Nick (Econ)

I’m a senior in the economics program. I’m interested in applying to grad school after taking a year off to gain some research experience and gain some more math skills.

I grew up in Central Florida and moved to Hawaii two years ago. I first attended a community college after high school in 2009. After my AA degree, I joined the Coast Guard. After having enough time on active duty, I left the military life to use my veterans’ scholarship (post 911 GI Bill) here in Hawaii.

I really enjoy the topics in economics because it helps me look at life in an analytical way, and to make sense of the world. I am very excited about the program here at UH Manoa because they have attracted a great faculty of professors. I look forward to helping students out in this field

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Welcome to Manoa!

Aloha Freshmen!

My name is Kira Fox and I am from Oahu and the Big Island, and I am so excited you have chosen Hawaii as your home for the next four years! I am a junior majoring in Food Science and Human Nutrition which is in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), for which I am a Student Ambassador.  I am also pursuing a minor in English focusing on Literature of the Pacific, and am on the UH Manoa Rainbow Wahine Swim Team, and being part of the team has taken me all over the west coast on trips to represent our University.


Hawaii is my home, and when I am not swimming or doing school work I love spending time exploring the different islands since they are all so unique and filled with amazing adventures! My greatest love is the ocean and free diving, and I’d love to show you some of my favorite places to swim with dolphins, go on hikes with amazing ocean views, search for shells, make friends with all the sea creatures, or just cruise the beach!

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Starting from when I was very young, I was taught kulia i ka nu’u, which in Hawaiian means to strive to reach the highest summit.  These islands are truly an amazing place, and though there is much to do and explore in Hawaii it is important to remember to excel in your studies as well, and I am super stoked to help you guys adjust to life as a college student and make the most of your time here at the University of Hawaii at Manoa!



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Hey newbies! Welcome to college! You’ve officially entered the best years of your life–at least they will be if you make the most of it! 🙂

My name is Lea (Lay-uh) Lacar and I’m here to help you do just that. I’m a Junior and a Biochemistry major hoping to go to medical school after my time at UH Manoa. Dr. Lacar just has such a nice ring to it, haha. I’m an Aiea High School alumni and I currently live in Manoa during the semester. As a Gemini (June babies!) I like to do basically anything and Hawaii is the perfect place to find something fun to do! I love to snorkel and discover cool creatures in the ocean, hike without injuring myself, play volleyball, take pictures of beautiful things like this colorful island, read when I have time, binge on Netflix, sleep, sleep some more, and adventure on the ‘aina.


UH Manoa is such a great place to learn because you can do all of these activities and more in the heart of paradise. I know that the distractions may be tempting but they’re a great reward for your hard work as a student as well. There are many fun extracurricular activities here along with the quality academics. For example, I’m on the board of the Pre-Medical Association and we are involved in service and medical education. Many other organizations exist on campus that can pertain to your interests and are a great way to make new friends as well. So get out there and discover!

One such opportunity I took advantage of was Study Abroad. This summer I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as travelled around Europe. From this experience I learned about how huge this world is but also about the huge impact individuals can make on it. A wise doctor once said: “There are 3 rules you need to remember. First, find out what you love doing. Second, find someone who will pay you to do it. Third, follow this order.” With this in mind, I sincerely wish you a great first year here. Don’t be nervous and just enjoy yourself. Feel free to ask me any questions or “talk story” to me! I can’t wait to meet you and tackle this semester together 😀

-Lea from Aiea


Welcome to UH Manoa!

My name is Ashley-Michelle Tilton and I’m happy to be a part of the first year of your academic journey! I was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu and am a proud graduate of Kailua High School. I’m currently in my senior year here at UHM and will be graduating this Spring with my bachelors degree in Psychology.

You can find me at the beach, at a movie, or eating an açaí bowl at least 3 times out of the week. My favorite jokes are the cheesy ones that use puns. I love trying new things, especially a show that just came out on Netflix. I listen to music that came out in the 90’s and 2000’s. I frequently quote my favorite movies such as Harry Potter. With all this being said, your first year will expose you to a lot of new experiences. Take it all in, and make the best of every moment. I can’t wait to meet you all, and help you succeed in your goals and future endeavors!





Hi everyone!

My name is Joeleen Ortaleza, and I am a senior majoring in Animal Science. I’ll be graduating in the Spring of 2016 and will be applying to veterinary school in the near future. I love animals and aspire to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for pets, like cats and dogs, but I also hope to spend some time working with wildlife and conservation efforts. I have two dogs named Nike and Milo that are super needy but also super loving! I was born and raised on Oahu, but I love traveling when I can afford it (haha). I’ve been to California, most states on the east coast, Japan, Costa Rica, and I plan to do veterinary work in Guatemala next year with VIDA, a club at UH Manoa.

Life is an adventure and I am definitely willing to try most things at least once. I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, watching Netflix, doing volunteer work/community service projects, and, of course, eating! I have a pretty busy schedule like most college kids, balancing school, work, internships, and trying to fit in a social life; but I want you all to know that college gives us some of the best years of our lives and that we can truly achieve anything. We’re going to have lots of fun, build lasting relationships, and learn everything that UH has to offer. Enjoy the rest of your summer! I can’t wait to meet you all this Fall!




Hello friends!

My name is Shiina LoSciuto and I am your peer mentor from ALASKA! Although this is only my third year at the University of Hawaii, I am planning on graduating this  spring. I am double majoring in journalism and communications and am hoping to become a broadcast journalist. I am the current  President of the student organization PRSSA, who my very own ACE mentor inspired me to join my freshmen year. I write for Ka Leo and am also the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Hawaii. Interested in what those are? Just ask!

My guilty pleasure is listening to Taylor Swift ALL THE TIME. If you like dogs, we are probably already best friends. When I’m not doing homework you can find me on the beach, or watching Netflix. I love everything Disney and have even considered having my wedding at a Disney park,only if my professional athlete husband agrees of course.

I am so excited to be your ACE mentor! My experience in this program truly impacted my college life in a huge way. I hope that I can provide you the same great experience, and  guide you to your best college experience possible.



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Welcome to UH Manoa!

Hello and welcome to the University of Hawaii at Manoa!

My name is Thomas and I shall be one of your peer mentors. I will help you along the way from becoming graduates of High school to new Freshmen at this college!

Here are a few facts about myself. I am pursuing a degree in BS biology and am working really hard to get into Medical school. I really want to become either a surgeon or pediatrician someday. In addition I am involved in a community service club, medical club and I am a Tutor at Sinclair library! I also am doing research at a lab that deals with plants. Hopefully I plan to get many of you just as involved!

As for hobbies I like to play the violin, play video games which include and are not limited to: League of legends, MW2-MW3, and Runescape (yea yea I know). I also love to watch anime and read manga! Lastly hanging out with my friends and family.

Hope you all had a great summer. I cannot wait to meet you all!




Welcome Freshmen!

Hello there! My name is Rachel Palmore and I am truly excited to be one of your peer mentors this fall.
I am a junior studying Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science. I’ll either go into athletic training or become a sports medicine doctor. My hometown is Edwards Air Force Base, California but I’ve also lived in Florida and Ohio but now call North Carolina home. A few of my hobbies are lifting weights, watching movies with terrible reviews and just hanging out with friends. Also, I am obsessed with The Walking Dead!

At UH you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved with not only the campus but the surrounding community. Definitely, take advantage of the resources provided by this campus to discover more about this beautiful island! I can’t wait to see how you all progress over this upcoming semester.

Until then,


Aloha! Welcome to UH Manoa!


Hello! My name is Trinika Joseph. I am a theater major with a junior standing, set to graduate in Fall of 2016. I am from Los Angeles, California. My birthday is October 19th. I enjoy going to the movies, going to theme parks, spending time with family, shopping, playing video games, and having fun. My favorite color is red. My favorite food is burgers and fries. My favorite restaurant is BJ’s Brewery and Restaurant, which can be found in California. My favorite ice cream flavor is rainbow sherbet from Baskin Robbins. I love all different kinds of music except country and techno.

My career goal is to be a great and notable actress. My goals for this semester are to work ahead, learn from my experiences and classes, and achieve a better grade point average than last semester. Three things I would like to do this semester are to learn more about the Hawaiian culture, do something I have never done before, and go jet skiing. I would love to travel to Cancun, Mexico, Bora Bora, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Aloha Freshmen!

Aloha! My name is Greg Matsuura and I will be one of your ACE mentors this year! A little bit about myself, I am currently a junior double majoring in Finance and Economics. I was born and raised in Torrance, California (SoCal > Norcal). Some hobbies of mine include playing basketball, hiking, photography, and things that get me out of my comfort zone. Many of my friends and family members ask if I get “homesick” often, but I am proud to say that I never do. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has provided me with so many great experiences, opportunities, and friendships. I am not only involved with the ACE program, but I am also a member of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) club in Shidler, the Southern California Student Speaker for UH Manoa, and a manager at Intramural Sports. I also studied abroad in Denmark this summer which I highly recommend. I encourage all of you to not only be involved with events on campus, but also adventure the island as well! I can’t wait to meet all of you this Fall semester!

– Greg