Community Outreach at College of San Mateo - Current Ambassadors
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Current Ambassadors

Rupinder BajwaRupinder Bajwa
Co-Lead Ambassador
Burlingame and Westmoor High Schools

Rupinder Bajwa is a Westmoor High School graduate in his first year at College of San Mateo. He is double majoring in economics and computer science. His educational goal is to transfer and obtain his bachelor’s degree in his respective fields and then go on to pursue his MBA. In 2014, he was elected to the SMCCCD board of trustees, as a student trustee for CSM, Cañada and Skyline. Rupinder says; “I love CSM; the people, the environment, the excellent staff. It truly is an amazing place to be!” In his spare time he loves to read and explore the technology world for new and exciting innovations. Rupinder is always around campus so if you see him say hi.
Divi KumarDivi Kumar
Co-Lead Ambassador
South San Francisco High School

A graduate of South San Francisco High school, Divi Kumar is a first year student at College of San Mateo. The mechanical engineering major hopes to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to pursue aerospace engineering. In high school, Divi played sports and participated in various extracurricular activities, which led him to a pursue a position as an Ambassador at CSM. Through the Ambassador program he hopes to become involved on campus and give back to the community. “I want to help incoming students learn about the services and programs that are available for them”, Kumar said. When he is not studying or working, Divi enjoys golf and exercise. 
Patrick FisherPatrick Fisher
Patrick Fisher is a graduate of Burlingame High School and is currently finishing up his AA degree requirements before transfer. Prior to becoming an ambassador at CSM, he studied abroad in Japan to broaden his horizons and find a deeper appreciation for Japanese culture and traveling as a whole. Patrick enjoys a vast spectrum of activities in his free time from hiking, playing guitar and running to playing video games, writing and volunteering. His educational goals upon graduation include teaching English in Japan and volunteering for the Peace Corps to help with agricultural conditions in less fortunate countries.
Ayah HamdanAyah Hamdan
A graduate of Aragon High School, Ayah Hamdan is in her 1st year at CSM. Ayah decided to enroll at CSM because of its campus diversity and after taking classes as a high school concurrent enrollment student. According to Ayah, “ All of the resources and professors were extremely helpful and passionate. It made the experience as a high school student reassuring and fun.” Double majoring in Public Health and International Relations, Ayah hopes to transferring to UC Berkeley. 
Andrea IcazaAndrea Icaza
A graduate of Mills High School in 2013, Andrea Icaza is currently in her 2nd year at CSM. She is majoring in communication and communicative disorders and intends on becoming a speech pathologist. Her educational goal is to transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology or human development from Sacramento State University or UC Davis. Andrea enjoys playing in the CSM symphonic band and is an active member in the theatre programs at neighboring colleges. Andrea has fully enjoyed her time at CSM and hopes to help wavering students choose CSM to save money and to receive a high quality education. 
Shawn LalShawn Lal
A graduate of San Mateo High School, Shawn Lal is a 3rd year student at CSM majoring in economics and intending to transfer to San Diego State University or the University of Oregon. Shawn's dream is to one day work at Apple as a senior director of finance and management. He is very active in campus life and is passionate about helping fellow students. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys playing basketball, staying active, and traveling.
Taniela MapaTaniela Mapa
Taniela Mapa is a graduate of Aragon High School in his 3rd year at College of San Mateo. He is majoring in Civil Engineering and will be transferring to a UC or CSU in the Fall of 2015. Taniela, like many CSM students, took an unconventional route to CSM. He worked for a year after graduating high school after which he completed a two year religious mission in Panama. Since then, Taniela has been able to become very active on campus, serving as a senator in student government and a communications officer for the Alpha Gama Sigma Honor Society. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports and traveling to as many new places as he can. 
Peter PitettaPeter Pitetta
San Mateo and Hillsdale High Schools
A graduate of San Mateo High School in his second year at CSM, Peter Pitetta is majoring in Chemistry and planning on transferring to UC San Diego or UC Santa Barbara. His future plans include enrolling in pharmacy school after completing his bachelor's degree in chemistry. While he was a student at San Mateo High School, Peter took part in the Concurrent Enrollment program and earned several units before starting as a freshman at CSM. Peter pursued a position as a Student Ambassador to become more involved with the campus community and to help incoming students learn about the services and programs that are available for them. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends and play basketball.
Sean PounderSean Pounder
Sequoia and Woodside High Schools
A graduate of Sequoia High School, Sean Pounder is in his third year at College of San Mateo majoring in Intercultural Studies. He plans to transfer to San Jose State to pursue a degree in Global Studies and minor in at least three world languages before he graduates. He looks forward to moving into a career in the international field. He also works as a peer mentor for incoming freshmen and as a peer tutor for political science in the CSM Learning Center. Additionally, he is a staff member at the San Mateo Athletic Club, Sean can typically be seen on campus seven days a week.
Elliot TamElliot Tam
Elliot Tam is a graduate of Lowell High School and is in his 2nd year at College of San Mateo. The San Francisco native is a math major aspiring to be an actuary or high school teacher. He hopes to transfer to UC Santa Barbara to obtain his bachelor’s degree and move on to pursue a master’s in education. Elliot became a Student Ambassador to help other students succeed in community college. He is also a supplemental instructor for math. In his spare time, he plays volleyball and enjoys eating burritos.
Nikki Uchi-TabalocNikki Uchi-Tabaloc
A graduate of El Camino High School in South San Francisco, Nikki Uchi-Tabaloc is currently in her first year at CSM. She was inspired to become a Student Ambassador to help guide and reach out to fellow students enabling them to find their way through their educational journey. Her intended major is communications with a focus on public relations and marketing. Her educational goal is to transfer with an associate’s degree to a UC or private college. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys cheerleading, yogalates, eating exotic food and watching Giants games.
Jackie VaraJackie Vara
A graduate of San Mateo High School, Jackie Vara chose College of San Mate to explore majors and ease her transition into college. According to Jackie, the choice helps her family save money before heading to a university.  When asked what she likes about CSM thus far, Jackie says, “I’ve had a chance to meet friends and spent a lot of my free time in the Math Resource Center and English Resource Center, which was really helpful throughout the semester.” Jackie worked as a campus ambassador at San Mateo High School and was interested in continuing her service learning experience at CSM as an ambassador. In her spare time she enjoys Giants baseball, dancing, running and time with friends and family.Her plans are to attend either the University of Washington, UC San Diego, or the University of San Francisco.The nursing major hopes to one day become a pediatric nurse.