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Student Blogs | Ryan Vigilia

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

College. It has finally hit me that I am in college. I wasn't really sure what to expect coming to PUC. Of course, I had heard things like that PUC has a good Pre-Med and Nursing program. I also heard subtle talk regarding a fountain and how Guigni's beats Subway in every single way. However, the thing that really hit me hard was the Fusion retreat with the freshman class. It was truly amazing in many aspects—the speaker, the music, meeting new people, the small group discussions, and of course the square dancing.

There's one memory that stands out from the rest. The last night we were there, my Fusion leader pulled our group aside and shared his testimony and his experiences. Another guy in my group shared his testimony and the hard times he's had growing up and how, through it all, he found Jesus. That set off a chain reaction and everyone began sharing how they found God. I find it interesting because people who you originally thought to be so different from you just became someone you can relate to. That feeling of acceptance and belonging didn't stop at the Fusion retreat. I discovered people were just as friendly and caring back at PUC.

On my first day of school, I was lost trying to find my class. This random stranger sees that I'm lost, so he walks me all the way back to my class even though it meant him being late to his class. The kindness didn't stop there; last night was the first meeting of KASA (Korean American Student Association) and, needless to say, I now know why PUC is considered to be one of the most diverse colleges. There weren't only Koreans at the meeting—there were a bunch of different cultural backgrounds represented there and I thought it was so awesome how KASA welcomed them with open arms.

In conclusion, I am so blessed to be able to attend college here at PUC. We're all family here with the same goal, seeking to be in one accord. 

Ryan Vigilia
Freshman, Pre-Med Biology