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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

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Michelle Yee

Major: Psychology

Minor: Economics

 

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

A Peer mentor program is like your anytime personal Student Experience Panel! Always having a person who is there ready to help with any questions

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Start exploring what campus could offer you ASAP or you will be missing out a lot! Four years of campus life will be gone in the blink on an eye. Cherish it!

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Siara Less

Major: History

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I became a Peer Mentor because I love being able to help new students adjust to university life. I absolutely love university, so I hope that I can help other students see how great their experience here can be too!

UBCO's Best Kept Secret?

My favourite place on campus is/are the Collegias. Even though I am kind of bias as I am a Collegia Assistant, it is such a great place to meet new people and create a community, especially for students who live off campus and need a part of campus to feel at home in.

 

 2018 PM Morgyn Ahlefeld           

Major: Psychology

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

Having a friend before the year fully started. She was always very helpful and answered all my questions about the campus, classes, etc! It was nice to know there was always somebody looking out for me.

I became a peer mentor because...

I love meeting new people and the first couple weeks at university can be really challenging so I'm here to help however I can!

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is:

Do your course readings before class! Sometimes they suck, and can be sooo long, but if you do your readings I can guarantee you'll get more out of the classes you are in.

 Sarah Williamson 2018

Sarah Williamson

Major: Earth & Environmental Sciences

I became a Peer Mentor because: 

The transition to university can be overwhelming, and I want to help first year students feel welcome.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Always ask questions or ask for help if you need it. Also, try to meet other people in your classes and study in groups.

My favourite on-campus feature is:

The campus trails

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Carolina Leyton
           

Major: English

Minor: Creative Writing

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

Receiving those weekly emails (filled with fun activities and important tips) made me feel that I wasn't alone.

I became an Peer Mentor because:

I want to help new-to-UBC students in any possible way that I can, let them know that they have someone that will support them and be a resource for them.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

I volunteer with the Community Service Learning program.

 

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Prapti Mallhi           

Major: Philosophy, Politics & Economics

I became a Peer Mentor because...

It would be great helping peers learn about already tested tips and tricks to adapt and thrive at university.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

GET INVOLVED. Always be out trying, experiencing and participating in new opportunities. UBC and Kelowna have something for everyone.

My favourite campus best-kept secret is:

The Arts Atrium is the best spot for mid-day power naps.

 
 

 

 

 

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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.

UBCO's best-kept secret:

Being able to check the Tim’s camera, especially during exams!

 Jeannie Lee 2018

Jeannie Lee

Major: Biochemistry

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

Knowing what events and other things that were happening around campus was very helpful

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I wanted to help guide students in their transition from their secondary to post-secondary education

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

The most genuine and long-lasting friendships I made in first-year were people I met in my labs.

 2018 PM Moganavalli Kattan

Major: Zoology

 

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

Going to university, especially in a new country, can be a stressful process. Knowing that there was someone there who had my back made me feel like I could breathe a little easier. Even if they could not solve every single problem, I always knew they would listen.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Talk to your professors and instructors. Some are easier to approach than others, but the best go-to for starting up a conversation with a professor is either talking about their research or asking for clarification on some of the course content, and then let the conversation flow from there. I’m still friends with my English professor from last term because I asked her for book recommendations because I enjoyed the one we did in class. University is less about learning facts, and more about intelligent conversation and networking. They’ll then be more willing to listen to you when you have an issue or want to join their research team, so win-win.

Giuliana Gonzato

Giuliana Gonzato

Major: Microbiology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I wanted to continue the sense of community I felt during my first year at UBCO

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:

Microbiology Course Union and the Environmental club

 2018 PM Karissa McGuire          

Major: Medical & Molecular Biochemistry

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

being able to ask questions to them that I was too nervous or shy to ask other people for

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' student is:

Always stay on track of work and don't save it for the weekend, because although you can probably get away with it in first year it will bite you when you go into second year

My Favorite study spot is:

Third floor science has a small corner with a table and couches, plus its really quiet too

 2018 PM 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.

I am also a part of:

VOCO, Biochemistry Course Union, am an undergraduate, Chemistry TA and part of the Emergency First Responders Team.

2018 PM Evan Kwong

Major: Microbiology

I became a Peer Mentor because:

One of the greatest strengths of UBCO our small-yet diverse campus community. As a peer mentor, I look forward to using the experience I've gained from studying here to help new students find their niche at UBCO

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

If you're in sciences, consider joining the CCU. We offer free chemistry tutoring and cheap lab gear, and throw a bunch of social events annually. Come check us out in SCI 233B, or visit our booth at Create!

I am also a part of:

I'm the Vice President of the UBCO Chemistry Course Union

Ava Cornell 2018

Ava Cornell

Major: Physics and Microbiology

           

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

My peer mentor really helped me adjust to university by offering me tips and insight into how to survive and be happy during first year. Just hearing about someone else's experiences made first year much better for me. It gave me an idea of what to expect.

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I want to help make the difficult transition from high school to university as smooth as possible for incoming students.   

UBCO's best-kept secret:

My favourite on-campus study spot is the second floor of the library. It is very quiet and is always filled with other people studying hard. 

I am also a part of:

The Quantitative Science Course Union (QSCU) and I'm a Physics TA.

 Parsa Rajabi 2018 Parsa Rajabi           

Major: Computer Science

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

 Knowing that I had someone to trust and rely on gave me more confidence to start my university journey.           

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

President of the Quantitative Science Course Union (QSCU), Undergraduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Library Peer Technology Assistant, Emergency First Responder (EFRT) and many more!

UBCO's best-kept secret:

Attend the Supplement Learning (SL) sessions - they are the best to re-learn, practice and make new study-buddies!

 Filsan Abokor 2018 Filsan Abokor           

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Minor: Psychology

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

Having someone who already experienced first year that can give you advice and support you.

Places to know on campus:

Stopping by the Academic Advising Center is a must during the first two weeks of class. The multi-faith room is the perfect place to relax, meditate, and spend quality time alone.

My biggest tip to 'New to UBC' students is:

Relax and have fun, after all your'e only a freshman once. But don't totally forget your books :)

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Chemistry Course Union and Psychology Course Union

 

 

 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

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Anneka Hunchak

Major: Kinesiology

Minor: Psychology

On Campus, I am also part of: HKSA, collegia assistant team, ski and board club, VOCO

I became a Peer Mentor Because:

I love to connect to the community that is UBCO! Love to meet people from all years!

My Biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Join every club that interests you! UBCO has many amazing friends waiting to be discovered!            
 2018 PM Claire Peachey            

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I want to be able to offer advice and to help make first year as stress-free as possible. I also want students to be able to make the most out of their first year which will set the tone for the years to come.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is:

Watching Grey's Anatomy doesn't count as studying for human anatomy, trust me I've tried!

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

President of Sisu UBCO and member of the Human Kinetics Student Association

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Jeremias Dela Cruz 

Major: Human Kinetics

I became a Peer Mentor because...

 

My peer mentor in my first year was really helpful and supportive. I'm paying it forward.

 

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is:

Be ambitious; take risks like hiking up a mountain when there's a fire nearby.

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

 

Car Club, Peer Support Network, Korean Student Association, Asian Student Association, Chemistry Course Union

 

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Faculty of Management Peer Mentors

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Dilara Guntay           

Focus: Management

Minor: Economics

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

I was informed of all the events taking place on and off campus

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I want to make the transition to first year easy for the new incoming students, meet new people.

My favourite study space on campus is:

Top floor of FIPKE, they have nice big desks and its usually quiet

I am also Involved in:

Senior Collegia Assistant, TSA

 2018 PM Anaisha Divwala           

Major: Management 

Minor: Psychology

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I wanted to help the first-year students in the same way that I received help while I was coping with everything in my first-year at university.

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

Learning a lot more about the campus resources and other things from someone who has already been through what you're going through.

I am also a part of:

Indian Culture & Dance Club, UNICEFxUBCO, the TEDxUBCO community and the Psychology Course Union.

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Justin Bell

Major: Management Focus: Accounting

Minor: Economics

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I wanted to help new-to-UBCO students in their transition to our university, and help them get involved and enjoy their time here!

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

GET INVOLVED! Follow clubs on Facebook, show up to events (both on- and off-campus), get to know the community and take advantage of the opportunities available to you... not only will it help you feel more at home, but it will help your academic performance!BC' students is:

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

I am VP of Finance for UBCO JDC West and co-chair of the Accounting Club 

 
 Nicole Yearwood 2018

Nicole Yearwood

I became a Peer Mentor Because:

I want to be able to help new to UBC students be successful in there first year in University! Being a second year, I know how stressful it can be coming being new to University. My Peer Mentor last year helped me get more involved in the Management Faculty and gave me lots of valuable information when it came to study tips and how to handle my course load. 

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students:

My biggest tip is to get involved and seek help if you are struggling. There is so many events in the faculty of Management that will really make your experience at UBCO one to remember!

Some ways I get involved include:

The Innovative Council in the Management Student Association

 

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Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Peer Mentors

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Chloe Chang           

Major: Media Studies

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

Figuring out how to do practical things like register for classes, choosing electives, answering my questions.

I became a Peer Mentor because...

I understand being a first year is scary.

When I'm not Peer Mentoring you can find me in:

The Collegia spaces on campus.

 

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School of Engineering Peer Mentors 

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Matt Holbrook           

Major: Civil Engineering

I became a Peer Mentor because: 

My peer mentor during my first semester at UBC helped me transition into University Life and got me involved in the campus in ways I would've never thought I would've. I would like to pass this on to new to UBC students and help them get the best experience that UBC has to offer

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

Keeping up to date with all the events and opportunities that I would have not known about

My favourite study spot on campus:

If I gave away my secret study spot It wouldn't be so secret anymore. So all I'll say is third floor in the ART's building is where I study most. 


Shriya Agrawal

Major: Mechanical Engineering

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

I was updated about most events and faculty sessions on campus, and had a readily available student contact in my faculty, whom I could speak to about most things, since they went through the same things that I was to face.

​I became a Peer Mentor because...

I understand that it can be very hard to move away from the life and people we've always known, and end up in a new city entirely. I wanted to be a resource for the students undergoing that transition, and help them find ease in becoming a part of the accepting community at UBCO.

 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.

  Andrew Kennedy           

Major: Mechanical Engineering

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

being able to ask someone I know questions that I know they have had at some point during their first year.

Why became a Peer Mentor because:

I wanted to help new students through the problems I had during my first year.

My favourite place on campus is:     

The collegium in the UNC building. It's usually a pretty quite spot to study filled with happy, friendly people.

  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.

 
  Nikhil Budhdev

Major: Mechanical Engineering

My Favourite on campus resources is:

The Library, so how many of the same major students use it! You can always find a friendly face ready to help you out.

My Biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is:

Take it easy, you will have a lot on your plate, you need to plan everything so that you have time for the things you love.

I am also a part of:

Indian Cultural Dance Club

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Faculty of Nursing Peer Mentors

 

Taylor Hamm           

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I am a part of the first cohort going through this new nursing program. There have been glitches and errors that were frustrating and I want to help out students that are new to nursing at UBCO in figuring out the classes, assignments and teachers. It is a hard program and I want to help new students the best way I can.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is:

To be easy on yourself. It's hard, it's tiring and a lot fo work. Take breaks, plan your week in advance and take time for yourself.

I am also a part of:

UBCO Stem Cell Club

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Hayley Bantle

I wanted to be a Peer Mentor because:

I wanted to be a friendly face and listening ears for incoming students. First year can seem really daunting!.

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

Having someone to answer all my questions, no matter how minor I thought they were!

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is:

Be a sponge! Take in as much as you can, and ask if you are unsure  :)

I am also a part of:

UBCO Stem Cell Club

 2018 PM Courtney Hoffman           

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

The campus tour! I loved the helpful hints, shortcuts to classes and best places for studying.

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I really enjoyed being more invovled in our UBCO community and helping new students transition here was a great way to do it.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students in my faculty is: 

Meet everyone! Nursing is a pretty specific program and you will work with lots of different groups throughout your four years here. May as well start making friends early!

I am also a part of:

Global Nursing Citizens

 Angela Leung 2018 Angela Leung        

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

Knowing a friendly face before first year even started. I was nervous to be moving to a new city and starting a new school, but emailing my peer mentor calmed some of those nerves.         

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

I am a VP of University Christian Ministries (UCM), and a part of the Students of Faith Coalition. UCM runs the Red Frogs Support Network which I am involved in as well.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students:

Find balance! It can be easy to either spend ALL your time studying or ALL your time hanging out with friends, but making enough time for both of those will give you the best university experience!

 Kal Taye 2018  Kal Taye       

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I had a peer mentor my first year and I loved having her to bug with all my questions. Having someone to reach out to that could direct me to the right places and resources was extremely helpful.She was very lovely, welcoming, helpful and inspired me to become a peer mentor myself. I want to be able to use my acquired knowledge of the campus and its resources to answer any questions and help new students transition into the university life easier.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

African-Caribbean Student Club & Urban Dance Club

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students:

Do not be afraid to ask questions, and ask them while you can!!  I'm here to help! :)     

   

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Transfer and Mature Peer Mentors

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Moe Zubaidi

Major: MicroBiology

 

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.

My Biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Brace yourselves you are in for the greatest ride of your life

I am also a part of:

ENACTUS, Student experience office, KGH, research

 

 2018 PM Gabo Zavala      

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

I became a Peer Mentor because:

Transitioning into university is not always easy, especially if you are moving away from home for the first time. I remember the first time I left home at 16 I fell flat on my face, I had no idea what I was doing and although I did grow a lot from the experience I also struggled for a couple of months. If I can be of any help or a "safety net" for incoming students then I'll be happy to do it! No matter the situation, chances are I've gone through similar and have a story or two you can use as advice.

Some extra-curricular activities I am involved in are:

Chemistry course union, Biochemistry course union, Latin American Student Organization, Jumpstart Coordinator to name a few. . . 

I've also been a Teaching Assistant for mathematics, Research Assistant, received a research award and been part of the Co-op Program.

 2018 PM Jacquelyn Wang           

Major: Nursing

I became a Peer Mentor because:

I want to get to know a new cohort, meet other first year students, and work with the engaging team of student peer mentors. As a peer mentor, I would love to welcome the class of 2022 to UBCO and be a role model to our future nurses.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Be curious and ask questions. Volunteer to be the student who will take on an additional task in nursing labs because you will learn something from it. Embrace opportunities to learn when they arise-each is unique and will give you another point of view in your nursing practice you may not have yet considered.

I am also involved in:

Jumpstart as a leader, a Food Exchange Assistant, a CREATE Leader, and I volunteer for the Reading Week project.

 Radia Mbengue 2018 Radia Mbengue           

Major: Political Science

Minor: Women's Studies

 

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.

My biggest tip for 'New to UBC' students is:

Connect as much as you can and make the most of your time here at UBCO.

Some ways I get involved include:

Society of Scholars, Student Leadership Committee, and I'm Director of events at the Women Resource Center

               
 

 

 

 

 

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