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SSHA Peer Mentors

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts is proud to present the addition of Peer Mentors to our academic advising program. The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help incoming freshmen make a smooth transition from high school to the college environment. They will keep you up-to-date on campus events, share their personal experiences and offer help and also advise on adjusting to University life.

The Peer Mentors will provide guidance and insight for a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to: 

  • Answering registration questions
  • Semester planning
  • Understanding Major and Minor requirements
  • Reading your audit and MyDegreePath
  • Filling out forms
  • Knowing important dates and deadlines
  • Finding useful and relevant campus resources
  • Assisting with the transition from high school to college

The SSHA Peer Mentor Staff are located on the second floor of the Classroom & Office Building (COB) at UC Merced.  Students wishing to speak with a Peer Mentor should check in with the SSHA Advising Reception office in Room 204.

Fall 2018:

Monday: 9:15am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Tuesday: 9:15am-10:00am, 1:30pm-4pm

Wednesday: 9:15am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Thursday: 9:15am-10:00am, 1:30pm-4pm

Friday: 9:15am-12pm, 1pm-3pm

*Hours are subject to change 

Attention Sophomores: 

All Sophmores that have general advising questions will meet with a Peer Mentor. Only with a Peer Mentor referral can a Sophomore be allowed to meet with an Academic Advisor. Students are required to bring a current copy of their Audit to meet with a Peer Mentor. 

SSHA Peer Mentors Workshops:

Watch online video tutorials on our YouTube channel.

Search: UCM SSHA Advising on YouTube or click the app!  

Meet the SSHA Peer Mentors

Sergio Cabrales:

Sergio is from Huntington Park, California. He is currently majoring in Public Health with a minor in Sociology. He currently is involved in two research labs, started his position as a medical scribe, and is president of Jam Central Guitar Club. During his free time, he enjoys to play basketball and guitar. After he graduates, he plans to apply for position in the field of Public Health while pursuing a Master’s in Physician Assistant.

“As a Peer Mentor, I hope to build positive relationships with my fellow peers and provide guidance that will help them succeed at UC Merced."

“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.” —Eric Thomas

Sarai Rodriguez:

Sarai is from East Los Angeles, California. She is currently working to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. As a Peer Mentor and SATAL student intern, she hopes to facilitate the college process for students here at UC Merced. After she graduates she hopes to obtain her Master’s degree and work with Fostered and Adopted Youth.

“My goal as a Peer Mentor is to allow students to build a one-on-one relationship with someone who has gone through similar struggles as they have, and to help students navigate life at UC Merced.”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” —Marianne Williamson

Amandip Singh:

Amandip is from Ripon, California.  She is currently working towards her bachelor of science in Management and Business Economics with a minor in Public Health. She is currently involved in various sustainability initiatives on campus and has planned several events from EcoFest, Earth Day and the first ever Recycle Mania competition. After graduation, she hopes to go in to the work force and gain some experience before obtaining a Masters in Business Administration.

“The role of being a Peer Mentor is an opportunity for me to use my personal experiences in order to relate with and help others students as they try to find their way here at UC Merced. I want students to know that I am here to create a safe space for them to be able to discuss their struggles, so that we can do the best of our ability to aid them in overcoming any academic obstacles.”

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” —Napoleon Hill


Annabel Vu:

Annabel is from Fountain Valley, California. She is currently in her fourth-year working towards a bachelor of science in Management and Business Economics with a minor in Psychology. She is currently involved in the business organization Alpha Kappa Psi and is a Marketing Intern for Health Promotion. After graduation, she hopes to find an opportunity to work in the tech industry, 

“My goal as a peer mentor is to give students the resources they need so that they may feel confident enough to navigate successfully through UC Merced on their own."

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” -—John Wooden