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GO Team 2014 - Team Leaders

Alexa De La Torre

Alexa De La Torre

Major: Hospitality Industry Management
Minor: French Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Pedro, CA
“I decided on majoring in Hospitality management because I have always been drawn to the industry. The hospitality industry is all about enhancing the guest's experience whether it be in hotels, restaurants, or entertainment. What I love about being a hospitality major is that there are so many opportunities in San Francisco to get hands-on experience in the industry while working in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.”

Jenny Echeagaray

Jennifer Echeagaray

Major: Hospitality Industry Management
Year: Junior
Hometown: Ontario, CA
"I started off as a Psychology major and had been set on becoming a family lawyer. Soon enough I realized I wasn't as passionate about it as I once thought. Once I started getting involved at USF, I discovered my skills, my passions, and a better idea of the person I wanted to be in the world. After almost a year of "figuring it out" I came across Hospitality Management which brought out the best in me while still challenging me every day."

Aleah Feurborn

Aleah Feurborn

Major: Communication Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Ventura, CA
“What surprised me the most was how much I have learned about myself. Between the friends I've made, the experiences and cultures I have been exposed to, or even the struggles I've faced, all have taught me valuable life lessons that I am thankful for.”

Henry Frisholz

Henry Frishholz

Major: International Studies
Minor: Latin American Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: SeaTac, WA
“I came to USF because of a certain department, but later realized that it wasn't for me. I took a challenging politics class my first semester of my sophomore year to cover my Cultural Diversity core, and realized that I was more interested in that class than my major classes.”

Khadijah Powell

Khadijah Powell

Major: Kinesiology
Minor: Health Studies, Child and Youth Studies and African American Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
“My most memorable experience at USF thus far would be my attendance at the Lyricist Lounge events held once a month on the University Center's 4th floor. At this event, students are allowed to sign up and share poetry, art, music, or whatever they feel like sharing. It's such an accepting, loving, and supporting environment. It always allows students to truly be open and release whatever emotions they are feeling whether that be stress, joy, sorrow, love, etc. Events such as this brings such a sense of community between students from all different walks of life together.”


GO Team 2014 - Returning Orientation Leaders

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Eric Dong

Major: Kinesiology
Minor: Gerontology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Gardena, CA
“It still amazes me that of all the different cultures and backgrounds of everyone that goes through college, you are still able to find someone that has the same interests as you. In such a big group of people, everyone is treated like a family at some point and that is what makes college such a great experience.”

Uma Joshi

Uma Joshi

Major: Politics
Minor: Spanish
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
“One thing everyone should do in San Francisco is not just do one thing. San Francisco is a huge city filled with so many different cultures, districts and foods. I think it is important for us as students living in this city to take advantage of our four years living here and try and experience new things. Always explore!”

Luella Lu

Yayun Luella Lu

Major: Marketing
Year: Junior
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Most Memorable USF experience so far: “living in the Gillson Hall during freshman year.”

Stephanie Ortiz

Stephanie Ortiz

Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience
Year: Junior
Hometown: Norwalk, CA
“I think everyone should be a tourist their freshman year! Go and take selfies with the Golden Gate Bridge! Take a trolley! Take a picture with the hearts located in Union Square and write in the caption: 'I left my heart in San Francisco.' It's a lot of fun being a tourist, especially if it's your first time in the city!”

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Kayla Schelling

Major: Design
Minor: Dance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
"Being the Event Chair for Relay For Life last semester was definitely one of my biggest accomplishments. We raised over $23,000 for the American Cancer Society and had tons of fun doing it!"


GO Team 2014 - New Orientation Leaders

Maya Alvarez

Maya Alvarez

Major: Media Studies
Minor: Latin American Studies
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
“My favorite thing about USF is how diverse the school is. I grew up in a town where there was hardly any diversity, but when I came to USF I was able to find amazing people of diverse identities that I could identify with. The school provided me with opportunities to join organizations like Latinas Unidas and Black Student Union where I could interact with people of diverse backgrounds and share different experiences. More than anything I appreciate the diversity of the campus.”

Keli Aspiras

Keli Aspiras

Major: Nursing
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
“My favorite extracurricular experience is the annual Barrio Festival organized by one of the largest student organizations here in USF, Kasamahan. Putting this show together required months of hard work and determination and sleepless nights, but it was definitely worth it to show what you've been practicing for on stage. It was my first time performing hip-hop choreography as well as Filipino cultural dance choreography and I loved every minute of it.”

Amanda Barvinchak

Amanda Barvinchak

Major: Biology
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
“My favorite place on campus is Gleeson Plaza. This is the center of campus where most of activities and events are held. It is a beautiful spot right out in front of the church where many people lay out on the grass, or participate in activities such as frisbee or spike ball with friends. Whenever I am out there I am in awe of how beautiful the campus is.”

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Timothy Chin

Major: Marketing
Minor: Public Relations
Year: Junior
Hometown: Portland, OR
“My biggest piece of advice to new students is to take advantage of the city of San Francisco. In such a diverse city like San Francisco, you are guaranteed to find your niche and feel at home.”

Gabrielle Diamse

Gabriella Diamse

Major: Politics
Minor: Legal Studies and Philippine Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
“This past March I was lucky enough to take part in the first ever Vitality showcase, a contemporary dance recital. It was my first time back on a real stage since high school so being able to relive all that dance means to me was a truly amazing experience. Furthermore, it was great to be able to work with different people and dancers from all different backgrounds. These people have become my family and without them that night would not have been possible.”

Grace Dolan

Grace Dolan

Major: Media Studies
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chicago, IL
“My favorite extracurricular experience would have to be being an ambassador for the office of admissions! I love talking to students and their families, trying to ease their concerns, answer questions, but most importantly, learn about them. I love people and so being able to talk to people for my job makes me so happy. Not to mention, the team of people working in the admissions office is so kind and just a great group of people who are very reliable and always willing to help you out.”

Kelsey Duran

Kelsey Duran

Major: Nursing
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Orange County, CA
“My favorite think about USF is the endless opportunities and clubs that we offer. I love that you can join many different types of organizations to really get out of your shell and discover yourself.”

Larry Figueroa

Larry Figueroa

Major: Advertising
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Orange County, CA
“Advocacy, outreach, networking, and collaborating are some key words that come to mind when I think of ASUSF Senate which makes it my favorite experience here.”

Nicholas Fargoso

Nick Fragoso

Major: Politics
Minor: Legal Studies
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
“Be open to new experiences and try everything that USF offers. At first students maybe scared to try new things and be themselves because they are scared of what other will think of them, but be open and everything will fall into place.”

Jacob Gateman

Jacob Gateman

Major: Philosophy
Year: Junior
Hometown: Seattle, WA
“I went on one of the Outdoor Adventures at the beginning of my freshman year and I am still friends with some the other people that went on that trip. We went surfing in Santa Cruz and it was probably one of the best days I've had at USF.”

Peter Gernon

Peter Gernon

Major: Chemistry
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
“My favorite place on campus is the Lo Schiavo Science Center. The building is beautiful, and is a great place to study or just hang out. The building has a bunch of study areas with surprisingly comfortable furniture. And when studying, many of the walls double as whiteboards, so you can write on them when you need to visualize concepts or do work.”

Nicole Hiroi

Nicole Hiroi

Major: Nursing
Year: Junior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
“My favorite extracurricular experience has been being a team member of the USF Spirit Squad. I get to be surrounded by intelligent and charismatic women who share my passion of performing.”

Marc Houlguin

Marc Holguin

Major: Undeclared
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Eastvale, CA
“Get ready for the overall moving in and seeing familiar faces from the Official Facebook page and having the courage to interact and make friendships and connections that will last for the next four years and even the rest of your life.”

Shaya Kara

Shaya Kara

Major: Psychology
Minor: Communications
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
“Be ready to balance. Being a college student is very different from being a high school student; you are about to be your own boss. What you do with you time is entirely up to you, and that power can change your life forever. If you learn to balance your classes with extracurriculars and your social life from the beginning, things will be much easier for you! And the best part is, being in a city like San Francisco opens up so many more opportunities for you. Start managing your time and taking advantage of what the school and city have to offer you!”

Kelly Konblett

Kelly Konblett

Major: English
Minor: Politics
Year: Junior
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
“My favorite place on campus is Welch Field because it's the perfect place to lay in the sun and read a good book, or just sit around with your friends.”

Sarah Lanning

Sarah Lanning

Major: Advertising
Minor: Media Studies
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
“My favorite thing about USF is definitely the basketball games! All of the students really do come together to cheer on the Dons, and I love all the chants and school spirit that is presented at the games, especially when we play our rivalries like Gonzaga. The student section is the best seat in the house!”

Eva Long

Eva Long

Major: Politics
Minor: Public Service and Community Engagement
Year: Senior
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
“What surprised me most about college was that "non-class time" was not "free time." I remember registering for classes over the summer prior to the arrival of my Freshmen year. There were large gaps in between those classes and I thought it would be great because I would have social and nap time all at once. Little did you know, that was the time spend on meeting with professors, running errands and re-studying a lesson from the night before so you can Ace that test.”

Brenda Lu

Brenda Lu

Major: Nursing
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
“My best USF experience so far has been being in my sorority Delta Zeta. It has given me many opportunities from leadership and career opportunities, to fun volunteer and city exploration opportunities.”

Madilynne MacDougal

Madilynne MacDougall

Major: Biology
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Indio, CA
“My favorite thing about USF is the way the city of San Francisco shapes ones education and college experience.”

Eliseo Martinez Escobar

Eliseo Martinez-Escobar

Major: Business Marketing
Minor: Psychology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
“I decided on my major based on what I love to do in life and what my passions are. I'm a very business minded person but I'm also an individual who loves visual arts and fashion. What I could see myself doing in the future would be working in the Marketing, Public Relations, and Events Planning field for the fashion or media industry.”

Roxanna Osorio

Roxanna Osorio

Major: Business Administration
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
“I wanted to major in something that I can see myself still doing and happy 25 years down the road.”

Cecilia Ponce

Cecilia Ponce

Major: Sociology & Education
Year: Junior
Hometown: Castroville, CA
“In regards to academia, do not hesitate to seek your professors for help! We are so lucky to be attending a university where our professors know our names and are always so willing to help out; take full advantage of it! Go out and explore. Try not to stay in your dorm room all day. This is a truly wonderful school, and city with so many things to offer. Make the most of your time here.”

Raissa Reis

Raissa Reis

Major: Media Studies
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Framingham, MA
“Remember that the magic happens outside of your comfort zone! Be open to new things and know that everyone is just as nervous and excited as you are!”

Addison Schoeman

Addison Schoeman

Major: Psychology
Minor: Honors Program in the Humanities
Year: Junior
Hometown: Claremont, CA
“I'm a psychology major, but I got into the school as an economics major. I decided economics wasn't for me within the first couple of weeks, and went undeclared, and didn't declare psychology until the end of my freshman year, because of one professor in particular. I've always been interested in why we think, feel, and act the way we do, but never took the time to study it. So I decided to take General Psychology (it also counts for a Core requirement). My professor was so well-prepared, understanding, and excited to be teaching us that I became excited myself and decided to join the field. I don't know if she's going to be teaching on the Hilltop campus anymore, but if you ever get the chance to, take a class with Professor Saralyn Ruff. She's a life-changer for sure.”

Luke Soler

Luke Soler

Major: Nursing
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Davis, CA
“My favorite place on campus would have to be the Lone Mountain Campus. It has amazing views, great food, and, as a resident of its dorms, I can say without a doubt that it’s the best place on campus.”

Sushmita Sujit

Sushmita Sujit

Major: Business Administration
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Foster City, CA
“Eat as much food as you possibly can! San Francisco is filled with so many restaurants, there's no way you could get bored. Try eating at a different place every time you go out and see how many restaurants you can check off your list!”

Katie Taranto

Katie Taranto

Major: Sociology
Minor: Advertising
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ
“My favorite thing about USF has to be their teaching staff. All my professors are absolutely amazing and have helped me so much as a transition into the real world.”

Asia Wilkerson

Asia Wilkerson

Major: Communication Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
“The thing that surprised me about college was that I found such a supportive group of friends who are always there for me. I didn't believe I would have such a strong bond with people on campus but I found a second family on campus and I know you will too!”

Nick Wu

Nick Wu

Major: Entrepreneurship & Accounting
Year: Junior
Hometown: Qingdao, China
“My favorite extracurricular experience is playing music with the marching band! It's where I started my freshmen year with and I still love it with the same amount of passion! The band plays at all basketball games (my favorite) and that's where you can experience the school spirit!”

Samantha Young

Samantha Young

Major: Sociology
Minor: Psychology & Business Administration
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
“I am currently in the process of transitioning from Undeclared Business major to either Sociology or Psychology. I have decided either Psychology or Sociology because either of them would be perfect for my career goals. My goal is to work for a nonprofit in the Bay Area that focuses on food programs and support services to the homeless, critically ill, and families in crisis.”

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