Student Activities: A Note from the Ohana Team
The Ohana 2013 Team
We encourage you to join us for an exciting three days at a beautiful cabin setting above the
We can’t wait to meet you in August and welcome you to our family!
--Bethany Sills, Multicultural Programs Coordinator, and the Ohana leaders
Please click on a 2013 Ohana leader's name to find out more about their adventures during Ohana!
Hey everybody! My name is John Welland and I am a senior majoring in Accounting and Finance. I am from the Bay Area in California. It has been quite a transition coming to Oregon, especially with the large amount of rain (though I am getting used to it). I love sports, especially baseball and tennis. I played baseball in high school but I wish I played at least one season of tennis. I am a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants, so chances are you may see me wearing a Giants cap most of the time. Additionally, I love traveling, especially to the Philippines, where over half of my family is from. Basically, if you want to talk, especially about sports or the Philippines, do not hesitate to strike up a conversation with me about either. Feel free to chat with me about anything else. I tend to be shy so do not feel intimidated talking to me. You can reach me via email here.
Honestly, I was extremely excited to leave home and I could not wait to start anew at the University of Portland. The difficult thing for me, however, was figuring out how I would make enough friends to make the transition from high school to college easier. Fortunately, my doubts were eliminated after having an exceptionally positive experience in the Ohana program. I fostered amazing relationships with people that I continue to keep in touch with and look to them whenever I feel stressed or need assistance. Because of my incredible experience in the Ohana program, I chose to become a leader, mentor and, eventually, coordinator. I hope that you have the same positive experience I had as a freshman entering a whole new world and I hope that you develop the relationships that remain with you for the rest of your college career and your life.
I can’t wait to see all of you! I know we’ll have a great time!
Hello! My name is Nicah Wong. I am going to be a senior civil engineering major. Ohana is such a great program. As a freshmen, I had such a great experience with the program and the people who were a part of it. Hopefully, I can make this year as amazing of an experience as I had. I still keep in contact with my leaders from when I attended Ohana as a freshmen and they are some of the greatest people to get to know! I can't wait to meet everyone who signed up for this program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Hi, my name is Xiaona Chen. It is pronounced as “Shawna”… a little bit of a twist there. I am going into my senior year at University of Portland majoring in biology. I am born in China, grew up half my life in New York, spent 1 year in Idaho, and now residing in beautiful Oregon. So any questions on street food, fancy food, shopping, tourist areas, you can ask me. I attended Ohana my freshman year and it was a very memorable experience for me because I met a lot of wonderful people and made good friends as I transitioned from high school to college. Come and check out the Ohana program with us at Menucha Resort this year and let us be the first to welcome you to University of Portland! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me
Hey You! Yes you! I am Emmanuel, but call me Manny. I’m from the small island of Guam and that’s where I’m going to retire. I am a current bio major, but hoping to get into the nursing program after this year. I am a sophomore by the way. Initially I didn’t know what I wanted to talk about here, but generally I want to tell you how much this program meant and did for me.
Initially I wasn't sure I wanted to come to the University of Portland, but I’m glad to say I did. I’ve made friends from all sorts of backgrounds. Coming to this school has opened my eyes to reality and forced me grow up. Living on your own, will test how much you know yourself. There will be times where you suddenly break down, but I’m here to say that it happens to everyone.
I don’t want to preach because that is not what I do, but I would like to say this. Participating in this program will allow you to build friends that you may possibly end up with your whole life. You may meet people who might inspire you to pursue something greater, or have an experience that will help you realize something you didn’t know about yourself. Ohana is family, and this Ohana will stick together. E-mail me if you have any questions, and I hope to see your at soon.
Hi, I’m Wakaba (wa-ka-ba) and I’m a senior majoring in biology! I’m also premed and my minor is neuroscience. I really like studying biology and human bodies, in case you can’t tell already! My other passion is art. I mostly like to do character designing. I also like to read manga, watch anime and play video games during my free time. I’ve lived in Japan for the first eight years of my life so I can speak Japanese and English fluently. It’s going to be my first time being an Ohana leader and I can’t wait to meet all of the participants! First year of college was intimidating for me but Ohana helped me meet new friends and made the transition smooth for me. I hope you’ll find the experience just as fun as I did! Feel free to connect with me via email.
Hey my name is Corey Suyematsu and I am a sophomore business major! I am from Washington in a small town named Camas. Coming to the University of Portland was an easy decision for me and I love everything about it here from the people all the way to even my teachers! When I decided to do the Ohana program I was nervous at first because I didn’t know anyone. Upon arriving on campus I was greeted so warmly and I knew that this was a great decision to start off my new college life. What was even better about Ohana was that during orientation I was able to have some friends to always go eat and hangout with. I am a fun guy who loves to goof around, play soccer, and eat sushi. If you ever want to hang or have anything to talk about just email me! Can’t wait to meet everyone!
Hi! I’m Tori Ward, I’m a Sophomore Spanish Major and I’m from Portland Oregon.
I’m crazy into foreign music and television and hope to learn as many languages as possible. I’m also an artist. I specialize in traditional media but I’m also learning how to use programs like Photoshop and GIMP. My dream is to make cartoons and story books in multiple languages so everyone can enjoy them. I attended OHANA my freshman year and I loved it. I was a bit nervous since I was the only one from my high school that was staying in Portland for college so I worried about being able to make friends. I really appreciate the OHANA program because it made meeting people and making friends less overwhelming. It was such a fun experience for me and I hope that everyone that participates will gain some great experiences too~! If you have any questions or want to chat/ hangout this year, email me.
Kamusta kayo! My name is Danielle Villanueva and I am a sophomore at the University of Portland! I am currently studying Business with a minor in Sociology. I was born in Boston, but raised in Portland. Although this university is in my hometown, the thought of college was still a bit intimidating. I attended Ohana as a mentee last fall to meet new people before the school year started. I had such a positive time that I decided to become a leader in hopes that you might have the same incredible experience! I encourage you to attend because Ohana helped make my transition into college easier by informing me on what to expect and by introducing me to some amazing people! If you have any questions about, feel free to email me. I look forward to meeting you in August!
Hey! My name is Louisa, and I will be a sophomore this upcoming year, majoring in social work. I was born and raised on Guam, and I decided to come to UP for the new experiences. I participated in Ohana last year, and I enjoyed it! I met a lot of people and learned a lot about what to expect in college. It really eased the transition from high school to college. I really encourage you to apply to Ohana if you are considering it. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you with whatever you need help on. For now, feel free to email me!
Hi I am James Lung and I am a sophomore business major. I was born in Taiwan and moved to Guam when I was 11 years old. I participated the Ohana Program last year, and I really enjoy it. The Ohana Program helped me to meet a lot of new people and became friend with them. Since I had such a fun time last year with the Ohana Program, so I decided to become a leader to help other people to not only have fun in Ohana, but also have fun in college. If you have any question, feel free to email me.