Santa Clara University

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  •  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!

  •  Interview with Fredrik Blomqvist, Distinguished First Year Student

     Have you declared a major?

    Yes, I’ve declared COEN or Computer Science Engineering.  I declared partly because I majored in Computer Science in high school, something you do in Sweden.  We don’t have any APs or anything so I couldn’t get any credits for any of the work I’ve done, but I’m following along and I’m picking up where I left off basically.  I’m planning to stick with it, I really like it.  I’ve been doing it in my spare time for approximately since 5th grade.

    Are there any exciting projects you can tell me about that you’ve done?

    I’ve launched a couple websites and last summer I had a friend start a company so I did their website.  I’ve been just playing around creating small programs and doing whatever is needed for me to learn more, exploring.

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

    I’m really honored, because I didn’t expect it. When I first applied to Santa Clara and once I got in and once I got here, I thought I was the average Santa Clara student judging by my SAT scores.  So, when I first got this email, I was like ‘oh wait they’re addressing me in here?  Oh wow, this is fun.’  I did not expect it at all, but I’m happy.  My parents were very happy too.

    Do you have any advice for other incoming International Students to help them achieve this award or get more involved?

    Well, I would say, obviously, work hard.  But other than that, I would say, don’t compare yourself like I did to the American standards, just do your own thing and see what happens, because as proven, it’s very hard to standardize how well you can perform in school.  I think that would be the best advice, even if you score low on a test or if you feel like your fellow students here at Santa Clara do things a little different from you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing it in the wrong way.  There’s the American way of how you assign homework and tests and it’s very, very different, compare to at least Europe.

    Distinguished First Year students are invited to join the Honor’s Program at Santa Clara University, are you planning to join?

    Yes.  Once I got that opportunity, it’s basically too good of an opportunity to turn down.  So, I’m already in it – beginning next quarter.  I thought, ‘why not?’  I feel like I will learn more.

    What are your plans for your future while at Santa Clara?

    I’m at least here for the first four years to get my Bachelor’s.  As I said, I’ll probably stick to my major, and I’ve thought about maybe minoring.  I have a little interest in Finance, so I’m thinking about trying to combine that.  Except for that, my main goal would here is basically to have fun and enjoy my time.  Getting an education is something that comes naturally here, so it’s not something that I have to focus on.  Obviously, I will do my homework, take the tests, and so on, but I think it is important to get the full experience – being in a different country and all that.

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

    Since I’m an International Student, at least initially, I didn’t think about it or plan for it.  Why would I want to go study abroad when I’m already abroad, you know?  But, my plans may change, if I find something which I do find interesting, maybe a quarter, maybe over the summer or something like that – go to a country which I’ve never been to.  I have an interest in Asia, so maybe studying abroad in Singapore or Japan or something like that.  I just haven’t looked into it.

    Do you have any plans after SCU?

    Obviously, I’ve been thinking a lot about it.  Some days, I feel like maybe I’ll stay here in Silicon Valley or at least California, maybe go a little bit down south, you know, get a bit more sun and do that for the rest of my life.  But, other days, I think about maybe going back to Sweden, or Europe.  Maybe moving to another country.  Sometimes I think a little more long term, how would it be raising a family in the US?  What are the consequences?  What are the pros and cons?  And I don’t know, it’s a very hard decision.  But, I think at least the first few years, I’ll probably stick around and work.  The first ten years after, will probably be around work and around my career.

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

    I’ve tried a lot.  I’m not going to say I have a strict “Don’t say ‘No’” policy, but I’ve done a lot, I’ve gone on many of the “Into the Wild Trips” I’ve met a lot of people and engaged as much as possible.  I may not have done as much of the official engagement – I’m not really engaged in the clubs, other than “Into the Wild”, I’ve not a member of ASG or working on campus, but I would say I’ve done a lot.  I’ve made sure to enjoy the area around here, I’ve gone up to San Francisco, I’ve gone down to Santa Cruz.

    What do you still want to try while a Santa Clara Student?

    As I mentioned, I haven’t been a part of the club life so much, so maybe I should think about that.  I’m officially in the ACM, the Engineering Club, I’ve just not been a part of any meetings or taken part in the activities.  But, that may be something that I want to engage in next year.  And I’ve been thinking about - maybe not next year, but in the future, starting my own club – take more of a leadership role.  Right now, I’ve been enjoying my life more as a student. 

    Is there anything else that you want to share?

    I’m enjoying Santa Clara, getting this award just proves that what I’m doing has been right, which is good because I’ve been having a really great time.  I’m excited about my priority registration, since I’ve been registering last for the previous quarters.

    Are there any classes you’re looking forward to taking in the fall?

    I’m taking another COEN class.  This quarter I took an ELEN class, so it’s a requirement, but it’s not my major.  So, I’m excited to learn some more about my actual major – COEN 20 it is.  And other than that, I’m just excited to continue my studies.  I’m taking my Honors C&I starting Winter Quarter next year, which is supposed to be Philosophy of Law.  I’ve always wanted to take a Philosophy class, so I feel like that’s going to be very interesting.

  •  Claire Muller '15 wins Bucky Award

     Claire Muller was nominated for the "Bronco of the Year" Bucky Award by the Global Engagement Office.  Claire is a graduating double major in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies.  Claire performs faculty driven research for both departments.  She is a student assistant in the Global Engagement Office and Multicultural Center and Co-President of the Violence Prevention Program.  Claire participated in Study Abroad on the IES Rome program in Winter Quarter 2014.

  •  The Global Social Benefit Institute in the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Welcomes Seven Global Organizations


    The Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI ®) is scaling impact with a new program called GSBI Xchange™. GSBI Xchange acts as a tipping point – that magical moment when a small idea or social benefit spreads like wildfire. It is a collaboration with GSBI Network members and other partners, incorporating proven GSBI methods into their service offerings for social entrepreneurs.

    From May 12 - 14th, GSBI and the eBay Foundation hosted seven global GSBI Network members for an in-depth GSBI Xchange -- a free and open exchange of ideas and approaches. Formerly called Train-the-Trainer, the 3-day workshop included sessions on GSBI methodology, curriculum, mentoring programs, and brought together guests from a variety of like-minded organizations located in the Bay Area.

    The workshop was hugely successful with all the participants confident that they can adopt and localize GSBI content for their social entrepreneurs. GSBI will continue to provide remote and in-country support to these organizations so they can run their own workshops using GSBI materials.

    GSBI Xchange Participating Orgs:

    Alterna Impact, Guatemala

    Child and Youth Finance International (Ye! Community), Netherlands (partners in Ghana, Kenya, Philippines)

    Momentum Project: Esade Business Schooll, Spain (Partners in El Salvador

    Marquette University Social Innovation Initiative, USA

    Minga - Social Enterprise Arena, Israel

    POSiBLE, Mexico

    Social Good Brazil,  Brazil

    ® GSBI is a registered trademark of Santa Clara University and GSBI Xchange is a trademark of Santa Clara University.


  •  Bronco Abroad Peer Ambassador Program (Spring 2015)

     New to the Global Engagement Office this Spring Quarter is the Bronco Abroad Peer Ambassador Program! The purpose of this program is to apply returned study abroad students’ newfound learning and to promote intercultural engagement and dialogue on Santa Clara’s campus. It is a pilot program for the Spring 2015 quarter that will be expanded the following Fall quarter as a volunteer program.

    Bronco Abroad Ambassadors were selected from a large applicant pool based on their diverse skills, study abroad location, and the depth with which they engaged with the local community. Each of these students participated in one or more RIISE high impact, global engagement opportunities while studying abroad-- Research, Internship, Intensive language study, Study with locals, and/or Engagement with the community. The students that work as Peer Ambassadors each possess skills that – when combined – create a diverse team of study abroad advocates.  They do everything from assisting with the coordination of study abroad events and providing outreach to SCU’s diverse student body, to working one on one with prospective study abroad students during drop in advising hours.

    The Bronco Abroad Peer Ambassadors have a variety of global engagement and academic experiences along with diverse backgrounds that have proven useful for reaching a wide and diverse student population:

    Lindsay Allen is studying Political Science and is also pursuing a minor in Communication & Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. She studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco during fall quarter 2014. Through her field research and home-stays in Morocco, Lindsay gained a greater understanding of the type of global impact she wants to have in her future career.

    Olivia Chambliss is studying Environmental Science. In fall 2013 she studied abroad through the IES Direct Enrollment program to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. While volunteering as an English tutor in the Galapagos, Olivia improved her Spanish speaking skills and was able to help her students improve their English skills.

    Monet Gonnerman is a Sociology major with a minor in Mathematics and International Business. She went to El Salvador through the SCU’s Casa de la Solidaridad program fall 2014. In El Salvador, Monet became fluent in Spanish and will be returning to the program this summer as a Community Coordinator. She plans to gain professional experience while supporting students as they experience the CASA program.

    Gus Hardy is a double major in Religious Studies and Political Science. He studied abroad through the Casa Bayanihan program in fall 2014. The Casa Bayanihan program provided Gus with the opportunity to engage with the local community and experienced deep personal growth as a result.

    Marie McNamara is studying Civil Engineering and is also an Environmental Studies minor. She studied abroad at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Marie was able to study engineering with Irish and international locals from a global perspective, live with locals, and participate in new cultural experiences.

    Yuliana Mendoza is an Accounting major with a minor in International Business. During the fall quarter of 2014 Yuliana studied abroad in Lille, France as an exchange student.  In France, Yuliana was able to gain fluency in the French language, acquire international business skills, and work with people from around the world.

  •  A Taste of Tuscany and Umbria, April 12-26, 2015: a Worthwhile Life Experience!

     Santa Clara University has a Lifelong Learning Program (OLLI) and ten of its members participated in a trip it sponsored through its Lifelong Learning Through Travel committee.  After meeting at a couple of pre-trip gatherings and a lecture we were off to enjoy “Tuscany and Umbria: Rustic Beauty in the Italian Heartland” an Overseas Adventure Travel journey led by our “fabuloso” trip leader Olivia who took us to places that delighted our senses.

    There were the sights:  Carrara marble quarries; Tuscan hill towns; walled cities; cathedrals in Lucca, Siena, Florence, Assisi and Pienza with their frescoes and statues; hotels in historic buildings; a Contrada Museum in Siena; the roofless abbey of San Galgano;  Little Jerusalem in Pitigliano; an Etruscan Necropolis; the artisan shops featuring, crystal, weaving, mosaics, and leather; the dogs herding the sheep; and scenic drives through the Crete Senesi and the Orcia Valley.
    The tastes and smells: pecorino and other cheeses, salami and other cured meats in Norcia, pan forte and ricciarelli in Siena, risotto in a cheese wheel, olive oil tasting at the Pruneti oil mill, wine tasting including Vin Santo at Villa Sant’Anna winery, Chianina beef, malfate, the truffles we hunted prepared outdoors with scrambled eggs, the pasta we helped the nonna make, a buffet with the catch of the day from Lake Trasimeno, prosecco, and, of course, pizza, cappuccino and gelato.
    The sounds: talks by seven different guides in the various towns, Ignazio—a Benedictine monk telling us about his lifestyle, the bells of the cathedrals, the excited dogs on the truffle hunt, the sheep and the cows on our farm visits, Puccini arias at a concert in his hometown of Lucca, Cessare talking to us about copper and his craft.
    And finally all encompasing: the donkeys we rode, the 4-wheel drives at the quarry and in the mountains, biking on the walls of Lucca, the boat ride on lake Trasimeno, hiking, cobblestones, climbing stairs and narrow alleys, a little rain, sunsets in hues of red, yellow and burnt orange.  We could not have asked for more.
    The OLLI Lifelong Learning Through Travel trips for 2016 have been announced:They include a wonderful small luxury ship cruise from Spain to London, an enhanced repeat of our successful Authentic Cuba trip, Discover Enchanting Ireland, a trip to Turkey—In the Footsteps of St. Paul, a Cultural Journey to Sicily, and two domestic trips: to Chicago and to Ashland.
    Check out the Learning Through Travel website for more details
  •  A Global Perspective on Fall 2015 Undergraduate Applications


    Undergraduate Admissions has continued its strategic efforts to internationalize its applicant pool. Through international outreach, welcoming visitors from all over the world to campus and using arm-chair recruitment efforts, applications from overseas have increased 82% over the past three years. As the national enrollment deadline of May 1 approaches, we eagerly await to see the global diversity of the next Bronco class!

    A Snap Shot of Fall 2015 Undergraduate Applications:

    817 applications from high schools in 77 different countries

    238 applications from international students (non-U.S. citizens) studying at U.S. high schools


    284 U.S. citizens/ U.S. Permanent Residents applied from high schools in 47 different countries


    Top countries for # of applications:

    China                                    142

    India                                      141

    Philippines                             43

    Taiwan                                  41

    Canada                                 39

    Singapore                              38

    Hong Kong                            33

    Brazil                                    21

    Japan                                   21

    United Kingdom                   17

    Top Feeder High Schools for # of applications:

    American Nicaraguan School                       9

    American School in Japan                            11

    Hong Kong International School                    15

    Indus International School, India                   16

    International School of Beijing                        8

    International School of Manila                       11

    International School of Myanmar                     8

    Shanghai American School Puxi                    27

    Singapore American School                          28

    Taipei American School                                24


    Submitted by Becky Konowicz; Director of International Admission                                                                   

    *data as of April 20th, 2015