Santa Clara University

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GEO Newsletter

  •  SCU Open Doors Ranking Improves

    SCU has increased significantly in the 2014 rankings among comparable* institutions nationally, as follows:

    • #21 for the total number of students who study abroad (560 students) (Rank in 2013: #40)
    • #5 for the total number of students who study abroad on "mid-length academic programs" for a quarter/semester (377 students)  (Rank in 2013: #8)
    • #24 for the total number of international students whom we host (1,119 students) (Rank in 2013: #28)
    The new 2014 Institute for International Education (IIE) Open Doors data were released yesterday.  See the press release and full data set.  The report provides the most comprehensive data on mobility of international students, international scholars and US students studying abroad.  IIE is an independent not-for-profit that releases this report with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.  
  •  SCU Hosts International Summer Academy of Bioengineering

    July 1st - 10th: This summer, SCU's School of Engineering is hosting the International Summer Academy of Bioengineering (ISAB).
  •  SCU Study Abroad Diversifies Program Offerings

    In fall 2014 alone, SCU students will study in 33 different countries including many non-traditional destinations. Read more about this shift to diversify program locations and one student's experience in India.
  •  SCU Participates in 5th Annual EducationUSA Forum

    June 23rd-25th: Becky Konowicz, Director of International Admission, participated in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. on behalf of Santa Clara University.
  •  Preview of Undergraduate International Students for Fall 2014

    International Undergraduate Admission provides a snapshot of incoming international students for Fall 2014
  •  Sally Osberg, Founder of Skoll World Forum and Prominent Champion of Social Entrepreneurship, to Speak at Inaugural “Magis” Dinner

    Sally Osberg, the internationally respected thought leader in the field of social entrepreneurship, will speak about the future of social innovation and the challenges facing the next generation of innovators.
  •  Interview with Geminiano Yabut IV, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    Yes, I have.  I’m a computer engineer.  My dad took a major similar to computer engineering, but then he switched out.  He recommended it to me and I like computers.  I was good at Math and Science when I was young and I was bad at English and Social Sciences, so I figured I like computers and I’m good at Math and Science so, I’m doing computer engineering.

    How does it feel to be one of thirty Distinguished First Year students?

    I’d have to say I feel distinguished!

    Honestly, it’s been cool, just getting recognition for studies – it feels nice.  Sometimes I feel like maybe I don’t deserve it, because I have a bunch of friends around me that are really smart.

    Distinguished First Year students are invited to join the Honors Program at SCU.  Are you planning to join?

    Yes, the first thought I had was like “it would be an honor!”  I already sent Carole Wentz an email and I’m going to be taking an Honors C&I in the fall.  It’s history.  I was honestly hoping for Philosophy, because I’m interested in that kind of thing, but nothing would fit my schedule, so I decided to take history in the Fall.  I heard the teacher is good, so I decided to go for it.

    Are you thinking about a minor at all?

    I considered minoring in Entrepreneurship, but my advisor advised against it, because it’s a lot of units to take.  I didn’t come in with any extra units.  She said they would make a specialization in entrepreneurship in Engineering for engineers, but they don’t have that yet.

    Are you planning to participate in any Global experiences abroad while at SCU?

    Honestly, I haven’t thought about it much.  I thought I’d talk about it with my family for my junior year.  I’m not sure, because I’m already studying abroad.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it, because if it costs more I’m not sure.

    Do you have any plans after SCU?

    I’m planning to work here, hopefully for one of the tech companies in Silicon Valley.  It’s cool that Santa Clara is in the middle of the whole Silicon Valley tech scene, so I think I’ll stay here for a while.  When I have a lot of my, I’m going to go back to the Philippines.  I’d like to invest in my Dad’s company, and I also want to make a social start-up so I can help.  Because in the Philippines, there are a lot of poor people, and I’m hoping to make some kind of business or something to help. 

    I’d like to be in a big company for a while, if I could work for Google that would be so cool, because they’ve got the free food and everything!  I visited their campus once and it’s very nice.  That would be chill for a couple of years, but then, I think eventually, I’d want to go and work hard on some start-up – because high risk, high reward.

    What have you tried as a First Year college student that you liked or didn’t like?

    I got involved with the Filipino club, I’m their Freshman Representative.  It was a great experience, a great leadership experience – made a lot of friends.

    What I didn’t like…hmm.  I’m not sure, SCU is really cool!  I haven’t spent that much time with people in my dorm, I only have a small group of friends there.  Maybe for next year, I’d like to get to know everyone there.  I know dorm life is a really big part of the experience and I haven’t been taking as much advantage of it as I should.

    Which Residence Life Community are you in?

    San Filippo and I’m going to stay there next year as well.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to try before graduating?

    There’s a lot!  Like, I haven’t gotten to do the whole American experience yet.  There’s a lot of things you can do here, that I haven’t done yet.  Like…Sky diving!  I want to do sky diving.  There’s a lot, I don’t think I can pinpoint.

    Is there anything else you’d like to share?

    Can I say, “Hi Mom”?

    Definitely!  We’re going to send a letter home to your family.  Have you told them about the Honor's Program?  Are they excited?

    Yeah!  I was talking to them, and they helped me make my decision.

    Have they been to Santa Clara to see the University?

    Yes.  My Dad went here!  Bronco for life!

  •  Interview with Francis Tan, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    As of right now, I haven’t declared, but I’m pretty certain that I’m going to major in Finance and minor in MIS (Information Systems).  Because, I believe that nowadays, everything revolves around technology, so it’ll be useful to know about the coding in Business.

    Have you taken any classes that you think are particularly interesting?  Or is there a reason that you’re leaning towards Finance?

    Finance mainly because I want to help out my father when I grow up, in his managing company under the Finance department.  So, when I grow up, I want to give him a helping hand, make sure he retires early and happy, and aside from that, I’m also passionate about Finance because I like the idea of thinking about where the money goes and how to allocate the money and I believe Finance is actually a core function in business.  Marketing changes over time, but Finance will always be there, so I think Finance is a really important function to learn.

    What kind of business would you be working in, if you work with your father?

    He has a business in the Philippines that is a Pharmaceutical company.  Trying to not disappoint, continue the legacy of the family.

    How does it feel to be one of thirty Distinguished First Year students?

    I was actually a bit surprised to be honest, but it’s very thrilling!  Not because I got recognition, but because I’m really happy for myself in the sense that I can see that I’m developing as a person.  I have a habit of always trying to push myself to the limits, and the fact that I was recognized to be one of the few first year students to get this recognition means that I’m doing something right.  And from there, I just plan on pushing myself more.

    Distinguished First Year Students are invited to join the Honors Program at SCU.  Are you planning to join?

    It was a difficult choice, I took weeks to actually reach an answer.  I asked my peers and my family of course, and I decided - unfortunately and fortunately - not to.  Because I decided that if I joined, I would have to give my 100%, because I hate just being partially committed, because I think that when you commit to something, you need to give it all that you can or else you won’t really have fun or perform good under that program.  So, I decided not to, because instead I’ll be part of a couple of other new commitments.  I still need to test the waters.  I recently became part of the Barkada board – the Filipino club.  So that’s something – I need to give my whole to that.  I’m also part of the ACE program in the Business school, we’re a cohort basically, that takes all these workshop skills and experiences.  I just really don’t want to get into something that I won’t be able to give my 100%.  As much as I wanted to, I wouldn’t want to commit to something that I know I won’t be able to give all my efforts to.

    What will you be doing on the Barkada Board?

    My position is cultural head, it’s basically informing the club about the different cultures in the Philippines and current events.  Making them aware – anything related to culture.  My goal next year, is not restraining this to the club, but actually opening it up to the community of SCU.  I really want to, because Filipino culture in my beliefs is really not that you need to do “this” or “that”, but it’s the idea of community and family.  And SCU has a really amazing community, and that is why I wish to extend the Filipino prospects to it.  I think that SCU and the Filipino culture vibe really well together.

    And how about for ACE?

    ACE Program basically gives us the ability to reach more opportunities.  We’re going to meet once a week on Tuesdays and those meetings involve having guest speakers and interview workshop skills, how to make resumes, and then, we’re going to have field trips with other companies and the connections that we’ll be making will surely be important.  Because in business, nowadays, connections are the most important asset you can have. 

    What I like about the ACE program, and why I decided to apply, and fortunately got in, is that I want to be surrounded by people who are equally enthusiastic about developing themselves.  We’ve had two or three meetings just to get to know each other, and everyone in ACE, you can see is passionate about something.  Everyone wants to make a difference – not just learn, but impact the world in one way or another, so that’s something that I believe will make my stay at SCU more meaningful.  Just surrounding myself with people and knowing these kinds of different personalities to push me even more, like a support group.  As they support me, I also wish to support them.  Because ACE program, or any program actually, you shouldn’t be just thinking about your self-development, but as a group grow as a community together.

    Are you planning to participate in any Global experiences abroad while a Santa Clara student?

    As much as I want to, I think I’ll just stay here.  I’ll take advantage of the resources that are already here.  Maybe I’ll try going out of the Santa Clara bubble – reach out to other cities, or explore California a bit more, because technically, I’m already abroad!

    Do you have any plans after SCU?

    I plan on trying to work here.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that.  Like internships, then work.  The magnificent thing about being abroad, especially in a more developed country than the Philippines is that you get to be part of the community and pinpoint which works out.  Hopefully, by being part of it, and by gaining experience, I’ll be able to take what works here and bring it back to my home country just to make my community – because Philippines is my home – a better place.

    What did you try as a First Year college student that you liked or didn’t like?

    Barkada Club.  We have Filipino clubs back home, but I didn’t really join the Filipino clubs.  I just wanted to have connections from here to back home, that’s why I joined Barkada.  It actually became one of the best decisions I made this school year, because it surprised me in the sense that a number in the club aren’t even Filipinos or they’ve never even been in the Philippines or anything, but the way they act is that they’re genuinely Filipino.  I feel like they’re more Filipino than I am!  So that really shed light that you don’t need to be a culture by blood to enjoy that culture.  You just need to really be genuine about wanting to be part of that culture and that community and that’s probably a decision I really like, because it gave me a whole new insight about culture.

    So what do you still want to try?

    Like I said, I want to be more involved out of campus.  I want to explore – that’s my personality.  I always want to be on the go.  When I get a car, or if transportation becomes more flexible, I’ll surely explore the area more.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to find something I enjoy.

    Are you planning to get a car next year?


    Is there anything else you want to share?

    It’s not really sharing, but I guess one of the lessons I learned while here at SCU or as I grew as an individual is that and this is what also helped me decide whether or not to join the honors program – whatever you do, an important thing, wherever you go, is to go with all your heart.  It’s really important to just be passionate about what you’re doing, no matter how minimal or small it may appear, if you put your everything into it, it just amplifies.  The effect just amplifies.  It’s more fun to fall in love with what you’re doing, than to just do it because you need to.  So, that’s what I wanted to share – fall in love.

  •  Interview with David Chan, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    As of now, I’m still undeclared business, but I’m leaning towards Finance.

    Why are you interested in Finance?

    I think mostly because I want to work in the Banking Industry.  Finance will probably be the most relevant course towards that direction.

    Are there any classes in particular that have made you lean towards this?

    The first actual finance class we take is end of sophomore early junior year.  So, it’s really far away.  The first business class is Accounting.  I don’t really see myself doing Accounting, I think it’s a bit bland, a bit tedious.  So, probably just Finance to get in that industry.

    Do you have any other interests that you think might become a minor?

    I’m thinking about MIS (Information Systems).  Just to get the technology side of it.

    Have there been any classes in particular that you’ve enjoyed so far?

    I think my C&I class.  Because we haven’t done a whole lot of Business-Business classes, so I don’t think I can say I really enjoy Business yet, but I liked my Cultures and Ideas class.  So, our topic was Wars, Individuals, and States.  We look at very strong characters that define either a certain state, a play, or just symbols within literature.

    Is there anyone in particular that stood out to you or you were inspired by?

    Maybe not inspired by, but we had to watch The Dark Knight, we had to look into the symbolism of Batman and the Joker, what that stood for.  I thought that was probably one of the most interesting things, because The Dark Knight is such a dark and interesting movie, so much to look into.

    How does it feel to be one of thirty Distinguished First Year students?

    I was honestly very surprised, but it’s a great honor.  I just didn’t expect to be a Distinguished participant, because just transitioning into college in the Fall, I wasn’t sure that academically I could keep up with integrating into school, society – a new country, but I’m really glad that I was able to get everything going and get the award.

    I’ve never really been like a stand out academic, so to win an award based on academics is new for me.

    Distinguished First Year students are invited to join the Honors Program at SCU, are you planning to join?

    Yeah.  I think it’s a whole different learning experience, learning at a higher level.  It makes college more worthwhile, really taking what you can from college, rather than just cruising through it.

    What are your plans for your career at SCU?

    Honestly, I’m just taking it one year at a time.  Not even one year – one quarter at a time.  I don’t really look too far in the future, because I make plans and then, they all change along the way.  Especially, when there are quite a lot of things to do around the campus.  I don’t want to constrict myself into this sort of path, instead just taking it as it goes.

    Are you planning to participate in any Global experiences abroad while at SCU?

    I thought about studying abroad again, because you know, I’m kind of Studying Abroad already, because I’m in the ACE Leadership program in the Business school, and what they recommend is to Study Abroad, because they say it helps you learn and it’s a new experience and also, with the Honors Program, Study Abroad counts as one of the requirements, so it’s something I’m considering.  But, I don’t know if I want to Study Abroad on my Study Abroad.

    Do you have any plans for after SCU?

    Hopefully, trying to find a job here – in the area.  That’s Plan A.  If not, maybe on the East Coast, New York City’s strong banking industry.  If not, then obviously, I’d have to go back home. 

    So, you are hoping to go straight into a job after graduation?

    Yes, before college, I had a break between high school, because as a Singaporean, we have to do compulsory military, so two years, I think is enough time off from life.  So, I want to get into it straight away.  There will always be times I can enjoy myself, and I can make time.

    I think in the distant future I could head back, because family is there, but that would be in the distant future.  Maybe ten – fifteen years.

    What have you tried as a First Year college student that you liked or didn’t like?

    I joined a professional Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.  I thought that whole experience, joining a group of likeminded people, that was a good professional and personal learning experience.  Integrating with a group of business students who all had the desire to improve themselves.  I also learned a lot about professional skills.

    Something I didn’t like…Not that I didn’t like it, but I think joining an MCC club.  I didn’t think it was a bad experience, I just didn’t put enough experience into it to reap the benefits, because of time constraints and other things.  I wasn’t able to put myself into the experience, I’d want to try to get back into it next year, but we’ll see.

    What do you still want to try?

    Being in a different country, I just want to try to make the most of my experience here, whatever format that might come in, really getting that California experience.  That’s one of the things that made me want to come to California.  There’s so much to experience here – the culture, the people, it’s sort of diverse.  There are so many opportunities, especially contrasting the North and South.  Relatively close, but sort of a different world.

    Is there anything else you want to share?

    Get to know the people around you, especially, if you’re international.  Really immerse yourself in the culture and in the school, try different things.  You might not stick to all of them, but at least you know you tried – sampled this, sampled that, and eventually you’ll find something you like.  That’ll change your whole perspective.

  •  Interview with Annie Brown, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    I have, I’ve declared bio-engineering.

    Are there any classes you’ve taken so far or any course work that you’re particularly excited about?

    I’m actually taking the Intro to Bioengineering class right now, BIO10 and it’s really cool to be exposed to all the different disciplines within bioengineering as it’s actually really broad.  We’ve had two different professors, one for half of the quarter and then, the other.  So it’s really interesting because they both have different areas of expertise.  One of them is more on the devise side and one of them is more on the molecular side of bioengineering, so it’s cool.

    Was there a particular side that appealed to you?

    I’ve enjoyed both so far.

    How does it feel to be one of thirty first year distinguished students?

    I felt really honored.  It was really exciting to get the email to know that my hard work has paid off.  It was cool to meet everyone else who was included at the dinner.

    Distinguished First Year students are invited to join the Honors Program at SCU.  Are you planning to join?

    Yeah, I am planning to join.  It looks like a really great program.

    So what are your plans for your future at Santa Clara?

    I’m hoping to get involved in the Dance department a little bit more along with bioengineering.  I started taking Ballet 2 this quarter.  I’ve danced my whole life and I was missing it, and I did the informal performance yesterday, so hopefully I can get more in their performances next quarter – audition for that.

    Are you thinking about minoring in Dance?

    If I can get enough classes, then yeah, I’ll declare, but we’ll see.  It helps me de-stress, it’s exercise, it’s just something I love to do.

    Are you planning to participate in any global experiences abroad while a Santa Clara student?

    Yeah, I’d love to do a quarter abroad.  I know there’s engineering programs abroad, there’s a couple in Australia, there’s some in London, so I really want to look into those over the summer and then figure out when I’m going to apply.

    Do you have any plans for after SCU?

    I want to stay here in California, but I also miss Vancouver, it’s a beautiful city, so I’ll probably go back grad school or we’ll see where life takes me.  I’m in the pre-med track of bioengineering right now, so I’m interested in medical school, so hopefully, that works out.  There’s a really great medical school in Vancouver, so that would be ideal.

    What have you tried as a First Year College Student that you liked or didn’t like?

    I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like, but I got involved with the Society of Women Engineers, and I really liked that, especially their outreach program called One Step Ahead.  They bring in girls from local high schools and I would volunteer for those a couple of times – I think I did two, and you do engineering programs with them.  You do a bunch of build – we built vision boards and I know that they did other Saturdays with other disciplines in Engineering.  You get them interested in science and engineering.  That was one of my favorite things this year, it was really fun.

    What do you still want to try?

    Basically what I was saying before, getting involved in Dance, auditioning for Images, choreographers gallery.  I’d love to get involved in some of the other Engineering societies.  I’d really like to get trained in the MakerLab – that seems really cool, people always make really cool stuff in there.  So, hopefully, I can make one of the training sessions in the Fall.  I don’t even know what the capabilities are there completely, so after training I’ll see what the possibilities are, but I know there’s a ton!