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Student Orientation Leaders

Welcome Class of 2020!

We understand that adjusting to college life may be difficult. In order to ease your transition, each of you will be assigned to a Student Orientation Leader (SOL). They are upperclassmen who are eager to help you in any way they can. They can’t wait to meet you and want to introduce themselves to you!

Rayen (2017)

Hello Class of 2020! My name is Rayen and I am from the island of ʻOahu in Hawaiʻi. I participate in the Hawaiʻi Club, Ka Pilina Hoʻolokahi, here at SUA. I really enjoy dancing, although I may not be the best, there is a great support system here and encourages people to try new things! You will soon experience the amazing opportunities SUA provides for its students such as Learning Cluster and Study Abroad!! I can’t wait to meet you all!!!

Nobuyo a.k.a. Guts (2019)

Welcome Class of 2020!!! Congratulations! I'm Guts, from Narita Japan, class of 2019! Please feel comfortable to call me Guts :) I have been a big fan of Disney and Ghibli movies and have a tremendous love for music. I bet you'll see me singing everywhere, or playing Tetris :D Watching movies is also one of my favorites, so please invite me to any movie night! I also love learning new things, challenging myself, and getting to know with new people!! So, I'm really looking forward to getting to know you and to spending meaningful and enjoyable time with you :) I'm so happy to be able to meet you at SUA!!! Hope to see you all in August!

Sydney (2018)

Hello Class of 2020! My name is Sydney. I am from Reno, Nevada and I play on the Women’s Soccer team here. I thoroughly enjoy outdoor activities; hiking, swimming, biking, and of course going to the beach! I love taking pictures with my digital camera and exploring Laguna Beach, which we are extremely close to. I cannot wait to meet you all and congratulations on your acceptance! See you all very soon! :) 

SUA is definitely an amazing place for you, both to grow and enjoy. The weather is so nice that it automatically makes you sit down and read books, the beach is so close that you can escape from campus anytime, and above all, Gandhi is always here to encourage you. Have a nice summer, and don’t forget to bring your energy and passion to SUA. We will see you all on August. 

Yutong (2019)

How are you? My name is Yutong, and I am from the class of 2019. I am very excited that your guys are coming this August! Before you meet the animated me, please look at my smiley photo and enjoy my introduction of SUA life.

Here are some things I enjoy: Playing Taboo with friends is good. Bowling during break is also good. Watching movies in IMAX 3D is great! Strolling with raccoons at night on campus is good. Hiking in the canyon is also good. Riding a train to LA is great! Want to know more? Come to SUA, by plane, car, or superpower, so I could tell you more!

Dominique (2018)

I’m Dominique and I am class of 2018! I am originally from Prince George, Virginia but moved to Soka from El Paso, Texas. This basically means I have a big personality but don’t worry! I promise I am open-minded coupled with over enthusiasm about food. There are a lot of things that bring me joy in life but one of the main things, besides food, is being surrounded by nature but I am terrified of spiders and despise the majority of bugs. Most importantly, I am simultaneously super excited and nervous to meet all of you! I will work my hardest to be the support system and friend you may need. 

Kaori (2017)

Hellooo class of 2020!!! Welcome to SUA! I’m Kaori from class of 2017. I’m super-duper excited to be your SOL! I’m from Tokyo, Japan. I studied Spanish for two years at Soka and went to Buenos Aires, Argentina for my semester study abroad. Study abroad was one of the most challenging, but memorable experiences in my life! I took the picture of me and lion in Argentina too! (FYI this is a real lion!) I’m studying in Humanities concentration because I love reading books and watching films. I’m in a Bollywood dance club, Ghungroo since my first year at Soka. Although I don’t have a good sense of rhythm, I enjoy it anyways. I believe SUA has been providing me with a lot of opportunities to grow as a student as well as a human being, so I am very excited for the amazing journey that awaits all of you! Can’t wait to see y’all in August^^


Eduardo a.k.a. Eddie (2018)

I’m Eduardo (Eddie), from the class of 2018 and am super excited to befriend you all! The next year and onwards will be among the most challenging you’ve ever faced, but I hope that you come to love and appreciate this time at Soka as much as I am. Anyway, just a bit about me…In short: I’m fabulous. Ok bye... Jk.
But yeah, rainbows are my thing. And so are scarves (low key obsessed). I’m also into stuff such as culture, politics, social justice, and the power of education. I’m involved in a few of Soka’s clubs, such as political forum, Queeriosity, SESRP (come and you’ll find out what this is), among other cool-beans clubs! Let’s change the world and ourselves together ;).
Nos vemos pronto.

Linden (2019)

Hey, there! I’m Linden Amundsen. I hail from the class of 2019, and while I am relatively new to SUA in the grand scheme of things, I am here to share my wisdom with you. A sample: the washing machines are surprisingly deep; you may find yourself falling into one whilst trying to grab that last rascally sock lurking in the bottom.

Anyhow, when I’m not getting stuck in washing machines, I spend my time running, hiking, painting, and experimenting with cooking (only occasionally disastrous). My dream is to befriend and swim with whale sharks. That’s me. I can’t wait to get to know you! 

Delali (2018)

Hello 2020!!! Congratulations and welcome to Soka!
My name is Delali and I am from Class of 2018. I’m from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you! I’m currently studying Spanish and will be studying abroad Spring 2017. Some of the things I like to do involve adventuring, reading, sleeping, eating, and making attempts at doing this thing called singing.
SUA is a great place to grow and take the time to enjoy yourself! Ask away if you have any questions. Have a great summer and see you in August!!

Ha Chau a.k.a. Chau (2019)

Hi!!! My name is Chau and I’m a second-year at SUA. Coming from Hanoi, Viet Nam, I have a real passion for cozy coffee shops and street food, especially boba! During my high school years, I was involved in several philanthropy projects and I enjoyed every moment of it (even though it was a lot of hard work). I also love acting and hence, I’m in Theater Arts Club in SUA, although I would not consider myself a real actress. One small thing about me is that I'm an expert on romantic comedy movies. Most importantly, I’m such a big people person and I’m really excited to meet you all! ​