Justin Choy

Bachelor of Arts: History

Hometown

Alamo

My Greatest Supporters

I'd love to thank all my professors such as Professor Flemmer, Brother Charles Hilken, Professor Jeffery Chon, Professor Wheeler, Professor Soine, and Professor Paliagirni. I would also love to thank my family, especially my mother for sticking with me in tough times. Most importantly, I would have to thank Professor Songster for helping me fall in love with Chinese History!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I think it would be my first year where I met a friend group from SDS. Also, I got a chance to read "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe.

My Next Chapter

I'm honestly not sure yet. There are a ton of things I really, really want to do like work in journalism, at a museum, and even in banking. I think the best thing I can do right now is figuring out what I want to do for my life by investigating careers that engage my interests. Meanwhile, I want to generate enough revenue to attend grad school. Oh, I also want to improve my Chinese!

Clubs and Activities

APASA
Gael Gaming

Favorite Quote

"Just be here now."
— Ram Dass

Samuelu Poueu

Bachelor of Arts: Kinesiology: Health Promotion

Hometown

Rohnert Park, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters will always be family(Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces, and nephews). Strength in numbers. As an adopted boy from American Samoa, my family has loved and supported me from day one. My biological family has been there for me as well. Good times and bad, trials and tribulations. Their unconditional love and support has been felt since they've come into my life.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

It wasn't until I attended the transfer info session in the Spring of 2018 that I knew that this institution would be where i wanted to complete my undergraduate degree. My 7 and a half-year-old son Dillon, who has been the impetus and catalyst to my return to academia lives in Lafayette. Saint Mary's clearly had the proximity advantage when it came to deciding where I was going to transfer to...

My Next Chapter

My major is Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Promotion. My heart's goal is to contribute and implement greater Public Health infrastructure within the disenfranchised communities of the Bay Area. I will apply and build a career within the county department of Public Health to begin. "Arrive to learn, leave to serve"

Clubs and Activities

High Potential program and Transfer-Student mentor

Favorite Quote

" Though no one can go back and create a new start; anyone can start now and can create a new ending"- Carl Bard
"The task is to transform society; only the people can do that - not heroes, not celebrities, not stars."- Huey P. Newton
" It all works out in the end. If it's not working out right now; that just means it's not the end."- Anonymous

Sophia Swinscoe

Bachelor of Arts: English

Minor

Italian Studies

Hometown

Sacramento

My Greatest Supporters

My amazing family: Mom (my #1 & fab cheerleader), Dad, Gram, Nonno, Zia, and Uncle Dave; I wouldn't have made it through SMC without their immense love and support. These spectacular professors: Tom Poundstone, Maria Grazia De Angelis Nelson, and Molly Metherd. Wonderful buds: Colette, Arden, Franny, and Natalie. Massive thanks and love to all of you!!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Every summer of Orientation and WoW will always be close to my heart; having a blast with NSFP, fellow Orientation Leaders and WoWies for three years has meant the world. Hosting KSMC radio shows, rockin' out to music, and having the honor to be on the KSMC exec. team and GM.

My Next Chapter

I've applied to several grad. schools for English, and I'm looking forward to spending this upcoming summer in Sacramento with family and friends.

Clubs and Activities

KSMC 89.5 FM General Manager & Host
Orientation Leader & Coordinator
SOLA Peer Mentor
Actor, Director, & Writer in SMC One Act Plays
Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society
Dante Club
Gael Sisterhood

Favorite Quote

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
— Neil Gaiman

Sydney Toland

Bachelor of Arts: Art Practice

Minor

Creative Writing

Hometown

San Ramon, California

My Greatest Supporters

My biggest supporters have always been my mom and dad. Thank you for everything. I would also like to thank professors Laura Miller, Lydia Greer, and Rosemary Graham for guiding me during my time at Saint Mary's.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I really enjoyed taking my Fencing and Japanese Language and Culture Jan Term classes. Both classes offered a unique experience of learning something I would otherwise not be able to do, and they also allowed me to meet really great people.

My Next Chapter

I am excited to see where the art world will take me, and am planning on continuing my own creative practice. I hope to work with animation studios on character design and concept art, while also pursuing my dream of publishing my own graphic novel.

Clubs and Activities

GRID Art Club

Favorite Quote

"You can fly even higher."
“If you can't fly, then run. Today we will survive. If you can't run, then walk. Today we will survive. If you can't walk, then crawl.”
— Haikyuu!!, BTS
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Zane Rose Gaguine

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Hometown

Santa Cruz, California
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Whitney Ibarra

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor

Spanish

Hometown

Richmond, California

Yiannis Kotsiomitis

Bachelor of Arts: History

Hometown

Lafayette, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters without a doubt are my family members. Without them I would not have been able to make it through school or the pandemic.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite SMC memory was waking up early and reading my books on the chapel green.

My Next Chapter

My next chapter will be spent preparing for law school.

Favorite Quote

"Only those defenses that depend on you yourself and on your own virtue are good, certain and lasting."
— Niccolo Machiavelli
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William Jeffries

Bachelor of Arts: Politics

Hometown

Palo Alto, California

Veronica Rivera

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Special Education Teacher Education

Honors

Summa Cum Laude

Hometown

Discovery Bay, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporter was HP coach Josephine Aburquez and Dr. Rusoja.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Carpooling with colleagues from Los Medanos Community College. Meeting with classmates for group projects via Zoom. All the wonderful guest speakers from SMC: Eghosa Obaizamomwan-Hamilton, Dr. Hope Whitney, Dr. Bill Mullen.

My Next Chapter

My next chapter in life would be a full time special day class teacher in an elementary school.

Clubs and Activities

I was part of the High Potential Program and National Society of Leadership and Success.

Favorite Quote

"If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, then we
must teach in the way the child can learn"
— Lovaas
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Vaibhav Shah

Bachelor of Arts: History

Hometown

Dublin, California