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California Dreamin'

After graduating from Vashon High School, I left the simple country life of the island behind after my acceptance to the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). During my five years of study at the University, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Latin American/Latino Studies and a minor degree in Journalism. I also had the opportunity to travel to Santiago, Chile as a foreign exchange student for 18 months with the Education Abroad Program (EAP) offered by the University. By the time I graduated in the Spring of 1999, I had decided that I wanted to pursue further studies in International Journalism with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Go Bannana Slugs, Go!!

The campus at UCSC is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, located in the heart of a redwood forest and overlooking the Monterrey Bay of Northern California. The University was built in the 1960's, and has traditionally offered an alternative form of higher education. Narrative evaluations are offered to students instead of grades, and most students are vegetarian and refuse to shave any body part. Patchouli wafts through the warm air and drum circles vibrate steadily outside of classroom windows at all hours. A favorite tradition of UCSC students is the weekly "4:20 'Fryday' smoke-out " in front of the Deans office. During this weekly ritual, several students gather to smoke marijuana at 4:20 p.m. to protest its illegal status in the United States. (Bet they will all get far with that one...) Athough UCSC has very few sports teams, our mascot is even the Bananna Slug. Why, you ask? It is the only animal that is passive enough. You know, the slug gives off a peaceful vibe, man... Although UCSC was bizarre in all forms, I am thankful to have attended as its liberal environment encouraged my creativity as a writer and provided me a plethora of interesting subjects as a budding news reporter.

To get a glimpse of the University, see
UCSC Info Page

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