Counselor for Diversity
Facebook Profile: www.facebook.com/wcolympia
Hometown: Pomona, CA
College Attended: Westmont College, ‘06
Degree: B.S. Kinesiology
Favorite memory of being a Westmont student: I have many!
- Being a freshman Resident Assistant (RA) in Page - helping incoming freshmen find themselves and their place at Westmont.
- Being a student athletic trainer/first responder for women's volleyball and men's baseball for three consecutive seasons.
- Touring the LA area with Westmont College Gospel Choir.
- Pulling all-nighters with 3-4 tables worth of people at IHOP or Carrows.
Favorite Place on Campus: Tennis Court Gardens - During the spring the garden is lush with color and juicy fruits!
My Hobbies: I love listening to music at all times of day (Polynesian Reggae, Samoan Folk Songs & Hymns, Gospel Hip Hop, R&B, Motown), watching episodes of Bones & House, baking, reading, singing, Polynesian dancing, and driving to the LA area to visit my family.
Favorite Aspect of Westmont: As a prospective Westmont student I was REALLY hesitant about the size and cultural diversity ratio of Westmont. I’m from a big Polynesian family (I'm the eldest of six children and the third eldest of 20+ grandchildren on my mom's side). I was raised in a proud Samoan family, attending Samoan Congregational Church in Compton, California. A small Christian liberal arts college tucked away in the hills of Montecito didn't seem like a comfortable fit. But something about Westmont really pulled on my heart strings.
After attending Westmont, I realized that Westmont isn’t small at all, but intimate in every way. I have had professors offer extra one-on-one study sessions before a big exam. Those same professors offered prayers and words of encouragement during a family member's passing. I’ve had friends drive for hours to sleep in hospital hallways with me and my family, staff members mentor and mold me, supervisors care for me and “prune” me; an entire community committed to helping me grow emotionally, academically, and spiritually. That’s why I believe in Westmont and why I work here.