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Inquiring Minds Want to Know …
So what do you want to know? Really. Anything.
For each issue, we pluck an unsuspecting student from campus and ask him or her to give you honest answers to your questions about Seattle Pacific University, going to college, and living in Seattle.
Meet SPU Expert: Zanie McMillan
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Year: Junior
Major: Nursing.
Hobbies: Going to movies, playing intramural basketball, socializing
Travel: Spain, Portugal, England, Mexico
What should an incoming freshman know about SPU and the premed program? Bailey Fleming, Fort Collins, CO
Warning, attending SPU will change your life. Expect excessive amounts of homework, loud floormates, and — if that’s not enough — constant events and programs available for your enjoyment. As far as the premed program, it’s top notch! This year, 90 percent of students made it into medical school, which is 40 percent above the national average. With that said, it’s definitely not a cakewalk. You can expect late Starbucks runs, and to pull out some of your hair a couple times a quarter.
What classes, programs, or experiences have changed you the most spiritually? John Witt, Folsom, CA
I’d have to say University Foundations 2000, which takes you through the Bible in one quarter and challenges you to ask questions. I always thought that I knew the Bible pretty well, but the course showed me otherwise. I love being challenged in my faith, and I was.

Approaching sophomore year also deeply impacted my faith. My workload as a freshman wasn’t that bad, but once sophomore year hit, it was like “blast-off.” I really had to rely on God to bring me through. Now that I look back, I am so grateful for those challenges and how God made me a stronger person.
Is SPU consistent about financial aid, or is the freshman aid really generous to keep students interested in the college? Nathan Chase, Kingston, WA
Yes, SPU is consistent. Personally, I am really tight with my financial aid counselor, and she has been extremely helpful in giving me options for affording SPU. I have a great financial aid package, but I know that even if I didn’t, funding would not be the only thing that would keep me interested. I love SPU, and I would find a way to stay here.
What makes Seattle Pacific University stand out among the rest of the colleges and universities in Washington state? Lauren Maher, Spokane, WA
For one, I have been challenged in my faith in ways I never imagined. I love the small class sizes and the professors know everyone’s name and face. SPU has an outstanding sense of community. I have never felt singled out or uncomfortable, and when I was a freshman — as scary as it was — I felt supported by the older students, which made the transition that much easier.
What do you think of SPU’s learning environment? Krystal Africa, Baldwin Park, CA
If I could summarize SPU’s learning environment, I would say “Home Run!” It’s so awesome to have small class sizes, well-educated professors, and a thriving community. I definitely get what I pay for, which is a mother lode!
What is the process of meeting/choosing a roommate? What has your roommate experience been like? Jesseca, Gold Hill, OR
The process starts with a questionnaire, and they match you based on your answers. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.

I remember praying to God that I wouldn’t be stuck with a psycho, and my freshman roomate is still a best friend, who chooses to put up with me, and probably will continue to do so for the next two years. The wonderful thing about sophomore year is that you have the opportunity to choose your roommates, and my third roommate is the mother hen of the trio. She is so amazing, and she lived on my floor freshman year. Although there are horror stories of roommate pairing, I think that SPU does a wonderful job matching personalities. And don’t forget to ask God for some help!
Is it hard to balance a social life and be the best you can be in college? Brianna Small, Lancaster, CA
Actually, balance in general will be the hardest lesson you have to learn no matter what school you attend. The hard part, especially at SPU, is that there are so many programs that you want to be involved in, and you still need time to study and do homework. Eventually you’ll have balance down to an art. And you’ll have practice saying “no” in the process. What do I do? I schedule study time and play time everyday. Trust me; I never planned anything until I came to college. Using a planner helps me organize my time so that I don’t feel like I’m a stretched rubber band ready to break.
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