Student Ambassadors

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.

Cole Cole Baird '16

Hometown : Concord, CA

High School: Northgate High School 

Major: Communication

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  "Hands" - Xiao Hong

Favorite January Term Memory: "Devoting my entire freshman year Jan Term to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter"

 

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Michel Blackburn '16

Hometown: Monterey, CA

High School: Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA

Major: Politics with a minor in Music

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Favorite January Term Memory: Performing Willy Wonka’s “Pure Imagination” in the first ever SMC Jazz Choir.

 

Blaine Blaine Bockhahn '18

Hometown: Ripon, CA

High School: Central Catholic High School in Modesto, CA 

Major: Politics with a minor in Economics  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Maus by Art Spiegelman  

Favorite January Term Memory: Exploring Oakland, CA

 

Angeline

Angelin Bonifacio '16

Hometown: Union City, CA

High School: James Logan High School

Major: Psychology 

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Maus by Art Spiegelman 

Favorite January Term Memory: Staying at a hostel in Point Reyes!

Megan

Megan Collins '17

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

High School: Aliso Niguel High School

Major: Political Science with a 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.

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Vinh Dinh '17

Hometown: San Jose, CA

High School: Saint Francis in Sunnyvale, CA

Major: Finance  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Prince by Machiavelli  

Favorite January Term Memory: Meeting an FBI Agent in the class “Cyborgs and Cyber Revolutions”.

 

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Alex Garcia '17

Hometown: Pinole, CA

High School: Saint Mary’s College High School in Albany, CA

Major: Biochemistry  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Saint Augustine’s Confessions   

Favorite January Term Memory: Getting to be the only sophomore in an upper division class and keeping up with the juniors and seniors during class discussions.

Megan

Megan Keohane '16 

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan

High School: Seisen International School

Major: Health Science  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Candide by Voltaire

Favorite January Term Memory: Every second spent in Italy while in “Engaging Christian Art: Italy & France”. The cities were beautiful, the Cathedrals and Churches were gorgeous and all the art we saw was amazing. 

LelandMichael Leland '16

Hometown: Manteca, CA

High School: Sierra High School

Major: Politics with a minor in Mathematics

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Epictitus-The Handbook 

Favorite January Term Memory: Studying the key factors that cause wars between countries in the “Math of Decision Making”.

 

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Ranjay Matharu '17

 High School: Dougherty Valley High SchoolHometown: San Ramon, CA

Major: Economics with a minor in Earth Science  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Communist Manifesto   

Favorite January Term Memory: Waking up on a boat in the middle of Amazon, in the middle of a Thunderstorm.  

 

Andee

Andee McKenzie '16

Hometown: Burlingame, CA

High School: Notre Dame High School in Belmont, CA

Major: Communication with a minor in Creative Writing

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Favorite January Term Memory: Teaching the children of Mount Batur photography during trip to Bali!

 

Markus

Markus Okano '17

Hometown: Mountain View, CA

High School: Bellarmine High School in San Jose, CA

Studying: Business Administration 

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Odyssey by Homer 

Favorite January Term Memory: Talking to an FBI Agent about Cyber Security.

 

Gloria

Gloria Palma '17

Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii

High School: Sacred Hearts Academy

Studying: Politics with a double minor in History and Women’s and Gender Studies

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Saint Augustine’s Confessions   

Favorite January Term Memory: Watching The Godfather for the first time with friends for my film class.

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Kimberly Paschal '18

Hometown: Tracy, CA

High School: Tracy High School

Major: Accounting

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Favorite January Term Memory: In my Stand and Deliver class, we had breakfast at Terzetto’s restaurant in Moraga while listening to each other’s persuasive speeches.   

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Chelsea Pratte '16

Hometown: Bay Point, CA

High School: Carondelet High School in Walnut Creek, CA

Studying: Business Administration & Digital Media with a minor in Communication

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Favorite January Term Memory: Carpooling to Berkeley and jamming in the car with my fellow Gaels on our way to volunteer with The Catholic Worker.

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Emily Redfern '17

Hometown: Louisville, Colorado

High School: Monarch High School

Major: Global and Regional Studies with a minor in Biology

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Purgatorio by Dante. The ultimate journey of the soul, it’s a process of transformation and I that it fits the college experience perfectly.

Favorite January Term Memory: Tracing the origins of the most popular Fairytale stores and discovering that Cinderella was actually first written in China!
 

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Gabriela Rodkopf '17

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

High School: Las Lomas High School

Major: Accounting  

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

Favorite January Term Memory: As a Lasallian Volunteer, I watched a 4th grade student at Saint Martin de Porres excel in computer programming.

Ardi

Ardi Samonte '16

Hometown: Vallejo, CA

High School: St. Patrick’s-St. Vincent’s

Studying: Communication with a minor in Music

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: The Social Contract-by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Favorite January Term Memory: Singing for the first time ever in a Jazz Choir.

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Will Schneider '17

High School: De La Salle High School in Walnut Creek, CAHometown: Lafayette, CA

Studying: Marketing with a minor in History   

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Purgatorio by Dante

Favorite January Term Memory: Writing a film script in “Intro to Screenwriting”.

  

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Jacqueline Tan '18

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

High School: Lowell High School

Studying: Allied Health Science  

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading:  What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie

Favorite January Term Memory: I became really good friends with my calculus teacher because I always showed up to his 8:00 a.m. office hours!

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Aleysha Thomas '16

High School: Impact Academy Hometown: Hayward, CA

Studying: Finance with a minor in Economics 

Most Thought Provoking Seminar Reading: Hard Times by Charles Dickens 

Favorite January Term Memory: working with kids in Berkeley.

 

 

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Mitchell Woodrow  '16

Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii

High School: Punahou School

Studying: Business Administration & Digital Media with a minor in Communication

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

Favorite January Term Memory: Getting to explore the city of Rome, which included seeing The Pope. 

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MaryRose Zipse '17 

Hometown: Portland, OR

 High School: Central Catholic High School