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Peer mentors contact new-to-UBC Okanagan students who have opted-in to the program, via email starting the month of July. If you are a new-to-UBC student who has opted-in to the program and has not been contacted by your peer mentor, or would like to opt-in to the program, please email the Student Experience office at getinvolved.ubco@ubc.ca so we can put you in touch with your Peer Mentor as soon as possible!

Curious to know who will be welcoming new students to UBC's Okanagan Campus? Check out their bios below. We are very excited to meet you in person this September at Create New Student Orientation!

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Irving K. Barber School- Arts Peer Mentors

michelle poh
 
Michelle Poh

Majoring: Psychology

Minor: Anthropology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

There was always someone reliable and there for me when I needed help with adapting to university life

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:
It's full of awesome students who are always ready to give support!

 emily Emily Schultz

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Creative Writing

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having a peer who was able to answer any questions I had about university life the summer prior to first year

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It creates connections, not just among mentees and mentors but across different faculties, clubs etc. 

 Alex Willis Alex Willis

Major: Anthropology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Being able to ask a student much like yourself questions, as well as receiving quick answers to them. I found it helpful that I had someone there to support me in my transition to university life

I became a peer mentor because...

I want to be able to help first years transition to university life with ease, and to offer them the help and guidance that was offered to me

 Michelle Yee

Michelle Yee

Major: Psychology

Minor: Economics

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Always having a person who was there ready to help me with my questions

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are...

Volunteering with International Programs and Services, the Canucks Autism Network, and the Kelowna General Hospital

Erika Verigin


Erika Verigin

Double major Psychology and English Literature

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

As a transfer student, the most helpful part about having a peer mentor my first year was having someone who answered all my questions and kept me up to date about what is going on on campus. My peer mentor was also someone I could reach out to and grab a coffee/tea with - this was especially helpful during the first couple weeks of school, when I was still making connections on campus.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are...

Last year I was part of the go global program and got to go to school at the university of Edinburgh in Scotland for 6 months. It was an amazing experience. This year I am the external coordinator for the Psychology course union (PCU), a volunteer for the UBCO peer support network, and I will also be working on my psychology research and my English honours paper!

 

Siara Less

Siara Less

Major: History

Minor: French

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help first years not only overcome any nerves they have, but to help them embrace the entire university experience and help to start them off on the right foot from the beginning!

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

The Peer Mentor program is important because it helps to connect first year students to not only other first years, but to campus resources, opportunities, and friendships that can make a difference for their entire degree.

 Kelsey DesRoches Kelsey DesRoches

Major: Psychology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone to email the smallest questions to when I didn't know who else to ask.

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help others transition and make the most of their time here at the best university!

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are...

I am a member of the Okanagan Student Senate
 Jordy Decker Jordy Decker

Major: English

Minor: Gender and Women's Studies

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

It was very useful having someone send me some activities and opportunities available on campus. This gave me the opportunity to branch out and get involved on campus.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

I think it is important to create a sense of belonging for students as for many this becomes a home away from home.

 Stephen Tsang  

Stephen Tsang

Major: Psychology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I would love to help others during their transition to University.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It is not only about having a peer support you throughout the semester. It could very well be the link between you and all kinds of amazing resources the school has to offer. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to make connections with people who share your interests.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Psychology course union, Fun Run club, Badminton club

 

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Irving K. Barber School- Science Peer Mentors
Kristi Yearwood
Kristi Yearwood

Major: Biochemistry

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help first year students feel more welcome to UBCO by supporting them throughout their experience.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

I believe the Peer Mentor Program is important as it gives students the opportunity to have someone there for them who went through the same experience. It allows for students to have someone to ask questions to or just a familiar face to talk to.

 Jeannie Lee

Jeannie Lee

Major: Biochemistry

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Knowing was was going on around campus

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help make the transition into post-secondary easier 

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program in important:

It can help build connections and allows for new students to feel more welcomed into the campus community.

 Vinnie Chawla Vinnie Chawla

Major: Biochemistry

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Knowing that there was a constant source of help available, at any given point, to guide me through my transition to university.

I became a Peer Mentor because...

The first stage of university life is not always easy; that means being out of your comfort zone while starting a new chapter of life. Being a Peer Mentor will give me an opportunity to help new students settle quickly in the community by given them personal and academic advice.

Giuliana Gonzato

Giuliana Gonzato

Major: Microbiology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

My peer mentor helped me a lot and I wanted to do that for others. 

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

There are so many different resources on campus that people don't know about and it's important for first years to have someone to talk to who understands what they are going through because they themselves have experienced it before.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are...

Being a part of the Environmental Club

 Noah Marshall Noah Marshall

Major: Math

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

The guidance available from a student who can give a students' perspective on the problems and experiences new to UBC students face.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

I am a part of the Emergency First Response team and I am a tutor at the Math and Science Centre

 Mitchell Figura Mitchell Figura

Major: Medical Biochemistry

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

The connection to campus culture. Because of my Peer Mentor, I always knew about all of the awesome events that were happening; this allowed me to become very familiar with all of the fun and beneficial opportunities that UBCO has to offer!

Why I think the Peer Mentor program is important:

A strong step is a sure way onto the path of success. The Peer Mentor program allows students new to campus to find their footing early so that they may achieve the goals that they are in pursuit of while finding their identity in the culture that is UBCO.

Victoria Goyer Victoria Goyer

Major: Psychology

Minor: Biology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I wanted to help first year students overcome the challenges associated with transitioning from high school to university.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

First year can be really hard for students; it's easy to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. I think that the Peer Mentor Program is an excellent resource to help new-to-UBC students cope with their stress and have a successful university experience.

Nick Esmeral Nick Esmeral

Major: Biology

Minor: Psychology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone to voice my questions and concerns about academics and social life when arriving to Kelowna for the first time. Having that connection helped me take advantage of all the opportunities UBC has to offer.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

A warm informative introduction to our school leads to a more positive campus life down the road. Additionally, having someone to regularly contact can take a lot of the stress away for a first year student.

 Celine Edwards Celine Edwards

Major: Biology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Without any siblings that are university alumni to show me the ropes, I didn't know what to expect when I was entering my first year! I really benefitted from having someone to ask about their transition to university.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It's an opportunity for new students to reach out to their upper-level peers and learn invaluable way to take hold of their university experience and make it the best that it can be!

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Supplemental Learning leader, Microbiology course union secretary, physics TA and NSERC USRA recipient.

 May Ly May Ly

Major: Psychology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Being informed and kept in the loop about almost everything on campus, whether academic or non-academic

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to be a resource and friendly face on campus to new students. I love sharing my experience at UBCO with others and hope to help others build theirs.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

I am a member of the UBC Okanagan Senate, and I work in the Collegia spaces on campus

 Garneet Gill Garneet Gill

Major: Microbiology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Being advised about the on campus tutors and Supplemental Learning sessions. It really helped with my academic career.

Why I think the Peer Mentor program is important:

It gives the new students someone older to talk to and provide them with guidance they need. It helps their transition form high school become easier. Along with providing then with the right connection so they can excel at their academic career.

 Preet Kaler Preet Kaler 
Major: Microbiology and Psychology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Pointing me to the various resources we have on campus, and having a person to talk to.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It makes a student's first year at UBCO less stressful by answering questions one on one, guiding them to resources and informing students about fun filled activities across campus.

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Matthew McConnachie

Major: Chemistry

Minor: Biology

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Knowing that there was someone on campus that had been through what I was going through and that they were there to help me. 

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It helps to bridge the gap between upper year and first year students.

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I wanted to be able to use my knowledge to help incoming students become successful.

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Faculty of Health and Exercise Science Peer Mentors
Owen Muckle

             

Owen Muckle

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having that extra support system in place, especially when going to a new school with new people.

Why I think the Peer Mentor program is important:

It lets new students get a better idea of everything going on around campus, in addition to providing them with a helpful resource.

I became a peer mentor because...

I want to be able to give new students the great experience I had and to be able to help them out with the transition to university life.
           
 Emily Adams Emily Adams

Minoring in Psychology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I'd like to help new students feel more comfortable during their university transition.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It gives the new students a strong support system.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

The varsity golf team and intramurals.

Caitlin Dales
Caitlin Dales

Minoring in Psychology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I wanted to help new students navigate the sometimes challenging beginning of their university careers.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It gives people an outreach when they are unsure of which of the many university services to utilize.

Some of the extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

VP of the Human Kinetics Student Association, captain of the Kin games, research

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Faculty of Management Peer Mentors

Hillary Tjioe
 
Hillary Tjioe

Focus: Finance

Minor: Economics

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

The mental and physical support I received from her. I came to campus knowing that she always had my back, and that I could always go to her if I had any questions (of which I had many!)

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It is a long-term program; this means that new-to-ubc students dont just get to know their mentor during orientation and never hear from them afterwards, they can expect continuous communication throughout the semester. Personally, during my first year I really appreciated the contact from my mentor because she reminded me that I was not alone in UBCO.

 Ana Karina G Ana Karina Gutierrez

Focus: Finance

Minor: Economics

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help upcoming students both international and Canadian to come out of their comfort zones and make the most out of their first year at university which will set the tone for the next years.

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Learning about different academic and social events hosted by my faculty. My peer mentor encouraged me to get involved on campus and reach out to different resources to make the most out of my first year.

 Jarik Wang

  Jarik Wang

Focus: Accounting

Minor: economics

I became a Peer Mentor because...

Its such a great thing to help out new students, as I was a new student three years ago and I understand how valuable the support from my Peer Mentor was.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

I am the Co-chair for UBC portfolio management group, a club for all students interested in stocks and other aspects of finance :) 

 
 Joseph

Joseph Raitano

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone there to listen and make me aware of all the great things happening around campus. It was great being connected to someone who had been through it an who I could learn from if I needed.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

For me, the most important thing about the PMP is its ability to create lasting connections and its ability to deliver information to those who may not otherwise know it exists. Everyone wants to feel connected by very few people know where to start. 

 

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Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Peer Mentors

Gillianne
 
Gillianne Hardy-Legault

Major: English

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Knowing that if I had any questions or concerns come up, there was someone who would be happy to help me!

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I love UBCO and wanted to help new-to-UBC students feel as comfortable on campus as I do

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Being president of the English Student Union, a student ambassador, and a student senator on the UBC Okanagan Senate.

 Sarah Ellis Sarah Ellis

Major: Visual Arts

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

They were incredibly welcoming, and I viewed them as a helpful resource with whom I was able to question about my program before and during my first year at UBCO.

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I had such a wonderful first year on this campus because of resources such as the Student Experience Office. Therefore, becoming a Peer Mentor for me meant being able to create the same amazing experience I had as a new-to-UBC student for others starting their university career here in the Okanagan.

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School of Engineering Peer Mentors 
Sheyla Alvarez
 
Sheyla Alvarez

Major: Electrical, minoring in computer science

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

She gave me very useful tips for a great variety of things, including: tips for winter (I experienced my first winter when I came to UBC), where to buy books, where can I rent a storage, among others. She was a friend and a guide for me during my first year.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

I think it is essential for first year students to have the support from someone that already went through the same classes they are going through and maybe through similar difficulties. I consider it very important to feel you are not alone during university, and Peer Mentors are a great way of getting that support.

Axel Harding
Axel Harding

Major: Mechanical

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

My peer mentor very helpful for getting my bearings around campus and also for any questions about my program or what to expect. As well, I found it very easy to connect with my Peer Mentor because they had just been through the program.

‚ÄčI became a Peer Mentor because...

My own Peer Mentor gave me such a good experience through my first year that I wanted to provide for someone else.

 Kristen Allen Kristen Allen

Major: Electrical, Minoring in Computer Science

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It gives all first year students a head start in learning about what their new campus has to offer. Whether you have specific questions or just looking for general information and tips to take into first year, the Peer Mentor program is a great place to get started.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in:

I've been involved in many extra-curricular activities both on and off-campus. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be volunteering and being on the executive team for our SwimAbility club on campus.

 Andres Andres Escobedo 

Major: Mechanical 

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone to ask questions to who had experience in the matter

Why I think the Peer Mentor program is important:

It helps new students feel at home

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Research, League of Legends club, VOCO Club

 Karlyn Fischer Karlyn Fischer 

Major: Civil 

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone who understood what I was going through and could relate to my struggles.

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I had a hard time adapting to my first year of university. It was a very stressful year. I want to help the other students and make their first year of university as stress-free as possible.

 
 Abi Logel Abi Logel

Major: Mechanical

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone there to talk to when you were unsure about what courses to take, what materials you'll need or even to ask for advice on how to survive your first year. They are able to keep you updated on events or activities happening on campus as well as provide insight on opportunities you may be interested in, like clubs or research.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It allows students to know that they are not alone and that as they start their new adventure they will be able to speak to a student who is familiar with the campus and program, and was in the same shoes at one point.

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Faculty of Nursing Peer Mentors
 courtney hoffman

Courtney Hoffman

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone who knew campus and the area help me navigate through it all. I loved having a Peer Mentor to answer any questions I could come up with.

I became a Peer Mentor because

I wanted to help others transition into a new place and into an awesome program!

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Global Nursing Citizens (GNC)

 Rachel Lee Rachel Lee

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

My Peer Mentor was my go-to for any type of questions and she always made me feel well supported. She took the time to answer all of my questions and even personally meet with me and advised me on how to take proper notes, how to take specialty courses, and how to survive nursing school.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

While transitioning to UBCO can be exciting and fun, it can also be overwhelming and stressful without the utilization of appropriate resources. The Peer Mentor Program is a great resource for a wide range of subjects, which I believe everyone can benefit from,

 

 Paige thakkar Paige Thakkar

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

I was so scared scared when i first got to UBCO, I was new to the city (and the province). Everything seemed to big and intimidating, but my Peer Mentor showed me around, listened to me rant about getting home sick and taught me tips and tricks for studying for all the different classes.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

I would have been so lost without my Peer Mentor, she helped me so much through my first year. They gave me courage to see that I didnt have to be perfect and adult - like right away, that would come as I took each step.

 

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Transfer and Mature Peer Mentors
Jenna Hunter
 
Jenna Hunter
Nursing

I became a Peer Mentor because...

My Peer Mentor was so helpful and i want to assist new students who are transitioning to campus. It reminds me of when I was a first year and how excited... yet nervous I was.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

The peer mentor program is such a wonderful way to connect with upper level students, who have all the tips and tricks on being successful at university. Mostly, because we have all struggles along the way and learned from overcoming those obstacles. You never know when you might need some advice or guidance.

 Jenny Genevieve (Jenny) Mylocopos           

Medical Biochemistry

Why I think the Peer Mentor program is important:

Going into my third year as a Peer Mentor, I think and know this program is important as I have witnessed the positive impact it can have on new-to-UBC students. The Peer Mentor Program allows for new students to form a relationship with a student from their faculty who has experienced ups and downs, who is knowledgeable about resources, opportunities and how to solve challenging problems. Opting for the Peer Mentor Program is definitely an opportunity worth taking!

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:
Research, Biochemistry course union executive, Learning and Technology Assistant, volunteer at Kelowna General Hospital, the hospice, and the SPCA.

 maika Maika Capellan

Management, minoring in economics

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

As a college-transfer student from Vancouver, a new environment such as UBCO could have been very daunting for me - however my peer mentor helped me easily adjust by making me feel welcome and by guiding me to many of the valuable resources UBCO has to offer.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Entrepreneurship Delegate of JDC West, VP of Events for the South East Asian Club

 mel watchorn Mel Watchorn

Psychology, minoring in philosophy

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help the next wave of students feel welcomed on campus. I want them to know that there is at least one person they can talk to or ask questions to.  I'd like to ease some anxieties and create solutions with new students.

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

Coming to university is stressful. A new environment in addition to pressure and stress of readings and deadlines can be too much to handle by yourself. Having a support system is important, and it is amazing that the university can provide such a service. 

 Moe Moe Zubaidi

Major: Biology

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It provides assistance, guidance and awareness on what students might encounter on campus and in their early academic career
The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...
They provided constant support to ease the transition into university and the wider community.

 tessa Tessa Baatz

Major: Cultural studies
Minor: Gender and Women's Studies

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to help make new students' first year as stress free and enjoyable as possible

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

Having someone who is familiar with the campus and all it has to offer that canhelp you find your way makes it much easier to find ways to get involved on campus and make connections, and Peer Mentors are those people!

 leanne kelly Leanne Kelly

Major: Human Kinetics

The most helpful part about having a Peer Mentor in my first year was...

Having someone to connect to and make me feel like a part of the campus community, especially since I didnt know anyone!

Why I think the Peer Mentor Program is important:

It's great to start a connection with someone when you first come to campus, especially if you are moving away from home and are nervous about starting fresh in a new environment. 

 


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