Student Orientation Leaders

Welcome Class of 2018!

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!


Suzuho (2015)

Hey guys! I am Suzu from the class of 2015. I'm from Japan but I used to live in America for five years when I was small. I studied abroad in Paris, France last semester and it was the most incredible experience of my life. It is so hard to believe that I'm going to be a senior next year; I remember getting ready for my freshman year and reading my SOL team's bios during the summer like it was yesterday. You guys are going to have such a great time here, and I'm so excited to be a part of it! Can't wait to meet you guys in August :) 

Cassidy (2017)

Hey 2018! I'm excited to meet all of you in the fall. I'm Cassidy from the Class of 2017. I'm from Illinois where I attended a non-traditional school for most of my education. After I graduated in 2011, I went to community college for 2 years where I focused on visual arts. This year at SUA I was a representative for Spirit Department. Next year I will be a leader for the Soka Education Conference. I like to spend my free time creating art, discussing alternative education, playing ukulele, singing, and watching entire series on Netflix in one sitting. Feel free to ask me any questions about SUA! :)


Hideto (2017)

Hey y'all! I’m Hiddy from Class of 2017 and I was born to be a comedian.
I came to Soka because I really really wanted to be YOUR SOL!!! Woot Woot!! So let's be shameless stupid together... jk.
I mean, let's entertain and enjoy together to break through super stressful (hopefully not...) first few weeks at Soka!!
Anyways, Don't worry, be happy!!!
We're always here for you!!VAMOS!!!

Hiromi (2016)

My name is Hiromi Hashimoto from the class of 2016. I am from Kenya, a beautiful country which you are all welcome to visit! I am very excited and nervous to meet you all. Do not fret you are in good hands. :) I enjoy the outdoors but love staying in as well. I love to laugh and watch scandal and the game of thrones. I love to travel and meet new people from different cultures. Please feel free to ask me anything. 


Bhamini (2017)

Hi 2018! I am Bhamini but you can call me Mini as most of the people do here, and I am from India! I do not have any special magical talent in either anything creative or sporty or science-y. I like doing the creative things anyway; I like walking around our beautiful campus and just being random or weird with/around my friends. I LOVE going to the beach – I love laying on the warm sand and listening to the sound of the ocean and pretending to be a mermaid in the ocean, it’s my happy place. I am looking forward to seeing you all and getting to know all you different people! Hope you have a great summer!

P.S. I am from the class of 2017, so you will be seeing a lot of me

Aaron (2017)

My name is Aaron Aubrey and I’m from the Class of 2017. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was recruited to Soka for Track and Field. At Soka, I am involved in various clubs like our A Capella singing club and Cheer. I am incredibly excited to meet the incoming freshmen class and look forward to the next academic school year! I also love speaking Japanese so please feel free to practice with me as much as you’d like. The year will be tough but with the help of us SOLs and your fellow classmates, you will be able to excel in whatever you do! See you all in August!


Wei-San (2015)

My name is Wei-san. I was born and grew up in a small town surrounded by beautiful islands in Malaysia. Growing up in Malaysia has given me the opportunity to learn several languages since I was small. And now, I speak five different languages, including Spanish that I learned at SUA. I love playing piano because it is a type of meditation that soothes out my stress. Thanks to SUA, I have the opportunity to learn cello too! I have wanted to learn how to play cello since I was small. I love to exercise as well because I feel healthy after exercise and don’t feel guilty about eating a lot. Lastly, I am very excited to be one of the SOLs for the class of 2018! 

Andrea (2017)

Hi 2018!! My name is Andrea from Class of 2017 and I’m so happy to meet all of you guys. I’m an international student from Peru, so my mother tongue is Spanish.  Currently, I’m taking French as my language requirement and planning to go to Strasburg for study abroad. I really love music, I like to sing and play some instruments and I’m taking many classes related to it here. Though I cannot play it very well, soccer is my favorite sport so if you ever want to talk about it or watch some game, you can always talk to me! So far, studying here has been a great experience and I really hope you feel the same about SUA. Wish you the best and congratulations 2018!!! 


Bryanna (2016)

I’m Bryanna from the Class of 2016.  I’m a Filipino-American born and raised in La Palma, CA.  I’m currently studying psychology and plan to study abroad in Osaka, Japan next spring.  In addition to being an SOL, I also work as a Student Fellow tutor at Soka’s Writing Center and intern as a Program Administrator at the Aliso Niguel Community Foundation.  I have a passion for art and music.  I love to draw, dance, and sing in my free time, and now I’m learning how to play guitar!  My goal in life is to fulfill Soka’s mission of living a contributive life and creating value in everything I do.

Brandon (2017)

Hi Class of 2018!  Congratulations on your acceptance to Soka!  My name is Brandon and I’m from Torrance California.  I love taking pictures and working on cars.  I am a part of the Track and Field team, Photo Club, and cheerleading.  Yes, you heard that right, cheerleading.  I took it up as a club on campus and I turned out to love it!  Me and my best friend Aaron both base for Soka cheer and truly enjoy what we do.  It was honestly an unexpected surprise!  Soka is filled with many opportunities so I’m excited to help you guys through whatever you may be curious about.  I am very excited to meet all of you guys soon!