Meet the Peer Mentors

Anne Marie Angeles

Dania Abid

Biology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that renting textbooks would save me a lot more money and hassle than actually purchasing them.

My best strategy for student success is . . . taking advantage of your professors' office hours! Don't wait to seek help at the last minute; instead, go frequently to office hours or at the end of class to clarify any concerns you may have for assignments, readings, or exams.


Anne Marie Angeles

Michael Barrett

Business Administration - Management

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

Umber Bhatti

Communication Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that nothing would be handed to me the way it was in high school. Although the campus has so many great resources, it's up to you to go out and find them! Whether it be attending seminars, going to office hours,researching online, or joining clubs, you're going to be the one who has to schedule and prioritize what's important to you. It took me a while, but once I reached out to professors and advisers, I learned a lot and felt more confident in my plans.

My best strategy for student success is . . . take the classes (and eventually choose the major) that you are truly going to enjoy. Even when school can feel overwhelming, the fact that you love what you're learning will make it feel less like work. When it comes to required courses like GEs, you'll have a list of classes to choose from, so you can still be flexible and pick the ones most suited to your interests.


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.


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

Lauren Cordova

Behavioral Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to get involved, it's the best way to get to know people and learn about the school. Also get out of your comfort zone, some of the best things you'll do start off seeming scary and intimidating.

My best strategy for student success is . . . maintain balance, it is so important to live your life in a sustainable way. Make sure to give enough time to school work to get good grades and learn the material, but also leave time for extracurricular activities, socializing, exercising and other self care.


Anne Marie Angeles

Fatema Elbakoury

English /Creative Writing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that the name and the location of a university does not dictate the experience I will have. The determinant of the quality of my experience is actually myself and the attitude I choose to have when faced with challenges.

My best strategy for student success is . . . self-care is the most important thing, not just for college, but for beyond. You need to know when to step back and take a break, even if the paper you're working on is due soon, there is nothing more important that taking care of your mind, body, and soul since it will stay with you long after finishing college.


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

TJ Kaur

Health Science Administration

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all of the resources that were available to me. I didn't get true academic advising until my junior year.

My best strategy for student success is . . . become aware of the resources available to you very early. Also, don't be afraid to meet new people and try different experiences.


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

Blake Lonero

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to work consistently in every class.

My best strategy for student success is . . . how important organized note taking is.


Anne Marie Angeles

Joyce Lum

Management Information Systems

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to get involved sooner.

My best strategy for student success is . . . Get involved. The people you meet will help you succeed.


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

Mark Muendelein

Mechanical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how much college would influence my world view. Senior year of high school and I thought I had life figured out but I wasn't really prepared for the kind of culture shock that the "college experience" brings. If I had known all the different kinds of people I would meet and the different world views that would be introduced to me, I would have definitely kept a more open mind. Don't become defensive when someone introduces a new view to you. Instead, explore it!!

My best strategy for student success is . . . getting enough sleep. Most students don't realize how critical it is to performing their best and often sacrifice it for studying.


Anne Marie Angeles

Nyan Narasimhan

Health Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that everyone is starting afresh and it is completely okay to spend some time exploring different things in order to get a better idea of what interests you as possible career options. Opening yourself to these new experiences can teach you a lot along the way and can also be very beneficial to your growth as an individual.

My best strategy for student success is . . . don't put inhibitions on yourself. Always believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to no matter how hard it may seem.


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

Rachel Reece

Psychology

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to bring needed products in bulk, such as more than one tube of toothpaste or more than one bottle of conditioner. Bringing more than one product would have been more convenient instead of running to the store every time I ran out of specific necessities.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to focus and set your priorities. Partying and going out with friends is fun, but knowing you have a 10 page paper due the next day and it has not been started yet is not the best way to college success. Do not procrastinate no matter how tempting it is! Get your work done then enjoy the relaxation.


Anne Marie Angeles

Mae Ta

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to be involved in as many clubs and organizations as I can and like. It is not very easy to make friends in a class when you would only see each other for that respective semester. I realized majority of the students at SJSU make their friends outside of classroom, in clubs and activities.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to be able to give yourself drive to get up each day and go for classes, to get up each morning when you have fallen the night before. Also, it is a healthy way to learn how to balance between school and your own life. It is of utmost importance to make sure you are happy with where you are at that moment.


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

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.