Name: Pisey Sok
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Rose City–Portland, Oregon.
What brought you to Fuller?
I came to Fuller to pursue a Masters of Divinity and training in pastoral care and spiritual formation. Upon my completion of my first degree, I fell in love with marriage and family therapy and now I am currently in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. My hope is to eventually combine all my passions for theology, pastoral care, spiritual formation, counseling, and psychology.
What is your favorite…
Movie: Last of the Mochians
Band: The Temptations
Smartphone App: Don’t have a smartphone
TV Show: Big Bang Theory
Sports Team: Oregon Ducks
Type of Frozen Yogurt: Rocky Road
Place to eat in Pasadena: Zankou Chicken
Thing to do in Southern California: Mountain Biking
Class you’ve taken at Fuller: Forgiveness and Reconciliation
If you had the opportunity to do a different program at Fuller, what would you choose and why?
Strangely enough, I did get the opportunity to do a different program, namely the MFT. If you were to ask me four years ago, I would have never thought I would have done the MFT program when I started my MDiv. It was only after I took some courses in the School of Psychology that I fell in love with psychology. The MFT program has supplemented the theology and ministry skills that I gained in the MDiv program.
What book are you reading right now?
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Who is your favorite Fuller professor and why?
Terry Hargrave because he just brings it! He keeps it real and teachs from the heart. All the courses he teaches stems from his own passion and love for marriage and family therapy. He is not only brilliant but really approachable and understanding.
What is an interesting fact that most people would not know about you?
I swallowed a toothpick in college and live to tell about it!
What are the top 5 most played songs on your iTunes?
- Got to give it up – Marvin Gaye
- Got Money – Lil’ Wayne Ft. T-Payne
- September – Earth, Wind, and Fire
- Jong Ban Propeun Mouy – Kamarak Sereymon
- Uku – Dengue Fever
If you could give advice to someone who is thinking about coming to Fuller, what would you say?
I would say that Fuller is a safe place to explore what it means to follow Christ with a sense of humility and vulnerability. I thought coming to seminary would help me deal with my insecurities, but it only heightened them. Seminary, for me, was not so much about gaining information but about transformation. This may sound like a bowl of spicy noodles, but in reality you could go and get information by checking out books or going online. For me, seminary has been about learning to be real and humble with my own narrative and learning to be comfortable in my own skin. I thought that seminary was about me learning things in order to go and help others, when if fact, it was crucible that God is using to show me that I am still a work-in-progress.