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Major: Sociology major with minors in psychology, political science, and Pre-Law

Graduation Year: 2019

Hometown: San Francisco

Activities: I am the Senator Pro-Tempore and the Senator of College of the Pacific for Pacific's student government-ASUOP. I am also the treasurer of UOP's chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Austin Nash

"I chose to study Sociology because I have always been intrigued by the multitude of life experiences and how those experiences can fluctuate even within a small community, not to mention a city, state, country, continent, and the whole world."

Q: Why did you decide to come to Pacific?

A: I chose to come to Pacific because I felt like Stockton was an optimal place to study sociology and help the community. I also really liked the idea of going to a university where I could have a relationship with my professors. As a side, there was little doubt in my mind that I would leave California and all the luxuries it comes with!

Q: Why did you choose to study Sociology?

A: I chose to study Sociology because I have always been intrigued by the multitude of life experiences and how those experiences can fluctuate even within a small community, not to mention a city, state, country, continent, and the whole world. Growing up in San Francisco, I had a lot of friends from many different backgrounds, which gave me a diverse perspective that, unfortunately, not too many people have. I felt and still feel that sociology provides a foundation of learning that helps fortify the leaning process in other subjects.

Q: What's your favorite Pacific memory?

A: I have many memorable and amazing experiences from my time at Pacific so far, but if I had to pick one, I would say that winning the COP Senator vote by one vote takes the cake. Every vote mattered. Every ample piece of effort I put in had a vital affect. From that moment on, my life and the seriousness of my college career shifted. I look back to that moment as one of the catalysts that has brought me to the point I am today.

Q: What would you tell a prospective student who wants to study Sociology?

A: If I could tell a prospective sociology student one thing before starting Pacific, I would say to utilize the community we live in (Stockton), to implement some of the possible solutions that they may think of in the future. Sociological issues surround us, while we live in the bubble of Pacific; use the resources we have inside the bubble to help spread positive influence and prosperity for Stockton's future.

Q: Anything else you'd like to share?

A: The most valuable thing I could say to any student, whether they are prospective or currently enrolled, is that Pacific is unbelievably filled with resources and opportunity. Every day I choose to exploit Pacific for all of the potential it can offer me. In only a year-and-a-half, I have achieved more goals than I have in the second half of my life. Pacific is a diamond in the rough: You just have to be willing to endure the grit and dirt to own it.