Senior Sarah Sjoberg feels very blessed to attend Biola University and credits much of her opportunity to the scholarship support she receives. This generosity from donors and the university has had a profound impact on Sarah, an International Business major, and it has motivated her to make a similar impact in other people’s lives: “My education is so valuable to me and I want to provide that opportunity for someone else,” she says. Out of this desire, Infinite for India was born.
Erika Sanchez graduated from Biola University in May 2013 at 20 years old, completing her bachelor’s degree in sociology in just three years. Finishing college early is an accomplishment itself, but especially for a young woman who was not sure if she would even finish high school.
Jose Anaya was born in Colombia and grew up in the town of Barranquilla, where his father worked for the government as a large livestock veterinarian. At nine, Jose and his family were forced to leave Colombia as persecution from local insurgents escalated, and so the family moved to Downey, California. Since then, Jose’s parents have both had to take minimum wage jobs to help support the family, and money has always been tight.
Alumna Gabby Odudu (’13) has wanted to work in medicine since she was a little girl. She was born with glaucoma and had numerous major surgeries between the ages of 18 months and five years old. “I basically grew up in hospitals, and I fell in love with the environment. I thought it was so fascinating, and I decided I wanted to be a pediatrician through that experience,” she says.
Biola alumnus Christopher Girard ('13) graduated from both Biola and USC through Biola's 3-2 engineering program. Now he is pursuing a Ph.D. at USC in biomedical engineering in hopes of working with a medical device company after graduation. Read more about how Biola uniquely prepared him for his advanced degrees and future science career.
For a graduating senior at Biola, the walk across Metzger stage to receive one’s diploma can be a blur. It’s a journey packed with meaning, yet it’s over in just a few seconds. When Dianey Burgos walked across that stage on May 26, however, it was the culmination of a much longer journey. For Burgos — the first member of her family to graduate from college — it was the end of a journey that began in East L.A., on a street bordered by gangs on one side and drugs on the other.
After his freshman season of college basketball, Andre Murillo got into a fight that collapsed his lung and scratched his heart. The blade missed his heart by one millimeter, the size of a mustard seed. That event sent Andre into a downward spiral until he finally surrendered his life to Jesus, determining to make life center on Christ instead of on himself. Andre shares his story of this journey towards faith and how Biola has played a role in shaping him into the passionate Christ-follower he is today.
CCT Pastor-in-Residence Kirk Winslow shares about how his experience with CCT has equipped him for his ministry among adults who are disenchanted with the Church.