Meet the Campuswide Honors Ambassadors

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

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Major: Business Administration, minor in Digital Information System
Hometown: San Jose, CA

Hi there, I’m Amanda (they/them), and I’m a fourth year business student emphasizing in Marketing. I was the Campuswide Honors Collegium peer academic advisor in my third year and an avid lover of the Sustainable Societies honors track. I helped out the Design Committee last year on CHC’s student council and create art for the Neon Anteater Renaissance (NAR) CHC’s creative works journal when I can. I currently am delighted to serve as a CHC Ambassador and Peer Mentor for incoming first year and transfer students. My time in CHC’s program allowed me to solidify what I’ve been involved in in my career interests: utilizing my experiences in marketing, research, and strategy to understand climate change, sustainability, environmentalism, and green spaces. In my free time, you can find me hiking, making art, listening to indie rock, reading a book, playing guitar, or watering my plants.

Major: Psychology B.S.
Hometown: Visalia, CA

Hi! My name is Cindy (she/her) and I am a proud first generation college student! Besides being a Campuswide Honors Collegium (CHC) Ambassador, I also serve as a Peer Mentor and one of the Social Chairs in the Campuswide Honors Student Council (CHSC). Being involved in the CHCommunity has given me the chance to create friendships and assist the honors community by organizing events for students. Outside of the CHC, I am involved in undergraduate research in computational cognitive neuroscience as a research assistant and a violinist in the UCI Symphony. In my spare time, I enjoy watching reality TV, trying new food, and taking long walks. I look forward to meeting you all!

Major: Psychology with a Management minor
Hometown: San Carlos, CA
Transferred from College of San Mateo Community College (Honors to Honors Program)

Hi everyone! My name is Erica (she/her/hers)! I am a fourth year transfer, second year UCI student! I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of both my community college’s honors program and now UCI’s Campuswide Honors Collegium (CHC). Although the transition from a community college to a four year university was quite terrifying, the CHC has eased my concerns and welcomed me into an academically supporting environment while introducing me to like-minded and driven peers. Through the CHC, I have joined the Campuswide Honors Student Council (CHSC) and now serve as one of the Community Service Committee’s Co-Chairs! Outside of the CHC, I have joined the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) and Kababayan, as well as participate in Intramural Sports on campus. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and trying new restaurants, playing basketball, working out, and being with my dog. I’m so excited to continue to support incoming students, especially my fellow transfers!

Major: Environmental Science & Policy with a minor in Drama
Hometown: San Jose, CA

Hello! My name is Maria (she/her) and I am a second-year as well as a first generation college student! The Campuswide Honors Collegium (CHC) has been one of my favorite parts of UCI because of how supportive the community is and how we are encouraged to explore different perspectives and fields. I am part of the Campuswide Honors Collegium Student Council (CHSC) as an event coordinator for the Neon Anteater Renaissance (NAR) committee that promotes creativity in many forms. I am also a CHC peer mentor. Outside of the CHC, I’m an intern at a community center that teaches people about the importance of sustainable practices in our day-to-day lives. Additionally, I am a discussion leader for University Studies 1 at UCI where I teach students about the different resources as they adjust to their first year here. I’m also an alto in UCI’s Concert Choir. In my free time, I love playing video games like Stardew Valley and Pokemon. I also love singing, acting, swimming, drawing, and eating delicious food. I’m so excited to be a CHC Ambassador and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Major: Biological Sciences

Hello! My name is Michelle (she/her) and I am a second year Biological Sciences major at UCI. I have been in the Campuswide Honors Collegium since my admission. Since my first year at UCI, I have been an active member of the Campuswide Honors Student Council (CHSC) as the Head of the Administrative Committee, working on projects to help support our students academically and connect with their peers, faculty, and resources on campus. Outside of the CHC, I work as a Basic Needs Advocate and help students with getting access to healthy food, financial wellness, and emergency resources on campus. I am also the treasurer of the Free Clinic Project at UCI, a nonprofit that focuses on patient education and clinical volunteering to support the under-served medical community. In my free time, I enjoy celebrating my culture in the Taiwanese American Organization and volunteering as a youth golf coach for nonprofit junior golf programs.

Major: Sociology with an Education Minor
Hometown: La Verne, CA

Hi! My name is Paloma, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I have cherished being a member of the Campuswide Honors Collegium (CHC) since starting at UCI. It welcomed me with open arms and is a wonderful, passionate community that pushes me to succeed academically and engage socially. Within CHC, I not only serve as an Honors Ambassador, but I am an Honors Residential Advisor that serves in Honors Housing at UCI. I have treasured the opportunity to foster and nurture a supportive, welcoming, and inclusive community for CHC students! Outside of CHC, I am the Music Director for the Anteater Catholic Community on campus and a Co-Music Director for Light of God Ministry; I love to serve and share my passion for singing. I also serve as the choir director for the Anteater Catholic student masses. A peek into my life shows my treasured family (I am the oldest of 7 children), my passions for music, hanging out with friends, playing games, and being in nature. I am eager to continue my engagement in the CHC and deepen my learning and growth with the support of the CHC community!

Major: Human Biology
Hometown: Corona, CA

Hello everyone! My name is Vidushi (she/her/hers)! I have been in the Campuswide Honors Collegium (CHC) since I first entered UCI and it has been an incredibly rewarding opportunity. The CHC has given me the ability to grow as a person and as a student while simultaneously making meaningful connections with the community. As part of the CHC, I am also a CHC Peer Mentor, which gives me the privilege to welcome incoming CHC students and guide them through the transition to UCI. I am an engaged member of the Biological Sciences Student Council Academic Affairs committee and the Physician Assistants Coming Together club as well as an undergraduate researcher in the department of Neurobiology and Behavior. I have experience working as a Behavior Interventionist with children with autism and I presently am a volunteer in the Radiology department at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, baking, cooking, listening to music, hanging out with my dog, and traveling! I am very excited to continue my journey as an active member of the CHC community and cannot wait to keep expanding my horizons!