Five Reasons to Apply to PUC Right Now

The fall season is prime time for high school seniors. If you haven’t already started looking at potential schools to attend next year, now’s the time—and why not start with Pacific Union College! Here are five reasons why you should consider applying to PUC today.

Make Friends for a Lifetime

One of the best things about attending PUC is living in one of our seven residence halls. About 75 percent of students live on-campus, which fosters a very close-knit community atmosphere. Students live together, study together, socialize, and worship together, which gives our campus a unique sense of unity. Besides being home for almost 10 months out of the year, the residence halls also provide students with activities like Dorm Olympics, weekly hall worships, and a chance to get to know other students outside the classroom.

Check out the Life at PUC page on our website to learn more about the true Pioneers experience.

Get Involved & Make a Difference

You don’t need to wait until you graduate to start helping with problems around the world. PUC students are already making a difference. With internships, missionary opportunities, service-learning projects, and on-campus ministry groups, you can be part of making change, today.

  • 75 percent of PUC students complete an internship by graduation
  • 10+ mission trip opportunities per year
  • 20,000+ hours PUC students have spent on service-learning projects
  • 10 campus ministry groups

Read about Lauren’s experience as a student missionary in our “How Uganda Love It?” blog post.

Have a Mentor in Your Corner

With a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, your professors will know you. They’re invested in helping you succeed. The one-on-one attention you receive in and out of the classroom will help make you a much more successful student. On top of professors’ regular office hours, students at PUC have many unique opportunities to strengthen relationships with their professors, including intramurals, pre-vespers, and community service projects. As you work towards your career goals, you will find your professors become more—they become your mentors who can help you along your journey, and ones you can still get advice from years after graduation.

 

Great Financial Aid Opportunities

Since 1882, PUC has been charged with an important mission: providing an excellent Seventh-day Adventist education that prepares students for successful careers and service to both God and others. We are committed to working together with you and your family to make a high-quality Adventist college experience possible.

Did you know:

  • Last year, the college awarded over $30 million in financial aid to 1,250 students
  • The average financial aid award per student is approximately $22,483
  • 100 percent of students qualify for financial aid
  • Most PUC scholarships renew for four years

Learn more about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities at puc.edu/scholarships.

Enjoy NorCal Life

One of the best things about life at PUC is our amazing location. Nestled in the mountains above the beautiful Napa Valley, students are #blessed to wake up each morning to gorgeous views of a perfect mixture of forest and vineyards. Surrounded by over 30 miles of picturesque hiking and biking trails with incredible destinations, allow for some of the most exquisite sunsets over the charming town of Angwin, perfect to get that Instagram-worthy photo. And just a car ride to San Francisco away holds all the culture you can dream of with galleries, concert halls, museums, theaters, sports stadiums, and plenty of shopping. With so many unique sites and attractions, you’ll always have somewhere to explore.

As you’ve seen, there are many advantages to attending PUC and we would be thrilled to welcome you into the Pioneers family! The online application is quick, easy to complete, and always free. Reach out to the Admissions office with any questions you might have by calling (800) 862-7080, option 2 or emailing admissions@puc.edu.

Don’t wait—apply to PUC now!

A Day in the Life of a Capitol Hill Intern

By Redi T. Degefa

Editor’s note: Redi Degefa is a sophomore and political science major at PUC. Her goal is to attend law school and later work in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among lawyers and politicians, Redi developed her passion for legislation and public service at an early age.

For undergraduates like myself, inclined toward a career in politics and public service, an internship on Capitol Hill is the ultimate opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the world of government and politics. This summer I interned in  Washington, D.C., for Congressman Mike Thompson. He is the representative in Congress for California’s 5th district, which includes Napa Valley.

As an aspiring politician and congressional staffer, it was important for me to experience my future career climate and gain a better understanding of what it means to work on Capitol Hill. I started pursuing this internship in December  2017 and was accepted in March. I interned for almost three months, starting on June 26 and ending on Sept. 14.

This internship opportunity was both exhilarating and challenging. Not only was I constantly learning something new, but I was also seeing our politicians are not the self-seeking, money-grubbing verbal jousters we see portrayed in the media. In reality, they are genuine and passionate individuals who care about the people and the country they serve. This internship restored my faith in our government and our politicians.

When Congress is in session—meaning when representatives are scheduled to vote or debate on the floor of the House—both interns and staffers have their busiest days. Below is my typical daily timeline from one of those in-session days.

5:45 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Wake up. Stare at my closet for approximately six minutes as if my clothes are going to arrange themselves into “The Olivia  Pope” business attire I want for the day. After a

thorough waste of my time, I will choose the same black pencil skirt from the day before and the same white button-up.

7:04 a.m.

Run frantically to the bus stop while contemplating the importance of planning my outfit the night before to avoid this chaotic and sweaty run to catch the bus.

7:11 a.m.

Ride the 310 bus to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station.

7:25 a.m.

Ride the blue line to Pentagon Station while actively trying to avoid looking at the chicken bones underneath a seat or that man’s tie decorated with penguin prints.

7:50 a.m. – 8:22 a.m.

Transfer to the yellow line at Pentagon Station and ride it to L’Enfant Station. From L’Enfant, transfer to the silver line and ride it to Capitol South Station—my last stop.

8:30 a.m.

Arrive at Cannon House Office Building. A maintenance crew who believes 60 degrees is the ideal office temperature immediately makes me regret not bringing a jacket. If Rep. Thompson is in the office, I organize his newspapers and place them on the right side of his desk.

8:40 a.m. – 11:45a.m.

Unroll phones, which deactivates the voicemail mode and allows calls to come through. Check the voicemail box. Check my calendar and email for invitations to briefings.

Collect and compile news articles from the past 24 hours.

As I gather news articles, I do my best to avoid the Napa Valley Register’s list of cute pets for adoption. Complete writing the Congressional Record Statement (CRS) from the day before, then deliver the CRS to the Democratic Cloakroom. Answer calls from concerned constituents regarding our deteriorating democracy, Trump’s tweets or possible impeachment. These calls are all logged to make sure the constituent gets a response. Take phone calls from other representatives’ offices or the White House. Print the congressman’s schedules and prepare his “Take Home” binder. Buy a 3 feet by 5 feet cotton flag from the Supply Store, pack the flag and deliver it to The Flag House Building. Rep. Thompson’s office sends flags to constituents at their request for funerals or other occasions. Send out constituent letters. Rep. Thompson insists that every constituent who contacted him via email, phone call or mail receives a response. The letters address the concerns of the constituents and express Rep. Thompson’s  stance on the issues. Answer more phone calls.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Take the underground subway to Hart Senate Office Building to meet fellow interns for a  brief lunch. Walk to Union Station in the sweltering heat to the nearest Chick-fil-A. We discuss our failed attempts to do something “memorable” together and propose a new plan as if the next one will come to fruition.

12:45 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Collect co-sponsorship signatures from different representatives’ offices. Stay focused when walking by Rep. Joe  Kennedy III in the halls of Rayburn House Office Building. No fan-girling over his shiny red hair or cute freckles. Again, stay calm when taking the elevator with Rep. John Lewis. Pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming that a civil rights leader is indeed having a casual, “How is your day going?” conversation with me. What is happening?!

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Give constituents a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building. In the  Capitol Rotunda, I place my mixed political views aside and appreciate the fact I just walked past Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan.  

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Attend a short briefing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Write a memo summarizing the main points of the briefing and submit it to the staffer who handles foreign affairs. Sort and batch constituent emails and mail. Write a constituent letter responding to concerns regarding the renewal of the Farm Bill. Write another CRS honoring Napa’s retiring police chief. Draft an executive letter on behalf of a constituent who is requesting a personal tour of the White House Vinyl Collection. Submit the letter to the chief of staff for approval. Call all House committees and check for hearing rooms availability. Fill out reservation forms for all openings and book a room for a film screening hosted by Rep. Mike Thompson. Walk to FedEx in Eastern Market and mail legislative materials to the district offices. Answer more phone calls.

6:15 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Meet fellow interns in the tunnel of Cannon House Office Building. Go to a dinner at a nearby townhouse to meet “important” Capitol  Hill staffers who will help me land bigger internships and find other employment opportunities. While dining on fresh mozzarella, encounter Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen.Dianne Feinstein and chat briefly with them about the current political climate.

9:10 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Go to the US  Navy Memorial near Chinatown—my favorite thinking spot—and chat about my day with friends from Rep. Jared Huffman’s and Sen. Kamala Harris’s offices while admiring the beautiful architecture of the National Archives Building.

11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Take the Uber home.  

11:50 p.m.

Set alarm. Fall into bed and look forward to another day. 

As previously published in the Campus Chronicle, PUC’s student-led campus newspaper.

Five Tips for Using PUC’s Library

By Allison Fox, access services librarian

I’ve spent most of my life in libraries. My mom was the librarian at my elementary school, and summers were divided between the swimming pool and the library. As a result of these experiences, libraries have always seemed like a second home to me, which is probably what led to my becoming a librarian! You don’t have to become a librarian, but I hope you will love the library as much as I do! Or at least a little bit. Being comfortable in and with the library will contribute greatly to your academic, and (dare I say), social, success. To that end, here are five tips for using the library.

1. Make yourself at home
As I’ve just implied, a library should feel like a second home. The library has a variety of different sorts of spaces so figure out which one works best for the goal you’re attempting to reach. If you need to work in a group and engage in “lively” discussion, the main floor has an open study space and a couple of rooms to reserve. If you’re seeking quiet and solitude, the top and basement levels have many study carrels where you can focus on your work. There’s also a group viewing room on the bottom level where you can watch VHS tapes on a vintage TV (or DVDs, or streaming TV through a projector), or just gather as a group. There are multiple spaces for different kinds of work and you should keep all these options in mind when planning your schedule.

However, while we librarians want you to feel comfortable here, we also want you to pick up after yourself as you (hopefully) do at home. You are allowed to eat in the library, so please do us the courtesy of throwing away any bottles or food containers. Don’t be the person who finds out what an angry librarian looks like. 🙃

2. Make use of resources
I’ve already talked about the spaces the library offers, but wait, there’s more! Printing in the library is free. We have color as well as black and white printers, available for all your academic needs. There are also laptops to check out if you don’t own one, or if yours has recently experienced any sort of meltdown, or if you just need to use the lockdown browser to take a quiz. If you’re having trouble finding an article or book (or refining a topic, or finding one at all!) there is a librarian specifically on call to help from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day during the week, and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. We offer books on every possible topic, so if you’d like to take up knitting or cook an elaborate mid-century meal, we have a book for that, although unfortunately, we can’t provide you the spare time required for such undertakings.

3. Ask questions
One of the most important things you will learn about using the library is that no question is too small or large. If at any point during your research you find yourself lost, please find a librarian to talk to! There is no reason for you to struggle through the process by yourself, and we librarians are both able and willing. We librarians are a voraciously intellectually curious lot, so it’s fun for us to help you solve your dilemmas, be they tracking down a specific article, beginning an exploratory search of a broad topic, or refining a research inquiry. We’re also happy to tell you where the bathrooms are (we have them on each floor!) or help you find a book on the shelf. We welcome all (primarily academic) questions, from the straightforward and simple to the difficult and complex.

4. Be patient
While we are always happy to help you and answer questions, it is important to remember that research can be a long process which will require persistence and patience. It will always require a certain amount of reading and sifting through things, and it’s a process that will demand increasing amounts of your attention. As librarians, we want to make the process of finding these things as painless as possible, and give you methods that will continue to improve what and how much you find. It’s always going to take a certain amount of time, and the further you get into your discipline the more complex your research will be, so it’s important to accept the necessity of giving it your full attention.

Additionally, we librarians are very busy. We all have responsibilities like teaching classes, choosing books and other resources for the library, and a variety of other things like cataloging materials, processing archival collections, maintaining systems, and information literacy assessment. Therefore, if we are not immediately available to help you, please bear with us. We will cheerfully help you once we’re back from teaching or off the phone or finished with helping another student.

5. Get to know the librarians
I keep talking about the librarians so it may seem repetitive to advise getting to know us. However, I stand by it! If you know us you will feel comfortable asking questions, and your Academic struggles will be lessened greatly. We are also completely awesome! Patrick Benner is the library director, and he is the guru of all things technological. He also knows an awful lot about computer history and science fiction. Jason St. Clair is our cataloger, which means he makes sure all materials are in the library catalog so they can be found on the shelves. He is a musician and also reads a lot of sci-fi. Katy Van Arsdale is the special collections librarian and archivist, which means she maintains PUC’s history and deals with SDA scholarship. She wears fabulous nail polish and knows a lot about movies. And I’m Allison Fox, access services librarian—I deal with circulation and do a lot of instruction. I’m obsessed with sentence structure and argument construction, and pop culture.

I hope this gives you some insight into using the PUC library! And of course, all you have to do to find out more is come in and ask.

Get to Know PUC’s Teaching & Learning Center

By Becky St. Clair

What do you think when you hear the acronym “TLC”? Back in the day (and today in the real estate business) it meant “Tender Loving Care.” Those of you old enough to remember the 90s (or who know a lot about music) may recall a 1990s girl band out of Atlanta called TLC, and there’s also a cable television channel by that name—The Learning Channel.

Here at PUC, we have our own TLC, and while we can’t promise any 90s hip-hop (and we promise, no cheesy reality shows!), we can promise some super useful services there. Here on campus, TLC is short for the Teaching & Learning Center. As we get ready to begin another school year, we thought it might be handy for you to know what kinds of services the TLC can provide for you.

Mentoring

Starting college can be challenging for some students. For many, it’s their first time away from home for an extended period of time, and the realities of #adulting are starting to hit home (and dorm!). The TLC has a great team of professionals who will help you keep up with the demands of classes combining with the rest of your life without feeling overwhelmed. To get started with your personalized support, fill out the “Contact an Academic Mentor” form.

Study Groups

We’re not gonna lie, some of your classes will be hard. That’s part of the “blessing and curse” situation of attending a school known for its academic rigor: You’re going to be challenged, but we promise, it’s for your own good, and you will survive. Still doubtful? Join one of the many free study groups in the TLC! They meet twice each week for a lot of those tough classes you’ll encounter because trust us—you’re not the only one finding them hard!

Disabilities Services

If you’re facing additional challenges, such as learning disabilities, injuries or illness, or psychological needs, you won’t be left behind! The TLC has an office specifically for working with students who need special support due to temporary or long-term/permanent disabilities. Reach out to our disabilities coordinator to get the help you need to ensure your academic success here at PUC.

College Skills Workshops

Let’s face it, whether you found your high school classes a breeze or barely muddled through to graduation, in many ways, college is harder. In order to make the cut for whatever your career goals may be, you’ll need solid tools in-hand to make it happen. That’s why the TLC offers dynamic and fun-filled seminars on study skills and time management. These workshops will teach you to capitalize on your personal passions, using the learning and organizational strengths you already possess. Email Michelle Kendrick, who oversees tutoring, at mkendrick@puc.edu for more information.

Academic Advising

One of the biggest stressors on a college student is deciding on a major. Did you know the average college student changes their major six times between freshman year and graduation? And yet they still do graduate, and they still embark on a career. So there is hope, and the TLC, once again, is here to save the day. If you aren’t sure about what you want your major to be, don’t worry! Talk to the TLC’s academic advisor, who can offer a strengths inventory, a personality assessment, and walk you through the results to determine what kinds of jobs might be right for you. Then, they can help you figure out what classes to take and how to get started. All of this—for free*! Make an appointment with the academic advisor and start your future today.

If you have other concerns about your academic success at PUC, the TLC can help. Call (707-965-7688), email (tlc@puc.edu), or stop by any time; the TLC is located between the Dining Commons and Chan Shun/Davidian Halls. Let’s talk!

*Fees may be incurred for some tests; counselors will advise you prior to taking the test whether or not it will incur a fee.

16 Questions with Floyd Hayes

Are you thinking about studying biology in college? Meet Dr. Floyd Hayes, professor of biology at PUC, and get the inside scoop to life in Clark Hall, home of PUC’s department of biology.

One of the largest departments on campus, the department of biology is home to several other exciting programs, including the Biology Club, one of the most active student-run clubs at PUC. For a behind-the-scenes look at biology at PUC, you can follow the department on Instagram at @pucbiology.

10 Tips for Your First Quarter at PUC

Help make sure this is you graduating in four years! (And yes, those are tortillas!)

If you’re getting ready for your first quarter at PUC, here are 10 suggestions to help make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.

Don’t stay in your dorm room

Try your best not to be a hermit and spend all your time in your dorm room. It can be intimidating to go to Student Association events or a Pioneers Athletics game, or just hang out in the Campus Center, but try to get out of your comfort zone a few times and put yourself in places where you might make new friends.

Find your ideal place to study

Research shows studying in different locations can help with your retention of what you’ve studied, so it’s a good idea to find several places you feel you can focus.

Need some ideas of where you can go? Check out our “Great Places to Study on PUC’s Campus” blog post!

Meet with your professors

Make a point of stopping by to visit with your professors during their office hours. Don’t feel as though you’re imposing on them—they’re literally required to have them! Talking with your professors regularly can help them get to know you too, which will also be helpful in a few years when you need a recommendation from them!

Take advantage of on-campus resources

There are some awesome resources available to students at PUC. The Teaching & Learning Center offers free tutoring for most General Education classes and also has a writing lab. The Counseling Center provides students with career counseling, personal counseling, and testing services. Our gymnasium, known officially as Pacific Auditorium but more endearingly called “The Covered Wagon,” also houses a fitness center, weight room, and pool, all of which are free for students to use.

Learn more by reading our “Five Departments Every Student Should Know” blog post!

Talk to people in your classes

It can be scary to walk into a classroom full of people you don’t know, so make an effort to talk to students seated near you. This can have two benefits: you can potentially make more friends, and you can have a buddy to rely on in case one of you misses class and share notes with.

Find ways to get involved

This isn’t to say you should force yourself to do something you aren’t truly interested in, but find your own way of getting involved on-campus. Participate in your weekly dorm worship. Join a small Bible study group. Start a praise band. Think about running for Student Association office or for Student Senate. Join one of the 25 student clubs!

Interested in joining a student club? Learn more by reading our “So Many Clubs, So Little Time!” blog post!

Balance your life

While it’s obviously very important, there’s more to college life than school and homework. A lot of being successful in college is learning how to manage your time and finding the right balance between studying, your social life, and activities to help you relax and destress.

Which leads to the next point …

Develop a routine

Try to develop a routine that works for you, and then do your best to stick to it. Start your morning by studying your Bible or reading a quick worship thought. If you have a break between classes, go for a walk at the track (and bring flashcards if you still need to cram for a quiz!). Make a deal with your friends to have dinner together at the Dining Commons every evening, or at least once a week.

Plan your class schedule wisely

Keep your past history in mind when planning your class schedule with your enrollment counselor. If you’re not a morning person, avoid 8 a.m. classes, if possible. If you struggle with staying focused for long periods of time, maybe don’t sign up for those four credit classes that meet twice a week for two hours! Being aware of what works for you and planning accordingly can only help set you up for future success.

Editor’s note: If you still need to register for classes, or have questions about your schedule, get in touch with your enrollment counselor! Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor.

Try something new

Lastly, don’t be afraid to try something new. Take an art class. Take a language class. Play an intramurals sport you’ve never played before. By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to grow and perhaps discover something new that you enjoy.

Your first quarter of college is going to be full of new people and new experiences, but try not to worry or feel overwhelmed as New Student Orientation approaches. You will find your place here at PUC, and develop your own network of friends and support. Get ready for your best year yet!

Great Places to Study on PUC’s Campus

When I was in college here at PUC, my favorite place to study was at the Campus Center coffee shop, The Grind. I enjoyed having background sound and people milling around. (For more about how much I love the college’s Campus Center, read my blog post “PUC’s Campus Center Will Be There For You”!) But not everyone is like me, which is what is so great about being at PUC. The campus offers a variety of study spaces for both group and solo studying. From the library to individual department study spaces, you’ll never have far to go to find a great spot to crack open your books.

Below are photos of just a few places here on campus that are ideal for studying. There are also plenty of other spaces available to students, including lounges in the departments of music, English, and visual arts.

The student lounge for the department of history in Irwin Hall.

The student lounge for the department of world languages & cultures in Irwin Hall.

The library has a lot of study spaces for students.

More study spaces in the library.

Outside the library is a great place to hang out too!

The Campus Center is always packed full of students studying or enjoying a coffee break.

It’s a good idea to bring your headphones to the Campus Center if you’re trying to study!

There are plenty of places in Fisher Hall, home to the department of visual arts, for students to study, including the art studios, shown here.