UCI Orientation

Meet the SPOP Staff!

Section 1

A banner for SPOP.

Ahtziri Sanchez

Ahtziri Sanchez

She/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Informatics
Hi! My name is Ahtziri (pronounced like the @ symbol and Siri)! Some of my on-campus involvements include being on a dance team and working for a research project. In my free time I like to watch movies and scroll endlessly through TikTok @.@ Excited to meet y’all in our mixers! :D
Albert Huang

Albert Huang

He/him/his

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychological Sciences
Minor: Management & Digital Information Systems
Hey everyone! My name is Albert, and I am super excited to meet each of you this year as your SPOP staffer. I am currently located in the Bay Area but grew up in Brazil for most of my life. During my spare time, you can find me playing sports like soccer and badminton, eating all kinds of culinary cuisine, and going on adventures, so feel free to reach out anytime. Well, I can'ttt wait to meet every single of you soon. :)
Alexandra Mendoza

Alexandra Mendoza

She/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hi! My name is Alexandra, I have 5 dogs, and am currently obsessed with Tik Tok and Tulips!! Ooh and I’m excited to meet you all!(╹◡╹)♡
Alisa Masamitsu

Alisa Masamitsu

she/her/hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Science
Minor: Creative Writing; Criminology, Law & Society
I'm from Honolulu, Hawai'i, I love food (especially noodles), and some of my hobbies include golfing, surfing, writing poetry, and watching tv. Looking forward to seeing so many new faces both on campus and virtually!
Alyssa Naigan

Alyssa Naigan

she/her

Year: 4th
Major: Business Administration + Literary Journalism
Hello! My name is Alyssa (you can call me Lyss) :D Outside of school I enjoy surfing, dancing hula, and taking care of plants! I'm also into astrology, practicing tarot and yoga, and making lots of playlists on Spotify. I hope to meet you this summer!
Amber Liang

Amber Liang

she/her

Year: 2nd
Major: Education Sciences
Minor: Sociology
Hello and welcome to UCI! My name is Amber (she/her) and I'm so excited to be one of your SPOP staffers this summer! Some quick facts about me: I'm from Temple City/626 area (LA county)! My hobbies include anything art-related (painting, origami, scrapbooking), playing piano, dancing, and listening to all kinds of music. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever need anything, and I hope to see you soon! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
Andrea Valentini

Andrea Valentini

she/they

Year: 3rd
Major: Anthropology, Dance
Minor: Digital Art, Economics
Hi :D Congrats on choosing UCI, I’m so excited for the years ahead of you!! Some things about me: I love long drives along PCH listening to great music, looking at the stars, getting tattoos, dancing, and spending time with cool people!! 💛
Andrew Owyang

Andrew Owyang

he/him

Year: 4th
Major: Informatics
Hi! My name is Andrew and I'm a 4th year Informatics major from the Bay Area. I'm into dancing, weightlifting, and basketball. Welcome to UCI! I'm excited to meet you all and do my best to help you adjust to college here at UCI!
Anna Kim

Anna Kim

she/her/hers

Year: New Grad
Major: Public Health Policy
Minor: Management, Psychological Science
What's up, I'm Anna (she/her), I'm 22, and I never learned how to write a bio after 4 years of college....*silence after a bad joke*....... but I'm superrr excited to meet you all this summer!!! I like playing tennis, going on trips with my friends, making lists, summer, eating with tiny utensils, and pepper LOL. I know it's been one heck of a year or two and having college orientation online might not be the most ideal, but we will make the most of it together :') Coming from an Ember staffer that staffed a completely remote orientation last summer too, I was quite surprised by how much fun I had and am even more excited to connect with y'all this year!!! Congrats on all your achievements to get to where you are now, and welcome to UCI *~* The past 4 years have truly been the best 4 years of my life, and I hope I can help y'all make yourself at home here too!! Hmu if you have any questions or if you're bored and just wanna hang I am nice HAHA see you soon 💛
Anna Tran

Anna Tran

she/they

Year: 4th
Major: Education Sciences & Sociology
Hi friends! I love quality time with friends and my favorite hobbies are cooking, dancing, and anything involving fresh air, picnics, or sunsets. For my astrology folks, I am a gemini sun, cancer rising, and libra moon! :)
Anthony Do

Anthony Do

He/Him/His

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Science
Born in the midwest but went to high school in SF. I'm into most physical activities, raves, dragon boat, and video games.
Arianna Romero

Arianna Romero

she/her/hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Political Science
Hello! My name is Arianna and I am so excited to be a SPOP Staffer and help y’all get familiar with UCI! I love watching Dodger games and MCU movies & TV shows, so we can talk about baseball or theories. I’m here as a resource for y’all, and cannot wait to meet you!
Bella Juan

Bella Juan

She/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Business admin
I love going out to beaches, shopping and tattooing and I can’t wait to meet all you amazing peopl in SPOP this year!!!
Besma Brewer

Besma Brewer

she/her/hers

Year: 5th
Major: Biology/Education
Hello SPOPers!!! I am so excited to meet you all!!! I want to make sure you to have the best experience possible at UCI. My name is Besma, which means smile in Arabic. I'm a 5th year Biology/Education major. I am half Egyptian and half African American. I was born and raised in Egypt and moved to California 4 years ago. I love dancing, singing, kayaking, and snorkeling. I love fashion/makeup, and I'm a big FOODIE, so if you ever want food recommendations let me know.
Bryanna Craig

Bryanna Craig

she/her

Year: 4th
Major: Criminology Law & Society
Hi Anteaters! My name is Bryanna Craig. I'm a fourth year transfer student at UCI and I'll be one of your SPOP Staffers for your orientation! I'm originally from the Bay Area and I transferred in the midst of the pandemic, so if you're feeling a bit nervous, don't worry! I'll help you through it. Some fun things about me: I love stargazing, eating, and video games. I'm a sagittarius sun and capricorn moon, and I'm always happy to talk deeply and make connections over any topic and subject. I can't wait to get to know you all beyond the walls of the internet, because while we may be physically separate, it won't stop us from forming connections. Let's have an amazing orientation together! ZOT ZOT!
Cameron Pitts

Cameron Pitts

He/him/his

Year: 3rd
Major: Human Biology and Aerospace Engineering
Good morning! I’m a huge nerd who loves anime, violin/piano/cello, boxing, and cooking. Fun fact I’m easily the most embarrassing person you’ll ever meet and I love drinking pink sparkling lemonade from Trader Joe’s
Carrie Lee

Carrie Lee

she/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Education Sciences
Minor: Sociology
Hi friends! My name is Carrie Lee I’m so excited to be one of the staffers this summer for SPOP. I’m here to support you and answer any questions y’all might have. If I’m not busy with school or work you can find me trying different food spots or at the beach!
Cassandra Sweet

Cassandra Sweet

she/her

Year: 1st
Major: Biological Sciences
Hello! I'm Cassandra and in my free time I love singing, playing piano and guitar, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. I'm so excited to meet you all and welcome to UCI!
Cayla Nguyen

Cayla Nguyen

she/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Biology
Minor: Management & Medical Humanities
Hi, my name is Cayla, and I’m a Biology major/ Management & Medical Humanities Minor! Some of my favorite hobbies include watching animes & kdramas, yoga, baking, roller skating, & anything outdoorsy (especially swimming:) and I’m also really into skincare! I can’t wait to meet everyone during SPOP this summer:D
Celine Ruan

Celine Ruan

She / Hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Public Health Policy
hello! excited to meet everyone + vibe tgt hehe!! love noodles, hiking, and catching sunsets... always overly hydrated... hope we can catch sum rays and lay tgt in aldrich soon (';
Clara Yim

Clara Yim

She her hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Science
Minor: Crminology, Law and Society
Hello and welcome! My name is Clara and I am 4th year student at UCI. I'm from Korea, and I came to CA 7 years ago. I am very excited to meet you all, and I hope you make a lot of wonderful memories at UCI!
Connie Tran

Connie Tran

she/her/hers

Year: 1st
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Medical Anthropology
Hi, everyone! I'm so excited to meet all of y'all spoppers :) Things about me: I love reading webtoons, watching k-drama/anime, and just listening to people talk about their passions. Hit me up on Facebook or IG (@cxnniechiwa) if you just wanna talk, connect, and/or get advice!
Cynthia Lemus

Cynthia Lemus

she/her

Year: 4th
Major: Economics
Hihi~ I'm Cynthia and I just graduated from UCI this past Spring! Some of my favorite past times include watching K-dramas, learning tarot and astrology, and listening to the latest releases of NCT/WayV :)
Danny Chheng

Danny Chheng

he/him/his

Year: 3rd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hi! I’m excited to be staffing my first SPOP this summer and I’m ready to make the most out of the last SPOP in an online setting!! I’m really into anime, going to the gym, and long car rides while listening to Leona Lewis.
Darren Leung

Darren Leung

he/him/his

Year: 4th
Major: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Education Sciences
Hey everyone!! My name is Darren and I just graduated UCI this past Spring. :'( But don't fret, I will be back as an incoming graduate student this coming Fall :D So I guess you can say I'm a first year technically?? #freshie. I can't wait to meet you all this summer virtually and then see you all in person this coming Fall!
Dorothy Cao

Dorothy Cao

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Sciences
i'm so excited to meet everyone and have so much fun during SPOP :))
Erika Joloya

Erika Joloya

She/Her/Hers

Year: 4th
Major: Developmental & Cell Biology
Hi everyone! My name is Erika and I just graduated this spring as a dev & cell bio major! I’ve moved around seven times before moving to Irvine for college (eight!), so I’m not really used to staying in the same place for too long. I’m from San Diego, love dogs (they make me SOB!!!! my dog is named after Bruno Mars!!!!), Disneyland, reading, and obsessively rewatching all of New Girl. I’m a big foodie, so catch me eating at new places and trying to join yelp elite :p Please don’t hesitate to hit me up for any advice, especially about adjusting to living in Irvine, getting involved in research, anything bio (healthcare is not the only route for bio majors y’all!!), or anime recs!!! I can’t wait to meet you all soon
Erin Dick

Erin Dick

she/they

Year: 3rd
Major: Drama
hi! i cant wait to staff this summer! fun fact, i used to be a vocal performance major! i also took a gap year, so if you have any questions about that, i’d be more than willing to answer! i’m more than willing to be here to answer questions about anything UCI related or if you just need a friend :)
Faith Fong

Faith Fong

She/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Nursing Sciences
Excited to meet all y'all new anteaters! I love when people share food, music, and media recommendations of all kinds so we can learn about each other :)
Francis Buenagua

Francis Buenagua

he/him/his

Year: 5th
Major: Language Science
Hello, everyone! My name is Francis and I'm an incoming fifth-year language science major. I was born in the Philippines, came to the US at the age of 11, and lived in South Carolina for the first six years of my time here in America before moving to SoCal (specifically, Los Angeles) 5 years ago. So yeah, I've lived in a number of places over the years. Also, I originally came to UCI as a CompSci major before becoming Undeclared for a while and then getting into my current major not too long after. In my free time, I enjoy thinking about stuff, reading Internet articles, and watching videos on a variety of topics ranging from news and late-night comedy to history and astronomy. One thing I learned during my time at UCI thus far (and you all will come to this realization sooner than you think) is that time flies so fast. Having said all that, I can't wait to meet all of you spoppers this summer and to welcome you all to UCI. I had a great SPOP experience myself and I hope that your SPOP experience will be just as great as mine. See y'all soon!
Gaby Zakher

Gaby Zakher

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Business Economics
Hola! I love sour gummies and my cat and I hate driving. Welcome to UC Irvine! :D
Gigi

Gigi

She/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Business Economics
Minor: Management
Love yourself like how much you love BOBA!
Gloria Su

Gloria Su

she/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Medical Anthropology
Hi y'all! I'm Glo, I love watching cat tiktoks, drinking coffee, and catching the sunset. I'm excited to meet you all :D
Hana Diatalevi

Hana Diatalevi

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: East Asian Cultures and Language Science
Hi there! My name is Hana, pronounced haw-nah, and I’m an incoming 4th year double majoring in East Asian Cultures and Language Science. Some things I love are music (*cough**cough* kpop), animals (s/o to my dog Checkers), and spending time with the people I love 💛 . I also work for UCI Athletics so you can probably catch me at all the games and events at the Bren!! I can’t wait to connect with y’all this summer and I hope everyone has a wonderful SPOP experience!! :)
Hannah Pease

Hannah Pease

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Policy, Psychology
Hello everyone! My name is Hannah, pronouns she/her/hers, and I'm a fourth year double majoring in Public Health Policy and Psychology. I'm one of your spop staffers this summer, and I'm so excited to meet all of the incredible new anteaters! (-:
Isabel Villalpando

Isabel Villalpando

She/Her/Hers

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology and Education Sciences
Hello! My name is Isabel Villalpando and I am very excited to meet our incoming freshmen and look forward to sharing a welcoming space with everyone to get to know each other (:
Isabelle Santos

Isabelle Santos

She/They

Year: 3rd
Major: Public Health Science
Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hello! I’m Isabelle and I am super excited to be a Staffer for Solaris Year! I’m from San Diego, CA and a huge anime fan. I also love creative activities like makeup and journaling. Feel free to reach out if you ever need anything! 💛 3
Ivan Chow

Ivan Chow

he/him/his

Year: 2nd
Major: Computer Game Science
Minor: None
What's good everyone! I'm Ivan and I am excited to meet y'all as a staffer this year for your journey to UCI! Some things about me is that I am from SF (Bay Area kid XD) and I love playing games such as basketball or even video games like the latest trend of Valorant! I love spending time getting to know people so some things I like to do is watch movies/shows with others so feel free to hmu! See y'all soon!
Jacqueline (Linh) Nguyen

Jacqueline (Linh) Nguyen

she/her/hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Political Science & Literary Journalism
Hi! I'm Jacqueline (or Linh) and I'm so excited to meet y'all this summer. I like sitcoms, nature/camping and going to festivals and concerts. I also love music, so hmu with some recs. I'm super psyched to staff this summer and hope y'all have a fun time at SPOP!
Jacqueline Fausto

Jacqueline Fausto

She/Her/Hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Sciences
Minor: Digital Arts
Welcome to your new home away from home! My name is Jackie, a rising junior here at UCI and am so so happy you are here! A bit about me is that I love to go thrifting, paint, go on hikes, and make TikToks. I'm so excited to be sharing this experience with you. Y’all worked so hard to be here, I am extremely proud of every single one of you all :) Feel free to reach out to me for anything! Zot Zot Zot!!! :)
Jade Xu

Jade Xu

she/her/hers

Year: 1st
Major: Bio Sci
Hi!!! I'm Jade from San Diego, CA, and I'm going to be a second-year bio sci major this year! I can't wait to meet everyone this summer, and please don't be afraid to reach out (where are my fellow k-pop stans!).
Janine Keys

Janine Keys

She/Her/Hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Sociology/Anthropology
What's good?! My name is Janine, and I am so excited to meet you all this summer. This time will be a huge transition in life, and I'm honored to walk alongside you during it! I am always available to chat about school or life so, never hesitate to reach out. A little about myself: I love Hamilton: The Musical (a masterpiece), Pentagon, and NCT, and I will never get tired of talking about them or their music. I enjoy drinking tea, creating playlists, watching YouTube, hanging out with people, attempting to rap (and being clowned for it), and dancing. I can't wait to get to know you at SPOP. :)) Welcome to UCI (ZOT!!) :D *If you would like a personalized Spotify playlist, let a sister know, and I'll send it your way!*
Jas Ambriz

Jas Ambriz

she/her

Year: 5th
Major: English + Education Sciences
Minor: Civic and Community Engagement
Libra sun, Virgo rising, Scorpio moon -- usually playing Genshin Impact, reading webcomics, or looking for a new coffee place >
Jasmine Cortez

Jasmine Cortez

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Hello! Welcome to UCI I’m super excited to meet y’all! I’m a recent graduate so it’s bittersweet to be done but I’ve made so many amazing memories! Irvine has been my home for a few years now! On my free time I love hanging with my two dogs and catching up on my favorite shows! I love trying new food places especially sushi!
Jennifer Huynh

Jennifer Huynh

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Psychological Sciences
Hi hellooo my name is Jennifer and I am super excited to be one of your SPOP staffers this year! I just graduated from UCI but would love to help you along with your college journey 💛 When I'm not scrolling through dog pictures and videos, I like binge watching shows, watching sunsets, listening to music, or traveling/ hanging out with my friends. I love giving my time to different campus orgs so feel free to reach out about how to get involved on campus! Can't wait to meet y'all and hope you have an amazing SPOP experience :)
Jessica Choy

Jessica Choy

She/her

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences
Hello fellow Spoppers! Welcome to UCI!!!! My name is Jessica and I’m a rising senior double majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychological Sciences. I was born in the Bay Area but raised in Hong Kong. During my free time, I like to hang out with friends, watch certain anime/K-dramas, and am into DIY crafts and graphic illustrations. I enjoy listening to music genres such as contemporary r&b, pop, Kpop, and indie music. I’m also a big foodie, so I know plenty of places with good food from different cuisines around the area! Nonetheless, I hope y'all are staying safe and healthy during this time, and I’m so excited to meet y'all this summer! Don't hesitate to reach out to me for any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you:)
Jessica Guan

Jessica Guan

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Science & Sociology
Minor: Management
Hello! I’m a first-gen, Chinese American student from the Bay Area (shoutout to the 510). Some of my favorite things are dance, art, journaling, tiktok, and sharing spotify playlists. Excited to meet y’all!
Jessica Medina

Jessica Medina

She/Her/Hers

Year: 4th
Major: Bio Sci and Criminology
Minor: Spanish/English Bilingual Education
Hello everyone, I'm Jessica! I identify as a 1st generation, Chicana/Latina student. I’m looking forward to what this upcoming school year has in store, and to enjoy the little adventures along the way. I’m an instrumentalist, plant enthusiast, and enjoy trying out new food places. Whenever the latter isn’t possible, I’m up to substitute that with study dates, binge-watching shows, biking, and trying out new recipes from videos I see online. I hope to be able to know you all real soon and I have lots of faith in your abilities to thrive throughout your time here at UCI. I send good vibes and please take care!
Jimmy Wong

Jimmy Wong

he/him/his

Year: 1st
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hello! I’m Jimmy and I’m super excited to be staffing this year. I am currently going into my 2nd year studying Environmental Engineering. I’ve been involved in UCI’s sustainability programs and internships. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends, going on adventures, and walking around campus. I can’t wait to meet everyone! :)
Julia Crespin

Julia Crespin

she/they

Year: 2nd
Major: Chemistry
Hi I’m Julia! My hometown is Long Beach but I live in San Diego now. In my free time I like to play Animal Crossing and binge tv shows. I listen to all kinds of music but my favorite artists at the moment are Brockhampton and RINI.
Julie Lee

Julie Lee

She/Her/Hers

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hello! My name is Julie! This is my very first time to be a SPOP staffer and I am super excited to meet all of you during the summer. I am a Leo with an ISFJ personality. During my leisure time, I love to watch Korean dramas, take naps, listen to kpop music, doing kpop dance covers, and skincare. I can't wait to all of you to start your UCI journey! ZOT ZOT ZOT!
Julie Son

Julie Son

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Business Economics
Minor: Art History
Hey y’all my name is Julie and I’m a San Jose native, but my heart is in SoCal. I came to UCI because I love Disneyland that much (went 22 times in one quarter!!!) When I’m not obsessing over that I’m running, lifting, or eating. Ask me about my crazy stories from college!
Karah Pedregosa

Karah Pedregosa

she/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Sciences & Criminology
Minor: Asian American Studies & Education
hello everyone! my name is karah (she/hers) and i'm from dublin, california in the east bay area. shoutout to you if you know where that is! i'm so excited for you all to grow, thrive, and experience amazing new things here in college! remember your spop staffers are always here for you even after the summer ends :) don't hesitate to reach out if you ever have any questions / need any advice or support! i hope you all are doing well and have a wonderful rest of your summer! if you ever want to reach out to me personally, my email is kpedrego@uci.edu :)
Karen Garcia

Karen Garcia

she/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psychology & Social Behavior and Education
Hi! My name is Karen and I'm from Los Angeles. I just graduated this past June from UCI and I'm so happy to be a part of SPOP for the second time and share helpful resources with incoming students. On my free time I enjoy taking my dog, Spot on walks, I like exercising, such as going on runs, arts and crafts, and spending time with my family. I also like exploring new places and watching movies and/or T.V. shows. I'm looking forward to meeting you all this summer! :)
Kassandra Martinez

Kassandra Martinez

she/her

Year: 4th
Major: Language Science
Hi! I’m a NorCal native that’s in love with astrology and açaí bowls :) I’m a proud first generation student and mental health advocate. My dream is to become a Speech Therapist in the future
Kavya Jonnavithula

Kavya Jonnavithula

she/they

Year: 5th
Major: Political Science
Minor: Psychological Science
"Describe yourself in three words" Coldplay, yellow & concerts.
Kim Moran

Kim Moran

She/her/ella

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology
I like crystals, coffee, and plants :D I am also first-gen latinx :’) and I spend a lot of time on tiktok.
Korinna Magana

Korinna Magana

She/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Education Sciences with Specialization in Research & Evaluation
Hi everyone! I’m Korinna Magana & I recently graduated this past quarter. I love working with incoming students and making them feel part of the UCI family. One day I hope to be the director of my own nonprofit organization to help mentor first year college students because I know the challenges that come with it. I’m super excited to be part of the SPOP team this summer!
Leah Lopez

Leah Lopez

She/her

Year: 1st
Major: Psychological Sciences
Minor: Education
Hiiiiii! I’m Leah & I’m so excited to be staffing ur SPOP this summer:) A little bit about me: I love takis; theyre literally the key to my 💛 & in my free time I literally just rewatch new girl over and over again so let’s have a new girl watch party if ur a fan!!
Levys Juarez

Levys Juarez

He, Him, His

Year: 5th
Major: Public Health Sciences & Sociology
Hello! My name is Levys, similar to the brand Levi’s®. I’m from Pomona, CA but was born in Los Angeles, CA. I’m a 5th year majoring in public health sciences and sociology, aspiring to minor in education. A few things about me: I play the alto sax, I LOVE going to the beach, I play tennis, and I enjoy learning about others!
Liz Perez

Liz Perez

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hiya! My name is Liz (l-ih-z) and I am a first time SPOP staffer! Fun fact about myself is that I can drive a bus and love going on boba runs. I’m super excited to meet y’all and for your transition as Anteaters :)
Makayla li

Makayla li

she/her

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Policy
Minor: Urban Studies
Hi there! I just graduated from UCI Spring 2021. I am currently on the search for a big girl job and hoping to spread my knowledge from my experience at UCI to incoming freshman and transfers. The resources and information you receive from such an incredible program can completely alter your experience at UCI for the better! I would say my most impactful challenges and learning points from UCI would be dorming and being Undeclared my first 2 years at UCI. Do not be afraid to reach out if you have any questions and I am looking forward to meeting all of you! :-)
Makayla Massey

Makayla Massey

she/her/hers

Year: 1st
Major: Biological Sciences (Intending)
Hi everybody! My name is Makayla and I'm an incoming second year. I am super excited to staff! I like to travel, watch hockey, play with my pets, and go to the beach. If you have any questions or just want to talk/have a friend, you can reach out to me!
Mariam Al Moubasher

Mariam Al Moubasher

she/her

Year: 2nd
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hello y'all! I'm Mariam! I'm a second year mechanical engineering major! Some of my favorite things are nature, art, and music! I love spending time with my friends and meeting new people! I can't wait to make new friends this summer! 💛
Mary-Ann Caro

Mary-Ann Caro

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hello!!! I’m super excited to be staffing this summer and I can’t wait to meet all of you!! A little bit about me is that I’m from San Diego, I love to thrift and crochet, and I love making playlists on spotify :) I hope you have a great SPOP and welcome to UCI!!!
Matthew Corpus

Matthew Corpus

He/him

Year: 4th
Major: Informatics
Hi friends, my name is Matthew! I’m an INFJ, Virgo rising, snack food connoisseur who likes to dance. I love to thrift and do random photoshoots. I recently graduated and currently pursuing a career in UI/UX! Hope to meet some of you in person soon!
Mica Ang

Mica Ang

She/They

Year: 3rd
Major: Sociology and Business Economics
Hi y'all! My name is Mica. I'm a 3rd year Sociology and Business Economics double major. I love making Spotify playlists and curating niche pinterest folders. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all this summer and I am so excited for your future as an Anteater!
Miguel Angel

Miguel Angel

He/Him/His

Year: 3rd
Major: Economics
Minor: Psychology
Buenas Tardes, I am Miguel, but you can call me "That one guy" and a little something about me is that like to travel. In particularly around my house. YES!!! The backyard, the front porch, oh and my favorite, the kitchen. All jokes aside, I am an AVID anime watcher and have some recommendations if interested :) Feel free to ask me anything regarding these topics, about majors/minors, best parts to relax, and/or about my favorite cereal.
Miguel Encarnacion

Miguel Encarnacion

He/Him/His

Year: 4th
Major: Quantitative Economics and Sociology
Hello! I like dancing, singing, thrifting, and watching anime, but more importantly I love UCI and hope you will to :)
Mikey Herrera

Mikey Herrera

he/they

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Science
Hey besties !! My name is Mikey Herrera and I'm an incoming 3rd year. My pronouns are he/they and I'm a Psychological Science Major. A little background about me is that I grew up locally in Santa Ana (714 Reprsent 😎🤞✨) and I commuted my first year. I'm very into astrology, music (send me ur charts pls), kpop, kdramas, and skin care !! Feel free to hmu to talk about anything !! I'm always down to meet some new people and make new friends 💛 3 !! I'm very excited to meet y'all and help y'all get prepared for the next chapter of your lives hehe 💛
Natalie Bonilla

Natalie Bonilla

She/Her

Year: 1st
Major: Criminology, Law, andSociety
Hi everyone! I'm Natalie an incoming sophomore with a Criminology major and congrats to y'all for getting into UCI! I am a first gen college student and I love being at UCI! Two fun facts about me are I love coffee like LOVE it its in my blood and I love to do random things so you'll always see me doing new things every week probably. And that's a little about me and again CONGRATS on getting into UCI and can't wait to see y'all soon!
Nico Cho

Nico Cho

they/them

Year: 2nd
Major: Political Science
Hey y'all! Congratulations on your acceptance to UCI! My name's Nico, second year Political Science major! I'm a first-generation, queer, Korean-American student, and I hope to be able to use my experiences navigating college through these identities to help you through this incredibly exciting and terrifying transition in your life! Some of my favourite artists include BTS, Oh Wonder, and Taylor Swift. I also like to play Genshin Impact and eat acai bowls! I'm incredibly excited to be a staffer and I can't wait to meet y'all this summer!
Noe Bernardo

Noe Bernardo

She/They

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Sciences
Minor: Sociology
Haiii :3 my name is Noe (no-ee) and I’m an incoming 3rd year (hoping to graduate this coming year hehe)! I like to draw, work out, and play video games :p I’m super excited to be in the spop space again and to make more connections with everyone! I hope y’all are staying safe and that your spop experience is the bestest!! :D
Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee

He/Him/His

Year: 3rd
Major: Computer Science
Hello! My name is Patrick Lee, and I'll be a Spopper this summer for Solaris Year. I enjoy going on bike rides (Irvine has plenty), running, and exploring the unknown. INTO THE UNKNOWWNNNNN!!! Haha looking forward to meeting you all soon! :)
Patty Loza

Patty Loza

she/her

Year: 2nd
Major: Public Health Sciences
hello everyone, the name is patty and i am a rising third year (time flies). I am a Mexican American first gen student from the 626 area and I'm super eggcited to be a staffer this summer (fun fact: I interviewed my first year but later withdrew my application BIG MISTAKE). I didn't really do much my first year so if you're down to share your first year experience with me don't even hesitate to hit me up! I'm really into Star Wars, Marvel, and shows like The Office, blah blah blah. Some fun facts, I have stray cats and had part of my umbilical cord attached for 19 years (I'm 20 as I write this lol). Too much? Anyways, you can ask me about literally anything, but I can't guarantee you an a serious answer lol jk, but if you have questions about what career path I want to take... can't help you there. Let me know if you have any other questions or want to get to know a fellow Aries/ESTP-T. ok bye HAHA (email: pmloza@uci.edu ig: pattyloser)
Pauline Mae Apresto

Pauline Mae Apresto

she/her/hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Science
Minor: Biological Sciences and Management
hi everyone🖐🤪 I'm Pauline and I like reading, kpop, anime, crafting, and tiktoks:P If you have any questions at all or even just wanna say hi, feel free to message me on facebook or insta @paulineapresto! I hope y'all enjoy(ed) SPOP and have a wonderful UCI experience💛
Phil De Vera

Phil De Vera

He/They

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Sciences & Psychology
HELLO! I literally love being involved on campus, so please hit me up if you have any questions! Also, if you love K-Pop, please talk to me because I could talk to you about it for HOURS! I literally can't wait to meet y'all! 💛
Phung Duong

Phung Duong

she/her

Year: 2nd
Major: Business Administration
Hello hello! I'm Phung, and I'm excited to meet you all this summer! On my free time I enjoy painting/drawing, spending time with loved ones, watching sunsets, and trying new food. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to watch y'all begin a new journey and hope y'all have fun at orientation!
Priscilla Nguyen

Priscilla Nguyen

she/her

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Medical Anthropology
Hi y'all! I'm so excited to meet y'all and get to know you better!! I'm Priscilla and I'm an incoming 4th year bio major and medical anthro minor. I love talking about skincare (especially Asian skincare), makeup, fashion, and food! Hmu if you want to know the best boba places around UCI (spoiler: it's not omomo) or just anything else! I love getting to know other people and I look forward to seeing y'all!! 💛
Quan Dang

Quan Dang

he/him

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Medical Humanities
Hi all! My name is Quan and I can't wait to meet y'all! Feel free to ask me about the Norcal/Socal transition, life as a transfer and anything really!
Quiana Ma

Quiana Ma

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychology
HelloO! I'm Quiana (pronounced Ki-ana), an incoming 2nd year! I'm a first generation student that enjoys spending time with friends and doesn't know how to write a bio. But CONGRATULATIONS for being accepted to UCI! I hope you enjoy your time in college! I know all the staff are strangers but feel free to reach out to any of us, we're happy to talk and/or help all of you out :'DD
Rhea Mae

Rhea Mae

she/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Mathematics
Hi! I’m super excited to be one of your staffers this summer. My entire being consists of four things: music, space, disney, and being active. I love meeting new people, so feel free to talk to me about anything or join me on new adventures. I can’t wait to meet all of you! :)
Sabrina Rashid

Sabrina Rashid

she her hers

Year: New Grad
Major: Education Sciences
Minor: Global Middle Eastern Studies
HELLO EVERYONE! My name is Sabrina Rashid and I AM VERY EXCITED TO BE A SPOP STAFFER THIS YEAR! Home for me is Orange, California but I’m originally from Palmdale, California! I love skateboarding, working with kids and meeting new people. Ask me about organizations, how to get involved, and how to navigate and transition into UCI smoothly. :)
Sam Mendoza

Sam Mendoza

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Science, Education Science
Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be your SPOP staffer & make some great memories this Summer. Good vibes, good boba, good company ☀️💛
Sam Padua

Sam Padua

she/her/hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Science
Hi, everyone! My name is Samantha Padua, but you can call me Sam! I'm so excited to be here with and for all of you, in this virtual orientation setting and beyond, whether that's in person or online! A few fast facts about me: I was born in the Philippines and moved to the US when I was six, I love music, I'm a big fan of many different franchises (including Marvel and Star Wars), and I'm very involved on campus, so if you ever need help getting acclimated to the campus environment, I'm your girl. If you see me around campus, don't be afraid to say hi! Feel free to reach out as well through any form of contact if you want to chat or ask questions about UCI! I look forward to meeting all of you soon, congratulations on being here!
Samantha Nguyen

Samantha Nguyen

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Chemistry
hi im sam c: im from the 626 area (downtown LA) my fav hobbies include playing video games, binge-watching shows (hehe kdramas anyone? ;)), spending time w friends, dancing (mostly to kpop), learning how to cook, and procrastinating ^.^ fun fact: i esp love galaxy colors (pinks, purples, and blues) but my entire closet consists of black, dark clothes :'))
Santi Ramirez-Chavez

Santi Ramirez-Chavez

he/him/his

Year: 3rd
Major: Film and Media Studies
hi hi please feel comfortable to reach out if you have any questions about N E THING, if you wanna talk about bts (💛 33), or wanna hear about the best acai place in oc (across the street from campus) !!!
Sarina Chen

Sarina Chen

she/her/hers

Year: New Grad
Major: Informatics
Minor: Psychological Science
Halo!!!!! Welcome to Solaris Year and UCI!! My name is Yiwen Chen, I often go by Sarina but anyway is good. I recent graduated (class of 2021, horray) with Informatic major and Psychological Science. I am an International Student came from Taichung, Taiwan where boba (and I) get born and raised up. I love sci-fi movies/series and KPOP (bias: Seventeen, NCT and old KPOPs), if you also love these things, you know who to talk with. Freshmen year is for sure intimidating but I think yall will do great!
Shannon Mano

Shannon Mano

She/Her

Year: 2nd
Major: Business Economics
Minor: N/A
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon and I am a Thai American girl born and raised here in Southern California. Super excited to meet all of you!
Shlok Bansal

Shlok Bansal

he/him/his

Year: 2nd
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hey y'all I'm Shlok! A fun fact about me is I have never been to a concert. You can usually find me listening to all different types of music, trying out new coffee spots, collecting vinyl CDs, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Super excited to get to meet y'all!
Shweta Karkee

Shweta Karkee

She & Her

Year: 4th
Major: Business Admin
Minor: Biology
hi! im shweta, im from the bay area, i love the beach, and im excited to meet everyone through spop this summer :-)
Tim Kim

Tim Kim

He/him/his

Year: 2nd
Major: Business Administration
Hi everyone! My name is Tim, and I'm so thrilled to meet each one of y'all as a SPOP staffer this year! I'm from Hawaii, but I grew up in Korea for the majority of my life. I am a huge movie and theatre fan. And I really love talking to people and listening to different stories, so feel free to hmu!! I want to get to know y'all better 😄
Trish Jimenez

Trish Jimenez

She/her

Year: 3rd
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Hi!! My first name is Patricia but I prefer to be called Trish. I am an incoming third year and I am from San Diego, CA. I enjoy listening to K-Pop, reading manga, and baking. I'm really looking forward to SPOP and meeting so many new people!
Tristan Digdigan

Tristan Digdigan

he/him/his

Year: 4th
Major: Microbiology & Immunology
As Rosé said, "I love mangoes."
Umaima Arif

Umaima Arif

she/her/hers

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological sciences
Hello! My name is Umaima and I am so excited to meet you all this summer! When I’m not doing schoolwork I enjoy biking, baking, watching shows, and spending time with friends. I hope you all will enjoy your time at SPOP and UCI!
Vanessa Rivera

Vanessa Rivera

She/Her/Ella

Year: 3rd
Major: Education and Political Science
Hello incoming anteaters! I'm Vanessa. My hometown is Long Beach, CA. I am a first-gen, low-income student studying Political Science & Education. I hope to work in K-12 Education in the future. I am passionate about working with younger students as an Educator. I love going on coffee runs, buying earrings, binging Netflix shows, and listening to music in my free time. I believe our identities are so important and empowering. I appreciate vulnerability and my love language is quality time! I am excited to share this space with you all. I hope to be a resource for you all during your time at orientation and beyond.
Xean Nguyenla

Xean Nguyenla

he/him/his

Year: 3rd
Major: Computer Science
YOOOO WHATS GOOD :) I’m Xean (pronounced Xean) & some things about me: I love going on adventures and trying new things -- if I'm not doing any of these, I am probably watching YouTube or playing Valorant (hmu & pls carry me haha). CAN'T WAIT TO MEET SOME OF Y'ALL SOON! YIP YIP
Yadirid Salas

Yadirid Salas

She, her, hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Criminology, Law & Society
Minor: Psychology
Hello! I am a first generation Mexican in my third year. I’m from central California & I love watching movies, reading & talking about all kinds of theories. I really enjoy talking and helping people. I am nonetheless VERY much excited to meet y’all and vibe through out the year!💛
Yezly Fontalvo

Yezly Fontalvo

She/her

Year: 5th
Major: Public Health Sciences / Sociology
Hello everyone! I’m Yezly (pronounced:Jezly) and I’m from Riverside, CA! I’m so excited and happy to meet ya’ll and introduce you to uci! Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or just to chat! My IG is yezly.f
Yi Fang

Yi Fang

She/Her/Hers

Year: 3rd
Major: Education Sciences & Sociology (Intending)
Hi everyone! I'm Yi and this is my first time being a staffer for SPOP. I am really excited to meet you all this Summer and helping you prepare for what UCI has to offer! I definitely learned a lot and had fun during my SPOP a few years back, so I hope I can create a similar experience for you!

Center for Student Leadership Professional Staff

A photo of Andrea M. Reyes.

Andrea M. Reyes

(she/her/ella)

Interim Associate Director

UCI Alum: 2014, Psychology & Social Behavior

Welcome to UCI, Anteaters! I hope that through your time in orientation and as you embark on this new year of yours, that you give yourself permission to make UCI the community and home you need for yourself. This will take some vulnerability, personal storytelling, and engaging with peers in meaningful ways. You can do this. You already got so far :') I believe in you.

Fun quick facts about me: My favorite color is red, I am a fraternal twin sister, I love oreos & whistling tunes, and am currently missing burritos from my little hometown of Encinitas in San Diego. Have a great SPOP! <3
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Chelsea Faustino

(she/her/hers)

Programs Assistant

UCI Class of 2017: Computer Science and Gender & Sexuality Studies

Hello!! Congrats on your acceptance to UCI! I hope you are able to find someone you connect with in this virtual environment who can ground you into your transition to UCI, whether that continues to be remote or shifts to in-person! 
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Josh Cimenski

(him/him/his)

Interim Director

UCI Alum 2005, Sociology

Hello Everyone! I'm so excited for you all to be joining us at UCI! Each of you has worked so hard to get there, so be sure to celebrate this massive achievement! It required so much effort, determination, and resilience on your part. We're so happy to welcome you into the Anteater Family this summer. Make the most of your Orientation experience, and remember that you are already entering UCI as a leader. You bring with you a multitude of skills, of unique and fresh ideas, and the power to improve our university and our world. We're here to help you find and unlock every bit of that power that we can.

A bit about me, I'm a UCI Alum and graduated in 2005! I've been gaming since I was 5 years old, and I love experiencing new stories and perspectives through the medium. I've been fortunate enough to travel 16 different countries, which has helped me learn a lot about myself and the world! Lastly, I'm originally from San Diego and never moved until I left for college, making Irvine the 2nd place in the world I've ever lived.

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Katrina Tomas

(she/her)

Program Coordinator

UCI Class of 2015, Psychology, Minor in Accounting

Proud UCI alum and current UCI staff! When I’m not around UCI, you can catch me doodling on my tablet, pin collecting, and buying all the boba <3