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Meet the Student Ambassadors

Meet the Seaver College First Wave Ambassadors. Ambassadors are first-generation sophomore through senior students who connect with new first-generation students. If you'd like to connect with them, click on the link below. 


2023 - 2024 Ambassadors

Natalee Borum

Natalee Borum, first wave ambassador

Hi Waves!

My name is Natalee Borum and I am SO EXCITED and honored to be one of your First Wave Ambassadors for the 2023-2024 academic year. We are so happy to welcome you to the First Wave Family, and we cannot wait to meet you and get to know each of you! As a first-gen student, I know all too well the struggle to adapt to college and navigate through what seems like an emotionally and academically strenuous first year of school. It is my hope to be a source of guidance, support, and encouragement to all of you–I want to help set you up for success so you can feel confident as you continue this blessing that is higher education.  

Personal Bio

Hi! I’m Natalee and I am currently a junior here at Pepperdine majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing! I adore my major and minor so much–if you are thinking of picking up either of them please reach out, I’d love to talk to you about them :) I grew up with my two sisters in Chula Vista, a bordertown in southern San Diego. We were raised by two immigrants, my  wonderful parents, who I could not be here without. At Pepperdine I am on the E-Board of the Latinx Student Alliance, a staff member for Expressionists Magazine, and work at the Student Success Center! In these places I have found a second family at Pepperdine, and made friendships I didn’t know I needed. I absolutely love everything I am a part of here on campus, and I am so excited to join more organizations this next year. When I’m not studying or doing homework, I love reading, going to alumni park, crocheting, and running! I can’t wait to meet you soon!! Feel free to reach out and ask me anything!


Steven Cordova

Steven Cordova, first wave ambassador

Ayo Waves!

I'm Steven, pleasure to meet you! It is a grand honor to serve as your First Wave Ambassador for the 2023-24 academic year. It's no secret that being first-gen entails carrying a heavier weight than the typical continuing-generation college student. It feels like not too long ago I was in your exact shoes, and to no surprise, I want to assist you in any way imaginable. It is my mission to see that you not only grow, but flourish, in this new chapter. 

Personal Bio

I'm currently in my third year at Pepperdine, majoring in Business Administration. Although my career aspirations tend to shift every once in a while, I'm presently interested in the fields of Real Estate Investment and Entrepreneurship. 

I've recently returned from studying abroad in Florence, Italy. This was hands down, my favorite thing I've done in my Pepperdine career; and honestly takes the cake for the best year of my life. I was able to learn a new language and experience a multitude of different cultures. Upon exploring the world with my new best friends, this experience enabled my own self-exploration. 

I'm from the Phoenix area in Arizona, so I see Malibu as the perfect oasis in order to escape the 120 degree dry heat! I enjoy reading, swimming, lifting weights, and trying new coffee shops and thrift stores! If any of this interests you, let's unpack it during one of my office hours.


Nicolette Garcia

Nicollete Garcia, first wave ambassador

Hello Waves!

My name is Nicolette Garcia, and I am thrilled to be one of your First Wave Ambassadors for the 2023-2024 academic year. As you embark on this new chapter of your academic journey, I want you to know that you are not alone. 

Personal Bio

For me, the strength I draw from the relationships that form my support system - my family, friends, and mentors - has played an instrumental role in my journey. They have been my guiding light, empowering me to proudly continue the path they laid by pursuing further in my academic career. Their perseverance and dedication have inspired me, fueling my drive to make them proud as I strive for even greater heights. 

Like many of you, I have faced my fair share of challenges to get to this point in my academic career. As a first-gen university student with a disability, a community college transfer, and my parents' oldest, navigating the world of higher education was uncharted territory for both me and my loved ones. I understand the courage it takes to push through adversity, the determination to overcome obstacles, and the perseverance that brought us all here today.

For our generation, the pandemic was an unprecedented time when we had to adapt, balance responsibilities, and support our families while staying committed to our educational aspirations. It was a learning curve for all of us, but we demonstrated resilience and strength through it all.

For those of you who, like me, transferred from another college, the process of acclimating to a new environment and building new connections can be both exhilarating and challenging. Being part of the Transfer Alliance and First Gen community at Pepperdine has been a source of comfort and understanding, knowing that we share a common journey of transition and growth. 

Together, we will overcome any obstacle and make the most of the opportunities that come our way.

Congratulations on reaching this point in your academic journey. I look forward to making this year one filled with growth, resilience, and unforgettable memories.


Zachary Garcia

Zachary Garcia, first wave ambassador

Hello to all Waves! 

My name is Zachary Garcia and I have the pleasure to serve you as a First Wave Ambassador for the 2023-2024 academic school year. From my own experience being a first-gen student, I believe that the college journey is more than just academics, it is about resilience and the ability to bounce back from any obstacle that comes our way. It is through our collective efforts and unwavering determination that we can celebrate successes, learn from one another, and make a lasting impact on our community. As your First Wave Ambassador, I am committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment where every voice is heard and valued. Together, we will cultivate an atmosphere of empowerment and collaboration, ensuring that no one is left behind. With this act of service, I am truly thrilled to work alongside each and every one of you throughout this academic year.

Personal Bio

Some things to know about me. I am currently in my second year at Seaver College, pursuing a degree in Political Science. If you want to talk about politics, you can find me not only at the Student Success Center but also at the RISE office, TCC270. It is here where I actively organize events aimed at fostering student development and community. Moreover, owing to my passion for engaging in meaningful discussions and embracing diverse viewpoints, I am part of the renowned Speech and Debate team on campus. If you are interested in tackling a wide range of topics, feel free to connect with me about the Debate team! 

My involvement with my culture is definitely a priority of mine, which is why I am part of the Latinx E-Board. Through this role, I have the opportunity to network with fellow students who share a deep passion for their roots and are dedicated to making a positive impact within our community. Lastly, I am a Sophomore Senator for Student Government, always aspiring to hear the voice and ideas of the Pepperdine student body. Welcome waves and I look forward to meeting you all!