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Angel Abundez '19

Home Town: Ventura, CA
Major: Undecided

Favorite place on campus: Kingsmen Park
Favorite CLU Activity: Hall Wars

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Grant Bagne '18

Home Town: Placentia, CA
Major: Business Administration

Favorite place on campus: Samuelson Chapel
Favorite CLU Activity: Intramural Sports Hall Cup Tournment

"My favorite thing about Cal Lutheran is the sense of community. The students I have met at this university are such amazing people and the friendships I have made here will be life lasting. Everybody is so happy and enthusiastic about Cal Lutheran! The staff and faculty give individualized attention to offer help and make students feel confident in their studies. Cal Lutheran is the best place for students to grow and discover their purpose."

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Rebecca Callahan '18

Home Town: San Tan Valley, AZ
Major: Psychology and French

Favorite place on campus: Gumby
Favorite CLU Activity: Common Ground 

"One of my favorite things about CLU is that I feel so at home here. It gives me a place that I belong to. I don't have to look hard to find someone that genuinely cares, whether it's a fellow student, professor, campus pastor, or even just a random person I walk past. "

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Tetteh Canacoo '16

Home Town: Thousand Oaks, CA
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: Student Union 
Favorite CLU Activity: ASCLUG Events 

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Bryson Contrades '18

Home Town: Ewa Beach, HI
Major: Business Administration

Favorite place on campus: Starbucks
Favorite CLU Activity: The Student Support Services SOAR Program

"I fell in love with CLU because of the genuine kidness I experienced while visiting. CLU has become a second home full of opportunities, enthusiasm and success. I have experienced full on support from friends, faculty and staff and couldn't ask for a better place to continue my education."

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Andrew Daehlin '18

Home Town: Moorpark, CA
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: Jack's Corner
Favorite CLU Activity: Play Fair


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Sarah Delgado '17

Home Town: La Mirada, CA
Major: Multimedia

Favorite place on campus: Starbucks
Favorite CLU Activity: Homecoming Carnival

"It's the simplest things that remind me daily that I made the right decision in choosing Cal Lutheran. The campus possesses a unique energy that immediately makes you feel welcome."

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Brittany DeValk '17

Home Town: Elk River, MN
Major: History Pedagogy

Favorite place on campus: The Samuelson Aquatics Center
Favorite CLU Activity: Improv

I remember walking out of my first class on the first day of the semester and just thinking, "This is where I'm meant to be, I made the right decision to come here!" I'm reminded of this daily as I'm challenged academically, as the professors take an interest in my academic success, and as the friendships I've made so far transform into friendships that will last a lifetime. Cal Lutheran has the prefect balance for me academically, athletically, and socially! I'm so glad Cal Lu will be my home for the next couple years!  

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Andres Elvira '18

Home Town: Porter Ranch, CA
Major: Sociology

Favorite place on campus: Regals Way
Favorite CLU Activity: New Student Orientation

"One of the most admirable qualities about Cal Lutheran is its large emphasis on diversity and embracing all types of cultures and traditions. CLU fosters an environment that promotes multicultural awareness, in a community that greets all people with open arms and open hearts.”  

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Anissa Fraijo '19

Home Town: Brea, CA
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: The Cross
Favorite CLU Activity: Intramural Sports

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Dixie Gladbach '18

Home Town: Oconomowoc, WI
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: Kingsmen Park
Favorite CLU Activity: CLU Athletic Events

"Great memories from Cal Lutheran so far and I just keep making more. I'm greatful for all the fun events on campus, opportunities, helpful staff, and amazing people I have met. Cal Lutheran has helped me figure out who I want to be in the future and given me the tools to succeed."

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Diana Hernandez '16

Home Town: Ojai, CA
Major: Psychology

Favorite place on campus: Kingsmen Park
Favorite CLU Activity: The InCLUsive Overnight Program

"My favorite thing about Cal Lutheran is the individual attention you receive from your professors and the student population. All the professors take the time to know your name and take an interest in your life, and the students are all friendly open to meeting new people. It is impossible not make friends here at CLU!"

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Christopher Jelloian '16

Home Town: Chatsworth, CA
Major: Physics

Favorite place on campus: Ullman Stadium
Favorite CLU Activity: Monte Carlo Night

I am very thankful that I get to attend such an incredible school. At Cal Lutheran, I have grown immensely as a person, and I feel that I have made a difference in the lives of other students and faculty. 

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Kim Jensen '16

Home Town: Oro Valley, AZ
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Favorite place on campus: Samuelson Chapel
Favorite CLU Activity: Common Ground & Improv

"The size of the campus is what really drew me to Cal Lutheran, that and the physical beauty of campus; I love hiking to the cross. I also love how my professors take an interest in my success and personally see that I am taking the steps to make my dreams and goals a reality. I have discovered how small the world really is by coming to Cal Lutheran and the connections this small world brings through Cal Lutheran are unimaginable."

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Tiffany Kuchinski '19

Home Town: Simi Valley, CA
Major: Biology

Favorite place on campus: Student Union
Favorite CLU Activity: CLU Athletic Events

Cal Lutheran makes the people who go here feel more like a family than a student body. Everywhere you turn others look to you with a smile and are more than happy to share their experiences with you. It is the best place to learn and grow and thrive more than you ever thought possible.

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Carson Nicodemus '18

Home Town: Monument, CO
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Favorite place on campus: Forrest Fitness Center
Favorite CLU Activity: CLU Athletic Events

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Christopher Otmar '16

Home Town: Salinas, CA
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: Kingsmen Park
Favorite CLU Activity: Homecoming & Family Weekend

Cal Lutheran has something for everyone, and the university is truly invested in each student’s individual talents and interests. The unique community feel, small class sizes, and the chance to get to know the professors on campus gives Cal Lutheran the ideal college atmosphere. 

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Veronica Ramos '16

Home Town: Santa Barbara, CA
Major: Psychology

Favorite place on campus: The Student Support Services Office
Favorite CLU Activity: The SOAR Program and Orientation Activities

"CLU has taught me so much, not just academically, but as a person as well. I love all the opportunities and support that is offered. Everyone from students to staff and professors are so encouraging and genuinely kind, making me feel like I am at home and a part of the school's family. Most importantly, being at CLU has given me the confidence to succeed in anything that comes my way."

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Jeffrey Roberts '18

Home Town: San Diego, CA
Major: Theology and Christian Leadership

Favorite place on campus: Samuelson Chapel/Wennes Interfaith Chapel
Favorite CLU Activity: Alternative Break Trips

"My favorite part about Cal Lutheran is all the opportunities that are available to the students.  Being only 45 minutes for LA and Santa Barbra, there are so many internships available for every major.  Also, there are lots of scholarships and funds available for students to attend conferences all over California and the U.S. as a part of Cal Lutheran.  This allows students to engage in experiential learning rather than being confined to a classroom."

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Kylie Rodriguez '19

Home Town: Nipomo, CA
Major: English

Favorite place on campus: The Pearson Library
Favorite CLU Activity: Improv

Cal Lutheran constantly offers opportunities for success and fun in and out of the classroom. Whether it be the one on one connection you make with your professors, having most of your classes with 20 people or less, or just having an essay as your final exam, you know that the staff is here for you. Along with the dedication from the staff, our ASCLUG board makes it easy for us to de-stress with a new event almost every single day. 

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Ariana Sanchez '17

Home Town: Moorpark, CA
Major: Criminal Justice

Favorite place on campus: Jack's Corner
Favorite CLU Activity: Homecoming Weekend

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Christina Sharkey '17

Home Town: Mill Valley, CA
Major: Biology

Favorite place on campus: CLU Bookstore
Favorite CLU Activity: Homecoming Weekend 

"Cal Lutheran is filled with positive and cheerful people. I chose the school because I love the community-feel of the campus and the endless amount of opportunities that students have to improve their academic experience."

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Charmaine Shih '18

Home Town: Hong Kong
Major: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

Favorite place on campus: Jack's Corner
Favorite CLU Activity: Improv & Painting the CLU Rocks

"Cal Lutheran is a place that not only drives us to succeed in our education but also flourish as individuals. We are able to push ourselves academically since we are offered such a wide range of classes. We are given many opportunities to find and to learn more about ourselves as individuals in this world, not only through our classes but also through our diverse student body. With such diversity on campus we are exposed to many different sets of cultures and beliefs that help us on our journey to finding ourselves. Personally I think that the most important concept that we are taught is to discover our purpose as individuals in everywhere that we go and in every situation that we are in."

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Brooke Sikkema '19

Home Town: Stevenson Ranch, CA
Major: Theatre Arts and Psychology

Favorite place on campus: The Blackbox Theater
Favorite CLU Activity: Improv

I immediately fell in love with California Lutheran's community as soon as I got here. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and the staff works hard to give each student the individual attention they need to succeed. The amount of clubs and opportunities on campus have really helped me to discover myself and my passion, as well as make great friends who share my interests. It is so easy to get involved and meet new people!

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Amanda Souza '19

Home Town: Moorpark, CA
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: The Pearson Library and Student Union
Favorite CLU Activity: CLU Rock Painting

When I began my college search the most important aspect for me was a real personal relationship between students and professors, and Cal Lutheran has given me that. This school has exceeded my expectations and has provided me with professors that truly care about me and my educational pursuits. I feel so blessed to have been given the unique opportunities that a small intimate campus has to offer, and I am honored to be a part of this CLU community.

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Alec Sprague '18

Home Town: Chula Vista, CA
Major: Communication

Favorite place on campus: Forrest Fitness Center
Favorite CLU Activity: New Student Orientation and Improv

"When deciding what College to attend, I knew that I wanted a strong sense of community, which is exactly what Cal Lu has to offer. The school makes everyone feel welcome, it is an overwhelming presence that is felt around the campus. This school not only gives students the tools to succeed in life, but the guidance to effectively use these tools. I love Cal Lu, and going here is one of the best decisions that I have made. "

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Talia Van Wingerden '18

Home Town: Carpinteria, CA
Major: Marketing Communication

Favorite place on campus: The Hike to the Cross on Mt. Clef Ridge
Favorite CLU Activity: Intramural Sports & Zumba Classes

"Cal Lutheran feels like home. I love the community feel and everybody is so friendly! The campus is beautiful and the class sizes are perfect where you can have a great relationship with your caring professors. This school will prepare you for graduation and beyond because they truly want a bright future for all of their students. I have learned I have an endless amount of opportunity and I will have Cal Lutheran's support throughout my journey."

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Cesar Velazquez '16

Home Town: Commerce, CA
Major: Psychology

Favorite place on campus: The Cross on Mt. Clef Ridge
Favorite CLU Activity: Playfair from New Student Orientation & Improv

"My favorite thing about CLU is definitely the people. No matter where you are on the campus everybody is willing to help you out and is friendly as can be. The school is so welcoming it is a perfect home away from home."

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Jenessa Well '16

Home Town: Welches, OR
Major: Exercise Science

Favorite place on campus: Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
Favorite CLU Activity: New Student Orientation and Improv

"My favorite thing about Cal Lutheran is that everyone wants you to succeed. They are there for you to help you work to better yourself and your talents so that in the future you can use those talents to help other people better theirs. It's all about bettering yourself so that you can better the world around you."

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O'Shea Willis '19

Home Town: Waldorf, MD
Major: Chemistry

Favorite place on campus: Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel
Favorite CLU Activity: CLU Rock Painting

Cal Lutheran does not simply "feel" like home to me—it is home. CLU's environment pushes you to do your best and have fun doing it. Rarely is there a time where there isn't an event going on! CLU guides you to your transition into college and gives you a glimpse of the "real world." Just by navigating to the home page, one can see that "purpose" is what drives CLU. No one expects you to know your purpose when you come here—so, this idea of "pressure" is replaced with the promise of a refreshing community. I believe it is most important to acknowledge that CLU focuses on the "individual" student. There are plenty of places here—on campus and nearby—where students can study, relax, hang out and feel at home.

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Heather Wilson-Hooker '19

Home Town: Corona, CA
Major: Maketing Communication

Favorite place on campus: Enormous Luther: Gumby
Favorite CLU Activity: Improv

California Lutheran University is such a welcoming campus. Not only do the teachers want to see you reach your goals, but everyone does, including mentors, faculty, and peers. I always have an event to attend to make memories at CLU! 

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Lane Young '19

Home Town: Gilroy, CA
Major: Multimedia

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