2019-2020 Student Success Initiatives and Transfer Student Hub Peer Educators:

Adriana

Adriana Perera
Psychology Major
Law and Society Minor

Ask Me About
Being a first generation student, getting involved on campus, study skills, the School of Social Sciences, the Campuswide Honors Program, staying active during college, anything about Pre-Law best running spots, or anything else that might cross your mind! I’d love to help out in any way that I can!

Future Career Goals
I hope to attend law school and become an international lawyer or a legal mediator

Campus Involvement
-Pre-Law Society at UCI Chief Vice President
-Campus-wide Honors Program
-UNICEF at UCI
-Saturday Academy of Law Teaching Assistant
-Sri Lanka Student Association Chief of Marketing 

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
I enjoy running and working out (especially at the ARC!). I also love to cook and try new foods with my friends. When I’m at home, I like spending time with my family and playing board games. I am always interested in adventures, whether that’s going on hikes or exploring new places!

Amy

Amy Liao
Business Economics Major

Ask Me About
What it means to be a first generation student as well as a low-income student! I know the struggles and I am here to give any advice that can help students who are in my shoes. I know little tips and tricks with cooking easy meals and time management. Feel free to ask me questions about SSI and I will tell you everything that I can!

Future Career Goals
Not sure yet! There are too many things I want to do 🙂

Campus Involvement
-Summer Bridge Alumni
-TRIO Scholar
-Rotaract at UC Irvine
-Chinese Association UCI
-Student Success Initiatives

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
My favorite pastimes are watching YouTube videos, painting on mini canvases, and cooking with my friends! I have this tradition with one of my good friends during the end of finals week where we cook a big meal as a celebration of getting through exams

An

An Do
Biological Sciences Major
Psychological Sciences Major

Ask Me About
Prepare for medical school, research, my experience as a transfer/ low income/ first gen student, how to get out of your comfort zone, how to stay motivated, or basically whenever you need someone to talk to!

Future Career Goals
I want to apply for Medical school after taking a gap year. I would like to build a strong connection with my patients by being a primary care physician or a pediatrician.

Campus Involvement
-International Graduate Student Ministry
-The Van Vranken Lab

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
I like to hang out with my family and my friends. I love to bake and explore new local restaurants.

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Bruce Bello
Public Health Sciences Major

Ask Me About
Studying abroad, tips to navigate college, study skills, time-management, scholarships, as well as anything about life. I would love to help in any way, shape, or form!

Future Career Goals
My future goal is to attend a graduate school and attain a Ph.D in a branch of public health.

Campus Involvement
-Gates Millennium Scholars Program
-TRIO Scholars Program
-Summer Bridge Scholars Program

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
I love to stay physically as well as mentally active ranging from water polo and swimming to playing chess and learning about different cultures and languages.

Carla

Carla Botello
Criminology Major
Law and Society Major

Ask Me About
My experience as a first generation low income student, staying fit, money saving hacks or any sort of life hacks (I have a ton!), resume questions, stress management, cheap online stores, and basically anything else you have in mind!

Future Career Goals
I intend on becoming either a social worker or a youth probation officer to help kids and young adults cope with problems and guide them on the right path.

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
Playing soccer, midnight walks around Aldrich, petting every single dog that crosses my path, reading, doing my makeup and taking it off when I’m bored, visiting art shops and museums, napping, eating, tide pooling, drawing, and spending time with family/friends.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Suarez
Mechanical Engineering Major

Ask Me About

What it’s like to navigate through college as a low-income, first-generation student, being a woman in STEM, professional development, ways to get internships and what it’s like having one. Managing your schedule and the importance of self-care. Also, what it’s like living in an apartment, cooking for yourself and budgeting! If you can think of anything else that may seem off topic, I am more than happy to have a conversation and help in any way, I swear that I don’t bite!

Future Career Goals

After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I will go towards receiving a MBA. With these two degrees, I hope to be a part of a company that deals with prosthetics. My role within the company would be to integrate the engineering and business aspects to achieve our goals of creating more efficient prosthetics and at reduced costs for those in need. In addition, I would like to apply additive manufacturing or 3D printing as an alternative to making prosthetics or biomedical instruments.

Campus Involvement
MAES

Favorite Pastime/Hobbies
Whenever I have a little bit of freedom, I try to watch shows here and there but when I have too much time on my hands I resort to binge watching. When I’m tired of watching, I work on refining my skills on Photoshop and learning more about CAD software like NX and SolidWorks. When I’m away from school, I love spending time with my family and dancing hip-hop with my crew in LA.

Elmer

Elmer Mateo
Psychology Major

Ask Me About
Being first generation and the first in my family to go to university, professional development, finding a community on campus, internships, campus resources, or anything you may need! I am here to help you succeed and have a meaningful experience!

Future Career Goals
I hope to attend graduate school and earn a Master’s in some field of psychology. I would like to work with students either as a counselor or educator. I want to help others enjoy what life has to offer.

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
I love spending time with friends and family. I enjoy running and going for walks. I am an avid Pokemon GO trainer and K-pop fan. I love learning about animals and movies. I am always open to trying new things

Gladys

Gladys Ramirez Salinas
Human Biology Major

Ask Me About
Anything about these programs or clubs and I would be more than happy to! My biggest passion and involvement however is helping others and providing support for anyone who needs it and that includes you! Coming into UCI I had a lot of worries and fears but as I started coming out of my shell, I realized that I had a lot of support. Support from both my peers and the professionals at SSI to succeed academically and professionally and that is what I hope you all find here! I am looking forward to meeting any student that walks into our office (and outside of the office) and help you in any way, shape, or form to help get you where you need to go.

Future Career Goals
My career aspiration is to be a cardio thoracic surgeon and to help underrepresented communities become health literate.

Campus Involvement
-Student/Parent Orientation Program
-UCI Red Cross Club
-Ballet Folklorico de UCI
-Admin Intern Program for the Transfer Hub

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
I love to sing, dance, be one with nature, and love doing crafts!

Miguel

Miguel Alonso Ruiz
Earth System Science Major
Film and Media Studies Minor

Ask Me About
The Earth; I can explain around 80% of all questions regarding our planet. Photography; I have been taking pictures since high school and can explain the basic fundamentals of photography. Video Games; “Don’t make a girl a promise, if you know you can’t keep it.”

Future Career Goals
Either go to graduate school and earn my PhD in Earth System Sciences or become a filmmaker who focuses on documentaries.

Campus Involvement:
-Foster Student Ambassadors
-FYRE Ally

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
Gaming, Listening to Music, Gardening, Cooking, Photography, Filmmaking

Miriam

Miriam Escobedo
Psychology and Social Behavior Major
Education Minor

Ask Me About
My experiences as a first-generation, undocumented, balancing work and life. Tips on time management, personal goals, planning your class schedule, life as a commuter and student parent, budgeting, self-care and about good taco spots. Feel free to ask me anything!

Transferred from
Santa Ana College

Future Career Goals
I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling with an emphasis on Higher Education.

Campus Involvement
-DREAM Scholars Plus
-First Year Transfer Experience
-Student Parents and Family Program

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
Hanging out with my son, family, and friends. I enjoy hiking, working out, exploring new places, interior designing, and binging on good Netflix series

Nancy

Nancy Hernandez
Biological Sciences Major
Cognitive Sciences Minor

Ask Me About
My transition into the UC system from my community college, my commute, and meal preps. I also have advice on budgeting as a low-income student living on her own. Furthermore, if you need any advice on different biological science or psychology classes-come on by! I am here to help in any way I can, so please do not hesitate to ask!

Transferred from
Santa Ana College

Future Career Goals
I am unsure if I would like to go into a graduate program right after I receive my BA; however, I know that I would ultimately want to contribute back to my community by helping post-traditional and traditional students reach their academic goals. I have had the pleasure of meeting individuals that were my support system and I would like to be that support for others.

Campus Involvement
-STEM Transfer Mentee
-Student Parents and Families Program

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies
I am a total foodie! I love eating good food and I enjoy trying new cuisines! I also love watching movies, going hiking, museums, learning about different cultures, and dissecting psychological shows and movies.

Tammy

Tammy Nguyen
Political Science Major

Ask Me About
Getting involved on campus, getting out of your comfort zone, time management, dealing with homesickness, moving away from home for the first time, my experience as a first generation college student, my experience as an immigrant and how I got over the language barrier, or anything else. Feel free to ask me anything and I will try my best to answer!

Future Career Goals
I plan on attending graduate school or going to law school after I graduate. I plan to work as a paralegal before attending law school or to be involved in the legislation process in the government.

Campus Involvement
-Summer Bridge Scholar
-Social Science Dean’s Ambassador
-Chinese Association
-Konnect, Hansori (Korean traditional drumming club)
-Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity).

Pastimes/Hobbies
I love drumming, listening to music, watching movies, hanging out with friends and family, reading, traveling, hiking, exercising. I am an outdoor person and I love to do any outdoor activities.

Tommy

Tommy Li
Psychology and Social Behavior Major
Criminology, Law and Society Major

Ask Me About
I’m open to any questions you may have, and I’ll answer if I can!

Future Career Goals
After graduation from UCI, I intend on going to law school. Post law school, I hope to work as an immigration lawyer for a firm that provides services at reduced costs for those in financial need. After some time as a lawyer, I hope to return back to the Oakland Unified School District as a College and Career Counselor/ Advisor to give back to my community.

Campus Involvement
-Circle K International
-Students for Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Favorite Pastime/Hobbies
I enjoy swimming, working out at the gym, spending time at the beach, and eating.