Meet the PALs

First-Year Experience

Aaron Richardson

Aaron Richardson

Year: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Staring
Advice for new students: Be yourself. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and make connections.


Abby Schwitenberg

Abby Schwitenberg

Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Education
Hobby: Music
Advice for new students: Try to make as many friends as possible! Having familiar faces around campus makes college a lot less intimidating!


Alexis Wood

Alexis Wood

Year: Sophomore
Major: Director of Christian Education
Hobby: Photography
Advice for new students: Get involved! You will meet so many great friends that way!


Alicia Beauchemin

Alicia Beauchemin

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hobby: Dance
Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to try new things! everyone is in the same boat so go to events and talk to new people!


Amanda Renfro

Amanda Renfro

Year: Sophomore
Major: Physics
Hobby: Hanging out with friends
Advice for new students: Everyone else is just as nervous as you are. Being bold is scary but worth it.


Ashley Davis

Ashley Davis

Year: Senior
Major: Healthcare Management
Hobby: Exploring Netflix
Advice for new students: Don't be afraid to talk to your professors. They really are here to help, plus, you never know what kind of connections you can make through them.


Ashlin Morey

Ashlin Morey

Year: Senior
Major: Business marketing and communications
Hobby: Working out ad seeking adventures
Advice for new students: If your major allows for it, seriously look into studying abroad.


Carter Annema

Carter Annema

Year: Junior
Major: History and Political Thought-Pre Law
Hobby: Making Canes sauce
Advice for new students: Get as involved as you can, and get out of your comfort zone! Also talk to your professors, they’re some of the most incredible people you’ll ever meet.


Chase Murphy

Chase Murphy

Year: Junior
Major: Business
Hobby: Going to the beach
Advice for new students: Do what you love but don’t be afraid to try new things.


Christopher Landa

Christopher Landa

Year: Sophomore
Major: Behavioral Science
Hobby: Singing
Advice for new students: You’ll get through it, even if it seems impossible!


Conner Au

Conner Au

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hobby: Gaming
Advice for new students: Make new friends! Because you’ll never know who you might meet.


Danielle Schum

Danielle Schum

Year: Senior
Major: History/Secondary Teaching
Hobby: Traveling
Advice for new students: Try everything! CUI has so much to offer.


Dion Chung

Dion Chung

Year: Senior
Major: Biology B.S / math minor
Hobby: Backpacking
Advice for new students: Have FUN!!!!!


Emily Castro

Emily Castro

Year: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Writing poetry and photography
Advice for new students: Get involved, have fun, and take advantage of all the opportunities CUI has to offer! Be yourself!


Emily Mullins

Emily Mullins

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hobby: Spin
Advice for new students: Enjoy your time at CUI and try as many new opportunities that come your way!


Gemma Schiafino

Gemma Schiafino

Year: Senior
Major: Liberal Studies-Elementary Education
Hobby: Working out
Advice for new students: Take every opportunity given to you and make the most out of it.


Greta Moons

Greta Moons

Year: Junior
Major: Behavioral Science-Sociology emphasis
Hobby: Going to museums
Advice for new students: Go to CUI Bono! It’s a great way to connect with students and professors.


Gunnar Ashmon

Gunnar Ashmon

Year: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Painting rails
Advice for new students: Work hard and be genuine.


Jaylen Newman

Jaylen Newman

Year: Junior
Major: History and political thought-Law and politics minor
Hobby: Boolin with the boys
Advice for new students: Get out of your bubble.


Jerry Duran

Jerry Duran

Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration Management Emphasize, Marking Minor
Hobby: Going on late-night drives
Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid of change!


Joshua Burns

Joshua Burns

Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemistry Pre-med and Music Minor
Hobby: Music
Advice for new students: Your route may not be the same as your peers and that's OK!


Jourdan Chavez

Jourdan Chavez

Year: Junior
Major: Biology Minor in Pre-nursing
Hobby: Track, Snowboarding, county line dancing, anything adventurous
Advice for new students: Try something new, go on adventures, work hard and don't give up.


Loola Orbein Gutierrez

Loola Orbein Gutierrez

Year: Senior
Major: Biology


Matthew Cristobal

Matthew Cristobal

Year: Sophomore
Major: Kinesiology-Allied Health Emphasis
Hobby: Doing anything outdoors
Advice for new students: Everyone was a freshman once so don't be scared to stay groovy!


Megan Auringer

Megan Auringer

Year: Sophomore
Major: Marketing
Hobby: Basketball
Advice for new students: Embrace your fear of the unknown and don’t let it hold you back.


Megan Coffin

Megan Coffin

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology


Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Year: Senior
Major: Communications emphasis in Mass Communications
Hobby: Music/Musical Theater
Advice for new students: Get involved in as many things as you can. You will find it is easier to make new friends and feel like you are part of the campus.


Michaela King

Michaela King

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hobby: Guitar
Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!


Peyton Hedwall

Peyton Hedwall

Year: Junior
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Hiking, Working out
Advice for new students: Step outside of your comfort zone! Meet new people! Enjoy what Irvine has to offer!


Rachel Tillman

Rachel Tillman

Year: Junior
Major: Behavioral Science With a Psychology Emphasis
Hobby: Going on Adventures
Advice for new students: Take advantage of Office Hours! It’s a great way to make connections.


Robert Morris

Robert Morris

Year: Sophomore
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Learning
Advice for new students: Be patient.


Ruby Sanchez

Ruby Sanchez

Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Administration Emphasis Management
Hobby: Gardening
Advice for new students: Be willing to meet new people.


Sadie Tucker

Sadie Tucker

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Hobby: Going to the beach
Advice for new students: Become involved in every way you can!


Samuel Lee

Samuel Lee

Year: Sophomore
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Hiking
Advice for new students: Carpe Diem


Tallah Blatchford

Tallah Blatchford

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hobby: Volleyball
Advice for new students: Always be open to trying new things and making new friendships!


Valaree Alvarez

Valaree Alvarez

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hobby: Picnics and painting
Advice for new students: Get involved around campus, it's a great way to make new friends!


Valerie Pedersen

Valerie Pedersen

Year: Sophomore
Major: Finance
Hobby: Trying new things
Advice for new students: Never turn down a chance for a new adventure, get involved!


Wilson McLean

Wilson McLean

Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Hobby: Track/heart break
Advice for new students: Sucking at something is the first step to becoming sorta good at something.


Yessenia Alvarez

Yessenia Alvarez

Year: Senior
Major: Kinesiology
Hobby: Lacrosse
Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to ask for help and keep an open mind to the new surrounding you are in.

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