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

Karan DograKaran Dogra
Co-Lead Ambassador
Woodside and South San Francisco High Schools

Karan Dogra graduated high school from Paragon Senior Secondary School, Mohali, India. He is a second year student at College of San Mateo. Karan moved from India to the United States in 2013. Karan is majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering and hopes to transfer to Stanford. His first year at CSM inspired him to become a student Ambassador, he says “It is hard for a person who moves in from a different state to adjust to the new place, I moved in from a different country but CSM made it very easy for me.” When he is not studying or playing, Karan enjoys sleeping, eating different types of food, watching Netflix and traveling. 

Diego ZarabandaDiego Zarabanda
Co-Lead Ambassador
Aragon and Carlmont High Schools

Diego Zarabanda is a Aragon High School graduate and is currently in his third year at CSM. Diego is majoring in Economics and Math. His educational goal is to transfer to UCLA with an AA-T in Business Administration, Economics, and Math. According to Diego, “CSM has become a platform for future opportunities and growth in my academic career, because of this I am striving to achieve my goals. Also, CSM has given me the tools to develop strong leadership attributes in my community.” Other than studying and working, Diego enjoys hanging out with his family and friends. 

Maitri DesiMaitri Desi
Menlo Atherton High School
Maitri, who was homeschooled, is a currently a second-year student at College of San Mateo. She is working towards a A-TT in Communications & Journalism and plans to transfer Fall 2018. As of now, she is planning on transferring to Cal Poly Slo or San Diego State to pursue a career in Public Relations. Maitri is very involved on campus, she is formerly a Designer for the Campus Literary Journal, Labyrinth, and a Supplemental Instructor for Statistics. She is currently a writer/editor for The Skyline View newspaper. As a Student Ambassador, she strives to make sure the students of College of San Mateo feel welcomed on campus, and confident about the resources available to them. 
In her spare time, she enjoys Photography, CrossFit, Traveling, and Food.

Nick JassoNick Jasso
Pilarcitos and Sequoia High Schools
Nicholas Jasso, is an AmeriCorps Alumni and graduate of Sequoia High School. Nick is in his first year at the College of San Mateo and is loving every minute of it - from late nights fueled by coffee to making new friends in classes, CSM has become his home away from home. He majoring in Sociology and hopes to earn an AA-T and transfer to Berkeley. He hopes to eventually become a lawyer. Nick is a part of various clubs and support programs on campus such as; Project Change, EOPS, and UMOJA.  Outside of campus Nick is also involved with Fresh Lifelines for Youth, the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission. According to Nick “Becoming an ambassador was an easy sell for me because being a student ambassador encompasses many of the things I want to do for my community, such as build a pathway to higher education!” In his spare time, Nick enjoys going to the gym, training in martial arts, and traveling - mainly to find new places to eat.
William LeeWilliam Lee (Billy)
San Mateo High School
William Lee is a San Mateo High School graduate, and is a second year student at College of San Mateo. William is majoring in Business and Psychology and is planning to transfer in Fall 2019. His education goals include earning several associate degrees along with a Bachelor's followed by a Masters. Meeting the other student ambassadors inspired him to want to become one. He says “I didn’t know much about community college and everything was so different; however, the ambassadors were very helpful and it allowed me to transition between high school and college pretty easily. I would love to help other people the same way I was helped.” Aside from his academics and work, William spends his time biking, reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with his friends and family.

Seneti MapaSeneti Mapa
Aragon and EPA Academy High Schools
Seneti Mapa is an Aragon graduate, and is currently finishing her second year at College of San Mateo. Seneti is majoring in Business Economics, and hopes to transfer out to a four-year university. According to Seneti, “CSM has given her a second chance at earning a higher level of education, and has also opened up many educational opportunities. The resources that are accessible to students have really benefited [her] and that is one of the many things she admires about CSM.” One of the valuable lessons Seneti has learned at CSM, is that dreams are attainable when one puts in hard work and effort. Seneti enjoys giving back to her community and helping others.

Elizabeth OcampoElisabeth Ocampo
Peninsula & Redwood High Schools 
Elisabeth received her GED from Sequoia Adult School and completed an Automotive Technician program at a trade school soon after. After working multiple jobs, she decided to make school a priority and began attending College of San Mateo. Elisabeth is the proud mother of two daughters who attend the CSM’s child development center. She is an active EOPS, Project Change and Phi Theta Kappa student. She hopes to transfer to UC Berkeley Haas School of Business at the end of Spring 2018. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook (and eat) and go hiking with her kids.
Ashneel PratapAshneel Pratap
South City High School
Ashneel Pratap is a South San Francisco High School graduate, and is in his second year at College of San Mateo. Ashneel is an economics major and biology minor, and will be applying to schools next fall, his hope is to attend UC Berkeley or UCLA. Other than his ambassadorial duties he commits himself in a variety of volunteering capacities. His volunteering ranges from being an international volunteer in the Dominican Republic to volunteering in the USA helping build houses in war torn areas around the world. Ashneel said, “CSM has an ability and opportunities to help reform people and give them the initiative to reinvent themselves if used properly.” After receiving his bachelor's degree, he will be pursuing postgraduate studies. In his spare time, he provides free tutoring sessions, and is currently working on instituting a debate club at CSM.
Shannon SmithShannon Smith
Hillsdale High School
Shannon Smith is a graduate of Murrieta Mesa High School, and is in her first year at CSM. Shannon hopes to transfer to University of San Diego and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and then transfer to University of Southern California and obtain her PhD in Physical Therapy. Shannon believes CSM has taught her not to doubt herself or downplay her dreams. Shannon competes in cross-country and track. Outside of school, Shannon enjoys traveling, volunteering in her community, surfing, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. As a student ambassador, she hopes to help students become more outgoing and to not be afraid to fight for their goals despite the obstacles.
Jackie VaraJackie Vara
San Mateo High School
A graduate of San Mateo High School, Jackie Vara chose College of San Mateo 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.