Student Ambassadors

Annabelle Abel
Criminal Justice and Public Management/Policy with a minor in Psychology

Annabelle is a senior from Cave Creek, AZ double majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Management/Policy with a minor in Psychology. Some of her favorite experiences at the UA include being an SBS Ambassador, participating in Greek Life, and joining the Criminal Justice Association.

These experiences have helped her build lifelong friendships, explore her goals for the future, and fall in love with the U of A and SBS all over again. When she is not in class, Annabelle enjoys running, watching The Bachelor with her roommates, and eating Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Kayla Adamiec
Kayla Adamiec
Anthropology and Genetics

Kayla is a junior from California double majoring in Anthropology and Genetics. Two of her favorite experiences beyond class include interning through the UA Honors College at the Tucson Botanical Garden’s butterfly house and volunteering at the Arizona State Museum where she gets to share her passion for anthropology. But much more importantly, she likes stingrays and rocks. In grade 6 she had to write an informational essay on a type of ocean animal. She had wanted to research dolphins or seahorses, but by the time the stick with her name on it was pulled there wasn’t much to pick from. She picked the stingray because she’d never heard of it before and it sounded more interesting than clams. Turns out they are really cool animals, and it was a mixture of the delight of this discovery and the glee of using computers during school hours that resulted in her love for these funny looking creatures. As for rocks, well, doesn’t every kid have a rock collection at some point? We humans have a strange affinity for gathering things, and rocks are free and easy to find. Usually kids ditch their rock collection in exchange for sports trophies or fan merch, but living on the countryside and having a driveway full to the brim with all sorts of cool rocks kept up her passion for them. Kayla still collect rocks, except now she’s pickier and attends events solely dedicated to them. Whoops. 

Steven Barrera
Steven Barrera
Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish

Steven is a junior from Benson, AZ majoring in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish. Two of his favorite experiences beyond the classroom include studying abroad in Cuba and being involved in undergraduate honorary societies (Primus and SOPHOS). Traveling in Cuba helped Steven build communication skills, sharpen his presentation abilities, and meet people from all over the world. Honorary organizations helped him make friends and connect with other students to build a strong community and home away from home. Steven also credits his LAS major for encouraging him to think globally. In his spare time, Steven loves practicing yoga, running, and exploring the gold mine of 1960s treasures at Tucson specialty boutique stores and thrift shops.

Keely Breedlove
Keely Breedlove
Care, Health & Society with a minor in Business Administration

Keely is a sophomore from Tucson, AZ majoring in Care, Health & Society with a minor in Business Administration. Two of her favorite experiences beyond class include being involved in Students for Sustainability and teaching CPR/First Aid courses in the community. These experiences have been so meaningful because they have provided her with not only experiences, but also connections, knowledge, and pointed insight. In addition, she has also learned a significant amount about the inner-workings of organizations/businesses, as well as met many important players within those entities. In her spare time, Keely enjoys reading, cuddling with her dog, and writing daily which she says has been very therapeutic. 

Kristen Bustillos
Kristen Bustillos
Communication with a minor in Spanish

Kristen is a junior from El Paso, TX majoring in Communication with a minor in Spanish. Two of her most meaningful experiences outside the classroom include studying abroad in Segovia, Spain and working with prospective students in the Honors College Ambassadors program. Studying abroad showed Kristen that the world is full of endless possibilities and it has helped her refine her bilingual language capabilities. Serving as an Honors College Ambassador has allowed her to give back by mentoring high school students going through one of the most difficult and confusing times of their life (college decisions). When she is not in class, Kristen loves to take dance classes, do yoga, and hike.

Nitza Cabral
Nitza Cabral
History with a minor in Creative Writing

Nitza is a sophomore from Chico, CA majoring in History with a minor in Creative Writing. Two of her most memorable experiences during her time at the UA include completing the First Year Honors Project in which she studied youth memories of Soviet-era propaganda, and serving as a summer camp counselor for Camp Wildcat. The first year project has helped her establish meaningful relationships with faculty and learn what the steps of research can look like. Serving as a camp counselor has given her a sense of community and friendship that is unmatched in any other experience. In her spare time, Nitza likes to listen to music, watch movies, go camping, and relax in nature with good company.

Talia Capozzoli
Talia Capozzoli
Political Science with a minor in Italian

Talia is a senior from Atlanta, GA majoring in Political Science with a minor in Italian. During her time at the UA she has enjoyed serving as the President of her sorority, interning with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild in Tucson, and working as a student recruiter for the Office of Admissions. These experiences have helped her grow as a person in many different ways and allowed her to become more outgoing outside of her comfort zone. In her spare time, Talia loves going to local coffee shops like the Scented Leaf and Cartel to read.

Stephanie Clinch
Stephanie Clinch
Law and French

Stephanie is a sophomore from Douglas, AZ double majoring in Law and French. Some of her favorite experiences outside of class have been participating in Junior Cats, a program that helps teach children from local schools about the college experience, and volunteering with the National Collegiate Leadership Conference. These experiences have allowed her to meet new people from different stages and places in life; and connect with other university students, successful adults, and young, aspiring children. By exposing herself to these situations, she has been able to learn more about people and their backgrounds, bringing her closer to the community. In her spare time, Stephanie likes to read, binge watch TV shows, and do anything that can help her learn more about people and give her a glimpse into their lives to see the world from a different perspective.

Courtney Curtis
Courtney Curtis
Urban and Regional Development with a minor in Finance

Courtney is a senior from Vacaville, CA majoring in Urban and Regional Development with a minor in Finance. One of her favorite experiences during her time at the UA was completing a professional commercial real estate internship in Chicago. This experience helped her make lasting friendships, put all of her classroom knowledge to the test in the real world, and allowed her to grow by moving to a totally different city. When she is not in class, Courtney enjoys traveling to experience new places and cultures.

Halle Dirks
Halle Dirks
Creative Writing and Japanese

Halle is a junior from Gilbert, AZ double majoring in Creative Writing and Japanese. Some of her most memorable experiences so far include studying abroad in Japan, working as a copy-editor for the Rain Shadow Review (a collection of essays written by inmates at the Tucson prison), and being a part of the Persona committee for UA’s undergraduate literary journal. Why were these experiences so meaningful? “Why” is a rather difficult question for broad experiences like these. It could be the friendships she made. It could be the opportunity for work. It could be traveling across the sea and seeing sights America doesn’t have. It could be the excitement of trying new things. It could be that they were formative in a way she has yet to fully comprehend. So, “why”? All of those, she thinks, and possibly more. In her spare time Halle enjoys listening to music and singing along too loudly.

Katie Fapp
Katie Fapp
History with a minor in Government and Public Policy

Katie is a senior from Tucson, AZ majoring in History with a minor in Government and Public Policy. Some of her most meaningful experiences during her time at the UA include studying abroad at the University of Nottingham in the UK, interning at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and working as a DJ at KAMP Student Radio. These experiences have shaped who she is as person and have really defined her college experience. The opportunities they have given her to learn, grow, and explore the world have been limitless, and Katie now finds herself looking at the world in a different way because of them. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, listening to music, writing, and spending time with my friends.

Robbie Guilford
Robbie Guilford
Criminal Justice and Public Management/Policy

Robbie is a senior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Management/Policy. Some of his favorite experiences at the UA include studying abroad in Konstanz, Germany, performing in a local production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and studying criminal justice issues like gangs, murder, and policing. These experiences have allowed him to connect with new cultures, make lasting friendships, and discover his future career path. For fun, Robbie can be found outside where he is usually in the mountains exploring. When indoors he enjoys reading and catching up on Netflix.

Fatuma Haji
Fatuma Haji
Political Science and Journalism

Fatuma is a sophomore from Phoenix, AZ double majoring in Political Science and Journalism. Some of her most meaningful experiences beyond the classroom include mentoring younger students planning to pursue STEM careers in the MESA program and being an active member of the Elgie M. Batteau Honor Society. These opportunities helped her understand the importance of community and serving as a role model for anyone who wants to pursue their dreams. As a first generation college student, Fatuma found community through her involvement on campus and re-discovered parts of her own identity in the process. Fatuma believes that creativity derives from the passions of the heart, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, writing on her own blog, and helping the community.

Daniel Hartman-Strawn
Daniel Hartman-Strawn
American Indian Studies and Law

Daniel is a junior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in American Indian Studies and Law. One of his most meaningful experiences outside of class was living on the Pine Ridge Reservation while working for a nonprofit organization. This experience taught him a tremendous amount about community outreach, program development, and what it means to experience a new culture. He was also exposed to some of the legal and social justice issues that exist on many reservations, which inspired his career goals. When he has free time, Daniel is usually outside rafting, mountain biking, snowboarding or anything else that involves nature. He is also a guide for Outdoor Recreation and believes Arizona is home to so many beautiful places.

Matt Hernandez
Matt Hernandez
Political Science and Economics with a minor in Spanish

Matt is a sophomore from Phoenix, AZ double majoring in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Spanish. Some of his most valuable experiences while at the UA include being involved in Model United Nations, interning with a United States Congressman, and playing intermural soccer. All of these experiences have allowed him to meet new people and create new connections and bonds. There is nothing he loves more than getting to know someone and allowing new people to get to know him too, and Matt believes that each person has their own story or something valuable to add to discussion. Outside of class, Matt is definitely not a homebody. He loves going out with friends, exploring Tucson, discussing politics, photography and pushing himself to do new things.

Xena Hindy
Xena Hindy
Law

Xena is a senior from Gilbert, AZ majoring in Law with minors in Philosophy and Psychology . One of her favorite experiences while studying at the UA was being a part of the inaugural class of S.A.I.L. (Student Advocates for Improved Learning). Through this program, Xena has been able to visit different classes, clubs, and organizations around campus and teach them effective study habits and learning. Xena is also a volunteer with CESL (Center for English as a Second Language), where she holds conversational meetings with international students each week. These experiences are meaningful to Xena because when she looks back at her time in college she does not want to have only flashbacks of studying in the library or at work, she wants to have memories that will make her smile. Experiences like these help build people and create new networks and paths. In her spare time, Xena likes to do things to relax and things that have nothing to do with work or school. She loves to watch movies and crime shows, do arts and crafts, listen to music, as well as dance. 

Hannah Isaac
Hannah Isaac
English, Creative Writing, and French

Hannah is a junior from Phoenix, AZ triple majoring in English, Creative Writing, and French. A few of her favorite experiences beyond the classroom include spending over 750 hours as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Tucson Festival of Books and hosting her own radio show as a DJ on KAMP Student Radio (the show is bilingual like her). The festival has allowed her to work with other volunteers to organize an event that so many people look forward to, and it’s very cool to be surrounded by people who love to read, and it’s even cooler to raise money so that those who cannot read can learn to. It’s also really fun to speak French on the radio. La prochaine est une de mes chansons préférées, donc, j'espère que vous aimez ça! For fun, Hannah enjoys cooking, writing, singing, and taking naps. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy manuscript for a book she hopes to one day publish.

Talya Jaffe
Talya Jaffe
Philosophy and Neuroscience

Talya is a junior from New Mexico double majoring in Philosophy and Neuroscience. Two of her favorite experiences beyond the classroom include volunteering at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), an organization that provides horseback riding therapy to disabled people, and being a member of the UA Student Engagement Council (SEC). These opportunities have been meaningful to Talya because she really values getting to escape the chaos of student life, especially when that escape involves a beautiful horse ranch and getting to help other people. SEC has taught her many valuable skills, including organizing, budgeting and event-planning while meeting really interesting people. In her spare time, Talya likes to play soccer, tennis, read poetry, and take naps in her hammock.

Matt Joseph
Matt Joseph
Communication with minors in Marketing and Business

Matt is a senior from Highlands Ranch, CO majoring in Communication with minors in Marketing and Business. Some of his most memorable experiences in college include traveling with the Arizona in Italy program and joining the Business Fraternity AKPSI. These experiences helped him discover a new passion for traveling and make new friendships that will last a lifetime. Outside of class, Matt loves fitness, reading and being outdoors.

Erik Kolsrud
Erik Kolsrud
Journalism with minors in Spanish and Pre-Law

Erik is a senior from Tucson, AZ majoring in Journalism with minors in Spanish and Pre-Law. Two of his most memorable experiences while at the UA include interning with the local news station KOLD and managing the media team at FC Tucson – Tucson’s only professional soccer team. These experiences have taught him lifelong leadership skills and helped him hone a vision for what he wants in a future career in journalism or media relations. When not in school or working, Erik can be found catching a movie with friends or hiking around Tucson’s awesome trails.

Alec Kuehnle
Alec Kuehnle
Law and Creative Writing with a minor in Philosophy

Alec is a senior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Law and Creative Writing with a minor in Philosophy. Some of his favorite experiences beyond the classroom include writing for the UA student newspaper (The Daily Wildcat), competing on the UA Mock Trial Team, and serving as a staff member on Persona, the UA undergraduate literary magazine. These experiences have helped him gain new professional skills, become a better writer, and sharpen his public speaking and legal analysis skills. When he is fortunate enough to have some spare time, Alec can be found binge-watching Netflix, listening to music, running or sleeping in.

Jamin Lee
Jamin Lee
Public Management/Policy and Physics

Jamin is a junior from Seoul, South Korea double majoring in Public Management/Policy and Physics. Two of her most meaningful experiences while in college include conducting undergraduate research and serving as a peer mentor for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. These experiences were valuable because they have allowed her to meet people who are passionate about their work and given her the opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills. Jamin did not know anyone in Tucson before coming to the UA, but being involved has helped her form valuable relationships on campus. Outside of class, Jamin enjoys eating good food (especially brunch) and spending time with her friends.

Francy Luna
Francy Luna
Political Science and Law

Francy is a senior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Political Science and Law. One of her favorite activities beyond class is working with the Pima Animal Care Center. She has also spent three years serving the local community as a college mentor through Goodwill Tucson, and she enjoys sharing the value of higher education with high school students as a student recruiter. Francy is committed to service, especially for individuals who are vulnerable, and she seeks opportunities where she can make the greatest impact in someone else’s life. Volunteering for numerous organizations and working at the UA has allowed her to do serve several different vulnerable groups. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, gardening, hiking, biking, snowboarding, and traveling.

Evan Mahoney
Evan Mahoney
Communication with a minor in Marketing

Evan is a senior from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA majoring in Communication with a minor in Marketing. Two of his favorite experiences so far include working as a new member activity coordinator for his fraternity and running a social media marketing campaign. These opportunities have taught him how to work with different types of people, be more responsible for the well-being of others, and gain real world experience in a professional setting. In his spare time, Evan likes to surf, hang out with friends, hike and swim.

Toni Marcheva
Toni Marcheva
Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (PPEL), Economics, and Spanish/Portuguese with a minor in English

Toni is a sophomore from Mesa, AZ triple majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (PPEL), Economics, and Spanish/Portuguese with a minor in English. Three of her favorite involvement experiences so far include her internship at Senator Jeff Flake’s office in Tucson, being the service chair in Historic Lane’s hall council, and writing for the UA’s student-run newspaper: The Daily Wildcat. Everything she has been involved in has allowed her to improve her skills while benefitting others around her in practical ways. Through being the leader of the service committee in hall council, she gained leadership and organizational skills by giving students who wanted to help the Tucson community the ability to do so. All of these engagement opportunities had a tangible purpose and outcome, and that made them incredibly meaningful. In her spare time, Toni loves rollerblading, writing in her journal, playing jazz music and trying new things.

Malhar Markandeya
Malhar Markandeya
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law (PPEL) and Economics

Malhar is a senior from Chandler, AZ double majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law (PPEL) and Economics. Two of his most memorable experience as an undergraduate include being involved in the Economics Society and sharing meaningful conversations with his favorite professors during office hours. These experiences have added depth to his college experience, helped him explore career options, and make important connections in the field. In his spare time Malhar enjoys taking frequent naps, skateboarding around campus, and learning more about the University of Arizona.

Annie Martinez
Annie Martinez
Law and Criminal Justice

Annie is a senior from Mammoth, AZ double majoring in Law and Criminal Justice. Some of her most memorable experiences at the UA include being a part of the UA Honors College and volunteering with local children in both soccer and little league baseball. These experiences have meant the world to Annie, because she believes the greatest gift one can give to another is their time. In her spare time, Annie loves to spend time with her family and she is constantly motivated by her husband Alb and daughter Lexie.

Jacob McGill
Jacob McGill
Economics with a minor in Math

Jacob is a sophomore from Buckeye, AZ majoring in Economics with a minor in Math. Some of his favorite experiences at the UA include participating in UA Mock Trial and being involved in Freshman Class Council through the UA Student Government. These activities have helped him make new friends, help his fellow students, and Mock Trial has been a challenging yet fun way to learn critical thinking and public speaking skills. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys traveling (he is excited to spend 4 weeks in Cuba over the summer), hiking, reading, movies and hanging out with friends.

Idrian Mollaneda
Idrian Mollaneda
Political Science and Environmental Studies

Idrian is a senior from Cebu, Philippines double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Some of his most memorable experiences during his time at the UA include serving as a Resident Assistant in both Honors College halls and working for the largest student-run composting program in the nation, Compost Cats. As an RA, he has been a resource, advocate, and friend to (mostly) first year students, and Compost Cats has given me many unique and enriching experiences; not least of which are the chance to operate heavy equipment on a regular basis to process the waste into compost, being able to attend annual conferences, and getting to engage with the local community through events and educational programming. In his free time, Idrian likes to go on bike rides, read, watch Netflix and spend time with friends on 4th Avenue and downtown.

Emma Montgomery
Emma Montgomery
Political Science with a minor in Business

Emma is a junior from Palm Desert, CA majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business. During her time as an undergraduate she has enjoyed being in a sorority, sharing her experience as an SBS Ambassador, and participating in the Pre-Law Club. All of these organizations have introduced her to so many interesting people, some of whom have become her closest friends. Emma is happiest when she is busy and loves working with people who challenge her. Outside of class, she enjoys going to the gym, hiking and exploring Tucson.

Nataly Gruender
Nataly Gruender
Creative Writing and English

Nataly is a sophomore from Fountain Hills, AZ double majoring in Creative Writing and English. Two of her most memorable experiences during her time as an undergraduate include being involved with Persona, UA’s student-driven undergraduate literary magazine and completing the First Year Honors Project in which she explored the relevance of ancient Greek Mythology to modern society. These opportunities have allowed her to gain experience in something similar to the kind of work and career she hopes to have in the future. The First Year Project also helped her learn how to manage her time in order to complete a semester long project on schedule. In her spare time, Nataly enjoys reading fantasy and supernatural fiction books, writing her own stories, swimming, and hanging out with friends.

Analise Nicholson
English and Biology with a minor in Spanish

Analise is a sophomore from Phoenix, AZ double majoring in English and Biology with a minor in Spanish. Two of her most valuable experiences while at the UA include biking 220 miles from Tucson to Mexico to raise housing money for families in need and giving campus tours as an Arizona Ambassador. These experiences gave her a completely different perspective, forced her into challenging new situations that helped her grow as a person, and provided a way to directly help others. In her free time, Analise like to relax by reading, watching Netflix, and occasionally taking photos. She also always makes time to hang out with close friends and make new ones as well.

Allie Niegocki
Linguistics and French

Allie is a sophomore from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Linguistics and French. One of her most memorable experiences at the UA so far was serving as a counselor for Camp Wildcat, a student run club that allows undergraduates to mentor middle school students in the community. This experience has helped her make an impact in the local community while teaching young people about higher education. In her spare time, Allie enjoys reading, playing guitar and piano, and Frisbee.

Lauren Noble
Lauren Noble
Communication

Lauren is a senior from Highlands Ranch, CO majoring in Communication. Some of her favorite experiences beyond class include studying abroad in Orvieto, Italy and being a preceptor (teaching assistant) for one of her favorite professors. Studying abroad was an incredible experience because it gave her the opportunity to be immersed in another culture and form stronger relationships with her professors. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys boxing and working out.

Bridget Ott
Bridget Ott
Political Science and History, with minors in Spanish and Neuroscience

Bridget is a senior from Phoenix, AZ double majoring in Political Science and History, with minors in Spanish and Neuroscience. Two of her favorite experiences at the UA include completing an internship working with refugees at the International Rescue Committee and traveling to Israel with other college students. These experiences helped her view the world in a different way. In her spare time, Bridget likes to hang out with friends, try new restaurants, host game nights and watch Netflix.

Edwin Perez
Edwin Perez
Latin American Studies with minors in Criminal Justice and Spanish

Edwin is a junior from Tucson, AZ majoring in Latin American Studies with minors in Criminal Justice and Spanish. One of his favorite experiences in college was working as a promotional filmmaker for educational and non-profit organizations. This experience has been a valuable opportunity to work with individuals from many different backgrounds, and Edwin always enjoys the collective feeling of artistic accomplishment at the end of a project. In his spare time, Edwin likes to spend time with his family, travel, and read about contemporary issues facing our society.

John Price IV
John Price IV
History and Law

John is a junior from Cleveland, OH double majoring in History and Law. Some of his favorite experiences outside of class include working for Chrysler (he is obsessed with cars) and watching live performances at the UA School of Music. He enjoyed working with cars because throughout his life they have been one of his biggest passions, and live performances gave him a greater appreciation for music, and the beautiful sounds that can from a well-played instrument. In his spare time, John enjoys reading mystery books or nonfiction, going to the gym, and of course, reading anything about new car models or automotive technology.

Samantha Pulido
Samantha Pulido
Communication with a minor in Spanish

Samantha is a senior from Redondo Beach, CA majoring in Communication with a minor in Spanish. During her time as an undergraduate she has enjoyed working for a public relations firm and being a part of the Communication Honor Society. Being involved has helped her network and meeting amazing, motivated and driven individuals who have helped her grow. In her spare time, Samantha likes to box, cycle and nap.

Noor Rana
Noor Rana
Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (PPEL), Arabic, and Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)

Noor is a senior from Carteret, NJ triple majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (PPEL), Arabic, and Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS). Some of her favorite experiences in college include interning with AmeriCorps and earning a Leadership Certificate through the UA Honors College. These experiences have allowed her to jump out of her comfort zone, make important connections with other students and professors, and realize her potential as a leader. Outside of class, Noor enjoys watching videos on YouTube, reading, and spending time with family.

Alexander Relich
Political Science

Alexander is a junior from Tucson, AZ majoring in Political Science. Two of his favorite experiences beyond the classroom include participating on the UA Mock Trial team and serving his college as an ASUA Student Senator. These experiences have been meaningful to him because they provide more real world experience in the fields that Alexander is interested in. It takes hands on training to learn how to take the book knowledge you have and apply it towards a given career. In mock trial, he learned how to refine his written and verbal communication towards a distinctly legal audience, and he also had the opportunity to use these skills in numerous competitions. In student government, Alexander has observed the legislative process first hand and seen the values of integrity and compromise at work. In his spare time, Alexander enjoys reading, studying, and playing computer games.

Annet Rich
Annet Rich
Philosophy with a minor in Government and Public Policy

Annet is a sophomore from Tucson, AZ majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Government and Public Policy. Two of her favorite experiences beyond the classroom include being a member of the Blue Chip Leadership Program and working at the World of Words in the College of Education. These experiences have been meaningful because they have allowed her to learn more about herself, meet new people, and expand her knowledge. Working at Worlds of Words has prepared Annet to interact and work with others to reach a common goal, while Blue Chip has further developed important leadership skills. In her spare time, Annet likes to spend time with family and friends, participate in community service work in the local community, and cook.

Issac Rounseville
Issac Rounseville
Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law (PPEL) and Journalism

Isaac is a senior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law (PPEL) and Journalism. Two of his favorite experiences as an undergraduate are participating in UA Mock Trial and playing trumpet in the UA Jazz Ensemble. These activities have inspired him to pursue a career in trial advocacy, opened his eyes to new opportunities in public speaking, and music has given Isaac an outlet to express creativity while relieving stress. When he is not in class or studying, Isaac like reading about and discussing current events, but in a way that challenges or subverts a conventional/traditional narrative (without straining plausibility or explanatory power).

Ana Salido
Information Science (eSociety) and Psychology with minors in Business Administration and Spanish

Ana is a senior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Information Science (eSociety) and Psychology with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. Some of her favorite experiences beyond the classroom include being on the Executive Board of the Psi Chi Honorary, interning with the Life STEP Mentorship program, and serving as an SBS Peer Mentor. These experiences have been meaningful to her because she has been able to impact the lives of others while serving as a mentor and leader for new college students. In her spare time, Ana enjoys hiking, exploring new restaurants, visiting friends and family, and going to events around Tucson.

Kylie Salyards
Kylie Salyards
Communication

Kylie is a sophomore from Hopkinton, MA majoring in Communication. Some of her most memorable experiences outside of class include getting involved in Greek Life and joining a student honorary. These experiences have provided her with a peer group of close friends who she considers a “family away from home.” They have encouraged her to work harder, take greater interest in her learning and live her college life to its fullest potential. In her spare time, Kylie enjoys exploring Tucson with friends and spending time at the pool (especially in the winter months as the weather back home in Massachusetts does not allow for that regularly). As an out of state student, she loves to see all that Tucson’s unique landscape and culture have to offer.

Annamae Sax
Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies

Annamae is a senior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her favorite experience in college by far was studying broad on two separate trips, in Italy over the summer and most recently her entire junior year in Ireland. Traveling has allowed her to make so many connections with people who are completely different than herself, understand new cultures, and has opened her eyes to how other people live. In her spare time, Annamae loves to read anything she can get her hands on, write poetry, and perform in theatre. Also, any time spent with her dog Loaf is time well spent.

Julia Schimmel
Julia Schimmel
Political Science and Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Julia is a sophomore from Phoenix, AZ double majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Two of her most valuable experiences beyond the classroom include participating in UA Mock Trial and interning for U.S. Senator John McCain. Mock Trial has been such a valuable experience because outside of learning how to publically speak and courtroom etiquette; she has created a close bond with many of her teammates. Her political internship helped her learn how to adapt and work professionally with people who are not like-minded. In her spare time, Julia loves to travel. 

Cat Solewin
Cat Solewin
English and Creative Writing

Cat is a junior from Tucson, AZ double majoring in English and Creative Writing. Some of her most memorable experiences in college include helping to develop the UA Prison Writing Program with the Department of English and being involved in events as an SBS Ambassador. The prison writing program expanded her previously narrow views on the reasons why people are incarcerated and how they are treated behind bars. Participating in college events has given her so many opportunities to network and foster professional and academic relationships that she would have never had otherwise. In her spare time, Cat likes to write poetry, essays and fiction, and carries a notebook around to jot down thoughts whenever they come. She is also more than a little obsessed with dogs including her own box/pitbull mix named Ophelia. Yes, like Hamlet.

Alexa Thorell
Alexa Thorell
Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology

Alexandra is a junior from Scottsdale, AZ majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.

Beyond the classroom, some of her favorite campus activities at the UA have been being a part of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, interning for the Wildcat Club in McKale Center, and participating in Intramural Sports on campus (softball & volleyball). These opportunities have helped shape her experience since coming to college and being active on campus. Being involved on campus has broadened her horizons and helped her branch out to meet all kinds of people in the university community. In her spare time, Alexa enjoys golfing, listening to music, and spending time with her friends and family.  

Enrico Trevisani
Enrico Trevisani
Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law

Enrico is a senior from Rowlett, TX majoring in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. Two of his favorite experiences in college include representing SBS in the ASUA Senate student government and interning at the U.S. House of Representatives through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. These opportunities have helped solidify his passion for advocating for those in need and given him an intimate understanding of legislative processes and public service. When not in class, Enrico enjoys making and listening to music, cooking, feeding his addiction to politics, and spending time with his amigos.

Riddhi Wanchoo
Riddhi Wanchoo
Economics and Math

Riddhi is a senior from Indore, India double majoring in Economics and Math. Two of her most memorable experiences outside of class include planning an annual conference for high school students from Mexico and the U.S. through Model United Nations club, and working as a Writing Tutor for the UA Think Tank. Model UN has allowed her to meet and interact with so many talented young people who have innovative ideas to solve global problems, as well as the willingness and compassion to work together to solve them. Her role at Think Tank has allowed her to understand the thought processes of people different than her, and has built a tolerance and understanding of differing opinions that makes her more mindful of diverse perspectives. In her spare time, Riddhi likes dancing to relieve stress or making chocolate cupcakes for friends and family.

Alexis Whitaker
Alexis Whitaker
Journalism with minors in Communication and eSociety

Alexis is a junior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in Journalism with minors in Communication and eSociety. Some of her favorite experiences outside of class include working as an assistant marketing manager for the student newspaper and interning with a public relations firm in Beverly Hills. These opportunities have been meaningful because they have helped her learn, network, and gain experience in her career path. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys spending time with friends, going out to eat, and creating memories that will last forever. 

Taylor Yamanaka
Taylor Yamanaka
Philosophy with minors in Economics and Mandarin

Taylor is a sophomore from Tucson, AZ majoring in Philosophy with minors in Economics and Mandarin. During his time at the UA he has enjoyed serving as a summer camp counselor with Camp Wildcat, a student run non-profit that take local elementary school children on free camping trips around AZ, and being a student DJ with KAMP student radio. Both experiences have been incredibly meaningful to him. Camp Wildcat has given him the opportunity to serve as a leader for local kids and see the first-hand impact of mentorship, while KAMP has helped him meet new people while sharing his love of music with a wider audience. In his spare time, Taylor loves to cook and one of his dreams is to become a chef because he loves every single aspect of the cooking experience.

Mindi Zudekoff
Mindi Zudekoff
Political Science with minors in Communication and Astronomy

Mindi is a senior from Scottsdale, AZ majoring in Political Science with minors in Communication and Astronomy. Two of her favorite experiences at the UA include studying abroad in Switzerland and being a part of the Pre-Law fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. These opportunities allowed her to experience a new culture and meet other students with similar career goals. In her free time, Mindi loves to read and hold movie nights with her roommates.