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Saroja Sowmya Ayyar

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Sowmya Ayyar

Graduation Year: 2000

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Current Residence: India

Major at Santa Clara: Sociology

Occupation: NGO Director/PhD Student (Peace and Yoga)

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Favorite memory from Santa Clara 

  • Standing on the steps of O'Connor
  • Appreciating the sights, smells, and sounds of the rose garden
  • Making new friends on the first day of class while waiting for the Chemistry hall to open up!
  • A great philosophy class with only 5 students

Extracurricular activities while a student at SCU

  • Volunteering in Health Education at Kaiser Permanente
  • Internships at Santa Clara Senior Center and Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services

My hobbies and interests

  • Nature, especially through hiking, swimming, walking, cycling
  • Writing, especially poetry and blogs (particularly travel)
  • India, especially exploring its nature and architectural wonders
  • Friends, especially developing deep friendships
  • Arts, especially music, dance, drama, modelling, and acrylic and soft pastels
  • Education, especially uplifting under-privileged
  • Yoga, especially through my NGO

Things I am good at...

  • Empathy
  • Guidance
  • Teaching
  • Encouragement
  • Leadership

Expertise that I have acquired in my life and career that I bring to my term of service on the SCU Alumni Board

  • Leading teams
  • Ideating and brainstorming
  • Planning and organizing