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Vienna Saccomanno

Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?

When I visited the University of Puget Sound, I felt like I was at home. The campus was so vibrant and friendly! I toured the campus, did an overnight stay, ate at the cafeteria, etc. While I had a blast doing the above activities, my attendance in an academic class was what sealed the deal. The course I observed was dynamic and absolutely fascinating! The other students were so friendly and engaged.  The professor even talked to me for a half an hour after the class! I couldn’t believe how passionate everyone was. When I returned home from my trip to UPS, high school seemed infinitely boring. I just couldn’t wait to return to Puget Sound!

What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?

I have not had a professor that didn’t inspire me at Puget Sound. Having said that, Professor Emelie Peine in the International Political Economy department has been a particularly inspiring individual. Her outlook on academia and education in general is healthy and innovative. I enjoy every moment I spend with her, whether it is in the classroom or in office hours. Our conversation are always lively and thought provoking.

What has been your favorite class?

I am currently taking Marine Biology and it is SO COOL! So far we have gone whale watching up in Canada, snorkeling in the sound, adventuring in the intertidal zone and out on the University vessel to sample water quality. Best class ever!

What campus activities do you participate in?

I love Puget Sound because there is something for everyone! I have participated in the music department with piano lessons, danced with RDG, and participated with Students for a Sustainable Campus. Currently, I am a member of the Greek system, Phi Sigma Biology Honors Society where I served the Environmental Chair for a year, and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. Additionally, I am the student representative on the Board of Trustees Finance and Facilities Committee.

What is your favorite place on campus?

Thompson Hall is where it is at! For those who do not know, Thompson Hall is the beautiful science building here on campus. It has so many nooks and crannies, I can always find the perfect place to study there. Also, Oppenheimer Café in the Thompson quad is the coolest café on the planet!

What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?

The sandwich bar is always great!

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?

There is not a single place on the planet like Puget Sound. Be prepared to evolve into a version of yourself you never thought possible. Puget Sound will not only prepare you as an academic, it will challenge you to grow as an individual and citizen of this world.

What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?

I wish I had known to bring as much camping/ backpacking gear as possible. Students here love to get outside and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/Spotify?

“Hospital Beds” by the Cold War Kids

 If you could have one person with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why?

My two sisters Samantha and Olivia (50% of their genetic material is identical so technically the two people should count as one). They are my best friends and I cannot imagine my life without them!