Student Orientation Leaders

Welcome Class of 2022!

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!

Celeste (2019)

Hello Class of 2022! Congratulations and welcome to SUA! My name is Celeste and I was born and raised in La Puente, California. I have had many opportunities at SUA, including being Rhythmission Dance Team President, 2017 Summer Resident Assistant, Extended Bridge Program tutor, studying abroad in Japan, and now Student Orientation Leader for your class! I love dancing, reading, and going on food adventures. I am so excited to meet you all and be a part of your new journey at SUA! See you soon!



Kristen (2021)

Hullo class of 2022! My name is Kristen from the Class of 2021 and I am originally from Peculiar Missouri (yes, I'm really from this strange place, get it?). I love to read all kinds of books (manga too!) and play video games (some of my favorites are Super Smash Bros. and The Legend of Zelda series, let's play some time!) I love to sing and dance so you'll more than likely find me dancing to the jams they play in the cafeteria. I also enjoy learning new languages and cultures (a big reason why I chose Soka!) and am currently studying Traditional Mandarin here at Soka. I'm really excited to help you all with orientation and looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you! Go Class of 2022!! 

David (2021)

Hi 2022! My name is David. I’m a member of the Class of 2021 and I’m so excited to be your SOL. I’m from the small city of Asheville, North Carolina but I’ve lived everywhere from Maine to Costa Rica. When I’m not on random adventures, I love any kind of sports or competition. I also love reading The New York Times. You can find me playing pickup soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, or in the gym. If I’m not there, I’m probably holed up somewhere studying Chinese. 



Lucy (2019)

Hey cuties!!! Welcome to Soka, Class of 2022!!! I'm a fourth year here at Soka(I'm getting old)!!!!! My name is Lucy, I'm very local from Mission Viejo. I absolutely love the beach, the city of LBC, and sweet stuffs.  I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. I studied abroad in Paris so please come ask me all about it. I speak Spanish, have a 15 year old baby brother and I love hugs. Please don't over stress about coming, remember everyone is new to here aaaand you having this amazing awe-inspiring team of SOLs here specifically for you. We were all nervous first years at one point! If you have any questions on what to bring, what you need, or if you just want to rant feel free to contact me. 


Tram (2021)

Welcome to Soka, Class of 2022! My name is Tram and I’m from Class of 2021. I come from Hanoi, Vietnam- a beautiful country in the Southeast Asia. I love doing volunteer work and this Spring break, I just travelled to Houston, Texas with other SUA students to help people rebuild their houses after the Harvey hurricane last year. I also enjoy being around with people so you might see me everywhere on this campus. I’m a crazy dog lover and sometimes I cannot restrain myself from cute fluffy things. Anyway, I hope you all have a great summer vacation and I’m really exicited to meet you guys in August to share with you my wonderful journey in Soka. 


JC (2021)

Welcome Class of 2022! My name is J.C., I am from Class of 2021 and I’m excited to meet you all! I was born in Philippines and lived most of my life in Honolulu, Hawaii. I like to play soccer, workout and dance. If you ever need advice on sports, dancing, or the gym, I’ll be happy to help. Also, I am a very talkative person so feel free to talk to me about anything (especially memes). Soka is an amazing place and hopefully I can help show you how awesome the place really is. See you soon!


Harumi (2020)

Congratulations and welcome to Soka, class of 2022!! My name is Harumi and I’m a part of class of 2020. I was born and grew up in a crowded city in Tokyo, Japan. If I once start talking about my favorite Japanese food, I probably cannot stop myself. I also love exploring food from different cultures. I’m super ready to go on many food adventures with you. Besides eating, I love getting to know new people, laughing with others, and dancing! My life at Soka has been wonderful because people I met here really are treasure of my life and all the challenges allowed me to be stronger and more capable. I’m so excited to have you all as my Soka family and to share lots of memories with you. See you all very soon!


Shrihari (2021)

Hi Class of 2022! I am Shrihari or Hari. I am from Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India but I grew up in different places of India. I had studied in ten different schools in twelve years of my school life because of constant movement.  And I am glad that I am here in Soka for the next few years without any further movement! Soka is an amazing place to discover what you truly value. I feel very fortunate to study here and explore my passions. I am in a bunch of different clubs here. I love to read and write poems and stories. I sing and dance as well. And, I love longboarding around campus overlooking the vast and beautiful canyon. If you are interested, I can teach you how to!  I feel very honored to be an SOL of the Class of 2022 and I am very excited to see you all soon on our campus. Hooray, we will have lots of fun together!!

Abigail (2021)

Hey! My name is Abigail and I’m a member of the class of 2021 coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some of my main hobbies include anything art related, especially painting, as well as soccer as long as it’s not too competitive, longboarding, playing piano, and drinking a lot of coffee. I also love the outdoors, so I’ll be happy to show you some of the best nearby beaches and canyon hikes if that’s your type of thing. On campus I’m a member of the Josho Daiko club as well. I’m so excited for you to come in the fall and to get to know you all. See you soon!



Chloe (2021)

Welcome Class of 2022!! I’m Chloe from the class of 2021! I’m from Woodland Hills, California in Los Angeles County. Please use the pronouns they/them to refer to me since I identify as nonbinary, and feel free to ask me if you don’t know what that means! I can’t wait to meet you all and share my love of nature, all things queer, writing, vegan/gluten-free food, and doggos, among many other things. I’m very active on campus; I’m constantly gardening, cheerleading, working in the sustainability committee, doing ceramics, and leading my poetry club. If y​ou need something to do on campus, please ask me! See you soon ^.^