Student Orientation Leaders

Welcome Class of 2021!

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!

SOL group photo

2017 Student Orientation Leaders

Tatsuya (2018)

Welcome to Soka, class of 2021! I’m Tatsuya from class of 2018, and I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I faced a lot of challenges when I was a first year because it was the first study abroad experience for me! I’m more than happy to share with you everything I learned through the past 3 years of Soka life. I love swimming, playing baseball, singing, taking pictures, learning a new language, and you can absolutely do all of these here at Soka! I’m so happy and excited to be a part of the beginning of your new journey, and can’t wait to see you all!


Hinako (2020)

Hello 2021 friends! My name is Hinako and I'm from the Class of 2020. I was born in Okinawa, a beautiful tiny island in Japan. I love people and enjoy my time with animals and nature. There are a lot of people walking their dogs on campus so I always ask them if I can pet their dogs. One of my favorite things to do on campus is to walk to where the gazebo is in the morning and read, feeling the breeze run through my hair and listening to birds chirping. I also love going to the laundry room in the morning, too! It smells so good and the light shining through the window is beautiful. I am passionate about early childhood education, and I recently started doing yoga which I truly enjoy. Oh, how I wish I can meet you all right now! My awesome SOL family and I will all be waiting for you with a warm welcoming heart! Sending you hugs from Soka!

Shivi (2020)

Hey 2021!!! My name is Shivi and I am from Nepal. I am super excited to be your SOL! I hope you come prepared to hear lots of Ed Sheeran songs and never-ending meme references. If you ever need someone to hang out with you or help you with your laundry (don’t worry I learned it after coming to SUA too), hit me up!

Have an amazing summer, spend time with your loved ones. Most importantly eat lots of home food because you’re going to miss it so much!! But don’t worry, I love cooking so we can definitely make food together here too! Can’t wait to see you all!


Naomi (2019)

My name is Naomi, I am honored to be a student orientation leader.

I am in my second year at Soka University and grew up in Oceanside California. I enjoy soaking up the sun in the Canyon that surrounds Soka. You can typically find me in the green area between the dormitories dancing with my hula hoop. If you ever see me feel free to come say hi! I am an environmental studies student learning spanish and will be traveling to Ecuador in the Spring of 2018.
​Love and Light to you!

Mewael (2020)

Hello Class of 2021, First of all, I would like to congratulate you all on your admission to SUA. My name is Mewael, from the class of 2020. I also go by Mewi, so feel free to call me Mewi. A little bit about myself, I am from Ethiopia. I love listening to music, watching movies and TV shows, biking, reading, and running. I absolutely love my education at SUA and I hope you will love it as much as I do. As a student, you will be provided with a lot of opportunities. For instance, study abroad, internships, carrier building courses, learning cluster travel grants, summer internship grants, on-campus employment, and a lot more... SO YEAH make the best out of all those opportunities. I am thrilled to be one of your Student Orientation Leaders and I can’t wait to meet each one of you! 


Nikita (2020)

Welcome Class of 2021! I’m so excited to meet you soon! I’m Nikita from the class of 2020 and I’m from Connecticut on the cold East Coast! I came here to escape the winter, and now spend sunny days lounging on the green and enjoying the beaches nearby! I love traveling, tennis, painting, & eating/cooking good food.

I got to travel to Malaysia and Singapore my first year through the Learning Cluster Program you’ll all participate in, so if you ever want to talk about the program and other opportunities here on campus, I’m your girl! I hope you all take advantage of the wonderful offerings SUA has to provide.

Miki (2020)

Class of 2021, hello! Congratulations and welcome to SUA! My name is Miki and I am from a tiny town in New York called Brewster. I am a part of a few different clubs like Rhythmission, Soka Education Student Research Project, Archery, and am part of my class’s Spirit Committee! I’m a bit of a busy-body and like to keep myself moving around (you may learn for yourselves that I am a very hyperactive person who gets easily distracted!). When we meet the first thing I will do is show you a picture of my dog, so please bear with me. J Can’t wait to meet you guys!


Vasko (2019)

Hey 2021!! I’m Vasko from the class 2019 and I’m really pumped to meet you all! I was originally born in Bulgaria, but I moved to the US when I was 8. I have a lot of different passions, but I’d say by far my biggest is meeting new people and hearing their stories (a close second is reading.)I try to be as involved as possible in SUA, so I’m a member of our Student Senate, the Track team, and our Haka Tribe, among other things. Sometimes I don’t get much sleep because of all of this, but the memories I’ve made make it all worth it!Anyways, I’ve wanted to be an SOL since the very first day I came to this campus, so I’m really excited to introduce you to the amazing adventure that life at Soka will be! See you all soon!! 

Lucero (2020)

Hello Class of 2021!! My name is Lucero. I'm from Gilroy, California (very bottom of the Bay Area). I really enjoy dancing, so I have been in many of the dance clubs we have at SUA. I am a huge fan of Disney and Studio Ghibli. You can catch me listening to my instrumental ghibli playlist while I'm studying! I speak Spanish, and I am currently taking Japanese here at SUA! I love learning languages but don't have to learn all the ones I want. Please teach me words or phrases from any languages you know! I can't wait to meet all of you!​


Mark (2020)

Welcome home Class of 2021! My name is Mark and I am a part of the Class of 2020. I was born in Singapore but lived in Bellevue, Washington for a while. At SUA, I participate in our school’s Cross Country team as well as our student government as 2020’s treasurer. At SUA, you will have many opportunities to grow as a person and discover new passions. Also, the nearby canyon and beach are a definite plus studying here! Again, I want to congratulate you all on your acceptances! You all have worked so hard to get here and I cannot wait to meet you all in August! Have a great summer!