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The Five Financial Things You Can Do Now

The fall is always a busy time of year for high school students (and their parents!) as they finish their college applications and start to work on determining how much financial aid they’re eligible for. This year in particular can be stressful, with new changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), more information about which can be found at The following is a short list to help keep you on track now that FAFSA has opened—it’s time to get ready for next year!

Apply to college

  • If you haven’t already, apply to PUC at
  • Be sure to list your Social Security Number so PUC can access your FAFSA
  • Send in your transcripts and one letter of reference

Submit the FAFSA
(Starting October 1)

  • Get your FSA ID at, which will serve as your legal signature when you submit the FAFSA; your parents should get one too
  • Start your FAFSA at—have income information from the previous tax year available to refer back to
  • Be sure to include PUC’s school code (001258) to have your data sent to PUC
  • List at least one in-state college, otherwise you may be ineligible to apply for Cal Grant (CA residents only)
  • Sign your FAFSA with both your FSA ID and your parent’s ID; keep proof of completion

Submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission
March 2 deadline)

  • Both this form (available at and your FAFSA are required by March 2 to apply for Cal Grant (CA residents only)
  • Be sure to get proof of mailing from the Post Office

Talk with a PUC financial counselor

Search for scholarships

  • See what PUC offers at (March 2 deadline)
  • A helpful list of external scholarship websites is available at
  • Don’t limit your search to just online; check local organizations like Kiwanis, Rotary, and your chamber of commerce to see what they offer
  • Ask your PUC financial counselor for ideas of where else to look

Alumni Profile: Katie Aguilar

Katie Aguilar, who graduated in 2013 with a BFA in graphic design, currently works as a graphic designer on the creative services team at Netflix in Los Angeles, Calif. Below, Katie discusses her job at Netflix, her time at PUC, and advice she has for students wanting to follow in her footsteps.


What is the most important thing you learned during your time at PUC?

What stands out the most is learning to listen. Whether it was in a class, a meeting, or somewhere in the stillness of the Back 40, if I just listened, I learned something. There’s always someone with a different perspective or approach I would miss if I didn’t just quiet down and listen. I need reminding of that now and again.

Who was your favorite professor while you were at PUC and why?

That’s hard because I grew very close to my professors in the department of visual arts. Most of my PUC experience was spent in Fisher Hall, where my professors were really easy to talk to and always willing to help me through a project and oftentimes, life. So there isn’t just one, there are four. Shout-out to Milbert Mariano, Cliff Rusch, Haley Wesley, and Brian Kyle!

How did your time at PUC prepare you for your career?

It’s the little efficiencies I picked up along the way from my teachers or peers. Keyboard shortcuts, organization, timeliness, the importance of prioritization. It was really surprising when I got out into the “real world” how much those small things played such a big role in my day-to-day and made things run smoother.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The most challenging?

The most enjoyable part of my job is knowing I bring value to my team. We use these buzz phrases like “freedom and responsibility,” and it’s true, I have the freedom to work in a way that makes sense to me, the freedom to grow, to learn, to test new ideas and ask questions. My responsibilities to my team are for me to perform at my very best and I really enjoy being in an environment where I can thrive. That’s also the challenging part, I have the freedom to take my career where I want to, so it’s up to me to use my time wisely and make the most out of every opportunity.

What advice would you give for other young aspiring designers?

Some advice I’d give any aspiring designer:

  1. Talk to your professors! Get to know them! They’re such a valuable resource and can help you get through the creative fog you’ll inevitably have during projects.
  2. Be aware of what’s out there. Find out what other designers are doing, what new software is coming out that could improve or change the way you think about design.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try crazy ideas.
  4. Don’t limit yourself to one area of design. Lately all the job postings I’ve seen are looking for a jack of all trades. You don’t need to be an expert in every Adobe product but knowing some fundamentals can come in really handy later on.

Go for it! The only real limit to how far you can go is often set by you. Don’t be afraid of messing up or not getting the exact result you wanted. Just keep going for it. You’ll surprise yourself how far you really go.

PUC Accepting Applications for Fall 2017

Hey new seniors – this blog is for you! Our online application is now open to the Class of 2017 for Fall 2017 at – and it’s free! Once you apply, you will need to submit your transcripts (showing your freshman through your junior year) and one letter of reference. The admissions office at PUC will begin reviewing applications for acceptance mid-summer.

There are many reasons why you should start working on your application to PUC right now but I’ll spare you and only give you three. Your future self will thank you for getting this taken care of sooner rather than later! Below are just three practical reasons why you should start working on your application to PUC right now. Your future self will thank you for getting this taken care of sooner rather than later!

Personal PUC site

Get Your Personal PUC Website
As soon as you apply, you will be given your personal PUC website, which is accessible at any point to help you along the way. This site allows you to track the arrival of your transcripts, reference letter, test scores, and other documents as well as the ability to chat live with an enrollment representative (business hours only). In addition to photos and videos, you will also find helpful and fun information about what PUC can offer you, including scholarships, study abroad opportunities, academic support resources, and so much more. It’s a great place to help you start learning about PUC.


Be Ready for Finances in October
If you haven’t already heard, this year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now open October 1 instead of January 1. There are two big advantages to doing your FAFSA this early:

  1. You will be able to use your (or your parent’s) 2015 tax information, which is already done.
  2. Since you will be able to submit your FAFSA information sooner to the schools you are considering, you will have more time to explore your financial aid options at each and decide which is your best option.

The student financial services office at PUC uses your FAFSA, along with your transcripts and other information, to put together your financial aid estimate, which shows approximately how much per month it would cost for you to attend PUC. Having a completed application on file and submitting your FAFSA early on will help give you and your family the financial information you need to make decisions about college.

Start Working with Your PUC Enrollment Counselor
When you apply to PUC, you will also be assigned an enrollment counselor who will work with you throughout the admissions process. The sooner you start working with them, the better! They can help you with questions about the academic program you’re interested in, your application and what other documents you need to submit, and they will also help you register for your first quarter of classes.

So don’t wait! Apply to PUC today.

Dorm Decorating on a Budget

PUC students study in McReynolds Hall.

PUC students study in McReynolds Hall.

By Andrea James

Save money where you can and still get a stylish, functional dorm room!

Tip #1. Shop at thrift and dollar stores for supplies.

Dollar stores are a college student’s best friend. At my local one, I found:

  • Christmas lights
  • Picture frames
  • Mirrors
  • Mounting supplies, such as self-adhesive hooks
  • Fake flowers
  • Vases and jars
  • Etc. (I also found a lot the things on my packing list FYI)

Tip # 2: Look for deals aimed specifically at students or college freshmen.

Some stores will offer free shipping, free store pick-up, various discounts, etc. However, only buy what you need. Don’t get dazzled by 20 percent off signs and end up buying five fuzzy blankets and 10 rolls of washi tape. Although these things are great and can be useful, you will likely not need that many. Make a list and stick to it!

Tip #3. Print Instagram photos to decorate your walls, shelves, and/or desk.

There are many apps and websites where you can get prints of your photos for cheap, or even free. A few options include:

  • Shutterfly Get 50 free 4×6 prints for first-time customers. If you download the free mobile app, you get 100 free 4×6 prints.
  • Snapfish First-time customers can get 50 free 4×6 photos and very low rates on basic prints.
  • Costco Photo Center Pick up your prints and tick items off your to-buy list in one trip.
  • FreePrints Only pay shipping costs for 4×6 prints, although there are limitations on the number such as only one print per photo and only a certain number of prints a year.
  • PostalPix Print four-inch squares from your Instagram library for only 33 cents each (other sizes also available).

Tip #4. Use sticky notes (available at the aforementioned dollar stores) to cover bland white walls with colorful creativity!

Some ideas:

  • Make a motivation wall with quotes, affirmations, and goals.
  • Create a calendar to keep track of important dates and when assignments are due.
  • Post-it to-do lists make it easy to add and remove tasks.
  • Postit pixel art requires a little planning out on graph paper (unless you use patterns), but is easy to do and will impress all your friends with your skills.

Or, better yet, come up with your own ideas! Which leads into my last tip:

Tip #5. Get creative! Use whatever supplies you have available and have fun.

Honestly, the last thing college students should be stressed about is decorating their dorm room. Don’t spend so much time on DIY projects and Pinterest boards that you neglect the truly important things, like getting your financial aid worked out and registering for classes. At the same time, it’s nice to sometimes take a break from freaking out about the serious things and design a Post-it note pixel superhero to decorate the area above your desk (since you will be staring at it for most of the time you should be studying) or browse Etsy for the perfect washi tape with which to cover everything. College is a time for learning and studying but it’s also a time for great fun, so take a break and design your perfect dorm room. Then make it a reality, using the above tips, and start the school year with your room as full of joy and creativity as your college experience will soon be!

Take a look at a few of my favorite dorm websites for some inspiration too:

Editor’s note: If you’re an incoming freshman, we hope you’re getting excited about being at PUC this fall! Soon you will receive information about New Student Orientation, including what to pack, but in the meantime, you can also refer to the FAQ section on our website.

Here’s Why You Should Join The Campus Chronicle


By Malek Sheen

The Campus Chronicle is a student-lead, student-movement publication embodying the voice of the student population within the eternity of words. Volume I of the Chronicle was released in approximately 1922 and now is in the process of completing volume XCII (92). For almost a century the words of PUC students have stood the testament of time.

Although a student newspaper, the Chronicle is not just limited to PUC activity; it covers a wide range of topics including but not limited to: philosophy, economics, presidential debates, and other global events relevant to college undergraduates. As well as the news around the world, the Chronicle also publishes articles about PUC events, health and wellness, featured noteworthy students, faculty and/or alumni, and the ever-popular opinion editorials (articles concerning the current opinion of the named writer).

Recently I sat down to interview the current editor-in-chief, Tara Hattendorf, a senior accepted to USC School of Law in the fall.

How does the Campus Chronicle benefit the students here at PUC?

I really like the op-ed style we’ve been able to do in recent years where we discuss an event relevant to students and really show, ‘What does this mean to me as a person?’ To be able to help the readers think and grow as individuals as well as develop their own thought processes and their own outlook on the world.

So what is the future of the paper? Where does it go from here?

It depends on where the editors go—journalism is a changing realm, especially on PUC’s campus.While we still follow the rules of journalism in style, it also has more light content: things like recipes, places to check out in the local area, as well as different workout routines, you wouldn’t find in a normal newspaper because we are able to expand the content that way.

Why should students join the Campus Chronicle?

This year I’ve tried to really emphasize different parts of journalism, as well as just writing in general, so that students, when they join, can gain valuable life skills … which involves being able to investigate, report, think critically, and write in a way to be read by an educated audience. In addition, it’s just fun to be on staff.

The Chronicle is a biweekly publication but staff members meet every week, and every other week the staff come together to formulate ideas for the next issue over food provided by the Campus Chronicle. In addition, all staff members get to look forward to the annual end-of-the-year party.

So whether you’re an incoming student looking to meet some like-minded friends or a current student looking for an opportunity to get active on campus, the student newspaper has something for you! The Campus Chronicle chronicles our lives as students. So we the students are the campus chronicles. And as a student, now is the time to get active! Join the Campus Chronicle and use your voice to make a difference.

You can find a copy of the most recent issue at the front desk of most dorms, in the Pacific Café, Dining Commons, the Library, and in most department lounges. Also, be sure to bookmark, where current issues are uploaded once published. You can also look back at past Chronicle issues through the PUC Library archives.

The 2015-2016 Campus Chronicle staff celebrates the end of a great year.

The 2015-2016 Campus Chronicle staff celebrates the end of a great year.

Dealing With Finals Week Stress

By Andrea James

Finals week is a dark time that happens regularly in a college student’s life, and sometimes you just need a little help coping. Well, the internet and I are here to help! Below are just a few ideas to get you through it.

  1. Take care of yourself. Mental health and physical health affect each other. Staying up all night, eating junk food, and skipping meals only hinders your ability to learn and recall information, makes stress and/or anxiety worse, and generally make you feel awful. The same goes for worrying about grades or overtaxing your brain to the point your physical health is negatively impacted and you get sick. You’ve heard a thousand times, but I’ll say it again anyway: get enough sleep, eat regular healthy meals, drink plenty of water, and make time for some exercise. It really does make a huge difference.
  1. Look at cute/funny things. According to, looking at baby animals has actually been shown to improve focus, concentration, and productivity. Humor has even been shown to help with retention of material, according to an article on
  1. Do something nice for someone else—it makes you feel good, and improves someone else’s life as well.
  1. Read about nice things other people have done/experienced.
  1. Take a deep breath and find a way to relax, even if only for a little bit.
  • Do Nothing for 2 Minutes (take a two minute break to do nothing but listen to ocean waves and stare at a sunset)
  • Calm (free mindfulness meditation app with realistic scenes complete with appropriate sounds, like waves crashing on a beach at sunrise or a crackling wood fireplace)
  1. Talk to someone—God, a friend, family member, counselor, etc. Whoever you are most comfortable with. Or if you want something more anonymous, there are many hotlines/helplines and online resources available.

The Career & Counseling Center at PUC also offers free counseling sessions to current PUC students. Call (707) 965-7080 or email to make an appointment.

Good luck with your finals. Take care of yourself. Have faith in yourself and that God will provide!