Meet Malena ’26

Hi all! I’m Malena, a current second year at Scripps, and I’m from Monterey, California (just south of the Bay Area). I am majoring in Linguistics, with an emphasis on acquisition, and minoring in Anthropology and Chinese. My time at Scripps has been eye-opening, as the variety in our course offerings have allowed me to explore interests I didn’t know I had! I’ve found so much support through talking with my advisor to figure out what I want to do in life (a hefty conversation for sure, but he was more than up to the task) as well as talking with friends and upperclassmen who pursue a variety of interests and are always ready to dispense their wisdom. A great thing about Scripps is also its access to resources in the 5Cs to fully explore all areas of interest–like Mandarin for me! Scripps has been a lovely place for me to meet and work with peers who are constantly broadening my perspective through our interdisciplinary connections and different passions.

Mock trial has been one of my favorite activities, working with peers on our student-lead team from all majors to form a competitive and really awesome Mock community! We’ve traveled to UCI and UCSB for friendly competitions, which were a ton of fun, and regionals were hosted close to home at Claremont McKenna College. I also appreciate Scripps for creating intentional spaces to explore facets of identity, as I am apart of our Latine affinity group on campus–Cafe Con Leche—which is hosted through SCORE (Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment). Outside of admissions, most of my time is spent between the library, taking advantage of cross-campus dining (though Malott is consistently my favorite), finding a new artist to go see in the Pomona/LA area, or walking to the village on a sunny afternoon!


Feel free to email me with any questions at: [email protected]