by Deborah Haley

August 2016

Student, track athlete, R.A.—all three describe roles played by Oscar Suniga, a junior on the Valley City State University campus from Hemet, Calif.

Although he was recruited by the VCSU track team in high school, he attended Golden West College in Huntington, Calif., for two years before transferring to VCSU.

The transfer from sunny California to windy, snowy North Dakota was easier because Oscar had friends from his hometown playing on the VCSU baseball team. While North Dakota is different, he feels more than welcome. “Everyone is really friendly and works hard to make you feel accepted and safe,” he says.

Oscar, pursing degrees in business and marketing, says, “I really enjoy how in every class you already know half the people because you are going through the program together, making it easier to study and ask for help.”

On the track team, Oscar runs sprints and is also on the 4x400 relay, which placed third in the relay at the NSAA Conference Championships last season. He describes this year as a “regrouping year—everyone is here because they want to be here.”

Last spring, Oscar was the recipient of both the North Star Athletic Association Spring Academic Scholar-Athlete Honor and the North Star Association Champion of Character Award.

In addition to running track, Oscar participates in VCAB (Viking Campus Activities Board) and Student Senate, and he also serves on the campus work crew. In addition, he’s an R.A. in Mythaler Hall. With all these responsibilities, down time is rare. But he’s able to find some time, Oscar enjoys hanging out with his friends.

Even though he’s not fond of North Dakota winters, Oscar doesn’t regret his decision to attend VCSU, and we’re appreciative of that.