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

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Major: Health Sciences

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

  

Ashlyn Tomer '21

Ashlyn Tomer

Major: General Management and Marketing
Minor: Political Science and Leadership

Hometown: Richmond, NH
High School: Monadnock Regional High School

A Little Bit About Me: I love traveling and experiencing new things!
Why USM:  Portland and its great internship opportunities!
Campus Involvement: President and Founder of Native American Student Alliance, President of the American Marketing Association, Member of Leadership Council in Office of Admissions, Student Fellow for IDEC

 

Autumn Chipman '21

Autumn Chipman

Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Business Administration

Hometown: Saint Albans, ME
High School: Nokomis Regional High School

A Little Bit About Me: Very typical small town girl, my family and friends have had the largest impact on what makes me “me”. Being a first generation student has also impacted who I am as I make my academics one of my main priorities. My hobbies include an excessive amount of watching Netflix and spending time with my friends!
Why USM: USM was the perfect fit for me both financially and location wise, but the main reason I committed to USM was because of the feeling I got on both the Gotham and Portland campus. Having multiple campuses gave me the experience of being on a big campus but with a small community feeling.
Campus Involvement: Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and American Marketing Association (AMA)

  

Cassie Hillman '22

Cassie Hillman

Major: Nursing
Minor: Biology, Military Science

Hometown: Orrington, ME
High School: Brewer High School

A Little Bit About Me: I am a military girl through-and-through. I grew up in a military family and I am proud to say that I am continuing on in the footsteps of my family. I love to travel, so that's just one more bonus of military life!
Why USM:  I wanted a fresh start from the people I grew up with, but also wanted to be close enough to home to be able to travel back whenever I wanted. What better place to go than to Portland?!
Campus Involvement: Army ROTC

 

Connor Blake '21

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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
Minor: Honors

Hometown: Rockaway, NJ
High School: Morris Knolls 

A Little Bit About Me: Spending time with my family and friends is something I truly enjoy. I have always loved: reading, watching movies, and math!
Why USM:  The welcoming feeling I immediately felt when I walked onto campus is what helped me choose USM.
Campus Involvement: I was an academic mentor as well as a math learning assistant!

  

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

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Major: Nursing
Minor: Holistic and Integrative Health, Biology

Hometown: Londonderry, NH
High School: Londonderry High School

A Little Bit About Me: I love to be outdoors, especially at the ocean. I love hanging out with friends on campus and off, exploring downtown Portland and southern Maine.
Why USM: I chose USM because I liked the idea of a split campus, although different than any other school, it gives me the opportunity to live in a rural, college town, and go to school in the city!
Campus Involvement: 2020 Fall Lead Orientation Leader, off-campus Greek life

 

Emily Colby '23

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Major: Health Science, Occupational Therapy Track
Minor: Art

Hometown: Lunenburg, VT
High School: Lyndon Institute

A Little Bit About Me: My friends call me Em and I love food, art, and traveling. If you see me around I am probably going to be listening to music, or running! I also enjoy spending time outside, and watching nature documentaries.
Why USM: I was really attracted to USM because of the 5 year MOT program as well as the schools amazing southern Maine location.
Campus Involvement: USM Ambassador, I run Track and XC, I am also an RA.

  

Emma Walsh '21

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Major: Communication and Media Studies
Minor: Public Relations and Marketing

Hometown: Readfield, ME
High School: Maranacook High School

A Little Bit About Me: I'm passionate about writing and sharing positivity with others. I also love wellness, beauty, and yoga.
Why USM: USM has such a diverse program of study and all of the faculty and staff are so kind, helpful, and want you to succeed. I believe everyone can thrive and discover what they love here. There is also such a strong community aspect and every student is welcomed and celebrated.
Campus Involvement: USM Ambassadors, Free Press Newspaper

 

Fantasia Perez '22

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Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminology and Honors

Hometown: Winthrop, ME
High School: Winthrop High Schooll

A Little Bit About Me: I love to play with my cat and little sister, I also enjoy hanging out with my friends during my free time.
Why USM: I chose USM because it's kinda close to home, but it's also far enough away that I still have some independence.
Campus Involvement: Besides being an ambassador, I'm the vice president of the Honors Student Organization on campus and I'm also a learning assistant for psych 100.

 

Hannah Gorham '21

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Major: Sociology
Minor: Psychology and Honors

Hometown: Lyman, ME
High School: Thornton Academy

A Little Bit About Me: I am passionate about education and making education and basic resources accessible to all! I am a women's lacrosse player and I am an extremely competitive person. I love reading, exercising, and connecting with others.
Why USM: I chose USM because it had everything I needed. I got the competitive sports team I needed, clubs and organizations to get involved in, and an entire department that is devoted to students' success.
Campus Involvement: Women's Lacrosse, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Athlete Diversity Committee, USM Honors Program, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

 

Hannah Hart '22

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Major: Social Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Tourism and Hospitality and Honors

Hometown: South Berwick, ME
High School: Newmarket Jr./Sr. High School

A Little Bit About Me: I am a junior here at USM planning to graduate in 2022. There are a lot of different attributes that make me, first off I am silly and most times doing something crazy such as shaking pom poms or singing Taylor Swift across campus. I am also a very charismatic person and I love to make everyone feel included.
Why USM: I chose USM for a variety of different reasons. The main reason why I chose USM was it felt like home, everyone is very inclusive here at USM and makes you feel as though you belong. I also chose USM because I have a learning disability and they work with all students to make sure they can learn effectively. Lastly, I chose USM because it was financially reasonable.
Campus Involvement: Along with being a part of the admissions team, I am also a Residential Assistant here at USM! I am also affiliated with the Honors Student Organization here at USM and I am their Voluntary Chair.

 

Katherine Sullivan '21

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Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Music Performance and Honors

Hometown: Gorham, ME
High School: Cheverus High School

A Little Bit About Me: I am the ultimate outdoor junkie. From skiing at Sunday River to surfing and swimming along the coast of Maine.
Why USM: The affordability, flexible scheduling, the School of Music, and the caliber of the science facilities and faculty.
Campus Involvement: The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, The Environmental Science and Policy Club, and a college ambassador to USM for Sunday River.

 

Nicolas Ritmo '23

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Major: Education and Historys
Minor: Coaching

Hometown:  Niskayuna, NY
High School: Niskayuna High School

A Little Bit About Me: I’m a sophomore at USM I play for the men’s ice hockey team as well as being a RA. Love spending my summers up at the lake and I’m always ready to learn more and new things.
Why USM: For me it was like I wasn’t leaving home, everything is very similar to my home town. Another big one was everyone on campus was with open arms and always wanted to help if you need it.
Campus Involvement: I’m an RA and am also on the men’s ice hockey team.

 

Omar Abduljaleel ‘23

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Major: Biology: Human Biology
Minor: Honors

Hometown: Westbrook, ME
High School: Westbrook High School

A Little Bit About Me: I like working out and hiking.
Why USM: The community and the location!
Campus Involvement: TRIO Program

 

Omar Khalil ‘22

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Major: Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Westbrook, ME
High School: Westbrook High School

A Little Bit About Me: I like working out and hiking.
Why USM: The community and the location!
Campus Involvement: TRIO Program

 

Payton Pomeroy '23

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Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Educational Studies, Geography

Hometown: Thorndike, ME
High School: Mount View High School

A Little Bit About Me: I'm an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Southern Maine.
Why USM: I chose USM because of its location, academic, and the good opportunities it provides.
Campus Involvement: CUBESAT Research and STEM Initiative, Golden Key International Honour Society, IEEE, TRIO Student Support Services

 

Raul Gierbolini ‘21

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Major: Athletic Training
Graduate Degree: Public Health

Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico
High School: University High School Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

A Little Bit About Me: I am a super happy guy, excited with possibilities my education is opening up for me.
Why USM: Wrestling!
Campus Involvement: Residential Assistant, student ambassador, wrestling team member

 

Rolanda Nubuor '23

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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.

  

Syeda Fairoz ‘22

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Major: Political Science with Accelerated Graduate Pathway to Maine Law
Minor: Holistic and Integrative Health

Hometown: Biddeford, ME
High School: Biddeford High School

A Little Bit About Me: I am a unique person with some strange abilities. For example, I am fluent in 5 languages.
Why USM: USM chose me!
Campus Involvement: Promise Scholar, Mitchell Scholar

 

Washima Fairoz '21

Washima Fairoz

Major: Political Science — Accelerated Pathway to Law

Hometown: Biddeford, ME
High School: Biddeford High School