February 21, 2024

California Baptist University hosted high school seniors Nov. 12 and 13 for the 24@CBU event, where prospective students had an opportunity to stay in different living areas across campus with current students, attend chapel, sit in on a class, eat in the Alumni Dining Commons and participate in Community Life events.

24@CBU is organized by the Office of Admissions as an introduction to college life for high school seniors.

Nikki Tuerck, senior health science major, and her roommate, Abbie Patino, senior health science major, had the opportunity to host two seniors from Palm Desert High School in Palm Desert, California.

Patino said she enjoyed hosting the students, so much so, this was her eighth time hosting 24@CBU students.

As a First-Year Orientation and Christian University Success leader, Patino said she enjoyed interacting with the incoming freshmen and helping them adjust to college life.

“I really like working with the students because it is fun to help them see what college will be like for their first time and hopefully help them in their process to make the big decision on where to go,” Patino said.

The students also had the opportunity to audition for the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music.

Judith Adame, a senior at Grand Terrace High School in Grand Terrace, California, auditioned for the chamber choir and said she is also interested in participating in chapel band.

“I love singing and honoring God with my voice,” Adame said. “I would love to be able to join the music program. I think it will help me grow with God and keep me on track.”

Adame said her current No. 1 choice is CBU and said she is drawn to CBU for the focus on spiritual grounding, something she has not found at the other schools she has researched.

“The professors and teachers here (at CBU) seem to care about more than just your academics,” she said. “I like that they are focused on my spiritual growth, as well.”

Andrea Granados, a senior at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, said she is also drawn to CBU because of the spiritual grounding.

“I like the religious focus, like how God is going to guide my life through college and prepare me for life,” Granados said.

The next 24@CBU event will be held Dec. 3-4.

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