Samuel Gibbon


Hometown: Belfair, Washington

What was your most impactful class or professor? One of the most impactful experiences I had was in Professor Elena Brezynski’s biology class, particularly during our field trip to Blakely Island. Being immersed in nature while having a great time with my classmates and applying our classroom knowledge in a real-world setting was truly unforgettable. This unique combination of learning and exploration has left a lasting impression on me.

What are you excited for in your future career? I am thrilled to finally embark on new adventures and explore the world! Having spent my entire life in school, I eagerly anticipate discovering what God has planned for me. It will bring its own challenges, but I cannot wait to get started!

What advice do you have for incoming students? One piece of advice I have for incoming students is inspired by one of my favorite Bible verses: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NIV). Pace yourself and avoid feeling like you need to accomplish everything immediately. Don't stress about your career or the direction your life will take; trust that God has a plan for you. Focus on doing your best each day and enjoy the present moment.

How have you grown during your time at SPU? I have experienced tremendous growth during my time at SPU. Entering school during the pandemic, moving away from my hometown, navigating my mental health journey, deepening my faith, and the friendships God has blessed me with have all been significant milestones. My life has changed in so many ways, and I am profoundly grateful for the transformative experiences that have shaped me into a vastly different person than I was when I first arrived.

I would also like to include a Bible verse that holds special meaning for me, one that I had custom-embroidered on my graduation sash:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.”
2 Samuel 22:2-3

I would not have made it through school without God’s forgiveness and grace, and I am profoundly grateful for all the blessings He has given me. God has placed a testimony in my heart, and I look forward to fulfilling it according to His plan.