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Meet Your Freshmen Leaders

Aaron Aaron Ochoa 

What is your major and minor?

  • Majors: Communications and Psychology

Where are you from?

  • McAllen, Texas

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • The Student Union Building

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I can lick my elbow?

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I want to serve as a valuable resource to incoming/transfer students by facilitating their transition to UNM through guidence and expierence.

Alex Alex Russell 

What is your major and minor?

  • Criminology & Military Studies

Where are you from?

  • Santa Fe, NM

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • My bedroom (that's where the snacks are)

Fun fact about yourself?

  • Nearly all of my tattoos are homemade

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I wanted to become an orientation leader because this is everyone's first step as a college student and should be an incredible adventure!

Arlin Arlin Bustillos

What is your major and minor?

  • History and Pre-Med

Where are you from?

  • Estancia, New Mexico 

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • Lapo 

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I raise baby snails

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I want to get more involved with UNM. Also, a past leader told me it was amazing!!

Ben Benjamin Lane

What is your major and minor?

  • Liberal Arts

Where are you from?

  • Born in South Africa, raised in England, went to high school in New Jersey

Favorite place to study?

  • Anywhere but the library

Fun fact about yourself?

  • My name spelled backwards is Neb

What made you become a leader?

  • I like people

Bianca LeConte Delgado Bianca Delgado

What is your major and minor?

  • Sociology 

Where are you from?

  • Sandra Park, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • 3rd floor of Zimmerman 

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I run the UNMDogz Instagram account

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I wanted to show incoming students the opprotunitites 

Breanna Breanna Gonzales

What is your major and minor?

  • I'm majoring in Interdisciplinary film and digital media and minoring in dance

Where are you from?

  • Vadito, New Mexico 

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • I just have three words for yah: Student Activities Center

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I secretly spend my free time brainstorming for my next instagram post (@Kay_Monster_)

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • Once upon a time... My orientation leader and I both happened to be in Hip Hop together for Fall 2016 and as well as us there were other students (like Jessie) Will was a leader to. We would always get together to talk before class and suddenly all became a small squad and Will of course was our leader. One day Jay and I were walking to class together and we started talking about how cool it would be a NSOL just like Will. We promised each other that we would both apply and the rest is history. 

Brian Brian Baldonado

What is your major and minor?

  • My major is Athletic Training and my minor is Business

Where are you from?

  • Belen, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • The Duckpond

Fun fact about yourself?

  • My jokes are so funny that I make myself laugh

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I wanted to help the incoming UNM students feel welcomed and get the Lobo spirit that this school needs.

Bryan Bryan Stacy

What is your major and minor?

  • Political Science, International Studies, and Spanish

Where are you from?

  • Reno, Nevada

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • Zimmerman Library West Wing

Fun fact about yourself?

  • Time Magazine's Person of the year 2006

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I want to help students get involved on campus by showing them all the opportunities they have at UNM!

Connor Connor Grant

What is your major and minor?

  • Psychology, Military Studies

Where are you from?

  • Fredericksburg, Virgina

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • Daniel Zhang's Appartment

Fun fact about yourself?

  • Love to play cornhole

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • To build long standing friendships with people.

Daniel Daniel Zhang

What is your major and minor?

  • Criminology and Military Science

Where are you from?

  • Neu Ulm, Germany

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • My Apartment

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I have rucked Bataan: 26.2 miles with 45 pounds

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I wanted to introduce students to college and help them throughout their journey

Emily Emily Wilks 

What is your major and minor?

  • Major: Business Minor: Honors

Where are you from?

  • A small town in upstate New York called Corning

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • Zendo, it's a cofee shop on 2nd street & you MUST try their iced chai latte

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I consider myself a professional ice cream scooper

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • UNM has become my home because of my involvement on campus & I wanted to get the chance to inspire new students to get involved and find their niche.

Fernando Fernando Flores

What is your major and minor?

  • Chemical Engineering

Where are you from?

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • Duck Pond and El Centro de la Raza

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I enjoy Chemistry which is something most people hate

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • As student my Orientation leader ( Mario) helped me start the semester in good position and I want to offer this same help to incoming freshman especially those who are going to be in the spot I was.

Jessica Jessica Marrello

What is your major and minor?

  • Exercise science major, psychology minor

Where are you from?

  • Fountain Hills, Arizona

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • West Wing of Zimmerman, Satellite, or Zendo

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I love dance & my dream job would be a backup dancer for Beyonce

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I was welcomed to UNM from out of state with warm smiles and open arms, and I want to do the same for as many new students as possible! 

Julianna Julianna Massa

What is your major and minor?

  • Dance and Psychology, with a minor in computer science

Where are you from?

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • Women's Resource Center 

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I was a gymnast until I was 16. Balance beam was my favorite event

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I wanted to get more involved with UNM!

Kayla Kayla Carillo

What is your major and minor?

  • Sociology and Family Studies

Where are you from?

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • Squeezed Juice bar

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I love yoga!

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I want to help students love this university as much as I do

Nya Nya Cargil

What is your major and minor?

  • Business - Marketing

Where are you from?

  • Oceanside, California

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • The lounge across from my room in Hokona Hall

Fun fact about yourself?

  • Getting tattoos soothes me

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • My orientation leader made me feel welcome and made me excited to start here at UNM, and I want to be that person for incoming students! 

Rose Rose Cary

What is your major and minor?

  • History/Crimnology with a minor in Psychology

Where are you from?

  • Las Cruces, New Mexico 

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • My building's lounge

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I can say the alphabet backwards :)

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I want to help make the transition from high school to college as smooth and as fun as possible for new UNM students :) 

Tori Tori Martinez - Varela

What is your major and minor?

  • Media Arts

Where are you from?

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • SUB Theater

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I am a lefty

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • I want to impact students the way my leader impacted me

Urby Urby Ahmed

What is your major and minor?

  • I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering

Where are you from? 

  • I was born and raised in Bangladesh. Came to U.S. for the first time as an exchange student. Did my first two years of college in Virginia and transferred to UNM as a junior. 

Where is your favorite place to study?

  • I think I can focus the most studying alone in one of the study rooms at the Centennial Engineering Library

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I use dance as a stress reliever

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • Looking back to my orientation, I remember how my orientation leaders made me feel like I belong to that college. I want to be able to make the incoming Lobos feel the same way. It is important to own who you are and feel belonged where you are. I think orientation leaders play a huge role in making incoming students realize that. I want to be that person who makes them feel welcomed at UNM! #EveryoneisaLOBO

Xavier Xavier Vallejo

What is your major and minor?

  • Emergency Medical Services 

Where are you from?

  • Tijeras, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • Student Special Events Office

Fun fact about yourself?

  • Major League Soccer (MLS) Finatic

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • To make a positive difference in the lives of students and leave my mark on campus.

XueXia XueXia Bruton 

What is your major and minor?

  • Double majoring in Chemistry and Psychology

Where are you from?

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

Where is your favorite place on campus?

  • The Duck Pond

Fun fact about yourself?

  • I am allergic to horses

Why did you want to become a leader?

  • To serve as a role model for incoming students so that they feel at home right away.