Name: Krista Roberts.
Title: Director of Residence Life.
Education: University of California, Irvine B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology; Talbot School of Theology, M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.
At Biola since: 2004.
StrengthsFinder top five? Positivity, Arranger, Empathy, Learner, Maximizer.
1. What do you do in your job (briefly)? As the Director of Residence Life I have the opportunity to supervise all eleven of our Resident Directors in addition to continuing to develop our program. In addition, as director, I have the privilege to be on the Student Care Team.
2. Five most influential books:
“The Giving Tree” -Shel Silverstein;
“Abba’s Child” -Brennan Manning;
“Surrender to Love” -David Benner;
“Jane Eyre” -Bronte;
“East of Eden” -Steinbeck.
3. Influential person in your life/Hero/best example of love? I really can’t choose just one person. There are so many people who have helped shape and form the woman I am today. My family, my husband, church, community and many authors and more.
4. Why are you at Biola? I love the Biola community and the values of the university. In addition, the people that I work with on a daily basis makes all the difference in my work.
5. Your testimony (in 200 words or less): I was raised in a Christian home and at the age of five I asked Jesus to be in my heart. Ever since I have been a follower of Christ. In college, I did go through a time of searching-asking questions like, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”. In my seeking I went through a season of wondering what the Christian life is all about and what it really meant to be a part of the Church. After college, I got involved in an incredible church and from there I began the journey of deepening my faith and relationship with God. This ultimately led me to Talbot School of Theology. My desire was to learn more about how we grow spiritually and how to walk with others on the journey. It was a life changing experience.
6. What are five things you are most thankful for in your life right now? My husband; My home; My work; My church community; My Health.
7. What job do you fantasize about having? Some day I would love to own a retreat center where individuals could come as they are and find rest.
8. Last book you read? The Help. It was so moving and thought provoking.
9. Brush with fame/celebrity? I met Adam Sandler in Central Park in New York City and Bono from U2 at a wedding.
10. What’s your ringtone? Innovation.
11. Favorite electronic device? I really appreciate my smartphone.
12. What do your friends say is your best quality? I am a good listener and questioner.
13. What natural talent do you wish you had? I could play the guitar.
14. What is your life theme song? I think my theme changes with the seasons of life. So I do not have one in particular.
15. Do you believe in love at first sight? I do believe it can happen.
16. What is your definition of success? Do you consider yourself to be successful? I am not the biggest fan of the word success. It conjures ideas of performing. Yet, I would say success is when you value the process and journey rather than the end. I do think I do this as best I can. Yet at times, I just want answers rather than being in the middle of the journey.
17. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? Being one of the first to see a new born baby, a sunset over the ocean, hiking in Glacier National park, flowers at the flower market, a smile, someone crying in vulnerability and honesty.