Meet the Embedded Tutors

Maryam Baloch

Sociology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... that services like Peer Connections were available to students. I would have known who to turn to when I was feeling overwhelmed with schoolwork.

My best strategy for college success is . . . surround yourself with positive and hardworking people so that you will always have someone encouraging you to do your best, even when you think you do not have it in you.


Marisa Barreda

Business Marketing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that the business department had amazing academic advisors! They are always there for you to help you out and go out of their way to answer all your questions. Don't be afraid to go to them!

My best strategy for college success is . . . take care of yourself! Always be on top of your health and happiness because it's 100% harder to go to class and do your work when you're down and sick.

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done? Applying to the study abroad program last year. I was randomly on the website, and realized the application closed in 1 hour so I applied on a whim. I got in though! Best decision ever!


Aleena Contreras

Social Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... that its okay to not have everything planned out and in order like people expect you to. I learned very quickly that everything in life is a work in progress, because you can't predict the outcome. Sometimes things aren't going to go exactly as planned, and that's really okay!

My best strategy for college success is ... making connections. I found that building connections with my professors as well as advisors really helps me get the most out of my semester. Making friends in classes is also a good way of gaining support from your peers and can make going to class a little more fun.


Jasmine Itliong

Communication Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all the amazing programs that are offered to help students succeed in school.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . always try to stay on top/ahead of everything. The minute you let yourself fall, it's hard to get back up. It's okay to be an overachiever; your lazy days will thank you later.

What do you want to be remembered for? Always finding the good in everyone and everything. Despite how low it can get in life, learning to find the sunshine after the rain is all worth it.


Starr Kong

Sociology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... how busy the Student Union can get.

My best strategy for college success is ...being able to manage my time properly.


Amanda Le

Design Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about Peer Connections and its tutor program, and how to get help from your fellow classmates!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . space out your studies and work over several days, and avoid cramming everything at once!

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? I love travelling, so I'd like to go to Europe and Asia and backpack my way through the countries.


Sandya Manickam

Computer Engineering

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that study groups help out a lot, going into teacher's office hours are definitely worth it and students should not feel too intimidated to ask for help!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to learn at your own pace or learn based on your own style because there is no one right way to learn. Focusing on what you can do best and working on bettering those skills is one of the key factors to college success.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue? Traveling the world, pottery, woodshop, tailoring.


Diana Medina

Business Analytics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about time management, giving myself a set amount of time to go to advising on a weekly basis and take care of myself. College can be stressful, and as students we have enough commitments to deal with. We should put ourselves first to succeed.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . explore different options around campus that you can both learn from and have fun with, like jobs, clubs and associations. Take classes that can teach you lessons for your career.

What would be your ideal way to spend your weekend? Visiting a new place and discovering its different attractions like a tourist.


Esmeralda Orozco

History

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

My best strategy for college success is ...


Katie Rennie

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... that people are so approachable here. I would have asked a lot more questions.  

My best strategy for college success is ... setting realistic goals and taking them on one at a time. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? A trip to the Seven Wonders of the World.


Mary Tran

Child and Adolescent Development

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the resources that we have available to help with the transition into college, not just the general resources, but also the department resources. For example, the language department and ChAD department both offer study and computer tech for their students in designated rooms.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . self-confidence. Believing in myself allows me to continue pushing forward despite all of the hardships I face. When I maintain high self-esteem, I am able to focus and do well in my academics, while inspiring others to do the same.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a chance at winning? Definitely shopping! I love finding the best deals for what I want on a college student budget. Ya girl's gotta make sure she spoils her loved ones and herself without breaking her bank.


Jessica Umeh

Biology

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

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to start your work early and not procrastinate.