Peer Mentors

What is a Summer Academy Peer Mentor?peer mentor group

Summer Academy Peer Mentors are role models, peer advisers, and will be your go-to for all questions related to being a student at UCSC. Here to support your transition to academic and campus life at UCSC, Peer Mentors are second, third, and fourth year UCSC students who are experienced student leaders on campus or are students who went through Summer Academy programs themselves! They are passionate about working with students and will be available all summer long to provide support and guidance to Academy students on anything related to academics, UCSC resources, navigating the campus, college life, and the ins and outs of Santa Cruz.

“All three of our Peer Mentors were always available and happy to talk to each student. They always had a positive attitude and professional demeanor when I had a question for them."     
- 2017 Academy Student

Peer Mentors will also uphold housing policies, help to identify and address problematic issues and behavior in the residence halls, and provide support in those situations with the goal of creating an inclusive, safe, and positive living environment for all. As peers who have been through the transition to college at UCSC themselves, they can share their personal experiences and will be happy to lend a helping hand to mentees throughout the summer. Peer Mentors also plan events, activities, and workshops for Academy students - so join in on the fun this summer and get to know your Summer Academy Mentors!

Meet the 2017 Peer Mentors!


Zero Zhang


Tianyi Zhang (Zero)

Hey everyone! Welcome to Summer Academy 2017! My name is Tianyi Zhang, and I go by Zero. I am a fourth year international student affiliated with Cowell College, from Shanghai. I am double majoring in Mathematics and Economics. As a Summer Academy mentor, I will be answering your questions, acting as a resource, and helping you succeed at UCSC. I am a Lead Mentor for UCSC’s International Mentorship Program helping students transition from high school abroad to life here. As a Stevenson College Resident Assistant, I create and maintain a supportive system for about 80 residents. I also tutor for LSS (Learning Support Services), and have tutored Statistics, some Math courses, and Econometrics. Feel free to reach out to me if you are facing challenges academically, socially or culturally. I am really excited to meet everyone and help you grow! I love food, so let’s go on some food adventures together! 

Jocelyn Yu

Jocelyn Yu

Hi everyone! Welcome to UC Santa Cruz. My name is Yue Yu, but you can call me Jocelyn -- I am fine with either one. I am a third year student affiliated with College Ten, currently majoring in Economics/ Mathematics. I am from Dalian, China and I speak Mandarin, English, and am currently learning French. I like to learn from global perspectives and am volunteering as a Peer Mentor in the International Mentorship Program during the academic year. I will also be here during the Global Start (International Orientation) as a Global Leader. I am a Summer Academy International alumni from 2015 and I found it was a great program. I look forward to assisting you all and answering any questions regarding academic and social life.

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