Ruben Yamada

Ruben Yamada

Name: Ruben Yamada - Admission Counselor

Phone: 800.322.2584, extension 6576 - or - 509.313.6576

Hometown: Kahului, Maui, HI

Degree:  B.A. Business Administration - Gonzaga University

Territories: California (north bay, east bay, central valley, Sacramento, and everything north), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Washington (east of the Cascades and south of I-90), and Wisconsin

Why are you in admissions at Gonzaga?
As a first-generation student and the first in my family to even consider leaving Hawai`i for college I had a lot of questions and my admission counselor made sure to stay in contact with me and answer all of the questions that I had. Having this help made my transition into Gonzaga an easy one. As a result of the kindness of my admission counselor and various mentors I have had on campus, I was able to get involved in the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC), the Hawai`i-Pacific Islanders Club, and even in admissions where I mentored students in their own time of transitioning. I found that I am very passionate about sharing my personal experiences with students who are curious about whether or not Gonzaga is the right fit for them and I am very happy to be able to do that as part of the admissions team here at GU.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
I love the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) and the programs they put on for current students. As a student, I was heavily involved in the BRIDGE Pre-Orientation Program where I was able to connect and grow with other students and families who are experiencing college for the first time. The relationships that I have started through participating in BRIDGE, LEADS, and Diversity Monologues are ones that continue to challenge me to think critically about my own identity and how I can be my best self in serving others.

What is your favorite thing to do in Spokane?
In the fall, my favorite thing to do is apple picking at Green Bluff. Every year, I take a short trip to explore the orchards, enjoy a scoop of huckleberry ice cream, pick up a gallon of apple cider, and spoil myself with a dozen of the best pumpkin donuts.

What is one piece of advice you have for prospective students?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we are here as a resource for you while you are searching for a college to call home. Send us an email, call us to chat over the phone, or come and meet with us here at Gonzaga’s campus. We want to make sure that your college search leads you to a place where you will be able to grow and discover your passions.