Our USM Ambassadors will be your tour guides. Like our student body, these student ambassadors range from energetic first-year students to accomplished graduating seniors; from transfer students to working adults. These students bring with them their own unique stories, experiences, and skills to help you find yourself here.
Interested in becoming a USM Ambassador? Email Julia Gurney, Associate Director of Visits & Events.
Meet the USM Ambassador team:
Abedom Gebreyesus '21
Major: Health Sciences
Hometown: Lynn, MA
High School: Lynn English High School
Alexa Henriksen '22
Hometown: Marshfield, MA
High School: Thayer Academy
Why USM: I chose USM because it really feels like a community. There’s also a great nursing program, and I am able to continue playing ice hockey here!
Ashlyn Tomer '21
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Richmond, NH
High School: Monadnock Regional High School
Why USM: I liked the idea of having both a rural and city campus. I also loved the endless internship opportunities Portland has!
Autumn Chipman '22
Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hometown: Saint Albans, ME
High School: Nokomis Regional High School
Why USM: USM was my first choice for colleges in the state. It was far enough from home where I could be my own person and yet close enough to that I could go home on a weekend if needed. It was also a smart choice financially for me.
Cassie Hillman '22
Minor: Honors and Biology
Hometown: Orrington, ME
High School: Brewer High School
Why USM: I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere as soon as I drove onto campus. I fell even more love with the opportunities this school has to offer.
Connor Blake '21
Major: Media Studies
Minor: Sports Media
Hometown: Westbrook, ME
High School: Westbrook High School
Why USM: I chose USM because of its affordability, its location, and its great hands-on programs for media studies students.
Courtney Czechowicz '21
Major: Linguistics, ASL Interpreting concentration
Hometown: Rockaway, NJ
High School: Morris Knolls High School (NJ) and Algonquin High School (MA)
Why USM: I chose USM because I loved the idea of the multiple campuses, along with the beauty of Maine.
Damilola Amule '23
Hometown: Lowell, MA
High School: Lowell High School
Why USM: USM is a small, tight-knit community that really takes care of its own. The professors love to help students and it's a great place to receive an education.
Danielle Nadeau '22
Hometown: Fort Kent, ME
High School: Fort Kent Community High School
Why USM: USM felt like a home away from home. Everyone here is so welcoming and, just like the motto, USM is truly for everyone. I could not have picked a better school to pursue my degree.
Ellen Kester '22
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
High School: Londonderry High School
Emily Colby '22
Major: Health Science, Occupational Therapy track
Minor: Studio Art
Hometown: Lunenburg, VT
High School: Lyndon Institute
Why USM: I chose USM primarily for its accelerated Masters in Occupational Therapy program. However, the track and field team and location are also huge bonuses for me.
Emily Dumont '20
Major: English, Elementary Teacher Education
Hometown: Lewiston, ME
High School: Lewiston High School
Why USM: USM has excellent resources for tutoring, internships, and friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve found my forever home away from home. I’ve really grown as an individual.
Emma Walsh '21
Major: Communication and Media Studies
Minor: Public Relations and Marketing
Hometown: Readfield, ME
High School: Maranacook High School
Why USM: USM has a diverse program of study that supports any educational path. The faculty and staff are all so helpful and want you to succeed. Overall, there is a sense of community and belonging that makes USM a welcoming university for all students.
Hannah Hart '22
Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Tourism & Hospitality and Honors
Hometown: South Berwick, ME
High School: Newmarket Jr/Sr High School
Why USM: The main reason I chose USM was for the community; within minutes of my first visit, I could tell that this felt like home. The second reason I chose USM was the affordability; USM strives to help students financially. The third reason I chose USM was the location; it is great to have the city of Portland close, but I also love living in the cozy town of Gorham, it reminds me of my hometown.
Katherine-Helene Sullivan '22
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Gorham, ME
High School: Cheverus High School
Why USM: I took a gap year after high school, which was amazing, and I found that staying local, being financially smart, and being part of an awesome Environmental Science Program were the best options a college student could get — and I found them at USM.
Payton Pomeroy '23
Major: History, Education Pathway, Grades 7–12
Minor: Geography, Educational Studies, and Honors
Hometown: Thorndike, ME
High School: Mount View High School
Why USM: I chose USM due to the affordability and the quality of education that I am getting. I also was very interested in USM due to the location and how much I loved the idea of having a small town and city campus.
Rolanda Nubuor '23
Hometown: Worcester, MA
High School: Burncoat High School
Why USM: I chose USM because of its nursing program, and it was also a smart choice financially for me.
Shelbea Makela '21
Major: Teacher Pathways
Hometown: York, ME
High School: York High School
Washima Fairoz '21
Major: Political Science — Accelerated Pathway to Law
Hometown: Biddeford, ME
High School: Biddeford High School