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Maya Campbell-Unsoeld '12


Why I Chose Pacific?:

Studying abroad with AFS in high school is the reason I chose to go to the School of International Studies at University of the Pacific. I had such an amazing experience in Ecuador with AFS that I wanted to find a university program that would continue to foster my international knowledge and awareness, while pushing me to embark on more international adventures. AFS prepared me for studying in SIS because I had international knowledge to build upon, but my education in SIS also helped me understand many of my experiences abroad in high school - like culture shock and some local political happenings. 

See Maya's video about her education at Pacific/SIS...

Maya graduated from the School of International Studies in 2012 with a major in Development & Cultural Change and a minor in Anthropology. She was the recipient of the Richard Pedersen award for Academic Excellence in 2012. She studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador Brazil. Maya and SIS professor Analiese Richard earned the Dreyfus Foundation Award for Student Research for their proposal Activism and Organization in Community Agriculture. In 2017, Maya completed a Master of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

After graduating from Pacific, Maya held an apprenticeship at Pie Ranch in San Mateo, CA. After the apprenticeship, Maya began substitute teaching and was hired as the Life Lab Coordinator at DeLaveaga Elementary School in the Santa Cruz City School district. She ran a 1/2 acre school garden and taught garden-based science and nutrition in English and Spanish to pre-K through 5th grade students. She currently is a Bilingual Teacher for Pajarao Valley Unified School District.