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Q&A with First-Year Aviation Student Noah Noble 

Noah Noble is a freshman aviation student from Lemoore, California. Ever since Noah was a kid, he always wanted to be in Aviation, which is why he chose this program. One of the reasons he particularly chose to attend PUC is because the program would allow him to make his dreams come true and train in an environment that will prepare him for his future.  

Noah answered a few questions for us to get a glance at his first year in the aviation department.  

What made you decide to attend PUC? 

I chose to come to PUC because it was close to my grandparents, so it gave me a close connection to home. Another reason was because PUC’s aviation program allowed me to pursue my aviation dreams and train in an environment that will prepare me well for my future career.

What has been your favorite class, and why? 

My favorite class is AVIA 176. This is the beginning flying class, where you will learn the basics of flying your airplane. This is my favorite class because it allows me to explore the areas around Angwin from a view that not many get to see. We get to travel to new areas and airports, such as Yolo County, Santa Rosa, and more. 

What do you like the most about the program? 

The part I love most about the program is how helpful and close-knit the Aviation community is. The instructors are extremely helpful and are always willing to help you with whatever you need, even if it’s not aviation related. Not only that but being in the program gets you great exposure to the aviation industry. 

What are some valuable things you’ve learned from your program? 

The most valuable thing that I have learned from this program is attention to detail. In aviation, 99% isn’t enough. You always want to make sure you give 100% to everything, not only to ensure safety but also proficiency.

Can you give any advice to high school students who are interested in pursuing your major? 

For anyone hoping to be in aviation, I would say be mentally prepared to dive into a lot of work and a very fast pace. The aviation program moves quickly, and there is a ton of information to learn in a short amount of time. Another thing that people should expect is cost. Earning your private license and other pilot ratings costs a lot of money. The average price for your private pilot’s license can range from $11,000 to $15,000. 

Outside of classes, what activities or events does the program hoat during the school year? 

There is an Aviation Club called Angwin Flyers. They host many outings such as dinners, movies, and other hangouts for students to participate in. 

What is your favorite thing about being in the Pioneers family? 

My favorite thing about being in the Pioneers family is the close-knit community. You get to know almost everyone here, and they are all extremely kind and friendly. It allowed me to gain new friends quickly and build new relationships. 

Faces of PUC: Christian Junior De Jesus

Sophomore student Christian Junior De Jesus is a BBA finance major and communication minor from Manchester, New Hampshire. He dreams of being the CEO/Founder of a Fortune 500 company and is passionate about entrepreneurship. His favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family is being an RA, the friendships he’s made, and events at PUC.

What is your dream job? 

CEO/Founder of a Fortune 500 company

How does that compare to what you wanted to be when you were young? 

I wanted to be a computer engineer like my father, but as I grew older I realized that it wasn’t my life purpose.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family? 

The RA life, friendships I make, and events I participate in.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

New York City because the skyscrapers remind me of what I can accomplish in life.

 If you had to be trapped in a movie for a day, what movie would you choose?

The 300

What is something you’re passionate about? 

Entrepreneurship and Personality Systems 

Recommend a place to go in the Bay Area on a weekend 

Santa Clara

Continue Your Athletic Career at PUC

The PUC athletics department is always looking for new athletes to join our Pioneers men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball teams. The coaching staff takes pride in representing PUC by creating a talented, driven team made up of athletes who are passionate about their sport, have good character, and are committed to their education. 

Being in a Christian environment, we make sure our faith plays a part in who we are and what we do on and off the court. Our coaches and athletes serve in the community by giving back and helping others. Through giving and prayer, we share our faith with those we meet. As well as our competitors, we assure good sportsmanship, play fair, and pray together after our home games. 

PUC supports student-athletes and wants to help them continue their dreams. We offer scholarships specifically for athletics, along with other financial aids. Our financial counselors are committed to assisting you and your family in making an Adventist college experience possible. 

Visit our website to learn more about the Pioneers. To speak to one of our financial counselors, you can email them at admissions@puc.edu or call them at (800) 862-7080, option 2. Don’t hesitate to look into our teams or contact our coaches. We’d love to have you continue your athletic career at PUC! 

Alumni Highlight: Dr. Carlyn Ferrari, Author of ‘Do Not Separate Her From Her Garden: Anne Spencer’s Ecopoetics

PUC alumna Dr. Carlyn Ferrari (English, writing emphasis B.A. ’06) wrote a book titled, Do Not Separate Her From Her Garden: Anne Spencer’s Ecopoetics, where she shows how Anne Spencer used nature symbolism in radical and innovative ways to express her Black womanhood, politics, and worldview. Being drawn to her poetry and fascination with Anne Spencer’s life, Dr. Ferrari saw no books about her in print- so she wanted to write one. 

Please tell us about your book. What inspired you to write it? 

My book is about Anne Spencer, who was a poet and civil rights activist. She was active during the New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s—also known as the Harlem Renaissance—and her home served as a literary salon during the period. The critics of Anne Spencer’s day misunderstood and dismissed her poetry because she often wrote about nature, so they thought her poetry was stereotypically “feminine” and not political enough. In my book, I show that she was using nature symbolism in very radical, innovative ways to express her Black womanhood, politics, and worldview. Even though she was an important figure, she is still relatively unknown. I wanted to write a book about her because I was drawn to her poetry, I was fascinated by her life, and there were no books about her in print. I wanted to do my part to make sure that this incredible Black woman would not be forgotten.

Fun fact: PUC has a special connection to the New Negro Renaissance because poet Arna Bontemps attended PUC and graduated in 1923. He and Anne Spencer had many mutual friends, including Sterling Brown, James Weldon Johnson, and W.E.B. Du Bois.

What did you enjoy the most about your writing process? What was the most challenging? 

I genuinely enjoy thinking and writing—I’m often lost in my own thoughts—and I enjoy Anne Spencer’s poetry, so I looked forward to working on this project. The challenging part for me was finding the time to write and edit! I work full-time as a professor, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I spent many, many late nights working on this book.

What do you hope readers will learn from your book? 

I want people to fall in love with Anne Spencer as much as I did and see what an incredibly dynamic, fascinating, and brilliant human being she was. Ultimately, I hope that people will be curious about Anne Spencer and want to read her poetry and learn about her life. I also hope that people will visit her home, The Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Who is your favorite writer? Why? 

This is a tough question, and I can’t pick just one writer because I have favorite writers for the various moods I am in or what I might be experiencing at any given moment. Of course, I adore Anne Spencer. Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, Nella Larsen, Audre Lorde, and Edwidge Danticat are some of my favorites because I see myself in their work. I learn about myself through their work. It’s healing. Their prose is so gorgeous, elegant, and powerful.

Who impacted you the most at PUC?

John McDowell encouraged me to become an English major, and his classes really taught me how to think critically and analytically. 

I’ll be forever grateful to Marilyn Glaim for encouraging me to become a professor, and it’s no surprise that, like her, I study American literature. Her classes were always so engaging, and I loved how she provided so much historical context for the texts we read. I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, and she saw something in me that I didn’t see and helped guide me into the career I have today.

Can you share a favorite memory from your time as a PUC student?

I made some wonderful friends during my time at PUC, and I have fond memories of Friday afternoons at Pizzeria Tra Vigne and Giugni’s.  Oh, and, of course, the Friday morning biscuits and gravy. So delicious!

What advice do you have for students interested in writing and publishing a book? 

I think Toni Morrison says it best: “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” An important lesson I learned from Anne Spencer is that writing doesn’t have to be published to matter. Anne Spencer was a woman who wrote furiously every single day, but most of her writing consists of undated, unpublished prose written on ephemera. She probably wrote thousands of poems but published only about thirty in her lifetime. Publishing was not a priority to her, and she never published a book of poetry. She wrote and was committed to the craft of writing because it was important to her, not because she was seeking external validation. So, my advice is to listen to both Toni Morrison and Anne Spencer: write the things you want to read, but also write because you want to and are committed to writing, not because you simply want to be published.

Can you share what projects you have next? Are you planning on writing and publishing another book? 

Yes, I do plan on publishing again. I’m currently working on a Black women’s history project. I’d also love to venture into the world of creative non-fiction and write a memoir someday. 

A Guide To Visiting PUC

You are welcome to visit PUC any time, either on campus or through our virtual experience. Whether you’re a parent or student, we want to make the most of your tour and be there for you every step of the way. As we get ready for College Days, we wanted to share some tips for visiting PUC. 

Be Sure To Sign-Up 

Before coming on campus, make sure to sign up for a tour. Each year we hold two College Days for high schoolers and families to visit. This year our college days are scheduled for February 24 and March 11. If you’re coming to college days with your school, they’ll get everything set up for you. If those dates don’t work for you or you’d prefer a private tour, sign-up to schedule a tour.  

Research PUC Before Your Visit 

Research PUC before you come to visit. Check out our programs, financial aid, and life at PUC. This will help you focus on what you’re interested in to make the most of your visit. If you have any questions while researching, make sure to write them down so you don’t forget to ask during your tour. 

Take Notes & Photos 

Take notes and photos during your tour. A lot of information will be shared with you, so it’s good to write down important information, and questions or concerns you may have. You also want to remember your time visiting PUC, so take lots of photos around campus and our beautiful town. 

Ask Faculty & Staff Questions

When visiting academic departments, ask our faculty any questions you have. Our professors are happy to meet with you and answer any questions you have. They will gladly give you a rundown of their program, what courses are available, and the activities their departments do every year. 

In addition to academic departments, if there are other areas you’re interested in such as campus ministries, music, athletics, or other organizations, bring those interests up to your tour guide and they will connect you with people in those areas you can meet with. 

Check Out The Dorms 

Pay attention to dorms- from the room sizes, closet space, showers, laundry room, and other utilities the dorm offers. PUC has multiple dorms, so if you are interested to see other ones ask your tour guide. 

Eat At The Dining Commons 

Have a meal at our dining commons and get a taste of what PUC offers. With a variety of healthy, vegetarian options, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our menu also includes organic, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. If you have any food allergies, please let our staff know.  

Stop By The Campus Center 

Take a nice break during your visit by stopping at the campus center (aka The Grind) for coffee, tea, or a pastry. You will also find different snacks, bottled drinks, and our tv center and pool table.  

Read The Campus Chronicle 

What you can also find at the campus center are copies of our school newspaper: The Campus Chronicle. Grab a copy to read about what is going on at PUC and learn more about our school through our students’ perspectives. 

Talk With Current Students 

One of the most valuable resources when visiting PUC is talking to the students. They will give you all the ins and outs of campus life and their major. Don’t be shy to talk to students because our study body is kind, welcoming people who will share their experiences with you. 

Explore The Napa Valley

Top off your visit by exploring the Napa Valley. Stroll through downtown St. Helena and indulge in a burger and milkshake at Gott’s Roadside or pick up some baked goods at Model Bakery. It’s an endless food adventure when you’re in the Napa Valley, so check out some restaurants while you’re in town and soak in the serene views along your drive.

We also provide individual and personalized group visits. If you are interested in these options, you can sign up today and speak with our visit coordinator at 707-965-6313 with any questions you have. We hope to see you soon! 

Bible Verses To Ease You Into The New Year

New year, new classes, new schedule. It’s a fresh start for you- and that can be a stressful thought. If you ever start feeling overwhelmed, know that the Bible is filled with verses that can help through pressured times. Here are six Bible verses to help ease you into the new year. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Isaiah 41:10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. 

Look into the word of God to see all the promises he has made for you. We are always praying for our students and are always here to give you the encouragement, support, and spiritual guidance you need. 

Random & Not So Random Winter Break Activities  

Winter break is finally here! As you enjoy taking a much-needed break from school, we made a list of random and not-so-random winter break activities you might be interested in doing. 

Chill out – You deserve to chill out this break! You work hard, and school takes a lot out of you, so chill out and relax. That’s what breaks are for! 

Unsubscribe from certain emails – Let’s be real- many of us have emails we’re deleting without reading. Time to unsubscribe from those emails! 

Donate unwanted clothes – So many people need clothes, especially this time of the year. If you have clothes you don’t want or wear, we encourage you to donate them. 

Do a social media audit – Unfollow accounts that don’t inspire you or bring joy. Keep your feed positive! 

Clean up your digital files – Get rid of any papers, notes, or screenshots you don’t need anymore. 

Circle back to your hobbies – Take advantage of your break to get back to your hobbies.  

Update your resume – Did you gain new skills or work experience that aren’t on your resume? Take time this break to add them. Even if you haven’t, touch up your resume in case an opportunity presents itself to you.

Spread kindness – Do random acts of kindness each day, be kind, and spread cheer to those far and near. This time of the year isn’t so wonderful for some, so remember to spread kindness. 

Do a self-evaluation – Evaluate your year. How have you grown, and what parts of yourself can you improve? How have you been blessed this year?

Enjoy time with friends & family – There’s nothing like spending time with your family and friends, especially during the holiday season. 

Have fun this winter break! 

Pioneers Profile: Jazlynn C. Hardy

Jazlynn Hardy is a sophomore marketing communication major from Florida who plays guard for PUC’s women’s basketball team. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family is how they always support each other on and off the court and she is looking forward to growing chemistry with her teammates this season. 

What values have you learned by being on the team? 

To persevere even when things aren’t looking good because it’s always possible to turn things around with the right mindset.

What are you looking forward to this season? 

I’m looking forward to learning more about the game I love and growing chemistry with my teammates.

How do you balance your time between school and sports? 

I try to keep a planner to keep myself organized so I make sure I get everything I need to get done throughout my day. 

What’s your pregame song?

Anything Lil Baby. 

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family? 

We always have each other’s back throughout anything, whether on or off the court. 

Can you share any advice for high school students interested in being college athletes? 

Never stop putting in work, whenever you think you’ve reached your limit push some more and it’s okay to fail and try again. 

Who is your favorite athlete? 

Probably Kobe because I admire his work ethic and dedication. 

What are other things you’re passionate about? 

My friends and family.

Achieve Your Best On Tests

Sometimes students study so hard for a test and don’t get the exact outcome they hoped for. If your study techniques aren’t working for you, it’s time to change something about it. Here are ways to achieve your best on exams.

Make A Study Plan

Balancing your time between doing homework and studying for several classes can be tough. Making a study plan can help you stay on track of what you need to study and how long you want to spend studying. Note what specific parts you need to focus on and review. Either make this plan the night before or in the morning, so you know what needs to get done.

Go To Class

Skipping class will not help you prepare and do better on exams, so please go to class. Going to class will keep you on top of your studies, help you remember information, and feel more prepared for exams.

Take Notes

Take notes in class so you can look back on them while studying. Some teachers use PowerPoints during lectures, so write down everything and anything you know is important. Your notes will be a big resource to you and will help you prepare for your test.

Make A Study Guide

Make a study guide in advance with the notes you’ve taken and handouts given in class. If you organize your notes by terms, chapters, and sections, it’ll be easier to find what you need and be more beneficial to your learning.

(A lot of students use Google Docs to make a study guide. If you haven’t tried that yet, make your study guides there.)

Use Supplies That Helps You Learn

If you don’t enjoy taking notes or writing a study guide, use supplies that will make studying more interesting. Use colored sharpies, pens, and highlighters to make your study guide. Color code sections that you need to study more or will for sure be on the test.

Go Over Questions You Struggle With

When you study, make a little more time to go over the questions you struggle with. You won’t be able to achieve your best on tests if you go into it with uncertain answers and less confidence.

Work With Others

Find classmates that you would work well with when it comes to studying. Students have found that having a study group helps them remember the material and; gives them a better understanding of what to expect on the test.

(If you need extra help understanding a class, visit TLC to schedule a tutoring session or ask for help from your professor. PUC has resources to help you succeed!)

Work Ahead

Don’t wait until the week of your test to start studying. Work ahead and start writing out the information you will need to know. The earlier you study, the more ready you will be for the test.

Take Breaks

Take breaks so you don’t overwhelm yourself or burn out. You’re going to be gathering a lot of information, so give yourself and your brain a break.

Get A Good Night’s Rest

Getting a good night’s rest will make a difference in how well you do on your test. You’ll be more alert and won’t feel tired or sluggish.

We hope some of these tips help you. Study habits are important in college and it’s good to establish them early. Work hard, take care of yourself, and pray. You got this!

RA Feature: Madeline Lo 

Senior Madeline Lo is the first-floor RA for Winning Hall from Stockton, CA., studying to be a nurse. She didn’t consider being an RA until Dean Seibert reached out to her, which made her decide to be an RA for the first time this year. Being an RA made Madeline step out of her comfort zone, which allowed her to take on leadership roles, make new friends, and learn more about herself. 

Tell us about being a RA. What motivated you to be an RA?

Well, this year is my first time as an RA. I didn’t even consider being an RA, but Dean Seibert reached out to me, and after our conversation, I decided I could try to be an RA. There are a lot of duties that RAs have. As an RA, you are the one that gets to know the students that live on your floor. There is always the process of planning for the next hall/ dorm worship. Being an RA means you are a part of the staff that comes early to prep for move-in and leaves school after everyone has gone home for break.

What values have you learned by being an RA?

Being able to work within a team and creating a sense of community are values I’ve learned as an RA. My partner and I have held a couple of hall worships, and we love to do artsy things. It allows us to wind down from our busy day and just relax. It’s very therapeutic!

How do you balance school and work?

Being an RA is a huge responsibility. You have to learn to prioritize your classes and activities. I try to find a balance between my duties as an RA and my school work by writing down the things I need to do on my weekly schedule and also being flexible when things change. I find that working on homework during the day is better so that I can manage other things later in the day.

Can you share with us the most challenging thing about being an RA? What do you enjoy the most about your job?

Being an RA for me means getting out of my comfort zone. It has allowed me to take on roles as a leader and facilitator. I’ve made new friends while learning new things about myself. I’ve enjoyed communicating with my residents and getting to know them. I love doing room checks at the end of the day and just seeing how everyone’s doing.

How do you incorporate spiritual life with your residents?

My RA partner and I have hall worship every Wednesday, where we incorporate devotions, prayers and converse with our residents. We also have dorm worships on Thursdays, where the residents in the building can come and worship as a whole. When I do room checks, I ask my residents if they have prayer requests. Asking those questions lets them know that someone is praying for them.

How do you build a community in your hall, and with other residents?

We schedule hall worship so the residents can become familiar with each other. I think seeing a familiar face during worship and on campus allows them to connect and build a community.

What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a RA?

I would say, if the opportunity comes, take it. You get to meet new people and organize events for your residents. You can gain valuable experiences. And the best part is you get to have your own room!

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?

My favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneer family is that the community is so welcoming and warm. I was coming into this position as a newbie and there were so many people that were helpful and just wanted me to succeed.

What does being an RA mean to you?

To me personally, being an RA means having to be available at all times for my residents and creating an accepting environment that promotes a sense of community.