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Stephanie Carrillo Higlesia ’16

Say Hello! to this week’s Campus Cutie: Stephanie Carrillo Higlesia. This cutie was chosen because of her hard work and dedication as a member of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. Check out her interview about LTA and their organization in our Campus Celebrity Section. 

Name: Stephanie Carrillo Higlesia

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Graduating Year: 2016

Relationship Status: Single


How does it feel to be UCSC’s Campus Cutie of the Week?

It was really out of the blue and unexpected, so I’d say surprising. It actually feels pretty amazing too though, because I am being recognized as a representative for my sorority and what it is we do.

What is your spirit animal?

Definitely a gazelle. It has been my nickname for the longest, especially those who I play Lacrosse with. Apparently I make running down th field with a lacrosse stick look graceful like the gazelle. 

What is your personal mantra?

Look good, feel good. It is something I always keep in mind when I wake up every morning. If I take th time to wash my face and get dressed to take on the day, it makes me feel good inside and look good out. Who says you can’t look good when you have a cold?

Your hero/inspiration:

I am inspired by Selena Gomez. She continues to remain true to herself as a celebrity and not allowing that image to change her or affect how she portrays herself through social media. She is also trying to connect to her Latin roots just like I am, which makes me relate to her even more.

My name is Geraldine Nicdao, a UC Santa Cruz '14 Banana Slug Alum. From day one, I was born and raised a U.S. Navy Brat and spent most of my life growing up in Japan. A few things that I absolutely love are steak, fashion, and travel. I am always striving to go beyond the cookie cutter and constantly defying everybody's expectations. One of my biggest accomplishments to date, would be finishing the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco 2013. Not many know this, but I also was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and so I've had my fair challenges balancing the life of a college student and the obstacles of health. My philosophy is: "work hard and play harder" because I believe that self care is important which includes rewarding yourself for the hard work that you do- "treat yo' self!". Looking at my Instagram will give you a bit of an insight to my fun and busy bee life. One of my current projects includes the #BangingBootyProject which is a document of my goals, efforts, and strides on my own health and fitness journey. Over the next few years, I am planning to pursue a second degree in Communications and PR/Marketing.
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