Peer Mentors

What is a Summer Academy Peer Mentor?transfer academy students

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!

Natalie Lim

Natalie Lim: Welcome new slugs! My name’s Natalie. I am a transfer student from Santa Rosa Junior College. I started at UCSC in the Summer Transfer Academy in 2016 majoring in Sociology with a concentration in GISES - focusing on technology for social justice. This year, I volunteered with SHOP (Student Health Outreach and Promotion) on campus and worked as a Research Assistant. If you have any questions about all the acronyms on campus (or anything else), I got your back. I look forward to getting to know all of you this summer. Let’s make some memories!

Jason Crandon

Jason Crandon: Hello Everyone! Welcome to UCSC! My name is Jason Crandon and I transferred from Cabrillo College last year. Currently, I am a 4th year Psychology major affiliated with Cowell College. I am from the local area so if you have questions about Santa Cruz history or anything about the area, don’t hesitate to ask. I participated in last year’s Summer Academy and cannot say enough about what it did for my transition to UCSC. I was able to get some great jobs mentoring other students on campus, work on an independent research project, and will be heading off to do a Study Abroad Program in England this coming fall. But, Summer first! I look forward to a great program and working with all of you. Let’s have some fun while making your transition to the university as smooth as can be! Also, Tennis, anyone?

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