TSC Student Staff



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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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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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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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.

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UMOJA Peer Mentor

My name is Naja Christmas and I will be the peer mentor for Umoja for the academic year. Umoja means unity and feeling unified with one's surroundings is vital to the academic experience. I hope to assist the  African Diaspora that chooses to attend UCI in becoming unified with their community and feeling welcomed at UCI. 

It was crucial for me to be involved with Umoja because it is a program that assisted me with getting into the UC system. Umoja eliminates some of the barriers that deter students, especially students from the African Diaspora, from applying to the UC system. Being a product of such an excellent program, I wanted to assist students directly and give them all the tools that Umoja has to offer to make their matriculation into UCI as seamless as possible. UCI is a great university and I want people of the African Diaspora to know that there is a place for them here. I want to see these students thrive at UCI.

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Transfer Peer Educator

Huiru (Iris) Zhuang is a first-generation student in her family and an international student from China. She transferred from Pasadena City College and is currently a senior student at UCI with Business Economics Major.

Iris is so excited to be back on campus after two-year zoom classes and looks forward to joining different kinds of activities and workshops at UCI. Besides work and study, Iris enjoys working out, traveling, and building connections with people. Assisting and providing campus sources to transfer students to help them get involved with UCI is her goal of being a transfer peer educator. 

With romantic genes, she loves taking photographs and capturing lovely moments. Wishes to become a star and keep shining eternally.

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Transfer Peer Educator

Kimiya Mansour was a biology major at Orange Coast College and she transferred to UCI in the Fall of 2021. Currently, she is double majoring in Neurobiology and History. During her free time she enjoys listening to podcasts, walking her dog, and watching reality television. 

On-campus, she is the Committee Chair for Local and Global Research for the Morning Sign Out Club, where she helps to contribute to the overarching goal of increasing scientific literacy; she is the secretary of the Transfers in Bio Sci Club, where she works with fellow students to promote opportunities and events within School of Biological Sciences to transfers students; she is a student in Bio Sci 199 research; also, she is a member of the History club and is one of the Berks Fellow, in which she helps to promote the History major at UCI to current and prospective students. After graduation, she will be taking a gap year to extend her research experience with the hope of applying to graduate school within the field of neurobiology/neuroscience. 

As a Peer Educator she hopes to contribute to the welcoming atmosphere of the Transfer Student Center and assist students in finding resources at UCI, the ones that can help them in their educational journey. 



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