Senzo Zola Sokhela


Hometown: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

College Attended: Westmont College, ‘25

Degree: Political Science

Favorite place on campus: I enjoy spending my time on the track with the team.There's a profound sense of therapeutic release in expressing oneself through motion on the track. The backdrop of the mountains and the setting sun further enhance the beauty of our training facility during the fall season.

Favorite Aspect of Westmont: One of the aspects I truly appreciate about Westmont is the way our professors go above and beyond their role as lecturers. They not only impart knowledge but also serve as invaluable mentors, sharing their wisdom, experiences, and guiding students towards the right opportunities to thrive in our personal pursuits.

Favorite Westmont memory: Witnessing Westmont during daylight hours for the very first time left me utterly captivated. Due to geographical constraints, I hadn't been able to make prior college visits, so my inaugural step onto the Westmont campus coincided with the beginning of the semester. I embarked on this journey without preconceived notions, and I can only express my profound awe and astonishment.

Why did you choose Westmont: What led me to choose Westmont were several key factors I prioritized in selecting a college: student population, academic excellence, faith-based values, and coaching philosophy. Westmont's intimate size assured me of the opportunity for meaningful interactions with professors and staff, creating a sense of belonging where I wouldn't be just another face in the crowd.Westmont extended a warm welcome that made me feel truly valued, not merely a statistic. The combination of rigorous academics, a strong foundation in faith, and high athletic standards provided a holistic and well-rounded education that I hold in high regard.On a personal level, it was reassuring to know that I wouldn't be alone; Westmont had a community of friends I could connect with, including fellow alumni from my high school and home country.

Hobbies: During my very limited free time, I love to watch and catch up on global sports, especially running, cricket, and rugby. Away from sports, thrifting and changing up my closet is something I enjoy doing with my close friends. And of course I do love my Wednesday (if you see me around campus ask me about the significance).