Welcome Weekend for New Students: August 20-21

Welcome to Warner Pacific

We are glad you have been chosen to become a Knight, and are excited to meet you on August 20 at Welcome Weekend.

Welcome Weekend is a jam-packed two days of engaging activities, time-honored traditions, and opportunities to meet the diverse, intelligent, and interesting students who will become your community of classmates and friends.

We look forward to experiencing this with you and your parents and family.  See you at Welcome Weekend 2016!

All Welcome Weekend activities are required for new students – freshmen or transfer.

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11 Differences Between College and High School

Make no mistake, college is as much fun as it is necessary. However, not everyone heads into college with upbeat enthusiasm. Many people hear “I’m taking a semester (or even a year) off” because they’ve just gone through 12 years of school. While that may seem reasonable, that’s usually because students are looking to forego more school to enjoy an elongated summer vacation. Sure, a part-time job might be involved, but if you actually want to take time off school to “work,” then college is the only path you can take. Today, there are a lot of jobs, but if you don’t have a degree, you can’t expect to be considered – it will be an uphill battle.

11 Differences Between College and High SchoolHowever, many of the things that may have fatigued you in those 12 years of schooling may not be present at all in college – in fact, arguably none of them are. The first thing you need to understand is that college is not a daycare to give your parents a break. All this schooling is to develop you into a lifelong learner; or as Socrates would say, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” And that’s not limited to academia. How do you get promoted in your job? You learn/gain new skills. How do you get into a particular industry? You learn and network with people in that industry. How do you save money? You learn how to cook; you learn how to budget; you learn to mathematically figure if a job 20 miles from your home is worth the increase in wages compared to the expense of fuel.

College is not like your last 12 years of school, and it’s especially not like high school. College is what you make it and the following 11 differences should help you see why going to college should always be met with enthusiasm. There will be stressful nights, but it will transform you into a responsible and successful adult.

1. You will be anonymous

For many people, transitioning between elementary school to middle school to high school involves some overlap of friends. It’s rare that you’ll enter a new school without a few friends. Even then, once you’re enrolled, you’re in that school for four years. You may be surprised at the end of your senior year that you can look around you and know everyone by name and what extra-curricular events, activities, or groups they were involved with.

In college, even if a few of you are going to the same school, it’s rare to be in the same class as someone you know. You’re not in a pond, you’re in an ocean with people who have no idea who you are. This means professors will be judging you on your work ethic and if you want friends, you can’t simply hang around the same circles, you need to learn to meet people. If it sounds daunting, it can be, but being able to meet people is a crucial skill that your previous 12 years probably didn’t prepare you for.

2. You’re living on your own

Most colleges in Oregon offer some form of housing and this is usually a stark departure from what students are used to. For the first time, you’re on your own, able to live in an environment the way you want. Of course, you’ll have a roommate, but that will prepare you for the years to come when a roommate is necessary to continue living on your own. You may even enjoy a roommate so much that you see it as more cost effective. Whatever the case may be, you don’t need to worry about parents asking what you did that day. You maintain your home.

3. You build your own schedule

High schools are fairly standardized and strive to maintain normal working hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM five days a week. In college however, many professors have other projects, field work, or even jobs within their field of interest. Their schedules are erratic and that’s what makes your schedules so flexible. Don’t want to wake up at 7:00AM every morning? Don’t. Schedule classes after noon (at the earliest). Want to work during the morning hours and school at night? Do it. Want to set up a two-hour break between your classes to budget time for the gym and lunch? You have the freedom to schedule your classes how you want.

4. Your professors are the experts

In high school, you might’ve struggled with something in the reading for a particular class. Maybe you’ve been met with a nebulous answer from your teacher because it’s open to interpretation; and maybe that kind of answer doesn’t sit well with you.

In college however, nine times out of ten, your professors have written the textbooks you’re working from. If you have a question, you can bet they’ll have an answer.

5. You learn to explore

In high school, it’s fairly easy for students to go home to their private room and study. In college, this is not the case. If you have a roommate that’s loud, watches a lot of television, or is extremely social, then you may be pulled into a procrastination bubble. As a result, you need to get out of your home and explore areas that are suitable for you to study. Coffee shops, libraries, or if Wi-Fi isn’t an issue, maybe parks or beaches.

6. You will not finish your homework in one day

In high school, waiting until the last night before writing a paper could get you a passing grade. In college, this isn’t the case. You’re expected to whittle away at your homework daily and if you can’t get it done, then your grade will suffer. However, this is part of the responsibilities that comes with being a functioning adult. You don’t simply build your schedule and cruise on autopilot, you need to manage your time wisely and know when to approach a professor about assigning “too much” homework.

7. Classes aren’t Monday through Friday

If Monday through Friday worked for you in high school, then continue that trend. However, in college, you do have the freedom to schedule classes four, three, or (in some cases) even two days a week. The most important element is finding a balance that works for you.

8. Reading is mandatory

In high school, “assigned reading” in laymen’s terms meant “take the night off.” Not so in college. In college, if you don’t read, you’ll be in the dark and you will fall behind. Professors aren’t going to coddle you in this regard, if reading is all that’s assigned, you should take it with as much gravitas as a 30-page paper.

9. Students want to be in college

School isn’t simply required anymore, you have to voluntarily apply and attend. Plus, college costs money. For many people, that can be a deterrent, but it is an investment; you’re investing in yourself. Going to school for four years paves the way to your future career that you may be working over the next half a century (give or take a few years). As a result, you’ll find that your fellow students are exceptional long-term planners because they knowingly consign to debt to attend. You can bet they’re not there to goof off, they see the goal.

10. There are no cliques

You might’ve grown up in a school separated into cliques. There were people who played sports, those who performed theater, those who practiced music, and so on. However, in college, there are no separate groups. You can either overlap between myriad groups or you can compartmentalize all of your interests. Either way, it’s up to you what you’re involved in – and no one is going to ask you to adhere to one group.

11. You’re expected to confront your professor

In high school, teachers may come to you in private to talk about your grades or a principal might call you into their office to talk about your attendance; in college, you will get no such courtesy. If you’re not showing up (especially in those first few weeks), expect to see either an “F” or be dropped from the class altogether.

Professors treat you like an adult and expect you to come to them if you’re having difficulties. So take the initiative.

Again, some students will read through this list and feel overwhelmed – so much responsibility – but ideally, if you’re ready to forge your own future, then you see that “responsibility” is synonymous with “freedom”. You are expected to become your own person, take hold of your schedule, and network with people. You are not simply lumped into a system, you create your own.

What to Keep After You Graduate College

College is ending for you. It’s been a long, sometimes arduous, but ultimately satisfying four years. No doubt there have been laughs, tears, all-nighters, a lot of community and love. It’s a milestone; a genuine achievement you earned – and you can bet relatives will be tearing up as your name is announced to accept your college degree.

Making that walk is bittersweet. Maybe some of your closest friends are moving far away or maybe others are staying put to continue their education. It’s hard to say goodbye, and oddly enough, it’s tempered by voluminous enthusiasm for one another since, you did it; you’re graduating! With that comes its own changes.What to Keep After You Graduate College

Regardless of whether you’re moving out of the dorms or remaining in your apartment off campus, you’re probably feeling that drive to clear out things you don’t need. Sell that scientific calculator; sell back, gift (or burn) laborious text books; and clear out some space in your room.

But among all this celebratory cleaning, you’re probably wondering what you should keep after you graduate. What sort of things are you going to want to hold on to, remember, or maintain so you have a record? The following is a list of seven essential items you should keep after you graduate from a college in Portland Oregon.

1. Student Loan Information

If you’ve taken out a student loan, you better believe you should be holding on to any and all records of it. Having a paper trail is incredibly important when it comes to money owed. Plus, your papers likely specify when payments are due, who to contact, what your final balance is, and various lender or extension information. It should go without saying that this is critical piece of information to keep well after you graduate.

2. Papers and Projects

You don’t need to keep all your papers and projects that you’ve completed over the course of four years, but keep some. Keep the ones that you’re proud of, that you feel you accomplished from. They’re good reminders of your time in academia and can even serve as a pick-me-up when something gets you down.

Beyond the sentimental value however, there are some employers that are interested in your GPA and papers. Some consider them akin to a portfolio piece that can help you get hired after college. And to be clear, you don’t need to keep the physical copies, you can upload them to the cloud to free up some physical space, but just make sure you have them.

3. Transcripts

If you’ve ever transferred between schools – for instance, from a community college in Portland, Oregon to a four-year university – then you know ordering transcripts and getting them sent to the right address (or fax number) can be a hassle. For that reason, it’s imperative that, when you receive your transcripts, you hold onto them – and keep a few sealed should you decide in a year or two to continue your education and an official (unopened) transcript is needed.

4. College Shirts

Many people toss or donate their college paraphernalia once they graduate, but you should hold on to these. Not only are these great mementos, but they usually make great loungewear or fitness outfits. Plus, if even after college, you find yourself a bit shy, this kind of school representation can open you up to a wealth of conversations. You may end up meeting parents who have questions about your alma mater or from fellow alumni. It may not seem like something worth keeping today, but you’ll be glad you did.

5. Books

Not ALL your books – obviously – but keep books (literary or textbook) that you actually enjoyed. Similar to your school’s sweaters and mugs, books don’t exhaust their value, so hold on to the ones that spoke to you. You may reread them or even pass them down.

Of course, what many alumni cherish most is the fact that, years later, they can revisit their favorite college texts and see glimmers of their old selves in the margins – notes that were written ages ago. It can bring back swathes of memories and transform the book into even more of a keepsake to pass down to another generation.

6. Dormitory/Apartment Paperwork

This one has a limited lifespan, but you should keep all your dormitory or apartment paperwork for two reasons. The first is, if several months after graduating you’re hit with another bill that says you owe money due to damages or missing items, then you can succinctly showcase the signed paperwork that said everything was cleared on your move out inspection.

The second reason you may want to do this (and this is especially true for graduates who stayed in the dorms up until this point), is because when you move into an apartment, they’ll want to know your rent history. A dormitory will often be sufficient enough to get the apartment you’ve carefully selected.

7. Sentimental Items

Years from now, what are you going to want to look back on with pride? Many graduates are all too eager to toss their graduation caps (and tassels) in the garbage thinking, “When am I going to wear this again?” Of course, it’s not about when you’re going to wear it again, it’s about what it represents. You should be proud of your cap and gown, it’s a reminder of what you’ve accomplished. Similarly, an ID card may be a point of bonding between you and your future child – maybe they’ll see what you looked like in college and be utterly flabbergasted. Or, maybe you can still use your ID to get a discount.

Throughout college, you’ve no doubt acquired a slew of knick-knacks and items from your experience. They may be seemingly useless mementos, but they can make a big impact. Hold onto the things that matter.

Welcoming a new class of City Builder Scholars

Warner Pacific's 2016 City Builder ScholarsOn July 1, our 2016-17 class of City Builder Scholars was introduced to Warner Pacific.

These 19 local students are equipped with a strong cohort, a clearly defined sense of purpose, and practical college success skills. They will come to college with a built-in support network, ready to engage the campus and persist through adversity. Many of our City Builder students are first-generation college scholars. Nationally, first generation college students graduate from an undergraduate program in six years at an 11% rate, or from a community college at a 4% rate.

Students who receive the City Builders scholarship ($1,500 per year) are required to attend weekly leadership training seminars throughout the summer leading up to the start of their first year at Warner Pacific College.

 Name High School
Alison Acosta-Vega McNary
Emmanuel Alejandro Liberty
Martina Avendano Reynolds
Samuel Basarab Heritage
Karla Bravo Rayon Reynolds
Rosa Chavez Forest Grove
Carly Cogburn Centennial
Kevin Escamilla Barlow
Edna Fernandez-Hernandez David Douglas
Jonathan Gutierrez Madrigal Woodburn
Joseluis Jimenez McKay
Cristina Lopez-Alonso Liberty
Andrea Macias-Romero Clackamas
Abigail Martinez Woodburn
Selena Millard Parkrose
Juan Pedro Moreno-Olmeda Hillsboro
Jesus Rodriguez-Uribe Woodburn
Hugo Ruiz Martinez Hillsboro
Angelica Thompson Ruelas Milwaukie


How to Overcome Procrastination

“Let him who would move the world first move himself”


Procrastination is a terrible feeling. It hinders our ability to do anything productive, haunts us from having fun, and takes away our free will. It may sound like a hyperbole, but it’s not! Every procrastinator knows the feeling intimately well. You feel incapable of doing the task, so you may want to take advantage of that time by hanging out with friends, only… you’re not really hanging out with your friends. You’re thinking, in the back of your mind, that you need to get that project finished, or start that reading, or buckle down and write that paper.How to Overcome Procrastination

Even when you’re trying to have fun, you can’t. What’s worse, this is not a disease that merely plagues students, it plagues humankind and unfortunately, the “solution” from any non-procrastinators’ perspective tends to be, “Just do the task,” but procrastinators know it’s not a simple matter of willpower. Willpower is great and all, but the fact is, you may clear your desk, turn off your phone, unplug your internet and throw on noise cancelling headphones with nothing more than the sound of silence – literally, not the Simon and Garfunkel song – and yet… you still cannot write a single sentence.

Why? You’re seemingly doing everything right; you’re seemingly “doing it” as non-procrastinators would say, but you’re not getting anything done. That’s the rub of procrastination right there because other people will view that behavior as “lazy,” but you’re not lazy, you’re trying to get the task done, your brain feels like it’s not working. You’re frozen; you’re paralyzed. So you spend your thoughts on worrying how this task will ever get done since you’ve done nothing. How do you overcome that?

Forget Willpower

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
-William James

Don’t blame yourself or your willpower, it will just bring you down and you don’t need that. Self-discipline is great and, like any muscle, it can be learned, exercised, and improved upon, but it’s not dependable. So much of your willpower to do a task is dependent on your motivation which fluctuates based on your mood and daily circumstances. As a result, how can you rely solely on self-discipline to get the job done for you? The reality is, you can’t.

Make it Easier

“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.”
-George Claude Lorimer

Often, the biggest cause for procrastination is the volume of work that’s needed. It’s not simply that you don’t want to do it or even that you’d rather be doing something else, it’s that you need to read 200 pages by tomorrow, or get a 20-page paper done tonight.

These tasks are daunting because of how big they seem. So ultimately, you need to trick your mind into letting you do them. How do you trick your mind into scaling the Mount Everest of tasks? Let’s insert another shameless quote:

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Convince your mind that the task isn’t this monolithic thing you’re scaling. Instead, tell yourself that you’ll write 1-page of your 20-page paper tonight. Odds are, you’re going to write more than that, but don’t think about that. You’ve made a commitment to write one page, anything more than that is just a fortunate consequence, but it’s not what you’re setting out to achieve. Similarly, you have 200 pages of reading, choose to read 10 pages, that’s doable; maybe you’ll find a rhythm and do more, but you’ve mentally prepared for ten, that’s all you need to do.

This is the key to overcoming procrastination. It’s doing a little at a time, frequently. This sounds infinitely easier than waiting until “crunch time” and powering through, making your well of willpower run dry – that’s not helping, in fact, it’s literally doing the opposite. There’s an interesting parallel between procrastination and anxiety attacks that reinforces this point.

Anxiety attacks make people feel like their world is crumbling around them and their body reacts accordingly. Their body gets icy cold, trying to keep their primary organs functioning optimally because the anxiety is making the brain believe that it’s in real danger. The unfortunate thing is, when the anxiety attack passes, the brain thinks it’s because it reacted this way, so it reinforces the anxiety attack to happen again! That’s a cycle. In order to prevent that cycle from happening, one of the best things you can do is talk yourself through your anxiety attack, surveying your environment and telling yourself that you’re not in real danger. It’s hard, it’s not easy, but it helps to ward off reinforcing your anxiety.

Similarly, most procrastinators only “feel” procrastination when the task is due within 24 hours. As a result, that crunch time stress is reinforced rather than abated. Unconsciously, you’re reaffirming procrastination by procrastinating because you’re showing your brain that you can complete a task with 90 minutes to spare. That reinforces procrastination. As a result, you should almost treat this as a disease. It’s not something that happens once in a while, but rather, procrastination is perpetual and by waiting until the last minute, you’re treating the symptom, not the disease.

Tackling your tasks a little at a time, frequently, is how you cure the disease. It’s constantly warding off procrastination and reinforcing positive habits. The more often you do this, the more your brain is retrained. It stops thinking about this Everest of a task, and starts thinking, “You’ve been reading 10 pages a day in no more than 10 minutes. So you have, 90 more pages of reading to do, that’s an hour and a half, you can do that.” The tasks eventually “look” less daunting, making you feel more capable of tackling them. A 20-page paper is nothing if you have two weeks to do it because your brain is accustomed to doing a page a day.

Visit Warner Pacific during Oregon Private College Week (July 25-29)


Warner Pacific College  joins 11 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Oregon to participate in Oregon Private College Week (July 25 – 29).

WPC Green RSVP buttonOn June 24, Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation declaring the week of July 25-29, 2016, as Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges to Oregon’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

“Warner Pacific is excited to welcome the next generation of urban and diverse leaders to explore our campus,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “We are dedicated to making high-quality education accessible to everyone and we look forward to sharing our stories with visitors during the upcoming Oregon Private College Week as students discover the many opportunities that a private liberal arts education can provide.”

About College Week (July 28 – 29):

Discover which Oregon private college is right for you and your student. Oregon’s private colleges are an affordable choice, offer a variety of degrees, and assure the success of their students.

Students who visit at least four institutions during College Week will receive application fee waivers.  Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (“Alliance”) member college or university, including Warner Pacific.

Schedule to Attend College Week:

  • College Week sessions are free and begin at 9 am and 2 pm daily from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29.
  • The deadline for reservations ends at 10 am on Wednesday, July, 20, 2016.
  • However, walk-ins are gladly accepted by Warner Pacific College for each session throughout the week. Schedule your free visit today!

“Prospective students will see that at Warner Pacific, the city really becomes an extension of the classroom,” explains Dale Seipp, Jr., VP for Enrollment and Marketing. “Beyond just gathering in neighborhood coffee shops to study, our students actively engage the needs of Portland through meaningful service to the community, experiential learning activities with non-profit organizations, and valuable internships with elite local businesses.”

The Oregon College Savings Plan, the Matched College Savings Program (MCSP), and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

Need Help Paying for College? Warner Pacific Scholarships

College is a far cry from the public school system. Not only does college come with a myriad of differences, but at the forefront of those differences is payment. College costs money. Regardless of whether you choose to attend a community college or a four-year college, that will always be the case. For many prospective students (and their families) this is the biggest deterrent for why they don’t enroll. They see the the price tag attached to tuitions, room & board, textbooks, and courses and they get scared.

Need Help Paying for College? Warner Pacific ScholarshipsMany prospective students wonder how on Earth they’ll pay all that money back – especially those whose aspirations extend to law or medical school. Some families are having a hard enough time coming to terms with the fact that their child is now 18, a legal adult, and is about to undertake a tremendous amount of debt. It can be daunting, but this is why Warner Pacific offers a myriad of scholarships to first-year students.

Part of Warner Pacific’s mission is to provide accessible education to students. A simple comparison of college tuition rates proves that. And, because faith is central to Warner Pacific’s mission, it’s highly encouraged that students attend Warner Pacific all four years of their college career. Additionally, with the scholarships offered, there’s plenty of incentive to do so.

For a full year at Warner Pacific, the total cost of tuition is $21,460 – and although this can fluctuate with the economy, this was the case in 2015-2016. This cost is approximately $9,000 less than your average private college anywhere in the country. That’s saying something. The number one scholarship Warner Pacific offers is the Trustees’ Scholarship which is only available to incoming Freshmen. The Trustees’ scholarship offers $8,000 a year for students who have a GPA of 3.6 or higher. This applies initially to your high school GPA and then your college GPA. With that in mind, that scholarship alone can change your total yearly tuition from $21,460 to $13,460 – that’s no small feat.

Of course, the Trustees’ Scholarship is far from the only scholarship provided based on your academic record. The following scholarships are awarded depending on your GPA.

Warner Pacific Scholarships

GPA Requirements Scholarship Amount
GPA: 3.6 – 4.0 Trustees’ Scholarship $8,000 each year
GPA: 3.25 – 3.5 President’s Scholarship $6,000 each year
GPA: 3.0 – 3.2 Dean’s Scholarship $4,000 each year
GPA: 2.50 – 2.99 Achievement Award $2,000 each year

For each of these scholarships, you do not need to even apply, they are automatically attributed to your tuition cost. Of course, if you are a transfer student, Warner Pacific does offer scholarships for those with high GPAs.

GPA Requirements Scholarship Amount
GPA: 3.5 – 4.0 Honors Scholarship $4,000 each year
GPA: 3.0 – 3.49 Faculty Scholarship $3,500 each year
GPA: 2.5 – 2.99 Transfer Award $2,500 each year

In addition to GPA scholarships however, Warner Pacific has a number of competitive scholarships that are awarded each year. Warner Pacific not only cares about diversity, but cultivates it, and one of the ways they do this is by awarding scholarships to students who excel in their passions. For example, there’s the Music Award, a scholarship for students who are involved in music and participate in live performances. Similarly, there’s the Theatre Award for students who participate regularly in theatre productions. Both of these of course, require re-auditioning annually.

Not only are these extracurricular activities awarded, but Warner Pacific offers department scholarships should you qualify. What this means is, if you’re a continuing student in good academic standing at Warner Pacific, and you’ve demonstrated a need for financial assistance, then Warner Pacific enables students to apply for scholarships within their major. So, regardless of whether you’re majoring in Philosophy, Accounting, Developmental Psychology, or Education, you can apply for a scholarship.

All this said, you don’t need to already have a passion, a high GPA, or a major determined to receive scholarships at Warner Pacific. Warner Pacific is interested in cultivating students and as evidence of this, there’s the City Builder Leadership Award which amounts to $1,500 annually. Students can easily qualify if they already live in the Portland Metro area as they must attend weekly leadership training courses throughout the summer leading up to their first year at Warner Pacific. These courses cultivate students, so they can be leaders in the classroom, their communities, and the church. For those who continue to pursue a leadership role after their first year, there’s the Lee Leadership Award. This enables students who are already active in their leadership roles to continue to be awarded $1,000 each subsequent year (provided they maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher and participate in the Warner Pacific’s leadership program).

Warner Pacific Grants

Warner Pacific College also offers grants for various students. For athletes attending WPC, there’s the Athletic Award which can be awarded based on merit. For this scholarship, students must inquire to their respective coaches to find out what is required and the amount awarded can vary.

In addition, your parents, grandparents or legal guardians can assist by simply being alumni. The Alumni Grant provides $500 towards your tuition annually.

Moreover, Warner Pacific rewards students involved with their church. For students that attend a Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) for at least one year prior to attending WPC, they are awarded $1,000 annually. This is the Church of God Grant. Warner Pacific also offers a Church Matching Grant where WPC will match your church’s contributions up to $500 each semester.

Of course, there are many other ways to receive financial aid to attend Warner Pacific College. There are even some opportunities for additional scholarships beyond what Warner Pacific offers. For instance, the Murdock Scholarship Program is one example of financial aid that students can receive apart from the scholarships offered.

No matter what your financial situation, do not be put off by college due to the cost associated with it. Parents will understand (as will you when you’re older) that when you purchase a home, you’re making a long-term investment. College is no different. You’re investing in your future.

Future Career Paths with a Prelaw Degree

Prelaw degrees are easily one of the most underrated majors pursued, so much so that many schools don’t even offer this as a major. However, this degree not only prepares prospective students for law school, but also offers some immediate career paths (as varied as they are prestigious); many of which are jobs that can be held while pursuing your law school degree.

Future Career Paths with a Prelaw DegreePrelaw majors enroll in a wide variety of courses to prepare them for the different careers available. These classes range from history and philosophy to political science and psychology. Prelaw students are taught to think analytically and critically as well as have a deep understanding of human behavior – after all, so many of the careers available require you to deduce how trustworthy a source is.

Just what are those careers? Let’s dive into it.


For starters, with a prelaw degree you can become a paralegal – a career that’s grown by 17%. Typically, you need some form of certification to become a paralegal, but there are many companies that accept new employees with a prelaw degree and offer on-the-job training for them.

In terms of the paralegal duties, paralegals are the legal assistants to lawyers. Paralegals write the reports, develop the proper documentation for a case, make trial notes, and even conduct interviews with clients and witnesses. In addition, a paralegal does just about anything the supervising attorney assigns them. For that reason, the tasks are varied and manifold.

All this said, paralegals CANNOT provide legal advice to a client or try cases themselves – that can only be done after law school. Of course, given the amount of work to be done as a paralegal, this may come as a relief. In some respects, paralegals are to attorneys what nurses are to doctors.

Private Investigator

Paralegals are far from the only career path however. Another venue graduating prelaw students take is private investigation. Private investigators conduct research, background checks, surveillance, and occasionally confront people face-to-face.

Becoming a P.I. is a bit like taking on an entrepreneurial role. The hours vary and you often work more hours than a standard 9-5 job which can make it challenging to be a private investigator and attend law school at the same time. That said, the work can be among the most interesting. You could be hired by a company seeking background checks on potential hires or a spouse wanting to know if their partner is cheating. The best thing about being a P.I. however is there is no shortage of interesting cases, so if you need variety to stay engaged in your work, this may be the career path for you.

Labor Relations

A labor relations specialist is an excellent choice for people interested in getting into politics or holding public office. Typically, a labor relations specialist is hired by companies in a sort of human resources role. Their job is to negotiate contracts between employers and their employees. This can include (and is not limited to) changing working conditions, determining benefits and rates (or raises) for advancement.

The other venue many prelaw students take who are interested in labor relations, is politics. This doesn’t necessarily mean running for public office (although it can), but many people can serve as political aides, providing advisory council to people running. Obviously, many people turn to this type of career due to the rewarding feeling that comes from their work; they feel like they’re making a difference.

All that said, there are also a wide variety of careers open to you after attending Law School as well.

Passing the Bar

After students obtain their prelaw degree, many pursue law school immediately thereafter. To do that, you need to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). On its own, this test is challenging to say the least – and it’s why many prelaw graduates are better prepared.

Of course, the next step is applying to different law schools (although only ones that are ABA-approved – there are only 200 or so) and sending your samples and transcripts to LSAC – which then passes your papers on to all the law schools you’ve applied to.

So, once you’ve passed your LSAT, been accepted into law school, completed your courses, and passed the Bar exam, then you can move forward into a wide variety of careers.


The foremost obvious choice is becoming an attorney. Attorneys are lawyers that provide legal counsel for a wide array of clients ranging from civil suits to criminal cases or corporate law. Chances are good that once you’ve passed the bar, you already know what kind of lawyer you want to be, so here’s a rundown of all the choices available.

You could become a trial lawyer which is a very active role and depends heavily on your charisma. A trial lawyer must master public speaking and the art of persuasion after all, you’re trying to convince an objective audience to believe your side of the story – and your side can differ greatly depending on whether you choose to be a plaintiff’s lawyer or the defendant’s attorney. You must have an analytical eye and be able to adapt on the fly.

Another route you can take is to become a corporate lawyer. A corporate lawyer is less in the public eye and works with numbers, businesses, and financing if that’s more your forte. Corporate lawyers make air-tight contracts for B2B companies and ensures that all transactions are legal, abiding by the state and federal laws. This becomes especially important with businesses developing their own intellectual properties or for pharmaceutical companies. Of course, even businesses simply looking to expand their headquarters benefit from a corporate lawyer to ensure they’re following proper zoning laws.

Whichever route you decide to take, a prelaw degree will help you get there; whether you’re looking to work immediately after or take the LSAT and move on to law school. There’s no better place to obtain your prelaw degree than at Warner Pacific College.

Free concerts at Mt. Tabor Park this July

Portland Park & Rec free summer concerts

The College is pleased to be sponsoring several free summer concerts at Mt. Tabor Park as part of the Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All, a musical tradition over 110 years.

Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or low chairs, and enjoy music under the stars.

Where: Mt. Tabor Park – SE 69th & Taylor Street

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: Free (there are food vendors on site)

Line up:

Tuesday, July 5 World’s Finest (Americana, ska, and jam)
Tuesday, July 12 The Strange Tones (Surf tinged blues with a James Bond twist)
Tuesday, July 19 Ken DeRouchie Band (Muddy nominated blues)
Tuesday, July 26 Pure Vida (High energy salsa and timba)


Choosing Between Secular and Christian Universities: The Critical Difference

When the time comes to select the college or university you’ll attend for the next four years, you may wonder about whether or not you’re making the right choice. Should you choose the Christian university that’s affiliated with your religion or a church that you really like, or is a secular school the right choice for you? By understanding the difference between secular colleges in Oregon and religious universities, you can set yourself on the right path to ensure academic success and a wonderful four years of education. Choosing Between Secular and Christian Universities: The Critical Difference

Encouraging Diversity? Maybe Not.

Many universities build their platform on the stance that they are supportive of individuals of all races and religions. They’ll cheerfully support people who are “out” as part of the LGBT community, and intolerance on the basis of race is quickly shut down at these colleges. There’s just one problem: that tolerance often fails to extend to Christian individuals. These same colleges and universities that would never dream of serving hamburger to an Indian student don’t bat an eye before insisting that Christian students “support diversity” by standing behind causes that might not meet with their personal beliefs.

Not only that, many secular colleges and universities refuse to allow the Christian Bible as a factual source, deny promotions to Christian faculty members, and offer tolerance to every faith save Christianity. This growing intolerance in favor of supporting diverse populations strictly excludes Christians, not because there is a fundamental problem with the religion, but because its members are perceived as being intolerant and hidebound. “Diversity” is the key guiding force for many secular universities until you are white, straight, and Christian.

Challenging Authority

Many secular colleges and universities, in their support of diversity, have created circumstances under which the individuals in authority–professors, deans, and office staff–are supportive of programs, concepts, and steps that Christian students prefer to stand against. Christian students are taught to respect and support authority, and at a secular university, that may be particularly difficult. Consider these potential conflicts:

  • A professor who fails to acknowledge a student’s faith as valid, forcing them to support a different side during a debate than the one that their religion requires
  • A professor who requires students to support causes that are incompatible with the Christian faith in order to attain passing scores in their classes
  • A campus that insists that the Christian student must be the one who is “wrong” in a conflict, simply because their lack of tolerance is assumed

These difficulties can make Christian submission to authority difficult if not downright impossible, placing the student’s desire to follow their faith in conflict with their need to answer to the authority of those in charge on campus.

A Safe Haven

Christian colleges and universities aren’t necessarily the “safe haven” that they’re built up to be, but they are certainly a place of safety and understanding for college students who want to be able to gain an education without having to fight for their beliefs every day. While there are strict, fundamental Christian schools that follow a rigid code of conduct, from forbidding alcohol on campus entirely to strictly regimenting the interactions that are possible between male and female students, there are many Christian colleges and universities where a different view on faith is utilized: one that weaves the threads of faith, belief, and adherence to gospel truth throughout every aspect of life on campus.

Attendance at the college chapel on Sundays doesn’t have to be mandatory for the college to recognize it as a day of rest, saving weekend activities for Friday and Saturday nights instead of filling up the schedule on Sunday. Prayer is used as a common part of the day, from important ceremonies to the simple prayer you’ll say before your meal. Not only that, your Bible is a safe reference and tool for all of your debates, papers, and interactions with professors and fellow students. Your faith is valued, rather than being disregarded out of hand. For many Christians, this makes a religious college or university the perfect place for growing their faith throughout their college years, rather than feeling as though they are torn between the need for a quality education and the need to build and grow those key elements of faith.

Making Your Decision

Does the lack of support for Christians at secular schools mean that by attending a secular college or university, you will be forced to hide your light under a bushel, practicing your faith in secret? Certainly not. Many secular colleges and universities continue to provide support to Christian students, and there are plenty of opportunities for practicing your faith in spite of growing bias against it. Not only that, Christian colleges aren’t always perfect. There will be rule-breakers, rebels, and those who question the authority of the organization. You will face trials and temptations no matter where you choose to go to school.

Attending a Christian college or university does, however, mean that you’ll be surrounded by those who share your faith. When you experience trials, you will be supported by others who can come alongside you in faith, rather than those who will encourage you disregard it. Your professors will teach from a solid Christian standpoint, not from a secular view that forces tolerance even when your faith doesn’t.

Choosing your college in Oregon is a very personal decision. Consider all of the relevant factors before you choose where to attend. Will you be going to school a long distance from home, or do you prefer to live at home and commute to campus? Are you able to adhere to the honor code of a strict religious university, or do you prefer a more forgiving code that governs your behavior while you’re away at college? Most importantly, does the college you’re considering offer adequate study in the major field that you’re considering? Ultimately, the college that offers the classes you need will be the one that you attend for the next four years.