Meet Your Counselor: Nathan Araya
Name: Nathan Araya
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Hobbies: Film making, jumping out of airplanes (with a parchute),
playing Basketball, working out, beach volleyball, and watching Netflix movies.
About Me: I graduated from Concordia in 2008. Since then I have
worked as a Public Relations Youth Director for 3 years doing marketing, directing/hosting
events, filming/producing/writing/editing, mentoring, counseling and public speaking.
Now I am proud to say that I am an Admissions Counselor for Concordia University
Irvine, giving back everything I have learned professionally over the past 3 years.
How has college transformed you?
College has offered me a platform to discover and develop the gifts that God has
given me. If it wasn't for God placing me at Concordia, my gifts would have remained
unused and unwrapped in me.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Don't go to a college that is convenient to you, but committed to you. Don't go
to a college because everyone knows the name, but go to a college that is committed
to knowing your name. Don't go to a college that will teach you how to be successful,
but go to college that will teach you how to be fulfilled. Money and Education may
bring you success but only the love of Christ can bring you fulfillment.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Orange County, California?
Orange County is a safe and sunny environment that provides great weather, beaches,
entertainment, and job opportunities that consist of many Fortune 500 companies.