How did your program at Biola prepare you for your career?
I had just returned from teaching in Japan, hoping to return there with better training and resources. The M.A. in TESOL paired with the local and global community present in the area was an excellent program to prepare me for more than just the professional skills, but also the personal/social/spiritual situations encountered upon my return to Japan.
What did you appreciate most about your time at Biola?
The community of believers with a common mission of living/bringing the message of the Gospel to other cultures. I loved the challenges posed by the experienced cross-cultural experts.
How did Biola equip you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ?
Some lessons and truths took a long time for me to digest. But I can often refer back to them even now, 25 years later. The patience and wisdom of God is always sovereign! I can definitely say that my ability to translate my experience with Christ with integrity in another culture, and therefore more effectively in my own culture, was greatly enhanced.
What advice would you give to students considering your degree program?
I would say any program in the School of Intercultural Studies would be excellent! TESOL would be great for anyone specifically wanting to teach. But pursue diversity in your training, taking classes in other programs, getting involved in communities of believers in the area.