San Diego Student Authors

Name: Shannon Palka
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Major: English and Theology
Grad Year: 2015

What made you choose your school? From the moment I stepped on campus, USD felt like home. After my first visit, I was sold. Everything after that just convinced me I made the right choice.

What activity makes you happy? Watching bad TV with my friends - or alone, I guess. I recommend Dance Moms and Jersey Shore to anyone who enjoys some deliciously tacky reality TV.

What is your biggest pet peeve? When the tag on someone's shirt is sticking up.

What is something about you that might surprise someone? I'm always cold, but when it rains, I like to walk barefoot.

What is your favorite book, movie, or TV show and why? Book: Superfreakonomics, because it's smart, funny, and really interesting Movie: Ratatouille, I can't explain why, though. I just think it's amazing. TV: It's not exactyl a show, but I love watching the Chicago Bears on Sundays

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I'd love to road trip around Europe and see all the little mom-and-pop shops there are and eat at all the non-chain restaurants. I think that would be incredible.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? I would want to be Batman. I don't need powers, I just want the gadgets and the British butler.

If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? I would first pay off all my student loans, buy an Audi A4, give a little to my family, then save the rest for practical reasons.

What are your plans for after graduation? To be determined

Name: Jessica Ford
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Major: Business

Name: James Leonard