May 01, 2023
StanGrad Sofia Dominguez

Sofia Dominguez chose Stan State because it was close to home.

“The pictures do not do it justice,” she said. “We have a beautiful campus that has so much to offer.”

She said the community serves the students in the best ways possible, which is another reason she chose the University. 

She started and ended her college career in person. The middle two years were spent learning remotely during COVID-19.

“The times I attended Stan State in person helped me see how much I progressed over the years,” Dominguez said. “I started off very sheltered and kept to myself while at school, and I now work for Associated Students, Inc., one of the most social departments on campus. I’m also giving back to the student body, which made my last year a special one,” Dominguez said.

She said she saw a drastic change in herself, and in doing so, realized how much students lacked in terms of social interaction. She would like students to take advantage of the campus’ social activities and know that groups of people are out there on campus.

“You just have to involve yourself to find them,” she said.

The now more social biology major plans to enroll in the single-subject credential program to fulfill her dream of teaching anatomy and biology at the middle or high school level. A pre-medical master’s is also a possibility.

As a graduate, she hopes to help future students in setting goals for themselves and sees herself networking and working with other Stan State alumni.

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Sofia Dominguez


Turlock, CA


Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in rehabilitation

What memories stand out most from your time at Stanislaus State?

“My biggest memory would be my time working in Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). I met so many new people and learned unique things from each of them. I was able to experience the true meaning of being a Warrior and create fun, special memories with staff and other students. From Stan Week, Homecoming Week and all things Campus Pride, ASI and the University Student Center have made my last year at Stan State quite memorable.”

Which faculty or staff member had the greatest impact on you, and why?

“The faculty with the greatest impact on me would be Professor Arya Alami. He not only guided me but also so many of my peers. He taught in the most effective way and treated all his students with the utmost respect and care. He not only taught content but taught us to see things differently and have unique perspectives in conversations. After taking his bio-mechanics class, I discovered my true profession would be teaching. I aspire to impact my future students the way he impacted me.”

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“I would highly advise current and future students to get involved! I opened so many more doors for myself the moment I became involved. I wish I had gotten involved sooner. I truly gained so much experience, socially and professionally. Start with a club/organization or any volunteer groups available to stay involved with your campus.”

Note: This article is part of the StanGrad series highlighting Stanislaus State students who are part of the Class of 2023. Read more StanGrad profiles.