What's your greatest fear?
"In all honesty, probably vulnerability. Just because I don't like the idea of being the center of attention or of being in the spotlight. But I've come to the realization that it's good to be uncomfortable and vulnerable, I just don't like it."
Who are you today?
"I'm a senior who's just about to graduate from college. I'm tired and ready to graduate That's me today."
What inspires you?
"My family, I guess. My grandma came here without a dime when she was 19 and then she had my mom when she was still young, no dad no nothing. She raised her three daughters on her own. She started from the bottom and worked her way up. My dad came here when he was seven years old from El Salvador and he's been struggling a lot. That just drives me to go to college and pursue my dreams to provide for my family any way I can."
Los Angeles, California
When was the last time you tried something new?
"I write poetry a lot and the other day I got out of my comfort zone by forcing myself to write because I stopped doing it for a while and I felt out of touch with God. Whenever my poems were good, I felt like they were always relating to my relationship with God and whenever I was struggling with that relationship, I felt like my poems sucked. I just forced myself the other day to get out of my comfort zone and just write and I ended up writing something amazing. I started blogging about it. April is the month of poetry, so I started writing a poem for every day of the month. That was definitely something new and something I hadn't done before. I used to just wait until I was inspired, but this time I forced myself to talk about the things that I was struggling with and the things that were on my mind: my family, my friends, and my relationship with God. It ended up being amazing and something that has opened my eyes to the plans that God has for me now and how to continue to have faith and hope in my relationship with him."
Los Angeles, California
How do you define happiness?
"That which cannot be attained absolutely, but something always worth striving for."
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?
"I would love to say that I would end world hunger or something like that, but I would love to have a happy healthy family where I have a wife and kids that love Jesus. That's my deepest desire, so selfishly I would say, if I knew I couldn't fail, I want to have a really great family."
How do you want to be loved?
"I want to be loved sincerely, like not on a surface level. I want to be loved through actions and commitment."
What would you do if you never had to work another day in your life?
"I would probably take my Bible and spend all my time outdoors. Just in the wilderness, backpacking alone... chilling. I'd be spending a lot of time by myself, reading my Bible. I'd probably spend a good portion of time in Stamps*, too. I love Stamps."
*Stamps is the theological library at Azusa Pacific University.
What's your passion?
"My passion is being able to come alongside those who are not able to reach their full potential and enable them to pursue that. I have a real heart for children in poverty and being able to come alongside them, whether it's supporting them financially or emotionally. I want to push them toward a new life and do that in the name of Jesus."
You're on a deserted island, what happens next?
"What I'm picturing is like the second movie of Hunger Games. I'd probably walk the perimeter of the island. I wouldn't go into the jungle because everyone knows there's a tribe in there that's going to come and attack. I'd probably do a good amount of praying in the hopes that someone would come and get me. Then I'd panic a little. The first day I would walk the perimeter and see what's what and by the second day I would go into survival mode and start venturing into the forest a little bit, looking for food. I probably wouldn't make a lot of noise and I'd still be afraid that someone's going to shoot poison darts at me. By the third day, if things are still bad, I'd probably start venturing in search of other life forms. At that point, if I couldn't find any food or fresh water, things are getting a little rough. I've had a little experience with indigenous tribes in India, so I would try to make friends with anyone that I find . I guess I might sit in the sand for a little while and contemplate. I would panic for a while, like a day. My ultimate goal would be to make friends with the indigenous tribe and be apart of their family."
Do you need to take a leap of faith?
"I do need to take a leap of faith. I'm going to Lithuania in the fall to Study Abroad and that's going to be a big leap of faith. I guess I've already take it by applying and getting accepted and I will continue that for the entire semester being somewhere do different."
What's your superpower?
"I think it would have to be the ability to fly. I know that's super cliche, but everyone wants to travel, so why not do it for free. That's an ability where you can see the world and interact with anybody, anywhere, at any time. People save up money to go on mission trips to go across the world and help people, but imagine if you could fly! You could do that anyway. The ability to speak any language, any time would also be pretty awesome. First of all, knowledge is power. Second of all, you can have a conversation with anybody, anywhere. So after you're done flying to this obscure island, you'd be able to communicate with anybody, but that's just me being a communications major. Just having the ability to eliminate any kind of communication barrier and being able to speak the language and interact with people could open opportunities for preaching the Gospel and developing relationships and learning more about other cultures. I think there is more to be gained when you're interacting with people. I think once people know that you know their language, they're more willing to engage in conversation with you. If you're genuinely wanting to have a better understanding of their culture, then I think that superpower would be awesome."
Who are you?
"I am Tim's brother. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a son to two loving parents. I am a brother to one brother and one sister. I'm about to graduate from Fresno State, so that makes me an alumni. I'm just a simple guy."
What do you hope?
"I hope to live a life that is actually living, if that makes sense. Like not just going through the motions of what society tell you to do, but actually living life, being present, and creating relationships in which that's happening. I hope that through that, I'll be able to make a change that's impacting and lasting. I just hope to live a life that is fully lived."