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 your 2018 Peer Mentors!

Natalie Lim

Natalie Lim (Lead Peer Mentor) [click here to read about Natalie]

Hi everyone and welcome to UCSC! My name's Natalie and I was a transfer student from Santa Rosa Junior College back in 2016. I took part in the academy and continued on in 2017 as one of the lead peer mentors. I am so excited to be doing this again and meeting all of you. At UCSC, I majored in Sociology with a concentration in GISES, volunteered with SHOP's Slug Love program, worked as a Research Assistant, and spent a lot of time meeting people and making new connections. I look forward to getting to know all of you this summer so let's make some memories!

Laura Mayen

Laura Mayen (Lead Peer Mentor) [click here to read about Laura

Welcome to UCSC! My name is Laura Mayen and I am a transfer student from Cañada College. I am a senior pursuing a Psychology major and Political Science minor. I am a STARS (Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students) Peer Mentor and I find joy in helping new students with their transition to UCSC. Now as a Summer Academy Peer Mentor, I am so excited to help you excel during your transition to UCSC, and if you need help picking out classes or navigating MyUCSC let me know and I’ll be happy to help you. I look forward to a new journey together and a smooth transition. Lets get this session going!!!!


Erik Beckman

Erik Beckman [click here to read about Erik]

Hey everyone welcome to UCSC! My name is Erik, I am a transfer student from Ohlone College. I transferred to UCSC last year majoring in marine biology and I participated in the 2017 Transfer Academy. I have been working in the freshwater lab down at the Coastal Science Campus working on a project that is studying three spine stickleback. If you have any questions about getting into a lab, I would be happy to give you any advice I can. Also a fun fact about myself, I was a zookeeper for almost 10 years! So feel free to ask me any animal question you want. Can't wait to meet you all this summer and help you get a jump start here at UCSC!


Olivia Moore

Olivia Moore [click here to read about Olivia

Hello, everyone! My name is Olivia. I transferred here last year from Southwestern College in San Diego County, and I was a Transfer Academy student too! I am so excited to help y'all with this transition into university life. I'm a pre-med MCD Biology major, and also involved in some Black Student Organizations on campus. Questions about STEM opportunities, diversity on campus, or anything else for that matter, I'm here! I look forward to an amazing summer with you all!

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