1. Tell me about the first-ever All Campus Graduation Celebration.
The idea for the All Campus Graduation Celebration came out of the USES (Undergraduate Student Experience and Satisfaction) report. I think that students really want a time to come together as an entire campus. During the normal commencement ceremonies, we don't get a chance to celebrate with our friends from other colleges. Hopefully, this event will unite everyone and make them proud to be a part of UC San Diego.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be speaking this year. His theme will be sustainability. I believe our campus is the global leader in sustainability so the choice is very appropriate. And it's something students really care about. We have a very globally minded campus that genuinely is concerned about the future.
It's been amazing to hear how excited students are about the All Campus Graduation Celebration. Everyone I have talked to has been imessed that we are having this event.
2. What are some of the activities that have been planned for Senior Week?
Sandoe: Aside from the All Campus Graduation Celebration, we will have a whole bunch of activities so that seniors have one last chance to enjoy themselves together. We will be going to Sea World, the zoo, Mission Bay and the Padres game together. It will be a great chance for us to see all of the things we haven't had a chance to in the last four or five years. We will also have two grad night celebrations and college days. There will be a career services fair for the people that need last minute job help. There are also bonfires and alumni events that sound like they will be a lot of fun. I can't wait. [Click here to see a list of Senior Week activities.]
3. What activity are you personally most excited about?
Sandoe: I'm really looking forward to finally going to Sea World. I've lived here for five years, and currently live five minutes from Sea World, but I have never actually been there. I also am looking forward to spending time with my friends at the beach and doing things that we never got a chance to do during the school year.
4. How did you get involved as co-chair of the All Campus Graduation Celebration and the planning of activities for Senior Week?
Sandoe: Last year, I served on Associated Students as the Chief of Staff for the AS President. In doing so, I became friends with Erik Rodriguez-Palacios, who headed the effort last year. When the event did not happen last year, I decided to take on this project with all of my effort. I always wanted to work on a project that fulfilled the premises of the USES report. It was only natural for me to help with Senior Week as well.
5. What are your plans after graduation?
Sandoe: This fall, I'm headed to graduate school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for my Masters in Public Health, Policy. After that, I plan to save the world.
6. What is your dream job?
Sandoe: To be the President of Doctors Without Borders. I think that the best way to help people is through public service. My passion is health care. Helping people who would otherwise lack quality health services is my duty as a person.
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Favorite place on campus: CLICS [Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services]. I've spent 6-8 full nights in CLICS during finals week. There is nothing like studying at 6 a.m.
Favorite eatery on campus:
Favorite place to relax on campus: People relax on campus?!? The blocks on Library Walk on Farmers Market days.
Favorite UCSD tradition/event:(Besides the All Campus Graduation Celebration?) Spirit Night.
Favorite subject in college: Tie between Embryology Lab and California Politics.
Favorite book: Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
Favorite time of day: Early morning (before 8 a.m. class)
Favorite movie: Clueless