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, Massachusetts
High School: Lynn English High School
Ashlyn Tomer '21
Major: Criminology Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Richmond, New Hampshire
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 Minor: Business
Hometown: Saint Albans, Maine
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.
Brandon Hallee '20
Major: Leadership and Organizational Studies Minor: Coaching
Hometown: Fairfield, Maine
High School: Lawrence High School
Why USM: Opportunity for internships, community involvement, and affordability is what attracted me to USM.
Cassie Hillman '22
Major: Nursing Minor: Honors and Biology
Hometown: Orrington, Maine
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.
Courtney Czechowicz '21
Major: Linguistics, ASL Interpreting concentration
Hometown: Rockaway, New Jersey
High Schoo: Morris Knolls High School/Algonquin High School (MA)
Why USM: I chose USM because I loved the idea of the multiple campuses, along with the beauty of Maine.
Danielle Nadeau '22
Hometown: Fort Kent, Maine
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 Dumont '20
Major: English, Elementary Teacher Education
Hometown: Lewiston, Maine
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.
Emily Saunders '20
Major: Sports Management Minor: Coaching
Hometown: Center Ossipee, New Hampshire
High School: Kingswood Regional High School
Why USM: I chose USM because I love being able to have 10 people say hello to me while also meeting new faces every day. I don't just feel like a number here. Family is very important to me and USM is like an extended family to me.
Emily York '20
Major: Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Track
Hometown: Gorham, New Hampshire
High School: Gorham Middle High School
Why USM: I came to USM because they had an option to jumpstart my Occupational Therapy program. When I came here, I loved the amount of activities going on campus for students and the location.
Hannah Oneill '20
Hometown: Perth Andover, New Brunswick, Canada
High School: Southern Victoria High School
Johnny Kyte '20
Major: Tourism and Hospitality
Hometown: Carp, Ontario, Canada
High School: Northwood School
Why USM: The location, the people, and community feel. Very safe and welcoming for everyone regardless of who, what, or where they are from. It’s unique and different than most places. I am a little different and unique, so I thought it would be a perfect fit.
Katherine-Helene Sullivan '22
Major: Environmental Science Minor: Honors
Hometown: Gorham, Maine
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.
Maddie Stevens '20
Major: Business Administration – Marketing
Hometown: Monmouth, Maine
High School: Monmouth Academy
Why USM: I came to USM when I was younger for multiple sports camps, so the campus felt most like home. I was looking for a school that felt like home and was in the state of Maine. Being 20 minutes from the ocean, mall, and Portland is such a treat! I couldn't be happier with my decision!
Maeve Blodgett '22
Major: Health Sciences
Hometown: Wiscasset, Maine
High School: Wiscasset Middle High School
Why USM: The University of Southern Maine is in the perfect area and represents everything I wanted in a college. USM is very affordable, diverse, welcoming, and moderately large. USM is the perfect package for me.
Meghan LaBelle '20
Major: Health Sciences, Pre-OT Minor: Dance
Hometown: Tilton, New Hampshire
High School: Winnisquam High School
Why USM: I chose USM because of the Occupational Therapy program, and services the Disability Services Center could provide to me to be a successful student.
Morgan Nickerson '20
Major: Tourism and Hospitality Minor: Food studies
Hometown: Acton, Maine
High School: Sanford High School
Why USM: While in high school, I participated in a program called TRIO Upward Bound at USM. I spent the summers here on campus, which soon began to feel like home. I originally planned on going elsewhere, but the longer I was away from USM the more I realized I missed it. I truly feel a sense of belonging at USM that I haven't felt anywhere else.
Samantha Conley '19
Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hometown: Sharon, Massachusetts
High School: Sharon High School
Sergio Martin Acuna '20
Major: Athletic Training Minor: Athletic Coaching
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
High School: IES Tafira (Spain)
Why USM: I was originally was recruited to play basketball and soccer, but ended up discovering so much more through the community and academic offerings. I really liked the Athletic Training Program.
Shelbea Makela '21
Major: Teacher Pathways
Hometown: York, Maine
High School: York High School
Zachary Liddy-Davis '21
Hometown: Camden, Maine
High School: Camden Hills High School
Why USM: USM provides a unique college experience located in the greater Portland area, providing many academic and work opportunities for students.