When Rachel Piñon was looking at colleges, she was struck by the genuine nature of the people she encountered at Multnomah. And now that she’s finished her freshman year, she's convinced she chose the right place.
“This community is unmatched,” says Piñon. “I was welcomed so warmly by the people here.”
Piñon always wanted to attend a smaller school, and MU’s close-knit community has turned out to be a perfect fit.
“Living on campus helps you learn how to care for others,” she says. “People feel really blessed and loved here.”
That sense of openness extends to her interactions with professors. “They genuinely care about students’ spiritual growth,” says Piñon. “If you’re down, they help you get up.”
The global studies major plans to be a missionary. Last month, she traveled to Kigali, Rwanda — along with a group of MU students — where she taught Bible stories to Rwandan children and ministered to the Kigali community. The trip helped Piñon apply what she’s learned at Multnomah.
Until she graduates, MU continues to equip Piñon with a grounded biblical perspective she deeply appreciates.
“My dream is to go to an unreached people group and translate the Bible into their language,” she says. “I always wanted to know my Bible better. Being at MU is an opportunity for me to hold out my faith to God and define what I believe...it's helping me become my own person.”