Meet the Peer Mentors

Summer University students have dedicated peer mentors. These mentors live with residential students on their floor and are available to support them.

Peer mentors wear many hats. They do everything from providing directions to class, to talking to students about how they chose their majors, to demystifying the bus system. An invaluable resource, these UC Santa Cruz experts are invested in the success of all Summer University students.

2020 Peer mentors will be announced in the spring, but you can meet the 2019 mentors below. 


    Paige Andersen

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    Second-Year Literature Major, Education Minor

    Hey y'all my name is Paige Andersen and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a second-year student here at UCSC majoring in Literature and minoring in Education! I truly have a passion for this university and the power of education and I feel extremely honored to be able to share this passion with all of y'all. I am currently the Vice Chair of Stevenson Student Council, one of our ten residential colleges, and have created The "For Me" Collective a safe space to meet new people, practice self-healing, and foster group support for all my fellow Banana Slugs. This past summer I was a Summer Orientation leader for incoming UCSC freshman and transfer students and was heavily involved in the facilitation of Welcome Week for this past year's freshman class. As an aspiring teacher, I want to be an approachable and knowledgeable resource for all of you and hope that I can be an amazing mentor for all of you dedicated high schoolers! This campus is truly something special and I am beyond thrilled to show it to y'all! Fun fact: I love to cook and I write my own recipes! I can't wait to meet all of you this summer!


  • Jeevan Bhullar

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    Second-Year, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

    Hello everyone! My name is Jeevan and I'm a second-year biochemistry and molecular biology major from the Sacramento area. I love to play both board and video games, make and eat good food, and travel. I'm part of the Mock Trial team at UCSC and an active member of Circle K (the college level of Key Club). I can't wait to get to know y'all this summer!

  • Yi-Chi Chu

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    Second-Year Proposed Human Biology Major

    Hello friends, I am Yi-Chi, or you can call me Chi-chi. I am going to be a second-year student in UCSC. I am affiliated in Merrill College and proposed to Human Biology major. I am an international student from Taiwan, an island on the other side of the Pacific ocean. I participated in the First Year Academy last summer, and it was an awesome experience, hope you are excited about the campus life and interesting college courses. We will have an unforgettable summer together!


  • Shawnae Bagunas Remulla

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    Second-Year Human Biology Major

    Hey, everyone, my name is Shawnae (pronounced Shuh-nae) and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a second year Human Biology major and I would like to go to medical school once I graduate so I can become a doctor. I am from the Bay Area, the San Jose/Milpitas area specifically and I am affiliated with Oakes College. I love animals, especially dogs and cats and I like to go to the beach in my spare time. I'm excited to meet you all this summer and I know we're going to have a great time!

  • Grace Diamond Sisson

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    Fourth-Year, Sociology Major

    Hi everyone, my name is Grace. I'm from Oakland, California. I am a 4th-year sociology major getting ready to graduate this Spring. My hobbies include making music, photography, and hiking. I look forward to meeting all of you and hope to see your creative side this summer!

  • Kira Perez-Angeles

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    Third-Year Sociology Major, Film & Digital Media Minor

    I'm so excited to meet everyone this summer. My name is Kira Perez-Angeles(she/her/hers) and I am a third-year majoring in Sociology and minoring in Film & Digital Media. I love backpacking, kayaking, camping, and anything that involves the outdoors. I am originally from Southern California and know a thing or two about being far away from home. I'm here ready to listen and help answer any questions about college in order to make this a fun-filled summer, can't wait to meet ya'll!

  • Alfonso Gamino

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    Second-Year, Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics Major

    Hey everyone and welcome to UC Santa Cruz! My name is Alfonso and I am a Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics major entering my second year of college in the fall of 2019. I grew up in the Central Valley and then later moved to Ventura County where I went from attending Santa Paula High School to the UCSC First Year Academy last summer. Attending the summer program before starting my college education really prepared me for my first year so I am happy to be helping guide students for a similar experience. Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions about anything; I can't wait to meet you all in the summer!