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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

So what do you want to know? Really. Anything.

We ask students to answer your questions because — let’s face it — they know best what it’s like to be a student at Seattle Pacific University.

Meet SPU Expert: Allen Klein
Hometown: Eagle, Idaho
Year: Senior
Major: Business administration, concentrating in marketing, management, and social enterprise
Hobbies: Mountain biking, road biking, skiing, sailing, music, and some geeky stuff
Clubs: Cycling club, president of student government, and business club
Travel: Bahamas, Canada, England, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, Scotland, Vatican City, and Wales

I’m looking for the next big life change when I head off to college. Is SPU exciting enough to feed my immense appetite for adventure? Ashley Kamaluonalani Henning, Kodiak, AK

Let’s put it this way, people flock to Seattle for adventure. You can hop on the bus and in 10 minutes you’ll be downtown, where there is loads to explore and experience. If you want to get away from the concrete forest, mountains are only a 30-minute drive, and there is no end of adventure there.

Really, can you handle all of the adventure that’s about to be thrown your way?

How easy is it to get a job while going to school? Kelcie Jones, Bakersfield, CA

I think that it is important to recognize that you’re about to have a full-time job: college. But if you can handle that, jobs are available within walking distance. Not to mention, SPU also offers a variety of jobs for student workers. They are convenient in location and sometimes can even help your major. There is also a great resource on campus called the Center for Career and Calling, and it can help you refine your résumé, and locate internships and jobs.

Describe the local scenery. Reece Massey, Oskaloosa, KS

Everybody knows about the rain in Seattle, but few people talk about the benefit of that rain. Seattle is an amazingly green city. Trees and plants are everywhere, and when the sun comes out, there are few places I’d rather be. On a nice sunny day, you can see Mt. Rainier and the Olympic mountains from the top of Queen Anne Hill, where SPU is located. All around SPU, there are nice parks and trees. Just keep in mind — although it rains a fair amount, the benefits are amazing.

Do you feel that going to Seattle Pacific has kept you from opportunities that you would have had at a larger school? Malia White, Honolulu, HI

I feel the opposite. I think I’ve had more opportunities at SPU than I could have had at a larger school. One of the biggest benefits of SPU is the interaction between the professors and the students. Multiple times a month, I’ll go out to lunch or coffee with a professor and he or she will help me get involved in ways that help further my education. From what I hear from my friends at state schools, that is not common at all. All said and done, I think you’ll have more opportunities.

How did you decide whether to take the classes you "wanted" or the classes you “needed”? Katana Serrano, Tacoma, WA

When you first come to SPU and register, your academic counselor will sit down with you and help you choose what core classes to take. You will be assigned a faculty advisor after Autumn Quarter, based on your academic interests. When you decide on a major, those different departments have a list of classes that you need to take, and from there you can choose classes that interest you. You’ll probably even have time to take a class like scuba diving.

As a new student coming to SPU, did you find it difficult to find your classes? Terrion Cardenas, Yakima, WA

It wasn’t as bad as I feared it could be. SPU is reasonably sized, so it was just a matter of planning ahead and finding them before classes started. Chances are you’ll have someone from your floor in that same class or building. When in doubt, just ask!

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