Who better to help you get to know Saint Mary's than students who once stood where you are now?

Whether you are looking for the inside scoop on Gael life or could use some help finding your way around campus, Student Ambassadors are here to show you all the ins and outs of Saint Mary’s. That’s the Gael way of “friending” someone.

 

Sophia A

Name:  Sophia Anguilla

Hometown:  Portland, OR

High School: Saint Mary’s Academy

Class: 2015

Major and Minor:  Liberal & Civic Studies and double minor in French and Justice & Community

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  The Prince - Machiavelli

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Teaching fourth graders in Sri Lanka songs that I learned at camp


Cole Braid

Name:  Cole Baird

Hometown:  Walnut Creek, CA

High School: Northgate High School

Class: 2016

Major and Minor:  Communication Major

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  The Ones Who Walk Away From Omela - Ursula K. Le Guin

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Visiting the de Young Museum in San Francisco for a gallery on Modernism.  


Blackburn

Name:  Michael Blackburn

Hometown:  Monterey, CA

High School: Stevenson School, Pebble Beach

Class: 2016

Major and Minor:  Politics Major & Music Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Nichomachean Ethics - Aristotle

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Feeling like Gene Wilder while soloing in Land of Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the first ever Saint Mary’s Jazz Choir

 
Megan C

Name:  Megan Collins

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

High School: Aliso Niguel High School

Class: 2017

Major and Minor: Political Science Major and Spanish Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Korematsu v. United States

Favorite Jan Term Moment: Seminar-style discussions led by two professors who discussed the attitudes toward curiosity in early works of fiction.

 

Vinh D.

Name:  Vinh Dinh     

Hometown: San Jose, CA

High School: Saint Francis High SchoolSan Jose, CA

Class: 2017

Major and Minor:  Major in Business - Concentration in Finance

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Allegory of the Cave – Plato

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  An FBI agent came to speak on the topic of cybersecurity and cybercrime and gave amazing insight on what it is like to be on the frontlines of our digital war on virtual crime.

 

Taylor E

Name: Taylor Elliott 

Hometown: Citrus Heights, CA

High School: Mira Loma High Schooltrus Heights, CA

Class: 2015

Major and Minor: Economics and Business Administration double major  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Symposium - Plato

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Playing a simulated baseball game using statistics

 

Alex G.

Name: Alex Garcia

Hometown:  Pinole, CA

High School: Saint Mary’s College High School

Class: 2017

Major and Minor:  Biochemistry

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Antigone - Sophocles

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  On the last day of volunteering at Meadow Homes Elementary, I gave a presentation to my fifth grade class about my college experience and afterwards many of them came to me inquiring about SMC!

 

Patrick H

Name:  Patrick Jameson Harrington

Hometown:  Fullerton, CA

High School: Servite High School

Class: 2015

Major and Minor:  Integral

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Life is a Dream - Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Scoring the winning goal in the Quidditch Championship

 

Megan KName:  Megan Keohane

Hometown:  Yokohama, Japan

High School: Seisen International School

Class: 2016

Major and Minor:  Health Science

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Purgatorio - Dante

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Going to watch the Hunger Games: Catching Fire with the whole class.

 

Alex K.

Name:  Alex Kummert

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

High School: The Overlake School

Class: 2015

Major and Minor: Communication

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Prince - Machiavelli

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Talking movies with Zach Braff while at the Sundance Film Festival in Parks City, Utah

 

Mike L. Name:  Mike Leland

Hometown:  Manteca, CA

High School:  Sierra High School

Class: 2016

Major and Minor:  Politics Major, Mathematics Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Handbook - Epictetus,

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Learned to use random number generators in combination with statistical analysis of current baseball players to simulate games against other peers in the class.  My team of Oakland A’s players won both games!

 

Taylor M

Name:  Taylor Machado

Hometown:  Turlock, CA

High School: Central Catholic High School

Class: 2015

Major and Minor: Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration, Theology and Religious Studies Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Handbook - Epictetus

Favorite Jan Term Moment: When I finally was able to make the perfect Peanut Butter cup in the chocolate class.


Ranjay MName: Ranjay Singh Matharu

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

High School: Dougherty Valley

Class: 2017

Major/Minor: Economics with a Sustainability Emphasis

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Book: Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle

Favorite Jan Term Moment: Visiting the Richmond shipyard and having one of the most interesting conversations with a woman who worked in the shipyard during World War II. 

 

Andee M

Name: Andee McKenzie

Hometown: Burlingame, CA

High School: Notre Dame High School, Belmont

Class: 2016

Major and Minor: Communication Major & Creative Writing Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: On the Nature of the Universe - Lucretius

Favorite Jan Term Moment: Sharing my SF black and white street photography portfolio with my class. And no, I’m not a hipster. 


Markus O.Name:
Markus Okano

Hometown: Mountain View, CA

High School: Bellarmine College Prep

Class: 2017

Major and Minor: Business Administration  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Odyssey - Homer

Favorite Jan Term Moment: When an actual FBI agent came to discuss the government’s role in cyber security. 

 

Gloria P.Name:  Gloria Palma

Hometown: Kailua, HI

High School: Sacred Hearts Academy

Class: 2017

Major and Minor: Politics and History

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Maus - Art Spiegelman

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Participating in “table reads” in my Intro to Screenwriting class and realizing that there’s some serious screenwriting talent on campus! 

 

JulesName: Jules Perez

Hometown: Rodeo, CA

High School: De La Salle High School

Class: 2015

Major: Psychology

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

Favorite Jan Term Moment: Reciting a spoken word about the poetic/musical impact that Dr. Seuss had on my life. 

 

Emily R.

Name: Emily Redfern

Hometown:  Louisville, CO (“#1 Small Town in America”)

High School: Monarch High School

Class: 2017

Major and Minor:  Double Degree in Biology & Global Studies

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Antigone - Sophocles

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Having my calculus teacher look at us and say, “Why are you here?!” and then proceeding to teach us French and Danish jokes.


Kayla R.Name:  Kayla Riley

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA

High School: Sacramento Charter High School 

Class: 2015

Major and Minor:  Business Administration, Marketing 

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Dante's Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Taking a creativing class and writing my own fictional short story.

 

Ardi S.Name:  Ardi Samonte

Hometown:  Vallejo, CA

High School: Saint Patrick’s – Saint Vincent’s High School

Class: 2016

Major and Minor:  Communication Major & Music Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Antigone - Sophocles

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Singing bass in the 1st ever Jan Term Jazz Choir class at SMC.

 

Ines S. Name: Inés Sosa

Hometown: Lathrop, CA

High School: Saint Mary’s High School

Class: 2017

Major and Minor: Politics and Spanish double major

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Ones Who Walk Way From Omelas - Ursula K. Le Guin

Favorite Jan Term Moment: Learning about Spanish culture through a telenovela. 

 

Aleysha T.Name: Aleysha Thomas

Hometown: Hayward, CA

High School: Impact Academy

Class: 2016

Major and Minor: Business Administration w/minor in Economics

Most Thought  Provoking Seminar Reading: Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle

Favorite Jan-Term Moment: Going to Berkeley and volunteering at an elementary school where I taught students the power of stories.

 

Mitchell W. Name:  Mitchell Woodrow

Hometown: Kailua, HI

High School: Punahou School

Class: 2016

Major and Minor: Business Administration Major with Emphasis in Digital Media and Communication Minor

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas - Ursula K. Le Guin

Favorite Jan Term Moment: My first Jan Term I wrote a play in Playwriting called Puer and Puella: an adaption of Wife of Bath’s Tale and sort of Romeo and Juliet-esque play

 

Maryrose Z.Name:  MaryRose Zipse

Hometown:  Portland, OR

High School: Central Catholic High School

Class: 2017

Major and Minor:  Undecided, Spanish

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  Maus - Art Spiegleman

Favorite Jan Term Moment:  Taking a class trip to The Berkeley Repertory Theater for the play Tristan and Yseult.

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