Meet the Peer Mentors

Zenab Ali

Civil Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all of the wonderful nooks and crannies around campus to study in other than the library.

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management! I cannot survive a day without my daily planner, alarms, and multiple reminders.


Denise Arevalo

Undeclared

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that I didn’t need to try everything out my first year. I put too much on my plate wanting to be involved around campus that it was difficult to handle. I have four-five years so I can always try new things as I go. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . stay on top of your assignments. If you are aware of your deadlines and when all your midterms are going to be then prioritize and study weeks before. It’s college and most material can’t be crammed in 2 days like we used to do. Utilize a planner. It’s easy to get distracted with friends, work, clubs etc. But remember why you’re here and your goals. 


Michael Barrett

Economics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about scheduling my classes and exactly what I needed. It's best to plan four to five different possible class schedules and not to assume you'll get any of the classes you wanted.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to be flexible. You are here to learn and to adapt to new adversity. Try new things. Try new methods. You'd be surprised to see the things that hit the right notes in you.


Anne Marie Angeles

Tiffany Chao

Business Admin/Marketing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how important it is to join clubs and attend school events. They open up so many opportunities to meet people with similar goals and interests! I wish someone told me earlier, the importance of getting outside of your shell and expanding your network.

My best strategy for student success is . . . managing your time effectively and wisely! Once you're in college, you have the freedom to plan your own schedule. Being able to make smart decisions for yourself in the moment and in the future, is crucial to college success.


Leslie Cooper

Public Health

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to enroll in 15 units instead of 12. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . prioritizing.


Ashlee Cortinas

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that it's okay to ask for help, there are a lot of resources!

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management.


Michael Douglas

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that peer educators were available to me. I would have been aware of some resources I could have used to progress in my education instead of going through trial and error. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . properly planning my time. Planning is key and should be done effectively in order to ensure educational success. 


David Han

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the resources/organizations that are on campus and how to utilize them to navigate the obstacles in college.

My best strategy for student success is . . . building a network with professors and other students as well as having a strong support system.  Having a good network has not only helped me socially, but has brought me into contact with opportunities and tools that are valuable for succeeding in college. Similarly, a strong support system has helped me during the difficult times in my college career.


Anh Le

Biomedical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that professors are not as intimidating as they seem.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to always balance what fits your goals, priorities, needs, and well-being.


Ling Le

Business Administration / Marketing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that you will make mistakes, like everyone else, but what you do after really defines your character. Understand that people can change for the better.

My best strategy for student success is . . . putting  your best effort towards everything you do and don't let failure discourage you from trying something new.


Bruce Lin

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the importance of time and energy management. It is easy to put things on the calendar, but your energy might wear too thin on different tasks.

My best strategy for student success is . . . form a study group with people who have the same goals. Study groups save time and energy and speed up the learning curve for a new subject. You can also establish a strong friendship with classmates.


Taylor Lindsay

Nursing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all the clubs that were offered.

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management.


Brandon Louie

Animation / Illustration

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about the wide variety of resources available on campus. All of these programs are easily available, it's just a matter of using them.

My best strategy for student success is . . . developing the mindset of balance. This can apply to time management, health, and relationships, amongst the many elements a student must weigh out.


Kamille Luna

Undeclared

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the importance of office hours. Using office hours effectively is more than just passing the class, it can potentially open up new opportunities!

My best strategy for student success is . . . self-care. Your well-being is your most valuable asset. College can be extremely demanding, and we often sacrafice our health to compensate. Recognizing your physical and emotional needs is the backbone of college success!


Alana Madamba

Kinesiology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to check in with academic advisors regularly, and make sure that you are taking the right classes you need to graduate.

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management. As a college student, it is vital to know how to prioritize your time so you can excel in your classes and attend to the other important aspects of your life.


Joel Meza

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that getting involved throughout school is a tremendous benefit for your academics. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . putting my education above all other aspects. 


Vanessa Nguyen

Business Administration / Marketing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the different resources we have available to us to encourage student success.

My best strategy for student success is . . . don't be afraid to ask your professors and fellow peers for help if you're having any difficulties! Also, always keep track of important deadlines.


Evelyn Ramirez

Business Adminstration / Management

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about the resources on campus like the different departments in the health center and the resources online like the GE planning spreadsheet.

My best strategy for student success is . . . ask questions, build a network with peers in the same classes, and keep going even when you want to quit.


Sogol Saradar Ghandchi

Business Admin / Corporate Accounting

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to better use the resources that are available to students. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . not skipping classes! 


Kyle Schmitt

Economics

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the importance of consistency in terms of course involvement, studies, and sleep.

My best strategy for student success is . . . slow down every so often and examine your direction. This will help you to stay on track and establish achievable goals.


Brittany Swan

Pre-Nursing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that there were resources like Peer Connections that could help guide me through my first semester without feeling like just one of thousands of students on campus.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to form relationships with other students, faculty, and staff that can help you whenever you may need it throughout your college journey.


Hung Tang

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that SJSU has over 100 clubs. It is a great resources for students to get involved in different activities and make friends. I would talk to my peers to get more information about classes, majors, and professors.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to learn about the available resources on campus and do not hesitate to ask if you have questions. Join clubs based on your interests and study hard for classes.


Raz Toger

Undeclared

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all of the resources SJSU offers that can help students succeed. Peer Connections and the SJSU Writing Center are examples of some campus resources that I have used, but I only found them in my sophomore year of college. Had I known about these resources earlier I would have had more opportunities for success. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . definitely time management and proper organization. One of the ways I achieve this is planning out all of the things I need to do or goals I must complete in a planner. Maintaining my planner ensures that I am aware of all upcoming deadlines and helps me be aware of all of the necessary tasks I must have completed and when I must have them completed by. 


Bryant Trieu

Industrial Technology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how important it is to know which classes were only offered during Spring or Fall.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to take advantage of all the resources the university has to offer.


Diana Varela

Sociolology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to access more resources on campus to meet other transfer students, in order to build a larger community. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . to take time out of the beginning of my week to plan out a schedule and task list for what I need to accomplish. This allows me to manage my time in the best way possible to fit in study, rest, exercise, and down time. 


Jabriel White

Political Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all the campus resources that can help struggling students.

My best strategy for student success is . . . surrounding yourself with individuals who are active in achieving their goals.


Brooke Whiting

Communication Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how far in advance I should start studying.

My best strategy for student success is . . . always have a goal to reach for and you will most likely try harder.


Lea Woodley

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that it's okay to struggle and get frustrated. Your essays will frustrate you, and your tests will make you nervous, but if you put your best effort in, you won't fail.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to actively use my planner. I love getting to cross off the things that I write down. This way I have my tasks staring at me and it pressures me to get them done.


Heriberto Zavala

RTVF

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that is possible to graduate in four years by taking 16+ units each semester.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to not PROCRASTINATE! To attend office hours because that helps me get a better understanding of the content for any class. I also get to find out what the professors want or what I should study for for the exams.

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