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Alumni Spotlight: Sami Feldman '15

Catching up with Sami Feldman, Class of 2015.

Where have you been since SC Graduation? How was the college/university experience for you?

After graduating, I pursued my bachelor's degree in Psychology from UCLA. Alongside my degree, I minored in Civic Engagement, which allowed me to work hands-on with social justice and social change in an interdisciplinary setting. Though these experiences, I was able to intern with the Los Angeles LGBT Center for two years working with homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth, as well as complete a series of research projects with a nonprofit called Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND). While I loved everything about UCLA, the people, and most of the classes, my favorite part was definitely getting to learn from a hands-on perspective and exploring various societal issues from a deeper perspective. After graduating in 2019, I decided to take some time off to travel and work side-by-side with professors completing various research. I am now in the process of working on my graduate school applications, where I intend to pursue a joint-degree program to get my JD and Masters of Social Welfare. Senior year of college, I also decided it was time to become a dog mom and got a white Labrador Retriever named Bear! Not only is she the best companion, she's the best adventure buddy around and makes post-grad life so much fun!

When did you first come to Sierra Canyon? Are there any classes, clubs, teams, or teachers that greatly impacted you?

I was a lifer at Sierra Canyon and spent all 14 years there! I loved the community, the endless support, and the incredible opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to get at any other school in the area. I spent all four years of high school playing softball and as a member of the school's GSA, where I created my family at SC. Going to Sierra, you get an endless support system that lasts well beyond high school; if it weren't for both Stacy Feliz, Jenny Hernandez, and the other teachers that supported me along the way (and continue to), I don't know where I would be today!

Are you still in touch with anyone from Sierra Canyon?
I am still in touch with a bunch of my close friends from Sierra Canyon, as well as multiple faculty members, and love constantly hearing about where people are now and all the incredible things they're doing!
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.