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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! 

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! 

Heartwarming Verses for Thanksgiving

The Bible is filled with verses about gratitude to remind you to fill your hearts with thanks, not just on Thanksgiving Day but throughout the year. With Thanksgiving break soon upon us, we wanted to share 10 heartwarming verses to express our thankfulness to God. 

1 Chronicles 16:34 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

1 Corinthians 1:4 – “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.

1 Chronicles 16:23-26 – “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.”

Psalm 100:4 – “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Psalm 107:8-9 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Gain Career Experience In School  

It’s important to start building work ethic while you’re in school because it allows you to learn new skills, use your strengths, and find new passions. You’ll also get an understanding of a work environment and see which careers are best for you. Here are three ways on how you can gain career experience while in school: 

Volunteer 

There are many opportunities available to students to volunteer through their school and community (and you don’t need to have a lot of work experience). If you have an idea of what career path you want to take, look into volunteer opportunities specifically for that job. Volunteer positions provide flexible hours, so you don’t have to work about being behind in school. 

Work 

Check with your school to see what job opportunities are available to students. It’s great working for your school because you don’t have to go to another location, and the faculty understand that your schoolwork comes first, so they schedule your hours around your classes. If all jobs are taken, let them know to contact you if anything becomes available. 

Outside of school, there are part-time jobs offered to students that are convenient for their schedule. Especially now, there are many stores hiring so check out job sites to see who’s hiring in your neighborhood. 

Intern 

Internships are a great way to gain work experience in the job field you’re interested in. Finding internships can be difficult, especially when it comes to required experience, hours, and pay. Research internships on job sites, such as Glassdoor, Indeed, or LinkedIn. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who could help you or message recruiters to show your interest in their company. You never know who might know someone looking for student interns. 

Faces of PUC: Spencer Gibb 

Metta Spencer Fitzgerald Gibb is a biology student who dreams to be a professor at a medical school. Spencer is passionate about soccer and his favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family is being on the soccer team.

What is your dream job? 

My dream is to be a professor at a medical school so I can help raise the next generation of doctors and health professionals.

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

When I was younger, I wanted to be a sailor and travel the world, but now I want a more stable, comfortable income that will still allow me to travel but also not have to leave home for work.

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

I have had the best time of my life on the PUC soccer team. The guys are amazing and, we are like a family. The coaches are amazing and are helping us become better, stronger men and preparing us for life while simultaneously elevating our level of play on the field.

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

I love Japan. I was very fortunate to live there. The land is beautiful, and the beaches are the best I have been to.

What is something you’re passionate about? 

I am very passionate about soccer. It is super fun and the people I get to play with are amazing.

Recommend a place to go in Northern California on a weekend

Go to Kiki’s chicken place. It’s super good. Get their KiKi house sauce chicken or their chicken fries.

Be A Sustainable Student

Are you aware of the impact you make on the environment? With climate change and other environmental issues, we should do every little bit we can to be green. If you think you have to make drastic changes in your life, think again. Here are some ways you can be a sustainable college student. 

Carpool

Cut down on gas and reduce using fossil fuel by carpooling. Try to take one car whether going to a class outing or going out with your friends. Especially if you have early morning clinicals, ride together to keep each other company. 

Use Reusable Bags 

One of the easiest ways to start living sustainably is by using reusable bags. When you go shopping use canvas or tote bags, so you don’t have to pay for a bag at checkout. Tote and canvas bags are inexpensive and stronger than plastic bags. Keep them in your car or near your door so you never forget them. Stop using plastic bags and start using reusable bags!

Have Reusable Utensils & Bottles

Live sustainably in the dorms by having reusable utensils, straws, cups, and bottles. There will be many times you’ll eat in your room, so it’s good to buy some. Some students even bring their own tupperware to the dining commons for take-out. Especially if you bring water, coffee, or tea to class, having a reusable bottle or tumbler will be useful. 

Don’t Waste Food

You’ve heard this growing up: don’t waste your food. When you cook, only make what you need. Don’t overcook unless you want more to last you throughout the week. When you go out to eat and don’t finish your food, pack up the rest to eat later. 

Save Water

Don’t let the faucet run while you brush your teeth or wash dishes, try not to take long showers, and don’t waste the water you drink. If you’ve already been saving water, you’ve already started being a sustainable college student. Especially living in California, you know the drought is unfortunately real. Please, save water whenever necessary. 

Save Electricity 

Just like saving water, saving electricity is easy to do too. During the day, open your blinds and use natural light instead of turning on the lights. For your lightbulbs, use LEDs instead since they use less electricity. When you leave the dorms for holidays or the weekend, turn off your extension cords. 

Have A Season-Round Wardrobe 

As much as you might love shopping, shop from your closet first. See what you like and can be worn multiple ways. If you do need new clothes, buy clothes that can be worn season round from ethical and sustainable brands. Having a season-round wardrobe will keep you from spending your money.

Borrow & Swap Clothes With Friends 

One of the nice things about living in the dorm is being able to borrow your friends’ clothes. If you need to borrow something for a presentation, interview, or something for one occasion, ask to borrow your friend’s clothes. Students not only borrow but swap clothes too. Before you donate your clothes, ask your friends if they’d want them instead. 

Shop At Thrift Stores 

Yes, buying new clothes is preferred by some and more in demand but check out thrift stores first. If you like to keep up with the current trends, you know they always change. Don’t spend a lot of money on something you don’t think you’ll wear in a year. Save your money and help the environment at the same time. Donate your clothes at thrift stores too!

Have A Bike? Bring It To School

Many of our students bring their bikes to get around campus and to go biking at the Back 40 or to the other trails in our area. If you have a bike, bring it with you!  

Recycle 

Recycling makes a big difference to our planet so recycle whatever can be recycled. Don’t be lazy and just throw them in the waste. If you tend to put non-recyclables in bottles or containers when you eat, they can’t be recycled. Make sure you put separate items into their right bins. 

At PUC, we make sure to be as sustainable as possible, and our Green Club shares tips on how to help our community. Encourage your friends and family to do their part too! These small changes in your life make a big difference to the environment. 

Essentials For Northern California Living 

Northern California has endless sites to see, a rich culture, and unpredictable weather. If you’re from Northern California, or will soon become a local, you’re going to want to be ready for everything and anything. 

To give you a start on your packing list, here are 10 essentials for living in Northern California. 

Reusable Water Bottle 

Be environmentally friendly by owning a reusable water bottle. Having a reusable water bottle is good to have when you’re in class, at the gym, or doing outdoor activities. If you enjoy spending a lot of time camping or hiking, get a filtered water bottle. Stay hydrated wherever you go. 

A Durable Backpack 

A durable backpack, or bag, won’t only be useful for carrying your school belongings, but can also be helpful when traveling or doing exploring the outdoors. Having a bag that can do it all will save you money so you don’t have to buy multiple bags for separate occasions. 

Good Pair of Shoes 

Whether you’re walking to class, hiking in the Back 40, strolling through St. Helena, or walking around San Francisco, it’s smart to have a pair of comfortable shoes. You’re going to be on your feet a lot so pack a good pair of shoes. 

A Coat

Invest in a good coat that will keep you cozy during fall and warm and dry during winter. You don’t want to be cold or soaking wet on your way to class. 

Rechargeable External Battery 

A rechargeable external battery is a lifesaver. We spend a lot of time on our phones during the day, so having one in our bags come in handy. You won’t need to run to your room to charge in between classes or worry about your battery percentage while traveling. Just remember to have your external battery fully charged. 

A Reusable Tote 

Continue to be green by owning a reusable tote. Don’t keep paying for plastic or paper bags when you go shopping. Instead, buy a good reusable tote that can be used during your shopping trips. It comes in handy and will save you money. 

A Blanket 

Some students bring more than one blanket so they can use it for different occasions. From your dorm room to having a picnic, going to the beach, or just studying outside, have a blanket you don’t mind using on different occasions. 

Sunscreen 

No matter what the weather is, wear sunscreen! Even on overcast, rainy days, sunscreen is still important. Remember to put sunscreen on and protect your skin.

Sunglasses

Protect those precious eyes of yours while going around the city sightseeing, hiking in the Back 40, or just laying out on the lawn. 

A Beanie 

Keep your head and ears warm during those chilly, foggy days by wearing a thick beanie. Not only will it keep you warm, but is also a great outfit ensemble. 

Rain or shine, we can’t get enough of living in beautiful Northern California! We hope you love and enjoy it as much as we do. Get ready for a great school year! 

Faces of PUC: Nyllah Safotu

Coming all the way from Kapolei, Hawaii, is Nyllah Safotu. She finished her first year of college majoring in biology pre-med and wants to work in secondary education or help endangered animals. Nyllah chose to attend PUC because she wanted to go to an Adventist institution where the environment could safely help her grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We’re very pleased to have Nyllah as a part of our Pioneers family. 

What is your dream job?

I don’t quite have a specific dream job, but I’m thinking about working in either secondary education or to help endangered animals.

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

I’d say it’s a little different. My dream was to be a surgeon and find cures for diseases. I would still like a job that helps people but also the animals and the environment.  

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

My favorite thing is how warm and kind people have been here. I’ve been able to make so many great connections and friends with people who I can call family. Everyone has been super helpful with adjusting to college life and I just appreciate being in such a loving community.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Singapore

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

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

What is something you’re passionate about?

I’m really passionate about music, specifically listening to it. I love all kinds of genres and always enjoy hearing unique styles from different artists.

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

Golden Gate Park is such a beautiful place to enjoy nature, art, and the company of the people you’re with all in one place.