Meet the Supplemental Instruction Leaders

Michael-Anthony Abriam

Chemical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to work with what life throws at me.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to be honest with yourself.


Mark Casapao

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the benefits of working for the school, especially Peer Connections.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to be humble with my knowledge and to be confident with my efforts.


Michael Fashola

Chemistry

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to balance studying and leisure activities. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . make everday a happy day, work hard, and make friends who are supportive. 


Isaiah Gosiengfiao

Mechanical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . to utilize professors' office hours. Everyone learns at a certain pace, so if there is something you didn't quite understand, office hours are there for you. Professors are there to help and the more you go to visit them, the more comfortable you will be with the class material.

My best strategy for student success is . . . talk to as many people as you can. Establishing foundations with classmates, TAs, or even professors will benefit you in the future. Whether it's needing help for a class or getting introduced to a new hobby, meeting more people will broaden your horizons as a college student.


Emily Huynh

Chemistry / Biochemistry

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that the community isn't as intimidating as it seems. Whether I need help on a course, someone to talk to, or a snack, all the resources are wide open in front of me as long as I am willing to take that step.

My best strategy for student success is . . . view college as one of many experiences in life you will face. Although studying is important, it is important to make time for yourself - to take a breather and refresh your mind. If things don't work out as exceptionally as planned, don't stress too much and don't give up on your overall goal. Take it at the pace you can handle and you will eventually reach your destination!


Yen Huynh

Computer Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that GE classes aren't so bad after all. Though it is a hassle trying to get into certain classes to fulfill your lower division requirements, you might actually find some classes to be inspiring and fun to learn more about. Don't let your major define what classes you should take, but take classes that interest and motivate you.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to not let your fear of asking others questions dictate your college experience. Be ready to ask and seek others for help on class assignments or advice on life when you feel confused or alone. Whether it is your friends, professors, or tutors from Peer Connections, you won't realize how helpful, nice and supportive they are until you talk to them. 


Joara Jimenez

Child and Adolescent Development

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that I did not need to have everything planned out and that making mistakes is perfectly okay. This is a time in which we all learn from our mistakes and grow as individuals. College is a learning experience for everyone.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to balance time between self-care and school work. Whether it is before, during, or after assignments, it is important to take a break and take time for yourself. Self-care is essential for mental and physical well-being and will make college experiences enjoyable.


Allen Kim

Biological Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that professors were much more approachable than I thought, and that Peer Connections existed.

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management and priority list.


Josh Kring

Aerospace Engineering

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the benefits of befriending your professors and going to their office hours.

My best strategy for student success is . . . procrastination only brings frustration and anxiety, so do your work when it is assigned.


Peter Lazari

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how important it is to go to class, even when you're not required to.

My best strategy for student success is . . . learn as much as you can in class and ask questions!


Juan Macias

Software Engineering

My best strategy for student success is . . . don't be afraid to seek out all resources that are made available to students to succeed academically. Apply for everything that you feel could help you succeed (scholarships, organizations) even if you are unsure if you qualify. Talk to others around you in your classes and study areas - opportunities come from all places!


Raj Makda

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that SJSU was a commuter school.

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


Ryan Maribojo

Biology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the importance of leaving your comfort zone. College is an excellent time to meet new people, create memories, and experience new things.

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management and being organized. Form study groups and don't be scared to ask for help from others. It is important to surround yourself with positive individuals who support you and your goals.


Elizabeth Ramirez Moreno

Sociology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the different resources that are available to students from librarians, free softwares, tutors, etc.

My best strategy for student success is . . . find something you are passionate about and take control over your educational journey.


Alizeh Raza

History

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . there are so many services offered for students like tutoring and social events that help you get more involved in the SJSU community.

My best strategy for student success is . . . take a break when you need it. Your mental health and well-being should be prioritized so that you can be your best.


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.


Qurat Ul Ain Syeda

Finance

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that SJSU student communities didn't just end on campus but existed on virtual platforms like Facebook groups. From textbooks to housing, there's a group for everyone. These groups keep you up to date with all the relevant information to enhance your college experience.

My best strategy for student success is . . . never lose focus, be punctual for both your assignments and your classes and most importantly communicate with your classmates and professors.