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Faces of PUC: Frances Velarde 

Frances Velarde is a nursing major from Arizona. She found her calling to be a nurse and dreams of working in pediatrics. One of her favorite things about PUC is being in a welcoming community that helps her grow spiritually. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a pediatric nurse.

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

I always wanted to help people and educate others when I was younger and become a teacher, but today, I feel like my calling is to be a nurse instead, and I’m very passionate about it.

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

My favorite thing about being part of the Pioneers family is that a lot of the people here in PUC are very wholesome. It’s nice to have a community of people that make you feel included and help you grow spiritually.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Wherever my friends are because I feel happiest when I’m with them.

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

Crazy Rich Asians

What is something you’re passionate about? 

Music 

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

Daeho, because they have bomb food.

Faces of PUC: Beldina Opiyo 

Beldina Opiyo is a pre-nursing student from San Pablo, CA. She originally wanted to be a doctor, but now wants to be a neonatal nurse or a child therapist to help kids flourish. She chose to attend PUC because she wanted to grow intellectually and spiritually, and felt PUC would guide her through her journey. We are very happy Beldina is a part of our Pioneers family!

What is your dream job?  

I want to be a neonatal nurse if not I want to be a child therapist, I love to help the little ones and watch them grow. I want to help them flourish.  

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

I wanted to be a doctor when I was young but only for the money. I did not know what being a doctor entailed and what I wanted to specialize in.  

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

Everybody genuinely is here to grow and have a fun time and the way I see people support each other every day is very heartwarming.  

Where is your favorite place in the world?  

I have not been to many places yet but I love nature a lot. I think the place that I enjoyed nature the most was Yosemite.  

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

Emma by Autumn de Wilde   

What is something you’re passionate about?  

Dancing  

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

Golden Gate Park  

Faces of PUC: Anzarath Chavez-Duron

Anzarath Chavez-Duron is from Oakland and is studying Health Communications, Pre-Art Therapy. She chose to attend PUC because it was the best option financially. Being a PUC student has allowed her to create wonderful connections and relationships with her professors. 

What is your dream job? 

Something that’s fulfilling.

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

It’s very ambiguous! When I was a kid I was really set on becoming an animator for Pixar.

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

The fact that you can create awesome connections with your professors!

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

 “The Cat Returns”

What is something you’re passionate about? 

Good stationery!

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

Half Moon Bay!

Faces of PUC: Abby Harris 

Coming to PUC from Littleton, CO., is Abby Harris. She is an emergency management, pre-physician assistant student who dreams of one day being the personal surgeon for the Denver Nuggets. Abby’s favorite places are the mountains and the beach, which makes PUC the perfect location for her to have the best of both worlds.

What is your dream job? 

My dream job would be to work as a personal orthopedic surgeon for a professional sports team. One of the main characters in Grey’s Anatomy (the best show) was a personal surgeon for the Seattle Mariners, and ever since finding out that this was a real job, I’ve always dreamed of doing it. I would want to work for the Denver Nuggets because they’re my favorite basketball team, and basketball is my favorite sport to watch.

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

When I was younger, I wanted to be a part-time veterinarian/part-time artist. Sadly, my artistic skills did not develop as I got older, so that’s not a possibility anymore. I do still think that being a veterinarian would be fun!

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

Since being at PUC, I’ve enjoyed the beautiful campus and the kind people. Everyone that I’ve met so far has been so kind. Being a part of the Pioneers family has been a great experience thus far!

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

My favorite place in the world would probably be either the mountains or the beach. Even though they’re polar opposites, I love both so much. Back home in Colorado, you can see the mountains from almost everywhere, so I’ve always loved them because they remind me of home. I didn’t grow up around a beach, so now that the ocean is less than a couple of hours away, I’ve been loving it! Both the mountains and the ocean remind me of how amazing our God is and what an incredible creator he is.

What is something you’re passionate about? 

I’d say I’m passionate about living an active lifestyle. I spent most of my childhood outside with my brother, learning to play every sport in the book. When I was old enough to play sports at school, I made it my goal to play every sport offered and to put 100% effort into each of them. In high school, I played volleyball, basketball, and soccer, volleyball being my favorite. My dad gave his love of sports to me, so I’ve always loved watching and playing sports.

What have you enjoyed the most since moving to Northern California? 

The beautiful scenery and weather. The weather here is so nice, and it’s been great not having to deal with snowstorms every couple of weeks. It’s also been really fun to be close to both the mountains and the beach! I can spend one day at the beach and the next in the mountains snowboarding which is really cool. So far, my experience living in California has been super fun, and I can’t wait to explore even more.

Faces of PUC: Nathan Hiss 

Nathan Hiss is a biology pre-med student from Orinda. One of his favorite things about being a PUC student is that everyone is always ready to help him out when needed. Nathan dreams of being a dermatologist and enjoys outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, and running. 

What is your dream job?  

My dream job is to be a dermatologist. 

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

Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a doctor like many members of my family. When I was a baby my parents got me a toy doctor set and my favorite tool was the reflex hammer.  

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 the inclusivity of everyone. Everyone is so warm and welcoming, and always ready to give help when asked! I always have someone to help me with schoolwork if I get stuck on a difficult topic! 

Where is your favorite place in the world?  

My home and hometown are my favorite places in the entire world. There is nowhere I would rather be than where I am right now! 

What show are you bingeing these days?  

Every Friday after my last class and before vespers, I watch an episode of Deadliest Catch. It has been one of my all-time favorite shows since I was 4. 

What is something you’re passionate about?  

I am very passionate about fishing, hiking, and running. I really enjoy outdoor activities so anything pertaining to heading into nature is game.  

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

A great place to go to in the Bay Area on the weekend is Stinson beach. The sand is soft, there’s good parking, fun running trails, skid boarding and great food. My favorite food spot is definitely the Siren Canteen and I would highly recommend going there. It is a 5-minute walk from the beach and has the best food.   

Faces of PUC: Danika Saucelo 

Danika Saucelo is a nursing student from Antioch who has worked as a CNA and aspires to become a nurse practitioner. She loves helping patients, giving the best care, and connecting with them. To relax from school and work, Danika finds taking nature photos calming.

What is your dream job? 

As of right now, my dream job would be to become an RN (Registered Nurse). But I also aspire to hopefully reach the level of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. This career is so versatile and I would be able to experience long-lasting connections with my patients by providing basic preventative health care. As I am already working as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), being able to help patients with everyday activities, providing the best possible care, and also building connections with patients, is something that I would love to continue doing in the future.

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

When I was younger, I already knew that I wanted to be involved in healthcare. Around 6th grade, I had planned on wanting to become a Dermatologist. It was within the healthcare career, and I was really interested in skin, and how the skin can be prone to certain cancers or diseases. 

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

My favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family is the constant feeling of being welcome. Ever since I first visited the campus, I knew that I was in a safe, peaceful, and welcoming environment. Everyone was beyond helpful and respectful, and it just gave me an overwhelming feeling of happiness. 

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

I think my favorite place in the world would be Lake Tahoe. I always go there to camp with my family, and you just can’t beat their crystal-clear water. It’s getting more and more crowded, but I love going there.

What song have you been listening to on repeat?

Dynamite by BTS has been my go-to song lately. It’s such a mood-booster and it always makes me happy whenever I listen to it!

What is something you’re passionate about?

Singing and photography are some things that I am really passionate about. I love listening to music, so singing is just something that makes me happy. I’m not an expert photographer or anything, but taking pictures (especially in nature settings) is something that I find to be calming.

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

A place I would recommend to go to the Bay Area would probably be Bethel Island. It’s a wonderful place to go if you love boating and swimming. Plus, they have this amazing place to eat called “Sugar Barge Restaurant & Bar.” Their fish-n-chips are AMAZING!

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.

Faces of PUC: Adam Parker 

Adam Parker comes to us from our town of Angwin. He is majoring in Emergency Management Paramedic, which is a great fit since it combines his love for helping people and wanting to make a difference. Adam loves being a part of the Pioneers family because of the effort to make sure students have a good experience here and how welcoming the campus is.

What is your dream job?

For now, my goal is to be a paramedic working for a fire department somewhere in the mountains.

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

I’ve wanted to be in medicine for as long as I can remember. The reason I went with EMS is that I like the idea of being one of the first people to make contact with the patient. To me it’s a perfect way to combine my love for helping people, my wanting to make a difference, and my adrenaline-seeking nature lol.

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

I would say the effort that goes into making sure students have a good experience here. I also like how welcoming the campus is.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Oh, man, hard question. Too many good ones to choose from so here’s a couple: The beach, a good snowboard run, a good bike trail, or at the lake with my friends.

What show are you bingeing these days?

I’m not super into watching a lot of TV shows but I’ve been watching Brooklyn 99 on occasion. I really like that show, it’s pretty funny.

What is something you’re passionate about?

A hotdog is a sandwich, sorry. On a real note: I love music, playing guitar, and drums are two major joys in my life. I also like getting outdoors and doing stuff like climbing, biking, and running/hiking.

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

Tiburon is a cool little town, there are some good places to eat there and they have a ferry you can take into San Francisco or over to Angel Island. Mount Tamalais is also a pretty cool place if you’re down for a hike.

Faces of PUC: Madison Nelson

Madison Nelson is from Kaneohe, HI., and finished her first year of college last month. She shared that she chose PUC because it aligns with mud-Christian values and will help her achieve her goals. Madison also heard the community was close-knit, which she now knows to be true.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be to be an Athletic trainer. I would love to work in a job that involves both health care and sports.

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

When I was younger I wanted to be a hairstylist, which is very different compared to a Athletic trainer.

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

My favorite thing would be the community that is here. Everyone is very supportive and sweet which makes being at PUC easier.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place would be the beach. Specifically back at home because of the ocean and weather while being out.

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

I would want to be trapped in any Harry Potter movie, especially The Goblet of Fire.

What is something you’re passionate about?

I am passionate about photography and basketball.

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

I would recommend going to Muir Beach. 

Faces of PUC: Rennard Ezra Villanueva 

Rennard Ezra Villanueva is a social work major from Bakersfield. Majoring in social work is perfect for him since his dream job is to help children, teens, and young adults find their purpose in life. We are grateful to have a student like Rennard Ezra, who is passionate about inspiring others and being an advocate for them.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work with children, teens, and even young adults as a school social worker or youth counselor in finding their identity and purpose in life. Although a job like that may not offer a lot of money, if any, the joy and satisfaction of helping others are priceless in comparison to anything this world has to offer. Young people, including myself, often struggle to find their self-worth because of the business of life and end up struggling to solve many of their problems. I want to be an advocate for them, inspire them, and help reveal their true worthiness and great potential to them and the world around them. I want to be a valuable addition to their support system, something I never had when I was growing up.

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

When I was a kid, I had no clue what I wanted to be. To be honest, I was too focused on playing Minecraft with my friends and simply trying to avoid responsibilities, but if I were to pinpoint what it was that I wanted in life, it would probably be to walk in the footsteps of my parents because of the hard work they had to put in to immigrate to the U.S. and build a life for me.

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

The openness of faculty members would probably be my favorite part because they are always willing to meet you at the level you are at. Your needs are always met to the best of their ability to provide for your needs whenever you make it known to them.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is Puerto Princesa, Palawan in the Philippines. Going there as a kid with my family, I fell in love with the beauty of the island. Sadly, I was only there for a few days, but I got to experience some great features found on the island that was quite unforgettable. 

What show are you bingeing these days?

I just finished bingeing the two seasons of the Doom Patrol and the first season of Invincible. Doom Patrol is by far the weirdest superhero show that I have ever seen, but I do not regret watching it. Invincible, on the other hand, breaks many superhero show stereotypes and brings on a dynamically new perspective. 

What is something you’re passionate about?

My primary passion is being an advocate for the voiceless and helping others. Rock climbing is one of my biggest passions. Fun fact, it all started in the bouldering cave in the gym. The thrill and excitement of chalking up your hands and feeling the rush in my fingers when I climb are what keeps me coming back to the wall and going out for a bouldering session.

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

I recommend going on a hike to the top of Mount Saint Helena and seeing the beautiful Napa Valley, but my go-to on a Sabbath afternoon is to go hiking on the trail to Table Rock. On the trail, you will always be able to see Napa Valley, and the best thing is that the trailhead is only a 30-minute drive from campus.