Representing Christ Through Communications

August 1, 2016

Sophomore Lizzy Pintarich came to Biola to learn how to impact the world through Public Relations.

“I was super impressed with what I read on the website. Even though it was an up and coming new major for the school. I just heard a lot of great things about the program, so that was one of the things I factored in which really intrigued me to come to Biola,” she said.

After exploring other Christian universities in the area, Lizzy decided that the community she experienced at Biola set the school apart. Everyone was so welcoming and seemed to care. After praying about it with her parents, Lizzy knew that Biola is where she belonged.

“Before I attended, we were patient in prayer and said, ‘Ok, God. If you want me here, if you want me to gain this excellent Christian education, we’re going to need some help.’ My parents contribute what they can, but it’s definitely not what we need to cover the costs of the tuition,” she recalled.

Lizzy’s family struggled financially through her high school and college life, and she knew that she would need God’s provision to make it possible for her to attend. Her dad works in construction and his business has uncertainties that come with being an independent contractor. In order to help, her mother works part time when the family is struggling to make ends meet. With that background, Biola would only be possible with significant financial aid. Through her prayers and working with the Financial Aid Office, Lizzy received enough scholarships and grants to make her Biola dream come true.

From the very beginning of her freshman year, Lizzy was determined to take advantage of as many of Biola’s opportunities as she could. She joined Biola’s track team as a walk-on member. She also became involved in the community through the PRSSA club and Student Orientation Services staff. She plans to be a part of these throughout her college career, and she also hopes to become a Biola ambassador so she can help prospective students feel as welcome as she felt when she first visited campus. Lizzy also accepted a staff position with the 6th Street PR group for her sophomore year.

“I like it because it’s a student run group for PR, which gives you real world experience without the pressure of full time job situations,” she said.

Lizzy is happy with her decision to pursue Public Relations. She particularly enjoys the writing and event planning side of PR. After Biola, she plans to pursue a variety of options offered to her as a Public Relations professional. Whether that is representing a Christian school like Biola or working for a professional sports team, Lizzy is excited to have three more years at Biola to develop into a competent PR professional.

“I am glad I have more years here at Biola to learn and figure these things out,” she said.

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