Meet the Peer Educators

Classic Tutors
Embedded Tutors
Learning Assistants
Peer Mentors
Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders


Meet the Classic Tutors

 

Izzy AsuncionName: Izzy Asuncion - Video Introduction
Major: Business Administration
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that I should not be ashamed of the fact that stress can definitely get overwhelming. At one point, I was afraid to get help and afraid to open up about the fact that stress has gotten to me. I was afraid of being a bother to people if I talk to them about how I have been truly feeling. However, the more I slowly opened up to others, especially my friends and loved ones, the more i realized that it is inevitable. No matter what age or stage of life we are all in, we can get stressed, but we should not be afraid to talk about it or seek for help when we need it. Talking it out and seeking for help can actually be a way to reduce your stress and take out some of the pressure you may be feeling.
  • My best strategy for college success is… plan ahead for all assignments, tests and projects. 

Jonathan AguayoName: Jonathan Aguayo - Video Introduction
Major: Software Engineering
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… the library offers free classes to help you learn softwares like Adobe Suite, SPSS, and Microsoft Office.
  • My best strategy for college success is… keep your schedule on a Google calendar so you can receive notifications about important dates.

Tiffany DoanName: Tiffany Doan
Major: Business Analytics
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there were so many resources at Peer Connections. I remember wanting to receive tutoring and mentoring on various courses but did not know where to go. I am very glad to have discovered this location, met influential students and leaders, and feel supported by everyone on the team!
  • My best strategy for college success is… take time to understand things, ask questions and listen to feedback, and connect with people!

Vivian DoanName: Vivian Doan - Video Introduction
Major: Nursing
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the many different resources created by students online as well as the general resources provided by the school that are created to help students adjust to life at SJSU. For example, on Facebook there is a housing group where students can post listings of available off-campus living spaces for those who are looking for housing. From the school, Transportation Solutions provides discounted ACE train tickets that allowed me to visit home at a discounted price.
  • My best strategy for college success is… step out of your comfort zone and try and experience new things! There is a lot that I would have never discovered that I enjoyed if I never out myself out there. I discovered new hobbies and met a lot of amazing friends by joining different clubs, utilizing campus recreation, and working jobs on campus.

Carlos GonzalezName: Carlos Gonzalez
Major: Molecular Biology
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the different services that Peer Connections has to offer. When I first attended SJSU I was aware of the SI Leaders because of my Chem 1A class, but I didn't realize the other roles in Peer Connections. After my first semester I began to learn about the tutoring, workshops, and other services that Peer Connections has to offer. I realized that Peer Connections helps students with many aspects, not just academic.
  • My best strategy for college success is… getting to know your fellow colleagues is vital. Forming study groups has been the best way I can study for a class. I personally feel that studying via teaching your fellow student is the best way to solidify the information in your mind. Another bonus is that you can oftentimes make a great friendship which can transcend your time at SJSU.

Brandon HaName: Brandon Ha - Video Introduction
Major: Applied Mathematics
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to not be afraid to seek help, whether it is with my classes, getting adjusted to college life, etc. There are countless resources on our campus at your disposal that are there to help you out! 
  • My best strategy for college success is… to prioritize your tasks and to manage your time well. In the end, being able to finish what you need to get done in an efficient matter is key to success. Talk with your friends, your professors, or use campus resources to help you with your college journey!

Arshia HamzehpourName: Arshia Hamzehpour - Video Introduction
Major: Biological Science
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about tutoring.
  • My best strategy for college success is… managing my time.

Josephine LeeName: Josephine Lee
Major: Business - Management Information Systems
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is…

Sam LowName: Sam Low - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Engineering
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that friends are actually easier to make than expected.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to find people and bond with them so that you'll stay together long after graduation.

An NguyenName: An Nguyen - Video Introduction
Major: Biochemistry
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there were a lot of resources on campus. Studying is the whole process. It is supposed to be hard, so there is no shame in asking for help.
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management to balance studying and social life.

Pratik PatilName: Pratik Patil - Video Introduction
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to make the best use of every service offered by SJSU (Peer Connections, the Writing Center, etc.).
  • My best strategy for college success is… stay organized, manage your time effectively, stay up-to-date with the things taught in class, finish and turn in papers and assignments long before the deadline. Surround yourself with positive and hardworking people who believe in you and support you. Make significant friendships that will last even after you graduate. Have zero tolerance for any type of negativity in life. Every morning when you wake up and rub your eyes and see the stars should be enough to make you believe in the magic you hold, the magic that lies within you.

Alyssa TranName: Alyssa Tran - Video Introduction
Major: Nursing
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how challenging it would be to balance all of my classes with my daily life. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… always try to stay up to date with assignments and when exams are. It's useful to know so you can plan ahead accordingly! 

Jonathan TshimpakaName: Jonathan Tshimpaka - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Science
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how to be balanced. During my first semester, I set myself a goal to get an internship offer before Christmas break. I worked really hard to accomplish this goal and I completely neglected my school work. My grades suffered as a result, and I did not succeed in getting an internship offer. I am happy that this first semester helped me remember to be balanced when I work toward a goal and avoid neglecting other responsibilities that I may have. Also, it is okay to fail, just learn from it and try to get better.
  • My best strategy for college success is… careful planning is very important in my opinion. Setting myself short and long terms goals helps me to stay focus on my priority and I certainly believe everyone should set themselves goals. "To get where you are going, you need to know where you are going first", without goals, you don't know where you are going. There is so much going on in college that one can get lost, settings goals and working hard to achieve it every day has helped me personally to stay on top of my work and be successful. It's something I need to improve because I have not been consistent with it. Every time I keep this strategy consistent, I am always on top of my work.

Thanhtam VanName: Thanhtam Van - Video Introduction
Major: English
Role: Classic Tutor

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all of the free stuff the school gives you throughout the year, like food and testing materials.
My best strategy for college success is… knowing when to give yourself a break from the stress.


Name: Noah Wind - Video Introduction
Major: Chemical Engineering
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… it's a big community, everyone can help you succeed if you reach out.
  • My best strategy for college success is… reach out! People are happy to help you.

Dorina YouhanaName: Dorina Youhana - Video Introduction
Major: Biochemistry
Role: Classic Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that studying ahead of time, remaining proactive, and making friends with the same goals as me really helps.
  • My best strategy for college success is… staying on top of things and having a routine. Always aim high and set goals so that I feel accomplished when I attain them!

 

Meet the Embedded Tutors
 

Dierdre BrennanName: Dierdre Brennan - Video Introduction
Major: History
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how much discipline you need to succeed in a full course load of classes. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… to manage your time well, dedicate certain days to certain classes but also dedicate days to self-care and relaxing.

Thi BuiName: Thi Bui - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Science
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there is a lot of support at SJSU for students who are struggling and that it's alright to feel stressed out or overwhelmed. College is supposed to be challenging so we can grow. There are a lot of people here at SJSU that can support and help you through difficult times. My personal favorites are Peer Connections and CAPS.
  • My best strategy for college success is… take care of your health first, both mentally and physically! Health goes a long way in college and it will definitely reflect on your school results!

Catherine DisekeName: Catherine Diseke - Video Introduction
Major: Accounting
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… all the different resources available to me as a student. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… ask for help when needed, take advantage of the different resources available to students, and be organized. 

Daniel KokoskiName: Daniel Kokoski
Major: Sociology
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there are a lot of resources and people on campus that can be super helpful to your academic and personal development. You just have to take the time to find them.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to not be afraid of being adventurous! Explore new hobbies and be open to meeting new people. Join any organizations or clubs that interest you. The more you explore and broaden your horizons, the closer you'll get to reaching your best potential.

Quan LeName: Quan Le - Video Introduction
Major: Electrical Engineering
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there is a food pantry and the health care building is a perfect place to study.
  • My best strategy for college success is… pace out your assignments through a long period of time so that nothing is rushed and you won't be under lots of stress.

Jen LuuName: Jen Luu - Video Introduction
Major: Applied Mathematics
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that it's okay to not finish everything that you plan to do in a day. Not everything has to go according to plan, right on the dot. If you feel tired or want to have some fun, it's okay to just stop grinding on your work and take a break. Try not to worry too much about perfection; focus on excellence. More often than not, doing your best is enough.
  • My best strategy for college success is… pace yourself. You reduce a lot of stress by starting early on assignments. You don't even have to start it on the day that it's open. Even reading through the instructions and getting an idea of what you need to do is a good head start. The most important part about starting early is that you have time to think about how to approach assignment. You have time to go to office hours, ask questions, make mistakes, get tutoring, check your work, and polish the final product.

Sheila MoraName: Sheila Mora - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that it is okay to ask for help. Don't be afraid to speak up about what it is you need in regards to academic success and self-care.
  • My best strategy for college success is… incorporating time management skills and exploring new study techniques.

Joveli NjominName: Joveli Njomin - Video Introduction
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to branch out more! I thought somehow people would approach me, but now I realize that I should have encouraged myself to try out new experiences all the time, no matter how hard it was to step out of my comfort zone.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to balance work and life. Within busy days of constant assignments and work, I find peace in knowing that I have 3 hours on Friday nights just to do whatever I want to do. This trick really helped me a lot in stressful times.

Monica OrmeName: Monica Orme - Video Introduction
Major: Applied Mathematics - Statistics
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the variety of resources that are available to support student success at SJSU. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… do not hesitate to seek help when you do not understand/are unsure about something. If you are uncertain about a concept that was discussed during lecture, you can get help by asking questions during office hours, clarifying concepts from lecture with classmates, coming to tutoring, etc. 

Name: Kalina Regnier - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… more about the process regarding meeting with advisors. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… use all of the resources available. SJSU has so many resources that can be used to help guide a student towards success. I would also suggest taking the effort to become acquainted with your professors, they have the ability to make your time at SJSU so much more successful.

Kaylin SchirmerName: Kaylin Schirmer - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all of the resources on campus! Sometimes it's hard to ask for help, but if you have a question or concern, there is a department, group, or individual with the answers or assistance. The first step is asking!
  • My best strategy for college success is… adopt a growth mindset. Intelligence is not stuck at a fixed level, and with effort is limitless. To succeed in college, leave behind thoughts of "I can't do this," and "I never learned this/I'll never be able to understand this." Give yourself the patience and space to know you can learn anything with effort and assistance.

Mandy ShihName: Mandy Shih - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Embedded Tutor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… the campus resources that could be beneficial to me or to my peers.
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management.

Michael SmithName: Michael Smith - Video Introduction
Major: History
Role: Embedded Tutor 

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to make more friends in my major and utilize campus resources like Peer Connections.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to take lots of notes and ask your professors lots of questions.

Nammi SridharaName: Nammi Sridhara - Video Introduction
Major: Economics
Role: Embedded Tutor 

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how important it was to become quickly involved in school activities and clubs in order to become more involved in campus life. Clubs related to your major and finding activities you are interested in will allow you to grow social connections and may spark a new passion. Another extremely important tip I carry is to plan out all of my assignments and exams for the semester in tangence with all of my extra-curricular activities. Creating a schedule is one of the most valuable methods of organization to hold myself accountable and stay organized for my future tasks.
  • My best strategy for college success is… effective time management skills and practicing self-discipline to stay on top of my coursework. Time management allows me to complete all of my work very efficiently and quickly, leaving additional time to relax and set more goals for myself. This strategy is extremely effective to minimize stress during chaotic weeks such as midterm season or during finals. Self discipline goes hand-in-hand with time management skills to ensure that I am not easily distracted and carry out the intended task. This is important to reduce the chances of procrastinating and generates productivity.  

Esme Vargas-TovarName: Esme Vargas-Tovar - Video Introduction
Major: Public Health
Role: Embedded Tutor 

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that the university offers so many resources for their students that serve as a guide and benefit us through our college journey!
  • My best strategy for college success is… form friendships, create study groups, and keep in touch with your professors! Remember to have fun and explore throughout your college education!

Name: Elaha Yakubi - Video Introduction
Major: Business Admin / Analytics
Role: Embedded Tutor 

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that I had many resources offered to me because I am a student. I would have liked to network with my SJSU staff and faculty sooner!
  • My best strategy for college success is… having a positive mindset and having a planner to plan future deadlines and stay on track.

Meet the Learning Assistants

 

Jonathan AdamName: Jonathan Adam - Video Introduction
Major: Chemistry 
Role: 
Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that professors were easy to talk to and wanted to talk to their students to help them in their courses. Go to office hours!
  • My best strategy for college success is… finding a group of people to study with for each class. Also, triple check your deadlines and what you think is due so that you don't miss things.

Siya BediName: Siya Bedi - Video Introduction
Major: Software Engineering
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there are so many resources available at SJSU, you just need to make sure to utilize them in the best way possible to help you succeed.
  • My best strategy for college success is… paying attention during lectures by taking notes and asking questions when needed. There should be no room for hesitation while asking questions because everyone is here to help you succeed!

Danitza ChelineName: Danitza Cheline - Video Introduction
Major: Biological Science
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all of the different resources and opportunities available to us as students. As undergrads, you have the ability of joining research labs, cool clubs, and more! As for resources, Peer Connections can refer you to what you may need whether it is tutoring, mentoring, or class-specific help. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… making sure to save some time for yourself every day to do things you may enjoy, like exercise, cooking, or any little thing that brightens up your day! 

Parnit JhuttyName: Parnit Jhutty - Video Introduction
Major: Biochemistry
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is…

Sid JohnsonName: Sid Johnson - Video Introduction
Major: Physics
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how much work you have to do individually to ensure your own success.
  • My best strategy for college success is… bonding with as many professors as possible in your major - they know a lot and want to help you be inspired!

Name: Diana Mai Luu
Major: Biological Science
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all the resources that SJSU had from the start. Things like resume building workshops, tutoring at both peer connections, and COSAC would've helped me a lot. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… don't leave everything till the last minute. Spend at least 20 minutes post lecture just reviewing everything you've just learned so that you engrain it in your head more. 

Name: Melanie Ma
Major: Forensic Biology
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…  about tutoring! They also have midnight tutoring in the evening for students like me who work after school in day shifts.
  • My best strategy for college success is… the best strategy for college success is to build long lasting connections.

Alondra SuarezName: Alondra Suarez
Major: Ecology
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that going to office hours is the best way to succeed in courses and find opportunities in your field. There are so many opportunities that professors have knowledge of but they can't help students find them if we don't meet them halfway.
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management and finding a routine that works for you. Do not overcommit to extracurricular activities before you have a good understanding of your workload.

Elvin ThapaName: Elvin Thapa - Video Introduction
Major: Biochemistry
Role: Learning Assistant

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about Peer Connections, where you can get so much help to boost your academic level with amazing tutors, mentors, LAs, and SI Leaders. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… don't hesitate to ask right away when you're stuck and get it cleared up in that moment. Work your way up each and every day from the start of each semester.

Meet the Peer Mentors

Sunny AhmedName: Sana Ahmed - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology MA 
Role: 
Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all the resources available for students. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management, self-care, and connecting with faculty!

Lanayah Apuan-WildName: Lanayah Apuan-Wild - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there are so many resources to help students.
  • My best strategy for college success is… staying organized.

Ilseh BusareloName: Ilseh Busarelo - Video Introduction
Major: Chicanx/Latinx Studies
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that we get free access to Microsoft Word.
  • My best strategy for college success is… plan ahead and organize your time.

Charles ChauName: Charles Chau - Video Introduction
Major: Business Admin / Management
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how to plan and schedule my classes. I also wish I had known that clubs are a useful way to network and meet new people. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management and accepting that there's a limit to how much you can handle on a day to day basis.

Sam DejosName: Sam Dejos - Video Introduction
Major: Communication Studies
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about Peer Connections.
  • My best strategy for college success is… read directions carefully and thoroughly.

Fernanda De VelascoName: Fernanda de Velasco - Video Introduction
Major: Political Science
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that getting involved was a major part of your college experience! Making friends in your classes isn't as easy as it was in high school, so definitely join clubs, push boundaries, and put yourself out there!
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management & doing the assigned readings! For heavy reading majors, I definitely recommend doing the assigned readings, it'll make all the information much clearer! Time management is also a must! Keep track of your classes, homework, and extracurriculars... calendars are my life savers!

Carter EdmondName: Carter Edmond - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Science
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the Health Center and all that it offers to students.
  • My best strategy for college success is… ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get the help you need.

Adriana GarciaName: Adriana Garcia - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… all of the amazing resources SJSU offers to their students to help them succeed on and off campus! SJSU really cares about their students and provides them with great opportunities for student involvement, personal/academic support, & entertainment! Take advantage of everything SJSU has to offer!

  • My best strategy for college success is… stay organized! Keep an organized planner that has all important dates and deadlines. Make sure to update it daily to include any new assignments, exams, or important events. In addition to staying organized, build relationships with your professors. Professors ultimately want their students to succeed and are willing to help them with whatever they may need! Do not be scared to approach your professors and ask for help! A lot of professors are able to provide their students with valuable advice and insight!


Yesenia GarciaName: Yesenia Garcia - Video Introduction
Major: 
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is…

Guadalupe GomezName: Lupe Gomez - Video Introduction
Major: Kinesiology
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that it is okay to ask for help! Some of the best resources I found to be helpful were by asking the professor or attending tutoring sessions.
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management and good note-taking! By dedicating some time out of my day to work on assignments, it helps relieve any future stresses or feeling overwhelmed. Also having a note-taking system has helped me stay organized and up to date with my classes.

Jocelyn IglehartName: Jocelyn Iglehart
Major: Kinesiology
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to get an advisor for my major department as soon as possible.
  • My best strategy for college success is… invest in a good planner and a good mentor to help guide you to success!

Ana LopezName: Ana Lopez - Video Introduction
Major: Molecular Biology
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to take initiative. SJSU has so many resources and programs that help every student be successful in any class. Also, to get out of my comfort zone. Try and get involved in things I wouldn’t usually do, because it tends to lead to great memories and meeting amazing people.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to take it one day at a time and to remain positive and confident in yourself. Many more things can be accomplished with this mindset. Also stay organize, have a planner to keep you aware of upcoming assignments and things that will be due soon.

Nicole ModicaName: Nicole Modica - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that clubs can lead to lifelong friendships. My first semester I had trouble making friends and was afraid to join clubs. Once I joined Her Campus I became a part of a family with girls who wanted to spread a positive message on campus. The experience I have had in this club made me feel a part of a community that has a positive influence at school.
  • My best strategy for college success is… don't be afraid to ask for help. SJSU offers many resources to help students get the assistance they need to achieve their goals. You can also ask help from students in your classes. We are all trying to do the best we can in that class and students helping students is a great way to build connections.

Anh NguyenName: Anh Nguyen - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Science
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about Peer Connections. It's not only helpful for my academic success but also for widening my connections.
  • My best strategy for college success is… communication.

Nhu NguyenName: Nhu Nguyen - Video Introduction
Major: Recreation Therapy
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all of the resources available for SJSU students! Students with financial aid grants can apply for the Affordable Textbook Program and receive a voucher to purchase items at the SJSU bookstore. All students can download Microsoft Word, Adobe software, and antivirus systems for free! The library provides free rentals for laptops, calculators, and other electronics. We can also meet with an advisor for resume, cover letter, and professional assistance. SJSU also offers free counseling at CAPS! There are so many resources available and I wish I had known them sooner!
  • My best strategy for college success is… to organize and manage your time! I know this is something you've probably heard a million times before, but it really is helpful. I recommend writing down all of your assignment due dates and also exam/quiz dates for every class. When you can see all of that information in front of you, it is much easier to plan out your work schedule, extracurricular activities, and allocating time for schoolwork. Make sure to also take care of yourself! You can do it!

Britney OrtizName: Britney Ortiz - Video Introduction
Major: Political Science
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to get involved from the start! Make sure to put an effort into getting involved on campus whether its joining clubs or volunteering. Building connections and gaining experience from trying new things is what makes your college experience so much better! I have personally volunteered with programs offered by the CCCAC, which I feel has overall helped me grow as a person! Don't be shy and get involved on campus!
  • My best strategy for college success is… remember to practice self-care. Make sure to manage your time and balance your social, academic, and work life, while also making room for your mental health. I tend to workout by doing cardio for at least 30 minutes a day, which gets my blood pumping and automatically makes me in a good mood. When I am in a better mood, I am more motivated to perform well academically!

Maritza Ortiz-UrrutiaName: Maritza Ortiz-Urrutia - Video Introduction
Major: Environmental Studies
Role: Peer Advisor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that asking for help is a part of the learning process. It's okay to not be sure of yourself all the time, and asking for help is okay!
  • My best strategy for college success is… creating a master syllabus in the beginning of each semester with all my future due dates and exams. Having everything in one place helps me visualize my work load in an easily accessible format. 

Name: Anya Pinthapataya - Video Introduction
Major: Corporate Accounting / Finance
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to put myself out there more and be more involved. College is the time to find yourself and experience new things. Do not go through college with your head down - meet new people and make connections with them. There are so many clubs, you are sure to find one that fits your interests.
  • My best strategy for college success is… be very organized. I recommend to have a calendar and put all of your assignments and exams on it so you will not forget. Make sure you keep on top of all your assignments and do not fall behind.

Anika PuriName: Anika Puri - Video Introduction
Major: International Business
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to attend as many events as possible and to meet new people every day.
  • My best strategy for college success is… have a healthy balance of fun, studying, and sleep!

Heather SalveronName: Heather Salveron
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is…

Emma SundstromName: Emma Sundstrom - Video Introduction
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all the great clubs and communities on campus!! And all the cool resources that the school offered.
  • My best strategy for college success is… keeping a healthy balance between work and home life. Me time is just as important as school time.

Aerielle SzetoName: Aerielle Szeto - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that everyone is new and shy so if you step out of your comfort zone first, you'll make more friends.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to use a planner! Staying organized can really help put your mind at ease and allow you to be able to work more efficiently.

Alina TorresName: Alina Torres - Video Introduction
Major: Sociology
Role: Peer Advisor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the free resources we have access to like Microsoft Word, Abode Premier Software, free movies via Kanopy. Not to mention, the free e-textbooks on the MLK library website; they don't have all the textbooks, but it's a good place to check before purchasing them.  
  • My best strategy for college success is… building rapport with your professors. This poses as more of a challenge now due to our transition into zoom university, but there's still ways to make this happen, you just have to be creative with it! I suggest answering questions during lectures so they can start to get to know you more. Building rapport is important, since there's a good chance you might reconnect with a professor for a letter of rec! 

Jessica TraverName: Jessica Traver - Video Introduction
Major: Liberal Studies
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that the lack of universal structure is a double-edged sword.
  • My best strategy for college success is… communication with classmates and teachers.

Zinnia WilsonName: Zinnia Wilson - Video Introduction
Major: EDCO
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… more about Wellness Center resources to help students destress, social groups, and ways to connect with other students.
  • My best strategy for college success is… avoid getting behind on schoolwork. Also, get other students' and your faculty's perspective on what is expected of classwork in order to get the most benefit from work assigned.

Crystal XuName: Crystal Xu - Video Introduction
Major: Communication
Role: Peer Mentor

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the many different resources like CAPS and Peer Connections to help me navigate throughout college in one piece.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to utilize as many resources as possible or be as involved to meet new people and gain experiences.

 

Meet the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders

 

Liana AnnableName: Liana Annable - Video Introduction
Major: Biochemistry 
Role: 
SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that big gaps between classes are very useful because I am able to do work in the library or get food.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to be successful in college, you need to put in work. You have to be independent and actively look for opportunities. You are now an adult and you need to take charge of your life.

Niyathi AnnamaneniName: Niyathi Annamaneni
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there was a library liaison for different classes.
  • My best strategy for college success is… take detailed notes and study them every day.

Hannah BittarName: Hannah Bittar - Video Introduction
Major: Molecular Biology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all the resources and different research opportunities available!
  • My best strategy for college success is… have fun and enjoy the journey, network and meet people, form study groups, and do extracurriculars that you are interested in.

Neel ChitaleName: Neel Chitale - Video Introduction
Major: Molecular Biology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the MLK Library's Online Database. The system is so user friendly and helpful for all SJSU students because it makes finding peer reviewed texts very easy. I certainly would have been saved a lot of work and time on my first few college papers if I had known about this resource from the get go, but at least now you can!
  • My best strategy for college success is… setting aside time for recreation and socialization. Of course it's important to focus on your studies, but if you aren't participating in activities that'll offset the stress of academics like hanging out with friends you won't last long. That goes the other way too if you like to spend too much time having fun and you need to set aside time to study. The big takeaway is that college is all about striking the balance between your school life and personal life, and the sooner you find out what works for you the sooner things will begin to feel comfortable!

Jessica CunninghamName: Jessica Cunningham
Major: Microbiology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… what classes I needed to take for my major.
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management.

Amrita DeoName: Amrita Deo - Video Introduction
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… better time management and prioritization. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… don't be afraid to ask for help! 

Priya DhillonName: Priya Dhillon
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that first generation students can get financial help from EOP.
  • My best strategy for college success is… take effective and organized notes. Record/listen to the lecture while studying the notes for classes such as Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.

Nikki DugganName: Nikki Duggan - Video Introduction
Major: Business Analytics
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… the importance of meeting new people in my classes to form study groups and work together to further understand the class work.
  • My best strategy for college success is… use your planner to stay organized and for time management.

Henry FanName: Henry Fan
Major: Computer Science
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how to define learning as a process of change. Changes in beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge, that we may distinguish, track and manage. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… to invest energy on learning how to learn, while reflecting on near-long term goals.

Alison FuName: Alison Fu - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is… don't lose sight of your goal and preserve your passion for learning.

Marley HarrName: Marley Harr - Video Introduction
Major: Sociology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… not to be afraid to talk to people. Once I began talking more with the people who lived on my floor, little did I know they'd become my best friends. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… finding a time in the day where you feel the most productive and using that time to focus on assignments. 

Name: Malik Hasan
Major: Linguistics
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about more student clubs and communities.
  • My best strategy for college success is… resting and self-care.

Gagan KaurName: Gagan Kaur - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about all the resources that are available to students. Taking advantage of resources like the Career Center, Peer Connections, and CAPS has made my transition to college so much easier. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… being on top of your work and starting larger assignments ahead of time. Even putting in half an hour on big projects when you have the time can go a long way. 

Catherine KuntoroName: Catherine Kuntoro - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Science
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that there are a lot of resources available for academic, financial, or personal well-being concerns and staff members that are more than willing to help.
  • My best strategy for college success is… form study groups and ask if you could "teach" the materials to your peers.

Lupe MendozaName: Lupe Mendoza - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that it is important to regularly schedule and meet with my academic advisors, especially when it is time to choose classes!
  • My best strategy for college success is… to build good relationships with your professors.

Abhi MoolaName: Abhi Moola
Major: Business Admin / Management
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how many clubs and organizations that were on campus. Finding something that I loved and being a part of something that I cared about helped me meet people with similar interests to me and made me feel like I had a place on campus.
  • My best strategy for college success is… I use a planner and calendar to write down everything that I need to do and everything that I have coming up. This helps me plan out my work and prevents me from procrastinating. Doing that makes me less stressed and not so overwhelmed.

Name: Melissa Monterosso - Video Introduction
Major: Accounting
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about Peer Mentors. There are so many parts to transitioning into college, having a mentor to lead the way would have been a great benefit. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… Time management! I can conquer all challenges, but I need to set myself up for success through managing my time and staying focused. 

Lilly MorreiraName: Lilly Morreira
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how much SJSU has to offer! Whether through clubs, sports, volunteering, or work, there are tons of ways to get involved and meet other students.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to not hold back. At a school as big as SJSU it can feel a little intimidating to ask questions in class or ask for help around campus. Getting past the intimidation can make the college experience a lot less scary/stressful and way more fun!

Adam NajibName: Adam Najib - Video Introduction
Major: Electrical Engineering
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how many resources the library has for students, from laptops and cameras to chargers and adapters.
  • My best strategy for college success is… use all the resources at your disposal like workshops, Peer Connections, and seeking out help from professors and classmates.

Name: Ben Newsome - Video Introduction
Major: History
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to start in the program I was most passionate about and not the one that I thought would get me the best job opportunities.
  • My best strategy for college success is… go to class!

Jared NguyenName: Jared Nguyen
Major: 
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known...

    that it would go by really quickly. I wish I had participated in more things that are lead by students rather than spending all my time on grades. Join a frat or sorority, join a club, and have fun while you still can. School is much more than just grades, go and connect with people. 

  • My best strategy for college success is…to not take yourself too seriously. Make sure you have fun and that you have a good balance of everything. Don’t let your grades consume you! 

Lali PerezName: Lali Perez - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… to go to more of my professor’s office hours. Going to office hours allows you to build a stronger relationship with your professors and it showed me just how much professors really want to help their students succeed. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… use a planner or google calendar to organize your assignments,classes, and personal activities. This helps you visualize just how much you really have going on during the week and it allows you to manage your time more effectively! 

Isabel PrietoName: Isabel Prieto - Video Introduction
Major: Public Health
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how to connect with campus clubs. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… plan ahead for all assignments, tests and projects. 

Manal RasheedName: Manal Rasheed - Video Introduction
Major: Public Health
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the wide variety of resources provided on campus. There are so many resources offered to receive help when you are struggling such as, tutoring, mentoring, counseling. Getting additional help from tutors or SI leaders can improve studying techniques greatly and offer new perspectives. 
  • My best strategy for college success is… plan and manage you time well so you can stay on top of things. It is important to make sure you are allotting enough time to get everything done and creating a personalized schedule that works well for you!

Navkiran SainiName: Navkiran Saini - Video Introduction
Major: Business Admin / Finance
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… different employment opportunities for students on campus. As an international student, I was not allowed to work off campus. After one semester, I found out about Peer Connections. I wish I knew about this great opportunity earlier.
  • My best strategy for college success is… complete the required work on/before time and revise everything done in class daily. If daily revision is not possible, weekly works well too. Prepare for test/exams in advance and always read the lesson ahead of class as it helps you understand better. Last but not least, never hesitate to ask your professor about topics that are not clear to you.

Daniela SanchezName: Daniela Sanchez
Major: Communicative Disorders & Sciences
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the A.S. Affordable Textbook Program.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to try your best and use all your resources around you!

Sameeha ShafikName: Sameeha Shafik - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about the resources such as tutoring, career services, and mental health help available on campus. I also wish I pushed my self out of my comfort zone more and joined more clubs and became active on campus earlier.
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management and organization of everything you need to get done. 

Pooja ShahName: Pooja Shah - Video Introduction
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… about Peer Connections and their various sessions such as one-on-one tutoring/mentoring, SI sessions, and other sessions. The way that peers help in understanding the material better is just outstanding.
  • My best strategy for college success is… using sticky notes for deadlines, separating hard, medium and easy material. Also, completing assignments at least a day before to prevent anxiety.

Emmy ShihName: Emmy Shih
Major: Child and Adolescent Development
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is… use those resources! 

Freya StartName: Freya Start
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that in order to do well in classes it is important to study over time, not just the night before an exam.
  • My best strategy for college success is… to learn time management. I think it is one of the most important skills for a college student to possess in order to balance classes, work, and extra-curriculars.

Vaishnavi SunkariName: Vaishnavi Sunkari - Video Introduction
Major: Public Health
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… how important it is to be involved on campus. Joining clubs and exploring resources on campus is a great way to learn about your interests and make new friends.
  • My best strategy for college success is…  be organized. It is vital that we, as college students, manage our time. Time management and organization can not only help our academics, but it can also help our mental health because we won't be stressed at the last minute.

Ahsan SyedName: Ahsan Ali Syed - Video Introduction
Major: Computer Science
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that university would be more fast-paced compared to community college. Try to take advantage of the resources on campus such as the Career Center or Peer Connections early on. Join clubs and try to find ways to be active on-campus.
  • My best strategy for college success is… start managing your time effectively and efficiently. Do not procrastinate - instead, find ways to make sure all your assignments are done before time. Use time on weekends to review everything you learn in your class and make well written notes. Make a planner and a check-list and keep proactively updating them.

Mark TaylorName: Mark Taylor
Major: Communication Studies
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…

    that there are so many free resources to not only improve your academics but also prepare for a professional career after graduation. 

  • My best strategy for college success is… taking and retaking notes!

Moi Tong-WooName: Moi Tong-Woo - Video Introduction
Major: Psychology
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that everyone is more than willing to make friends. I wish I had gone out of my comfort zone sooner and introduced myself to more people!
  • My best strategy for college success is… study groups! I can't count on one hand the amount of times I've gained a new perspective on a concept while studying in a group. It's really helpful on tough and abstract topics.

Name: Phuoc Tran - Video Introduction
Major: Biochemistry
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known… that SJSU has many different types of resources such as Peer Connections, COSAC, student organizations, educational, professional, and recreational events and opportunities.
  • My best strategy for college success is… learn, understand, know, and practice to improve your intrapersonal intelligence. Intrapersonal intelligence is one of the types of intelligence that refers to how much people understand about themselves such as their skills, strengths, weaknesses, interests, passion, wants, needs, and feelings. By having a high intrapersonal intelligence, students will be able to figure their passion, and the major that they love. Then, the students can focus on their field of study and work hard to reach their highest potential.

Rani UshurbakiyevaName: Rani Ushurbakiyeva - Video Introduction
Major: Business Admin / Finance
Role: SI Leader

  • When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known…
  • My best strategy for college success is… time management. If I devote a small amount of time every day for each subject and task I have, I do much better than leaving everything last minute and spending entire days on one thing.