Yina and Sam Youn Photo by Nick Onken

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 Experts: Yina and Sam Youn
Hometown: Shoreline, Washington
Years: Senior (Yina), Junior (Sam)
Majors: Psychology (for both)
Hobbies: Yina: Sports, reading, cooking/baking, eating, traveling. Sam: Sports
Travel: Yina: South Korea; Canada; England; Scotland; Atlanta, Georgia Sam: South Korea

How ethnically diverse is Seattle Pacific University? I’m Polynesian. What are some ways that I could interact or feel at home at SPU? Joshua Kaha, Kamuela, HI

Yina: Although SPU is not as diverse as some larger schools, it has gotten a lot more so over the past several years. In fact, 29 percent of this year’s new students were ethnic minorities. There are several clubs and activities that have to do with culture, such as the Asian American Association, Mosaic (a group where students can freely discuss race and culture), Ohana O Hawaii, the Black Student Union, and others. Classes, intramural sports, school events, and on-campus living are also great ways to meet people from different backgrounds.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to face in transitioning to Seattle Pacific? Monica Lackey, Jackson, MS

Sam: The biggest challenge I faced as a transfer was getting used to having all Christian professors. Sometimes instructors begin class with prayer or Bible reading, and most incorporate faith into the curriculum. I am a Christian myself, but coming from a state school, I found this strange at first. Now, I appreciate it.

How do you afford to go to SPU? Christina Sessoms, Federal Way, WA

Yina: I fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) every year, and through that, I receive grants and loans, as well as work-study funds. Sam: SPU is really good about taking care of students in this area. About half of my tuition is covered by grants and scholarships and the rest is covered with loans.

My calling is to be a missionary to Japan. Are there any programs that can help prepare me for this mission field? Daniel Lilly, Anchorage, AK

Yina: Yes! We have many professors and staff who would love to support you. You could take courses to prepare you to encounter cultural differences and live overseas. Also, SPU organizes multiple mission trips through SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International), which would give you an opportunity to experience the mission field. And there’s a study abroad trip that goes to Kyoto, Japan.

How do you feel SPU has changed your perception of your career goals? Kayla Garthus, Saint John, IN

Sam: SPU has a good psychology program, and there are family counseling centers staffed by students in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community. I want to become a counselor, and being here helps me feel as if my goals are in reach.

Why should I choose SPU instead of any other university? Leah Roscoe, Vienna, Ohio

Yina: SPU offers so much more than a college education. The smaller student population makes it easy to meet people — especially those with diverse backgrounds. The professors are not only outstanding, but also easy to relate to and down to earth. I love how they make themselves available to meet up and talk with you.
Sam: Since there is an average of 20 students per class, you are able to interact more and get more attention from your professors. If you want to balance your faith as a Christian and get a good education, SPU is the place to be.

Do you know any banjo players on campus? It’s random, but I really want to know! Clayton Hess, Woodinville, WA

Yina: Sorry, I don’t, although I do know a few mandolin players. I could probably find one, though.

Have questions about university life?

Oh, come on — you know you have questions!

We’re here to help. We’ve got SPU students who will tell it like it is. Submit any thoughts, concerns, or questions to etc@spu.edu.

For more answers to real questions, visit the Inquiring Minds archives.