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Alexandra Almague

Virtual Drop-In Service

Hey you all, my name is Alexandra Almaguer and I’m from Pasadena California. I am currently pursuing my BA in Public Health with a minor in Psychology. Currently, I am involved as the secretary for Planned Parenthood Generation Action. Some goals I have for myself are to get into a nursing master’s program and continue my education so that I can become an OBGYN Nurse Practitioner. Feel free to stop by the Students First Center drop in window. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help!

Alondra Carillo

Student Relations Representative

Hi, bobcats! My name is Alondra Carrillo and I am a third-year Management and Business Economics major with a minor in Spanish. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and in my spare time I like to play volleyball and the guitar. Feel free to stop by the Students First Center to see me or one of my teammates for help with anything you may need!

Ana Melendez

Virtual Student Relations Representative

Hello, my name is Ana Melendez, and I am a third-year Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major with a minor in Public Health. I aspire to become a veterinarian and attend vet school after I graduate. I am President of the UCM Cheer team, member of the pre-vet club, and VP of communications for the Professional Fraternity Council. I am from Palm Springs, and I love meeting new people and helping the community. Feel free to come check out our Virtual Drop-In window, as we look forward to helping anyone who has any questions!

Angela Hsia

Student Relations Representative

Hi Everyone! My name is Angela Hsia and I am a 4th year studying Management and Business Economics with a minor in The Global Arts Studies Program. I am currently involved with the Marketing and Sales Club as their President and affiliated with the business professional fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, as their Vice President of Administration. With my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, going to shows or playing with my dog, Rex. After I graduate, I plan to pursuit a career in Sales Development or Product Marketing. I am looking forward to helping everyone and feel free to say hello if you ever see me around campus!

Ashley Ramirez

Student Relations Representative

Hello! My name is Ashley Ramirez, and I am from the Central Valley. I am majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and plan to continue my schooling once I graduate to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist. I love community service and I am a part of the Madera Leo Omegas Organization as the secretary. My favorite pastimes are reading, shopping, and taking road trips with my friends!

Capricia Melgoza

Digital Marketing Ambassador

Hello! I am Capricia Melgoza, I was born and raised in the Bay Area but value my time here at UC Merced pursuing a B.A. in English with a minor in writing. When not in the classroom, I embed my leadership through Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed business professional fraternity. I am also passionate about sustainability awareness and creating a cleaner future for all! In the future I aspire to have a career in Marketing, Human Relations, or any related fields. After I graduate, I plan to travel as much as I can specifically to Capri, Italy!

Carlos Lopez-Hernandez

Student Relations Representative

My name is Carlos Lopez-Hernandez and my hometown is Merced, California. I am majoring in Economics-Quantitative Analysis. After finishing my education here I plan to take the CPA exam and become a certified accountant. I have been part of the Yosemite Leadership Program where I learned about leadership theory and how it applies to sustainability in our community. I enjoy playing recreational soccer and watching YouTube videos on my free time. My favorite foods are Chicken Tikka Masala, Fish & Chips, and sushi. I am happy to serve our students and look forward to meeting you!

Daisy Rodriguez-Hernandez

Enrollment Service Advisor

Hello! My name is Daisy Rodriguez and I'm from Compton, California. I am currently a third year pursuing a degree in Spanish. On campus, I am part of the Yosemite Leadership Program where I'm learning how to further develop my leadership skills. In my free time I enjoy going to concerts, crocheting, or pen palling. I am trained in Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, and Billing. If you have any questions, contact the Students First Center, we are more than happy to help!

Darrisel Ortiz

Student Relations Representative

Hi everyone, my name is Darrisel Ortiz and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I am third-year at UC Merced majoring in Sociology and minoring in Public Health. My goal is to pursue a career in social work and specialize in the Child Protective Services department. I am currently a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma on campus. In my free time I like to paint, spend time with friends, and explore new outdoor spaces.

David Real

Digital Marketing Ambassador

Hey everyone! My name is David Real IV; I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I am a Human Biology major with a minor in Public Health. By being the 1st in my family to go to a University, I am blessed to represent my family. When I'm not working or studying, you can find me in the gym or on the soccer field. Once I graduate, I endeavour to attend medical school and pursue life as a General Surgeon. Feel free to stop by at the Student First Center to meet me as well as the team!

Jasleen Kaur

Student Relations Representative

Hello everyone! My name is Jasleen Kaur and I am a first year student at UC Merced majoring in Human Biology. With my Bachelors in Science I am excited in pursuing a career in the dental field. On campus I am a member and officer of The Project Smile Pre-Dental Club as well as the Biological Sciences Club! In my free time I love to dance and be a part of theatre. I mostly partake in Punjabi folk and Bollywood dancing. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family whenever I get the chance! I’m looking forward to helping my peers at Students First Center. If you have any questions feel free to ask, we are here for you!

Jason Joaquin

Student Relations Representative

Hey everyone! My name is Jason Joaquin and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I am currently studying Management and Business Economics as well as minoring in Psychology. I am currently actively involved in the Business Society. Some goals that I wish to accomplish throughout my college career are to improve my communication skills as well as my networking skills. After I graduate, my goal is to one day own a business that in some way gives back and helps the community that I was raised in. I am an Enrollment Services Peer Mentor cross-trained in Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration, and Billing.

Jessie Arroyo

Virtual Student Relations Representative

Hello! My name is Jessie Arroyo. My pronouns are they/them. I was born and raised in Southern California. I am a 3rd year Applied Mathematics with an Emphasis in Economics major and Natural Science education minor. When I’m not working or studying, I usually love to go shopping and watch TV series on Netflix or Hulu. Once, I graduate I plan to work for a research lab and attend graduate school for mathematics. Feel free to stop by the virtual window to meet me as well as the team!

Jorge Romero

Digital Marketing Ambassador

My name is Jorge Romero and I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. I am in a family of 5, being the middle child. I have an older brother and a younger brother. When I am not at work, I am in class or studying or doing work. When I have free time, I try to hit the gym and play volleyball if I can. I really enjoy playing video games when I have the chance. I came to Merced with two months of Job experience with 5 years worth of leadership. I came with a goal, and the goal is to graduate.

Kathryn Chankheo

Student Relations Representative

Hi everyone! My name is Kathryn Chankheo and my hometown is Temecula, California. I am currently a student at UC Merced majoring in Psychology and minoring in Natural Sciences of Education. My goal is to become a teacher and help others in their educational journey. During my free time, I enjoy roller skating and trying new foods. I also love meeting new people. Feel free to drop by the Students First Center to say hi or ask any questions! 

Lizbeth Garduño

Student Relations Representative

Hey Bobcats! My name is Lizbeth Garduño and I’m from Santa Ana, California. I am currently undeclared, but I hope to pursue a degree in Applied Mathematics. When I’m not working or studying, you’ll often find me hanging out with friends, listening to music, or watching movies. My goal for the future is to involve myself in humanitarian efforts and create lasting change. If you see me around campus, feel free to say hi!

Luis Fujarte

Student Relations Representative

Hello! My name is Luis Fujarte and I am from Tijuana, Mexico. I am currently majoring on Computer Science at UC Merced. My goal is to become a software engineer, altough I am open to a lot of posibilities that come with the major. I am loving life in California so far and I enjoy sports and discovering new things. Feel welcome to come visit us at the Students First Center.

Mayra Romero

Digital Marketing Ambassador

Hello! My name is Mayra Romero and I'm a second-year Political Science major and a double minor in Management & Business Economics and Writing Studies. My ultimate goal is to become a lawyer, I'm still figuring out what type of law I want to focus on. I am from a city in LA county called Bell Gardens. In my free time, I like to spend time with my cats, and watch tv.

Pacha Vang

Digital Marketing Ambassador

Hello! My name is Pacha Vang. My hometown is Fresno and I am majoring in Management business and economics. Fun fact about me, I run a small jewelry business and I like to keep myself busy. So if I am not schooling, I am working or doing things that I enjoy. Some skills I would like to improve will be public speaking and graphic designing. After I graduate, I would like to own a company that works with marketing and event planning. Don't be afraid to ask for help, I am happy to help with what I can.

Hey ya'll! My name is Rosy Oliveros-Gonzalez, and I am from Oakland, California, born and raised. I am majoring in Psychology and hopefully pursue a master’s degree in the future. Some of the things I like to do is roller skating, riding my bike, going to concerts and crocheting. I love the outdoors, a goal of mine is to go to every National Park in the United States!

Vanessa Lopez

Student Relations Representative

Hi, my name is Vanessa Lopez and I’m a third year majoring in mechanical engineering. My goal is to go into the biomedical or aerospace industry when I graduate. I’m from the central coast, from a town 45 minutes from Santa Barbara. Whenever I’m not at school, I like to play basketball, play with my pet bunny, or hang with my friends from engineering clubs like Ingenieros Unidos and the Society of Women Engineers. I’m a student relations representative so if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask.