Welcome to UH Manoa

IMG_7136Hey guys,

My name is Clayton and I’ll be one of your peer mentors for this upcoming Fall semester. I am currently a Senior, studying Marketing at the Shidler College of Business and I’m a member of the American Marketing Association. I run a photography business selling both goods & services, so feel free to ask me any business related questions.

I was born and raised here on Oahu and I absolutely love it here (besides the traffic). When I have free time, I like to ride motorcycles, workout at the on-campus gym, and network/meet with new people. There’s alot of things you can do on-campus as well as in the surrounding area. I consider myself to be a nightlife enthusiast; however, its absolutely crucial to be able to balance school, work, and fun.

I am truly blessed to have been given the chance to attend the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM). This college has a great mix of students from all around the globe and I challenge you to meet as many people as you can on your journey here at UHM.

Let’s team up to make your first year at UHM an unforgettable one! I’m here to answer your questions and take on any challenges that arise. I look forward to meeting you all! Enjoy the rest of your summer and get ready to have the time of your lives at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

– Clayton


Hello & Welcome!!!!

Hello everybody! My name is Jessie (technically its Jessica, but no one calls me that so….) Lubin and I am one of the peer mentors for fall 2015. This fall I will be a junior majoring in both psychology and sociology, which I am very excited about! I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington so I am a die hard Seahawks and Mariners fan. I enjoy almost all sports and have played soccer, basketball, softball, and ice hockey. I am kinda crazy (in a good way, I promise), love to joke, have fun, and sometimes be a little obnoxious. But have an open mind and we will get along swimmingly! 921652_10152763637825447_104920729_o

I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope you are ready for a crazy fun year!

p.s. this photo was taken in Ireland where it is unbelievably cold and windy, you will not need double layers and wool hats and gloves in Hawaii :)


11182216_10203112653816308_3164697586836314167_n[1] Hi Everyone!

My name is Marisa and I will be a Senior starting this Fall Semester. I am currently pursuing my BS in Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS) and hopefully graduating this coming Spring. After graduation I hope to become a Peace Corps volunteer and do conservation work in Africa. I am an extremely adventurous and active person. I love anything that has to do with being outdoors whether that’s hiking, diving, surfing or even the occasional jump out of an airplane… with a parachute of course! 1533744_10202406170634670_8097479651052395863_n[1]I also enjoy being a Manoa Maniac at the UH Manoa athletic events. Volleyball games are by far my favorite. Besides the possibility of seeing me rooting for our team at the sporting events, you might also find me down at Student Housing where I work as a Resident Assistant. I hope you enjoy your time here at UH Manoa discovering who you are and I look forward to guiding you through your first year here. Can’t wait to meet all of you!


– Marisa

Hello World

My name is Steph. I am studying accounting and computer science. In my spare time, I like to read books, garden, cook, and hike. I commend your choice of college because UH Manoa is a great school with many opportunities for academic, social, and professional development. My advice to you is to take advantage of the school clubs and events to make your college experience as fruitful as it can possibly be.




At the University of Washington in Seattle

At the University of Washington in Seattle

Aloha and welcome new freshman, I’m Vanessa!


Hey guys!

My name is Vanessa and ill be your peer mentor for this Fall Semester, and I absolutely cannot wait to meet all of you! This fall I will be finishing up my last year here at UH Manoa as a Communications major, I might be a little sad this is my last year of school. ever…. But, that’s why I am here! Because I’d love to make your college experience (and freshman year!) at UH just as amazing as mine was!

I grew up in sunny Southern California, and moved out here to Hawaii 3 years ago. Might I say its the best decision I have ever made. Here’s a fun fact for you all: My first language is actually French! My wee years I spent living with my family in Chassagny, France, a super small little medieval mountain village about 4 1/2 hours from Paris.

In the coming months you will all come to learn that Hawaii is such a beautiful and welcoming place, and that all of your experiences here will be unforgettable! With that being said, a big part of the reason why I chose University of Hawaii was because of the WAVESSS! I am a bit of surf and adventure junkie, in fact, I am actually planning on turning it into my career, but that’s a whole other story. Anyways, if any of you ever want a surf lesson, just come find me! Another passion of mine is food! Some of my favorite restaurants on the island are tiny, hole in the wall ethnic places. Jamaican or Nepalese food anyone?? If I cant travel the world while I am in school, I might as well eat like I’m in another country right??

Anyways, I cannot wait meet you, Have a fantastic end to your summer and see you this August!!!








Aloha and welcome to UH Manoa! 

My name is Derek and I will be a Junior this fall semester. I was born and raised on Oahu which is why I can’t imagine being away from paradise. I am majoring in Bioengineering and hope to one day enter Medical school. My goal as an ACE Peer Mentor is to make the transition, that all Freshmen experience, as smooth as possible. UH Manoa can be an intimidating campus due to its large size, however there is a sense of belonging that I have personally experienced and know all of you will also discover. In addition to the ACE mentor program, I am also a member of the Pre-Med Association and work on campus at the Office of Multicultural Student Services. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, video games, and occasionally go torching.

I am eager to work with all of you and will aim to make your first semester a memorable one! UH Manoa has so much to offer and I hope that you all will fall in love with this school just as I have. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall where a brand new chapter in your life will begin!


Aloha & Welcome to UH Manoa!


            My name is Jay Gibson. I am originally from Atlanta, GA, and I have lived in Hawaiʻi since 2010. I am studying Food Science and Human nutrition to become a registered dietitian. I have a dog named Blue. I like to ride my bike to school when I am not feeling too lazy. I also like to kiteboard in Kailua, swim, play tennis, play racquetball, and go to the beach.

            I spend most of my time on campus. Lately I have been busy working on a research grant to study students’ food beliefs and food choices. I also work for several professors in the nutrition department, helping them with research. I am involved with several student organizations on campus, including the FSHN Council (Food & Nutrition Students Club), and CTAHR Ambassadors (representatives of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources).

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I like to talk a lot and get into discussions and debates with people. I am really looking forward to meeting you guys. Congratulations on choosing and getting accepted to UH Manoa. You are going to have a Blast!

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Hello and welcome! (:


Hello to the incoming freshman, and welcome to your first year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa!

My name is Kelly Backman, and I’m a senior here at UH Manoa who is studying psychology. I actually entered UH Manoa as a declared geology and geophysics major, but my interest in planetary geology soon faded as I sat in my geology lab and stared at rocks for three weeks. My new passion for psychology emerged after taking a couple psychology introductory courses. I was so fascinated because I could relate concepts to situations I see everyday, and it also made me think from a new perspective. Before I knew it, my mind was set on becoming a school counselor.

I have lived here on Oahu all 21 years of my life, and I adore everything Hawaii has to offer, well except for the horrible traffic. I decided to attend UH Manoa because it’s located where my home is, and I couldn’t leave the place that I love. Throughout my three years at this university, I have come to appreciate the diverse student body, as well as the feeling of aloha that is sensed throughout our campus. If I have any regrets at UH Manoa, it’s not taking advantage of what this place has to offer like study abroad or exchange programs. So if you have the chance, consider gaining new perspectives in a new environment before your senior year!

During my free time, you can catch me getting my tan on at the beach after a morning hike; however, other days you may have to search harder because I’ll be concealed in my room slaying zombies on Left4Dead, or streaming an entire saga of Dragon Ball Z. If I had to eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be sushi. I recently started a new adventure to seek out the best sushi restaurants on Oahu, so if you know of any, let me know please!

So that’s a little about me, I can’t wait to hear from each of you guys! I came into this program with the goal if assisting you with your transition from your old academic setting to your new one by providing you the knowledge that is needed to make the most of your college career. However, my ultimate goal is to establish genuine relationships with each of you in hope that you feel comfortable enough to refer back to me throughout the school year if you need help.



TopherblogpicALOHA freshies and welcome to the Rainbow Warrior ohana! You made the right choice by choosing to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa where you can study hard (and play harder) in beautiful Hawaii nei. College is a totally different experience from high school. You’ll be in a new environment with a lot of freedom and even more responsibilities. I understand if you’re a little nervous but you have to admit, it’s kinda exciting huh? Whatever emotions you are feeling right now, don’t feel that you’re alone. We have a lot of resources here on campus meant to serve you and your needs. Take me, your ACE Peer Mentor, for example.

Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Christopher but please call me Topher. My hobbies include trying new foods and then working it off through Turbo Kickboxing. I am a Mechanical Engineering student . My goal is to work as an engineer in the field of renewable energy and sustainability. I LOVE UH MANOA and am on campus 24/7. Besides peer mentoring, I am a student ambassador for the College of Engineering and I do some undergraduate research with the Field Robotics Laboratory on campus. In the past I served as a Senator-At-Large for the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (ASUH), Vice President of Events for the Engineering Council at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (ECUH) I’ve also been a part of the UH Rainbow Warrior Marching Band, Manoa Peer Advisors, and various other clubs and programs. This is my second year being a peer mentor so you’re in luck! I’ve learned from my mistakes last year :P

Your college experience is more than just what happens inside the classroom. I am a big advocate of getting involved on campus whether it be through sporting events, campus jobs, registered independent organizations, etc. There’s something for everyone here at UH Manoa so take full advantage of it. Getting involved is a great way to meet and make lifelong friends as well as gain useful skills and valuable life lessons. If you have any questions or just wanna chat, I’m all ears! I want your first semester here at UH Manoa to be a wonderful experience and look forward to help guide you as you embark on your journey through college.

Welcome to UHM!

Aloha mentees and welcome to the University of Hawaii!

My name is Karl Cubangbang and I was born and raised on Oahu. I am currently a senior at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, majoring in Family Resources. I have aspirations to enter the Master’s Program for Nursing or Public Health after completing my undergraduate degree.

I am currently a research assistant for the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART).Our mission at AANCART is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with Asian Americans I am also an intern at the Ronald McDonald House of Hawaii and Kapiolani Medical Center. I have assisted to provide a home-away-from-home experience for seriously ill children and their families by developing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific. I have had much experience in mentoring college-bound, healthcare-aspired students as a residential life mentor for the Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) at the University of Hawaii. Working cooperatively and collaboratively with the HCOP staff,  I have helped to design, implement, evaluate and encourage student participation in evening activities. I have just completed my third consecutive session as a residential life mentor this past summer. 

I am a sports fanatic following professional football, basketball, and tennis throughout the year. You may also find me playing on the basketball and tennis courts from time to time. Food and music are my other passions. I am always on Yelp looking for the best places to eat around the island. I share my creativity through my cooking in hopes of whipping up delicious, culinary masterpieces. When it comes to music, I am into songs with a catchy beat and meaningful lyrics. I once played the saxophone in the marching band and I am teaching myself to play the guitar on my spare time.

Now that you know a little about me, I look forward to meeting my ACE cluster this upcoming semester. Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you guys in the fall.