UCI Orientation

Meet the SPOP Staff!

Section 1

A banner for SPOP.

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology
Minor: Management
Hello! My name is Adam Rodriguez. I'm a 4th year (wow... yikes) sociology major with a minor in management. I really enjoy listening to new music, watching movies/shows, and eating all kinds of food. I can't wait to SPOP with you!! P.S. I once entered ten puns into a pun contest, but no-pun-in-ten-did.
Adrian Contreras

Adrian Contreras

(Him/Him)

Year: 2nd
Major: Undeclared
Hello Everyone, My name is Adrian I like sad music and uh video games. I am a goofy laid back person that will often make you question how I got into UCI in the first place. As a staffer I am here to answer any questions you got and try me best to help you navigate the confusing world that is UCI. Lastly I wanna congratulate y’all for getting into UCI, during these hard times it’s easy to be hard on ourselves so it’s important to recognize our accomplishments and triumphs. I can’t wait to y’all wonderful people and wish you the absolute best till then.
Aiyana Loyola

Aiyana Loyola

(She / Her / Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Japanese Language & Literature and Biological Sciences
Hello hello! Welcome to UCI! If you’re reading this, just know that I’m so excited and happy for you and that you wholeheartedly deserve to be here WOO! Being at UCI has honestly been so amazing, from joining involvements on campus, making unforgettable memories, meeting wonderful people and growing as a person overall. I really hope to meet and connect with all of you beautiful people soon! 🥰
Akif Khan

Akif Khan

(He/Him/His)

Year: 5th
Major: Comparative Literature/Psychology
Hello! First of all, my name is pronounced Aw-kif, just in case you were wondering :) I'm going in to my 5th year at UCI (I know...I'm old) and I've almost forgotten how to introduce myself online like this but I'll try anyways. I think I'm a pretty nice person and I try to get to know people that interact with me so I hope if you're reading this we can meet--virtually or maybe in person somehow someday--so we can be friends. Also I love coffee but I don't think that makes me unique at all LOL...anyways... Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope your SPOP experience is the best it can be!
Alaniz Enriquez

Alaniz Enriquez

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Criminology
I am incoming 4th criminology major. I am also a first gen student. I love going out to eat with friends and watching Netflix. I also enjoy going to concerts and listen to just about any music genre.
Alexander Gonzalez

Alexander Gonzalez

(He/Him/His)

Year: 2nd
Major: Political Science
I born and raised in South Gate, California. Im somewhat still a pretty good at playing a variety of different instruments even though I’ve been slacking on practicing every now and then. I love to travel whenever I get the chance too.
Alyssa Agustin

Alyssa Agustin

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Political Science/ Biological Science
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Amanda Raymundo

Amanda Raymundo

(She, Her, Hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: 2nd
Hello, my name is Amanda and I am currently a 2nd year Criminology major with a minor in Medical Anthropology. I am extremely excited to be part of this years Ember staff, but I am even more excited to meet each and every one of you. A few facts about me, I am from Guatemala but raised in LA. I enjoy being out in nature, hiking, running, and most importantly going on road roadtrips. I am a Sagittarius and I love to watch Netflix. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you want to bond( or anything really) ! I wish you all the best of luck as you begin this amazing journey. You are all amazing
Amber Moeller

Amber Moeller

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Social Ecology
Hello Spoppers! My name is Amber, I'm a Social Ecology major and going to be a third year at UCI. I'm from a small town in the 209 area up in Norcal. I work at the bookstore The Hill and as a facilitator at the Ropes Course at the ARC! I'm also in a multicultural sorority, Delta Lambda Chi. I've been vegan for almost 4 years and consider myself a very artistic/creative person. My hobbies include singing, playing instruments, going to festivals/concerts, and playing with my two cats hehe :3 If you have any questions, my Facebook is Amber Moeller and IG is @amber.moeller. I'm so excited to meet you all and help make UCI your new home
Anam Farooqui

Anam Farooqui

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Education Sciences
Greetings earthlings~ I am a huge believer in the power of students. I believe in you all. You are on a path of learning and unlearning. I am dork and I love anime and Kdramas. I have changed my major many times and got involved on campus, feel free to reach out to me for anything!
Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee

(she / her / hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Criminology, Law, & Society
Hi! I'm Andrea and I love to cook, hike, and go to concerts! I can't wait to meet all of y'all this summer :^)
Andrea Valentini

Andrea Valentini

(She/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Business Economics, Dance
Minor: Digital Arts, Anthropology
Hi y’all! Welcome to UCI! I know these circumstances aren’t ideal but we’re so excited to meet you and help you find your way during these confusing times. Know that you have already achieved so much and that there are more happy memories in your future. I’m really looking forward to getting to know y’all better this summer! :]
Andy Pin

Andy Pin

(he/him/his)

Year: 2nd
Major: Major: Biology
Hey guys! I love to be outside and be super active. Kind of into health and fitness so you can probably find me surfing, kickboxing, or working out at the gym. Most music genres are chill with me, but I've been into EDM for the longest time so if you know you know (:
Anna Kim

Anna Kim

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: public health policy
Minor: management, psychological science
Hi friends~~ My name is Anna (she/her) and I'm an incoming 4th year from Fullerton, CA! My Myers-Brigg personality type is ESFJ-T and my top two love languages are quality time and words of affirmation. The biggest misconception about myself is the intimidation that comes with my height, I’m really the worst with directions, and I’m pretty neutral about pineapples on pizza. During my free time (post-quarantine), you can catch me at the tennis courts, the beach, or Koko Chicken. The past three years has been the best three years of my life, and I couldn't be more grateful for the experiences, growth, and memories I've made at UCI. With that being said, I'm so so excited to meet you all and watch you all begin your journey here with SPOP! Welcome to UCI! ^_^
Anna Tran

Anna Tran

(she/her)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology and Education Sciences
Hi everyone, welcome to the UCI community! I'm Anna and I am excited to meet you all. Things I love: music (from hip hop, rnb, to kpop), sunsets, dance, nature, food/cooking! I would describe myself as an extroverted empath who loves meaningful conversations and spontaneous adventures.
Anthony Yacoub

Anthony Yacoub

(he, him, his)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Policy
Hi my name is Anthony and I am very outgoing, sarcastic, enjoy working out consistently, and hanging out with my friends.
Ariana Valenzuela

Ariana Valenzuela

(she/her)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology
I am an incoming 4th year Sociology major who wants to help incoming students find their home as well as their voice within UCI. I look forward to meeting everyone that I will have the privilege of staffing for.
Azalea Walker

Azalea Walker

(she/her/hers)

Year: 1st
Major: Undeclared
Hello all, my name is Azalea and I am a rising sophomore here at UCI! I am also a strong mental health advocate, and I like to play video games and listen to music in my spare time. I also love memes, who doesn't love memes?
Becky Mendoza

Becky Mendoza

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hi everyone!! My name is Becky and I am an incoming third year. I am a biomedical engineering major and this is my first time staffing spop. I'm from LA and my hobbies include netflix and tik tok hehe >.< I can't wait to meet and get to know you all
Berenice Cortez

Berenice Cortez

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Crim, Law, & Society
Hiiii everyone!! My name is Berenice and I'm gonna keep this short and sweet just like me and say that it's nice to virtually meet y'all hehe! I am an incoming 3rd year from Santa Ana and I'm super excited to experience this unique SPOP journey with y'all. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @xox.berenice.xox so we can become friends!
Brandon Phan

Brandon Phan

(He/Him/His)

Year: 3rd
Major: Public Health Policy
Minor: Health Informatics
Hello everyone!! I am Brandon Phan an incoming 3rd year with a major in Public Health Policy and a minor in Health Informatics. I'm from the Orange County area, so I have been commuting to UCI my whole college career. I can't wait to meet everyone and is so excited for your journey here at UCI !!!
Bri Dick

Bri Dick

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Drama
Hi! i’m bri! i’m an incoming 3rd year. fun fact i just transferred into the drama major from being a voice performance major, so any questions about that i can answer :) I’m very excited to staff spop this year!
Brian Clemente

Brian Clemente

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Business Administration
Fun fact: I’m double jointed and a premature baby. I’m also a dog dad and I love to go on adventures. My favorite shows are the originals and Greys Anatomy . My favorite pizza topping is PINEAPPLE and my favorite fruit is watermelon.
Brian Vuong

Brian Vuong

(he/him/his)

Year: 4th
Major: Chemistry
whatsup y’all, i like indie music, concerts, thrifting, coffee, and chemistry
Brianna Hernandez

Brianna Hernandez

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Criminology
I am a Low-income and first-gen student from Compton, CA. I enjoy watching netflix and I get bored easily lol so I try to do as many things as possible
Calli Genest

Calli Genest

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychological Sciences and Social Ecology
Hi everyone! So excited to meet many of you! I started out with a major in Biological Sciences last fall, and then went Undeclared in the winter quarter. If any of you have questions about either of those majors or either of double majors feel free to reach out to me! Some of my involvements at UCI are I am on the sailing team, I am the treasurer for the team, I was in the Summer Bridge in the 2019-2020 school year. I am from a small town in between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento (Meadow Vista). I know all of you are going kick butt in your first year!
Cameron Pitts

Cameron Pitts

(He/Him/His)

Year: 3rd
Major: Aerospace Engineering/Biological Sciences
I’m a huge nerd
Carina Chen

Carina Chen

(She/her/hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Undergraduate Undeclared
Hello hello! If y’all like boba, you’d like me too, considering we’re from the same country:) I have a wide variety of interest, from basketball to cooking to music (Carpenters, ELO, ABBA are my favorites and I’d be happy to expand upon those! Anyways, summer’s gonna be a blast and we’ll make it happen:) 100%
Catherine Kagoo

Catherine Kagoo

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
hi! my name is catherine and I am so so excited to meet you all :)
Cathy Tran

Cathy Tran

(she/they)

Year: 5th
Major: Asian American Studies & Language Science
Minor: African American Studies
Hi there! My name is Catherine Tran, but you’ll probably get to know me better just as Cathy. I was born and raised in Orange County, growing up in a city north of Irvine called Garden Grove (s/o 714 area code bbs). I proudly identify as Vietnamese American not just because Vietnamese food is delicious and Vietnamese people are beautiful, but also because connecting with my ethnic culture is something that gives me a great sense of joy and accomplishment. One of my life’s goals is to take my parents to Vietnam since they haven’t been back in over 30+ years, and to experience Vietnam myself since I’ve never had the chance to travel there. Besides repping my Vietnamese heritage, I also love being involved on campus. One of the major reasons as to why I like to stay involved is because I get to develop relationships that eventually teach me new things about myself and others. I. Love. People. With that being said, I’m currently involved in a couple of programs on-campus, such as the Antleader Mentorship Program and Peer Health Educators, if y'all have any questions about the stuff we offer at UCI! As of the moment, I’m trying to break the habit of flicking through social media on my free time and replace that habit with new hobbies, like reading and hand poke tattooing. I’m excited to meet you all, and I hope you have a blessed 2020.
Chad Mendoza

Chad Mendoza

(He, Him, His)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Policy
Minor: Criminology, Law, & Society
Hi everyone! My name is Chad. I no longer attend UCI because I just graduated this past June! Lets go Class of 2020! As a former student of UCI, I spent most of my time with my cultural club, where I met some of my closest friends. And when I wasn't busy with my campus organization, I worked for UCI Child Care Services. Coming into UCI from a small hometown, you will be exposed to so many different people and cultures. When you enter this space, enter with an open mind, be kind, and always be down to try new things and also learn different beliefs. Zot zot!
Chelsea Bozarth

Chelsea Bozarth

(She/ her / hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Criminology
Hi I’m Chelsea, I just finished my first year at UCI. I love the beach and stand up comedy. I’m in the Army ROTC program on campus. I look forward to meeting everybody!
Christian Robles

Christian Robles

(He/Him/His )

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Sciences and Education Sciences
Hey everyone! My name is Christian! I am an incoming fourth year double majoring in Education and Psychology! If you have any questions about either major, don't hesitate to reach out to me! I like to spend my days staying active and being outdoors! I love being at the beach, skating, playing sports, and hiking! I am a huge Nintendo fan! I love amusement parks and music festivals! I'm super excited to meet all of you! Congratulations on getting into UCI!! Wuuu!!! Let's keep our heads up high, stay positive, and move forward with an open heart! We will get through this together! Take care ya'll! Zot zot zot lol :)
Christina Xu

Christina Xu

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hello everyone! My name is Christina and I am originally from Northern California. Some of my current favorite things to do would be watching Netflix, learning new organization plans, and cooking (specifically pancakes). I am excited to meet you all and provide support in any way possible. :)
Christine Nguyen

Christine Nguyen

(She/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology
Minor: Education
Hello everyone! Some hobbies that I love to do is dancing, reading, and watching TV shows and movies. Also, I love all things Disney and I play Animal Crossing almost 24/7. I love going on adventures and drinking boba. I am super excited to meet all of you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Dan Tran

Dan Tran

(He/They)

Year: 5th
Major: Math & Education
Hello all, my name is Khanh Tran, but I go by Dan. I'm currently going into my 5th year as a Math and Education double major. I'm also part of the CalTeach program here at UCI that lets you get your Teaching Credential program and your Bachelor's Degree at the same time within 4 years. I like playing Animal Crossing and League of Legends. I also like any and all sitcoms (especially the older ones like Friends, That 70's Show, etc..)
Danielle Zaragoza

Danielle Zaragoza

(She, Her, Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hiii!! My name is Danielle and I am a 3rd year Bio Sci major from LA (626 area). Some of my favorite things are late night beach trips, playing card games (I love monopoly deal), going to concerts, going on spontaneous trips, shopping and my dog. Some extracurriculars I have been involved in are CAMP, Mesa Court Council, MAPS, Camp Kesem, AMP, ACC community Assistant and Summer Bridge mentor. Being at UCI has been a challenging, yet very fun and rewarding experience. It has allowed me to meet so many amazing individuals, get out of my comfort zone, and has allowed me to get closer my goal of becoming a dermatologist. Although orientation might not be in person this year, I really hope that you all will be open to this experience. Overall, I am so excited to meet you all and to see what this summer will bring!
Darlene Do

Darlene Do

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Psychology & Asian American Studies
Hi lovelies! My name is Darlene, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I'm extremely excited to be one of your staffers! I hope to be a resource for y'all and am most well-versed in commuting, being a Business Administration major, having minors in Psychology and Asian American Studies, and Mesa Court (I have experience working in the community). Outside of school, I enjoy playing tennis, watching sunsets, taking pictures of flowers, drinking coffee (7Leaves pls sponsor me), and eating in Westminster (shoutout to my locals!). You can contact me through Facebook and Instagram @issadardo, and I am willing and able to help you with any questions you may have :)) ❤
Delayne Darroux

Delayne Darroux

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hello SPOPers! My name is Delayne and I’m currently a 4th year bio major. I was originally born in the Caribbean but I’ve been living in California for most of my life. On my free time I usually like to hike/be out in nature, hang out with friends (more so before COVID), and vibe out to music from genres such as r&b, pop, lo-fi, and kpop/krnb. I’m a major foodie so I love watching cooking videos to inspire me to try out new recipes. Fun fact: I’ve been keeping track of new places I’ve eaten at since freshmen year! Also during this quarantine I’ve had a recent interest in improving my art skills so been coloring more during my down time and teaching myself how to sketch and paint. These are just a few of my hobbies but I’m always open to try out new things and add on to that list! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy during this time and I’m so excited to meet you this summer :’)
Derek Jiang

Derek Jiang

(He/Him/His)

Year: 2nd
Major: Mathematics
Hello my incoming spoppers, my name is Derek! Welcome to UCI virtual orientation, and I’m very excited to meet and talk to you all soon! I’m very easy to talk to, so don’t be shy! I wanna get to know you and help you get familiar with this campus.
Destinee Foster

Destinee Foster

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Anthropology & Music
Hey hey!! Some things about me are I'm from Oakland and both my sun and moon sign is Virgo. I LOVE tea and cats and my favorite movie ever is the Incredibles!! I also love going to concerts, hanging out with friends, and I dance and sing! Side note: If you ever need a Starbucks drink recommendation hit me up 🤩Ask me about my on campus A Cappella group!!! I'm super excited to get to know you all
Destiny Leon

Destiny Leon

(She/ her/ hers)

Year: 5th
Major: Criminology Law & Society, Psychological Sciences, Urban Studies
Hello!!! My name is Destiny Leon and I am from LA. If you are reading this congratulations on all of your accomplishments including getting into UCI! There will be times where you will face difficult times but don’t worry this place is filled with wonderful people that will make this experience the most wonderful time. These next years are your time to do what makes you happy so please listen to your own heart and I guarantee that it will all work out in the end! Continue to work hard and enjoy all the little things that happen throughout the years because these 4 years will FLY! My biggest advice to you is get involved anywhere and enjoy it while it last! Congrats again and GOOD LUCK!
Diana G. Soto-Vazquez

Diana G. Soto-Vazquez

(She / Her / Hers)

Year: 5th
Major: Psychological Science / Criminology, Law & Society
Hello everyone! I am really excited to be serving as one of your SPOP 2020 Coordinators this year. I believe in you all and I hope that providing orientation in this way will still help you in connecting with other incoming and current students. I was at UCI for 5 years and was involved in many things (also check the Coordinators out in Module 3 more more details) so if you have any questions about my experience, do not hesitate to reach out to me!
Dinorah Hernandez

Dinorah Hernandez

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Minor: Global Sustainability
Hi hello, my name is Dinorah. I love oat milk matcha lattes and the smell of lavender.
E.B. Lopez

E.B. Lopez

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 1st
Major: Mathematics
I’m from the Bay Area, I love to read and I listen to all kinds of music so feel free to send me recommendations!!
Elaine Nguyen

Elaine Nguyen

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Education Sciences
Minor: Management
Hello!! I am looking forward to being a staffer and welcoming all of you amazing individuals to UCI.
Emily (Em) Wang

Emily (Em) Wang

(she/her/hers)

Year: 1st
Major: Chemistry
hi! I joined SPOP because of the friendship and guidance I found in my staffers who also recommended me to staff! I’m an ambivert so I’m social but not always the most comfortable with meeting new people or large groups. However, I intend to challenge myself a bit and get to know my fellow staffers and spoppers, so I’d love if you guys could feel a little courageous with me! I’m pretty open-minded, kinda silly, chill, but also sometimes overly excited. I also like to have a variety in the types of people I surround myself with so let’s find out what we have in common and I’d enjoy hearing about what we don’t have in common as well! looking forward to meeting you all :)
Fatima Leoniza I. Nuñez

Fatima Leoniza I. Nuñez

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: International Studies & Anthropology
Hello :) Congrats on starting your journey at UCI. I hope that you are excited and are ready for adventure. Just a little bit about me, I am a first-gen filipinx womxn from Long Beach. I have experience with living near campus but also commuting. During my undergrad, I was involved with Student Life & Leadership and had the opportunity to study abroad for the summer in Korea. If you have any questions about how to get involved on campus or finding different resources, please feel free to ask me any questions. If you want to chat or anything, please feel free to connect with me. I am excited to meet you all :)
Gabriel Trejo

Gabriel Trejo

(he/him/his)

Year: 1st
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hey y’all, hope all is well! My name is Gabriel, but most people call me Gabe. I am a first generation college student from Anaheim, CA. I love playing soccer, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
Georgina Velasco

Georgina Velasco

(she/her/hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychological Sciences and Education
Hi everyone! My name is Georgina and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I will be an incoming 3rd year majoring in Psychological Sciences and Education! Some facts about me are that I am the eldest of four and a first generation student from Riverside, California. I was also a student worker on campus for my first two years at UCI and this is my second year in the SPOP program! I am very excited to be a part of this SPOP journey once again and I look forward to meeting the incoming students! :-)
Gino Valarao

Gino Valarao

(He, Him, His)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hello everyone! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy during these times! My name is Gino Valarao and I'm a recent graduate of UCI, majoring in Biological Sciences. In my free time, I enjoy doing a variety of things including sports, cooking, and reading. Over the course of these 4 years, UCI has become my home and a place for personal growth and learning. I am excited to meet incoming students and introduce them to all that UCI has to offer.
Hana Lee

Hana Lee

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Computer Science
Hi everyone! My name is Hana, and I'm so excited to be one of your staffers for the summer! Some facts about me: acai bowls are my weakness, dancing is fun, love me some r&b music, and cereal is not a soup :,))
Issa Cosmiano

Issa Cosmiano

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: biomedical engineering
hello! i’m issa!! i am super excited to meet yall :) a lil bit about me: im probably shorter than u think🥴, my switch is one of the best investments ever, i love anime & i think im rlly funny hahaha
Jakob Agatep

Jakob Agatep

(he, him, his)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Policy
Hey! My name is Jakob, I just graduated from UCI! I was involved in Tennis Club, an acappella group, and the Campuswide Honors Collegium, just to name a few of my involvements. I'm really into anime, Animal Crossing, and Netflix right now, but my interests vary by a lot, so don't be afraid to strike up a conversation about anything, especially if you have any questions! You never know what we might have in common! :)
Jalen Jones

Jalen Jones

(he/him/his)

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychology and English
Hi everyone! My name is Jalen, and I'm from Santa Clarita, CA (by Six Flags Magic Mountain)! I love to write, watch *deep* artsy films, and going to concerts! I can't wait to get to know some of you at SPOP, and hopefully during this school year! : )
Jamie Esquivel

Jamie Esquivel

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Chemistry
Hello! My name is Jamie and I'm from LA! Some of my favorite things to do are reading, watching anime, and cooking. I also love to make my own espresso drinks. My favorite color is gree– I mean, ember red!
Jasmine Cortez

Jasmine Cortez

(she, her, hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Hello, I am in incoming 4th year double major! I was born in Vegas but grew up in LA. In my free time I like to go out for hikes, play soccer, or workout. But I do also like catching up on my favorite shows and play video games. I have two dogs, Eva and Zeus, who constantly keep me occupied! My favorite food is sushi and favorite color is red. I'm really excited to meet you all and can't wait to see what UCI has in store for you!
Jen Nguyen

Jen Nguyen

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Political Science and International Studies
👋 Hey there! I hope I can be any help to you or a new friend 😁 My name is Jen, and I am Vietnamese, born and raised in Pomona, CA. I'm a first generation, low SES college student and coming to UCI helped me learn a lot about myself, and I've definitely had my share in figuring out what I wanted out of my undergrad experience. My typical boba order is a half sweet jasmine milk tea 🤤 I love kpop, anime/webtoons MCU(tbh i'm just a sucker for good storytelling and fantasy) and recently rediscovered my love for Avatar: The Last Airbender!
Jennifer Do

Jennifer Do

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
hello kings n queens!! my name’s jen and im from the bay, specifically san jose! im super excited to meet yall :-) feel free to hmu if you need food/boba recs, college advice, or just wanna talk hehe my dms are always open! (ig: @jennaynay35
Jenny Li

Jenny Li

(She/ Her/ Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Criminology, Law, and Society & Psychological Sciences
Hi! this is Jenny, and I’m an international student born and raised in China. A little bit about myself - there are times I may look somewhat cold and distant (especially through this Zoom life) , but I promise that’s just my face, and my personality truly says the opposite. Again, congrats to all of you for making it here and please take a moment to feel good about yourself and your accomplishments. Final word, I’m here to help 🌻
Jerald Lim

Jerald Lim

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Biomedical Engineering: Premedical
Hi everyone! My name is Jerald and I'm a 4th year BME Premed major. I was born and raised in the south bay area (just south of LA!) and in my free time I like to make music, go to disney (perks of being in OC right), play basketball, play video games, play basketball video games (add me on PS4/steam for the works). I've been pretty involved at UCI, being a part of organizations like ASUCI Student Services and Kababayan at UCI. Feel free to message me or reach out if you have any questions about getting involved or even if you need help trying to figure out how to adjust! And being BME Premed, I can also help you navigate the Premed path, if you are interested in that and have any questions on what to expect going into it!
Jerry Chen

Jerry Chen

(He, Him, His)

Year: 4th
Major: Business Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Hi everyone! My name is Jerry and I am a fourth year Business Economics student. Some of my interests include basketball, photography, cooking, and going on spontaneous adventures. Some side hustles I picked up during quarantine include day trading in the stock market and drop shipping. I am excited to be one of the many SPOP staffers this year and I look forward to meeting some of you soon!
Jonathan Bayle

Jonathan Bayle

(he/him/his)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Sciences
Yo what it do! My name is Bayle and I ;KJQWBNJEF34O34190QOP9834ifcv nvnL;LKBndniekjrvnkeopkdknvcnksadlkn 88f9dfudbdbswiisi9sos my bad, there was a spider on my key board and I tried killing it but it escaped. Lol anyways I do be vibing with my friends on my free time and enjoy going to concerts and festivals. I don't really have a talent except existing. Oh I also mix EDM music on my free time! If you wanna talk about music or just vibe hit me up :) IG/twiiter: @mrjonjjb
Jonathan Cosico

Jonathan Cosico

(he/him/his)

Year: 2nd
Major: Computer Science
Hey what's up I'm Jonathan (he/him)! Idrk what to say about myself lmao. I watch anime (calling all weebs!) ? I listen to a lot of music? Do I repeat all the other info given in this google forms? Anyways... I'm an incoming third-year computer science major! My involvements @ UCI include Kababayan, KASA, Square One Dance Project, and I used to work on campus at Guest & Event Services (the parking ppl). My quarantine hobbies are playing copious amounts of video games, journalling, and attempting to reconnect with friends via zoom/facetime. Pre-quarantine, you'll see me always out getting food, chatting with folx, and overall vibing hehe c: Feel free to hit me up about,,, anything! Classes? I got u, Adjusting to college? I got u, Involvements? I'll... try my best. Any of my personal interests? I'm always down. So hit me up!
Josh Masangya

Josh Masangya

(he/him/his)

Year: 4th
Major: Business Economics
Hey what's up! My name is Josh and I'm a 4th year bus econ major from San Diego! I'm hella excited to be one of the staffers this year. Some stuff about me is that I like to watch and play sports. I like to travel and go on spontaneous adventures. I like trying new types of food and drinking boba without the balls. I also like to simp and skate down parking structures to de-stress. And I used to work at In-N-Out in Irvine before covid happened. And a weird fact is that I was born with 6 fingers on my right hand.
Josh Murao

Josh Murao

(he, him, his)

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychological Science
Hey y'all! My name is Josh, I'm an incoming 3rd-year Psychological Science major from the Inland Empire! (shoutout 909 🤪) My hobbies include, but are not limited to, playing volleyball, thrift shopping, and trying to see whether TikTok or Twitter takes up more of my daily screentime. I can't wait to meet y'all!! :)
Juliann Tyler

Juliann Tyler

(she/her/hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Public Health Policy
I am 19 years old from Los Angeles. I currently live in the Irvine area with my cat, Midnight, and roommates. I love to learn, skateboard, and eat ice cream. I am so excited for SPOP 2020!
Kaitlyn Edgley

Kaitlyn Edgley

(She/Her)

Year: 4th
Major: Political Science
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be staffing during such a *unique* year :D feel free to follow me on Instagram @kaitlynedgley to discuss all things DIY, John Mulaney, and cheerleading (allstar fans hmu hehe) or even just to say hi! I can’t wait to meet all of my precious spoppers and make this the best virtual SPOP ever!! Woot woot!!!
Karah Pedregosa

Karah Pedregosa

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology and Social Behavior
Hi everyone! I'm excited to meet y'all in SPOP this summer. I'm from Dublin, CA in the East Bay Area (props to you if you know where that is!) I love all things Disney and Marvel, and got a Disney annual pass when I moved to Irvine. I also love watching Parks and Rec, eating pasta or Korean corn dogs, going to concerts, and listening to EDM! I'm also a Psych and Social Behavior major in the Campuswide Honors Collegium. Let me know if any of you are incoming Honors students and have any questions about the program! If any of you want to connect with me, my Facebook is Karah Pedregosa and Instagram is @karah.mel!
Karen Garcia

Karen Garcia

(she, her, hers )

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Sciences and Education
Hi! My name is Karen! I'm from Los Angeles, CA. I'm going into my 4th year at UCI, hoping to pursue a career working with kids. I have a dog named Spot and I like to take him on walks. On my free time I enjoy watching t.v. shows, movies, and listening to music. I also like exercising like going for runs, hiking, and playing soccer. I also enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and exploring new places.
Karen Tsai

Karen Tsai

(she/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Business Economics
hello hello!! my name is karen and i just recently graduated! i'm from sacramento and some of favorite things to do is watch anime/read manga, play tennis, paint, and play league of legends/tft. i'm super excited to meet and connect with y'all!! ꒰´꒳`꒱
Karina Gorostieta-Lopez

Karina Gorostieta-Lopez

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hey y'all, I'm Karina!! I'm an incoming 2nd yr and I'm so excited to meet all of y'all. I hope that I can make you guys excited for this incoming year just as I was, and know that all your hard work is not over looked during these harsh times. I'm very proud of all y'all and WELCOME TO UCI
Karina Ruiz

Karina Ruiz

(She/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Biology/Education
Hello! Hello! I’m a 3rd -> 4th year ~ During my free time I enjoy drawing or watching anime~ I’m a bit shy but I enjoy getting to know others and make memories. UCI can definitely become a home away from home. But for now, hope everyone is staying safe! Zot! Zot! Current favorite quote: “Because people don’t have wings, they look for ways to fly”-Ukai Keishin (Haikyuu!!)
Kassandra Martinez

Kassandra Martinez

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Language Science
Hello! My name is Kassandra and I’m so thrilled to be staffing SPOP Ember Year and to help aide you in your exciting first steps as a UCI Anteater!! I am a first generation college student and I am originally from Modesto, CA (woo NorCal!). I am an avid soccer, disney, and theatre fan. In my free time I love to listen to music and play my ukulele! UCI has become a home away from home for me and I hope it does for you too!
Katherine Cervantes

Katherine Cervantes

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Criminology, Law, and Society & Public Health Policy
I'm a extroverted introvert dogmom that enjoys taking walks on the beach during sunset! :) p.s. super excited to meet all of you and ease your transition to UCI. If y'all ever need someone pls do not hesitate to reach out to me
Kathy Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen

(she, her, hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology and Social Behavior
Hello fellow anteaters!! I am a first-gen Asian American who enjoys watching kdramas on the daily. When I'm not working on assignments for my courses, I would be napping or finding something to alter/clean around the house. Quarantine made me feel really antsy, so I try my best to keep myself busy. This summer I plan on practicing rollerskating and learning Korean! The future isn't always so clear and definite, so I want to be doing what I can now and enjoy the process as much as possible. Let's all have fun living in the moment!
Kavita Joshi

Kavita Joshi

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Medical Humanities
Haiii SPOPPERS:) Can’t wait to meet y’all!!! Soooo I'm from Fresno, which is purely dry, so you’ll always catch me at the beach when in Irvine. I love traveling, going on food adventures, shopping, and rapping lol. But honestly, I never thought UCI would change my life completely. Although it was only one of my first choices, I wouldn’t want it any other way! Have an amazing SPOP experience & feel free to reach out to me on ig: @kavitaajoshii
Kay Jonnavithula

Kay Jonnavithula

(she/her/hers)

Year: 5th
Major: Political Science
Minor: Psychological Sciences
Hello! Welcome to UCI, I'm so happy you're here!! I'm so excited to be sharing this experience with you! I understand that this isn't the most ideal situation, but I promise you that the next four years of your life are going to be absolutely amazing. I moved here from India and although it took me a while, I found my home away from home through various campus organizations. In my free time, I love going to concerts, painting and spending times with my friends!
Kayla Alarcon

Kayla Alarcon

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Public Health Sciences
Minor: Medical Anthropology
Hi thereヽ(・∀・)ノ My name is Kayla and I'm so excited to meet you! I'm from a city called Santa Maria, CA located on the Central Coast (shoutout to the 805 hehe) I enjoy painting, digital art, watching Tik Toks, jamming on my guitar and ukulele, and love spending quality time with friends and family. My time at UCI has been an amazing experience so far and I would be more than happy to tell you a bunch of my stories here :') I am looking forward to seeing you through the Zoom calls and on campus as well, and hope that I can help you feel more comfortable coming into UCI! See ya soon : )
Kelly Chow

Kelly Chow

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology, Management
HELLO(: Welcome to SPOP 2020! My name is Kelly (she/her/hers). A few things about me - I LOVE sunsets, nature, being active (basketball, surfing, or anything hehe), journaling, eating lots of sandwiches and acai bowls YUMM, & spending quality time with people. Can't wait to get to know you all and see you thrive! [stay moving ~ open heart, open mind]
Kelly Ryoo

Kelly Ryoo

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Nursing Science
Hi SPOPers! My name is Kelly, pronouns she/her/hers and a Class of 2020 graduate! I am so excited to meet y'all this summer ٩(◕‿◕。)۶
Kelsee Statum

Kelsee Statum

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Criminology, Law and Society
Minor: Humanities and Law
Hello everyone! As you can see, I love piercings!! More the less, I am a kind soul ready to make some connections with y'all over zoom! Food and sleep will always be close to my heart, but makeup and fashion steal it every now and then. ^~^ UwU with me!
Kennedi Blackman

Kennedi Blackman

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 1st
Major: Social Ecology (planning on switching into Psychological Science)
Hi! My name is Kennedi Blackman. I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. My hobbies are drawing, singing, playing the guitar, playing Roblox (don’t judge), and watching funny Youtube Gameplays (if you know any hilarious gaming youtubers or videos let me knowww). I am a beach bum, but due to covid I have just been relaxing at the park. When I graduate (includes graduate school), I plan on being a guidance counselor for underrepresented youth and I aspire to one day develop a Youth Center in South Central LA in order to keep children off the streets and give them resources so that they can succeed in education. I cannot wait to get to know and meet you all. Let’s make this zoom SPOP a great experience full of laughter XD!!
Kiara Samples

Kiara Samples

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Science
Minor: Public Health Policy
Helloooo i'm Kiara!! Im an INFP & a pisces ☼, leo ☾, virgo ↑. I love thrifting, rollerskating, & bonding over shared music taste so let's connect on spotify!! To the incoming students: Congratulations on your acceptance!! I am truly so excited for you all! This is only the beginning of your journey of at UCI & I know you will accomplish so much here
Kurt-Michael Songcog

Kurt-Michael Songcog

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Criminology, Law & Society
Hello! I’m Kurt-Michael Songcog, but you can call me Kurt. I’m the energetic and reliable SPOP Staffing Machine this summer for Ember Year 🔥. I’ll be happy to make myself as a resource for all of you this summer. Don’t hesitate to message me privately if you need any advice taking classes at UCI this Fall or if you just wanna chat with me! I love helping people get to Point A to Point B! Might as well call me a GPS. 😅 I’m always ready to go! I’ll see you soon :)
Kyle San Jose

Kyle San Jose

(He/Him/His)

Year: 5th
Major: Human Biology
Hiya everyone! I just wanted to first say congratulations to getting into UCI. This decision will not disappoint you, I have made many of my favorite memories here in my past 4 years. These memories all have been influenced by my friends, club involvements, community service opportunities, my pre-med journey and fellow UCI faculty! Some hobbies I enjoy are videography, playing video games (animal crossing/maplestory), and walking dog!
Lailie Kahsai

Lailie Kahsai

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: biosci
Minor: medical humanities
Hello! My name is Lailie and I'm an incoming 3rd year. I am majoring in Biological Sciences, and hope to work in the medical field in the future. I love watching movies, listening to music, and going to the beach. I hope nothing but the best SPOP, and subsequent UCI, experience possible for you all!
Leanna Bautista

Leanna Bautista

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Public Health Policy
Minor: Education
Hello! My name is Leanna and I come from sunny San Diego. I enjoy cooking, baking, singing, and painting during my free time. I am so excited to be a SPOP staffer this year and can't wait to meet you all!
Lenard Glenn Malunes

Lenard Glenn Malunes

(he/they)

Year: 4th
Major: Dance, Social Ecology
Minor: Medical Anthropology
Hi everyone! My name is Lenard Glenn but I also go by LG! I am an incoming fourth year studying Dance and Social Ecology with a minor in Medical Anthropology! I moved here from the Philippines when I was seven years old and now call California one of my homes! I am a first-generation Pilipino/x queer student and these identities have helped me explore and embrace who I am here at UCI in the communities that I've had the privilege to participate in. Whatever your narrative is or your story on how you got here, I congratulate you and be in community with you!
Leo Ho

Leo Ho

(He/him/his)

Year: 3rd
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hello! I’m pretty down to earth and generally outgoing when I get enough sleep. Oh yea fun factoid I try to sleep at 10:30 and wake up at 5:30 most days and I’m really committed to taking good care of myself and I try to get people around me to do so as well since I believe it is key to successfully manage your time/stress in college. I also try to keep myself active with sports and working out daily. The one kinda unhealthy aspect of my life if my diet LOL I eat a lotta things and I’m always down for food adventures and also way too much boba/caffeine. I love exploring new places and doing new things and I try to encourage others to do so as well cuz there are hella cool spots around Irvine/socal!!
Litzy Martinez

Litzy Martinez

(she/ her/ hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Business Economics
hi hello! i am very excited to meet you all :') a little bit about me: i am a non-DACA undocu student here at UCI and i do a ton of campaign and advocacy work so feel free and reach out to me if you have any questions or need some advice! on my free time i love to bullet journal, go on hikes, and try new food(i am in desperate need of new spots lol). i hope y'all have a wonderful spop experience and that zoom treats us all well :')
Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

(she/they)

Year: 4th
Major: Earth System Science
I am not good at these kind of things, so if you take time to read this thank you! I grew up in a small town about three hours North of Irvine. I am the fist in my family to attend a UC #firstgen! UCI has provided me with countless resources, friendships, life lessons, growth, and the education to obtain my B.S degree and a teaching credential through the CalTeach program. I've had an on campus job, been apart of other organizations/clubs on campus, and have worked hard to get through all my courses. On my free time I would love to listen to music, go to concerts, run, and watch documentaries. My time at UCI has been filled with ups and downs, but I am glad I chose to attend and wish nothing but the best for incoming students!
Marilaine Kate Roque

Marilaine Kate Roque

(she/her)

Year: 2nd
Major: Education Sciences
Hey cuties, Congratulations to you starting your college journey at UCI! Zot Zot Zot (-: A bit about me: I am a first generation student, Queer Pilipnx American & was an Undeclared/Undecided student coming in as a freshman but am now declared as an Education Sciences major! **wheww** Music: Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, Saweetie + so much more ooop Hobbies: thrifting, art, music, stress-cleaning! With that being said, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, I and the rest of the orientation team are here for you! Hope to see you on zoom soon (^:
Matthew Nguyen

Matthew Nguyen

(he/him/his)

Year: 2nd
Major: Sociology
HIII!! I'm Matt and im a Barb~ I like to binge watch TV shows and listen to music!! My fave artists are Ariana Grande, Porter Robinson, BTS, and the Glee Cast LMAO. I also loveee musicals!!! Feel free to hmu if you wanna chat about anything hehe :DD zot zot
Megan Chimwaza

Megan Chimwaza

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Political Science
Hello! My name is Megan Chimwaza and I am so excited to meet you all!!! I hope that attending UCI will be everything that you all dreamed of! I am involved in a number of things on campus and I would love to talk to anyone who has questions about campus life, how to get involved, how to maintain a good balance between school and socials. I want you all to know that we are so proud of you that you are here and I can not wait to watch you all navigate your way through university life here. I believe in every single one of you and I wish you all the best of luck!
Melissa Molina

Melissa Molina

(she/they)

Year: 4th
Major: Chicanx/Latinx Studies and Political Science
Minor: Education
Hi hello it me, I'm happy to be one of your 2020 Orientation Staffers and feel grateful to be virtually sharing space with all of you resilient, powerful incoming students. I hail from Fontana, CA (shoutout Inland Empire!!), but have been at UCI studying Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Political Science, and Education, and engaging in organizing and youth empowerment initiatives. Outside of school and working, I enjoy tending to gardens, cooking, and driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. I'm a Libra Sun with many Sagittarius placements, and I strongly believe that “it is imperative that we maintain hope even when the harshness of reality may suggest the opposite.” - Paulo Freire
Mia Lagura

Mia Lagura

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Minor: Urban Studies & Psychology
Hello young grasspopper! (Sometimes I'm cringey hehe) My name is Mia and I love simp music, video games, watching TikToks and exploring new places to eat! Welcome to UCI!! I hope I can help guide you and give you all the resources you need for the better part of the next few years. If you're scared to talk to me, dont worry since I'm probably more afraid of you. I hope you get a good sense of how cool and inclusive this community is, so Don't by shy, put some more~
Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee

(she/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Criminology, Law & Society
Hello hello! I lit rally I don't really know what to say besides I’m a true clown and certified tomfool. Otherwise, I’m very into all types of art, music, & film, so hit me up if you want to share your favs or have very ~deep/analytical~ discussions about that LOL eaogjw;e; honestly down to talk about anything though! I will also be your #1 hype woman/proud mom friend. Speaking of which: you’re doing great, and you really do deserve to be here —never forget that! Very excited to meet you all :')
Miguel Hugo

Miguel Hugo

(he/him/his)

Year: 3rd
Major: Political Science and Informatics
A little about me is that I love eating, sleeping, kpop, volleyball, my majors, and my culture🇵🇭! I’m also always down to meet new people, so hmu and we could go to seaside and get to know more about each other :)
Mikey Herrera

Mikey Herrera

(He,him,his)

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychological Science
Hello! My name is Mikey Herrera and I'm an incoming 2nd year. My pronouns are he, him, his, and I'm a Psychological Science Major. A little background about me is that I grew up locally in Santa Ana which is close to UCI so I commute from home (got to save that tuition money am I right). I'm very excited to meet y'all and get you guys prepared for the next chapter of your lives. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help !!
Mira Asad

Mira Asad

(she/her/hers)

Year: Graduate Student
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Materials Science Engineering
Hi everyone! My name is Mira, pronouns she/her, and I am one of your Orientation Staffers! I have been an Anteater for what seems like a lifetime and I couldn't be more excited to welcome you all to this wonderful community. I am going into my 2nd year of graduate school (aka 6th year at UCI) as a Biomedical Engineer. Some things I enjoy are baking, watching Youtube, reading, and tutoring (I truly love single variable calculus with my whole heart). WELCOME TO UCI
Monica Ramirez

Monica Ramirez

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Can't wait to meet y'all and make memories together! I am a spontaneous person who loves to go on adventures and have fun!
Nadine M. Baculi

Nadine M. Baculi

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hi hello hi!! I’m Nadine and I’m sometimes super ??? about school and my life but not always- I’m always willing to answer any questions y’all might have for me! If SPOP is were in person, prostaff would usually ask you what kind of boba drink you like during the presentations, and I like mango green tea hehe :)) (I miss boba and coffee I‘ve barely had any since quarantine started someone please send me some and by my friend 🥺)
Nayarith (Naya) Franco-Vasquez

Nayarith (Naya) Franco-Vasquez

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology; Criminology, Law & Society
Hello! My name is Nayarith Franco Vasquez but you can call me Naya for short. I graduated from UCI this past month with a double major in Sociology and Criminology, Law & Society. During my time at UCI I had the pleasure of being a Resident Advisor for the Firebaugh Houses in Arroyo Vista, was a Transition Programs Intern at the Center for Student Leadership, was a student leader in the First Generation First Quarter Challenge program in the School of Social Sciences, was a teaching assistant in the Criminology Department, used the resources of the DREAM Center, and was involved in Student Alumni Association (SAA) and Students Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equity (SAFIRE). When I wasn't at school, I enjoyed spending time with my family and my dog. I look forward to meeting and getting to know y'all. Good luck!
Neath Uy

Neath Uy

(She, her, hers)

Year: 1st
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biological Science
Hello! My name is Neath and I'm going to be one of your staffers this summer. Some of the things that I enjoy are listening to music, traveling, hanging out with friends, photography, and eating food HAHA I am beyond excited to meet each and everyone of you and can't wait to see the growth that you'll experience during your time at UCI! Let's all have an amazing time together :)
Nishat Jahan

Nishat Jahan

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Pharmaceutical Science & Psychological Science
Hi there and welcome to UCI! I am so excited for you to start your anteater journey. UCI has truly become my home, and I hope it feels like a home for you soon too. I found community in various student organizations and campus workplaces, and my peers and coworkers ended up being my closest friends! In my free time, I love hiking, going to the beach, and cooking all sorts of yummy food. I'm super excited to get to know you!!
Noe Bernardo

Noe Bernardo

(She/her/hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Psychological Sciences
Heh! I’m Noe (like Zoë with an N) and I’m an incoming second year :) I’m filipino, bad at bios, and some of my hobbies are drawing and playing basketball. I mean I could go on but some things are better left a mystery :/ (that’s just my way of saying that I’m not sure what to talk about in this but we’ll get to know each other more!) All I can really say is that I’m so excited to meet all of y’all!!
Noor Chebbo

Noor Chebbo

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Biological Sciences
Hi!!! I’m Noor. I’m a third year bio sci major and I’m stoked to be staffing this year!!!
Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr

(He, His, Him )

Year: 4th
Major: Psychology and Social Behavior
Hey guys! My name is Omar Sakr. I am from Brooklyn, NY but was raised in a small city in central California called Delano (by Bakersfield). I come from a family of 7 and I love traveling. I been abroad and loved it! I hope you guys know I'm always here for you guys and I can't wait to "hangout"!
Pasha Eftekharian

Pasha Eftekharian

(he/him/his)

Year: 4th
Major: Biomedical Engineering
What's up everyone!! My name is Pasha Eftekharian and I'm a 4th year Biomedical Engineering student from Anaheim Hills, California. A huge hobby of mine is music. I've played piano for 16 years, saxophone for 7 years, ukulele for 6 years, and guitar for 2 years. I love to go out to Laguna Beach and street perform. I'm starting to get more into music production too so I can implement my knowledge of music. I also love to play soccer and volleyball. I've played soccer for about 17 years, and volleyball for almost 8 years. My favorite soccer team is FC Barcelona, and it's always been a dream of mine to go to Spain and watch one of their games in person. I'm apart of a few different organizations on campus, so if you ever need any advice on anything feel free to hit me up.
Pauline Dang

Pauline Dang

(she/her/hers)

Year: 2nd
Major: Cognitive Science
hi i'm Pauline, i'm an Aquarius, i'm a big fan of high-speed rail tiktok, and i really can't stop getting tattoos lmao
Phil De Vera

Phil De Vera

(He/Him/His)

Year: 2nd
Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences & Psychology
Hi everyone! My name is Phil De Vera! I am very obsessed with K-Pop, and I also really enjoy watching Anime and K-Dramas! Something that I also love very much is chemistry! Once I start talking about chemistry, I will not stop talking about how much I love it! Fun Fact: I did Taekwondo for 10 years, and I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt! I love UCI so much, and I cannot wait to share my stories and experiences with everyone else!
Phuong Do

Phuong Do

(she/hers)

Year: 5th
Major: Art and Film/Media Studies
Minor: Digital Information System
Imagine: Troy Bolton says he has a surprise for you. He takes you outside and there is a frog.🐸
Priscilla Castaneda

Priscilla Castaneda

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Sociology and Education
Hello Hello (: !! I am thrilled to be helping and supporting you all in any way I can throughout the summer. Indeed, this is a very different and unique time, but despite this situation we’re all experiencing this SPOP is here for you, including me! I’m truly excited to meet, guide, and support all of you in the best way that I can and know! This is also my second year doing SPOP, and I did not expect SPOP to be virtual this year, however, many SPOP staffers including myself are here to help you all build and find your community at UCI!!! :’) We are also here to offer and connect you to UCI’s resources and many amazing individuals on our team to make your transition into UCI a tad bit smoother. Before ending my bio, a couple interesting things about me are hehe: I love fruits, excited to meet y’all, I love talking about dreams and nightmares baha, I love going on hikes/exercising, I love being around my friends, I enjoy picnics at the park. Lastly, thank you for reading my whole bio! ): < 3 *sending you a warm smile* Feel free to contact me whenever via email if you ever need anything!! Here for you all!
Quan Dang

Quan Dang

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Medical Humanities
Hi all! My name is Quan Dang and I'm an incoming 4th year Biological Sciences Major with a Minor in Medical Humanities! I transferred to UCI from NorCal and am loving my time here so far. In my spare time I love swimming, skateboarding, and playing video games! Feel free to reach out if you're curious about anything :))
Ron Abina

Ron Abina

(He/Him/His)

Year: 1st
Major: Drama & Informatics
What’s up spoppers?! My name is Ron and I’m from the East Bay Area. One thing you should know about me is that I love being in touch with my creative side and getting to laugh (send me memes please). I’m a little bit of a Disney nerd and also sometimes a man-child (having fun = staying young). I enjoy running, singing, and filmmaking. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A person’s a person, no matter how small”-Dr. Seuss. I can’t wait to meet everyone this summer! Zot Zot Zot!
Roni Medina

Roni Medina

(They/Them)

Year: 2nd
Major: Criminology, Law, and Society
Hi y'all!! I'm Roni and this is my first year as a SPOP staffer hehe :) I know things are a little bit difficult for all of us, but I'm always here for anyone that needs a friend or someone to talk to! I really like anime (Fire Force and Black Lagoon whewwww), playing Minecraft and Stardew Valley, I mess around on the bass a lil bit, and I love cooking and baking
Ryan Loveland

Ryan Loveland

(he/him/his)

Year: 3rd
Major: Computer Science and Engineering
I like snowboarding, working out, and meeting new people!
Sabrina Lee

Sabrina Lee

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Informatics
Hello!! Welcome to UCI! :-) If you're reading this, you will do amazing, and you deserve to be here. Going to UCI was really scary at first, but I have made some of my best friends and memories here, especially through involvements like my dance team. In my free time, I also enjoy photography and going to Disneyland! Hope to meet you all soon!
Sandra Woranitikosol

Sandra Woranitikosol

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Education Sciences with a Specialization in Early Childhood Development
Hi hello everyone! As a recent UCI graduate becoming a SPOP staffer has been a goal of mine since I finished attending my own SPOP four years ago, so I am looking forward to meeting all of you (virtually) this summer and sharing what UCI has to offer through the screen. I am a Thai-American, First-Generation graduate from San Dimas, CA. I’m a dancer, but I wasn’t a dance major and not knowing what you want to do is completely okay. Irvine truly became my home away from home, and although I was stuck between two schools I have zero regrets attending UCI - everything happens for a reason right? If I never went to UCI, I wouldn’t have been able to discover my love for teaching and knowing the impact I aspire to have on the future generations along with forming genuine connections with my fellow peers and professors. I also never would’ve been able to audition at Disneyland and work as a Disneyland Parade Performer for the past 3 years. This is the year no one ever saw coming but know that we are here for you, UCI is here for you. You are going to enter UCI as the individual you are right now, but I can’t wait until you see who you are going to become as you navigate through college, and as a staffer I will be here to kick start every step of the way :)
Sean Cabreira

Sean Cabreira

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Applied Physics
Alright, let's do this one last time. My name is Sean Cabreira. I've been a student at UCI for three years, and I'm the one and only physics major in SPOP. If I happen to be staffing in your group, you can probably talk to be about skateboarding, music, movies, podcasts, and all things boba. My goal is to make you feel welcome to what will be your new home for the next four years. I hope you're all feeling excited for college. I mean, who wouldn't? There's only one Sean, and you're looking at him.
Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

(She/her)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health & Sociology
Minor: Digital Information Systems
Hello new anteaters! I'm Sophia and I'm so excited to staff this year! I'm an immigrant from Australia, currently residing in SoCal! I like dancing, baking, reading, drawing, and shopping :) Here's 2 truths and a lie: 1) I spent freshmen year at UCI exploring secret spots on campus, including the roof of one of the science buildings at 2am 2) I once got completely lost in Mexico with no phone service 3) I lived on an island for around 5 years Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Stephanny Gonzalez de Paz

Stephanny Gonzalez de Paz

(She/Her/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Psychological Sciences / Criminology, Law & Society / Education
HELLO! My name is Stephanny, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I will be a fourth year Crim, Psychological Sciences and Education triple major this Fall! I was born in Guatemala and grew up in Hesperia, California (Central American --> High Desert). As a First Generation, Undocumented student, I have learned the true value of mentorship and guidance in every way possible in college and have gotten the opportunities to be in spaces that give back the support I've received in college. I've been involved in a little bit of everything (Mechanical Engineering for a little, ASUCI, student housing, mentorship programs like the Antleader Mentorship Program, Students Advocating For Immigrant Rights and Equity to name a few) so I'm always open to listening about what you're interested in exploring and would love to connect you to someone who may provide some guidance (if needed or wanted) if I am not your gal. Congratulations on your admission to UCI! Please keep in mind that don't have to go through the confusing, frustrating part of college alone. There are people around you who have gone through similar things and are more than willing to be part of your support system-- including me!
Tamara Salazar Bernardi

Tamara Salazar Bernardi

(She/Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Minor: Political Science
Hi Hi Hi!! I’m so excited to meet all of you incoming first years hehe! A little bit about myself is that I am obsessed with Bunnies and Plants! I’m also from Long Beach, CA but I was born in Lima, Peru and at the age of two I came to the U.S. Being a first gen undocumented student has been a whirlwind and navigating a campus as big as UCI was difficult but super exciting!! I’m happy to share my experience with y’all so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! (:
Tiana Chung

Tiana Chung

(she/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hi there! My name is Tiana and I am super excited to meet and get to know you all. I love bullet journaling, binging shows, and anything to do with food. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to chat!
Timmy Hoang

Timmy Hoang

(he/him/his)

Year: 4th
Major: Biology/Education
Hi everyone! I'm so proud that you've made it to UCI, and you should too! UCI was challenging at times, but I'm so thankful for the friends I've made through Bible studies, giving campus tours, being a high school teacher, and hosting UCI's talent show. In my free time, I love hiking, journaling, and spending time with my friends. Don't be afraid to contact me at: timotth2@uci.edu - take care!
Vanessa Zelaya

Vanessa Zelaya

(She, Her, Hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Education Sciences, Political Science, Sociology
Hi everyone, I hope summer is treating you well so far! A little bit about myself: I enjoy running, listening to music (hip-hop, reggaeton, & rap), coloring, watching Netflix (currently got into Grey's Anatomy but my go to's are Law and Order: SVU, Scandal, and HTGAWM), and I just got into playing Chess! I enjoy trying new things whether its food, music, drinks, shows, etc. I am here to assist you during your college transition in any way I can so don't hesitate to reach out!
Victor VIcente II

Victor VIcente II

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Public Health Sciences
My name is Victor Vicente II (you can call me Vic) and I'm a 4th year Public Health Sciences major. I am super excited to serve as one of your SPOP staffers for this summer!! When I am not at school cramming for exams or working on activities for RCC, I love playing video games (amazing Smash player hehe), listening to music, spending time exploring new places with my friends, playing guitar, and ESPECIALLY watching any MCU movie. If yall ever want to hangout on zoom or jam out to music together, HMU!
William Le

William Le

(He/Him/His)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
Hey there Spoppers! I'm so excited to get to meet every one of you :) A little bit about myself. I just recently graduated from UCI with B.S in Biological Science(woot woot I love me some mitochondria). Other than school I'm a really huge sci-fi geek. I can discuss about Halo and Star Wars for hours if I wanted to. Whenever I'm free I try to squeeze in some time to play video games(catch me on Reboot Channel 1 @ Ludibrium) or watch a new TV series. When I'm not stuck at home I enjoy exploring new restaurants and boba shops or going to Disney. If you ever have any questions about UCI or anything in general don't hesitate to ask!
Winnie Truong

Winnie Truong

(she / her / hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Biological Sciences
the type to tell people “I know a place” then take them to stand in line for 40 min at omomo ig: winnie.truong
Xean Nguyenla

Xean Nguyenla

(he/him/his)

Year: 3rd
Major: Computer Science
Heyo! My name is Xean (pronounced Sean, yeah I know the X is confusing LOL) and I am going to be a third year majoring in Computer Science! Along with being one of your SPOP staffers, I am also a Campus Representative where I primarily give tours HAHA yes one of those people walking around with the mics. I am involved in other organizations where I hold various positions; hit me up if you want to talk about involvements! I really enjoy hanging out with people: getting food (kbbq oh yeah), grabbing boba, going to the beach, sit in the grass, stare at a wall; the possibilities are endless! This helps because I truly love meeting new people and learning others' stories. I am also getting more into photography and making videos! Video games are also really fun (League of Legends, COD!!). Other than that, I spend a lot of my time on YouTube watching literally anything that sounds interesting ~ comedic skits, gaming videos, nature documentaries, serial killer documentaries, etc. If you want to know more about me, I guess we have to hang out! I really hope you have fun at orientation, let's make it a 11/10 memory :)
Yanisa Kertnoi

Yanisa Kertnoi

(she/her/hers)

Year: 4th
Major: Education Sciences/ Mathematics
Hiiii! I love to binge watch shows on my free time and listen to R&B! I have recently graduated and still processing the post grad life. I had the best 4 years during my time at UCI and would love to help any of you navigate this new space in any way I can!
YiHao Huang

YiHao Huang

(he/him/his)

Year: 3rd
Major: Business Information Management
Minor: Statistics
Hello! I'm YiHao and I'm excited to be your SPOP staff this year! Something about me: I enjoy cooking with people, I love outdoor adventures, and I watch funny YouTube videos in my free time.
Yiwen Tan

Yiwen Tan

(She/her/hers)

Year: 3rd
Major: Business Information Management
Hello!!! I’m yiwen (she/her/hers) and I’m an incoming 3rd year!! Some hobbies I have are dancing, hiking, watching dramas, and hanging out with friends!! Feel free to hmu for any questions, concerns or be my friend haha
Yvonne Dai

Yvonne Dai

she/her/hers

Year: 4th
Major: Psych Science
Minor: Bio Science
Hello future spoppers!! My name is Yvonne and i'll be one of your staffers this summer. Some of my hobbies include cooking, baking, and exploring new places! I'm super excited to get to know ya'll better through orientation and help you all get acclimated to UCI and show you everything it has to offer. See you all soon on the interwebs :^)

Center for Student Leadership Professional Staff

A photo of Andrea M. Reyes.

Andrea M. Reyes

(she/her/ella)

Leadership Programs Coordinator

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! This time of unrest and confusion is unlike one I've ever experienced, and if you feel similarly, know that you're not alone. I hope that you can find purpose and clarity through SPOP. Know that you belong here and that your staffers will welcome you with open arms (at a safe distance of course). CSL is here to support you as best we can and to connect you to resources who can best serve you!
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Josh Cimenski

(him/him/his)

Associate 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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mike knox

(him/him)

Director

UCI Class of 2003, Psychology & Social Behavior

Welcome to the Anteater family!

This is an uncertain and challenging time, and, to be completely honest, we are all learning how to live this remote life and run a remote orientation program as we go along.

You are now part of a program with a lot of history at UCI and one that we love and believe in deeply, but that obviously looks a bit different this year. While it has changed, I am confident there is a great deal for you to get from your SPOP or TSPOP through the learning modules and the opportunities for live engagement.

You are part of a community and, as I opened with, the Anteater family at UCI, and a very important part at that. Thank you for bringing your whole, authentic self to your orientation (to the extent you feel comfortable) and to this campus, in whatever form that takes in the future. We are lucky to have you.

While the future is not entirely clear, I do know there is greatness ahead for you and for UCI. We've got your back, and if you are willing, we appreciate you having ours. It is a pleasure and an honor to walk the journey ahead with you.