Meet the Students

Many FPF students who have completed the program are excited to help future FPF students. They are the reason we launched the FPF Ambassador Program! Our Ambassadors are Berkeley undergraduates who are now trained mentors for prospective and current FPF students throughout the school year.

Grace Lam, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Majors: Business Administration and English

Hey! I'm from Cypress, CA. I really like to snowboard, listen to Kodak Black, visit SF/good food places, and read. I'm involved with UpSync (a consulting organization), the Undergraduate Berkeley Research Journal, Cal Calling Center, and some bilingual socioemotional research. My favorite FPF memory was going to the famous Castro Theatre as part of my Film 50 class. Email me if you have questions or want to talk!

Ray Sullivan, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Major: Business Administration or Economics

Hey everyone! I'm from Long Island, NY. I really enjoy going to sports games (preferably Mets and Jets) or just hanging out at the beach. I'm currently involved here in the Berkeley Investment Group, the Undergraduate Economics Association, the Eggster Organization, Golden Bear Orientation, and Theta Delta Chi. I really look forward to show you all the great things that FPF has to offer. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or just want to talk!

Aram Moghaddassi, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Majors: Business Administration and Data Science

Hi everyone! I'm a proud New Yorker (originally from Long Island) but love it here in the bay. Being part of FPF, I couldn't have had a better first semester at Berkeley! Outside of class, my free time is mostly spent playing Fortnite or tennis, and watching the newest episodes of Billions and Silicon Valley. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just wanna chat! Drop me a line!

Anika Grover, FPF Class of 2017
Major: Public Health

Hi there! I'm from Laguna Niguel, CA. I love the sunshine and being out in nature. I am passionate about bringing health care services to at-risk youth. I enjoy taking cardio dance classes, eating, playing with adorable little children at Suitcase Clinic, and chatting it up with family and friends! My FPF highlight was going to watch my English professor read her own piece at a local bookstore's poetry night. Feel free to reach out to me!

Sophie Smyth, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Major: Cognitive Science

Hi! I'm from Santa Monica, CA. I love playing volleyball, traveling, singing/songwriting, and I'm super passionate about mental health! I'm currently undeclared, but I am fascinated by chemistry, cognitive science, and history. I'm also involved in an a cappella group on campus. I love meeting and talking to new people, so feel free to reach out!

Aditya Goyal, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Major: Economics
Minor: Public Policy

Hey y'all! I'm from Long Island, NY and hope to become a lawyer in the future. I am heavily involved in the Berkeley dance community and have performed with one of our urban teams and with three different exhibition teams. My fondest memory at FPF was traveling to Angel Island as part of a group project for my Ethnic Studies class. Feel free to hit me up with any questions!

Idalys Perez, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Major: Business Administration or Economics

As a first generation college student, I was so excited to come to Berkeley! FPF gave me the personalized advising I needed. With small classes and supportive instructors, I transitioned to the main campus very easily. Feel free to send me an email!

Anthony Ruano, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Major: Political Science, International Relations

Hi friends! I'm from Temecula, CA. I had an amazing experience at FPF. I came from a really small high school and coming to a huge and competitive university was a bit overwhelming. But FPF brought it down to earth for me. I'd love to tell you more about it! Feel free to contact me.

Maryam Sabeti, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Major: Computer Science

I really enjoyed being in FPF because it's a nice, tight-knit community. I got to have meaningful discussions with my peers and instructors, and received a lot of helpful feedback on my work. I recommend FPF to anyone. Feel free to send me an email!

Kathleen Hsu, FPF Class of 2015
Intended Major: Cognitive Science

I'm a Bay Area native from Sunnyvale, a suburb an hour south from Berkeley. Some of my hobbies include hiking, cooking, listening to music, designing things and going on spontaneous adventures. Please feel free to reach out!

Stanley Shaw, FPF Class of 2015
Major: History and Conservation & Resource Studies
Minor: Forestry & Natural Resources

Hi! I'm from Arcadia, CA, a quiet suburb down south in the greater Los Angeles area. I love taking photos with my DSLR and going on hikes. I am currently the president of Alpha Phi Omega, which is an international co-ed service fraternity. Drop me a line if you wanna talk!

Julia Wickstrom, FPF Class of 2015
Intended Major: Integrative Biology

I was born and raised in the small town of Woodland, about an hour-and-half north of Berkeley. You'll find me learning to play ukulele and rooting for the Bears with Rally Comm. Feel free to contact me!

Katrina Uy, FPF Class of 2015
Major: Integrative Biology
Minor: Latin

I'm a Bay Area native, and I'm currently living the pre-med life. Since I'm involved with the United Nations Association at Berkeley, I also know about politics and law. I love showing people around Berkeley, so feel free to contact me!

Suzanna Chak, FPF Class of 2014
Majors: Comparative Literature and Molecular and Cell Biology

I have lived in the Bay Area (Castro Valley) my whole life and have been spoiled by the amazing weather and proximity to the coast. I love to read, bake, and help new students, so feel free to ask me anything!

Ankur Gupta, FPF Class of 2014
Intended Major: Molecular Cell Biology

I was born in Anaheim but lived most of my life in the Bay Area. The weather rocks, and I love surfing in Santa Cruz. I love basketball, and I play on an intramural team. I can tell you all about being "pre-med" so, feel free to message me.

Namrata Challa, FPF Class of 2014
Intended Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

I am a NorCal native and hail from the hella awesome city of San Jose. I'm an ice cream enthusiast, and my goal is to try every ice cream spot in Berkeley. If you're up for the adventure, don't hesitate to contact me!

Emma Ranocha, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Majors: Economics
Minor: English

Hi! I am from Hingham, Massachusetts. I have been all over the place trying to figure out a major during my freshman year and finally setttled on one, plus a minor. I spend my free time volunteering at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, helping plan events with my sorority, or exploring the Bay Area and checking out the best places to eat. Send me an email if you'd like to chat!

Linda Vu, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Hi! I'm from San Diego, CA. FPF gave me an opportunity to build a close-knit community, interact with amazing people and transition into our competitive university. I had an unforgettable experience being a part of FPF, and I would love to tell you about it, so feel free to contact me!

Andrea Cadaing, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Majors: Legal Studies
Minor: Rhetoric

Hey there! My dream is to become an entertainment lawyer so I can get free concert tickets from my future clients! When I’m not studying or working for the social media team of Berkeley’s newspaper, I’m probably painting, reading or watching Vines in my room in an attempt to destress.  Drop me a line!

Stephanie Plowden, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Major: Legal Studies

Hi! I'm from San Diego, CA and plan to attend law school after I graduate. In my spare time, I play on the Cal Women’s Club Lacrosse team, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and spend time with friends. My favorite FPF memory is going to the SF MOMA with my English class. Feel free to contact me!

Chloe Lee, FPF Class of 2017
Intended Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Hey hey! I'm from Fremont, CA. In my free time, I like trying out Tasty recipes (and failing), going on boba runs, and playing cards with friends. FPF was an awesome experience for me, and I would love to share more with you! Hit me up if you want to know more (or if you want to teach me how to make macarons). 

Zoe Boosalis, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Majors: Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology

Hey! I'm from San Francisco. I'm involved in Worldance Company and theatre, and I'm also a Golden Bear Orientation Leader for new students at Berkeley. Hit me up if you want to connect! 

Ladis Rodriguez, FPF Class of 2016
Major: Ethnic Studies and Sociology

What's up y'all! My name is Ladislao (La-thees-lao), and I'm a proud native of The Bay Area. Growing up, Berkeley was, and stll is, my dream school. I dream of becoming a professor one day. I love playing basketball and making spotify playlists as a form of procrastination. I'm here as a resource if you ever have questions about declaring your major, transitioning onto campus, and using the many resources this campus has to offer. Drop me a line

Sabrina Kharrazi, FPF Class of 2016
Major: Media Studies
Minor: Journalism and Global Poverty and Practice

Hi! I'm from Scottsdale, AZ, and moving to the Bay Area is one of the best decisions I've ever made and now consider this place my home. I love to go on food adventures, travel, go on roadtrips, and align my chakras. I am currently the social chair of my dorm, a member of the Business Careers in Entertainment Club, and a local sales representative for the Daily Cal. My favorite FPF memory is going out to Botanical Gardens with my Rhetoric 2 class. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about FPF, student life, or just want to chat! 

Damini Grover, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Major: Computer Science

Hello! I'm from Coppell Texas and I loved my time at FPF. In my first semester I got involved in Virtual Reality club, Cal Archery, Berkeley IEEE while taking classes in  FPF. I also love reading, movies, and art. Feel free to contact me!

Joseph Seo, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Majors: Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Health

Hey guys! Coming from Carmel Indiana I was super excited to come to Berkeley and back to California. I'm involved in Space Enterprise at Berkeley and Phi Delta Theta, and I'm planning to apply to med-school, but also interested in social justice. Feel free to contact me!

Salwa Meghjee, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Majors: English and Theatre

Hello! I'm from Orlando, FL. I love exploring the Bay with the girls in my women's theatre company, Golden Women, and chasing the sunshine when it comes around. I also love attending performances on campus and in the city of Berkeley, and finding nice study spots to read in. My favorite FPF memory is meeting my best friend, Laure. She and I ended up foudning the theatre compay together the following semester! I'm also part of student government and am a student curator for Cal Performances. I'd love to hear from you!

Luke Birdsong, FPF Class of 2016
Majors: Society & Environment and Geography
Minor: Food Systems

Hello! I'm from Baltimore, MD. In addition to helping out at FPF, I am on the Berkeley Rally Committee, a Golden Bear Orientation Leader, and a Campus Ambassador. Go Bears! My favorite FPF moment was going on a ferry to Vally-Ho! as part of my oceanography class. I'm happy to share about any of these things and FPF,  so feel free to email me!

Alana Lopez-Koen, FPF Class of 2016
Major: Development Studies
Minor: Conservation and Resource Studies Minor

Hello new and future Bears! I'm from Rocklin, CA, just north of Sacramento. I'm part of Global Social Innovation Initiative at Berkeley and the Anti-Trafficking Coalition at Berkeley. I am interested in coaching and playing volleyball, reading, and snowboarding when I can! Feel free to email me!

Brandon Pundamiera, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Majors: Ecosystems Management, Society and Environment

Hi! I'm a SoCal dude from Carson, CA who absolutely loves it up here in the Bay and at Berkeley. My involvements on campus include being in Pilipino American Alliance (PAA), Cal Hawaii, Epsilon Eta (an environmental service fraternity), and Chi Psi (a social fraternity). I love to workout, try new things, and meet new people! Feel free to hit me up and ask me about anything!

Priscilla Zhang, FPF Class of 2016
Intended Major: Chemistry

Hi there! I'm from San Francisco, CA, so coming to FPF was no sweat. I'm part of California Lightweight Rowing at Berkeley, and I love reading and nature. Drop me a line if you want to know more about the Bay or FPF!