UMM Student Ambassadors are responsible for leading campus tours and connecting with prospective students to share their insights about the university experience. Becoming a Student Ambassador is a great way to meet new people, serve the campus community and gain the leadership skills that employers are searching for.

Current UMM students who are interested in the Student Ambassador program may contact ummadmissions@maine.edu, or visit the Admissions Office in the O’Brien House to request an application.

Our ambassadors represent a broad spectrum of the UMM student body. Meet our current student ambassadors below, and be sure to schedule a campus visit to learn more.

Arianna Rufus

Major: Psychology and Community Studies, Youth Disabilities Concentration
Hometown: Sanford, Maine

Why did you choose UMM?
I chose UMM because it felt like home to me, the campus was small, everyone was so friendly. It was a very homey and I got a sense of community.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Don’t be shy in getting involved in things on campus, because you’ll meet a lot of great people and everyone here is so friendly. It could be as simple as going to fun events offered on campus or joining a club. Just getting out of your room and being involved will make your experience here really fun.

Savanna Arcuri

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Harwinton, Connecticut
Activities: Student Senate, Gaming Club

What do you love most about UMM?
My favorite thing about UMM is how small it is, and that everyone knows everyone. It’s a great place to meet people you’ll be friends with for life, and really get to know each other. There’s a community on campus that you can’t get anywhere else. 

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Be open to change. College is a new experience, and is a lot of fun if you let it be. Classes can be hard, but if you work hard, and study it’ll be a breeze.

Myheisha Tremblay

Major: Psychology and Community Studies, Counseling Minor
Hometown: Lewiston, Maine
Activities: Black Student Union

What do you love most about UMM?
My professors and fellow peers. The interactions in class, and the topics that are talked about, keep me engaged and excited about the content and my future.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
You don’t have to have your life figured out yet, take these years to learn, grow, and experience new things

Sarah Halperin

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Why did you choose UMM?
I chose UMM because of its proximity to the ocean and the opportunity to participate in field work, even as an undergraduate.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
To take advantage of our small classes and get to know your professors! There’s tons of cool opportunities (including internships and jobs) that are available to all students at UMM and professors know all about ’em. 

Jenn Simon

Major: Education, Social Studies Concentration
Hometown: Parkman, Maine
Activities: 100% Society, Thespis

What do you love most about UMM?
The community, both inside and outside campus.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Get involved. There are so many clubs and activities on campus that you’ll never be bored. Plus, its a great way to make friends.

 

Carol Smith

Major: Secondary Education
Hometown: Jonesport, Maine

What do you love most about UMM?
My favorite thing about UMM is its community aspect; like the small towns in the area, everyone here knows each other and we come together as a school during times of need. 

What advice do you have for incoming students?
I would tell incoming students to always go to their professors when they get stuck. The professors here are always willing to help in any way they can.

Jackson Wetzel

Major: Environmental Studies, Conservation Law Concentration
Hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Activities: Kappa Delta Phi, Conservation Law Club, Outing Club

Why did you choose UMM?
The conservation law program was highly recommended by an alumnus of the school that is now a Fish and Game warden.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
I would urge incoming students to make connections and get to know people around campus. There are so many activities to participate in.

Teresa Gallanti

Major: Psychology and Community Studies, Substance Abuse and Counseling Minor, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community Certificate
Hometown: Eastport, Maine
Activities: Omicron Delta Pi, P.E.A.C.H., 100% Society, Student Senate

Why did you choose UMM?
I was drawn to the small personal atmosphere that UMM is known for. Since the classes are small, you get to know your professor well. They get to know you and encourage you to be successful.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Be your own advocate. This is your life and your journey. Know the classes you want to take, if you need help ask, and remember to have fun. College is an experience not everyone gets to have. Don’t waste it.