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Meet Some of Our Students

There are more undergraduates in Social Sciences than any other area of study at UC San Diego. Our students have diverse interests, and they pursue a variety of different passions – to do good, do well and make a difference – both as part of their academic work and beyond. You can learn a bit about them here: why they chose UC San Diego, how they picked their majors and what they plan to do next.


Christian DemesaChristian Demesa

Education Sciences Major and Minor in Mathematics

Christian is combining his passion for teaching and his love of the arts by focusing on arts education in particular. He also works with UC San Diego's largest service-learning program, Partners at Learning.

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Syreeta NolanSyreeta Nolan

Psychology Major with a Specialization in Human Health

Syreeta advocates for students with disabilities and helps voice the opinions of various underrepresented groups as a program developer for Housing Dining Hospitality at UC San Diego and an Underrepresented Students Officer for the UC system.

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Natalie TranNatalie Tran

Urban Studies and Planning Major with Minors in Political Science and Environmental Studies

The Urban Studies and Planning major – which includes social justice, design and sustainability – has provided Natalie with opportunities to involve herself in the community, like her Green Building internship with UC San Diego Sustainability.

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Alexandra SarkisAlexandra Sarkis

Political Science Major

In order to give back to her home community of Chula Vista, Alexandra aspires to provide legal services to low-income individuals or become an immigration attorney after attending law school.

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Adam SyedAdam Syed

Cognitive Science Major with a Specialization in Design and Interaction

An international student from Malaysia, Adam was recruited to UC San Diego for the fencing team. He’s discovered the large social impact and connections that can be fostered by designing interactive online platforms and combining user experience and graphics.

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Ethnic Studies and Education Sciences Double Major

A first-generation college student, Marco-Landon mentored Latinx youth in nearby Barrio Logan as part of the Race and Oral History class he was taking, encouraging them to be the first in their families to attend college as well.

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Sophia SylvestriSophia Sylvestri

Anthropology Major with a Concentration in Climate Change and Human Solutions

Anthropology has incorporated the lab-based and STEM curriculum Sophia loves as well as providing her with the opportunity to learn how to actively improve conditions in the community, especially in relation to the environment. 

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Olivier JamoisOlivier Jamois

Linguistics Major

Olivier took advantage of the Department of Linguistics’ opportunity to take graduate courses as a second-year student and immerse himself in a classroom of people pursuing the field professionally, an eye-opening experience to a variety of different career paths.

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Robert FrederickRobert Frederick

Critical Gender Studies Major

A passion that has developed from Robert’s experience at UC San Diego, and the intersectionality of the Gender Studies program, is to investigate who and what defines the general public as it pertains to health care and ensure that underrepresented communities are not excluded.

Learn more about Robert