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February 10, 2020

Before applying to Santa Clara, I had never been to California before. However, as a girl from Chicago, I was so tired of being cold the majority of the year that coming to a place with 300 days of sun and a high that does not really get below 58 degrees sounded pretty nice. I also wanted to have a different experience for college than I had growing up, and while I love the midwest with all of my heart, I wanted to try something new for college, and Califor...

December 11, 2019

I am part of the 3% international student population here at Santa Clara University and I can proudly say that I have found a home within the community here. I was born in Manila, Philippines, moved to Houston, Texas when I was two years old and moved back to the Philippines when I was twelve. I attended the International School of Manila for high school and I thank my teacher, counselor, and peers for helping me get to Santa Clara University. 

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October 23, 2019

I’ve played field hockey since sixth grade. While I would not consider myself an athlete, over the eight years I’ve played it I fell in love with the sport. In highschool, my field hockey team provided me with a distraction from school work, a competitive workout, and a community to rely on. I was worried that I was going to lose that community when coming to Santa Clara. I was not a varsity level athlete, nor did I want to commit the majority of my time to...

July 10, 2019

If you’re reading a blog post about internships, you might be interested in getting one. If that’s the case,, the biggest thing I have learned is that it is best to take initiative as early as possible. Santa Clara is located right in the heart of silicon valley. As a result, we have all kinds of great companies who come to campus. I remember as a first year Google came to campus and had a presentation specifically for first year undergraduates where they s...

June 26, 2019

When I first heard that the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation was being built in the space of Bannan Engineering, I can’t say that I was thrilled. After I had just gotten used to the routine of things after my Freshman year, construction started right at the beginning of my sophomore year. The news seemed to get worse when we were told that the construction is scheduled to end Fall of 2021, conveniently the quarter after I graduate! So I was defin...

June 12, 2019

            My experiences with my professors here at Santa Clara have FAR exceeded my expectations when I first started college. I had always imagined my first day of college classes to be in a 300-person lecture hall with a professor who couldn’t even recognize me, let alone know my name. Thus, I was thoroughly surprised when I walked into my first class, Critical Thinking and Writing. There were about 20 chairs in the classroom, and the professor sat in...

As a self-described “military-brat,” all things military make up an important part of my identity. I’ve grown up in this setting my entire life and wanted to continue my military journey here at Santa Clara University with Army ROTC. As a Political Science and French double major, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that offers me ample travel and immersive cultural experiences. The military is the perfect outlet for this vision I have. I am truly grateful t...

May 15, 2019

I distinctly remember my first day of being alone in college -- without the safety of my family or the comfort of my own space. Laying down in my lofted twin bed staring at the ceiling I realized that I needed to adapt to my new environment. Santa Clara University was my new home and everywhere I looked, I realized that it couldn’t feel further from it. While the college experience is often romanticized in our society, the realities of being a homesick new...

May 1, 2019

I confess that when I was applying to and later choosing to go to Santa Clara University, having music as a second major was not on my mind. Singing was one of my top extracurricular activities and I definitely wanted to keep doing it in college, but just as that, an extracurricular activity. That would all change when I had my first rehearsal with the Chamber Singers, our school’s auditioned choral ensemble.

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April 17, 2019

One question I made sure to ask at every college visit was, “do you have an outdoors club?”. Now, don't get me wrong, I did not grow up backpacking a few times a month, or skiing every winter (that would have been awesome!) so by no means was I a pro. But, I was fortunate to spend 3 weeks backpacking and camping during one high school summer. This trip made me realize how powerful being outdoors is in resetting our mind, body, and spirit. There really is so...

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