ASI Senator Profile: Sally Kandah

ASI Senator Profile: Sally Kandah


Science Senator Sally Kandah is much more than your typical scientist. Her sweet and caring personality makes her the perfect senator. Learn all about her here.

What are some ways that you have been involved on campus?
I have been involved on campus as a BEAT Chair, Events Coordinator and President of TriBeta Biological Honor Society, Secretary of the Lebanese Student Association, and the ASI Science Senator. I have also been a part of the Kellogg Honors College.

What are some of your favorite campus-wide events at Cal Poly?
My favorite campus-wide events include the Humans vs. Zombies game and Midnight Madness!

What are some of your favorite places on campus?
The BSC is definitely one of the places I spend most of my time in. The Japanese and Rose Gardens are also some of my favorite places!

What has been your favorite memory so far as a senator?
There are too many! One memory that will always stay with me is our Thanksgiving Potluck. We each brought a dish to share, sat around the table in the ASI Senate Office, laughed, gave thanks, ate, bonded and had a really great time together!

Have you planned or been involved with any events as a senator? Do you have any coming up?
I have been involved with many events as a senator. Science Council has three big volunteer events with a different organization each quarter. This upcoming quarter for example, we will be helping the organization “March of Dimes” raise money that will go towards hospitals and research pertaining to premature babies. I have also been involved with the MCC and CLASS senators; we have been working towards opening a new Middle Eastern Cultural Center.

How do you connect with other students in your college that are not in your major?
I connect with other students by attending the Science Council General Meetings where there is a representative from each of the 17 clubs under the College of Science. Students under the different clubs all have different science majors.

Are there any unique challenges faced by students in your college? How do you aim to help them with those challenges?
One main challenge students face is the inability to get classes. While I cannot directly do something about it, I make sure their voices are heard. This year for example, Senate made sure that more of the money the school will be getting as a result of the Student Success Fee will go towards opening new class sections. Overall, I aim to help students by listening to them and their concerns, and by conveying their message to the big guys.

What are some of your hopes and goals for after graduation?
After graduating this year, I will be taking a year off to learn how to cook all the delicious Middle Eastern food my mom makes, travel to France, New York and Palestine, and learn Spanish. I will be starting medical school Fall of next year!

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?
Get involved! Being involved is the reason I have grown to love Cal Poly so much.I have built friendships that will last a lifetime and learned lessons that have helped me grow tremendously.

What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?
I love to read a good book, watch “Bones,” and play basketball in my free time!