Student Blogs

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Maria Elgueta

Nursing - Class of 2019

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I am an international student who moved from Chile to United States four years ago. I am pursuing a degree in Nursing and I am very honored to say that I am an Alfie Scholar, a Tau Sigma officer, and an International Student Leader at the International Outreach Department. What has set Seattle University apart for me from other universities is that it connects the spirit and the mind. The college cares about your personal well-being just as much as your academic goals. There is a feeling of caring for students as individuals. In this way, here I found a community who supports my learning not only by teaching me the essentials of my career, but also helping me to develop as a person. All of these aspects broaden the way I understand life and I am now a person who is conscious of the importance of civility, giving back to the community, embracing diversity and contributing to a more just and humane world. But hey, not everything is about studies! I love music. I play guitar and enjoy dancing as much as I enjoy singing in my car.

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Tanya Wunderlich

Communication and Media with a Specialization in Strategic Communications, Minor in Spanish - Class of 2019

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As a local girl from Kirkland, Washington, Tanya feels right at home in the Seattle rain, rush hour traffic and city lights. Being a Communication and Media major, she finds herself creating many social media campaigns, and is always finding new and unique social media platforms to play with and explore! Tanya loves being involved on campus and has dabbled in a little bit of everything from the University’s Drum Line, to being a leader for the New Student Retreat, and embarking on a study abroad trip to Nicaragua. One of Tanya’s favorite parts about Seattle University is the size of the campus, and how she can walk from one side of the campus to the other and know the names of most of the students she sees. When she is not engaged in her school work, Tanya can be found in the surrounding nature of the Pacific Northwest going on hikes or swimming in waterfalls. 

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Daryn Lenahan

English/Creative Writing - Class of 2021

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As an Air Force brat, Daryn moved around the world as a child, and is excited to make Seattle her permanent home! She is a sophomore English major, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She can often be found at Union Green or on the top floor of the library with a book in hand. On campus, Daryn enjoys theatre and is the assistant director at Inigo Student Theatrical Productions, which puts on entirely student run musicals; she is also a proud member of South Campus’ Residence Hall Association. Off campus, she loves trying all of the diverse and tasty food Seattle has to offer and vinyl hunting at Everyday Music at the corner of Pine and 10th. Daryn is passionate about Seattle University’s social justice mission and is thrilled to be able to share this mission with prospective and incoming Redhawks!

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Brandon Melton

Cultural Anthopology - Class of 2021

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I am a returning second year student returning to the rainy city of Seattle all the way from the Big Island of Hawai’i. In the climate switch from the Big Island to Seattle my first year was a harsh one, but I return eager to face Seattle weather with a grin on my face and a song in my heart. As a declared Cultural Anthropology major this year I intend to become even more involved in the club activities available at Seattle University. From Pike Place Market to the International District, I continue to explore the sights and excitement that this city has to offer. A big proponent of exercise and personal care, I am also a tremendous fan of science-fiction novels, cooking, beachgoing and hiking in the outdoors. Currently involved with the revival of the Anthropology Club and hoping to check out the Hui O Nani Hawai’i club this year.


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Kyla Zimmermann

Diagnostic Ultrasound - Class of 2021

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Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Seattle was a big change for Kyla from the state that never dips below 60º. Being in the class of 2021 as a Diagnostic Ultrasound major, Kyla spends lots of her time in the library and involved in lots of extracurricular activities. She enjoys being a member and the secretary of Hui O Nani Hawaii, the Hawaii club on Seattle U's campus, as well as participating in many intramural sports. Kyla loves the many diverse and fun clubs that Seattle U has to offer, and wants to be a part of as many as she can! She often takes the Seattle streetcar down to the International District where she works at a local poke shop. When Kyla isn't working or studying, she can be found going out to brunch with her friends or adventuring the many museums that the city has to offer.

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Lila Zuckermann

Communications and Media - Class of 2021

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I am a second-year student here at Seattle University. I am a Communication & Media major specializing in Journalism and I am working on finding a minor that fits me. I am from El Cerrito, CA and I consider Seattle the perfect distance away from home -- not too close, not too far. On campus, I am an Orientation Advisor, helping to run SU's summer orientation sessions and am a resource for new students throughout the year. In my free time, I love to bake, explore parks around Seattle, and hang out with my friends.

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Nicole Arshad

Communication and Media - Class of 2020

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Hi there! My name’s Nicole and I am currently a junior at Seattle U studying Communication & Media with a specialization in Strategic Communications and Spanish. I am originally from San Mateo, California but easily fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Aside from its natural beauty, the liveliness and the energy that Capitol Hill possesses is truly inspiring and drives me to be the best version of myself that I am capable of. Walking through the city, one can feel how passionate and full of life the people are. At Seattle U, I am a part of the Public Relations Student Society of American (PRSSA for short because that is a mouthful!), I play club volleyball, and am a member of the First-Generation Outreach Center. Through these activities, I have been able to learn so much about myself as an individual and be able to understand what I am able to accomplish when I graduate. In my free time, you can find me drinking coffee and enjoying a Mighty-O Donut probably working on something school-related.