Peer Mentor Bios (2016-2017)

Peer Mentor Bios (2016-2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Gomez

Major: Finance

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: off campus, Somerset

Anything else we should know about you?

I am Dominican.

Fun Fact: I love sneakers

Favorite Quote: Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose

Words of Wisdom: Stay in your lame and remain focused

 

Wai-Kit Chia (Kit)

Major: Molecular Biology

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Fun Fact: Although I am majoring in MBB with a minor in Chemistry I am still interested in the industrial and finance aspect of different careers

Favorite Quote: Just do it- Nike

Words of Wisdom: Let your curiosity be your eager to learn. Try out new things and experience while you are still in college. There is no horizon for learning as long as you put in the effort and believe in yourself.

 

Chris Rubi

Major: Political Science/Govt

Graduation Year:2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I am open to all personalities and ideas. I am very involved and experienced on campus.

Fun Fact: I am fluent in English, Spanish, with a proficiency in French

Favorite Quote:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that, hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that” -MLK

Words of Wisdom: it’s okay to make mistakes, fixing them is what counts

 

Alexander Lopez-Perez

Major: English/Education

Graduation Year: 2018       

Housing: College Ave

Anything else we should know about you?

I have a baby puppy who is eight years old. (Yes, still a puppy.)

Fun Fact: I love chocolate dipped frozen bananas

Favorite Quote: Believe in the people who believe in you

Words of Wisdom: Trust in your decision making. You’ll find that others will too!

 

Jarlin Almanzar

Major: Computer Science or Math

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: Busch

Anything else we should know about you?

I love food, watching all types of movies

Fun Fact: I help build PC’s and usually repair their software and OS systems

Favorite Quote: Live free, die slowly

 

Bonnie Zheng

Major: Exercise Science

Graduation Year:2019

Housing: livingston

Anything else we should know about you?

I like to be on the go and attend many events as possible keeping in mind that school is first also. I am also living on Livingston.

Fun Fact: I want to move back to New York when I finish schooling

Favorite Quote: Take life day by day, & time solves all

Words of Wisdom: Don’t stress the past too much because most of the time, what’s done is done and you’re wasting time stressing about something unchangeable

 

Halim B. Amesquita

Major: Finance

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: off

Anything else we should know about you?

I am very outgoing.

Fun Fact: My mom was told I was a boy until the day before I was born

Favorite Quote: Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough

Words of Wisdom: have friends but don’t let friends lives and wants overpower what YOU want

 

Michelle Arias

Major: Ecology

Graduation Year: 2017

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I love learning different languages and cultures. After Portuguese, I would like to continue with Italian and possibly French. In my free time, I enjoy baking and trying out new recipes.

Fun Fact: I just came back from studying abroad I Indonesia and I hope to travel more

Favorite Quote: Keep the same

Words of Wisdom: Always keep a positive mind. No matter how hard the challenge, there is always a way to come out on top

 

Abuchi Oguorio

Major: Info Tech

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: Cook

Fun Fact: I enjoy being productive, whether outdoors with sports or indoors with studying

Favorite Quote: All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible

Words of Wisdom: Do not waste the amazing opportunity you were given to do something great

 

Ameen Jafferie

Major: Public Health

Graduation Year: 2017

Housing:off

Anything else we should know about you?

I am not taking a GRE or MCAT this year, but will be busy with completing prerequisites of a graduate program requirement. I would not let this opportunity go. I would love to help an incoming freshman.

Fun Fact: I have 26 first cousins

Favorite Quote: Don’t count the days; make the days count

Words of Wisdom: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"

 

Raqia Battle

Major: Human Resources

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: Livingston

Anything else we should know about you?

I am very caring and try to give it my all.

Fun Fact: All members of my family were born in different month but on the same day

Favorite Quote: live life to the fullest

Words of Wisdom: If you believe you can achieve

 

Niyati Patel

Major: Genetics

Graduation Year: 2017

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

With it being my last year, I definitely do want to go to as much Rutgers events as possible. For example, a dance marathon, etc.

Fun Fact: I can binge watch game of thrones for hour’s even days

Favorite Quote: Oh screw beautiful I am brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain –Dr. Christina Yang

 

Gabriela Amaral

Major: Political Science/Communications

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

A goal I have for this semester is to get more involved in volunteering and community outreach.

Favorite Quote: The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek –Jospeh Campbell

Words of Wisdom: A dream without a goal is just a wish

 

Shirmean Begurn

Major: Criminal Justice (minor in bio)

Graduation Year: 2017

Housing: Livingston

Anything else we should know about you?

Even though I am a Criminal Justice major, I took majority of the science courses. I am very supporting and enjoy helping others whenever I can.

Fun Fact: I got 9 stiches on my eyebrow when I was little after a fall

Favorite Quote: A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions –Marcus Aurelis

Words of Wisdom: You should always work hard until you have given all your best. You don’t want to ever have regrets!

 

Mayar Abdelmeguid

Major: Medical Technology

Graduation Year:2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

As your mentor I will try my best to be here for you and guide you with whatever you may need. I will be your mentor and your friend. We can talk about anything, I will always listen to you.

FUN FACT: I enjoy being spontaneous and doing fun things. The beach is my favorite place to go. I love getting my nails done and listening to good music

Favorite Quote: Verily with hardship comes ease

Words of Wisdom: Never give up on yourself. Continue to use their doubt as your fuel 

 

Michelle Chen

Major: Engineering

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I’ll try my best to be helpful with anything no matter how big or small so don’t be afraid to ask

FUN FACT: I have to organize my desk before I can study or else I get distracted

Favorite Quote: She took the leap and built her wings on the way down

Words of Wisdom: Never stop trying even though you think you can’t  

 

Ylariangely Colon

Major: Criminal Justice

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

As your mentor, I will be supportive resource to your high school to college transition. I know it can be overwhelming that’s why I’m here to help you out. My favorite thing to do is listen to some Spanish music. I like to listen to other music genres as well. I also like to watch movies. I don’t mind watching horror ones

FUN FACT: Traveled to both Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico this past summer

Favorite Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Words of Wisdom: Work hard and enjoy your time here at Rutgers!

 

 

Stephanie Crespo

Major: Animal Science

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I like to play videogames and work out.

FUN FACT: I can move my ears, I have been sky diving  

Favorite Quote: “Where there’s a will there’s a way” “Apply yourself”

Words of Wisdom: Don’t procrastinate, apply yourself, don’t be lazy, learn how to study for each course

 

Anthony Donato

Major: Chemistry

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I’m an extremely caring person who is real about anything and everything. You can come to me about any concerns you have.

FUN FACT: When I was little and went bowling I didn’t let go of the ball and slid halfway down the lane

Favorite Quote: All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them -Walt Disney

Words of Wisdom: Never give up! Never Surrender!

 

Sophia Duong

Major: Psychology

Graduation Year: 2020

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I like to be adventurous so I enjoy going to events and socials. I also love food so I already know the best places on each campus

FUN FACT: I have a huge bucket list as well as a “Foodie” bucket list

Favorite Quote: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned”

Words of Wisdom: surround yourself with people that brings out the best in you and supports you    

 

Kayasha Freeman

Major: Chemistry

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I love going to campus events but also like staying in to bake, play games, study, or watch a movie. If be down to go swimming or the gym or eat etc. I’m pretty laid back and open to exploring new things.

FUN FACT: I completed 3.5 years of high school in under 2 years

Favorite Quote: “You must cultivate success in order to watch it bloom”   

Words of Wisdom: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. And do study what interest you. Also intelligence mea nothing without hard work and sacrifice

 

Dan Garrido

Major: Mathematics

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

A person who puts family 1st still trying to figure out my path and my goals

FUN FACT: I sprained my ankle this summer, never got it checked out and still play soccer as if it’s still okay

Favorite Quote: “So meet the newest role model who don’t know how to fake this shit. Never sold a rock and look I made it bitch” –J. Cole

Words of Wisdom: Just do it   

 

Crystal Guadalupe

Major: Public health

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I am overall a really down to earth person and can have fun but also take important matters seriously

FUN FACT: I went to the beach for the first time this summer!! I’ve only ever been to lakes 

Favorite Quote: “Everything happens for a reason”

Words of Wisdom: Don’t look back at your past always keep moving forwards and strive to be the best you can be

 

Nancy Hafez

Major: Exercise Science

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I like trying new things and meeting new people, I’m calm and relaxed but I’m also adventures. I love shopping and going to the gym. I’m always down for a good movie. I’m going to be commuting from Metuchen. I’ll be on CA and Douglass most of the time

FUN FACT: I have been scuba diving 3 times in the Red Sea

Favorite Quote: “Not everyone who wanders are lost” 

Words of Wisdom: Go with the flow. Just live your life one day at a time

 

Khadeen Hewitt

Major: Undecided (or Healthcare)

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I love to try new things and be adventurous. I love to just bake goodies randomly if I have time. I have days where I just chill out and relax and days where I just want to have fun.

FUN FACT: I love baking so much that I have thought of starting a small business with my friends   

Favorite Quote: “imperfection is beauty, madness if genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” –Marilyn Monroe

Words of Wisdom: It’s okay to fall down as long as you can pick yourself back up

 

Adriann Lai 

Major: Undecided

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: off

Anything else we should know about you?

I enjoy trying new foods and restaurants and I will definitely be dragging my mentee with me

FUN FACT: I performed piano in China, Russian, and Austria after winning international piano competitions during high school  

Favorite Quote: The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all – Emperor of China (Mulan) and “They don’t think it be like it is, but I do” - Oscar Gramble

Words of Wisdom: You’re paying thousands of dollars for your education so don’t skip class!  

 

Stephanie Lamerce

Major: Philosophy and Africana Studies

Graduation Year: N/A

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I am pursuing a career in law after I obtain my bachelor’s degree. I want to work with immigration, prison reforms, and aiding others.

FUN FACT: I don’t like cranberry juice when it is in a liquid form only when it is freezed and becomes slushy 

Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” –Philippians 4:13

Words of Wisdom: Love life, love yourself, love joy, and be grateful

 

Michelle Lee

Major: Finance

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I am Korean American, in the business school, I love reading and baking, I am part of the Global Village House, super into Cupocira (a Brazilian dancing martial arts, and have work study at the Douglass writing center

FUN FACT: I introduce myself as the first lady 

Favorite Quote: “The whole problem with the world is that fools are always so certain of themselves, but the wise people are so full of doubts”

Words of Wisdom: Don’t just attend college, experience it.

 

Martinez, Diemari

Major: Criminal Justice

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I love to make people laugh and I love to laugh. I love baking and crafting.

FUN FACT: I just came back from a service learning trip in Greece! I love to travel!

Favorite Quote: When there is a will there is a way

Words of Wisdom: Day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different 

 

Mendez, Estefany

Major: Linguistics

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I enjoy trying new foods and restaurants and I will definitely be dragging my mentee with me

FUN FACT: I’ve accident burned myself with soup various times

Favorite Quote: “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps greater –J.R.R Tolkien

Words of Wisdom: At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can!  

 

Mensah-Boateng, Rosslin

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I like cooking and crafty stuff

FUN FACT: I lived in Italy for about 2 years before I came to the U.S

Favorite Quote: “If you believe and work hard you can surely achieve it”

Words of Wisdom: It may not be easy butt all the hard work will be worth it 

 

Osser, Eddy

Major: Finance

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: off

Anything else we should know about you?

I like to entertain other people and make them feel happy every second. I was born and raised in the DR so I feel very happy when I find people like me to tell them my experience and that nothing is impossible even when you have trouble with a language

FUN FACT: I can rap and do standup comedy

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” –Martin Luther King Jr  

Words of Wisdom: Remember why you are here. It’s all about accomplishing your goals and being great

 

Palacios, Amy

Major: Math/Education

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I’ve been told I am pretty relatable but that’s because I’m pretty open to new things and respectful of other people’s interest and ideas. I hope by being your mentor you can come to me for anything you need and help me make your freshman year a little less stressful

FUN FACT: oldest of five

Favorite Quote: Never half ass 2 things, whole ass 1 thing

Words of Wisdom: Never half ass 2 things, whole ass 1 thing

 

Pham, Anh

Major: Chemical Engineering

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: off

Anything else we should know about you?

I have never attended a party/football game/any kind of game since I got to college. Also I don’t drink or do drugs. I’ve had sips of alcohol but it’s not something I am interested in. I’m not good with words/writing in general. I’m a chemical engineer and biochemical engineer. I’m generally quiet in class but around my friends I am super weird. I like to draw and learn new skills. I’m fun, loving and I like to explore new places. I also like watching movies. I watch animes, I’ve been watching One piece and Fairy Tale for years. I also read manga. I am very easy amused. I usually come to school to study on Saturday with my friends because I get distracted easily at home and I feel lonely if I study alone. As a mentor, I can help you with your studies.

FUN FACT: I am super quiet and shy around new people but once you know me I am super weird

Favorite Quote: When there is a will there is a way

Words of Wisdom: Be different 

 

Rueda, Jessica

Major: Criminal Justice

Graduation Year: 2018

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

I have a younger sister in which I hope she can think of me as her role model/someone she can look up to. I decided to dorm for my first 2 years. Now I am commuting in which I would like to have that experience as well.

FUN FACT: I went zip lining summer 2016, rollercoasters scare me but I will still get on it

Favorite Quote: “Success is when you get what you want. Happiness if when you want what you get”

Words of Wisdom: Be you! Don’t change for anything. 

 

Torres, Lourdes

Major: Environmental Science

Graduation Year: 2019

Housing: on

Anything else we should know about you?

On a typical day with my mentee we would discuss an issues or concerns. If time allows we would try to do something fun like going to a Rutgers event, eating lunch together etc.

FUN FACT: I love animals (especially turtles) and the environment. When I have free time I like to spend a lot of time outdoors

Favorite Quote: “sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr.Suess 

Words of Wisdom: never limit yourself. You never know what you are capable of doing until you try