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Jasmine BraimerAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Jasmine Braimer. I’m currently in junior standing, majoring in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Psychology & Critical Race Theory. I joined the program to become a vessel for students, to help them to the best of my abilities. I strive to be the form of help and guidance I wish I had while being an incoming college student.
Kara BrownAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Kara Brown. I was born and raised in Arkansas but moved to Texas when I was a teenager. I am currently a senior here at UHD and am expected to graduate Spring 2022 with a degree in Marketing. My first time hearing about the peer mentor program was this spring when a flyer about it was posted by one of my professors. After reading on it I immediately signed up for it. It was great opportunity for me to strengthen my leadership skills and help those freshman and transfer students succeed during their very first semester as I seemed to shy away from my resources during my freshman year and don’t want the same to happen to other students. After graduation, I hope to go into Advertising or Social Media management.
Clarissa ChavezAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Clarissa Chavez and I am a first generation student. I am currently a junior majoring in business finance and minoring in economics. I am expected to graduate in December 2022. I have been on the UHD cheer team since the Fall of 2019 to the Spring of 2021. I am also a member of the financial management association (FMA). As a freshman, I really enjoyed the peer mentor program because it was a way that incoming students could find a connection and learn about the school. As the semester passed by, I realized many students were not aware of the resources provided by our university and many weren't taking advantage of those opportunities. This is part of the main reason why I chose to be a peer mentor for the Fall 2021. Joining the peer mentor program is a great way to share my advice and knowledge about the University to new students. I am a scholarship recipient of the following awards: Jones UHD Full Time student- Scholarship, Red Rose Endowment Scholarship, Dr. Yung-Fa Chang Scholarship, Delphian Foundation Scholarship, Donald Bonham Memorial Scholarship, Gator Gala Scholarship, and the Ted Bauer Undergraduate Scholarship. Additionally, I have been awarded the Beta Gamma Sigma award, and have been on Dean’s list since Fall 2019. It is these tips and many more than I want to share with new students so that they can reach their fullest potential. My goals after graduation is to work towards my master’s degree at the University of Houston (main campus) and I hope to land a job at JPMorgan Chase to practice the knowledge and skills I've learned so far.
Michelle DuvallAcademic Recovery Program
Agda Helena EsperanzaAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Agda Esperanza, I was born and raised in Brazil and moved to Houston in 2014. I am currently a senior at UHD, and I will be graduating on Spring 2022 with degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. I became a peer mentor on Fall 2020 to help new students during their first college year because I remember how challenging it is to start college. As a peer mentor I hope to be able to make a positive impact in someone’s life and help them reach their goals by sharing with them all the amazing resources that UHD has to offer. My plan for after college is to pursue a master’s in Cybersecurity.
Anna Gonzales-MatamorosCourse: UHD 0010 Instructor: Holiday
My name is Anna I. Gonzalez-Matamoros. I am senior at UHD who is currently enrolled in the Peer Mentoring program, I am a peer mentor for the Freshman Seminar – Language, Philosophy, and Culture class with Professor Jane Creighton. I am also part of UHD’s Women’s Soccer Club. I am currently pursuing a major in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. I hope that with my knowledge I can guide students through their college experience as my peer mentor did me! I am excited for this semester and I hope to be a great sense of guidance to many of you!
Yasmine Gutierrez Course: UHD 0010 Instructor: Anderson
Course: UHD0010 Instructor : Almeida
Emily Giao HoAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Emily Ho, I was born and grow up in Vietnam. I have lived in the United States for 7 years. I am currently a member of the Scholar Academy. I am a junior and majoring in Applied Statistic with Secondary Mathematics Teacher Certification and minor in Math at University of Houston Downtown. After getting my undergraduate degree, my goal is to become a high school math teacher. Since I was young, I have been interested in playing with numbers and love to play teaching games with my friend. I really enjoy spending time to help my friend doing homework and feel joyful when you called me “teacher”. This is a reason I am interested in becoming a Peer Mentor. I want to be a role model to a new college student and help them adapt to the University Environment. I first heard about the Peer Mentor Program from my friend and decided to sign up to become a Peer Mentor because I know that the transition between High School and College was not easy for income freshman especially as a first-generation student. I wanted to be a part of Peer Mentor to make a difference in the lives of the new students who may feel lost, isolated, and stressed with the challenges of being a college student. I want to have a chance to make a positive impact on someone's life because it is a priceless experience.
Natnael KetemaCourse: UHD 0010
My name is Natnael Ketema, I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am currently senior here at UHD and will consider graduating on Spring 2022. I am a pre dental student majoring in Bio Physical Science. I am a member of Scholars Academy and Dental association ASDA. I first heard about peer mentoring program through a good friend of mine and she explained to me what it is about and since I did not know the resource and the knowledge I have now when I was a freshman, I believed it will be a great opportunity for me to help others have the best experience here at UHD. I am planning on assisting students with time management, different study strategies, provide all the resource that UHD offers and become a supportive mentor over all. UHD seminar course – UHD 1304 Honors with Dr. Thomas.
Jennifer MedinaAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Jennifer Medina. I am in my fourth year at UHD. I will be graduating in Fall 2022. My major is Urban Education with a minor in Spanish. I am the President of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority at UHD. I am part of the Honors Program, in which I am also a mentor. I am a proud Recruiter for BESO (Bilingual Education Student Organization) and Vice President for Kappa Delta Pi. This is my second semester as a Peer Mentor for the Gator Success Center. The seminar class I am mentoring is UHD 1303- Freshman Seminar-Engineering Technology with Dr. Harris. I am very excited about this opportunity and to help new students with their transition to college. We are in a time when things can be more challenging, and if I can make it easier for someone, then it is very worth it.
Nidda MianCourse: UHD 0010
My name is Nidda Mian, I’m currently a Senior here at UHD, majoring in Biology. I first found out about the Peer Mentoring Program during my freshman seminar class. I found it to be very interesting and was inspired by my own peer mentor to become one and joined the next fall. I love how the program helps first-time college students navigate the whole university experience and are there for any questions or concerns they have and may not want to ask a professor. I think it’s a great way to connect with someone who has already gone through the experience and has tips for you to make yours better. I have gained so much leadership experience, how to communicate better and meet so many new people, building lifelong connections, in addition, I was also invited to the Gator Gala for excellence as a freshman as well. I have now been part of the program since Fall of 2019 for 5 semesters now and hope to be a part till I graduate in Spring 2022. I have been awarded dean’s list since Fall 2018 consecutively. Other programs I am part of on-campus are, as the President of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and officer for the Pakistani Student Association (PSA). Off-campus I run a non-Profit organization, to give back to the community, am a part of the momentum education leadership academy, and am interning at a local clinic as a medical assistant. Upon graduation I hope to go to Medical School and become a physician, hoping to be either an Ophthalmologist or Dermatologist as of right now. I am excited to assist Dr. Burnett-Sánchez in her seminar class “It Takes a Village-Family & Community Engagement in Education” and see where this semester goes.
Jesus NietoCourse: UHD 0010
Hello! My name is Jesus Nieto, I was born and raised here in Houston. I’m currently in my third year here at UHD and will be considered a senior by fall 2022. I’m majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. I first heard about the Peer Mentoring Program due to the fact there was a Peer Mentor in my Freshman Seminar class. Having this resource as a freshman really helped me transition from being a senior in high school to being a student in college. This year is my first year being a Peer Mentor, so I look forward to helping those students properly transition from a high school mindset to a college mindset just as my old Peer Mentor did for me. I hope that I could help my mentees build leadership skills and make new connections. My goals after graduating from UHD is to enroll into the University of Houston and work towards my master’s degree in Political Science. After doing so I would love to be a political campaign manager.
Praise OderindeCourse: UHD 0010
My name is Praise Oderinde, a senior majoring in Biology (Class of 2022). I was born and brought up in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to the United States in 2015. I admired, valued, and benefited greatly from the work of my peer mentor when I was a freshman, so I quickly yielded the call to be a Peer Mentor in my sophomore year. My Peer Mentor helped me navigate college, transition smoothly, and showed me the necessary resources I need to succeed here, at UHD and beyond. I plan to do the same and more for every student I have the privilege to mentor: to impact the lives of all students I come across, positively in any way possible. I have been part of this Peer Mentor family since Fall 2019 and hope to continue till I graduate. I am a member of Scholars Academy; Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for first-year students; the Vice-President of American Medical Student Association (AMSA); an official of UHD Lighthouse Fellowship, the Executive President-Public Relations of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) UHD Chapter, and a Supplemental Instruction Leader. I have also had the honor to be a recipient of the Gator Academic Excellence Award and Dean’s list since Fall 2018 to date, and Excellence in Biology award for the 2020-2021 academic year. While I love photography as a hobby, I aspire to attend medical school to be a Cardiothoracic or Trauma Surgeon after my undergraduate degree. I value diversity and curiosity. I am also always happy to help, so do not be shy to stop me and ask for help or just say Hi when you see me.
Riley OwensCourse: UHD 0010
My name is Riley Owens, and I'm currently a Senior at UHD Double Majoring in PR Communications and Psychology. I was born in El Paso, Texas, but I have lived in Houston, Texas, for as long as I can remember. This will be my third year at the Gator Success Center (GSC), so I guess you can say that I am experienced!!! Being a Senior Peer Mentor has been the perfect job for me since I love talking to and helping people. It really is my niche, especially since my goal is to complete my Doctorate in Psychology. I have had a chance to set up events around the University, intern at iRadio as an on-air personality, work with the Events office, and at the GSC to help and support the campus as we dealt with the challenging and unprecedented issues due to COVID-19. I belong to Lambda Pi Eta (Honor Society of the National Communication Association), The National Honor Society, and Sigma Alpha Pi (National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. I love music, art, movies, and I’m passionate about seeing everyone treated fairly. I am basically an open book, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask
Sabrina PortillaAcademic Recovery Program
Astrid RaygozaCourse: UHD 0010
My name is Astrid Raygoza, I am from the city of Guadalajara (Mexico), but I have been living in Houston, Texas since the age of 3. I am currently in my third year at UHD and have plans to graduate in December 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I first heard about the Peer Mentoring Program through a friend of mine and fellow Peer Mentor. The program became of my interest as its goals aligned with my own goals which are to help others. Looking back on my freshman year I realize how much being part of the UHD's Honors Program helped guide me in my transition from High School to University; however, I know not everyone is part of a program, organization, or club from the first day they attend UHD. Furthermore, regardless of student's affiliations to organizations, college can still be confusing and stressful at times; therefore, my goal is to guide and help both freshmen and transfer students just like I was guided and helped my freshman year and even more than that as I have first-hand experienced the concerns, confusions, and general questions new students may have. Fall 2021 is my first semester as a Peer Mentor and I plan to continue to be one until I graduate. Besides being a Peer Mentor for the Gator Success Center I am also a Peer Mentor for the Honors Program, I am a SUSTAIN Scholar, and one of two secretaries for UHD's Psychology Club. My plan after graduating from UHD is to attend Medical School to obtain the education necessary to eventually pursue a career as a Psychiatrist.
Litzy RodriguezAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Litzy Rodriguez Alvarez and I am from Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico and have lived in the United States for 16 years. This Fall 2021 semester I am entering my senior year at UHD majoring in Communications and minoring in Political Science and Spanish. This will also be my third year mentoring for the Gator Success Center. I've loved Peer Mentoring freshmen student because most of them are first generation students. As a first generation student myself, I've experienced first-hand what it feels to have impostor syndrome and having no direction regarding academics. Being a Peer Mentor has helped me be that person for someone else to make college easier for them. While at the university, I've taken part as a member of Mariachi Los Caimanes, Latinas Achieve, and UHD iRadio. My applications in my field of communication have also been applied outside of school with some non-profits like JOLT Action and Field Houston. These organizations have help me be a leader in the Hispanic/undocumented community. I hope after graduating I can apply my skills in a field working with the Hispanic community and education.
Genesis TerrazasAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Genesis Terrazas. I’m currently completing my last Fall semester at UHD and will be graduating in the Spring. I’m majoring in Biological & Physical Sciences and plan to get my pre-requisites for Veterinary School. I am part of UHD Scholars Academy and UHD Greater Texas Foundation Program, which is how I initially learned about the Peer Mentor Program. All three programs have allowed to me to make connections around UHD, obtain new skills, and gain new opportunities that have helped me gain new knowledge and experiences. This is my second semester as a Peer Mentor but my first one doing it in person. During my freshman year at UHD, I had a mentor for my seminar class. My mentor helped me out in many ways which made my transition to a four-year university easier. As a first-generation student, having a mentor helped in many ways which is why I decided to join the Peer Mentor Program. This fall, I intend to continue helping incoming freshmen with ways they can make their college experience easier and the best one they can get.
Dan Khanh TranAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Dan Khanh Tran, I'm a sophomore at UHD, studying Biology major. I'm a first-generation student and I find it difficult to keep up with my school work. I did not take a seminar class at UHD and didn't have a Peer Mentor who can help me to find the resources provided by UHD. When I found out that there is such an amazing program at school, I immediately wanted to sign up. As a student who struggled without a Peer Mentor, I have a personal experience to provide tips and explain how Peer Mentor Program can help a student to be successful at UHD. I'm passionate about helping other students and joining the Peer Mentor Program giving me a chance to do so in addition to helping me develop leadership skills and improve communication skills. These skills allow me to step out of my shell and I joined the Supplemental Instruction programs, along with ASDA, an organization for pre-dental students. I'm looking forward to participating in more school organizations and sharing my experiences with my mentees in the future."
Karen ValdezCourse: UHD 0010
My name is Karen Vanessa Valdez, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am about to begin my fourth year at UH-D. I came to college with a love for philosophy, but have applied it to my academic career through the lens of an International Business degree, with a minor in English-Spanish translation. I first began mentoring in the Fall of 2019 from this love I have of philosophy, and mentoring, in its essence, is the passing down of wisdom. Through my efforts in the mentoring program, I am able to learn about others, and myself simultaneously. In the Peer Mentoring Program, I have worked with freshman students, as well as students on academic probation. The skills I have gained from this position have led me to get my highest achievement in college thus far, an International Business internship I did in the summer of 2020 with a company in Uruguay. Other things I have been a part of while at UH-D include the Honors Program, The Dean's List, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society, The Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, serving as Treasurer for Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society, Editor In Chief of the Bayou Review, making history as UH-D's first regional championship Women's Soccer Team, and presenting at the Annual Gender Conference. This fall, I plan to assist incoming college students who are entering a whole new college world. With my interactions with them, I hope to inspire them to keep aiming high even as the world continues to change. I will not only show them how to aim high with their goals but mobilize them to be in close reach of those goals. After graduating from UH-D I plan on going to a graduate program for economics in France. I look forward to this semester!
Mary-Kate VallejoAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Mary-Kate Vallejo. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in General Business. I heard about the Peer Mentoring Program towards the end of my freshman year. Being a freshman during a pandemic and attending class remotely was a challenge. Due to my ambition, I was successful my first year and would like to help others succeed in their own way. I have always wanted a mentor to help guide me, so I signed up to give that opportunity to others. This is my first time being a peer mentor. It is something that I see myself doing until I graduate because I am committed. Joining the Peer Mentoring Program has been a great opportunity to build a community and welcome incoming freshmen students. It has helped me network with others as well as gain skills such as time management. One of the organizations I have taken part in is Gator Gala. I’ve made the dean’s list my first year of college. I am a part of The National Society of Leadership and Success. I am also a part of the Baptist Student Ministry. My goals after graduation are to be a realtor and open my own business.
Gamon WilliamsAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Gamon Williams, I was born and raised in the great city of Houston Texas. I’m currently finishing my final year here at UHD and I am considered a senior. I am a science major seeking a degree in biological and physical sciences. I’ve first heard about the Peer Mentoring Program after having a talk with my Bio seminar professor and immediately applied for it since I knew that it would help to make my college transition and experience much more thrilling and easier, especially as a first-generation student. Having a mentor during first year in college helped me in many ways and is also the main reason why I decided to become a mentor myself. I have been working as a peer mentor since fall 2021 and hope to continue until I graduate. Joining the Peer Mentoring Program has been a great way to help both freshman and transfer students, and if I could take away anxiety from at least one student then it would make my efforts worth it 10 times over. It has also helped me to develop leadership skills and form new connections and I have plans to make even more connections by joining different programs that I have learned about through the peer mentorship program. My goal is to graduate from UHD and pursue a Master of Science in cardiovascular perfusion.
Isaac WoteAcademic Recovery Program
My name is Isaac Wote. I am originally from Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa. I am a senior student at the University double majoring in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. I have joined the Gator Success Center as a Peer Mentor to help my junior fellow students in any way I can as I am eagerly interested to see them succeed in college. Currently, I am working for the UN Agency as Operations Assistant. In my spare time, I enjoy playing football and spending time with family and friends. Once graduated, I plan to become a System Analyst and continue with my postgraduate studies.
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