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Celebrating our 100,000 alumni milestone involves talking about how each of you have carried the Santa Clara spirit into the world and made it your mission to change it. This means ALL of you! We are inviting all of you as Santa Clara alumni to tell your story – the teachers, accountants, volunteers, engineers, lawyers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, doctors, mothers, fathers, and all things you could imagine. Whether it’s easily visible to the outside world that you’re making it a better place, or just those near and dear to you can see it on a regular basis, hopefully a big part of your outlook is because of your time spent here at Santa Clara and how it shaped you into who you are today. We want to hear how!

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Elisa Pallares M.A. '81

Master's degree, Counseling Health Pyschology

"My story with Jesuit education started when I was four years old, and my father took me to accompany him to teach a course at Jesuit College, in Mexico City. My education at home was a humanist education, regardless was not religious, it was inspired by Jesuit philosophy.."

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Paul Fasi '78

Bachelor's degree, Political Science

"Just want to say "aloha" to my classmates – I know, long time no see. I'm basically the same guy I was in 1978, a bit wiser but much older. Darn!  I think that SCU pretty much brought out the best in me and there wasn't much left after that, so you could pretty much say that I peaked in 1978..."

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Monalisa Chati M.S. '14

Finance Business Systems, ServiceNow

Santa Clara, CA.

Master's degree, Management Information Systems

"I chose Santa Clara is because I wanted a university that blends technological innovation with social consciousness and this was it...."

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Molly Geisler '10

Case Manager, Jesuit Vounteer Corps

Seattle, WA. 

Psychology major / anthropology minor

"I prioritized small West Coast schools that emphasized service and global understanding through immersion trips, study abroad programs, and more..."

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Maggie Hurlbut '18

Social Media Coordinator, Santa Clara U.

Santa Clara, CA.

Communications major

"Santa Clara has broadened my perspectives on so many different grounds. I was introduced to my love of travel through my experiences in studying abroad..."

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Amanda Harris '18

Recent Graduate, Santa Clara U.

Orange County, CA.

Biology major, Women's and Gender Studies minor

"There were a ton of opportunities at Santa Clara that widened my scope of things I was interested in..."

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Joey Novara '18

Recent Graduate, Santa Clara U.

Stockton, CA.

Civil Engineering major

"What I'm most grateful for that Santa Clara University gave to me is all the friendships that I gathered along the four years that I spent there..."