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Michaela Ahlstrom
Assistant Director

Hometown: Scotts Valley, CA

Alma Mater: SCU, King’s College London

Year I Joined Undergraduate Admission: 2019

I Think SCU Is a Great University Because: the unique Jesuit focus on caring for the whole person, mind, body, and spirit, makes SCU a truly special place. Students, staff, and faculty are not treated like one dimensional beings but rather as people who are complex and deserve recognition in all aspects of life. 

Favorite Class in College: Gender and Ethics

Hobbies & Interests: yoga, hiking, traveling, learning, painting, DIY projects

Fun Fact: My camp counselor name was Mary Poppins.

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Show up well: The importance of prioritizing holistic wellness throughout the application process.

Using the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as a framework, take a moment to recognize yourself as an integrated being in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person). It is so important to recognize that we cannot show up well in our work, including applications if we are not operating from a place of wellness. While applications are important and will help you achieve your intellectual and financial wellness goals, there are other areas of wellness that can easily take a backseat. Losing sight of these factors can be detrimental to health, quality of life, and even academic performance. So let's look at simple ways we can improve our wellness and show up well in everything we do, even applications! Well: adverb in a good or satisfactory way. adjective in good health; free or recovered from illness.

The 3 Schools at SCU: Choosing Your Academic Path

What do you want to be when you grow up? You may remember this question from childhood, but the age-old axiom often resurfaces when you begin your college search process as well. While the question may seem unanswerable now, we’re here to help you examine your interests and pick a path that’s right for you!