Appointments

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BRANDON

Transfer Peer Mentor

Hi there! I’m Brandon. I’m a nursing major and transferred from Orange Coast College. I had quite a nontraditional educational and homelife experience during my high school and community college years. My first quarter at UCI was Fall 2021, and despite the small size of my program, I had a hard time finding a community here at UCI. Being a nontraditional transfer student coming from a Zoom university, adjusting and assimilating was and continues to be something I work at.

As an avid musician, I found the club “Open Jam” to be an incredibly welcoming community. Being actively involved in the club has made me grow exponentially both as a musician and as a person over the past year. I am now a board member for the club. Outside of music, I enjoy cooking, language learning, anime, and dancing! 

I realize firsthand how strange life can be at times, and it warms my heart to be able to help fellow transfer students that are likely facing similar struggles, such as adjusting academically and socially to university. Feel free to contact me with questions and for support.

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TIM

Transfer Peer Mentor

Tim Su is a first generation immigrant and also a college student of his family. Su transferred from Mt.San Antonio College( aka. Mt.Sac) in Walnut California; during the time at Mt.Sac, Su was a member of the swim/ water polo team and also worked for the Counseling department there as a student assistant. Su is currently a 4th year and Psychological Science major trying to pursue a career in Sports Medicine. Su is also a Los Angeles County Lake Lifeguard, serving and protecting the public when they are recreating.

Outside of work and school, Su enjoys working out, traveling, playing classical guitar, hanging with people and building connections in general. With all the past experiences, Su is passionate about providing help to his fellow transfer students so that they can have a successful and wonderful experience during their time at UCI.

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MARIAH

Transfer Peer Mentor

Mariah Hernandez is a fifth year Human Biology major at UCI. After completing her prerequisites at Irvine Valley College, she transferred to UCI in the fall of 2020. In addition to her major, she is double minoring in Art History and Medical Humanities. Following graduation, she plans to continue working in healthcare and apply to medical school.

Her current on-campus involvements include working in the Transfer Center, Bio 199 research, volunteering for the Free Clinic Project, and participating in BioSci Student Council. This year, she helped found Transfers in BioSci to continue fostering an inclusive community for BioSci transfers. Aside from her studies, she enjoys working out, baking, collecting vinyl records, and chilling with her cats. She is incredibly passionate about helping transfer students and is excited for this upcoming school year. Please contact her if you ever have any questions or need support. 

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RUTH

Student Parents and Families (SPF) and Transfer Peer Mentor

My name is Ruth and I earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology from Santiago Canyon College. I am working on my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Accounting. My experience at UCI has been a bittersweet journey because although I have been learning a lot, the time seems to be going by very quickly. During my time here I’ve made an effort to attend some of the events UCI has to offer; like workshops, the hiking club and study groups. I’ve also been lucky enough to have an opportunity to mentor other students this quarter. I love traveling, practicing yoga, tasting new dishes and going out with family and friends. I am looking forward to offering transfer students my experience and knowledge to help make the transition to UCI a fun and memorable experience.

Learn about UCI Student Parent and Families (SPF) program.