ELIZABETH CRUZ | WINTER 2014 WEEK 10
Major: Business Administration (emphasis in Accounting) and Economics
Campus Involvements: LARC tutor for the Intermediate Economics 100 series, mentor in the Accounting Mentorship Program, member of Accounting Association
Hobbies: Working out, documentaries and reading dystopian-type novels. I am currently working on reading the Divergent series since I gave up documentaries for Lent ;(
Fun Fact: I love conspiracy theories.
Plans after college: After graduation I have a full-time offer at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their San Francisco office as an audit associate. However, am hoping to defer my start date for two years in order to serve as a corps member in Teach for America.
Advice to the Freshmen: My advice to freshman would be to define success in their own terms. It is not wise to let their peers influence what they think success means! If they learn to be happy and confident with themselves, nothing anyone thinks will phase them. In the wise words of Shwayze, “no matter what it is you tryin to do there's always gonna be somebody tryin to hate on you.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: I would be a human. I would not like to experience what it is like to not be at the top of the food chain!!!
NAYAN KAUR | WINTER 2014 WEEK 9
Major: Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting
Campus Involvements: Peer Educator at the Transfer Student Center, Undergraduate Business Association, Tau Sigma National Honor Society
Hobbies: Reading, singing, walking through Aldrich Park, eating, sleeping, and wishing I could be taller.
Fun Fact: "MY NAME IS A PALINDROME! Nayan spelled backwards is the same spelled forward."
Favorite Class at UCI: "PRISON GANGS, because who doesn't want to hear prison stories from an ex-Mexican mafia leader."
Advice to Freshman: “It’s okay if you don't know what you want to do in life. College is the time to discover your passion and create plans to make your dreams come true.”
DONNA LIN | WINTER 2014 WEEK 8
Major: Business Administration major with a specialization in Accounting
Campus Involvements: Lambda Phi Nu, Accounting Association, ASUCI Anteaters in Action
Hobbies: Sleeping, eating, hanging out with friends and my dog, arts and crafts, traveling, volunteering
Fun Fact: “When I used to learn ballet in elementary school, I was the carrot in the dance performance but always wanted to be the corn because it had better costumes.”
Senior Year Aspirations: “In my last year of college, I hope to continue my involvement with Anteaters in Action and Lambda Phi Nu. In addition, I want to take some fun classes like Italian and Dance. There are still so many new things to try, I hope I'll get the chance to experience them all!"
Parting Words: “Be daring. Take a deep breath and just do it. And try anything and everything!”
ANDREW BONDALE | WINTER 2014 WEEK 7
Major: Business Administration major with emphases in Marketing and Organization & Management
Campus Involvements: Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Gamma Delta “FIJI”, Luminated Career Consulting, Irvine Consulting Network, American Advertising Federation
Hobbies: "I enjoy playing basketball, listening to music (Trance, Hip-Hop, Raggaeton, etc.), volunteering, exploring different foods, worshiping the ground Kobe Bryant walks on… I mean, watching the Los Angeles Lakers."
Fun Fact: “I cracked my two front teeth longboarding last year and had to walk around for a month looking like a goober.”
Advice to fellow Anteaters: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Take the time to try out anything new that you can, especially in terms of a job or a prospective career. College is perhaps the last time you will have the opportunity to continually expose yourself to new viewpoints, opportunities, and ideas without serious repercussions—capitalize on it to the fullest!”
Career Thoughts: “Chase your passion, not your pension. If you become great at something you are passionate about, the salary and lifestyle you have dreamed of will follow.”
ANDREW PRAYOGO | WINTER 2014 WEEK 6
Major: Business Administration major with an emphasis in Finance
Campus Involvements: Delta Sigma Pi, Students Consulting for Non Profit Organizations, Luminated Career Consulting, Campus Representative
Hobbies: Eating out, photography, travel, watching Golden State Warriors basketball
Fun Fact: “I have 30+ pairs of socks.”
Career Thoughts: “Sometimes when you think you know what you want to do after college, you don’t. I definitely recommend starting the search for jobs early and working in different industries to see what you like – you’ll end up creating your own ‘rotation program!’”
Parting Words: “Experience wanderlust – the desire to travel the world. UCI is awesome, but traveling the world with the friends you make will definitely add to your college experience.”
PAULA VERKUYLEN | WINTER 2014 WEEK 5
Major: Business Administration with a minor in Film and Media Studies
Hobbies: Intramural sports, reading, singing, Crossfit and Barre
Campus Involvements: Gamma Phi Beta, UC EAP liaison, Greek Honor Societies: Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Rho Lambda
Fun Fact: "I recently participated in two local Miss America qualifying pageants!"
Most cherished college experience: "Having the opportunity to serve as President of Gamma Phi Beta; an organization that allowed me to meet many friends and enrich my college experience."
Advice for freshmen: "Get involved and do as much as possible with the time you have. It goes by quickly and you don’t want to miss out. Also, get an internship as soon as possible; it will help you gain experience and guide you guide you on your path."
NAREN SATHIYA | WINTER 2014 WEEK 3
Major: Business Administration and Computer Science
Fun Fact: I spent most of my childhood residing in Singapore. It was great experiencing another part of the world.
Hobbies: Hiking, surfing, discovering new foods, traveling to cities that follow different set of cultures, and of course, fun and meaningful conversations with good buddies.
Career Aspirations: I have had my fair share of corporate experience; but my passion still revolves around the startup lifestyle. Working on a project with a sense of ownership gives me an immense sense of joy. I haven’t yet decided what industry I would like to enter, but a few that do stand out to me are bioinformatics, augmented reality, “Internet of Things”, sustainable energy and wearable technology.
Advice for freshmen: "Play to the audience of one. The faster you find your passion and what really moves you, the easier and more enjoyable this journey through college gets."
TRAVIS SOUZA | WINTER 2014 WEEK 2
Major: Business Administration major with a specialization in Marketing
Campus Involvements: UCI Men's Basketball Team
Hobbies: Golf, Crossfit, watching TV
Interesting Fact: He went to a prep school in New Hampshire for a year
Future Goals: After graduation, Travis is thinking about pursuing basketball professionally overseas, and then using his business degree to go into marketing.
DALTON ROTH | WINTER 2014 WEEK 1
Major: Business Administration major with a specialization in Marketing
Campus Involvements: Trunk Show Stylist at Michael Kors where he hosts events and works back stage at fashion shows; Entrepreneur of his own real estate finance firm.
Hobbies: Eat, sleep and socialize!
Fun Fact: He has traveled to every state in the United States!
Future Goals: Dalton plans to graduate a few quarters early and continue to grow his real estate finance firm.