Student Orientation Leaders

Welcome Class of 2023!

We understand that adjusting to college life may be difficult. In order to ease your transition, each of you will be assigned to a Student Orientation Leader (SOL). They are upperclassmen who are eager to help you in any way they can. They can’t wait to meet you and want to introduce themselves to you!

Abigail (2020)

Welcome to Soka, Class of 2023! My name is Abigail (you can call me Abby if you’d like), and I’m a part of the Class of 2020! I was born and raised in West Covina, California – otherwise known as the Little Manila of Los Angeles and also the city featured in the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend! I have an avid passion for desserts, musicals, and everything Disney! Along with these passions, I love listening to and dancing to K-Pop, specifically NCT and Blackpink! Fun fact: During my study abroad in Japan last Fall, I went on a spontaneous trip to Korea with fellow SOL Edison to take classes at 1Million Dance Studio! Apart from these facts, coming to SUA has been one of the best decision I have made because of the wonderful people I met and the strong friendships I created with them. During my time at SUA so far, the people here have given me so much support and encouragement, and I'm so excited for you all to be a part of the Soka community! I can't wait to meet you all and share many memories with you! Congratulations again on your acceptance to SUA and I’ll see you all soon! ^_^



Kiana (2022)

Welcome, Class of 2023! My name is Kiana, and I am so excited to meet you all. I belong to the Class of 2022, so I’m quite new here to Soka too. As corny as it may sound, I really do expect to learn and grow from you guys as much as you will from me. Having spent my first year super busy with classes and work, I did not give myself a lot of time to make good, meaningful relationships with the people here. I hope to change that with you all. There’s a lot to get to know about me, so don’t be afraid to approach me whether that’s just to say hi, ask my name, or make casual (or deep) conversation. I’ve heard that I have a resting “mean” face, but I swear I’m super nice, so don’t be intimidated by that. Anyhow, to tell you a bit about myself, I am from New York City. I have found interest in talking about the ways in which certain minority groups, such as people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ members, are oppressed all around the world. I love learning about different cultures and languages, and I am a huge fan of creative expression. In fact, I’m trying to get back into it myself. Like I said, there’s a lot to know about me, so don’t be shy to talk to me. So, that’s all for now; I can’t wait to meet you all in the fall! See you then!

Ed (2021)

Hello Class of 2023! Welcome to Soka! I would be one of your SOLs this year. My name is Zhi Shan from 2021 but everybody calls me Ed. I am an international student from Taipei, Taiwan. I am so excited to be one of your SOLs this year. For my hobbies, I really love horror films and I also love to listen to music especially 2000s pop throwbacks. So, if you’re into those I believe we will definitely get along! I am a huge food lover. I eat out a lot so we can hang out to grab some food from my favorite restaurants near Soka. Since I love music, I joined a club called Rhythmission, which is a hip hop dance club at Soka. I have performed in many school events. If you get to know me more you would notice I quote Vines in literally every sentence lol. I know going to a college far from home is hard. However, we SOLs are here to help and support you not only during the orientation but also your four years here. Feel free to ask us questions at any time. I am really excited to meet all of you in August. See ya soon!



Linda (2022)

Hello Class of 2023. Congratulations on getting into SUA! At Soka, you are starting a journey that will allow you to explore who you are on a deeper level while also challenging you to the core. The best thing about life here is that you have people that are on the same journey with you, and you will surely have fun experiences along the way.

My name is Linda and I was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda. I am part of class of 2022. My mother was born and raised in Tanzania while my dad grew up in Uganda, so I had an amazing opportunity to be raised with amazing features from three different cultures. I really enjoy dancing (I low key want to dance every time I have my headphones on). I am passionate about debate; I was a debater in high school for three years. This is why I will start debates even in normal social interactions with friends. My favorite movie star is Kerry Washington because both in movies and real life, she acts and speaks with a deep genuine passion for things she believes in. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, watching tv shows or jamming to music in my room. On that note, I will share that I really love Jamaican music and Cardi B. One of my favorite books are Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie and Question for Ada by Ijeoma Omebinyuo. I was introduced to SUA through my high school. I applied to Soka early action as it was my top choice university since I wanted a small community that would enable me to form deep connections with many people. My favorite thing about Soka is that I have formed lifetime friendships with people from diverse places around the world. I fell in love with the language program because I have always wanted to learn French. I just finished my first year, and I planning to concentrate in International Studies. I am part of the Model UN at Soka, and I plan to pursue a career in International Development. 

Edison (2020)

What's up Class of 2023! My name is Edison and I'm from the Class of 2020! Congratulations and I'm so glad that you decided to come to SUA! You're about to embark in one of the most exciting journeys of your life, and I'm here to help or assist you! I was born in Hong Kong, and I grew up in Artesia, California! I'm super excited to meet and talk to everyone! Along with English, I can speak Cantonese, and a conversational amount of Mandarin and Japanese. I'm really into dance, speech and debate, photography, law, and basketball! I studied abroad in Kansai and Kanazawa, Japan and had an amazing time there, learning about Japanese culture, language, and law! I really love all types of food (but I really really love Dim sum and Ramen), so lets go gets food together when you arrive :) I also enjoy getting to know people deeply, so I hope we can form a great connection before I graduate in the spring! If you have any worries or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime! I'm always here for you! Let's hang out soon!


Luna (2022)

Hello Class of 2023! My name is Luna and I was born and raised in Costa Mesa, California which is about a 30-minute drive from campus. I’m from the class of 2022 and my concentration is in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I’m currently studying Japanese and can’t wait to study abroad in Japan! I enjoy listening to all sorts of music and I love going to concerts too. Please share your favorite songs with me, I always like to discover new music! I’m vegan (at least I try my best to be) and love trying new vegan foods! I love to be in different environments and take any opportunity that I can to visit different places and explore. I also really like doing all types of arts and crafts. I’m so excited to finally meet you all and welcome you onto campus! Feel free to talk to me if you have any questions or concerns, I’m here for you! 


Kazumi (2020)

Congratulations and welcome to Soka, Class of 2023!!

I am Kazumi from Class of 2020. I was born in Ibaraki and grew up in Saitama, Japan.

Last semester, I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain so please come talk to me if you have any questions! I love traveling so I visited 20 different cities during my study abroad, including London, Morocco, Paris, Venice, Berlin, and more! Traveling by myself was challenging for me at first, but I ended up having so much fun to meet new people from different countries. Soka gave me such a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone. I am fortunate to explore my passion and grow together with my Soka family. Besides traveling, I like playing basketball, watching movies, and getting to know new people. I also love the Hawaiian hula dance, which makes me relaxed and calm. Soka has many clubs so I hope you can find your favorite clubs once you get to our campus. I am excited for your new journey at Soka and to be your Student Orientation Leader. I cannot wait to get to know each of you. I hope you all have a great summer vacation. See you all very soon in August! 


Sophia (2022)

Welcome to SUA, Class of 2023! My name is Sophia and I am from California, where my family has moved around a few times (LA to San Diego to San Francisco) and where I was unschooled (ask me what that means if you’re curious!). My first languages were Spanish and English and although I am currently studying Japanese, I am always excited to learn more about the native or learned languages of my friends and peers, and I plan to study other languages in the future. I love learning about the world, particularly through the fields of linguistics, education, geography, art, film, literature, history and anthropology. I also love to swim and am proud to represent Soka as a student-athlete. When I’m not in the swimming pool, the Pacific Ocean, the classroom, or the library, I enjoy cooking and sharing meals with friends, reading (nearly any form or genre), and creating (photography, film, crafts, etc.). Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, could use an outside perspective, need someone to listen, or even just want a hug. I look forward to meeting you all and hope that you find yourself thrilled with everything SUA has to offer. Congratulations and welcome, Class of 2023!

Hamza (2020)

Congratulations on choosing our little oasis, I hope your journey here was pleasant and that you join me for a cup of Tulsi tea soon. I hail from Lahore, Pakistan but have internalized the global citizen motto, which makes me all the more curious to learn more about you. I am passionate about international studies and humanities as I am trying to double concentrate in both at Soka and am always open to a conversation about film, philosophy, and memes. Since I didn’t start listening to music in other languages, one of my favorite things to do is to ask new friends to make me a playlist which helps me learn more about that that I wouldn’t otherwise so feel free to open that Spotify app. Lately, I have developed a nostalgia for the Bollywood films that I watched as a child and would love to show share that experience with you all. Last semester, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which was a significant experience in my life as I not only learned more about Spanish culture but also traveled to several other countries and made friends all over the globe, which is something I have always wanted to do. I can’t wait to see you all here at Soka.  


Thomas (2022)

Hey class of 2023! My name is Thomas, and I'm from the class of 2022! I've been looking forward to meeting y'all even before I became an SOL, and I hope that we'll be able to grow and get to know each other. I am Japanese American and was born and raised in Anaheim, California. I am passionate about dancing, urban dance in particular. I have done urban dance throughout high school and currently direct Project 39 at SUA. If you want to learn how to dance, I got you! I'll also be down for a match of Smash Ultimate or Mario Kart anytime; video games were a part of my childhood and it's honestly a great way to get to know people. Speaking of getting to know people, I enjoy talking with people in small groups or one-on-one to get to know each person as an individual. I also love exploring and trying new foods, so let's share our favorite dishes and get to know each other over a nice meal! Again, I'm looking forward to welcoming all of you to SUA in August! Congratulations and see y'all soon!