Meet the Peer Mentors

Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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

Peter Chaydez

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the resources campus offers to help students pursue their academic goals. From free tutoring, stress management classes, and food shelves to student discounts, book rentals, and social clubs.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to acknowledge that education is a journey, not a race. It's important to appreciate every moment and be aware of your campus resources. Get involved on campus, whether it is being an active member in your community or joining a club of your own interest. Build a foundation and embrace novelty.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

Lluvia Gonzalez

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that each semester does not get easier unless you learn to prioritize, learn time management skills, and start your four-year-plan when you are a freshman.

My best strategy for student success is . . . making sure my passion is in my work, having high expectations for myself, and always being excited for the semester to start.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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!


Anne Marie Angeles

Dannah Magbanua

Advertising

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . 

My best strategy for student success is . . .


Anne Marie Angeles

Melody Mann

Physics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the importance of reaching out for help. I came in as a first year thinking I could get by in college myself, but I soon learned that wasn't the case. In order to succeed you must learn to reach out.

My best strategy for student success is . . . developing good study skills, time management, and truly prioritizing what matters to you at this point in time.


Anne Marie Angeles

Linh Nguyen

Health Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . different services that were provided, like the Student Health Center and tutoring services.

My best strategy for student success is . . . enjoy your time while you are here at SJSU, but still prioritize your duties. College is not all about schoolwork, it's also about discovering who you are.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

Carl Shefcik

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about registering for classes and how to graduate in 4 years.

My best strategy for student success is . . . making priorities to work towards my goals.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

Jenn Tran

Nutrition

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that pulling all nighters in college is not the same as high school. You really need a good night's rest!

My best strategy for student success is . . . to keep organized and manage your time.


Anne Marie Angeles

Jessica Umeh

Biology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the resources on campus such as Peer Connections.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to start your work early and not procrastinate.


Anne Marie Angeles

Ruchi Upadhyay

Electrical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about the amazing international student counseling and other programs like Peer Connections.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to make a plan and stick to it!


Anne Marie Angeles

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.


Anne Marie Angeles

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.