Meet the Peer Mentors

Anne Marie Angeles

Yehya Abdelhadi

Undeclared

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about the vast amount of campus resources that the school provides, and how to utilize them to gain an advantage in college.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . work hard now, so that it pays off later.


 Anne Marie Angeles

Sara Akhtar

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to manage my time and responsibilities effectively. Although it wasn't too hard to get through community college, when I transferred to SJSU I knew things were going to get real. Taking upper division classes, working on projects with real mentors and advisors, applying for jobs, internships, competing with 30,000 other competent students. It was all overwhelming. There was so much to do and I felt like there was so little time. But it's part of life. That's what the university experience is. You learn how to fit multiple different things on your plate only to end up picking a few of those things you really really enjoy. College is meant to prepare you for the real world and if you were able to get past any difficulties you faced in college, you will definitely be able to get past difficulties in life.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to maintain a balanced life. College is not easy and we definitely need to spend a lot of time studying and learning, but at the same time we should give ourselves some free time as well. Go out with friends for a day trip, go out for movies or bowling, start a new hobby, join a dance class. Pamper yourself once in a while and relax. You deserve it after stressing and working so hard to succeed.  


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . time management! I cannot survive a day without my daily planner, alarms, and multiple reminders.


Anne Marie Angeles

Bao Bui

Social Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the context of why my academic success matters and knowing what success looks like on my own terms.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . learn the necessary tools to address the injustices within our communities, such as institutionalized racism, discrimination, and prejudice. My conviction and set goals give me drive and context. 


Anne Marie Angeles

Guadalupe del Villar

Liberal Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the free services that SJSU provides. For example: the gym, the swimming pool, counseling, etc.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . pay attention in class and take good notes. Review them at least five minutes after class and before the next class to keep your memory fresh.


Anne Marie Angeles

Tiffany Doan

Business Analytics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that there were many free resources on campus such as Peer Connections and the Wellness Center. These places help students succeed academically and have a balanced lifestyle.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to visit the Writing Center and Peer Connections for assistance on subjects I don’t understand. I want to improve and become a better student/leader.


Anne Marie Angeles

Alex Gonzalez

Economics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that you are allowed time off from the university in times of emergency.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . stay diligent on due dates. 


Anne Marie Angeles

Morgan Grace

Undeclared

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the on-campus resources SJSU had to offer.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . get help as soon as possible, do not wait it out.


Anne Marie Angeles

Cali Ferrari

Mathematics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all the resources available to us on campus! There’s a lot that your tuition pays for that you might not be aware of! For me, specifically, I never really went to the writing center and struggled in English. I likely would have had a much easier time if I took advantage of this resource that’s free to all students. Peer Connections tutoring and mentoring is another incredible resource that not enough students take advantage of! Make sure to educate yourself on all your resources so that you can get the most for your tuition and out of your college experience!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . go to professors' office hours! Professors want to see you there and it’ll help you so much. I recommend reviewing the material some before going to office hours so that you can straighten out what you’re confused about/need help on and which questions to ask so that you can get through as much material as possible. Professors also pay attention to the students that put forth that extra effort, which will give you some strong references when you’re applying for jobs and internships!


Anne Marie Angeles

Cavin Han

Industrial Technology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . which classes to take.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . plan ahead, study hard, and keep your life balanced.


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . build 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.


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . put your best effort towards everything you do and don't let failure discourage you from trying something new.


Edwin Lee

Library & Information Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to find resources across campus for academic and professional development - e.g., Associated Students, Student Involvement, Career Center, Peer Connections, the MLK Library, etc.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . be willing to adapt to different situations because circumstances in your life may change. Know when and how to ask for help.


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . develop 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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed 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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed 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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . put your education above all other aspects. 


Alison Nguyen

Management Information Systems

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that you get out of college what you put in to it. Making the effort to step out of my comfort zone and trying new things has truly enhanced my college experience. If you have even the slightest itch to try something, do it, because you will regret it if you don't.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . plan out all four years ahead of time, adjusting the plan every semester to ensure you take all your required classes within 4 years.


Joveli Njomin

Industrial & Systems Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the details of all the resources on campus.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . prioritize what is most important to you, but keep a good work/life balance.


Bryana Ochoa

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all of the resources available on campus. If you have a question or need help with something, there are different programs, services, individuals, and student groups that can be of great use! Don't be afraid to get the help you need and always make the best use of the resources around you! Don't forget to go to office hours and make connections, it'll help you out a lot in the long run.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to find a balance between all of the responsibilities you have in your life. Filling out a planner with everything you have going on and mastering time management are two important keys that have been helping me stay on top of everything I have going on in and out of school. Plan out when you'll be setting time to write up a research paper, volunteer, hang out with your friends, and time for yourself as well, it's really beneficial and will help keep your mind at ease. 


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed 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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . don't skip classes! 


Saketh Saxena

Computer Science

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how much time and effort would go into completing course work and other responsibilities.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . plan well, work hard, make great connections and get enough sleep.


Omeed Shorooghi

Electrical Engineering

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

 

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . .


Aviral Singh

Engineering Management

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the resources and workshops on campus. The clubs that are on campus can be a great way to network and meet people with similar interests. Get involved, explore and feel free to reach out for help.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to keep calm and believe in yourself. Have a daily routine and make a to-do list. Move forward one step at a time and get involved as much as you can with all the activities and clubs on campus.


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to form relationships with other students, faculty, and staff that can help you whenever you may need it throughout your college journey.


Haley Tang

Advertising

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about how many on-campus resources there are for my benefit. Getting to know the different programs that SJSU has to offer allowed me to save money and introduced me to some of my best friends.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to take one step at a time! Don't rush or compare your experience to anyone else, both academically and socially. Try new things but don't force yourself. Trust and enjoy the process!


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to take advantage of all the resources the university has to offer.


Charles Van Meurs

Sociology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how difficult finding housing would be.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . time management and prioritization.


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed 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. 


Jazz White

Pre-Nursing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about the various resources on campus that help students cope with different things while they experience college.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . always get help when needed.


Brooke Whiting

Communication Studies

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

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . always have a goal to reach for and you will most likely try harder.


Kendrick Williams

Political Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the resources available on campus and different clubs and organizations to meet new people.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . stay as organized as possible! Make a list for everything, study in advance and use your planner! 


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 advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to actively use your 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.

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