Office of Admissions

USM Ambassadors

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

Abedom Gebreyesus

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Lynn, MA
High School: Lynn English High School

 

Alexa Henriksen '22

University Champ headshot illustration

Major: Nursing
Minor: Biology

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

Ashlyn Tomer

Major: Criminology
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

Autumn Chipman

Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Business

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

Cassie Hillman

Major: Nursing
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

University Champ headshot illustration

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

Courtney Czechowicz

Major: Linguistics, ASL Interpreting concentration
Minor: Honors

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

University Champ headshot illustration

Major: Nursing
Minor: Honors

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

Danielle Nadeau

Major: Communication

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

USM Husky

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Londonderry, NH
High School: Londonderry High School

 

Emily Colby '22

University Champ headshot illustration

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

Emily Dumont

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

University Champ headshot illustration

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

University Champ headshot illustration

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

Thumbnail of Katherine-Helene Sullivan

Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Honors

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

University Champ headshot illustration

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

University Champ headshot illustration

Major: Nursing
Minor: Honors

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

Shelbea Makela

Major: Teacher Pathways

Hometown: York, ME
High School: York High School

 

Washima Fairoz '21

Washima Fairoz

Major: Political Science — Accelerated Pathway to Law

Hometown: Biddeford, ME
High School: Biddeford High School