Inquiring Minds Want to Know …
Taylor Ford is
possibly one of
the most genuine
questions at him,
and he served up
some fresh and
What opportunities does SPU have to
help you grow in your personal faith?
— JANNA VAN HAITSMA, OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON
I have grown so much in my faith journey
at Seattle Pacific. A student ministry
coordinator serves on every floor to connect
you to ministries on campus, and
to help facilitate small groups. Also, SPU
has a couple different worship services:
Gather on Tuesday morning, and Group
on Wednesday night. Most weeks, I attend
both of these services. When classes get
hard, and life gets busy, Group and Gather
are great places to go and take a deep
breath and refocus on God.
What do you suggest I do as an incoming
student to help me choose a dorm?
— MEGAN BRAATEN, ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON
I have lived in Emerson, Hill, and Moyer,
and though they are different, they have
all been really rad experiences. If you are
able, visit campus and stay in a residence
hall. If you can’t visit, check out the details
online and be honest when you put your
interests and likes on the housing questionnaire.
I’ve been impressed with what
an incredible job the University does at
matching people with the right roommate
and the right place.
What are the best scenic views around?
— MICHAELA HARRIS, WASKOM, TEXAS
I never get tired of seeing Mount Rainier,
and since it towers over the Puget Sound region, it’s not hard to find. The most famous view of the Seattle skyline — and
Rainier — is less than five minutes from
SPU at Kerry Park. One great thing about
living in Seattle is that you are within an
hour of hundreds of hikes. My friends and
I often go to Rattlesnake Ridge in North
Bend. It is an easy hour hike to the top,
and once you make it, you can see for
miles. Every time I go, I stand in awe of
the beauty of the mountains in the Pacific
What’s it like to be a first-year student
surrounded by new people in a new
school, and city?
— ROBBY GRANT, ROYAL CITY, WASHINGTON
The first month of college was the most
memorable month of my life! I remember
thinking the summer before I moved to
SPU about how overwhelming it was that I
was moving to a big city, into a community
where I knew very few people, and on top
of that I was going to be living away from
home for the first time in a dorm with new
roommates! The first night at SPU, I realized
every first-year student is in the same
place. Make the most of the first couple
days, and you will make a ton of new
friends to adventure with in a cool city.
What are all-campus events that
— KIANA LEI YAP, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Talent Show is one of those traditions
at SPU that brings everybody together! A
bunch of different students audition, and
it’s so fun seeing your friends perform. Also, every residence hall puts on a big
event for the campus each winter. Moyer
decorates their rooms according to a
theme and the campus comes and votes
for the best ones, Ashton and Hill put on
floor dances, Emerson holds a film festival,
and Arnett does a lip-sync battle. All of
these events are open to everyone on campus,
and these are awesome opportunities
to bond with people on your floor.
Do you have to be extremely religious
to go here?
— SAMUEL NIEBLA, ROSAMOND, CALIFORNIA
Not at all! All the professors and many of
my friends are Christ followers, but there
is no pressure to get involved in any of the
ministries on campus. You do not have to
be a Christian to attend SPU, and students
come from different faith backgrounds.
I’ve found that the diversity of students
here make class discussions rich and lively.