Category Archives: Academics

Making Adventist Education Possible: A PUC Promise

Getting a college education is important for many reasons. Having a degree looks great on your resume, lots of jobs even require one. It can help you with future career success and satisfaction as well as provide you with long term financial stability. The one downfall is that college is expensive, but we like to think of it as an investment in yourself. Here at PUC, we are always working on ways to make that investment financially possible. 

Did you know the average student takes out loans EACH year of college? While that enables you to get the education you deserve, those loans add up and eventually, you have to pay them off. 😩 For most, getting your dream job (with dream pay) right out of college doesn’t happen so you might be worried about making enough money to afford student loans. This is why PUC is excited to be partnering with Ardeo Education Solutions to offer the first-ever Loan Repayment Assistance Program. LRAP is a financial safety-net we offer at no cost to you or your family. If your income after graduation is under $45,000, we can help you pay back your federal, private, and parent plus loans.

How does the PUC Promise work you ask? Well, it’s fairly simple.

  1. Visit  MYLRAP.ORG/PUC and follow the simple steps on the page
  2. Review and sign your LRAP award
  3. Graduate from PUC with a bachelor’s degree
  4. Work at least an average of 30 hours per week—in any profession (or more than one job if needed)
  5. Begin repaying your federal, private alternative, or parent PLUS loans
  6. The PUC Promise reimburses a percentage, or all, of your loan repayment

The PUC Promise is new and we’re sure you’ve got questions. Reach out to our Admissions team via phone (800) 862-7080, option 2, or email admissions@puc.edu for more information.

Please noteStudents who pursue nursing aren’t eligible for the PUC Promise. The good news is, PUC made that decision because most of our nursing graduates’ starting salaries are well over $45,000 annually. PUC is actually ranked for top-earning alumni with 2-year degrees because of our nursing graduates, and we want to focus this offer on students who are pursuing majors leading to careers with more modest starting salaries.

 

Give Yourself A Cultural Education 

Ally Romanes

Have you ever wanted to just pack up and leave, to travel somewhere unknown? Are you interested in adventure, learning about another culture, picking up a new language? Consider studying abroad. If you’re on the fence, here are some reasons why you might want to take a chance! 

See The World

It’s not every day you are able to walk around the Colosseum in Rome, ride a camel in Morocco, or visit Buckingham Palace. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to see the world. Not only will you be experiencing life and learning in a new country, but you’ll also have the opportunity to travel to EVEN MORE places with your school! 

Taking In A New Culture 

It can be scary leaving home and going to a country you’ve never been too before, but studying abroad is a fantastic and safe way to do it. This is an opportunity to really immerse yourself in a new culture. Try new foods, participate in new traditions, and explore! 

Education 

Learn outside of the traditional four-wall classroom. Why have your head stuck in a book learning about history and art when you could be out in the world seeing these places in real life! Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience college education in different ways. There’s more to learning than just a classroom. 

Learning A New Language 

Learning a new language in class is one thing, but learning out in the real world is a whole different experience. By studying abroad you have the opportunity to learn by hearing and speaking it on a daily basis with everyone around you. 

Career Opportunities 

Studying abroad can help you stand out in the workplace. You are showing to future employers that you are open-minded, adaptable, and flexible. It also shows you are open to new challenges and you aren’t afraid to go out of your comfort zone. 

Finding New Interests 

Studying in a different country gives you a chance to experience new activities and develop new interests. By exploring new places, meeting locals, or becoming inspired by a class or city, something is bound to spark your interest. 

Personal Developments 

Studying abroad allows you to be independent and gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself. While you learn to adapt to a new environment you’ll have to rely on yourself to learn how to navigate around a new place and through situations you might feel slightly uncomfortable in. It might be overwhelming at first but soon you’ll realize how capable you truly are.

Making Lifelong Friends 

We’ve all heard the friends you make in college become your friends for life. Well, while studying abroad, you will meet students from all over the world. This will allow you to create lifelong friendships with an even larger variety of people. 

Take a chance and try something new. There’s no better time for an adventure! You can find more information on the ACA website, by contacting ACA Director Sandra Esteves (aca@nad.adventist.org), or PUC’s ACA representative Dr. Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti (srasi@puc.edu). 

 

New Year, New Quarter. 

Ally Romanes

It’s always hard to get back into school mode after a much-needed break. If you’re anything like me you might still be struggling with a little holiday-lag. Good news for you, it’s only the second week of the quarter and there’s still plenty of time to set some personal goals, form some positive habits, and make this your best year yet. 

Here are a few simple good habits that will help you achieve your academic goals.

Actually Go To Class (lol)

It might sound silly to say but, go to class and pay attention. Skipping class is a habit you really need to break! Not only will this cause you to fall behind, but you’re paying good money to learn! 

Side note, sometimes skipping class is inevitable. An emergency or sickness, things come up. If you’re going to miss class let your professor know and make sure you get lecture notes from a classmate.  

Take Notes 

Always take notes so you remember what happened in class. Taking notes is very helpful and useful throughout the quarter and will help you study for quizzes and tests. Studies show taking notes can also help ingrain the information into your brain! If you aren’t a regular note-taker, try it out. You would be surprised at how easy it is to take even a few points down and how organized it will make you feel. 

Do The Reading 

Assigned reading might seem boring, but it is something you just have to do. Not only is it required but beneficial to your learning. It allows you to be prepared for the next class so you’re not trying to play catch-up while you’re professor is lecturing.

Find A Good Study Spot

Get into the zone. Finding the right environment to study is so important. PUC is great because there are so many options. If you want a quiet library, or a busy campus center or something in between, figure out what works best for you.  

Track Your Goals

Think about the goals you want to achieve this quarter and write them down to keep yourself accountable. Having a written list of your goals will help you remember and keep track of what you want to get accomplished. Once you complete a goal, you can check it off and feel proud of yourself! 

Try to be as realistic as possible with your goals so that you don’t overwhelm yourself.

Get Enough Sleep 

You can’t work properly if you’re a zombie. If you didn’t get enough sleep last quarter, make it a goal to get more sleep. Make sure you get enough hours of sleep so you can feel refreshed to tackle a new day. 

Don’t Procrastinate

A lot of people struggle with procrastination, but it is possible to not procrastinate. Keep yourself accountable for all the things you have to do. Write them down if you need to. Keep track of your upcoming homework assignments, quizzes, and tests. The more aware and prepared you are the less procrastination will affect you, allowing you more time for other more enjoyable things. Don’t let procrastination hold you back from getting things done!

 

Seven Tips for Mental Health Upkeep

Ally Romanes 

Like most people, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed from time to time. Stress is something literally everyone deals with and often struggles with. While a lot of times you are able to completely manage it, there are times things may feel out of control. Between the weight of school, work, and your personal life, it can get to be too much. It’s very important for you to take care of your mental health, especially while you’re in college. Here are seven mental health upkeep tips

Sleep

It can be hard to get a good night’s rest during college, but it is a must! The more hours of sleep you get, the more refreshed you will feel in the morning and throughout your day. Your brain needs sleep in order to perform. When you sleep, your brain helps your body heal from all the stress you encountered during the day. Getting more than five hours of sleep will also improve your mood.

Have A Support System

Having a support system will help keep you on your feet. Every student feels stressed and overwhelmed. A strong support system will show that you are not alone and means you will have people to go for help and encouragement. By having your friends, family, and professors by your side, success is much easier to obtain. You can’t do everything on your own! Don’t be afraid to reach out to those people in your support system. 

Have A Healthy Diet

What you eat affects your body, mind, and spirit. The healthier you eat, the better you will feel. Eating a lot of junk food will slow you down both physically and mentally. Skip the chips and opt for a healthy snack!

Get Active

As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”  The more active you are, the more endorphins your body will have. Exercising will boost your mood, take your mind off of stressors, and will help you feel accomplished. You will also have more energy and motivation to get things done. giphy-1

Pray

There is power in prayer. Take all your worries, stress, and burdens to God. He is a source of comfort and strength. Praying about your troubles can help you feel some of your burdens are off your shoulders. Feel like you need a little extra prayer? Reach out to one of our campus chaplains! 

Meet With A Campus Counselor

Take advantage of the counselors on campus—it’s free. Meeting with a counselor allows you to vent about the stress you are going through. A counselor can teach you great techniques to deal with your stress, like how to calm yourself before an exam or how to cope with feeling overwhelmed. A counselor can also be part of your support system. Meetings are confidential, so feel free to share anything. 

Reward Yourself

You need to recognize how hard you work to accomplish your many tasks. Reward yourself by going out to eat, taking a nap, or watching a show or movie. Feel proud and confident about the work you’ve done and the progress you are making to own each day. Continue making goals and reward yourself again and again.

Everyone deals with stress differently but one thing is clear, we all need a little help every once in a while and hopefully, these seven tips will come in handy! 

 

It’s Not Too Late, Apply Today

PUC is still accepting applications for the Winter quarter so it’s not too late to join us this January. And guess what? The process really isn’t that hard!  

Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to joining the Pioneers family.

  1. Complete a PUC application at puc.edu/apply
  2. Submit your application documents:
    • Official high school transcripts (showing graduation)
    • Official transcripts of all college work attempted/completed 
    • Send us your ACT or SAT scores. PUC’s school codes are: 0362 (ACT) and 4600 (SAT).

That’s it! Really, it’s that simple. 

Still a little confused? Visit our website for the complete and detailed admissions process.  Have a few questions? We welcome them! Email admissions@puc.edu or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to talk with an admissions counselor. 

Remember, Winter 2020 starts on Monday, January, 6 and we would love to have you here.

 

Meet Your Student Chaplain: Taylor Bothwell

By Ally Romanes

Did you know PUC has student chaplains? Taylor Bothwell is one of two student chaplains this year and she’s more than happy to help you in any way you need whether it’s praying for you when you’re in need of extra help, chatting with you about your spiritual journey, or just a smiling face around campus. Get to know a little about Taylor so next time you see her around campus you can say hi! 

What made you want to be a student chaplain? 

I wanted to be a student chaplain because having a strong spiritual life on campus is very important to me. Being a student chaplain gives me the opportunity to continue to improve and bring about change in that area. It also gives me a chance to interact with a lot of people.

What are you responsible for as a student chaplain?

Since the campus ministries team is all-new this year and we are building from scratch, we are still in the process of fleshing out responsibilities. In general terms though, as a student chaplain, I am here for the students of this school. Whether that be sitting and listening, helping start a new ministry, or running a Bible study, I want to be there for students in whatever capacity they need me for.  

What are the challenges you have as a student chaplain? 

So far, my biggest challenge relates to the new-ness of the job. I am still trying to figure out where I am needed the most and the best places for me to pour out my energy.     

What advice do you have for someone that is struggling with their spiritual life? 

Don’t stop struggling with it. By that, I don’t mean to say that someone shouldn’t reach a place of spiritual peace and fulfillment. I mean that someone shouldn’t give up.  Keep asking the hard questions, keep pursuing answers. Don’t stop struggling just because it is hard or the people around you can’t answer the questions that you have. God can handle all of the emotions and baggage you have. Be willing to share it all with him and don’t be afraid to ask for help from others.

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

I have no idea what I am going to do for a career. That’s a very scary thing to admit to myself, but at this point, I’m simply saying yes to the opportunities I feel God has placed in front of me. That being said, I believe being a student chaplain has given me the skills of working with a team, dealing with sensitive subjects, and being able to articulate my faith and what I believe. Regardless of where I end up working, those skills will benefit me for the rest of my life.

Where is your favorite place to eat in the Napa Valley?

Ooh! That’s a hard one! I’ve lived in the Napa Valley for practically my entire life, so I have lots of memories at the different restaurants here. If I had to pick though, I would say Gott’s. Of course, the burgers are always good and they have lots of fun seasonal options too. (Did you know it used to be called Taylor’s Refresher? Can you guess why it’s my favorite?)

What shows are you watching right now?  

I’m waiting for the final season of Madame Secretary to be released on Netflix. And while I’m waiting, I’m watching The Great British Baking Show.  

What is your favorite weekend activity?

I love driving out to the beach and hanging out with friends. Since I don’t always have time to do that, I’m always down for a game night in the dorm lobby (Taboo, Uno, Codenames, etc.).

What is a favorite class that you have taken at PUC?

Can I pick one class per department? I’ve taken so many I really like I don’t think I could choose just one! Cancer Biology, History of Western Art II, Elementary Differential Equations, and Business Law I are some of my favorites.  

 

Visit PUC This Winter!

Choosing what college to attend is a very important decision and one you shouldn’t make without doing a lot of research. There really is no better way to research colleges than by seeing the campus yourself. Grab your family or some friends and come visit PUC. Take a campus tour given by one of our student ambassadors, sit in on a class, chat with a professor, eat in our cafeteria, walk around the charming nearby towns of St. Helena or Calistoga, AND if you plan in advance, join us for any of the following upcoming and exciting events.

Pioneers Athletics Games

PUC has six varsity sports teams: cross country, basketball, and volleyball for women; and cross country, basketball, and soccer for men. Throughout the year, we invite you to our gymnasium, nicknamed the “Covered Wagon,” or our soccer field to join the Pioneers Posse and cheer on our teams. Here’s a short list of a few upcoming games; for the full schedule, visit pioneersathletics.com

  • Men’s Basketball vs La Sierra, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball vs La Sierra, Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball vs La Sierra, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.

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Rasmussen Art Gallery Openings

If you’re interested in seeing some incredible works of art, you won’t want to miss the Rasmussen Art Gallery. Several times a quarter, a new exhibit opens at the college’s on-campus art gallery, which often features students, faculty, and other local artists. The opening reception is a chance to meet the artists, mingle with other guests, and enjoy some tasty snacks while appreciating the talent on display. If you can’t make it to one of the opening receptions, check with your tour guide to be sure to stop by and spend some time browsing during regular open hours. 

  •  Natalie Ciccoricco, Awaking West, Jan. 11-Feb. 9
  • Faculty Art Show, Literatura, Feb. 15-March 15 

For more information, visit the Rasmussen Art Gallery Facebook page

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Paulin Hall Music Concerts

PUC’s department of music has many concerts throughout the year; all of which are free to the public. The college has several ensembles that frequently perform, and there are usually multiple student recitals each quarter. For the Christmas holiday, there are several concerts we hope you can join us for! 

  • Christmas Candlelight Concert #1, Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
  • Christmas Candlelight Concert #2, Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.

Contact the department of music for more information; call (707) 965-6201 or email music@puc.edu.

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Join Us For February College Days!

Several times a year, we host special visitation events called College Days. College Days is a jam-packed event where you will experience PUC with other visiting students. In addition to campus visit standards like touring the campus, talking with a professor in your major of interest, and eating in our Dining Commons, it’s a great opportunity to get a glimpse into what it’s really like to be a student at PUC as you stay in one of the residence halls and attend social and academic events. 

We hope you can make plans to join us for College Days on February 9-11, 2020. Register now! For more information about College days and other ways to visit, check out puc.edu/visitors.

 

We can spend hours explaining what we think makes life at PUC so unique and honestly, we really would be happy to, but nothing beats experiencing it firsthand, so schedule your visit today! 

Before you arrive, be sure to apply and send in your admissions documents for a quick acceptance! It will make your visit even more special as you officially become a member of the Pioneers family.