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Student Cardinal Ambassadors

The Cardinal Ambassador Program began as a way for prospective students to see Catholic University from a student's perspective. Approximately 50 students ranging from freshmen through seniors are selected by admissions staff and professors to bring CUA to you through the means of campus tours and Open Houses.

  • Kevin Blais

    Kevin Blais

    Year: Senior
    Major: Politics
    Hometown: Seekonk, Massachusetts 

    Why I Chose CUA
    I looked at a lot of schools on the East Coast, but only CUA had the combination of campus community/city interaction that I was looking for.

  • Sam Bognar

    Sam Bognar

    Year: Senior
    Major: Politics
    Hometown: Monmouth Junction, NJ

    Best D.C. Moment
    There are too many to choose from! I love the Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring: parades, fireworks, food-trucks, and beautiful blossoms along the Potomac River.

  • Teddy Bridgeman

    Teddy Bridgeman

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Politics
    Hometown: Scituate, MA

    Why I Chose CUA
    Odyssey Day! When I got on campus everyone was so super happy and friendly, and it’s been that way ever since.

  • Grace Brodeur

    Grace Brodeur

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Architecture
    Hometown: Old Saybrook, CT

    Best D.C. Moment
    Has to be when my friends and I went to the Concert for Valor on the National Mall and we got to see some of my favorite bands for free with almost 1 million people!

  • Katie Broshek

    Katie Broshek

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Psychology
    Hometown: Huntington, NY

    Favorite CUA Memory So Far
    When my favorite band, Walk the Moon, gave a free concert right on campus for CUA's newest tradition, Capitol Fest!

  • Calli Carnavas

    Calli Carnavas

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Biology
    Hometown: Staten Island, NY

    Best D.C. Moment
    I saw one of my favorite bands with my friends at the 930 Club last month, and of course we ate Ben’s Chili Bowl afterwards!

  • Mark Cicero

    Mark Cicero

    Year: Freshman
    Major: History
    Hometown: South Park, PA

    Best D.C. Moment
    Visiting the WWII Memorial, which is my favorite monument because it’s a reminder of my grandfather who served in that war.

  • CiCi Cicone

    CiCi Cicone

    Year: Sophmore
    Major: Theology / Social Work
    Hometown: Newark, DE

    Best CUA Memory So Far
    Studying abroad in Rome last semester was one of the best experiences of my life! It’s an incredible program that is so unique to Catholic.

  • Cristina Curtin

    Cristina Curtin

    Year: Senior
    Major: Biology
    Hometown: Raleigh, NC

    Why I Chose CUA
    I chose CUA because of the small and distinguished Biology Department and our prime D.C location.

  • Colleen Danielson

    Colleen Danielson

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Beltsville, MD

    Why I Chose CUA
    I wanted a school that was close to home but could still let me be independent. CUA was the perfect fit! A quick metro ride from home, but I’m still living on campus as a freshman.

  • Danielle Flood

    Danielle Flood

    Year: Senior
    Major: Social Work
    Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ

    Best D.C. Moment
    Weekly 9pm mass at St. Vincent's Chapel - the feelings of love and community and that ring through St. Vinny's gives me chills, and I don't know what I'm going to do without it when I graduate!

  • Lianne Donohue

    Lianne Donohue

    Year: Sophmore
    Major: Marketing / Media Studies
    Hometown: Middletown, NJ

    Best D.C. Moment
    When my friends and I went for a nighttime monument walk around every single monument... it's even more beautiful than during the day!

  • Anna Hallahan

    Anna Hallahan

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Psychology
    Hometown: Jenkintown, PA

    Why I Chose CUA
    It’s the perfect combination of a tight-knit community and thriving urban campus, with incredible career and social opportunities.

  • Amber Henry

    Amber Henry

    Year: Senior
    Major: Biology
    Hometown: Miami, FL

    Best D.C. Moment
    There are so many to choose from, but probably the Cherry Blossom Festival every year in D.C. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the spring.

  • Billy Henry

    Billy Henry

    Year: Sophmore
    Major: Theology
    Hometown: Reading, MA

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    The strong convictions and morals that we share as students really brings us together, regardless of if a student is Catholic or not.

  • Meagan Koeth

    Meagan Koeth

    Year: Senior
    Major: Math / Secondary Education
    Hometown: Staten Island, NY

    Why I Chose CUA
    I chose to attend CUA because of its welcoming student body, beautiful campus, location in D.C., and strong focus on both academics and faith.

  • Kristi MacEachern

    Kristi MacEachern

    Year: Sophmore
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Scituate, MA

    Why I Chose CUA
    When I visited campus, I felt the strong sense of community here and instantly wanted to be a part of it.

  •  Vinnie Maggio

    Vinnie Maggio

    Year: Senior
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Hometown: Bedford, MA

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    My favorite thing about CUA is that I always ask myself this exact question. Do I love CUA because it feels so much like home, or does it feel like home because I love CUA?

  • Lexie Mayewski-Staab

    Lexie Mayewski-Staab

    Year: Junior
    Major: Civil Engineering
    Hometown: Galloway, NJ

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    The food! We’ve got the only Chickfila in D.C., and the student restaurant is all-you-can-eat. But more importantly there are a ton of fresh options every day.

  • Victoria McClellan

    Victoria McClellan

    Year: Junior
    Major: Theology
    Hometown: Hatfield, PA

    Best D.C. Moment
    I saw The Dark Knight Rises premier at the IMAX Theater in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and it was incredible!

  • Schultz McLean

    Schultz McLean

    Year: Senior
    Major: International Business
    Hometown: Brentwood, TN

    Why I Chose CUA
    The Honors Program, the internship opportunities with Capitol Hill and major corporate employers, and to be a part of the CUA community! It is a stimulating campus within a vibrant, international city.

  • Rachel Meyer

    Rachel Meyer

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Business Management
    Hometown: Westford, MA

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    I love that when I first stepped onto campus and asked a student for directions, we ended up talking for 10 minutes about how much he loved it here. That’s the community here at CUA.

  • Kim Myers

    Kim Myers

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Middle Village, NY

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    I love being able to go right across the street to the restaurants in Monroe Street Market, or take the Metro to Union Station for some Chipotle.

  • Meredith O'Connell

    Meredith O'Connell

    Year: Junior
    Major: Anthropology
    Hometown: Albany, NY

    Best D.C. Moment
    Hearing the results of the 2012 presidential election while standing outside the White House with all my friends. Not too many people can say they got to do that in college!

  • Molly O'Connor

    Molly O'Connor

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Garden City, NY

    Why I Chose CUA
    I knew the nursing program would challenge me while also encouraging me to become the best nurse I can be; I also fell in love with the campus and the sense of community and school pride that is evident all over!

  • Mary Ranagan

    Mary Ranagan

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Southington, CT

    Favorite CUA Moment So Far
    When I participated in Metro Madness, because I got the opportunity to meet new people while running around D.C.!

  • Dina Scalo

    Dina Scalo

    Year: Senior
    Major: Philosophy (Pre-Law)
    Hometown: Redding, CT

    Best D.C. Moment
    Singing with Take Note A Cappella on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown, and then grabbing some Nutella crepes afterward!

  • Megan Seery

    Megan Seery

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    I love that we have a campus feel with access to the city. All it takes is one day of exploring D.C. to realize how easy it is to get around, and then it’s great to come home to our quiet oasis.

  • Marissa Spear

    Marissa Spear

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Bentonville, AR

    Best D.C. Moment
    When I attended the Concert for Valor on Veteran's Day, held on the National Mall with my friends as well as hundreds of thousands of others. I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself, which I think sums of the spirit of D.C. and why it's so beautiful here.

  • Peggy Stevick

    Peggy Stevick

    Year: Sophmore
    Major: Nursing
    Hometown: Laurel, MD

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    All of our great traditions. I love Luaupalooze, Capitol Fest, the Christmas Concert for Charity at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception…there are so many great events year-round.

  • Eleanor Tynan

    Eleanor Tynan

    Year: Senior
    Major: Musical Theatre
    Hometown: Springfield, MA

    Best CUA Memory So Far
    Luaupalooza is easily the best memory, or should I say memories, I have here. Our annual spring celebration is always a blast and such a great way to see live music with friends for free!

  • Bridget Visconti

    Bridget Visconti

    Year: Freshman
    Major: Biology
    Hometown: Bay Village, OH

    Why I Chose CUA
    The faculty, staff, and other students want me to succeed here, not just to graduate. They don't just want me to get a job or get into grad school, but to get the job and into my top choice grad school.

  • Evan Wescott

    Evan Wescott

    Year: Junior
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Hometown: Jenkintown, PA

    Favorite Thing About CUA
    The sense of belonging I feel, whether debating morals in theology, watching a music school performance, or just sitting in St. Vincent's during 9 pm Mass.