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Name:  Abdul Shaikh

Class: sophomore

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Visalia, California

My name is Abdul Shaikh, I am a sophomore here at Humboldt State University, and I am studying Computer Science. My real passion in this field is front end web development. Front end web development is the process of designing dynamic and beautiful web pages for people to use. I am from Visalia, California, a small town in the central valley, and I chose Humboldt State University not only for its amazing science program, but the amazing environment that the school is in. Everyone in Humboldt State University is super friendly, and the professors are willing to sit down and work with students, rather than just lecture them.


Name: Adyn McCabe

Year at HSU: Freshman

Major: Undecided Minor: Spanish

Hometown: McKinleyville, CA

I am not sure exactly what I want to do after graduation.  I would love to travel and live in a Spanish speaking country for a few years.  I chose to join HOP because I want to surround myself with people that are excited about what they are doing. One of my favorite moments of HOP was hearing everyone give their one minute pitch for HSU.  I loved witnesses the amazing creativity of everyone that we get to work with.



Name: Ana Molina

Year: Senior

Major: Environmental Science Ecological Restoration

Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Why I chose HSU, was because it reminded me of home! I grew up near a lake, surrounded by the snowcapped mountains and a beautiful forest. So I figured the next best thing would be to live near the ocean and be surrounded by the redwoods at foggy rainy HSU! I’ve always loved HSU since I was in high school and am so happy to finally be here. My favorite moments at HSU have been getting caught in the rain as long as I’m not in it for very long and can go home afterwards. Why I chose to become an Ambassador was because I wanted to learn more about the school and as a transfer student I want to help other transfer students since I know it can be different transferring compared to coming here straight out of high school!


Name: Angelica Flores-Cruz

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

When I first heard of HSU, I had no idea what and where HSU was. Coming to HSU has been one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I chose HSU because of the beautiful environment and because it is far from home but not too far. I decided to join the AMB team because I want to share my excitement of being a student at HSU with incoming freshman and help them along the way. So far my favorite moment at HSU has been meeting new people that are now some of my closest friends.

Name: Brandon Dolfi

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Environmental Resource Engineering (ERE), may be changed Physics soon.

Hometown: West Covina, CA. near Los Angeles.

My interest in HSU started with HSU being ranked #1 in the state for ERE. Once I got here, however, I learned that HSU is not only #1 in the State, but in a lot of ways also #1 in the country, or even #1 in the world! My favorite things about HSU include: the friendly atmosphere, clean air, and the opportunities being here provides.


Name: Brianna Rodriguez

Year: Junior at HSU

Major: Marine Biology

Hometown: San Dimas,CA

I chose to come to Humboldt State because of the beautiful redwood forests, and the wonderful reputation the science departments have at this University.  My favorite moment at HSU was getting to do a lab on the Coral Sea my first semester in college! I joined the Ambassador program because I love to share my experiences at my university, and to help incoming students as they adjust to college.


Brittani Alberto

Sophomore at HSU

Double Major in History and Art History

Hometown is Montebello, California

Hogwarts House is Slytherin

When I graduate I plan to either run a small gallery in San Francisco or work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. History and art are (in my opinion) the best things in the world!

Wanna hear a joke?

There are two fish in a tank. One says “You man the guns. I’ll drive.”


Name: Cailin McLaughlin
Year: Junior at HSU
Major: Zoology, Minor in Anthropology and Biology
Hometown: Sacramento, Ca

Hi ya'll, I'm Cailin and I am one of HSU's Ambassadors. I joined HOP back when I was a freshman as a way to meet new people and show pride for my school. And since joining this team it has become like another family for me, and I've cherished working with each of these unique individuals. My favorite moments are when I get to go to the beautiful beaches and hang with all my friends and hopefully get tan! When I graduate I plan to devote 2 years to the Peace Corp educating young individuals in the biological sciences, and then return to the States to pursue a Master's Degree in Animal Science.

Name: Cherelle Harris

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Fontana, CA

AMBiography: My favorite moments would have to have been moving onto campus and meeting my roommates, neighbors, and classmates. I chose to come to HSU because I wanted to experience a new environment and learning style. I wanted to practice independence being that I am so far away from home without assistance. I joined the ambassadors team to spread my love of the campus with incoming students. I also aim to educate potential students in making their decisions for the next chapter of their lives. When I graduate, I plan to advocate social justice and equality. I want to help as many people as possible, especially children, to create a better future for our world.

Name: Consuelo Diaz

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology

Hometown: Modesto, CA

Hey there! I am a member of the Student Ambassador team here at HSU. I am a wildlife major so it goes without saying that I absolutely love animals! I plan on pursuing a career as a Wildlife Rehabilitator. When I first heard about HSU I was very intrigued. I mean, what other universities have the right to claim that they have Redwoods, marshlands, several beaches, and a small town atmosphere close to their campus? The first time I stepped on campus (which was move-in day for the dorms) I really felt like I was at home and the feeling has never left me. I know I am in the right place and I would love to help you find your fit. I hope to meet you someday soon! Go lumberjacks!


Name: Daniel Rodriguez

Year: Freshmen

Major: Physics

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Coming to HSU was quite a change for me going from a bustling city to a small town between the redwood forest and the Pacific. I chose Humboldt because I knew the further I went from home the more I would experience and learn, not just from school but also from the surrounding area. The reason I choose to join the Ambassador team was because I knew this was a place where I can enhance my skills, learn from the many others on the team, and help incoming and current students. So far my favorite moment as an Ambassador was getting to know so many people in the first semester of college.


Name: Darren Schumaker

Year: Junior at HSU

Major: Microbiology

Hometown: Pleasanton CA

I chose HSU because of its wonderful science programs and also for the pristine beauty of the area. The AMB team was very appealing to me because of it family style work ethic. As and ambassador my favorite moments are seeing students who I have previously mentored excelling in their academic work. By far my favorite class ever taken at HSU was Botany 105. \


Name: Demitrius Murphy

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Fresno CA

Year: Junior at HSU


When I first Arrived at HSU I experienced The orientation program and tour guide and I instantly knew I wanted to be a student ambassador. I transferred to HSU from Fresno City College and I absolutely love it here. I hope to obtain my B.A and M.A here and then go on to get my doctorate degree and become an outstanding psychologist and most importantly I want to help others achieve their goals as I achieve mine.

Name: Ditza Guerra

Year: Freshmen

Major: Chemistry

Minor: Sigh language

Hometown: Baldwin Park, CA

 My favorite class at HSU is chemistry, because it has both science and math involve, and it might be hard, but is one class I can actually understand. I like as well Geography because I really want to know what’s going around me. I like HSU because the weather, the environment, and how it is very isolated from a urban place. The reason why I join AMB is because when I first came it made me feel welcome, like I belong somewhere, and I want to give that back to the community.


Name: Dylan Karl

Year: Senior at HSU

Major: Wildlife

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

My favorite moments at HSU involve observing wildlife in their natural habitat. I chose HSU because of the beautiful nature, hands-on experience, and in-state tuition I received for having family living in CA. When I graduate, I want to spend two years working for the Peace Corps in either Africa or South America. My favorite moment as an Ambassador is that moment when you see a student you helped succeed. My favorite moments as an Ambassador are building a fort during the HOP retreat, and the moment when we all come together as a HOPhamily after surviving HOP week.



Name: Elizabeth Carrillo

Year: Junior at HSU

Major: Switching to Wildlife Conservation and Administration, Minor: Zoology

Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA


My whole life I never thought of living far away from home but here I am in beautiful Humboldt twelve hours away from my hometown. I chose Humboldt because I knew it was the best decision for me with its #1 Wildlife team in the nation. Now I am forever thankful for this opportunity to experience such humble people and breathtaking beauty of Humboldt County every day. I joined the AMB team to help incoming student make this decision as well. When I graduate I hope to stick around Humboldt and see where this place takes me.   


Name: Emily Pinto

Year: First year sophomore

Major: Biology- Science Education

Home Town: Los Angeles, CA (San Fernando Valley)

              I love cats. That’s pretty much all you need to know about me besides every thing I wrote up there. But I guess I’ll tell you more. I’m the eldest of three children on my mom’s side and four on my dad’s side although I only know one of my siblings on my dad’s side. My brother and sister are six and four respectively. My biggest motivations in life are my siblings and my mom. I want to set a good example for them since they are so young. Coming to HSU has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Being so far from home has changed so much for me. I hope that with time I will become more comfortable with what I have here.


Name: Gabriela Leon

Year: Junior at HSU

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


              Choosing Humboldt State University is the best decision I have made for my education. HSU has provided me the stability to pursue higher education in the field of psychology. The psychology program was the initial reason I chose HSU, but the environment is the bonus of attending. Being able to experience beautiful redwoods and the fresh coast at the same time is amazing. As a student, HSU has become a home that provides me the security to continue my path to be a school psychologist. Being an Ambassador is an opportunity to contribute and support the future at HSU.





Harrel Deshazier (hair•ull de•shay•zer)


Major in Psychology

Los Angeles native

I chose HSU without even seeing the school. I liked the idea of being far but not too far. But when I finally came to see the school for Spring Preview, I was certain this was the school for me. Instead of large buildings pillowed with smog, surrounding me were 100-year redwoods blanketed with misty fog. I needed this. I chose to be an ambassador because I wanted the chance to be a positive influence on students’ choices to attend the university. It’s such a significant, honorable position to be in.

Isaac Walker

Sophomore at HSU.

Major Business Finance

Hometown Arcata Ca

Why chose HSU: Already living in the area of course there was a strong urge to get out of Humboldt county and possibly go somewhere with a lil more sun and a lil less fog, however I chose to stay  at HSU because of the hands on work experience that each department offers.  Whether its getting an internship at a small local business, or helping your peers file their taxes through the accounting department, there’s an abundance of opportunity for student to take advantage of as long as you stay somewhat connected with the seminars and events in your department (not to mention for the majority of department events you get food!!!!)



Name: Jessica Gravelle

Class: Freshman

Major: Marine Biology

My favorite moment at HSU was when I got to walk through the forest for the first time! I have been running long distance since 7th grade, and the idea that there was a redwood forest trail three minutes from where I slept was a crazy thought. What I first ran through, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. 

I joined the AMB team because I wanted to get connected with the people on campus better! I had done a similar program in high school and I loved every minute of it, so I decided that it would be a good fit for me. 

After graduation I would like to join the peace corps and hopefully teach biology in Thailand since education there is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Afterwards I hope to get a doctorate and possible become a professor at Duke! 

My favorite moment as an ambassador is whenever we all get together and just talk! Everyone is so funny and interesting!

Favorite class was Zoology 110




Name: Josephine “Josie” Murphy

Year: Sophomore

Major: Environmental Education and Interpretation Minor: Geospatial Analysis

Hometown: Vacaville, Ca

Hey everyone! My name is Josephine Murphy, but everyone calls me Josie. Just like Josie and the Pussycats. I can’t believe we have another Freshman class coming in! Its fantastic! I can’t wait to meet you all. Here is just a little insight of my experience so far at Humboldt… Now that I have started my upper division classes for my major, I feel like everything is falling into place. That is the amazing part about Humboldt. Yes, you have to get through your general education, but you have to do that in any college. Once you get to your upper division and major specific classes you feel like you belong and that everything makes sense! I hope you all are able to get that feeling at some point in your college career. Oh! And don’t be afraid to say, “Hey!”

Name: Julia Gomez

Year: Sophomore at HSU

Major: Environmental Resource Engineering; Minor in Spanish

Hometown: Fontana, CA

One of the first questions that perspective and new students to HSU ask me is, “Why did you choose HSU?” And my response always begins with what a beautiful place it is! The forest is my favorite place on campus because it is beautiful, peaceful, and a great learning tool that I have used in many of my engineering classes! I am very excited to experience more of what Humboldt State has to offer and hopefully help to make it an even better place!


Name: Katherine Schmiderer

Year: Sophomore

Major: Geography; Minor in History and Geospatial Analysis

Hometown: Murrieta, California

Being in my second year at HSU I have been presented with my fair share of exciting opportunities. I came to Humboldt with an adventurous spirit, aching for it to be satisfied in the forest of Giant Redwoods. In addition to my explorations through the trees, I have found other passions of mine in Humboldt like white water rafting and my new-found major of Geography. In coming to Humboldt I hope you open yourself up to new experiences and find the passions you didn’t know you had. Welcome!


Name: Ki'Anna Rodriguez

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Science, Considering a Minor in Communication

Hometown: Perris, Ca

I chose HSU because it was far enough from home where I could feel like and individual but close enough I could get on a train be home that day. I chose to join the AMB team because I wanted work experience, a job on campus, and have more motivation to do well in my classes. My favorite moments at HSU have been with my roommate Emily, cracking jokes and having nights where we just watch Netflix. When I graduate I want my first job, right out of college, to be working at an Aquarium.



Name: Kristina Wren

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: English Teaching the Language Arts

Hometown: Palm Springs, CA

              I chose to attend HSU because I love the small, intimate campus, having both the beach and the redwoods as my back yard, and the academic programs. HSU has so many great programs for students to get involved with and being an HOP Ambassador is an incredible opportunity. I love having the ability to engage with prospective and new students, as well as my peers who share the same passion I do. After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school and become a high school English teacher afterwards. I am so excited to be a part of the team!


Name: Lisa Drew
Year: Sophomore
Major: Kinesiology (Pre Physical Therapy emphasis) and Interdisciplinary Dance Studies
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Hi! My name is Lisa and I am a sophomore at HSU. Growing up in a city as big as Las Vegas, I really enjoy how small and close knit the community is surrounding HSU. I chose to attend HSU because of all of the amazing science programs the school has to offer. I’ve been dancing for 16 years and I hope to one day become a physical therapist for a dance company. I chose to join the Ambassador program to share with as many people as possible how awesome it is to attend HSU. 


Name: Merissa Ramirez

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Zoology

Hometown: Hayward, CA


       I choose HSU because it had my major but I like how HSU is the right size.  My favorite class is zoology 110 because I learned a lot of things that I did not learned in high school. I joined the AMB team because I like how it is a close nit family.  Also I felt that AMB team  is a team that does not judge anyone.  My favorite moments as an Ambassador was the trainings because I met new people through the training  that became my best friends.


Name: Paige Corey

Year: Junior

Major: History

Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA

I chose to come to Humboldt State for several reasons.  My family has had a cabin in Humboldt County, in a very small town called Petrolia along the Lost Coast for generations. I have been coming up north from the Bay Area my entire childhood and had always been taken back by the miles of beautiful coastlines and tower redwoods that surrounding the area. I also have always had a passion when it comes to learning about history and when I found out HSU offered history as a major I knew I would have to come here. After I graduate I want to go on to get my teaching credential and become a history teacher. My favorite moments as an ambassador so far have been getting to know to everyone else and making so many new friends while also being able to help other students at the same time.


Name: Peggy Nguyen

Year: Junior

Major: Criminology

Hometown: San Jose, CA

              Hey!!! I am a transfer from San Jose and I choose HSU because I love the weather here. In addition, it is the farthest northern school in California and I didn’t want be close to home. I join Ambassador because I love learning new inform about the school and being able to help people. After graduating I plan to join law enforcement and become a police office. My favorite moment being Ambassador would being helping guild new student to their locator. My favorite class so far would be SW442, what is a mindfulness class.



Name: Rattnak Sokhom         

Year: Senior at HSU

Major: Economics, Business Administration Finance emphasis, Minor in Chinese Studies

Hometown: Monterey Park, CA

When I see my friends on campus, I yell their name and run towards them to give a bear hug, the longer the better. When I graduate I am going to collect work experience like Mario collects coins so that I can get into a graduate program that pays for my Masters. After a long day of running around for Ambassadors, doing the “I feel so good” dance gives me more energy. The class that I had the most fun in was a general botany course where we got to go into the forest to collect and identify mushrooms.



Name: Ronniesha Ford Spears

Year: Junior

Major: Kinesiology Pre Physical Therapy

Hometown: Pinole, CA

Humboldt State has been a place where some of my favorite moments have taken place. Whether it’s the 3 day video game marathons it hosts or the interactive classes, Humboldt has always made me be able to get the day done. Because of all the joy Humboldt has shown me, I wanted to share it with future students and that’s why I joined the Ambassador team.

Name: Rose Hernandez
Year: Sophomore at HSU
Major: Liberal Studies Elementary Education
Hometown: Woodland, CA

I choose to attend Humboldt State on a whim, even before visiting the campus. Now that I've been here for 2 years, I can confidently say it is the best decision I've made 19 years! My favorite aspects of HSU include the kind and interesting people, the gorgeous green forests, and the homey-ness of Humboldt State. So many academic, environmental, and social opportunities have opened up to me here, and I'm excited for many more to come!


Name: Shelby Meinhold-Howe

Grade: Sophomore

Major: Marine Biology

Hometown: San Diego, California.

I choose HSU because they have a great program for undergraduates in California! When I graduate from HSU I would love to work in aquariums so that I can always be surrounded by the water and marine life, if not aquariums then I would love to work with mammals. I joined the ambassador program because I wanted to get more involved with the school outside of my sorority and my classes. 


Name: Sydney Hubbel




Every day I get to walk through such a beautiful environment to classes I love. I chose HSU because of their huge emphasis on hands on learning; I knew this was a place where I could not only succeed but enjoy my education as well. I joined the ambassador team because they really helped me decide that HSU was the school for me. I want to be able to do that for people. After I graduate, my goal is to become a history teacher or professor. ​My favorite moment as an Ambassador was seeing the excited faces on Fall Admissions Day.


Vanessa Gutierrez

Freshman at HSU

Undeclared; thinking about Majoring in Business

Riverside, CA

I had never heard about HSU until one day my sister mentioned it, my 8th grade year. I did a little research about the location and I was sold. Going to a school where the weather is just about perfect all the time, in my opinion, just seemed like the perfect choice. Now I know that it was the best decision I could have made.  I love everything here, the people, the location, the weather, just about everything! I wanted to learn and be more involved with the school I was attending so I decided to join the AMB team!


Name: Yoselyn Ayala

Year: Freshman at HSU

Major: Environmental Science

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

              I want to start by saying that I am very happy to be attending HSU. I chose to come here mainly because of the environment, it’s the perfect place if you are interested in majoring in any type of Natural Resource Science.  There is so much beauty here! I would encourage all new students to go out and enjoy all that Humboldt County has to offer! As for me, joining the HSU Crew Team has given me the chance to be on the bay almost every morning and joining Ambassadors has giving me the chance to meet very kind people.



HOP Leadership Team

Raleigh Tomlinson

HOP Student Ambassador Coordniator

Biology Undergraduate

Home town: Eagle Rock, CA

Humboldt means a lot to me because of the impact it has made in my life. I came up here searching for an environment that would encourage me to grow and learn, and I could not have made a better choice! It’s been a gift to grow in a community that only stands for good samaritanism and kindness. It’s almost taboo not to open the door for someone here which is very different than the avoiding eyes of Los Angeles. I hope that I can continue to carry to Humboldt spirit with me everywhere I go. I chose to join the Ambassadors team because I want to share my excitement about HSU with everyone, I love having a purpose that gives back to my community, I was really impressed with the leadership/organization of the team, and look at me now, a part of it! I didn;t know the amazing community and support system I would be entering.

Counselor Web Biography

Name: Emma Hopson

Year: Senior at HSU class of ‘16

Major: English

Minor: Environmental Education and Interpretation

Hometown: Tracy, CA

 Hi everyone, my name is Emma and I am a Student Ambassador Coordinator at HSU, completing my second year in this job, and my third year at the university! Boy how time flies.  I love this school.  I love the culture, and the people and the atmosphere.  But the thing that I love most is the connections, and the fact that pretty much everywhere you go on campus, they make you feel like family.    It makes me feel that what I do for the Ambassador program is helping me to give back to a school I love so much. 


Marissa Mourer, Director, Orientation & Preview Programs
Masters: Library Science, 2010; Education, 2006
Bachelors:Journalism, 2002, Humboldt State University!!
One of the best decisions that I've ever made was to study at HSU as an undergraduate! After some globe-trotting, I love being back at HSU! It's a joy to work with outstanding student leaders, give back to a great university, and to walk through the woods to the beach after work each day.

HOP is always looking for students interested in improving their leadership skills while making a positive difference in the transition of new students to HSU, find out how you can join the HOP staff.