Student Activities: The Ohana Team
Below is a note from the former Ohana team.
Stay tuned from a note from the Ohana 2015 Team in May 2015!
The Ohana 2014 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 2014 Ohana leader's name to find out more about their adventures during Ohana!
Hello! My name is Tori Ward and I am a Junior majoring in Spanish and working on a minor in English and Fine Arts. I'm a native Portlander, but I love warm weather more. I love learning different languages. I'm currently working on two right now (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese), but there are still so many that I want to learn. I love cartoons (Sailor Moon and Steven Universe being my favorites) and I hope to someday use my love of animation along with all the language skills I learn.
I am this year’s Student Coordinator and I can’t wait to meet you all. This will be my third year being involved with the Ohana program. As an incoming Freshman, I was afraid that I would have trouble making friends while also trying to be a good student. My experience of Ohana definitely changed my mind of how I thought college was going to be and was a nice start to making friends. I loved that it was a super relaxed environment and that everyone was just as nervous and excited about college life as I was. It is definitely a wonderful experience and I hope that our participants will join us as new additions to our growing Ohana. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
My name is Sara Smith. I am sophomore majoring in Business and minoring Psychology. Coming from the island of Oahu, I feared my transition into the college life. I was beyond blessed to be accepted into the Ohana program of 2013. I have met great people who have become great friends! The Ohana program made a huge positive impact on my freshman year. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Hey guys! My name is Sharon Cortez and I'm going to be a junior Social Work and Spanish double major. I'm originally from Orange County, California so coming to Portland was really different, it tends to rain quite a bit up here. But thats what I liked about UP, it was something different and once you guys get to know me you'll know that I like different, spontaneous adventures, and traveling. My dream goal would be to travel the world and help people. I figured Social Work was the best way to go around the world helping people! Like I said moving to a whole different state was pretty shocking and I didn't know anyone coming up here, that's why Ohana was such a valuable experience to me. I was able to meet new people, make new friends, and have peer mentors all before I was even at freshmen orientation. It was really awesome to have a group of friends when I started school. It was also really awesome to have someone who was older then me help me out whenever I needed advice about academics or just life. Hopefully I will be able to help you guys make the most out of the Ohana experience so you can have an awesome time at UP. If you ever need anything or have any questions just email me! Can't wait to meet everyone!
What’s up!? I’m Edward, a sophomore Nursing major, and I look forward in meeting and getting to know you!
It is an honor for the University of Portland’s Ohana to welcome you to our very own ohana of students. I hope that you have enjoyable memories throughout your years in college; this is a great a time of discovery, as you learn more about yourself, and your community.
You truly get what you put in, from your college experience. With that being said, Ohana is just one of many ways to get involved. The memories you’ll make, the friendships you’ll form, and the things you’ll learn, will be rewarding and worthwhile!
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 junior nursing student. 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.
Aloha! My name is Marisa Tottori, and I am a Sophomore Undeclared Business major, but I am thinking about majoring in Global Business with a focus in Entrepreneurship. I grew up in Hawaii and making the transition from a tiny island in the middle of the ocean to the bustling city of Portland was surprisingly easier than I anticipated, and it was in part because of Ohana. At Ohana I was able to meet a lot of other people with whom I was able to easily connect with, so that by the time school started, I already had familiar faces in my classes and to say "Hi!" to around campus. At Ohana I was able to create many new friendships and I want to help you guys do the same! Please never ever hesitate to ask me anything or even if you just want to talk, I'm more than happy to be there for you! :) I'm looking forward to meeting everybody and I hope that you will come to love UP as I have!
Hey my name is Corey Suyematsu and I am a junior 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 everyone, My name is Kevin Truong and I am a Sophomore Biology Major from Portland, Oregon. Portland is my hometown and I am excited to welcome you to this amazing city.
I too went through the Ohana and I must say, it was worth every single second that I was in the program. One thing Ohana gave me was an early head start to college because it helped me learn new possibilities in campus such as the clubs offered and I made new friends even before getting to campus. Now how sweet is that? Besides being involved with the Ohana program and the rigorous classes, I enjoy traveling around the city and enjoying the many types of cuisines Portland has to offer or traveling around the area and doing fun activities with friends. While on campus, I also enjoy the food that the school offers and staying late in the comfortable Clark library to study. If you have any questions or want to hang out with me for like a coffee break or just to talk about life, please feel to email me and I hope to see you soon on the Bluff.
Hello! I'm Louisa, and I'm a junior at UP, majoring in elementary education. I am from the little island of Guam. The transition from Guam to Portland and high school to college was a bit of a challenge, but Ohana made it a lot easier. I participated in Ohana in my freshman year and was informed about what to expect in college and resources that are available to overcome challenges. I also met people before orientation actually started. Ohana is a great way to get a head start on preparing for college and meeting new people, so I encourage you to sign up! I look forward to meeting you all and helping you. For now, feel free to email me!
Hi! I’m Nicole Blanco-Mills and I am a sophomore nursing student. I was born in Costa Rica, but grew up in Salem, Oregon. I love soccer! I played through high school and love cheering the Portland Timbers in the Timber’s Army. I had a great first year at UP: met lots of great people, went to campus activities, played on an intramural indoor soccer team, and cheered on the Women’s soccer team. All of this started with my wonderful experience at Ohana. It allowed me to meet great people, now some of my closet friends, in a welcoming and comfortable community. It was great to know a hand full of people before orientation and in the first weeks of school. I hope Ohana is a wonderful experience as it was for me. If you have any questions feel free to contact to me, email me! Looking forward in meeting you!
Hey there! I am Callie Quezada (just Callie Q is fine) and I am so excited to be a part of Ohana again this year. I am a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major here at UP and man is it good. I like to bake, quilt, explore neighborhoods and hike. I am from a small agricultural town (Hanford) in California's Central Valley so coming to Portland was definitely an adjustment.To ease into this transition, I applied for this lovely Ohana program and it has been such a beautiful experience. Upon arriving to the first day I was totally nervous but as soon as I boarded the bus I was greeted by someone who is now a close friend. Friendships are bountiful here in this program and they make the move to college such a smooth one! This experience is going to help inform you about college life as well as familiarize yourself with some of your future classmates. I am so excited to meet all of you! Contact me if you have any questions!