” to other individuals, society, and God became a karmic payment for the other 50 weeks then I “took.” Through this and other experiences, I’ve begun to view service as a mindset since coming to Pepperdine. In Galatians 5:13 Paul writes, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Service is created by, and is the highest use of, freedom. Service is about responding to a calling. As such, it’s important for me to be honest about the events described above. No disasters occurred. However, nothing miraculous occurred either. The film turned out well, yet like every other video I’ve created, I can still point out dozens of flaws. My concerns about being under-qualified for the job were never unfounded. A more experienced filmmaker could have produced a more artistically competent film. Yet I believe I was able to do the job I was called to do. Every other measure of success is a distraction. This form of tangible life calling has been largely new to me over the past year. I’ve realized that the fields I am interested in can all be applied to either the benefit or detriment of others. Just weeks before filming this conference I was offered an intern position at a porn studio. While it took little thought to turn down this particular opportunity, the field of economics offers just as many moral choices, some of carrying potentially worse outcomes. The correlation between good public policy and well funded public policy is almost certainly negative. There are still many paths that I find difficult to either reconcile or reject, however for the first time it’s become clear that my view of service needs to go beyond showing up, being non-confrontational, and making people happy. Given these more nuanced moral decisions, it’s important for me to remember that service doesn’t mean maximizing earnings and “giving back” after the fact, but pursuing a higher from day one of my career. My relationships with Pepperdine faculty have been instrumental in the development of this vocational calling, and in discovering what it means to plan for a career guided by Christian values. I have been able to discuss many of my aspirations and apprehensions with professors who have had similar questions about service and calling. To be clear, I still have absolutely no idea what I’ll be doing upon graduating next year. However, I am confident that I now have a far more grounded, accurate, and service-minded roadmap for discovering this calling. Mar 2 2017 09:18:37:000PMw
Jakob Theo Williamson100527592jakob.williamson@pepperdine.edu509-942-8029BSMATHNatural Science0420193.8262Kendra KillpatrickNatural ScienceKendra.Killpatrick@pepperdine.eduJohn MannNatural ScienceJohn.Mann@pepperdine.educLeaving behind the pigs, cows, and the rest of the animals on my small farm in Washington, I came to Pepperdine unaware of the ways in which I would be impacted and the extraordinary growth that I would experience. Upon arriving at the University, I was immersed into a diverse, yet welcoming, community where I quickly learned that I would have to step outside of my comfort zone to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities now available to me. Surrounded by an influential body of mentors and peers, I began to develop intellectually both inside and outside the classroom. The insights and lessons I gained from my professors and advisors enabled me to evaluate my greatest strengths and talents and lead me to pursue a field where I can make best use of these abilities to serve others; healthcare. Through spiritual involvement, my faith has been strengthened as well, further developing this sense of vocation. It seems that almost every day, a new door opens up leading to a new and incredible pursuit of wisdom. My greatest developments have been in regards to my increased awareness of all of the valuable possibilities that Pepperdine and the community have to offer, as well as an initiative to take action. This growth has cultivated in me a drive to seize every opportunity that I can in my time here. With the knowledge and experiences that I obtain, I will be equipped to transfer this impact that I felt upon our society to make a positive difference.Mar 2 2017 10:13:15:000PMw
Anthony James Clark100527764anthony.clark@pepperdine.edu9704715286BACOMRLCommunication0420183.51283Gary SelbyCommunicationgary.selby@pepperdine.eduDavid LemleyReligion and Philosophydavid.lemley@pepperdine.educLast year at this time, I had filled out a transfer application to another college with the intent of enrolling in the fall, I was on academic scholarship probation, and I overall felt like I wasn’t in the right place. I remember countless hours on the phone with my parents, trying to pinpoint what part of Pepperdine I wasn’t fitting into, but I just couldn’t. But now, looking back one year later, I have realized some incredible truths that have turned my college experience around. I can see now that the desire to transfer and the fear of not being able to get my grades up both had roots in my fear of failure, but that if I truly put the work in to succeed that it would happen - I’m now a happy Pepperdine student who achieved a 3.85 GPA last semester. I learned that in order to point people on this campus toward Jesus I don’t need to be perfect, because God uses imperfect people for His perfect purposes. - My goal is now not to look like a perfect Christian on the outside but to seek Jesus with my entire heart and serve him with my life, as imperfect as that may be. And most importantly, I have learned that a leader doesn’t let their circumstances define their attitude, but instead they let their attitude change their circumstances. This year has been far from perfect, but I feel that the way God turned my situation around could help me influence those around me, and my story might ignite change in someone else. I would be honored to receive the faculty/staff scholarship to continue developing myself as a leader and developing others as leaders on this campus, and look forward to what I might be saying one year from now. Mar 10 2017 09:23:36:000AMw
Tyler Reed100527798tyler.reed@pepperdine.edu5626237818BSMATHNatural Science0420193.8777Kendra KillpatrickNatural Sciencekendra.killpatrick@pepperdine.eduPaul JonesSocial Sciencepaul.jones@pepperdine.educThis year at Pepperdine has not been the easiest for me. As a second year student who decided to not go abroad, my experience has differed greatly from last year and while it has been a tough experience the growth that I have had is evident. I have become more self reliant and focused as I have begun to understand what it means to take a leading role in my own life. Looking back at the person I was before this year, I realize just how much of my identity was not just influenced by determined by relationships with others. Girlfriends, friends, family, etc. In terms of being a leader, I was not even being a leader in my own life. So many of the things I did were for the benefit of what others wanted from my life and not what I wanted. So as I moved in the fall for my second year I realized that I needed to become the captain of my own ship. I retreated into myself thinking that if I closed myself off there could not be outside force that could influence my life. And I suppose that was true and I was able to better understand my desires for my life and ways that I could achieve these goals. Yet, I felt empty. It was around the start of second semester when I realized where I had gone wrong. I was so focused on fixing my life all by myself that I forgot who was truly the captain of my ship, God. I retreated into myself instead of retreating into Him for comfort and direction. And thus I learned what the true meaning of leadership, not only in my own life but as a leader of others. It doesn’t mean that I have to be in control of everything and be able to fix everything and be a shining example and make plans and all of the other things a leader is supposed to do. A real leader realizes that God is in control. And once he knows this all important fact, he can let God’s plan permeate through the entirety of his life and role of leader, so he can lead others to God. Mar 11 2017 05:23:48:000PMw
Danielle Elisabeth LaForce100528742danielle.laforce@pepperdine.edu6507874948BAENGWHumanities/Teacher Education0420193.7748.5Barry FikeCommunicationbarry.fike@pepperdine.eduLorie GoodmanHumanities/Teacher Educationlorie.goodman@pepperdine.educThe Quest for My Purpose Shaped, molded, formed, re-formed— my first two years at Pepperdine have been a process of transformation. Every semester I have balanced a job, nearly perfect grades, and extracurriculars while constantly failing and getting back up, learning how to conquer my weaknesses. But most importantly, while attending this amazing university, I have realized my God-given purpose: to advocate for others. Freshman year, my love for writing and public speaking lead to me to become passionate about advocacy; so I held this purpose close to me and brought it into my sophomore year. While it has been difficult this year, staying on campus when all my friends and even my boyfriend went abroad, I decided to pursue my own interests by joining mock trial and furthering mental health awareness on campus. With zero experience but a drive to conquer any challenge, I jumped on the crazy train of mock trial, and by the end of the season, I was naturally good at it. I officially decided to pursue law. Regarding advocacy, currently, I have partnered with the counseling center and we plan to have a mental health awareness week in April. I am the perfect candidate for the faculty-staff scholarship not because of my accomplishments, but how I am going to use them to to further my life purpose, advocating for others. All my dreams, all my goals — they mean nothing if I do not devote my life to serving others, and thanks to God, I have found this to be my purpose. Mar 8 2017 07:03:55:000PMw
Nolan R Sharp100529232nolan.sharp@pepperdine.edu310 494 1180BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420193.6658Robert ShearerBusiness Administrationrobert.shearer@pepperdine.eduWilliam ArnoldBusiness Administrationwilliam.arnold@pepperdine.educI feel that over the past year I have grown tremendously in terms of my ability to act as a leader. Prior to this I have struggled to act with leadership and would have been more than content to work in the background and let somebody else run the show. However, over the course of the past year I have had many teachers at Pepperdine that have challenged me in a positive manner to break through this hesitation and be more comfortable in a leadership position. At first, I was often outside my comfort zone, but overtime I grew more comfortable and even came to enjoy the responsibility that comes with leadership. Now, I have no hesitation in stepping into a leadership role, whether it be in the classroom or on the court with the volleyball team. I feel as though the incredible teaching staff at this university was key to my being able to overcome this struggle and grow to such an extent. I am also very excited to see how much more room I have for growth and how I can be aided in finding a greater sense of vocational purpose through building close rapports with additional staff and faculty members of the university. Mar 13 2017 04:37:03:000PMw
Chanel Nicole Diaz100530544chanel.diaz@pepperdine.edu(805) 868-0657BAMENAInternational Studies and Languages0420193.9869Dr. David SimonowitzInternational Studies and Languagesdavid.simonowitz@pepperdine.eduBrian SwartsStaffbrian.swarts@pepperdine.educThrough this year, I have found numerous ways in which I have been able to intentionally practice Christ like forms of leadership and find direction within my ultimate sense of purpose. Whether it is through selfless volunteer work, unwavering class participation, or consistent internship performance, I have found myself testing my limits, stretching my comfort zone, and ultimately pursuing Christ’s intended vocation for my life. However, these areas of growth are not without dedicating myself to Pepperdine’s overall challenge of service. Through my service activities, I have grown in the amount of hard work, perseverance, and dedication I am willing to apply because I have learned what a substantial necessity it is to uplift underprivileged communities. With this drive, I have continued to serve even while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here, I have continually been a part of the service opportunity with Adulam. Adulam is a Christian non-profit that serves marginalized communities by providing shelter, food, and education. By serving here, I have not only obtained one-on-one dialogues with people from cultures in different lands, but I have seen first-hand the effects of what a simple act of good can do in this world. Through my experiences, I have fostered Pepperdine’s key objectives as my core foundation. From them, I have successfully grown within my Christ-like values and in understanding my life’s purpose of serving underprivileged communities.Mar 8 2017 08:35:25:000AMw
Lindy Chau Do100531595lindy.do@pepperdine.edu7023556814BSCHEMSTRYNatural Science0420193.5959James WhiteNatural Sciencejames.white@pepperdine.eduDavid GreenNatural Sciencedavid.green@pepperdine.educIn the past year, I have grown the most in leadership through my participation in various organizations and co-curricular activities at Pepperdine. I was a member of the Diversity Committee, an initiative started by SGA, as well as a part of the Women’s Initiative Committee. Currently, I am an ambassador for the SGA and ICA’s initiative: Beloved Community. For the past two years, I have also been a Jumpstart Corps Member. Throughout my time abroad in both Buenos Aires in the summer and in Shanghai in the fall, I have stepped up in many different leadership roles by helping plan trips for my friends. Recently, I am involved with pledging in a business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, where I am the chaplain of my class. Throughout my experiences in these different organizations, I have grown immensely as a leader. My style of leadership has changed in the way that I interact with people that I work with. I used to be someone that was very meticulous and detail-oriented when it came to planning events and projects. After being involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, for example, I have grown from trying to be perfect to simply accept the way that things are and focusing on growing stronger as a team. I learned that a good leader is someone who can also be a good follower. My ability and the ways that I have grown as a leader makes me an ideal candidate because I am very pro-active and flexible. This has allowed me to grow to be more empathetic and open-minded towards others. Mar 10 2017 04:15:19:000PMw
Amber Broderick100532207amber.broderick@pepperdine.edu8184869908BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420183.7257.5Mary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.eduMaire Mullins Humanities/Teacher Educationmaire.mullins@pepperdine.eduu I transferred to Pepperdine in the fall of 2015. Upon initially transferring, I felt a whole host of emotions, as I struggled to hold onto my purpose. Even prior to transferring here, I knew that my future career as a doctor would be a life of service and leadership. However, I did not know what that would look like, in terms of reaching these goals. Before starting my journey here at Pepperdine, the irony of choosing a career that is centered on service, is that I became so obsessed with reaching my goals, that I forgot why I chose to be a doctor in the first place. I chose to be a doctor to serve other people, yet throughout my educational history, I had only been serving myself. My first two semesters were the most difficult for me psychologically, emotionally, and mentally, as I battled with the notion that the career that I felt most pulled towards, felt as though it was slipping away. Despite being willing to give up everything in order to reach my career of leadership and service, I was selfishly forgetting to not only take care of myself, but to also serve others. After my first semester here, I chose to go on a service trip with Project Serve to Fiji, which helped to reinforce my purpose and desire to serve others. My trip to Fiji helped to strengthen my original purpose as I was surrounded by fellow students who also had similar goals and expressed great leadership, along with a great sense of spiritual commitment and service. It was on this trip that I realized that the students at Pepperdine embody the mission statement of Pepperdine. From this point on, I also wanted to embody the mission statement of Pepperdine and get back to my roots of serving others. In order to reach my career of serving others, I needed to start taking care of myself, and letting go of my selfish obsession of getting perfect grades. Although I can’t say that this was the exact and only turning point in my transition, this was one of the many instances where I realized the purpose is and always was service. In addition to the students here at Pepperdine, I have also had to pleasure of meeting faculty who embody the mission at Pepperdine and are phenomenal role models to their students. Professor Holden in the natural science division is one of the many professors at Pepperdine who has had a tremendous impact on validating that anyone can live a life of service. She shows great interest in her students and truly has a passion for what she does. She encourages her students every step of the way and ensures that there is more to life than a simple grade in a class. Despite this confidence, she was always very understanding of her students and simply wanted us to learn as much as we could from her class, however difficult it was. Professor Holden is not the only faculty member at Pepperdine who constantly encourages their students. Dr. Mullins and Dr. Jasperse are also excellent examples of leadership and serving others and have not only strengthened my skills as a student, but also as a member of society. Finally, I truly believe that this transition could not have happened had I not attended this institution, which is committed to helping students blossom into leaders with a purpose. I am an excellent candidate for this scholarship because I now have the ability to lead and serve others. I believe that I can be a role model to other Pepperdine students who don’t feel good enough, who are struggling to find a purpose, and may not be the typical Pepperdine student. Finally, I believe that my transition will carry on even after I graduate, which will allow me to have a desire to serve others. Mar 11 2017 08:28:42:000AMw
Kellen Blake Miller100532304kellen.miller@pepperdine.edu5098428775BACONTRACTBusiness Administration0520183.651111.61Ronald ConlinBusiness Administrationronald.conlin@pepperdine.eduDebbie QuilterStaffdebbie.quilter@pepperdine.educLast summer, I had an internship at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. Recognizing that trash and debris covered the beaches where we put on events, I quickly realized there needed to be action taken and soon arranged a meeting with my senior manager to discuss this issue. Coming up with the plan to have a number of staff walk the beaches every Thursday evening after work to dispose of this unsightly trash, I lead a group of four interns and two full-time staff to regularly perform this task. This was a position that did not come naturally to me, as I usually tend to rely on other’s leading and directing what to do. Before enrolling at Pepperdine, I was a very dedicated and driven student, but didn’t have a complete sense of "purpose". When I think of purpose, I think of what type of impact one can make in society. My time thus far at Pepperdine has greatly shaped the person I have become in a positive way. The quality of staff and students I am surrounded by, as well as the university’s culture, have given me a new sense of direction on how I approach life. I have benefitted immensely from the character of staff here by attaining two mentors who have provided advice, encouragement and support. Through this environment, Pepperdine has equipped me with a unique skillset and values of integrity and diligence with which I have come to realize my purpose—that I have the ability to mature into a prominent servant leader.Mar 13 2017 04:24:41:000PMw
Joseph Hertz100533042joseph.hertz@pepperdine.edu8154125959BAMUSICFine Arts0420203.78920Christopher ParkeningFine Artschrisopher.parkening@pepperdine.eduMorgan Jefferson morgan.jefferson@pepperdine.educLeadership is a value and a skill that is highly valued here at Pepperdine University. Leadership stands alongside the words purpose and service in Pepperdine's mission statement as well, but I do not think that these are separate ideals. In fact, I think that a good leader actually embodies both a fulfilling purpose, and humble leadership.My experience here at Pepperdine so far has been a cornerstone learning experience in the areas of purpose and service, and how those ideals have planted the seeds of a leader in my heart. Purpose is something that I have struggled with for a very long time, especially as a musician. When I go to work every day, I am not going to save someone's life by providing emergency surgery, nor will I be researching the next big breakthrough in physics, either. So, why study music at all? It seems incredibly wasteful to spend countless hours studying something that will never even put a simple roof over anyone's head. These ideas and questions were just a couple that went through my head when I was deciding what I wanted to study; I had a distinct love for the sciences as well as music, and I would often try and drift towards a career in physics. However, I always found my way back to music. Newton's first law of motion states that "an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force." How is it that when I headed in one direction towards physics, but found myself turning back again to music every time? According to Sir Newton, there must have been another force acting upon me, and that force is actually two part. The first is the idea that even though I may not be able to change anyone's physical well being through music, I can still provide some comfort to the soul, food for the mind, and glory to God through music. The greatest of these being glory to God, but just below that is the service, and through service, love to my fellow man. Professor Parkening's unwavering purpose to glorify God through his music has helped me to uncover my own purpose for service in this way. The second part of the force acting upon me is that I wish to teach the importance of good hard work to my children and students. I wish for them to work hard and work effectively at whatever they do, but also to be willing to put their work aside to spend time with their family, in solitary thought, and in service. The combination of these two forces has been the guiding force that has always led me back to music, and have become the goals that I am now reaching for at the end of each day. A great place where I have been able to strive towards these goals of service has been in my work at the Fine Arts Recruitment Office. At this office I answer questions and help guide students to apply for our music department. I feel that it is very easy for this job to become dull, but with the goals that started as a small push towards music, and later refined through Pepperdine, it has become a perfect place for service to prospective students. I look forward to going to work since I know that with every question answered I have directly provided a helpful service. Finally Pepperdine has offered me the chance to gain the initiative needed to be a good leader. I have learned to take initiative in things from my personal arranging, duets, and at my job at the Fine Arts Recruitment Office. However, I feel that the most important thing to being a leader is to be a leader of service. A leader who's first priority is for whoever they are leading. I feel that Pepperdine University does a great job of instilling the ideas of purpose and service into their students, and from that they have cultivated a body of leaders. I am very excited to continue along my Pepperdine path and see what kind of person I can become by the time I leave, and more importantly, how I can extend the service Pepperdine has shown me to others. Mar 12 2017 02:07:48:000PMn
Ashia Ja'Nay Davis100533238ashia.davis@pepperdine.edu734-626-7707BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0420203.5117Eric HamiltonNatural ScienceEric.Hamilton@pepperdine.edu John PetersonHumanities/Teacher Educationjohn.peterson@pepperdine.educThe various forms of growth that I have achieved while being at Pepperdine makes me the perfect candidate to obtain the Faculty-staff scholarship. Me being placed in an environment that was polar-opposite from life in Detroit caused me to become more knowledgeable and less ignorant about the people that did not have the same experiences as I had growing up. Also, being a part of the Social Action and Justice Colloquium has allowed me to realize my passion for diversity and learning about different types of people. Living in an atmosphere such as Pepperdine’s and also being a SAAJ student, has exemplified to me that I want there to be a component of my career where I can continuously communicate with different types of people. Although I am not exactly sure of God’s purpose for my life, I know that he does want me to have a strong ability to communicate with all people. Pepperdine has allowed me to become empathetic towards others and grow as a more diverse person. George Pepperdine wanted his university to foster students in a way that they will be able to influence culture. I truly believe that the growth I have endured within my first year at Pepperdine will allow me to make an impact on others. Within this last year I have been following God and taking steps in the right direction towards the path to find my purpose, and I cannot wait to see God’s plan for my life throughout my time at Pepperdine while I continue to follow my passion for diversity. Mar 6 2017 11:03:11:000PMw
Nicole Diane Favre100533376Nicole.Favre@pepperdine.edu408-887-1356BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420203.86714Cooker StormNatural Sciencecooker.storm@pepperdine.eduJustin Schneider StaffJustin.Schneider@pepperdine.educLast week I served with, learned from, and led my small team of five on a project serve trip to work alongside the World Hunger Relief farm in Waco, Texas. This experience would not have been the same had I not stepped up and offered to fill the role of team leader last semester. I realized the truth in the saying that one gets out of something what one puts in to it, and I desired to develop my leadership skills in both a class setting as well as in leading a service team. A trip that I was uncertain about and students who I was unfamiliar with grew to be the highlight of my semester thus far and some of my close friends. These past several months of preparation-organizing trip details and communicating with the organization, Pepperdine’s Volunteer Center, and my team-have taught me the importance of confirming everything in advance, sharing relevant information in a relatable, respectful fashion, and the power of prayer and putting my confidence in God. During the trip I managed the money, budgeting my team’s funds, and stimulated thought and discussion, leading daily reflection sessions. I served as my team’s alarm clock, pep talker, coordinator, and frequently as their chief. During our time together I attempted to create an atmosphere of flexibility, positivity, and vulnerability between my team members despite our difficult conditions and third world simulations, which included hours of manual labor with limited food. While volunteering in Waco’s community as well as on my team as team leader I have gained a more godly perspective and a better understanding of how I can live out a life of purpose, service, and leadership through a commitment to a humble selflessness modeled after Christ’s and by diligently seeking after and loving God.Mar 12 2017 01:48:05:000AMw
Sierra Jo Smith100535336sierra.smith@pepperdine.edu5095204281BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420203.5427.5Benjamin WilsonNatural Sciencebenjamin.wilson2@pepperdine.edu Lee KatsNatural Sciencelee.kats@pepperdine.educ If you were to ask any biology major what they wanted to be after college, the majority of them would say they aspire to be a doctor. I have always been interested in the natural sciences, so I figured the best way to satisfy both my curiosity and my desire to help others was to pursue medicine. During my first semester at Pepperdine, I dove into the pre-med track with vigor – taking the required science courses in addition to researching medical schools. I knew medical schools sought research-experienced undergraduates, so I joined the Behavioral Ecology Lab. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the world of research and ecology. The more time I spent in the lab, the more I realized the importance of ecology, not only to the environment, but also to humankind. I attended research conferences, spoke with a laboratory alumna who now works as a disease ecologist researching preventative methods to avoid epidemics, and worked on my project: crayfish feeding behavior and their ability to control mosquito population as invasive predators. Coming into Pepperdine I knew my purpose was to help people, but I didn't realize how to apply that purpose until I became a part of a Pepperdine research lab. Through this experience, I've gained an understanding of a variety of environmental health issues that have made me confident that I am meant to help people before they’re aware they need it. By understanding ecological interactions and populations, we’re able to control Zoonotic diseases and other human health factors. My redefined purpose is priming me to take my Pepperdine education and motto, “Freely ye received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8) and use it to fulfil my vocation by helping those in a way a little less than conventional. Feb 23 2017 03:39:52:000PM
Khloe Belle McCarthy100538916khloe.mccarthy@pepperdine.edu5597593181BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420203.6045Andrea HarrisStaffandrea.harris@pepperdine.eduNick RodionoffStaffnick.rodionoff@pepperdine.educ Throughout this past year, I feel I have grown in many ways. I know I have grown physically through the training program I participate in as a swimmer, but I also feel I have grown mentally as well. My mental growth throughout this past year at Pepperdine has led to the most important growth I have experienced, a growth in purpose. During midterms last semester, I was sitting at a table in the cafeteria with two of my teammates. They were both studying for their chemistry midterms. Some of the ideas they were going over piqued my interest. Since I knew I wasn't meant to be an engineer, I was waiting for my epiphany from God telling me what the purpose of my life was. When it came time for me to register for my classes I was drawn towards chemistry. I was slightly nervous because the last class I thought was going to call to me didn't work out. I looked into different career options that would involve chemistry and Pharmacy stuck out to me. I didn't want to make any hasty decisions, so I didn't change my major right away. After being half way through chemistry this semester I can say I am so excited to go to class and I love the things that I'm learning, unlike the physics courses I needed for engineering. After being in chemistry I knew God had a different plan for me than I originally had for myself. I will be able to help so many more people as a pharmacist than I ever could have as a civil engineer. Most of the growth I have experienced this year pales in comparison to my growth in purpose. I now know I cannot choose my own purpose and try to mold it how I believe God wants me to live, but instead I can choose to accept the purpose God has chosen for me. My new outlook on my purpose in life will allow me to touch the lives of many people and enjoy what I'm doing at the same time. Throughout this past year I have grown from having a highly self-motivated purpose in life, thinking about how well my job would pay as an engineer, to accepting what God has laid out before me and in turn moving towards a purpose that will allow me to touch the lives of many other people. The growth that I have undergone throughout the past year helps to make me an ideal recipient for this scholarship because it has opened my eyes and made me aware of the true value of academics and of helping people while fulfilling my purpose in life. Mar 7 2017 11:10:12:000PMn
Joseph Brown Kennedy100539232joseph.kennedy@pepperdine.edu214-924-4099BATHEATREFine Arts0420203.65117.5Courtneay StallingsCommunicationcourtenay.stallings2@pepperdine.eduSusan SalasCommunicationsusan.salas@pepperdine.educDuring Orientation I was challenged “To know God, to be God-formed, and to seek God’s vision of harmony in the world.” For my whole life, I have been challenged to use my God-given creative gifts. Pepperdine has given me opportunities to successfully find my lust for life in the journey of finding my vocation. I am on the right path. Also, “Most people discover their dream jobs through personal connections!” The people I have met so far in the theatre media production department have an incredible drive and have exuded a vibrancy that I want to be around. I am filled with hope for the future and although I still have many questions such as what precisely is my calling; will this risk pay off; am I making the right choices? I do not know the answer to these questions; however, I trust in God who does know my path and is leading me step by step along my way. I am convinced I am supposed to be at Pepperdine. I am fully trusting God just like I do as He continually provides in miraculous ways for me to be here. I have begun my journey to find my vocation, and I will make a difference in the world for God’s glory. In the meantime, I will continue to reflect on Christ’s qualities in all who are alongside me and assisting me in this exciting time of discovering myself. Mar 13 2017 02:18:10:000PMw
Jennifer K Lau100541121jennifer.lau@pepperdine.edu7192006299BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420193.91769.5Cooker StormNatural Sciencecooker.storm@pepperdine.eduLisa SmithHumanities/Teacher Educationlisa.h.smith@pepperdine.educI came to Pepperdine with not one, but many passions that I wanted to use to impact the world. All my passions center around the idea that I want to lead others by serving them. In this past year, Pepperdine has given me the opportunity to focus my passions and gain a more specific purpose. Through mentors, teachers and fellow students, I have been able to discover where my passions and my gifts intersect. At the beginning of the year, I was blessed to be hired by Pepperdine’s mathematics’ department as a tutor. I have made it my goal to show my students how incredibly interesting it can be and give them a purpose in doing it. During first semester, I fell so in love with teaching that, at the beginning of second semester, I chose to continue tutoring at school and start tutoring struggling middle schoolers through the Boys and Girls club. Pepperdine provided this opportunity to me through the career center. A passion for teaching inevitably comes with a passion for academics and the more challenging my academics get, the more I fall in love with the challenge. Through Pepperdine’s opportunities and amazing professors, I have discovered a passion for teaching and learning. Pepperdine has turned my passion into a purpose, and I hope to get my PhD and become a college professor. Pepperdine has not only grown me in my love of academics, but also my spiritual depth. I have grown so much through Pepperdine’s rich spiritual community that I have been inspired to become a spiritual life adviser next year. This past year, Pepperdine has allowed me to refine my skills in service and leadership and turn my passions of teaching, academics, and God into a purpose.Mar 1 2017 04:22:45:000PMw
Grace Millicent Palmer100541448grace.palmer@pepperdine.edu267-615-9990BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420203.95817Stephen DavisNatural Sciencestephen.davis@pepperdine.eduJane RodehefferHumanities/Teacher Educationjane.rodeheffer@pepperdine.educDespite my hopes of living more intentionally, I came to Pepperdine feeling aimless. Surrounded by a multitude of opportunities, I had no idea in which to invest. I no longer wanted to continue my high school habits of being busy to feel productive and successful in the eyes of the world without real care for learning and charity. Through daily journaling, finding student and faculty mentors, and exploring diverse groups on campus, Ive found some of that direction Ive been craving. Tutoring at Camp David Gonzales has let me take an active role in improving the education system I always complained about. In joining Dr. Brewster's microbiology seminar, I discovered an interest in research that excited me so much Ive decided to continue the work into the summer. As I cast my fears aside and joined the Track team, I found meaning in encouraging the teammates for whom I care deeply. Honestly, I didnt notice the commonality between these activities until I began to write this essay: I pursued these activities without expecting any immediate benefit to myself. I didnt join track for an athletic scholarship, nor volunteer at Camp David for service hours, nor join an extra lab period to get credit for it, yet these things have changed me more than I ever imagined. From all of this Ive learned that my purpose in life is not what my culture has been telling me. Its not in chasing personal gain that I will find meaning, but in passionately in learning and serving others.Mar 13 2017 04:42:29:000PMw
Demitrios Leonidas Master100542048demitrios.master@pepperdine.edu408-309-3118BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420204.0014Jay BrewsterNatural Sciencejay.brewster@pepperdine.eduKaren MartinNatural Sciencekaren.martin@pepperdine.educ The past semester at Pepperdine has helped to solidify my sense of purpose. I came to Seaver College knowing that I wanted to study biology. I was superficially aware that Pepperdine offered me admission because they felt that I was capable and deserving of studying her. However, I did not think of myself as disciplined and interested enough to successfully study science to the high degree of capability I desired. That paradigm changed. Through my freshman biology seminar, I was able to experience the dynamic, collaborative, and informative sides of science. As the semester progressed I was able integrate concepts introduced in my other science classes, providing me with a rich perspective that kindled my enthusiasm for biology. I realized that science is more about what humanity does not know rather than what it does. The purpose I discovered for myself can be captured in the words of Johann Kepler. He described science as “thinking God’s thoughts after Him”. Furthermore, I have discovered an additional aspect of my passion that I had not previously noticed: I am not content with merely learning new things, rather I get the most fulfilment out of learning new things and helping to explain them to others to the best of my ability. In doing so I get to think deeper about the underlying science with the tangible motivation of providing friendly help. This scholarship will not just benefit myself, but through me it will also benefit those whom with I work and study.Feb 14 2017 12:49:10:000PMw
Annika Marie Lile100543075annika.lile@pepperdine.edu626-720-3277BAINTMARKTCommunication0420204.018Dr. Khanh BuiSocial Sciencekhanh.bui@pepperdine.eduProfessor Greg DaumCommunicationgregory.l.daum@pepperdine.educThrough my time at Pepperdine, I have recognized my purpose of being a well-rounded and active student academically, socially, and professionally. Through the rigor of collegiate coursework, I have gleaned knowledge that will academically advance me towards the completion of my desired major of Integrated Marketing Communications. Furthermore, I have dedicated myself to aiding my peers in their academic aspirations by submitting class notes to the Disability Services Office for these past two semesters. In addition, I have involved myself in extra-curricular activities. For example, I had the honor of finding my purpose through participating in the fall musical, “Crazy For You.” This semester, I will continue to be involved by performing in Songfest. Moreover, I have found my professional purpose working as an Administrative Assistant for the Communication Division. Through this position, I have honed my office, problem solving, and interpersonal skills. Throughout my college experiences thus far, I have learned how to fulfill my purpose by being an active student. Pepperdine has been instrumental in this realization, and I am grateful for all of the opportunities provided to further understand my purpose on campus and in the community. I believe that in these ways, I can continue to work towards fulfilling my life’s purpose of spreading God’s Word and helping others through being an active community member.Mar 3 2017 10:15:21:000PMw
Jenna Rae Gaertner100543185jenna.gaertner@pepperdine.edu845-519-3338BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420203.8318Cooker StormNatural Sciencecooker.storm@pepperdine.eduChristina LittlefieldCommunicationchristina.littlefield@pepperdine.educ Day one. Beep, beep, beep. Once again I woke up to the familiar sound of my alarm clock. But when I put on my glasses, the morning blur gave way to an unfamiliar scene. A tiny room, bunk beds, and a roommate. There on my dorm room desk was the key ingredient to a successful freshman year at Pepperdine University—my schedule—which would dictate a large percentage of the things I do, the places I go, and the people I see. I stood in silence, looked at my schedule, the confining living quarters, and the pillows that were wrapped around my roommate’s head and wondered, “Am I meant for this?” Day 162. Beep. beep, beep. I rubbed my eyes and put on my glasses. All is familiar. I said good-bye to my best friend who again had pillows covering her eyes. I walked briskly to my first class. I stopped for a moment, reminisced about all that has happened my first semester and said to myself, “I was definitely meant for this!” Throughout my life, I have been known as the person who always wanted to try something new and experience as much as possible. Whether that makes me ambitious or an over-achiever, it has been a part of my personality for as long as I can remember. I have an unquenchable desire to learn as much as I can about everything I can. While that remains a continual pursuit of mine, I was faced with a perplexing dilemma prior to attending college. How would I narrow my interests down to one field of study when I had at least a half a dozen I had hoped to pursue. While I don’t subscribe to his agnostic viewpoint, Thomas Huxley did make a challenging statement: “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” Combining my passion to bring the truth to light and my compassion and motivation to help others, as well as other factors, I chose two majors to study. I am currently double majoring in journalism and sports medicine. While the double major keeps me busy and on my academic toes, I have immensely enjoyed the diversity of classes and the experiences both have brought me. During my freshman year at Pepperdine University in California, the scholarship money I received has afforded me time and resources which were essential for me to excel and grow during the course of this formidable first year of college. I hope to continue this throughout the rest of my college journey. Completing all that is required, as well as my own academic objectives that are not required, has become nothing less than a challenge. I am taking the maximum allowable credits for a first year student while adjusting to a whole new life and all its social demands. (Well, I suppose I should say… “social opportunities”). I’ll say, without hesitation, that the challenges of collegiate life have been welcomed and embraced. I have, however, been forced outside of my comfort zone and have grown in tremendous ways as a result. As the great actor Dan Stevens once said, “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” Undoubtedly, there are many who find a busy life overwhelming, and this consequently stifles their productivity. Ben Franklin and I agree that “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” I have found that it has pushed me to do and be the best I can and to strive for excellence even under pressure. Being outside my comfort zone has given me the opportunity to view myself and the world in different ways. It has taught me to look for, recognize, and seize every opportunity possible, specifically those that present themselves during my time at Pepperdine University.Mar 13 2017 01:33:51:000PMw
Gabriel Anthony Garcia100545168Gabriel.Garcia@pepperdine.edu916-605-8731BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420203.617.5Sharita WilsonCommunicationsharita.wilson@pepperdine.eduKanet ThomasHumanities/Teacher Educationkanet.thomas@pepperdine.educPepperdine’s mission statement was one of the most influential factors in my selection process. During my high school years, I served in many leadership positions. While I have leadership experience, I believe there is always more room to grow and beneficial knowledge to gain through experience. I knew that Pepperdine would help me flourish as an individual and would immensely support my continual leadership development. After talking with members from the SGA, I realized I wanted to join the organization. I ran for freshman class president and although I was not elected, I was able to meet many staff members and classmates throughout the campaigning process. In addition, I learned about all the activities Pepperdine has to offer. During my time at Pepperdine I have joined several clubs including Pepperdine Colleges Against Cancer, Pepperdine Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Student Health Advisory Board. These organizations have provided various leadership opportunities. I believe that leadership is also developed through employment, which is why I decided to work part-time during college. Currently, I work for both the Student Health Center and Transit Services. These positions have given me insight on different leadership styles. Recently, I was accepted in the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at Pepperdine University. This exciting opportunity will help me develop additional networking and professional skills. Additionally, Pepperdine’s convocation and leadership events have provided priceless information. This scholarship will help support the development I am seeking. I have been accepted into Pepperdine’s Global Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., as well as the London International Program. The funds from this scholarship will greatly support my endeavors and increase the opportunities available to me. I am eager to continue to sharpen my leadership abilities throughout the rest of my time here at Pepperdine.Jan 30 2017 05:57:54:000PMw
Dalaney Elora Keeler100545226dalaney.keeler@pepperdine.edu949-939-6286BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration1220193.70316Jane Kelley RodehefferHumanities/Teacher EducationJaneKelley.Rodeheffer@pepperdine.eduRobin PerrinSocial Sciencerobin.perrin@pepperdine.educ Plato summarized of the past two years of my internal struggle with discovering my purpose perfectly in the Allegory of the Cave. I had a firmly embedded view of my ideal life. One professor forced me to challenge all my beliefs and to question who I truly hoped to become. The journey toward discovering my vocation was painful, much like the cave dweller that exits the cave. I believed my purpose in life would follow a specific sequence, and with no alternate route. I realized that goal setting and planning was positive; however, I should have planned broad strokes, not necessarily details. Comparable to the images shown in the cave, I focused solely on the b-lined path I had created toward finding my purpose. As my first-year of college began, I was ripped away from my preconceived notions and forced to question myself. Pieces of this plan remain in my hopes for the future; however, without questioning my convictions, I would have never known that life holds so much more. Although the experience was not pleasant at the time, the gratitude I feel now is incomparable. Freshly thirteen and uncertain about life, my father encouraged me to decide on a potential career path before entering high school. About half-way through my freshman year of high school, I decided the future I envisioned would involve an occupation that incorporated mathematics. Fortunately, the strong mathematics and lab science departments that my high school had helped to foster my love for those areas of study. Then, during my college application process, I began to question which major I truly wanted to spend the next four years studying. I submitted many applications with a major in Business Administration, two Economics, two Mechanical Engineering, and one Applied Mathematics. I submitted application that included majors I was uninformed about, and thought would lead me to a stable job. My conception of college was to go out and receive a degree, not to discover an intellectual passion. As a seventeen-year-old, I dismissed the fact that I was not meant to have all the answers or know my vocation. Months later, I was forced to exit the cave on the second day of New Student Orientation. As I met with my first-year seminar professor, she immediately asked thought provoking questions and told stories that made me question my life. She encouraged my class and I to consider the majors we had selected; did we pick those areas of study for ourselves or for our parents? She asked if we had chosen to study Business or pre-med, because they were practical majors, or because we truly wanting to study those topics. I quickly became lost in my own panic and anxiety, not knowing my purpose anymore. I called my mom later that night and was hysterical. My perfectly crafted plan for life had been shattered over a few questions I was not prepared to answer and a few facts that I refused to face. I had entered the light outside of the cave and was blinded. As my mom tried to provide me with solace, she reminded me that it was my professor’s job to ask the tough questions. She reminded me that by living a strictly Type A life I would certainly face obstacles, especially if I was ill-prepared for plans to change. For the first three weeks of the first semester, I debated changing majors every day. I also questioned whether or not to remain at Pepperdine. Three quarters into the first semester, I evaluated my life seriously. I was not proud of myself academically, and felt no genuine connections to my peers. I believed my decision to attend Pepperdine to be a mistake. Lost in my own oblivion, I let myself become the victim. After mentally and emotionally exhausting myself, I began to gather more meaning in my life. Although I endured much internal hardship in a short period of time, I am grateful for the growth I made in understanding my purpose. Finally, I could see in the light outside of the cave. I found a group of friends I absolutely adore, I was accepted into the London Religion Summer Program, and I began volunteering with the Board. My life began to feel stable, and I was excited to explore my options academically. I explored the course catalog and read the descriptions for every class that caught my interest. This only reaffirmed my desire to pursue a Finance degree, and I could not be happier with my decision. Without challenging my prior beliefs, I would lack the confidence I have in my future’s direction. I received a position as a student worker for University Advancement. Every week I gather new skills or learn more information from my superiors. Because of my position with Advancement, I plan to pursue a career in the Development or Advancement sector of a non-profit organization. I find my purpose in knowing I can positively influence a person’s life every day of mine. When I first entered my freshman year, I became introverted and branching out was challenging. I let fear divert me from my passion. However, I changed my perspective: it does not matter which path I take, as long as I move forward. As I have become more confident in myself, I have become more confident in my choices. When I entered my first-year of college, I had an idealized expectation of how my future would play out. I believed that once I had selected which college to attend and which major to pursue, the rest of my life would fall into place. I am extremely grateful, however, for my professor who forced me to question my life and challenge my ideals, because I would not be the person I am today. The realization that it was acceptable for me to not know which direction my life was headed came slowly. For the first time I was completely honest with myself that I had absolutely no idea about which path I was supposed to follow. Toward the end of the first semester, I became comfortable with my own choices, knowing that the future is unpredictable and can change. For a long time, I believed that my purpose would fall in my lap and be easy to see. Now, I am confident in my convictions and in knowing that I know myself better than anyone else. Mar 13 2017 02:18:36:000PMn
Giuliana Colon-Roisenzvit100545576giuli.colon-roisenzvit@pepperdine.edu5307360214BAPSYCHSocial Science0420203.8638Jeff BanksHumanities/Teacher Educationjeff.banks@pepperdine.eduRoslyn SatchelCommunicationroslyn.satchel@pepperdine.educIt is the oldest story in the world, one that everyone experiences, one that every parent tells their child. You’re seventeen and you’re planning for someday. You’re thinking about what college you’ll go to and your future. Without ever really noticing, someday becomes today and not long after, someday is yesterday. After I chose Pepperdine, and my someday became yesterday, I had to reevaluate what God has planned for me. I had for too long been a part of the basic public school stigma where a number of extracurriculars and AP classes were the only things that mattered. On the first day of NSO, I realized that I didn’t really know what my role was here. In this past year, I have rediscovered that service not only makes me a good Pepperdine student, but also a good friend and person. This happened, oddly enough, working with three to five-year-olds. I had the amazing opportunity to work for the Jumpstart Program this year. In the 300 hours I dedicated to teaching kids the alphabet and rhyming words, I discovered that I am at my best when I am thinking of someone other than myself. I work with a lot of kids that don’t speak English well, a problem I faced at their age, and I love having the ability to show them that with some practice, English becomes easier and so does school. This service brings me closer to become that person I really want to be, the one that isn't worried about what to put on her resume, but what she is doing to better the world.Mar 6 2017 04:03:01:000PMw
Elizabeth Barbara Reinowski100546089bizzy.reinowski@pepperdine.edu262-844-4375BASPORTSADMINCommunication0420194.018Frank NovakHumanities/Teacher Educationfrank.novak@pepperdine.eduLauren AmaroCommunicationlauren.amaro@pepperdine.educIt seems like NSO was only yesterday, but that tear-blurred image of my parents driving away has faded as this year has gifted me with many opportunities and learning experiences to affirm my decision to attend. Among them, to me, the most rewarding are the service and volunteer experiences available. A short time ago, I journeyed to New York City to serve with ShilohNYC in the South Bronx. During my life, I have always had a passion to serve others from volunteering in meal kitchens and on mission trips to teaching religious education. I feel my life has been very blessed, and I strongly believe in giving back in any way possible. This mission, however, allowed me to serve in a new way, traveling across the country to provide support for teachers and give comfort and hope to students at a public school in a diverse and impoverished area for a few days instead of an hour. Throughout the week, my understanding and compassion were deepened by living within the community I was serving and experiencing their daily life first hand. My eyes were opened to the differences that exist in this area in terms of resources, behavior, and outlook on life. This service opportunity allowed me to bring smiles to the children’s faces and a sigh of relief to struggling faculty in need of assistance. So often our focus to give is usually on “the world’s biggest devastations” when problems exist in our own backyard. After serving this community, I discovered that those in need can take any form, but everyone should be treated with respect and not be ignored. After all, according to Dr. Seuss, “A person’s a person no matter how small”. In the end, my acts of service, no matter their size, are making a difference in someone’s life and giving them a reason to believe in themselves and the world they live in. Mar 12 2017 10:40:52:000AMw
Evani Xavier Seested100546426evani.seested@pepperdine.edu3015128164BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0420203.58940David Strong Natural Sciencedavid.strong@pepperdine.eduCambry PardeeReligion and Philosophycambry.pardee@pepperdine.educThere is no purpose without God. I have lived a selfish life. When my main job was to serve our Lord, I turned my back on him and worried about meaningless issues he would soon solve for me. I have always been thankful for what I have, but I never truly understood gratitude. That is until Katie Quesada came to speak at Wednesday Chapel. She explained how some of us think of God as a genie; We thank him for what we have and acknowledge his presence in our lives, but we pray for favors. We pray for him to make our lives easier, or help right a wrong, and we are disappointed when those prayers aren’t answered. Basically, we sometimes forget who is supposed to be serving who. She may as well have been speaking directly to me. I realized that I had been praying all wrong my whole life. I spent so much time asking God to help me, help my family and friends, never asking what I could do to be a better servant to him. I want to believe God is there to help me get an A in history, bring me back to health when I have a cold, and keep me as far away from the mountain lion as possible! However, the more I ask him to help me accomplish, the less I thank him for all he’s been doing. I already know God will be with me in class striving for that A. While I’m busy asking him to help me fight a cold, he’s ripping temptation weeds out of my path, planting inspiration to help me write my upcoming paper, and watering my heart so I can be sympathetic when my roommate comes home crying tomorrow. While it’s okay to ask for hope in times of darkness, it’s also important to keep humility in mind. My purpose is to serve my Lord. I have been going about my days searching for vocation and trying to understand myself. I can only find myself at the feet of God, simply showing up to the path he gives to me and having faith that it will take me to where I need to be.Mar 7 2017 02:54:58:000PMw
Chelsea L Amalfitano100547029chelsea.amalfitano@pepperdine.edu231-632-2801BACOMRLCommunication0420203.91724Karl KalinkewiczCommunicationkarl.kalinkewicz@pepperdine.eduLeslie BaumanStaffleslie.bauman@pepperdine.comcAs valedictorian of my high school, I was fortunate to have many college choices. Having graduated from a Christian school, I knew I wanted to continue my education in a similar spiritual atmosphere with a strong moral compass and a service based environment. As a high school student, I used my leadership positions to promote service among the student body and in the community. Since my arrival at Pepperdine, my depth of my purpose has grown in clarity and conviction. The students, staff, and faculty embody a spirit of compassion and generosity that inspire me to do more and be more. My Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis class was instrumental in growing my purpose. Rather than being discouraged by my professor’s proclamation that an A was extremely unlikely, his words motivated me to work toward even higher standards. Ultimately, I was able to distinguish myself as one of his rare A students. I realized that I was learning how to achieve goals with a profound sense of purpose. I not only developed skills necessary to my communication discipline but, more importantly, I learned techniques that will enhance my spiritually and service intentions. Discovering the importance of expressing myself in a public forum has helped me grow the skills necessary to serve the community better. As I was learning leadership and the art of effective communication in class, I was also learning how to apply these qualities to develop and strengthen my purpose and service goals. This class has helped me realize that with a focused sense of purpose anything is possible. Pepperdine’s mission of purpose, service, and leadership affirms my convictions and provides the skills and knowledge to help me excel in these core values.Mar 12 2017 10:06:54:000PMw
Samantha Lorena Fiallo100547962sam.fiallo@pepperdine.edu619-840-8529BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420203.60018.5Karen MartinNatural Sciencekaren.martin@pepperdine.eduRodney HoneycuttNatural Sciencerodney.honeycutt@pepperdine.educI am not naturally gifted when it comes to science. My mind isn’t able to wrap itself around a concept the first time I hear it and I cannot compute calculations lightening-fast. Yet I cannot seem to stay away from the subject. In high school, I was always at the top of my class. I never had to put in extra effort for the grades I wanted. For this reason, college has been a difficult switch. I decided to major in what I love, biology, and am now experiencing what it feels like to be at the bottom end of the class. It is this switch that has made me realize that I truly love science. I find that I am willing to raise my hand and ask questions that might make me look unknowledgeable or spend countless extra hours studying a concept in order to completely understand it. I am willing to struggle for the same academic excellence I experienced in high school. God has a purpose for me. I’ve always firmly believed this. But now I understand that doesn’t mean that I was inherently born with the skills necessary for the career of my choice. Rather, God having a purpose for me means I need to have faith that I have the ability to do what I want in life. Just because it is not easy does not mean it is not meant for me.There must be a purpose for me in science because God has created me with a curiosity for it that I cannot contain. At Pepperdine, I will continue to work hard towards the plan God has laid out for me while keeping faith that He created me with the aptness to carry it out. Mar 7 2017 10:14:37:000PMw
Marlee Hewitt100547974marlee.hewitt@pepperdine.edu3107746357BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420203.9616Dr. StormNatural Sciencecooker.storm@pepperdine.eduCesar UribeStaffcesar.uribe@pepperdine.educIn making the transition from high school to college, my brief time at Pepperdine has allowed me to grow — socially, academically and spiritually -— more than I could ever have imagined. I directly attribute this significant growth to the wonderful community at Pepperdine, including my peers, the faculty, and the staff, all of whom have been integral this year in my quest to find my purpose in life. Everyone at Pepperdine with whom I have interacted appears deeply committed to Pepperdine’s Mission of Academic Excellence, and has passed that commitment on to me. Although succeeding in high school was important to me and I achieved relatively good grades, I did not apply myself to the best of my ability to obtain the degree of success that would more accurately reflect my true ability to learn. In coming to Pepperdine, however, I have been inspired to push myself to achieve academic excellence by both classmates and professors. I now spend more time studying and focused on learning. And in doing so, I have found that success. I feel more confident going into every lecture and every exam, and that confidence has resulted in even better grades, as evidenced by making the Dean’s list in my first semester of college. I wholeheartedly believe that this success is rooted in my personal growth, which has been fostered, both directly and indirectly, by the amazing people I am surrounded by every day at Pepperdine. I have found a new purpose in learning — to do the best that I possibly can. I truly hope that, by doing well with my academia, as many doors as possible will open in the future so that I will be able to follow God’s purpose for me in my life.Mar 11 2017 08:46:22:000AMw
Kylee N Ferris100548199kylee.ferris@pepperdine.edu6238108754BACOMRLCommunication0420203.616Sarah BallardCommunicationsarah.ballard@pepperdine.eduSharita WilsonCommunicationsharita.wilson@pepperdine.educFor months upon coming to school I was asked, “Why did you choose Pepperdine?”. I was told Pepperdine was a “good school”, and certainly the idea of living on the beach wasn’t a bad one, but even still, why Pepperdine? Well, the more days I wake up and see another magnificent sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, the more I'm convinced that I didn’t choose Pepperdine, it chose me. A 94 year old Pepperdine alum that I spoke with through one of my on campus jobs told me the key to longevity is to travel the world, make connections, and laugh along the way, and I can honestly say that I’ve already been affected in all of these ways since I started here. When I first began at Pepperdine, I didn’t hardly know anything about different cultures. However, being surrounded by so many students from all around the world and hearing their stories has given me a new perspective on my life and has helped me to find something I am truly passionate about opening my eyes globally. Before I came to Pepperdine I had never considered the idea of living outside of the country, but now I can’t see myself not traveling the world and working for various nonprofits to make a difference in our world as a whole. I had no idea my purpose before I started and came in basically as undecided, but being surrounded by people that have introduced me to God's love for the first time has encouraged me and shown me my potential to be a leader in the world that I hope to continually build upon each day. Jan 31 2017 04:12:53:000AMw
Emma Lee Harper100548268emma.harper@pepperdine.edu8172351095BANATSCINatural Science0520203.8734Don HancockNatural Sciencedon.hancock@pepperdine.eduMary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.educAlthough I have worked with kids a great deal in my life, babysitting Kate and Luke has been a life changer for me. My initial motive to babysit was solely to help financially, I’d drive a few kids around and get my check at the end of each week. However, it never crossed my mind that I might get emotionally invested into these children, nor did I realize the impact they would have on my life. After sitting through numerous piano lessons, gymnastic practices, and sporting events, I’ve watched both Kate and Luke grow and excel both academically and physically. Seeing their progress has touched me in a way that I never thought possible. Picking them up from school has become less of a job, and more of an escape for me. Babysitting has enabled me to forget about my worries of school, and enjoy the gift of giving. These are very impressionable years for Kate and Luke. It has come to the point where I see it my duty to make sure I provide the right guidance through leadership and knowledge. The battle of raising kids is a hard one, but through this job I have come to realize that it is what I was meant to do. Before this job the thought of having kids had hardly ever crossed my mind. However, the last few months has shown me a new future. I now have been picturing a new vocation, not one of a career, but one which includes a family and children. To Kate and Luke, I am probably just another babysitter, but to me they are the children that have opened my eyes to a new possibility.Feb 17 2017 01:15:14:000PMw
Waleed Shaarani100548955waleed.shaarani@pepperdine.edu4088938974BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420183.6818.5David SimonowitzInternational Studies and Languagesdavid.simonowitz@pepperdine.eduRaymond CarrReligion and PhilosophyRaymond.C.Carr@pepperdine.educI am extremely grateful for the numerous opportunities Pepperdine has given me to grow and build on my trait of leadership. I have always shown leadership qualities throughout my academic journey, whether it was being the section leader of band class in middle school or captain of the wrestling team in high school. My natural leadership is currently shining through the five classes and three clubs I am enrolled in. I make it a habit to participate and collaborate with my peers and professors in every class to engage others and myself in cognitive learning. I also demonstrate my leadership skills in key positions of clubs that I am active in. I am currently the Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, and an active member in Lacrosse and Jiu Jitsu. A group of students and I organize club convos for Muslims and Christians to create a dialogue of love, passion, and understanding. Moreover, I am able to bring my experience from wrestling into Jiu Jitsu to teach my knowledge while learning new techniques and skills from others. Overall, what really characterizes me as a leader is not only my ability to lead but also my ability to learn, give, and work with others around me. What makes me the ideal candidate for the Faculty-Staff Scholarship is my growth in leadership that is exemplified and played out in my everyday life. This scholarship will allow me the opportunity to further strengthen my trait in leadership and give me the ability to help others along the way. Mar 5 2017 12:05:27:000PMn
Uni Kim100549144uni.kim@pepperdine.edu714-887-6991BALIBARTSNatural Science0420203.5233John MannNatural ScienceJohn.Mann@pepperdine.eduDon ThompsonNatural Sciencedon.thompson@pepperdine.educ Most high school seniors who begin their college process fall into the trap of setting their eyes on “brand name” schools. I was no exception. For me, college was more about being able to boast of my acceptance into a top ranked school. Despite people telling that I should make my college search based on the best fit for me, I took their advice like a grain of salt. What did they know anyway? I thought. I had worked hard in high school and I believed I should “reap the harvests”. I wanted recognition and awe for my achievements. However, as a Christian, I knew that God was in control of my college acceptance. Therefore, I prayed that He would let me be accepted to the best school for me. But I always had the underlying thought that I would end up getting into the school I wanted. Needless to say, I did not get in, which tore my heart and broke my high self-esteem. I could not see at the time, but God did answer my prayer. He sent me to the best fit school for me, and I cannot imagine being anywhere else. During the time my friends started committing to schools, many people posted pictures of themselves on social media in their future school’s gear. I scrolled through many posts of bright, happy smiles, proudly sporting their school’s t-shirt. My decision meanwhile was accompanied with less fanfare and huzzah. It consisted of silently clicking a button to solidify my commitment. My family was supportive nonetheless, telling me that God knew the best for me and that Pepperdine was actually a well ranked school. I simply responded with an absent minded head nod. For the rest of my senior year, I tucked college away on an empty shelf in the corner of my mind. I focused on my relationships with my friends and having a good time. After A.P. tests were over, I had a lot of time on my hands, which I filled with making memories in order to distract myself from thoughts of my rejection from my dream college. While I had fun, I also had a slight dissatisfaction with my life. Ever since my junior year, I struggled with my life purpose. I worked hard in terms of academics as I based one of my goals on getting accepted into my dream school, which amplified my other struggles of self-worth and identity. There was also an overarching question that continued to loom over my head: what is my purpose in life? When I wasn’t distracting myself with friends, I was forced to think on such thoughts. I wanted to live a quality life and make the most of my time on earth, but I did not know how to go about it. When I chose my major, I had little idea of what I was getting myself into. I decided on engineering because of my enjoyment in AP Calculus, but I lacked experience in Physics. I really had no idea what engineering entailed. I simply heard that engineers can make good money, so I thought it could lead to a successful and impressive career. But, I planned to switch my major if it proved to be too difficult. As August came, New Student Orientation was approaching dangerously close. It wasn’t that I wanted summer to last forever, but I didn’t sport any enthusiasm for my school. I knew no one going to Pepperdine, and it wasn’t even a school I had wanted to attend. Nevertheless, NSO rolled by, and I had my first day of college. The first week of classes at Pepperdine were extremely easy. Being a Christian school, my stigmatism held that academics were not going to be too difficult. My first week went as I expected. However, I was soon proved very, very wrong as shown by my first physics test. Having very little experience in physics, there was a lot of new material that I had to learn. I studied using the same techniques I had used in high school and prepared even more than I usually would have. This much studying guaranteed an A, but college, I found out was not high school. Being used to being at the top of the class, I was shocked at the result of my score which was just below the class average. I was shaken. I had put so much effort, so I was confused at my results. But after my few days of grief, I decided to implement a new attitude. Instead of being dejected as I had with my college acceptance, I decided to work even harder. I went to as many of my professors’ office hours as I could, spent late hours in the library every day, sacrificed my weekends to pre-read the textbook, and began experimenting new study techniques. The results did not appear instantly. I asked my professor and older students how to implement effective study methods. But, slowly I gained my footing. My first semester was very challenging and stressful, but it changed me for the better. Looking back at my time at Pepperdine, I can hardly believe how far I have come. I am so thankful to be here, and I am so thankful to God for knowing me so well that it meant being denied of all my options except one. Pepperdine is perfect for me because of the quality equation I receive, the commitment of the professors who truly want me to succeed, the chance to foster my independence, the Christian environment, and most of all for helping me strengthen my life purpose. I never imagined to actually enjoy Physics so much, which has now become my favorite class. There were times I did want to give up, but my major advisor encouraged me to stick with it and my parents told me to at least finish off the semester before changing my major. Even though I am still not entirely sure of how I should live my life, I have a stronger desire to grow as an intellectual. Grades do not take precedence in my life as much as it did before. I care more about truly learning and understanding the information. I have developed a love for knowledge, and I want to use my knowledge to help other people. As an aspiring engineer, I want to create products or mechanisms that will facilitate peoples’ lives. As a Christian, I want to imbue love and grace to the people around me. I want to make the world a happier place, even if the contribution I make is not large scale. I want to be a light to those around me, and those that God brings in my life. Pepperdine has equipped me to recognize my potential and explore talents I did not know I had. However, the cost of attendance is very high, and I don’t want money to hinder me from coming to a place that has really helped me refocus and reorganize my priorities. I need the scholarship because my family cannot afford to send me here without any outside financial assistance. I want to do my best in my studies, and make my family proud. I want to do the best because I feel at this moment, the task God has equipped me with is to be a student. I enjoy what I am learning, so much so that I actually get excited to go to my 8:00 AMs. I want to glorify God in all that I do, and I want to use my education, experience, and talents to help other people. Mar 13 2017 03:17:11:000PMw
Gabrielle Shannon Boeger100549885gabrielle.boeger@pepperdine.edu3146147676BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420203.91714.5Dr. Jay BrewsterNatural Sciencejay.brewster@pepperdine.eduDr. Thomas VandergonNatural Sciencethomas.vandergon@pepperdine.educWhen I first arrived at Pepperdine, I associated no real meaning with the word vocation. I didn’t understand how I was supposed to figure out my deepest gladness and connect it to the world’s deepest hunger. The first week of college, I was overwhelmed with opportunities and thought I had to say yes to all of them. By doing some soul-searching through meetings with professors from different majors and one-on-one mentoring sessions with students who had similar paths as me, I gained a deeper meaning of my life’s purpose. I’ve always thought that my mission in life was to make a positive impact on others using my passions. While my mission remains the same, I’ve been able to discover my passions through countless paging through the Academic Catalog and by getting a job at SoulCycle Malibu. SoulCycle has become a way for me to express my passion of health and wellness with the surrounding community. I’ve also been able to organize group rides for students at Pepperdine to help spread this passion throughout the student body. The way that I feel when I’m working at SoulCycle and connecting with riders, especially ones just starting their fitness journey, makes me realize that I am passionate about helping others, particularly in the areas of wellness and improving quality of life. I am confident that with this scholarship, I will be able to continue my studies at Pepperdine and continue to learn about my deepest gladness and how to use that to fuel the world’s deepest hunger.Mar 9 2017 09:52:59:000PMw
Jacob Stephen Calder100549982jake.calder@pepperdine.edu503-758-8773BSINTLBUSBusiness Administration0420173.92730.5Kacey BeltzStaffkacey.beltz@pepperdine.eduMina SorooshInternational Studies and Languagesmina.soroosh@pepperdine.educDuring freshman year, the word “vocation” was mentioned so much that I started to become hopeless in my lack of knowledge of my future. Although I’m no more certain of my life plans than I was during NSO, I’ve seen a distinct difference in the way I approach challenges. I’ve recently learned Matthew 10:8 can be applied to any obstacles and problems I face. Every difficulty in life has paid off in some spiritual growth. Freely I’ve received growth through challenges, so I must freely give help to others. One day, while working in the Office of Admission a coworker said he had been having trouble dealing with guilt from past mistakes he’d made. When he said this, I realized it was a direct invitation from God to freely give the growth that I had gained from recently facing the exact same problem. During that time of struggle for me, I came across a passage of emotional deliverance from a devotional, and I shared the same passage with my friend. I learned from this and similar situations that God has allowed me to freely receive struggles in order to freely give help others. My spiritual growth is applicable to this scholarship because the more challenges I face at Pepperdine, the more I’ll be able to further Pepperdine’s message of service through Matthew 10:8 as a student both in Malibu and abroad as well as as a campus tour guide. My dedication to learning from my own challenges and helping others through this learning really encompasses what Pepperdine stands for. Mar 12 2017 02:50:00:000PMw
Jared James Lee100550305jared.j.lee@pepperdine.edu510-517-9049BAPHILOSReligion and Philosophy0520203.66921Justin SchneiderStaffjustin.schneider@pepperdine.eduNicholas ZolaReligion and Philosophynicholas.zola@pepperdine.educAugust 24th 2016, I was sitting in Elkins for New Student Orientation. I sat captivated, as a Pepperdine administrator spoke about vocation and how to find your personal calling in life. I had grown up hearing that high paying jobs and extensive degrees were direct correlations to success. However, after just a few weeks at Pepperdine, I realized that I wanted my purpose in life to extend beyond my education and career. This eventually led me to choose to study philosophy. Philosophy provided me with the opportunity to search for the truth and to ask bigger and deeper questions about God, the universe, and life. It was the ideal choice due to my desire to study and find ways to live a more purposeful and meaningful life. Over the past year, I have gotten closer to discovering greater purpose in my life through my spirituality. I have talked with my peers about religious struggles, discussed with my professors how they have found purpose in their lives, and consulted with my faculty mentor about how I can find purpose in my own life. I have found that my life has greater meaning when I search for the truth, both philosophically and spiritually. I am an ideal candidate for this scholarship because through my Pepperdine experience, I have grown to find purpose by searching for the truth in my academics as well as on an individual spiritual level. Although it has not been long since I was sitting in Elkins for NSO, the development of my purpose has never been clearer.Mar 13 2017 04:50:12:000PMw
Audrey Whiting100550514audrey.whiting@pepperdine.edu8179099503BACHEMSTRYNatural Science0520203.7714Joseph FritschNatural Sciencejoseph.fritsch@pepperdine.eduAbi SmithCommunicationabi.smith@pepperdine.educI believe God has called his children to be leaders in their community. This phrase has stuck with me since my time at Pepperdine began a short seven months ago. In August of 2016, I was anticipating my arrival at Pepperdine; however, I was also wary of my own apprehension. I had recently accepted an offer to be a leader at a school 1,500 miles away from everything I had ever known. As a member of Won by One, I am called to uphold the morals and standards of Pepperdine, but also to work and act as a vessel of Jesus Christ. In anticipation of my freshman year, I questioned my ability to simultaneously acclimate myself with a new environment, to discover myself, and to lead a community filled with people I had never met before. In the span of a fleeting semester, I had accomplished exponentially more than I imagined possible. I had led worship services at over ten congregations and events, I had spoken boldly in front of classmates, and I had survived my first General Chemistry Lab. These three seemingly unrelated events have all been indications of personal growth. God has been working through me in all areas of my life; from something so inconspicuous, such as leading a laboratory group, to activities more obvious, such as participating in a weekly Bible study with my roommates. Leadership is not confined to one area in my life; each day I make a commitment to lead my community by example. I believe that my personal growth has been consistent in all areas of my life; this growth will be able to extend into a future that holds even more opportunity to lead within a foreign environment - Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pepperdine has given me the opportunity to embody the qualities of a spiritual, social, and academic leader. By serving, I hope to instill these same qualities in my own community.Mar 5 2017 08:12:03:000PMw
Dorothy Anne Kump100551034annie.kump@pepperdine.edu5096192662BSBIOLOGYNatural Science0420204.062Thomas VandergonNatural ScienceThomas.Vandergon@pepperdine.eduBenjamin WilsonNatural ScienceBenjamin.Wilson2@pepperdine.educ In the last year, I have personally seen a huge amount of growth in my own sense of purpose in life. When applying to college, a major factor in choosing where to spend my next four years was whether or not the college was religiously affiliated. Faith has always been present in my life; however, it has not always been extremely prominent. Towards the end of my senior year, I had my college choices narrowed down to two options: a state school in California or Pepperdine University, where I knew I would be challenged to grow and further develop my faith. In the end, I chose Pepperdine, therefore in a way creating and cultivating my core beliefs by choosing to put my faith as a top priority in my life. This new sense of purpose also assured me of my hopes of becoming a doctor, as this career is in and of itself devoted to serving others in a constant and tangible way, thereby reflecting a Christian lifestyle. I believe that this personal growth qualifies me for this scholarship as Pepperdine University supports the higher pursuit of knowledge while living a Christ-like life, an idea which impeccably describes my developed sense of purpose in life and what I hope to achieve as I continue my education. Mar 7 2017 03:32:38:000PMw
Bradley John Estes100551389brad.estes@pepperdine.edu316-670-0509BSCHEMSTRYNatural Science0420203.8514Jane GanskeNatural Sciencejane.ganske@pepperdine.eduChristopher DoranReligion and Philosophychris.doran@pepperdine.educLeadership Growth It's been almost one year since starting my college career at Pepperdine and I find myself amazed at how my leadership abilities and development as a man of faith have grown. It all began after my mom and sister returned to Kansas during NSO and I was truly independent for the first time in my life. Every challenge and obstacle was now my problem and mine alone. I immediately learned how to become a resourceful problem solver and how to ask for help when I needed it. After adjusting to my new independence, I began to seek out opportunities to apply my work study and integrate myself within the Pepperdine community. I applied and interviewed to join the Student Athletic Medicine Internship(SAMI) program in the athletic training room. Thankfully, I was accepted and began to shadowing trainers and physicians while I learned medical essentials for athletes. As my expertise grew, the trainers would constantly have me work with the athletes directly to gain hands-on experience and challenge my abilities. This program has allowed me to demonstrate leadership by slowly gaining the trust of the trainers so that I can take on and lead gradually larger and more important tasks. Along with this leadership growth, Pepperdine has provided me with a moral foundation to guide my decisions through SLA led Bible studies and weekly convocation. By utilizing this multitude of sources, I’ve grown exponentially as a leader of men while incorporating my faith.Feb 27 2017 10:23:49:000AMw
Aurora Kelly Authement 100551577aurora.authement@pepperdine.edu(253)988-6612BACHEMSTRYNatural Science0620203.73114.5David GreenNatural Sciencedavid.green@pepperdine.eduMary HoldenNatural Sciencemary.holden@pepperdine.educ God does not call us to a life of comfort. Trusting God took David from the comforts of a shepherd’s life to a battlefield and later a king. Trusting God drew Mary away from her normal life to an unwed woman delivering God’s child in a barn. Trusting God took Abraham to mysterious lands. Trusting God pulled Jesus from Heaven to die painfully on a cross. It is evident in the Bible that God does not ask us to live a life of comfort, but instead trust Him and His plan. Before attending Pepperdine University, my life plan was one filled of material wealth and comfort. I planned on becoming a pharmacist and spending all my money on toys and vacations. A week into first semester I realized that God was calling me to a life outside of my comfort zone. My vocation is to live a life of service as a pharmacist in places where I am needed most. To help provide medicine to my brothers and sisters both abroad and in the United States. Service has played a vital role both in my present life and in my future endeavors. Prior to attending Pepperdine, my passion to serve was null. I only participated for credit in class or because the rest of my friends were. I thought the work was long and painful with zero pay off. My goals in life were selfish and limited to only my needs and those closest to me. Beginning with Step Forward Day, I have participated in a variety of community service events. I joined my dorm with the rest of the university to give back to our local community. There I was introduced to my next service opportunity. A few of my friends and I were given the chance to serve those at Camp David Gonzalez. Although it was a lengthy process to be approved to help, it is very exciting. I get to help boys in a juvenile correction center. People that I would have never met without serving the community and reaching out to those in need. After joining the sorority Delta Delta Delta, I was led to another service prospect. For a week, each semester, my sisters and I raise awareness and funds of all the good St. Jude hospital does through fun events. Outside of our philanthropy we are helping other Greek members with their charity. Tri Delta even hosts “Tri Love Week” where we spread awareness on self-love. For both events, I have provided countless hours and hope to take a leadership role next year. Service even extends to the women’s basketball team. Our coaches, specifically head Coach Ryan Weisenberg, finds an array of ways our team can help those in need. This past winter break we spent a weekend creating blankets and cards for the children in the hospital over the holidays. Service has spread from events hosted by the university or other programs to my daily life. I seek to help those nearest me too. Whether it is a listening ear to a stranger or a helping hand to a peer in need. I try to reach out to those around me and aid in any way I can. Pepperdine has given me friends, teammates, and a second family, but most importantly I have been given a passion to serve. This service will extend beyond my years at Pepperdine. I have combined my passion for science with my new-found love of service. Once I have completed my education and become a pharmacist, I will join other doctors in both international and national programs to serve all those I can. It is important to help people in the United States just as much as abroad. I will go to senior citizen’s homes and less advantaged communities providing medicine and care that they would not normally be able to afford. Another goal is to go abroad. It is my hope to serve in third world countries, or anywhere else I am needed. Specifically, I want to provide the medicine needed to cure maternal and neonatal tetanus. It is painful for the mother and detrimental for the baby when tetanus is left untreated during a pregnancy. It is also a simple fix and luxury that most people in the United States have. Though I am not equipped now to provide these services, I am excited for the future when I will be. My growth is still in progress and will be for my entire life. I will continue to develop as a student of God even after I have graduated. I am more than suited for this scholarship. I am driven in my academics and in my pursuit to live up to Pepperdine’s mission statement. My life of service is not limited to the campus and I will represent this scholarship and university everywhere I go. It would not be wasted. After I have graduated, not only will I give back to the school and science department however I will be serving at home and abroad. Everyone, student and faculty member, who has visited the cafeteria knows this verse all too well, “Freely ye received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8). What I am given I will give back in service tenfold. This will either be through actions and as my career progresses in monetary donations. God has not called me to be a viewer or a by stander. My vocation is to serve my brothers and sisters with passion and all I have. With this support, my goal will be easier to attain. Mar 7 2017 11:22:10:000AMw
Bazil Cunningham100551745bazil.cunningham@pepperdine.edu720-415-7902BAINTLSTDYInternational Studies and Languages1220193.7534Mike SugimotoInternational Studies and Languagesmike.sugimoto@pepperdine.eduYasser TaimaInternational Studies and Languagesyasser.taima@pepperdine.educWithin the past year, I strongly believe that I have experienced the most growth in the area of purpose as described by the mission of Pepperdine. I believe this to be accurate due to the experiences and personal growth that have taken place over the past year. From my point of view, purpose refers to knowing your path and how your vocation will intersect with your career. From the time of my graduation from High School until my present circumstances, I have been afforded numerous opportunities that have revealed by true purpose in this world. In order to truly explain the growth that I have experienced in purpose, I need to recall some important background information. A seemingly simple placement in a Chinese language immersion program transformed my life forever. I was initially placed in the French program of my school, which allowed me to build up my vocabulary in French and communicate at a basic level. In the second semester of Kindergarten, I was placed into the Chinese Immersion program of my International School. This school was one of the first in my home state of Colorado to offer a Chinese Immersion program. After several years of intense studies, I first moved to China in 2007 due to my father’s line of work and lived there for 2 years. I also returned to China and attended international school during the 2011-2012 school year. It was during these extended stays and experiences in China that I initially became interested in international studies. In China, I lived among native Chinese citizens. Due to my daily interactions with Chinese citizens in different cities around the country, I observed first-hand international issues such as tensions between Chinese citizens and African immigrants, geopolitical issues such as the South China Sea debacle, and the ever-present conflict between the Chinese government and the government of the autonomous region of Xinjiang. For instance, during my time in Beijing, it was clear that tensions between African immigrants and Chinese citizens were extremely high. Both groups frequently came into violent conflicts with one another, which was published in international newspapers around the world. Additionally, in Xin jiang, I was also able to view the ongoing conflict between Uighurs, citizens of Muslim and Chinese descent and the Chinese government. The government was concerned that Islamic terrorism would spread to China due to its proximity to Xinjiang, which has a distinctly Islamic flare. Everything from architecture to public transportation to dining had been influenced by the Islamic religious tradition. I was deeply influenced by these experiences and was concerned about how I could make a positive change. Ultimately, the culmination of these experiences encouraged me to delve deeper into mediation and resolving conflicts between two or more parties. This led me to become subsequently interested in diplomacy, especially China-US relations. I believe that if I study dispute resolution, I can achieve my goal of becoming a consul and assisting in future conflicts and interactions between China and the US. In the future, I plan on applying to the Pepperdine School of Law with the intention of developing negotiation skills, critical thinking skills, and professional skills. I believe that the culmination of these methods will allow me to become a more well-rounded and sophisticated candidate for ambassadorship. With the education and skills that I will gather now and in the future, I am confident that I can make a positive impact on the world. As the world enters end times, logic dictates that war and large-scale international conflicts are likely. Regardless, the mediation and diplomatic skills that conflict resolution offers will allow me to assist in averting future conflicts. I believe I can contribute to the program by sharing my unique experiences within the field of China-US relations. I also believe that the holistic education that I received as an undergraduate student would prepare me for the program, as well. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in International Management and a minor in Asian Studies. Coupled with my determination to succeed and the experience that I have with China-US relations, I believe that I would be a great addition to the program at the Law School. Notwithstanding, I would like to discuss certain social challenges that I have influenced my growth. Growing up, I was always a little bit different from my peers and classmates. At a young age, I became aware of and cultivated an understanding of the fact that social interactions are unique. These interactions, which others took for granted, helped me to embrace the differences in people and create connections with people from all walks of life. My social challenges taught me how to work with people and develop interpersonal relationships and connections. Diplomacy requires more than just knowledge of political and historical events. I believe that I possess this skill, which is a key component of the field of conflict resolution. Serving and impacting communities, far and near, has always been an integral part of my life and purpose, so I have chosen to volunteer at orphanages around the world and participate in fundraising campaigns that give children a chance to interact with one another and make close friends. There is a specific Chinese phrase that reflects this sentiment, “我受过的伤都是我的勋章, 我受过的伤都是我的成长.” This phrase can be translated as, “My hurt or injuries are my medals. My hurts or injuries help me to mature and grow.” Specifically, I have volunteered at orphanages in Hong Kong and Beijing as part of the Hope Foundation of my father’s company, an organization dedicated to assisting and serving the unprivileged children of communities in China and other places around the world. I have also volunteered at food drives sponsored by Jewish Family Service in my home state of Colorado for the past 6 years. Finally, I have worked with children within the greater Los Angeles as part of Pepperdine’s annual Step Forward program for the past year, as well. I have devoted my time and energy to these causes because it is important to make connections with people from around the world. As a Christian, I am called to lead, serve, and be kind to others no matter where I am. If my efforts to serve in a community different from my own makes an impact in the lives of adults and children of that community, then I have contributed to my own personal development and the development of others as well. Through the care, resources, and love provided, I have seen the lives of children transform. I have seen these individuals encounter hope, kindness, and joy. As a student in the program, I aspire to continue to participate in volunteer projects and influence other members of the program in a constructive manner. Irrespective, my life has certainly been unusual to say the least. All my experiences, positive and negative, have contributed to my sense of purpose at Pepperdine. I am grateful for every opportunity that has been afforded to me and I am grateful for all the wonderful experiences that I have had so far while attending Pepperdine. There is one thing that I have learned that I believe is incredibly important. Purpose is a tangible concept that can shift and bend over time. With that said, I believe that God continues to reveal himself to us day by day. Therefore, it would behoove me to continue to seek God and actively discern what my purpose is in this life. All in all, I am confident that I am on the right path and I hope that my purpose will become even clearer as time goes on. Mar 11 2017 02:23:52:000PMw
Daniel Joseph Hutchinson100551867daniel.hutchinson@pepperdine.edu8587401509BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420203.8441Gerard FlynnBusiness AdministrationGerard.Flynn@Pepperdine.eduMark DavisReligion and PhilosophyMark.Davis@Pepperdine.educWhen I came to Pepperdine in August of 2016, I thought I understood the concept of purpose. Gary Selby explained over the summer, that purpose is, “where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” (Selby 4). However, I still needed help discovering my purpose and living it out, so I enrolled in Mark Davis’ First Year Seminar: Preparing for a Life of Service, Purpose, and Leadership. In Professor Davis’ class I read books, which related to religion, philosophy, and life, books like Mere Christianity, The Journey, and Tuesdays with Morrie. In discussing this reading I found greater realization of my calling to love others before myself. This epiphany, pronounced a turning point in my worldview, which demanded that I truly listen to others, in the relentless pursuit of truth, and share the love of God with others through my careful attention and response. As I now seek to love others, I find obstacles in my way. My insecurities and fears stand guard at the parapets, the jailers of my mind. Next year I seek to wage war against my captors in Argentina, to battle them with the opportunities God has given me to grow. By living in another culture, I hope to gain a maturity in Christ demanded by challenging circumstances. However, it is not something I can do alone, I am trusting God to provide for His will, that He may guide me to and through my purpose. I believe that a scholarship from the faculty and staff of Pepperdine may be his way of doing this. Mar 3 2017 01:55:43:000PMw
Xiaofan Gui100552060lance.gui@pepperdine.edu8018977578BSMATHNatural Science0420203.9052Eric HamiltonSocial Scienceeric.hamilton@pepperdine.edu David StrongNatural Sciencedavid.strong@pepperdine.educ Professor Robbins asked the class the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years,” as one part of his introduction. Although it was a short response question, it intrigues me because to such an easy intuitional question, I did not have an answer. Three months ago, I thought to major in business was my best choice; instead, I am now double majoring in math and economics with a minor in computer science. A year ago, I thought I would definitely be a snobby Duke student; instead, I am a proud Pepperdine student. Four years ago, I thought I would struggle through Chinese high school; instead, I went to a Catholic school in Utah and did well. To this day, I realize that life is not what I wish or what it ought to be, and nothing is supposed to make my life any easier. Thus, a natural question arises: What to do with my life? Be purposeful. Throughout the past year, many professors helped me develop a sense of purpose. My macroeconomics teacher revealed many economics concepts that I was not aware of: supply demand models in macroeconomics, the circular flow model, and monetary/fiscal policy, et cetera. But among all the things I learned in that course, I realized people, even the supposed experts, cannot predict when the economy will plummet or prosper. The government often does not react well and soon enough when the economics plummet. It also has a hard time to balance the budget, even though balancing budget is one of the more important concepts in the Keynesian model. Contradicting to all these deficiencies, we have many intricate statistical analytical tools to help people to make the decisions. Are those tools just not sufficient? Frankly, I do not know; nevertheless, I desire to know more. In linear algebra and differential equation, in which I am currently enrolled, we studied some simple models, like the predator-prey model and the net worth model with carrying capacity. All those models are designed to predict the future theoretically, and they help us adjust the input accordingly. They are extremely fascinating because more often than not, we were not given the exact function of an incident; however, the prediction to the exact solution is close. Those models are extremely useful in many scientific researches, like enzyme kinetics, SIR model, analysis of competing species, and much more. Nonetheless, when math models clash with the real-life scenario (besides science) like I said before, it is not so accurate anymore because of the “black swan” event – the event is inconsistent with the empirical evidence and hard to predict. To predict the “black swan” event is my main incentive, or purpose, to study math now. I realize that during a normal period of time, a random person on the street can probably accurately predict any product price; intuitively, it would be roughly the same price as yesterday. And math modeling was found upon the idea that experience can systematically tell you about the future, or at least the chance of occurrence of an event. However, from real life experience, we know many things catch us off guard. For example, historically, the rise of Hitler was unexpected. Of course, after the event, we had explanations, many of them seem suspiciously obvious. Nevertheless, the information is the same today as it was yesterday. Nobody had prevented the rise of Hitler. Another example is the Recession of 2008. Almost no one predicted its occurrence. Similar to the rise of Hitler, the cause of it was so obvious: the housing bubbles burst. However, at that time, nobody saw it coming and the government did not prevent it from happening. Even on a micro scale, the “black swan” event is so crucial. People’s life is manipulated by “black swan” event. For example, I never thought that I would study abroad in the U.S, nevertheless, I am writing this essay in America. It completely altered my life. Pretty much all of the turning points in my life were linked to the “black swan” event, things I never could have predicted. This idea is so intriguing to me because to predict anything, the best tool is math modeling. However, math modeling is not always accurate. And it is inaccurate at the most inconvenient times when we need an exact answer the most. So how can I make math modeling more accurate when we need it the most? Therefore, I am majoring in math and economics and minoring in computer science. The “black swan” event is typical in the world of economics. With the tools of math and computer science, I hope one day I can solve this puzzle. To accompany my purpose, I joined the modeling club with further interests in mind. Although this is my first semester participating in the modeling club, I instantly realize modeling is a powerful tool in two different ways: problem solving and duplicative. Modeling works in a sequence of tasks: identify the problem, select known data or statistics, build a model, test the model, and adjust the model. This process repeats numerous time until the model is ideal, which can accurately describe and predict a certain behavior of the subject. Once the model is built, more questions can be asked: What is the behavior when the time reaches infinite? Will it ever be in the equilibrium stage? The model graduate becomes the solutions of many different types of questions. Another important concept of modeling is its duplicative function when the environment is similar. For example, the SIR (stands for susceptible, infected, recovered) model can not only apply to the spread of disease, but it can also predict the outcome if zombies attack the world. From this academic year, I developed a sense of purpose that is solving the “black swan” event by math modeling in the business world. Although I have little or no idea of how to connect them together, at least, through this year’s development, I know it can be connected. I am eager to learn more at Pepperdine and about myself. Hopefully, one day I will reach the solution. Feb 22 2017 03:53:41:000PMw
Jacob Hall100552124jacob.hall@pepperdine.edu602-363-6258BAADVERTISCommunication0420203.58216.5Abi SmithCommunicationabi.smith@pepperdine.eduRoslyn SatchelCommunicationroslyn.satchel@pepperdine.educMy first year at Pepperdine has helped me grow immensely in many different ways. Prior to coming to school here, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life and I was sitting there day after day thinking it would just come to me, but now I am actively seeking out different opportunities. I work on finding my vocation daily and think I am getting closer and closer with each day I spend here. As for service, I got to experience Step Forward Day which brought a whole new light to my eyes, seeing how much help everyone one around us truly needs. The entire school was out helping different people in our community, yet there is so much more to do and I want to continue to help as much as I can. I have grown into an extroverted activist ready to help anyone and everyone with everything. I have become comfortable with being a leader and not just a follower.Mar 5 2017 11:56:46:000PMw
Tatum Delaney Shackelford100552172tatum.shackelford@pepperdine.edu8055701116BAENGEDUHumanities/Teacher Education0420203.70917.5Jacqueline DillionHumanities/Teacher Educationjacqueline.dillion@pepperdine.eduStella ErbesHumanities/Teacher Educationstella.erbes@pepperdine.educ When I was eight years old, I wanted “teaching supplies” for Christmas so I could practice creating lessons and grading papers. As I grew up, this emulation of influential teachers became seemingly irreconcilable with my desire to protect others, especially those exploited due to poverty. Beginning college, I had the idea to study law because I thought it would give me the greatest opportunity to impact my community and culture. I quickly realized that although my heart for service was right, my passion for law was non-existent. I remembered teachers had the greatest impact on my life and their model of service and passion has greatly guided what I consider my vocation to be. Teaching is my perfect blend of mentorship and service because it has both the potential to make a lasting impact and is compatible with my passion for literature and language. I began working for Jumpstart in the fall, and this opportunity has allowed me to test my vocation’s validity and discover the way my passions coincide with my desire to serve others. By working with children in a less affluent neighborhood, I have learned how my passions for teaching and for service don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I feel by applying my love of language with my love of people, I have been able to transform myself as I now have a clear path with achievable goals, and I feel I have discovered a way to pour back the years of mentorship and investment others have made in me so that I might impact my community and culture. Through this discovery, my growth in the past has made available opportunities unimaginable a year ago. I found something that I am truly passionate about, and as I continue my education at Pepperdine in the next year abroad, I have already found various outlets which will help me advance this passion. Mar 7 2017 07:30:35:000PMw
Bret Allen Kittelsen100552278bret.kittelsen@pepperdine.edu949-614-9299BANATSCINatural Science0420203.5917Katherine FryeHumanities/Teacher Educationkatherine.frye@pepperdine.eduBrad CuppNatural ScienceBrad.Cupp@pepperdine.educMy individual growth in service since attending Pepperdine began with Step Forward Day in early September where my First Year Seminar group was assigned to clean streets throughout Koreatown. I have served in the past, but going into Los Angeles to help in an area like that was a very eye-opening experience. This experience developed and enhanced the servant attitude within me and made me want to become more involved in my community. Early during my first semester, I was able to find St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Agoura Hills where I have attended regularly. The church is very involved with the community and has many opportunities to give back, and I have taken advantage of these opportunities. In October, the city of Agoura Hills hosted a 10k race and another Pepperdine student and I were able to help the congregation set up stations throughout the course and pass out water to the runners. The church also assembles care packages for the homeless and has an ongoing food drive to help the immediate community. I look forward to continuing to volunteer through the church and hope to cultivate a serving attitude in those around me. My involvement with service through Pepperdine was what motivated me to do more and to expand my efforts to my new local church. Since arriving at Seaver College, I have grown in my serving attitude and willingness to be more involved with the community around me, and I hope to continue this trend into my future years as a Wave.Mar 4 2017 03:19:56:000PMw
Michael Reyes100552316michael.reyes@pepperdine.edu562-777-5071BSBUSADMINBusiness Administration0420203.75816Jacqueline DillionHumanities/Teacher Educationjacqueline.dillion@pepperdine.eduAndrew YuengertSocial Scienceandrew.yuengert@pepperdine.educWithin the past year, being at Pepperdine has allowed me to realize just how much opportunity I have to help others. Taking part in initiatives such as the 10 Days Pledge, Step Forward Day, and others introduced to me by both my mentors and peers, has helped me become more committed to becoming involved in causes, no matter how large or small, that enable me to improve the lives of others. Over the summer, and even further in the future, I plan to become more involved in such activities using whatever resources I have available; I strongly believe that this is not a change I would have made without being at Pepperdine. I feel that this helps make me an ideal candidate for this scholarship because the money my family and I would save in college expenses will not only benefit me, but will also better allow me to “pay it forward” to my own local community and struggling communities all across the world. I know that no matter how small a difference I may make, to someone, that difference will matter, and I hope that I will continue to learn and grow at Pepperdine so I can become a person with both the capability and drive to make the world a better place for everyone.Feb 4 2017 02:23:31:000PMw
Marie Seguin100552737marie.seguin@pepperdine.edu805-807-7280BAINTLSTDYInternational Studies and Languages0420193.654Dr. Kelle MarshallInternational Studies and Languageskelle.marshall@pepperdine.eduDr. Benjamin RaddInternational Studies and Languagesbenjamin.radd@pepperdine.educ “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” (William Shakespeare). A year ago I never imagined I would be a Pepperdine student today. A step into the complete unknown six thousand miles from home, Pepperdine has blessed me beyond measure in my pursuit of purpose. Day one of the semester, I haul up the hill to find the Seaver Academic Center. As soon as the professor opened her mouth, a shot of joy filled me. Quickly the room brimmed with a beautiful language I had not heard in six months: Italian. The classes progressed to show simply the discussion in International Communication and Negotiation or the syllabus in Francophone Africa boggling and intriguing. Pepperdine has provided abundantly in fueling my passion for growing in my knowledge of other cultures and languages. Spring break roles around and Pepperdine offers the opportunity to serve abroad. Blessed by almost twenty people who graciously supported Outreach 360 to teach children English in Nicaragua, this third-world country opened my eyes to another world. Marco, a “policía tourística” who I had the privilege of knowing, looked a man in his early forties. Yet when I learned his life story, he had only twenty-nine years to account for, fifteen of them in demanding labor as a police officer. Nevertheless, he has not let his circumstances confine him, pursuing an education and family. I came home astounded by our smaller dreams yet great resources, encouraged to continue to transform my studies into bigger dreams. I look forward with anticipation to further opportunities for growth Pepperdine will provide to step outside my comfort zone, look beyond our borders, and influence the world around me from the invaluable information I garner from this education. Mar 13 2017 04:22:11:000PMw
Lina Mikaliunaite100553407lina.mikaliunaite@pepperdine.edu4243463091BSCHEMSTRYNatural Science0620203.67018David GreenNatural Sciencedavid.green@pepperdine.eduJane GanskeNatural Sciencejane.ganske@pepperdine.educWhen I came to Pepperdine a semester ago, I did not know, what my destiny in life was and what the exact purpose of me being at Pepperdine was. Now, maybe I am not completely sure, but I feel like I am on the track of achieving something big and great. During the NSO week, when I had an opportunity to meet with my division professors, I had only one question: “what are the opportunities for me outside the lecture?” Then I remember clearly that Dr. Green answered, “If you are extremely good at the lecture, you will get into the research lab”. Back then we did not know each other, but now, he is not only my professor, but he is the one I go to, then I want to talk about my problems or achievements. I am not sure how everything happened, I was like every other chemistry major, going to classes, studying all weekend long and all because I knew that if I do good - something more will come. After two months at Pepperdine, I was offered to help out in the research lab. I have to say, it was amazing to get an opportunity to show that I can work with seniors and learn everything from the best. It is an honor when you get noticed in the first year of college. With all of that, came my understanding, that my knowledge in natural sciences can help others. I understood, that even though I am still a student, I can discover something valuable, I found out that if I work really hard, my work will be noticed, and that is something that I never had before. It is amazing, to understand that there are no limitations to knowledge and that all I need is to be open to everything. I am thankful to every member of the chemistry department because all of them are helping me to find my purpose in life. Through chemistry club convos and work in a research lab, I feel like I found what I want to do: work in the lab and discover new things that would help science move forward. Mar 7 2017 09:44:26:000PMw
Conrad Allen Parker100553818conrad.parker@pepperdine.edu541-480-8393BSSPORTMEDNatural Science0420194.0015.5Cooker StormNatural Sciencecooker.storm@pepperdine.eduNicholas ZolaReligion and Philosophynicholas.zola@pepperdine.educ"If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life." Growing up, this was my mother’s favorite saying to me and my sister in regards to our future careers, and on a small scale, my mother’s expression hints at the same purpose that Pepperdine is encouraging us to find. This past year I have had multiple classes where I felt like while I was learning about the subject, I was also learning about myself. In this time of self exploration, I feel like I have had several professors take time out of their day in order to help me find that area of my life where my passions met my purpose. In my Introduction to Sports Medicine class, the class had the opportunity to listen to alumni of the Sports Medicine program speak about the journey they experienced on the way to their current career. All of their stories shared two similar themes: they all loved what they are doing now, and they all had no idea what they were going to be doing when they were undergraduates here. When listening to them speak, I felt a significant amount of release knowing that I don’t have to have my purpose figured out right now. I learned that in the time at this university, I am discovering, developing, and discerning my passions and gifts in order that when the time comes to fulfil my purpose, I will have the confidence to know that what I am doing is correct, and the appropriate abilities to execute the necessary actions. This newfound confidence in knowing that my time here is helping me foster a unique set of skills and passions to serve the world in the future motivates me to stay fully engaged in the holistic experience that Pepperdine provides, and makes me a prime candidate for the Faculty-Staff Scholarship.Mar 13 2017 01:26:38:000PMw
Kayiu Wong100554097kayiu.wong@pepperdine.edu6265608479BAJOURNALCommunication0420203.87316.5Elizabeth SmithCommunicationelizabeth.smith@pepperdine.edu Christina LittlefieldCommunicationchristina.littlefield@pepperdine.educWorking in Jumpstart this year has given me a better understanding of why service is absolutely crucial to foster a more just society. My main goal as a Jumpstart member is to help develop the academic and social skills of preschoolers in low socio-economic communities. Financial constraints prevent these students from being just as prepared for kindergarten as preschoolers in affluent areas are. Jumpstart provides equal early education opportunities in order to decrease these disparities in school readiness. The immense amount of progress I have seen in my students' literacy skills after interacting and teaching them twice a week supports the fact that our service is truly bettering the lives of kids at under-resourced schools. At the beginning of the school year, many of the kids did not know their alphabet and had trouble understanding the books I read. Now, they can easily identify all letters and comprehend vocabulary words. Giving more of myself to kids who have less has ignited my interest to work toward breaking these educational barriers that are determined by social class. I am in the works of adding a double major in sociology and a minor in social work in order to combat the issues of education gaps and inadequate school funding. My growth in service this year has allowed me to find a social issue that I feel called to tackle. This scholarship will help me continue to gain the knowledge I need to successfully fulfill my vision for educational equity.Mar 10 2017 11:20:02:000AMw
Liana H Sheily100554228liana.sheily@pepperdine.edu310-806-0117BACOMRLCommunication0420203.9647Joseph Fritsch Natural Sciencejoseph.fritsch@pepperdine.eduLisa E BortmanStafflisa.bortman@pepperdine.educFaculty-Staff Scholarship: Growth in My Life’s Purpose Growing up the concept of purpose was not one I focused my concerns on. Although I was always taught the importance of being a good person, working hard, and creating, as well as reaching my goals, purpose, this idea of one’s “calling,” was never truly introduced to me. Now as a freshman at Pepperdine University, having the concept of finding my “calling” incorporated in my studies is quite new and challenging. If I don't even know what I want to do with my life how could I possibly understand my “calling”? This overwhelming tension within my life caused much dissonance in all areas of pursuits, and especially in my pursuit of discerning my life’s purpose. Personally the notion of purpose was one that I used interchangeably with career, thus it was a notion that I constantly spent time pushing to the back of my mind. I mean even my educational plan at Pepperdine: Communications major with a Pre-Dental emphasis, screamed career confusion. Now being able to understand this foreign concept of one’s life purpose, I seem to have a more multifaceted outlook on my career choice. Not only should one’s career choice reflect internal happiness within themselves but also positively impact their community and humanity as a whole, something that Frederick Buechner understood even in his time. After understanding the meaning of a life of purpose, dissecting what my life’s calling became the question. When were the times that I was fully engrossed in an activity, so much so, that eating food and sleeping became burdens instead of periods of enjoyment. The only activity that I can recall ever truly affecting me to that point of impact is reading. Although this understanding of my love of books became a revelation of sorts what did it mean? How could my love of reading transform and transfer to my purpose? So it appeared to me that my next step in my life journey relied on my uncovering of this connection between passion and purpose. This is where Great Books Colloquium came in. My naiveté as an entering freshman positively allowed me to – with open arms – fully engross myself in this freshman seminar that was introduced and highly recommended to me. Great Books was an opportunity that allowed me to find myself within the brilliant pages of the historical books we spent time reading through. Through this course I matured in ways that allowed me to full-heartedly focus on bettering my life, whether it be my increased focus on a healthy living, my persistence in my education, or my well-rounded nature when it came to properly delegating time to friends and family. This increased achieved fulfillment and growth in my life at Pepperdine University within this academic year makes me a primary candidate for the Faculty-Staff Scholarship.As I look back at my time at Pepperdine, the amount of growth I have embodied within my journey is a strong testament to the growth I will continue to experience at Pepperdine for the following three years. Growing up in Los Angeles the thought of attending a university thirty minutes away from home never seemed anxiety inducing. How could it when half my friends were moving across the country - a select few even out of the country - for college. To my utmost confusion my first few months at Pepperdine came quite as a surprise. The only two-word phrase that seems fitting is "culture shock." The thought of applying those words to my experience always felt inappropriate, as my house and family resided in the same county, but my experience at this University was exactly that. Before attending Pepperdine, I was very much aware and informed of its Christian (Church of Christ) roots, but when discerning which university to attend to, Pepperdine’s religious ties never held me back. Growing up in the United States, Christianity has always played the role as the most prevalent religion, so I did not anticipate to experience such a religious and cultural change on Pepperdine’s campus in Malibu. Being one of the few Persian Jewish students attending Pepperdine was much more surprising to my fellow students than I had expected. Attending Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) public schools from the first to the twelfth grade fortunately nurtured me in an environment filled with ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity, a diversity that initially appeared slightly needing at Pepperdine. Despite Pepperdine’s incredibly welcoming attitude and expansive cultural clubs, being a Persian Jew in a Christian college appeared to be a rarity, something that took time for me to adjust to. My extensive feelings of being a case-study of sorts began to fade with time. My drive to not just cry and attend a different university allowed me to stick it out, find amazing friends, make connections with Professors, and get outside of my comfort zone. These specific drives allowed me to find greatness and family within Pepperdine. These particular ambitions allowed me to persevere and thrive in a university initially scary and quite foreign to me. These qualities allowed me to readjust my outlook on a university I initially labeled as different and allowed me to come to the realization that I am incredibly lucky to attend such a school in the first place. Such maturity in my decisions and fearlessness in my actions also act as a testament of my growth as an individual on this campus. Through perseverance, my purpose of being a succeeding student and a valuable community member in an environment initially fearful and different to me is strongly viewable in my actions. I have found a home within Pepperdine and I will continue to do so in the future. I have found that the purpose of college, the purpose of Pepperdine University, and my purpose within these four years is to become the best version of myself for myself, for my future, and for those around me. When I think of my best qualities as a human being I think of things like my ability to communicate, sympathize, adapt, listen, show initiative, and be creative, all qualities that have heightened and become more defined within my stay at this school. Within Pepperdine I have gained mentors out of classmates, professors, and faculty; individuals that have all played an incredible role in my growth and in understanding my purpose. This academic year has been a year of enlightenment and a year of overcoming struggles and persevering, which is viewable in my acceptance to the Dean’s List and my 3.96 G.P.A. My academic excellence is reflected in the challenging classes I have taken, whether it be a natural science class (Chemistry) or an upper division Communication class (Communication 300). My success has been measured in my overflowing happiness, and my purpose has been measured in the meaning behind my life decisions and the positive consequences that ensue. These qualities of my growth are all reasons for my deservingness of this scholarship, a scholarship that will financially back my journey and significantly aid my efforts in living out and cultivating my life’s purpose. Mar 9 2017 06:02:58:000PMw
Ryan William McDowell100774398ryan.mcdowell@pepperdine.edu4803758433BAECONSocial Science0520183.71110Bob EscuderoSocial Sciencerobert.escudero@pepperdine.eduBrian ThomasonStaffbrian.thomason@pepperdine.educIn his dedicatory address on September 21, 1937, George Pepperdine summarized his lofty goals for Pepperdine University when he said that a Pepperdine “education should include a realization of our responsibility to God… that young people be taught that their place in this world is to serve and to give.” One year ago I was in Buenos Aires, living with a family I did not know, speaking a language I only partially understood, and studying for an unknown career. Reflecting on my growth since then, I realize the ways in which God has used circumstances to strengthen me. Whether it was through losing my close friend Cameron while abroad, through changing my area of study, or through suffering broken relationships, I now see where I have grown the most. I have come to understand the eternal merit of an equipped life that is absolutely humbled by God’s sovereignty and devoted to serving Him. God’s Word tells me the best way I can serve God is by serving other people, His children. So over the past year my purpose for my education has evolved from making a comfortable living for myself and my future loved ones (although that is a wholesome goal) to serving God (others) where I am most capable and effective. Since this realization, I’ve noticed I want to work in a different field, in a different location, and with different people. I’ve noticed I am more content, not only in my obedience to God, but also in my renewed desire to serve. This spirit of servitude has already blessed others, but it has also blessed me when I least expect it. I am excited to finish my time at Seaver so I can, as George Pepperdine put it, begin my “life of usefulness in this competitive world [with a] foundation of Christian character”. Feb 5 2017 09:45:16:000PMw
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