THE DEADLINE IS EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 19TH!

• SSI Peer Educator: #6200428: https://uci.joinhandshake.com/jobs/6200428

• Transfer Peer Educator: #6213069: https://uci.joinhandshake.com/jobs/6213069

We're hiring Peer Educators for the 2022-23 School Year!

• SSI Peer Educator #6200428: https://uci.joinhandshake.com/jobs/6200428
• Transfer Peer Educator #6213069: https://uci.joinhandshake.com/jobs/6213069

2021-2022 Peer Educators:

Alexandria Fakayode

Drama Major

About Me:
I am so excited to be a Peer Educator this year! You can ask me about what it is like to be a transfer student during the pandemic, the arts department, choosing classes, how to manage work and school, or how to create relationships with professors. I can also help if you are looking for any new foods to try! However, feel free to come to me with any questions you have!

Future Career Goals:

  • To work for an arts education company or non-profit
  • To travel to Brazil or Cuba

Campus Involvement:

  • Working for SSI Transfer Center
  • UMOJA
  • The Theater Department

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:

I love to chat with my friends and catch up. When I am not doing that, I like to paint, listen to music or watch some of my favorite shows on Netflix or Hulu! I also love to try new foods.

Michelle Nguyen

Psychology Major

Ask Me About:
How to transition from high school to college (academically, mentally, socially, and professionally), while being a first-generation college student, Research (PIRE & UROP Group Fellow), how to maximize your resources on campus, finding community, and how to find happiness through good mental health management, making friends, and finding where you belong. I can also talk a lot about amusement parks, food, and boba 😀

Future Career Goals:

  • I want to become a psychology researcher/professor in the future. I also want to look into venturing into the fields of artificial intelligence/augmented reality, machine learning, educational media design, and educational apps.

Campus Involvement:

  • SSI Gateway Peer Educator
  • Square 1 Dance Team
  • Homegrown Dance Team Bilingualism
  • Mind, and Brain Research Lab Bio 35: Brain and Behavior Learning Assistant

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
My hobbies include reading, watching YouTube videos, being on Instagram/Yelp, and being in nature.

Aliah Estrada

Psychological Science Major

About Me:
I am a fourth year transfer student majoring in Psychological Science. I was actually a 2020 transfer student so I have not really gotten the chance to experience campus until this year but I am enjoying it all so far. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley so I am also loving the weather here in Irvine. I am so excited to be working as a Peer Educator for SSI and look forward to meeting everyone.

Future Career Goals:
Once I graduate UCI I would like to go to graduate school to obtain a Masters in School Counseling. I really hope to work as a counselor in a community college or a four year university. As a student myself I have received so much help and guidance from my counselors and I would really like to give back and help out other students.

Campus Involvement:

  • SSI First Generation Peer Educator
  • FYTE Mentor
  • Uni Stu 1 Discussion Leader
  • STEAM Mentor

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I love to watch movies, especially any horror or thriller movies. If I'm not on the couch watching movies then I'm probably thrifting with friends. I also really enjoy spending time with family, including my puppy Peanut.

Carina Negrete

 

Sociology Major & Drama Major

About Me:
Hello everyone! My name is Carina Negrete (she/her/hers) and I am a 4th year Dramatic Arts and Sociology double major at UCI. I am from Montclair, California and I am a first-generation college student. During my time at UCI, I have met so many wonderful people and gained experiences that will carry on throughout the rest of my life. Once I graduate, I want to work abroad as a global social worker and assist communities and individuals across the globe. Let's make this year the best one yet Anteaters!

Future Career Goals:

  • Attain my Masters in Global Social Work
  • Work Abroad

Campus Involvement:

  • Brown Bag Theatre Company: Development and Outreach Coordinator
  • CTSA's Creative Connections Program: Intern Coordinator

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I love to read all different kinds of books! I also like to shop at my local thrift store in order to be more sustainable! I also enjoy doing a bunch of arts and crafts like drawing, painting, and origami figures.

Carrisa Jacob

International Studies Major

About Me:

As a first-gen low-income student myself who have found multitudes of resources through Summer Bridge and the SSI program itself, my goal is to share my journey and experiences with others who also want to grow and flourish in their own journeys. As an ambivert, don't be afraid to ask me where my favorite spots on campus are to have self-care dates as well as places to hang out with friends during study breaks. I prioritize mental and physical well-being of others and myself, so let me help you find resources that will put your well-being first. Also, I am a foodie who loves plants, Marvel, coffee/boba, sushi, and scenic picnics, so feel free to ask me for any recommendations on anything!

Future Career Goals:

Though my specific career is still unknown, I do in fact envision myself helping underprivileged communities receive the aid they deserve through changing social policy, locally or internationally. With my passion of learning about new cultures and languages, my goal is to travel to those certain places to appreciate the culture as well as to practice the given language. I hope to also continuously share and exchange my own culture and language with others around me.

Campus Involvement:

  • Social Policy Public Service Advocates
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor
  • Southeast Asian Retention Through Creating Hxstory (SEARCH)

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
As an ambivert, I have different ways to enjoy my leisure time. When I'm in need of some time to myself, I like to enjoy going on self-care dates by myself to the coffee shop or the park. When I need to fill my social battery, I like to enjoy picnics with friends, carpool karaoke with friends, or even have a home-made brunch with friends. Also love Disneyland, live band concerts/events, and spending time at the beach or mountains!

Melissa Montoya

Criminology, Law and Society Major

About Me:
Being a transfer student from one UC to another, I know the transition period that all students go through when entering a new school. Also, being First Gen and Low Income, I understand the struggle when trying to balance school and life. Over the years, I have found ways to be productive and practice self-care. If you ever need any advice on how to build a support network, let me know!

Future Career Goals:
Though my specific career is still unknown, I do in fact envision myself helping underprivileged communities receive the aid they deserve through changing social policy, locally or internationally.
With my passion of learning about new cultures and languages, my goal is to travel to those certain places to appreciate the culture as well as to practice the given language. I hope to also continuously share and exchange my own culture and language with others around me.

Campus Involvement:

  • Student Parents and Families Program

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I love spending time with my Black Labrador by taking her to the park or the beach. I go to the movies almost every weekend with friends. My favorite pass time is going to film-related events in Los Angeles like museums, film screenings, and film festivals. Also, I love to swim!

Mouhamadou Kebe

Economics Major

About Me:
Adapting in the US as an international student, effective study methods, how to network with professors, and most importantly why football is called soccer in the US! But, really you can ask me anything you want! As an international student, my background and culture is quite atypical so I can bring in a new perspective on things. Plus I enjoy talking to other people and learn about their cultures and experiences. So feel free to reach out, I'll try my best to help!

Future Career Goals:
I am working to become an Actuary. Currently, I'm studying for my actuarial exams. And one my goal is to graduate with at least 3 exam passed.

Campus Involvement:

  • Director of Marketing, Actuarial Society of UCI
  • Board member of the UMOJA Club

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
Big time soccer fan. Most of my spare time is spend watching games, playing actual games or playing virtual (FIFA) games. I am actually pretty decent at the later. And, if I am doing none of those, I am probably sleeping, or watching Anime

 

Nyca Valerie Pedro

Psychological Science Major

About Me:
My journey through higher education and my experience with community college. I also love talking about the different resources available to you to help benefit your college career, financially, professionally, or personally.

Future Career Goals:
I want to be an academic counselor for higher education! I am not sure whether I want to work in a 4 year university or a community college, since I have experienced and loved both settings. Either way, counseling is my passion and I want to help students pursue their goals for the future.

Campus Involvement:
I am involved in several Pilipinx organizations, such as Pilipinx-Americans in Social Studies and Kababayan at UCI.

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
My hobbies include journaling, thrifting, watching Studio Ghibli movies (or any movie for that matter), or watching cooking tiktoks.

Olivia Romero

Psychology Major

About Me:
As a first generation college student I hope to become that resource that most students seek too. I can provide advice in financial wellness, time management and finding ways to balance school life, home life and your personal life! My transition into UCI was quite difficult as well so I want to help students who may be facing the same issues as I did. I want students to know that they are not alone in this journey and we are here to support you all!

Future Career Goals:
Become a College Advisor, Open up my own business, Travel to Italy.

Campus Involvement:

  • Pathfinder Peer Educator at the Student Outreach and Retention Center (SOAR)
  • Interning as a Peer Consultant at the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SSARC)
  • Social Chair for Psychology Student Association (PSA)
  • Gateway Scholars Program

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I enjoy trying new food places or coffee shops in my area, binge watching new shows, spending time with my family, and going to concerts!

Summer Leyba

Criminology, Law, & Society Major

About Me:
Summer Leyba is a first-generation transfer student from SMC where she received an Associates degree in Administration of Justice and an Associates degree in Political Science. She is pursuing a degree in Criminology Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine and expects to graduate June 2022. Summer has a true passion for criminal law and social justice. After graduation, she plans to attend law school where she may further develop her passions.

Future Career Goals:
I want to begin studying for the LSAT in October to eventually apply for Fall 23.
I hope to gain more experience in the law field exploring various career paths.
I would love to travel either outside of the U.S or take an Amtrak across the state.

Campus Involvement:

  • Transfer Student Center
  • SAGE Scholar
  • UC Center Sacramento internship program for the Winter quarter!

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I like to relax and watch a movie or show- my favorite genres are comedy and horror. I sometimes read if I can find a book that holds my interests. I read a lot for my major so sometimes reading gets a little exhausting and I just want to watch or scroll through my social medias. I like to have quiet mornings to myself especially with a nice cup of coffee (hot or iced) to unwind. However, I definitely enjoy night life and going out on the weekends to decompress.

Vanessa Espinoza

Gender & Sexuality Studies Major

About Me:
Hi my name is Vanessa! I am a pandemic transfer that is finally stepping foot on campus for the first time! Before UCI, I was attending Riverside City College. As a first-gen student, my goal is to make my Mexican and Salvadoran parents proud. Imposter syndrome is something I’m still trying to overcome but being in spaces like SSI makes it a little easier!

Future Career Goals:

  • My goal is to be the first one in my family to get a bachelors degree.
  • My goal is form new friendships and surround myself with a more positive community

Campus Involvement:

  • Transfer Peer Educator
  • Women in leadership club

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I love playing video games on my phone, going to beach, and eating out!

 

Vanessa Rivera Hernandez

Educational Sciences Major
Political Science Major

Ask Me About:
You can ask me about what it is like being a first-generation and low-income student here at UCI and the resources available to us. You can ask me about getting involved with student organizations, student mentorship programs, and fellowship/work opportunities. You can also ask me about student wellness, managing your time, and getting involved in research. I love talking with students and sharing my own experiences!

Future Career Goals:
I believe education is transformative and empowering. I want to receive a Master’s in Education to realize my dream of becoming a K-12 Educator. I hope to work with BIPOC students and empower them to pursue their goals.

Campus Involvement:

  • Research Assistant at the Language, Literacy, & Learning Lab

Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies:
I love spending time with friends and family! I also love listening to music, discovering new shows on Netflix, and going out to get coffee.

Francesca Macdula

 Business Economics Major

Hi everyone! My name is Francesca (she/her) and I am a 4th-year Business Economics student minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship! At SSI, I create different graphics and materials for the programming led by fellow Peer Educators and Pro-Staff.
Future Career Goals
  • Marketing in the Entertainment Industry
  • Promoting inclusivity and community through my work
Campus Involvements
  • SSI Media and Communications
  • Board member for Kababayan at UC Irvine
  • Pilipinx-American Culture Night Coordinator
Pastimes/Hobbies
Outside of school and work, I enjoy watching YouTube, trying new foods, and exploring new places! I love spending time with my friends and immersing myself in my passions like graphic design, video games, cultural dancing, and more. 🙂