Sam Angel – Why PLU?

My name is Sam Angel and I am a sophomore at PLU.  PLU is a long way from my hometown of Missoula Montana.  I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences.  I am also the captain of the men’s tennis team.  In high school I would have never pictured where I am today and the road to my place at PLU has been a wonderful experience.

As a senior in high school, my college choice was mainly between schools in the northwest conference, the University of Montana and Montana State University.  Each option had its pros and cons so I was still on the fence until late in my college search.  PLU was the last school I visited and I immediately knew I wanted to attend.  My tour guide was very easy to relate to and knowledgeable about PLU.  He has recently become my friend, close neighbor and coworker.  The experience with my guide set the tone for the rest of my visit.  The tennis coaches met one on one with me personally and could not be nicer people.  Every person I came in contact with at PLU was enthusiastic, kind and ready to answer any questions I had.  Later during my visit I stayed with my high school friend and his roommate who, conveniently, played on the tennis team.  After a night of learning more about PLU, hanging out with the tennis team, and way too much Mariokart, I knew PLU was the school for me.


Since I began at PLU, I have had so many memorable experiences.  My very first month of my first year, I dislocated my shoulder while playing in a monsoon on Foss field.  During my time here I have attended two Mariners games, gone to the glass museum in Tacoma twice, visited Point Defiance Zoo, hiked on Mt. Rainier upwards of ten times, gone to California for our Spring Break tennis trip twice and attended the Bumbershoot music festival.  These are just some of the many experiences around campus that I got to enjoy.  The PLU campus itself is just as great.  My friends I have made will be with me for life and the people at PLU make campus a great place to get an education.  Another reason I love campus is because of the faculty at PLU.  The professors are approachable and personal.  I feel comfortable going to my geosciences professors for anything and they make campus even better.

I am lucky to call PLU not only my place of education, but also my home.  I couldn’t ask for a better college experience and would choose PLU again every time.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your college search!

Sam Angel





After graduation, I am moving to Chicago to become a 9th grade algebra teacher. The challenges of the last four years will not have exactly prepared me for what I am getting myself into, but they have prepared me for how to ask for help when needed, what to do when times get tough, and reminded me that there will always be people around to support me. My coach, professors, family, friends, coworkers and countless other people have celebrated my success, helped me through my failures, and continually made me a better person.Just 10 days away from graduation, it is hard to pinpoint exactly how I got here. My PLU experience has been one of a lot of variety. From athletics to admission, tutoring to volunteer teaching, classes to community, I have been involved in many aspects of the University. On May 26th, I will be the Student Commencement Speaker. My speech is about the PLU slogan of Challenge – Support – Success. There were countless challenges along the way to arrive to where I am today, but it is because of those challenges that I have grown, been successful, and developed a strong support system.

My time here at PLU has taught me many things. I know how to make friends. I know how to live on my own (for the most part). I know what academic rigor means. I know how to write mathematical proofs, analyze religious texts, study for finals, and get everything done that needs to be done. I know how to win a National Championship. But more importantly than all of that I know who I am, where I am going, and that any challenge that comes in my way is just another  pportunity to succeed.

As you venture of your own college experience, I know there will be challenges. For each of us they are different. But with those challenges comes a lot of fun, a lot of personal growth, and relationships that will stand the test of time. I am so thankful that I came to PLU and had these last four years. I would not be where I am today without each of those moments…just days away from graduation, like many of you!

:)Kaaren Hatlen