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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. 

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.
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.