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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.

Benefits of Higher Education at PUC

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a college. Financial aid, majors available, and location are just some aspects to think about. At PUC, we know how Adventist higher education is even more important. We want to make sure you invest your time, energy, and money into the best education you can possibly get. Here’s why PUC could be the right fit for you. 

Career Preparation 

Our devoted faculty and staff are ready to help instill the knowledge, skills, and training you need for your chosen career. If you don’t know what profession to pursue, that’s okay! PUC is a place to explore your options to help you decide what career is right for you. 

Student-Teacher Ratio 

With a 12:1 ratio, your professors will be able to give you the time and attention you need that you wouldn’t get at a bigger college or university. With your professors knowing who you are, it will be easier for you to get the assistance you need to succeed in your classes. 

Location 

With the Bay Area and Silicon Valley a drive away, you have the opportunity to step into the world of healthcare, art, technology, marketing, business, and everything in between. This helps land potential internships with innovative companies, which allows you to network and score a job. Healthcare students get hands-on experience at leading hospitals in Northern California and build connections with employees that help them jumpstart their careers. 

Network Opportunities  

Our graduates work for exciting companies such as Buzzfeed, Lucasfilm, Apple, Google, National Geographic, Loma Linda University, and Stanford University. We connect our students to alumni that work in the fields of their interests to network to seek advice and help get their foot in the door. 

Personal Development 

A personal benefit to getting an education at PUC is growing as an individual. You’ll learn, change, and transition into new experiences. Besides the skills needed for your future job, you will also acquire the traits you need to live a more structured lifestyle. Developing your passions and being exposed to sets of people and ideas will help you grow and learn every day. No matter what your major is, what your passions are, and who you are, you will do well here.

Community Support 

Once you apply to PUC, you are automatically part of the Pioneer’s family. From your enrollment counselor to your academic advisor to your residence dean, we will assist you throughout your entire enrollment process and answer any questions you and your parents have. Throughout your educational journey, your professors will help you reach your goals and encourage you to pursue your passions.

Higher education can lead you to many opportunities and plays an important role in your life. PUC ensures students are well-supported as they strive to reach their full potential in all areas of life and are committed to giving you or your student the best of higher education.

Get To Know Assistant Professor of Theology Laura Wibberding 

Laura Wibberding has been teaching at PUC for the last five years. When she first visited PUC, she loved the campus and shared, “As an Oregon native, I thought there was too much sun =)” Teaching at PUC has been one of the most meaningful jobs for Laura. She loves getting to know the students and learning about the history of our college. We’re glad to have Laura at PUC and see our students enjoy her classes. 

How long have you worked at PUC? 

I’ve worked at PUC for about 5-years now, although most of that time I was an adjunct. This year I started as a regular faculty. I’ve enjoyed growing into my relationship with PUC, learning more about the college and the students as I do. 

What brought you to PUC? How/Why did you decide to work here? 

Our family moved here in 2017 when my husband started teaching and knew I wanted to be a part of this community. Honestly, teaching at PUC is one of the most meaningful jobs I could imagine.

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

All the Pioneers, of course! Actually, both kinds. I love getting to know students. You guys are all insightful and creative. And I love Adventist history, so those Pioneers make me happy, too. There’s a story behind every building name on campus and a lot of the street names, too. I love being part of it. I also love that we don’t just inherit a legacy- we choose how we want to direct the future. 

Where is your favorite place to eat in the Valley, and why? 

I’m actually not the most adventurous with eating out. We discovered our kids like Pizzeria Tra Vigne and often go there. But my favorite place to eat is my own kitchen.  

What is something you can do/want to do that might be surprising for people to learn? 

I used to use my church history degree to create drama programs for our churches. I have tubs of Renaissance-era costumes and props I made for those, and I keep daydreaming about pulling them out again. Maybe if life slows down a little, I’ll get to that! 

What song are you listening to on repeat lately? 

The one I can’t get out of my head is “Surface Pressure” from Encanto.  

Where is your dream vacation?  

I love old architecture and art and especially ruins. I picked Rome for our 20th-anniversary trip, and what I’d love to do next is see Spain or Greece. 

Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can find me…  

Doing laundry. Sunday is for all the work I couldn’t get to during the week, but it’s also family movie night with the kids, so there’s balance. 

RA Feature: Keren Castro 

This week’s RA feature is Keren Castro, a senior photography major from Rehoboth, MA. She is RA for the third floor of Andre Hall and, depending on if she’s working at the front desk, she is the first face you see when you walk into the dorm. With this year being a first-time RA, she’s enjoyed getting out of her bubble and getting to know her residents and other students. 

Tell us about being a RA. What are your responsibilities, and what does a typical shift look like for you? 

Being an RA isn’t really a shift, it’s a full-time job. Just like being known as a student, I’m also known as an RA. And part of being an RA is doing room check every night. You have a hall partner, so you do switch off nights. We also do worships, dorm worships with the rest of our staff and Dean and hall worship with our floors. Being an RA also means coming to school early and getting training and preparation for the student body. Another side job to being an RA is that you’ll also work desk shifts. Greeting people in and out of the dorm, getting tasks done, and being a friendly face.

How many years have you been an RA? Why did you want to become an RA? 

This is my first year being an RA. It’s interesting because I didn’t really look for the position, Dean Philpott reached out to me about it. But when she did bring it up to me, the first thing I thought about was my RA freshman year. Eryn Pongs, the sweetest person I know, made me feel at home. I didn’t know anyone coming to PUC and I moved across the country for PUC. So, coming here was an adjustment, but Eryn made me feel welcomed and cared about. And if I could do that for someone else, that would be the greatest privilege of being an RA.

What values have you learned by being a PUC RA? 

Compassion is probably the greatest value I’ve learned so far being an RA. Checking in on my residents and seeing how they’re doing, hearing about their day/week. When residents feel like you care, they feel special. I’ve also learned a lot about communication and teamwork. This isn’t a job you can do by yourself. And having a team beside me to cheer me on or lift me up is the best thing there is.

How do you balance school and being a RA? 

Something the deans taught us during our training is that we are students first. So that means being on top of my studies. When I’m not working desk or in class or being an RA, I try to get everything else done. I set hours for myself and give myself breaks when needed.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? What do you enjoy the most? 

I would say the most difficult aspect of my job is putting myself out there. I’m very much an introvert and so this job is a learning curve, going out of my comfort zone. Initiating conversation is something I must think about a lot. But something I enjoy the most is getting to know new people that I probably wouldn’t have done on my own. It’s fun to get out of my bubble sometimes. Also, I loved being on retreat with all the other RAs. Creating a community within ourselves and opening up to each other is a bond I’ll forever be thankful for.

How do you incorporate spiritual life with your residents?

This is a big thing for me because I am a pastor’s kid and I’ve loved getting to know what it’s like to have a relationship with God. But I also respect that not everyone who comes to PUC is Adventist or even Christian. On our halls, each RA has their own bulletin board and on mine, I’ve put a Prayer Request envelope. It was my goal from the beginning to start praying for the girls on my hall, the girls in the dorm, the staff we have, and myself as well. I want to be a spiritual mentor for these girls, and I want them to know that someone is praying for them. Sometimes if they can’t make it to put it on my board, they’ll tell me when I do room check. And I pray for them individually before I go to bed. Also, a lot of people from PUC follow me on my Instagram. And I make sure to reflect Christ there as well. When I have time, I’ll post small devotionals on my stories and people have told me it helps them a lot.

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

I try to connect with them as much as possible. I ask about their games if they’re athletes, I help those in the same department as me, and most importantly hall worship is a time I like to have discussions with them on larger topics. 

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

My favorite thing about being part of the PUC family is having the same goal in mind: showing others who Christ is and developing friendships and relationships, establishing that community. Without that common ground, we wouldn’t get anywhere.

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

I kind of relate it to being a camp counselor. Know it’s one of the hardest jobs to have but also the most rewarding. You’re going to be on the front line, and everyone will be looking at you to see how you’re doing your job but knowing you’re making an impact in someone’s life or being an example to others makes it all worth it. If you’re nervous to apply for the position, talk to the Deans or one of the current RAs, and we’ll help you navigate through the process. Interest in becoming an RA is on your heart for a reason and I think it’s worth it to investigate those feelings that you’re having and the leadership growth that comes with it.

What are you looking forward to this year? 

Something I’m looking forward to most this year is planning worships and getting to know the Deans more. When I was a resident myself, I was intimidated by them. I saw them as leaders that I didn’t know how to approach. And now working beside them, I know they’re someone I can talk to whether it be something serious or just wanting to create a friendly connection.

Meet Student Chaplain, Andres Borrero 

Andres Borrero is one of PUC’s student chaplains this year and is making sure to provide students with the best worship experience thus far. He loves being able to serve others and do so while keeping God a part of everything he’s involved in. Andres wants everyone to be involved in any way they feel comfortable and be able to see how God works through all of us. Don’t hesitate to talk to Andres if you want to participate in worship or be a part of his team! 

Share with us what being a student chaplain means to you. 

Being a student chaplain, for me, means being part of a team. A team in which we work together weekly to help provide opportunities for students to come together to worship and praise God. Not only that but I am responsible for overseeing many music and technology aspects for many of our programs. I do so by helping manage those aspects which are something I love to do, especially with Student-led programs, which is what has drawn me over the years. 

What made you want to be a student chaplain? 

For the last 3 years I have been the music chaplain of the school, and music, specifically praise music, has always been a big part of my life growing up. This year I am passing my torch as this is my last year, but very much still involved. Although I am not a music chaplain anymore, but a student chaplain, I find that now I am able to look into more aspects around school in which I can be a part of and not just music. In other words, now having more time than I used to, I now can use that time to focus on other ministries. 

What are your responsibilities? 

Currently, my responsibilities are managing the AV team for each service or program, which includes slides and presentations, sound, and live streaming. Also as I go through the transition of passing the torch of music chaplain I am currently training the new music chaplain. Lastly and one of my most important jobs especially for the other team members, is I am here for anything, if someone needs to talk just about life, or struggling, or would want bible studies, or simply just needs help with a program, I am here to do so. 

What are the challenges you have as a student chaplain? 

Currently, I do not find many challenges quite frankly. One I might find is, as students it can be hard to come together to have meetings, which would be very helpful weekly. But we are all current students which can make it quite hard sometimes. 

What do you hope to accomplish as a student chaplain this year? 

I hope to leave this school better than I got here, from the religious aspect on campus. I believe we are quite on track to do so, and especially with music, I would like to create a concrete system by the end of the year that can be used for the years to come and create less stress for students. 

What about being a student chaplain has prepared you for your career and other aspects of your future? 

Being able to take charge and shape my interpersonal skills has definitely been a by-product of being a chaplain for four years now. I now currently work in a mental health facility and can see every time I go to work how these tools that I have gained from being a chaplain I now use for my work and how I approach the mental health patients. 

What advice do you have for something who is struggling with their spiritual life? 

Get involved! I myself struggle spiritually even now sometimes, and as humans, I believe it is not bad to do so. But get involved whether you might agree completely with God or not. Getting involved can show you Jesus in so many ways! From the teams you work with to seeing how everything is processed and how we involve God in all we do. There is always room for more on our team! 

What do you love about PUC? 

PUC has such a family setting. I would walk out of my dorm and head over to the grind and I always knew everyone I passed, and they knew me! That family aspect where we really know each other is so much fun. Because of that, so many people loved to get involved and support each other when they are not, which is what I love so much about this school. 

What is your favorite weekend activity? 

On-campus: Definity vespers! Being a part of the rush of the whole program and when I am able to sing and lead, being able to create an atmosphere for my fellow students.

Off-campus: Going to baseball games! I absolutely love baseball!

Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse with PUC’s Green Club

The PUC Green Club was established last year (but restarted their club this past fall) and are on a mission to protect and better serve our beautiful planet earth. They have been working with the Napa County Resource Conservation District to help plant acorns and spreading awareness about sustainability and the environment through their Instagram @puc.green. They share tips and information about recycling, composting, and ways to reduce waste and single-use plastic. 

Sarah Franklin is the public relations officer of the Green Club. She coordinates events and connects with other organizations and individuals who can help with their mission. Sarah also runs the club’s Instagram account. She kindly answered some questions for us to learn more about the PUC Green Club.  

How did the Green Club get started?

At the beginning of the fall quarter, I was really interested in finding out if there was an environmental club or opportunities on campus because I wanted to get involved in an activity somehow. I found out that there was a Green Club that started last year but didn’t have much success. So the leaders, Kaylyn and Marriah, wanted to “restart” the club. As the head of Public Relations, I made a new Instagram account, and the three of us revamped our club. 

How did you get started in environmental issues? 

As a sophomore in high school, I took AP Environmental Science, which started my love for planet earth and grew my knowledge about issues our planet faces. In high school, I was a part of our school’s greenhouse, garden; Napa River cleanups; and acorn plantings at Alston Park in Napa. Doing these things to help the environment and our community made me feel so happy and grateful for our earth, and I want to spread those feelings to others through this club.

Have you been able to help the community during this time? 

We have helped educate the PUC community through our Instagram account about sustainability, zero-waste, and plastic-free tips. I have been wanting to plan a trash pickup day at the Napa River and/or the beach, and I have been trying to set up an acorn planting event with the City of Napa as well, but things have been on hold due to Covid. So hopefully, we will start becoming more active soon!

In previous school years, our main goals were to clean up the garden at PUC for the gardening class to use and basically spread awareness about what people can do to reduce their impact on planet Earth, like recycling, composting, reducing plastic waste, and reusing/repurposing food to avoid excess food waste!

What other activities do you have planned or hope to do this year? 

We are currently working with the Napa Valley Conservation District to plan acorn planting events in the valley. We also hope to coordinate some hikes and trash cleanups.  

 What is the most urgent issue, or issues, for the club to spread awareness about? 

Sustainability is a huge issue we care about. We want to encourage people to use what they have instead of buying new things, use sustainable materials instead of plastics or synthetics which harm the environment, and shop locally to reduce our carbon footprint. There are many simple things that you can do in your everyday life that can make a huge difference, and that is what we want to educate people about on our Instagram.

How will the Green Club help these issues? 

We will help these issues by educating people through our social media platforms. We are also working to organize more hands-on events such as trash cleanups, tree plantings, and hikes.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Green Club? 

My favorite thing about being a part of the Green Club is that it allows me to have a platform to reach out to people and students in order to educate them about serious environmental issues and actions that can be done to help solve these issues. 

What are the small steps we can take at home to become eco-friendly? 

Use what you have instead of buying new things; When buying new things, make sure it’s something that you can use for a lifetime, not just a few months (especially prevalent with clothing); SHOP LOCAL (this helps our economy and the environment); try to opt for plastic-free items (reusable bags and water bottles, bring your own utensils, reusable straw, reusable containers for food, use bar soap/shampoo bars instead of in the bottle, etc.)

Convince me to join the Green Club in five sentences. 

If you care about the environment, we would love to have you be a part of this amazing cause. Our goal is to spread awareness about how to practice sustainability and protect the environment. By joining the club, you can help spread that message to as many people as possible in order to make an important change. Even if you just want to know more about simple steps you can take to help our environment, the Green Club is for you. Check us out on Instagram to learn more, and follow us for updates on special club events for Winter Quarter. @puc.green

Follow the Green Club on Instagram to stay up-to-date on their events and to learn about environmental issues. Be a part of this great club and join them in helping make our world better one action at a time.

Faces of PUC: Isabella “Abbey” Esperanza

Meet Isabella “Abbey” Esperanza, a sophomore pre-nursing student from Vacaville, CA. She shared that she chose to attend PUC because of its location in Napa Valley and heard that PUC has a really good nursing program. Abbey is passionate about personal growth and wants to be the best person she can be. 

What is your dream job? 

My dream job is to be a nurse practitioner because I want to be able to help the community. 

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

When I was young, I wanted to be a bunch of things, but I always knew I wanted to be a part of a team. 

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

My favorite thing about PUC is that everyone is so welcoming. The professors and campus staff are all so helpful and want us to do well. The campus is also quiet and calm, which makes it easier to get work done. 

Where is your favorite place in the world?

This is a hard question because each destination provides a different and special experience, but my favorite place is Destin, Florida. I would even live there one day! I love the beaches and vibes I get there. 

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

If I were trapped in a movie for a day, I would choose Mamma Mia because I love the movie and how it is based in the country of Greece. 

What is something you’re passionate about? 

I am passionate about personal growth. I want to become the best person I can be. 

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

A place I would recommend visiting is San Francisco because it is a fun city with fun activities such as shopping, good food, beaches, and more. There is always something to do on a night out! 

Freshman Feature: Marguerite McHenry

Coming all the way from Newnan, GA., is freshman film student Marguerite McHenry. Growing up in a little city an hour outside of Atlanta, a friend of hers told her about PUC’s film program and how amazing the screenwriting professor was. With her first year here, Marguerite shared how the film program has exceeded her expectations and is so glad she took her friend’s advice- as are we. We are so happy to have Marguerite a part of our Pioneers family!

What is your dream job?

I want to be a writer/director and run my own film production company.

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

I wanted to be a cowgirl/rockstar/author when I was little. I guess writing is still a thing in my life, even if those other dreams have gone away with age.

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

Everyone on campus is really friendly and nice. I think it’s a great community to be a part of.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Literally any bookstore with a good selection. I could spend hours in Barnes and Noble.

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

Either National Treasure or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Both seem really fun and interesting worlds to play a part in.

What made you decide to attend PUC?

A friend told me that their film program, and specifically, their screenwriting professor was amazing. So far, the program has exceeded my expectations so I’m glad I took their advice.

What is something youre passionate about?

Legally Blonde is one of the most important movies of our age.

Who is someone you admire, and why? 

Someone I admire a lot is the director Taika Waititi. He has written most of his films and is an amazing storyteller who brings pieces of himself to every project while also making his work very relatable and universal. If I can make films in my professional career that are even half as cool as his, I would be very happy.