Meet the CHP Ambassadors

Ambassadors

CHP Student Ambassadors are a diverse group of current honors students from many different majors who serve as liaisons between the Campuswide Honors Program and prospective students and their families. They provide a personal perspective on the honors experience in the CHP and student life at UCI. CHP Ambassadors are here to share their insights and answer your questions! Click here to contact a CHP Ambassador!


Danica
Hometown: Rocklin (near Sacramento), CA
Area of study: Biological Sciences, Spanish
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Peer Mentor Coordinator; Campuswide Honors Student Council Secretary; Honors Humanities Program; Immunology Research at the UCI School of Medicine; Intern at Student Healthcare In Practice
Hobbies: Piano; Music arrangement/composition; Video games; Tea; Anime/manga; Creative writing; Reading

CHP helps you keep a balance in both your academic and social lives. The honors core classes and seminars expose you to an array of fields and widen your perspective, while also allowing you to form close bonds with peers. In particular, taking Honors Humanities Core paved the way for me to study Spanish alongside Biology, two subjects that I love. In the small seminars where I participated in discussions about wars in Argentina, Vietnam, and Europe, I learned a lot from classmates with a variety of majors who are now my best friends. The CHP has made my experience at UCI exciting and unforgettable!


Iman
Hometown: South Pasadena, CA
Area of study: Criminology, Law & Society, Psychology & Social Behavior
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Peer Mentor; Vice President of Women’s Club Soccer; UCI Global Service Scholar – Ghana
Hobbies: Traveling/road trips; Hiking/camping; Reading; Playing/watching sports; Watching way too much Netflix

As a pretty introverted person, it took me awhile to find my place on campus. By living in a CHP hall, taking honors core courses and attending events put on by the CHP, I was able to meet a lot of people and find my place in the supportive honors community. There are so many different types of people in the CHP that everyone is able to find themselves and where they belong. One defining experience for me was the CHP’s annual Spring Camping Retreat where I shared a tent with someone from my honors hall that I had not talked to much, but by the end of the weekend we became fast friends. I will always be grateful to the CHP for the diverse community, constant support and academic adventure, but most of all I am thankful to the CHP for giving me the opportunity to find my best friend.


Michelle
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Area of Study: Biology; Art History; Archaeology
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Program Peer Mentor; Humanities Honors Program; Study Abroad
Hobbies: Skiing; Playing soccer; Running; Painting; Visiting local museums/galleries

One honors thing that I’m really excited about is research! Because research is about asking and answering interesting questions, it gives you a unique opportunity to delve deeper into your area of study and get hands-on experience whether it’s working in a lab, the library, or the field. I was able to narrow my research focus to Baroque and Renaissance art by going abroad and studying in Florence and seeing masterpieces in person. I look forward to investigating the depiction of anatomy and biology in Italian art under the mentorship of passionate and supportive faculty, and I can’t wait to share my findings at UCI’s Undergraduate Research Symposium this May!


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