Student Highlight
Clifford Young III ’23
Clifford, APU’s Student Government Association president, is pursuing kinesiology and honors humanities with a minor in psychology while also working on campus. Wherever he finds himself, he strives to lead with grace and compassion.
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Cultivating Belonging

Whether it’s a spontaneous conversation taking place on Cougar Walk, a team of lab students working together in Segerstrom Science Center, or a community celebration at the baptismal pond, belonging is a central aspect of the APU student experience. This Christ-centered community supports students as they seek answers to life’s most important questions and grow in their faith so that they can serve others and impact the world for Christ.

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Meet Our Students

Eight APU students share their distinct experiences as they move from seeking answers to life’s big questions to making an impact in their field of study and in the community. Throughout the fall semester, their individual stories will debut here.

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  • When Manuel Camacho walks across the stage at Azusa Pacific University’s commencement ceremony in May 2023, he will have accomplished a lifelong goal: to become the first person in his family to graduate from college.
  • When Kendall Hood decided to take a gap year after graduating from high school, it was truly a leap of faith. Her wait paid off as she received the Trustees’ Scholarship from APU, allowing her to pursue he dream career in animation.
  • Ezekiel Hong, MDiv ’22, moved from South Korea to Brazil. After accepting God and getting engaged to an old friend from Brazil, Hong decided to move to L.A. He got his MDiv at APU and spoke about his journey in his commissioning speech.
  • Esther Ruiz ’22 will attend graduate school at Stanford in the fall. Her APU journey deepened her faith as she relied on God's provision during times of great struggle and celebrated His faithfulness with answered prayers.
  • Mark Gobrail ’22 took a leap of faith and answered God’s call to travel across the globe to attend graduate school, immigrating to the U.S. from Cairo, Egypt, in 2021 to complete his Master of Science in Organizational Psychology degree at APU.
  • Alana Morgan Perkins ’25 currently serves as Miss Teen Universe USA, and was the previous Miss Teen California. She also competes as a track athlete at APU, providing unique opportunities for her to live out her faith.
  • Although Eliana Swenson ’24 grew up with a rich heritage of faith and two parents who attended APU, she lacked a sense of Christian fellowship in her local Utah community. It wasn't until she attended APU herself that she truly found her faith.

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