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.


Kareena
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Area of study: Education, Psychology
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Program Peer Mentor; UCI Rowing Team; AntARTers
Hobbies: Camp counselor; Zumba; Running; Hiking; Piano; Singing/dancing along to oldies music

When I arrived at UCI, I was a timid freshman, terrified that I would have a difficult time making friends. However, the CHP provided me with a welcoming environment that provided me with a network of support. Living in CHP housing, I am surrounded by smart, motivated people who have become my closest friends. In addition, I have benefited from strong academic support and individual attention from the CHP advising staff. Through all these CHP advantages, I have gained the confidence and motivation to put my heart into everything that I do.


Kiana
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Area of study: Human Biology, Pre-Med
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Peer Mentor Coordinator; Board member and Director of Nutrition Program for Student Health Organization; Undergraduate Peer Mentor; Undergraduate Researcher at UCI Medical School Stem Cell Center
Hobbies: Jogging around the Newport Bay; Ceramic sculptures; Reading Victorian novels; Finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants; Horseback riding

From the very first day of my college experience, the CHP has offered me a close network of friends and supporters. As a commuter student, I really appreciated that the CHP offered a housing adoption program which provided me with access to the honors halls where I participated in study groups and made friends. It’s through the CHP community that I found the opportunity to conduct research in a neural stem lab, and this has inspired me to become a physician specializing in pain rehabilitation.


Michael
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Area of study: Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis
Involvement at UCI: Teaching Assistant at UCI Law School’s Saturday Academy of Law Program; Undergraduate Researcher for Paul Merage School of Business
Hobbies: Working on cars; Playing/coaching basketball; Watching movies; Traveling

The Campuswide Honors Program at UCI has undoubtedly played a central part in my personal development over the past four years. Indeed, the mentoring I received from honors faculty has provided me the ability to research my intellectual curiosities and invaluable exposure to the professional world, culminating in a thesis on audit quality indicators that has broad implications for the business world. Furthermore, the advising staff in the CHP office has provided me with continuous support and many of the resources I needed to make informed decisions about my future. I am excited to be starting law school at UC Berkeley in Fall 2018.


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!


Shirby
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Area of study: Software Engineering, Digital Arts
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Program Yearbook; Video Game Development Club; Hansori Traditional Korean Drumming
Hobbies: Video games; Drawing; Going on food adventures; Playing board games; Playing D&D

CHP has had such a positive impact on my life here at UCI in so many aspects. Because of the CHP, I gained a community that made me feel at home. As a member of the CHP Yearbook, I document the CHP’s many events and in doing so give back to the community. The CHP also challenged and encouraged me to expand my way of thinking through its honors core courses. I was able to explore academic fields outside of my major and become a well-rounded person through CHP courses on topics ranging from epistemology to quantum mechanics.


Tiffany
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Area of study: Drama; English; Digital Arts
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Student Council; Honors Humanities Program
Hobbies: Theatre; Creative fiction; Film; Visual art and design; Clothing design; Reading; Listening to EDM; Cosplay; Swimming; Martial arts

If you’re looking to make friends in college, I wholeheartedly recommend getting involved on campus. Through my participation in the CHP, I was able to make meaningful connections by first attending then planning social events ranging from weekly Coffee Hours to the annual Battle of the Brains trivia competition between faculty and honors students. Because of the CHP, I have an ever expanding network of support in the faculty, staff, and fellow students from the very first day I transferred to UCI. I am very grateful to the Campuswide Honors Program and am a proud CHPer!


Vanesse
Hometown: Murrieta, CA – Originally from South Africa
Area of study: History, Education Sciences
Involvement at UCI: Campuswide Honors Program Peer Mentor Coordinator; Peer Educator at the Transfer Student Hub

As a transfer student to UCI, I quickly found a community for myself in the CHP. The CHP staff and peer academic advisors are great resources who have provided me with the advice and information that I needed to build a strong and challenging scholastic experience for myself. As a commuter, I am often in the Honors Study Lounge where I can connect with other students, do homework, and relax. The CHP is indeed the place for me.


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