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Lindsey Aquino

Bachelor of Arts: Politics & Spanish: Hispanic Linguistics

Hometown

Santa Cruz, California

Karina Gutierrez

Bachelor of Arts: Spanish: Hispanic Linguistic Studies & Ethnic Studies

Minor

Politics

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Sacramento, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My immediate family and Nube family. All of my friends from home and those I have made at SMC
My professors and advisors who have made the greatest impact in my journey: Professor Ramirez, Professor Ahnen, Professor Dao, Professor Ruiz
And lastly, my parents who have given me everything.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

The countless times the power would shut off lol. My roomie gift exchange tradition with Andrea, Sam, Alondra, and Gabi Experiencing Cuernavaca 2020 with Galilea and Andrea (:

My Next Chapter

It is a big mystery, but I am excited for my next adventure

Clubs and Activities

JARC Camps Coordinator
Cuernavaca Spring 2020
LCN 2018

Galilea Silva

Bachelor of Arts: Ethnic Studies & Spanish: Hispanic Cultural Studies

Honors

Summa Cum Laude
Dante
Sin Fronteras

Hometown

Greenfield, California

Award Bio

Galilea Dolores Silva is from Greenfield, California. She is a double major in Ethnic Studies and Spanish. She is well-known on campus for her roles as Peer Conduct Council member and LPM for Social Justice Education. She is a member of a number of prestigious programs, such as Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society, and Saint Mary's Honors. She is also a recipient of the Honorable Senator María Elena Durazo Scholarship for Social Justice and Equity Award.

My Greatest Supporters

Gracias padres, Nana, y Abuelito por darme el mundo. I want to thank my advisor, Prof. Álvaro Ramírez, for believing in me and guiding me in my academic and professional affairs. A special thanks to the Director of the Ethnic Studies Department, Prof. Loan Dao and Prof. David Alberto Quijada for their unconditional support and words of wisdom throughout my writing journey. Thank you so much, SMC.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Studying abroad with my friends, being a PPC member, facilitating the Salinas Immersion.

My Next Chapter

This summer I will be a Junior Giants Ambassador for the Salinas League. I aspire to practice for the LSAT to apply for Law School. But overall, I want to enjoy my life with my loved ones to the fullest.

Clubs and Activities

Peer Conduct Council Member
Weekend Of Welcome Leader
Mission and Ministry Center LPM for Social Justice Education
Latinx Cultural Night
BFG
SMC Women's Club Soccer

Favorite Quote

“The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it-at no matter what risk”— James Baldwin

Evelyn Tijero

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education & Spanish

Hometown

Napa, California

My Greatest Supporters

Mi querida familia, cercana y lejana

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite Saint Mary's memory is the moment I fell in love with my future profession and the friendships that came along the way.

Clubs and Activities

High Potential Program
Saint Mary's Spirit Team
Baile Folklorico
Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society
KSOE Student Ambassador

Favorite Quote

"You should enjoy the little detours to the fullest because that's where you'll find things more important than what you want."
— HXH

Andrea Montesdeoca

Bachelor of Arts: Communication & Spanish: Hispanic Literature

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

San Jose, California

My Greatest Supporters

All of my family has supported me tremendously. I want to specifically thank the following people. My best friend Briana for constantly encouraging me. My boyfriend Andres for the endless support in my studies. My sister for being my biggest fan and always having faith in me. Lastly, my parents for sacrificing so much to give me everything I could ask for.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memory by far has to be my entire first year. While I was trying to figure out my new life at Saint Mary's, I could always count on my friends: Karina, Alondra, Sam, and Gabi. They have brought so much love and laughter into my life and I will cherish that forever.

My Next Chapter

I plan to pursue a career in HR or something in that realm. I am also considering graduate school in the future to study intercultural communication. My plans might change but I am ready for this new journey I am about to embark on.

Clubs and Activities

Sports Broadcast Production Assistant for Gael’s Athletics
Weekend of Welcome
Gael Sisterhood

Favorite Quote

Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.
— Brian Tracy

Alejandra Monroy-Silva

Bachelor of Science: Psychology: Clinical Counseling & Spanish

Hometown

Watsonville, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters are my family more than anyone my parents. Continuously giving their lives for my future; working countless hours and providing so my education is possible. A constant love lends itself, and inspires me to become the best version of myself. They are my reason, everything I do will be for them, for us. They’ve held and led me throughout my entire journey.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Favorite memory at Saint Mary's has been Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations. Being allowed to celebrate, pray, dance and honor La Virgen with friends and family will forever be valued.

My Next Chapter

I hope to continue growing personally and professionally as my own individual. I plan to further my education, and pursue a career in healthcare. In doing so, I plan to give back to my community in any way possible.

Clubs and Activities

SMC Psychology Club
High Potential Program
Latinx Culture Night
Ballet Folklórico Guadalupano

Favorite Quote

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
— Paulo Coelho