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Oh, the Places Gauchos Will Go

As the academic year comes to a close, UC Santa Barbara prepares to send off some exceptional Gauchos.  Congratulations, Class of 2016! 

Posted on June 10, 2016 - 11:40pm

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Matt Perko

Oh, the places Gauchos will go! As a world traveler and global studies major, Colleen Conroy has seen many places. Originally from the small town of Cayucos, California, Colleen went to Santa Barbara City College for her first two years. After her time there, she decided to take some time off and travel abroad before attending UCSB.

While traveling around the globe, Colleen refined her skills in freelance and creative writing. After visiting various countries in Southeast Asia and Europe, she eventually settled in Algarve, Portugal, for six months. Colleen recalls: “What initially started as a weekend...

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Posted on June 10, 2016 - 7:20pm

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Matt Perko

As a junior transfer, Matt Nahangi chose UCSB not only for the great environment but also for its outstanding Economics and Accounting program. And while these two years have flown by for him, he said he’s grateful for the opportunities he has found here.

So how did Matt maximize his time? He became an intern at UCSB’s Alumni Association. Working closely with the Alumni Association staff, Matt said he learned skills and tools that he knows will benefit him in the real world. Beyond bookkeeping, accounting and crunching numbers, Matt learned what it’s really like...

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Posted on June 10, 2016 - 7:20pm

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Falling in love with the amazing campus and friendly community, senior Mick Castro said he knew that UCSB was the place to be. Mick has had a busy four years at UC Santa Barbara, from pursuing a double major in sociology and East Asian studies to being involved at the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD). Learning lessons both inside and outside the classroom, Mick has much to share with us.

While he was interested in sociology and East Asian studies to begin with, he said he was inspired by professors John Sutton and Fabio Rambelli...

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Posted on June 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

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Spencer Bruttig

Laura Delamare is a great example of someone who found her way at UCSB. As a freshman, she dipped her toes in a variety of classes to find a major that would best suit her. After taking a few communication classes, she knew she had found her fit in the social sciences as a communication major. “I met so many professors that I connected with,” she said, “and really enjoyed studying the theory behind communication.”

Laura also developed her passion for writing. “I always loved to write, so I knew I wanted to pursue the writing minor from the get-go.” Her favorite writing class became Writing 105M:...

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Posted on June 8, 2016 - 4:54pm

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Miranda Chan

From Minnesota to New York to California, Deborah Barany is a Gaucho on the go. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience and mathematics at Hamilton College in New York, she became a Ph.D. candidate in dynamical neuroscience, a new program at UC Santa Barbara. This is where Deborah fostered her passion for understanding how the brain functions to make complicated movements.

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Posted on June 8, 2016 - 1:20pm

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Spencer Bruttig

Meet Kelly Behlen, a global studies major and Technology Management Program certificate holder from Los Altos, California. Coming in as a transfer student, Kelly says she “quickly fell in love with UCSB, and the friendly atmosphere that made it even better.” She soon found an interest in the global studies program. “I really enjoyed how engaged and passionate everyone was!” she says. Her favorite class at UCSB was GLOBL 124: Global Conflict with professor Mark Juergensmeyer. “I loved how the class broke down what was happening in the world and encouraged people to think critically about complex concepts that...

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Posted on June 6, 2016 - 10:46am

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Whether in or out of the classroom, Priscilla Phan has dedicated her time at UC Santa Barbara to understanding and helping people in her community. As a psychology and cultural anthropology double major, she was attracted to learning how the brain worked, both socially and psychologically. Four years later, Priscilla has not only done research in two different fields but also discovered her passion for counseling and aiding others.

During her...

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Posted on June 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

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Terry Wimmer

Raised in Santa Barbara, Chris Siefe may not have traveled from very far, but he sure has come a long way. Entering UC Santa Barbara as a chemistry major, he explored interests in chemistry, physics and math. After his first year, he decided to pursue all three by switching his major to chemical engineering. During his time at UCSB, Chris took many classes, but he says his favorite class was Chemical Engineering 132: Analytical Methods. “I really enjoyed how applicable it was,” he said. “It combined advanced mathematical analytics and complex chemistry with real-life situations.”

Throughout his college...

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Posted on June 1, 2016 - 10:00am

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Matt Perko

Chrystal Anderson has always had a love for people and music. When she came to UCSB, she looked for every opportunity to bring these passions together. As a communication major and black studies minor, she was able to learn, understand and apply theories of effective communication. Outside of the classroom, Chrystal found additional learning opportunities through her work experiences.

Early in her college career, Chrystal became involved with the Associated Students Program Board, a student-run group that coordinates various campus events. As she entered her senior year, she became ASPB commissioner,...

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Posted on May 31, 2016 - 9:33am

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Meet Paul Malone, a two-time Gaucho who wears many hats. Paul graduated in 2015 as a College of Creative Studies Biology major, but he wasn’t ready to leave Santa Barbara quite yet. He enrolled in UCSB’s Master of Technology Management program (MTM), which prepares passionate engineers and scientists to pursue careers in technology ventures.

In addition to being one of 21 students in MTM’s inaugural...

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Posted on May 27, 2016 - 11:06am

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Terry Wimmer

UCSB senior Jessica Foster spent most of her childhood outdoors. Growing up on her parents’ 20-acre organic farm, Jessica brought her love for nature and the environment to UCSB by majoring in environmental studies and minoring in American Indian and indigenous studies. In addition to being from the Snohomish and Lummi tribes, she is of Haida heritage, so it only felt right to her to pursue something so familiar.

“The mixture of my heritage, my...

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Posted on May 20, 2016 - 11:12am

Flipping through the pages of Kate DiCamillo’s "The Tale of Despereaux" as a second-grader, Jessica Sparks knew she had a passion for the worlds that words can create. Fast forward to her senior year at UC Santa Barbara, and you can find her completing a double major in English and Renaissance Studies. Here, she discovered her love for literature of the early modern period, driving her to where she is today. Not only does Jessica work in the UCSB Library Outreach Department, but she also is an Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellow and Mentor, currently working on the...

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