Susan Potts

Name:  Susan PottsSusan Potts

College:  Rachel Carson College

Department:  Anthropology

What Award/ Scholarship did you receive?  Dr. Midori Arima Scholarship in Anthropology

When do you expect to graduate?  2022

Where do you call home?  I grew up in the Bay Area. I’m fortunate that Santa Cruz, California will be my new home!

With all of the choices for college, what made UC Santa Cruz stand out?  UC Santa Cruz is a school that fosters openness and inclusivity.  UCSC shines as a prestigious research university and in its approach to learning.  I chose UCSC for its academic distinction, research opportunities and commitment to social justice and sustainability.

What is your field of focus?  Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Social Justice, Animals and Conservation

What do you hope to do once you graduate from UC Santa Cruz?  Attend graduate school to complete a master’s degree in anthropology.

What is one memorable moment that stands out for you as a student here?  There was one especially inspiring discussion in my introductory archaeology course, which helped me to reconsider my views on some issues.  I have had wonderful and interesting discussions with instructors and my classmates.  Everyone has been welcoming, which has made me feel at home.  Starting at a university during a pandemic is memorable, as well.

What is your one piece of advice for incoming students about life at UC Santa Cruz?  Try new classes and activities, which help you to get out of your normal routine.  It will fuel your motivation and passion for success.  It will leave you feeling recharged and ready to cultivate exciting, new ideas.  It can be uncomfortable to explore new things, but it builds character.  The new experiences will help you to become more flexible and open to new perspectives.

How will this scholarship impact your academic life /research?  This scholarship from Dr. Midori Arima’s legacy will help me to attend summer session and possibly participate in anthropology research.

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