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School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

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 

SSHA Peer Mentors


 Cheyenne Tompkins

 About Cheyenne: 
Cheyenne Tompkins grew up in San Francisco, Ca. She is currently a fourth year student pursuing a BA in Psychology. She is also applying to graduate school in order to get her MBA in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in hopes to become a  licensed counseling psychologist.
 I became a peer mentor because I really love one-on-one interactions with students. I see a lot of myself within students that I meet, and I understand what it feels like to go through this college experience by yourself. Due to that, I try my hardest to be a resource and ally for every student because that support is something that can travel miles that my feet may never reach."
 Quote: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” Isaiah 54:17





 Dariana Lara 

 About Dariana:
 She is a fourth year Political Science major with a minor in Writing and Psychology. She was born and raised in Merced, and currently attends UC Merced. After graduating, Dariana plans on pursuing a masters in Higher Edducation, to continue working for the UC system.
 "I chose to become a Peer Mentor, because I enjoy helping my fellow peers. I remember coming into the UC lost and confused. As a peer mentor I am able to help my peers familiarize themselves with the campus. Leading students to their appropriate resources, guiding them in the registration process, or being there to talk and connect with the student is truly rewarding. My goal is to help make the students day easier."
 Quote: "As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Audrey Hepburn





Genesis Flores

About Genesis:
Genesis Flores grew up in San Diego, California. She is currently a third year student and is pursuing a bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduation Genesis aspires to become an ABA therapist and hopes to continue to make a difference in educational counseling.
 "I chose to become a peer mentor because I wanted to help build a connection between students and important resources that help on their success as students. As a first generation  college student myself, it was important that students would be able to relate to my experiences and are able to connect with mentors and help provided. Becoming a peer mentor has allowed me to see students achieve their goals  and be apart of helping out through out their journey." 
 Quote: “The struggles we experience make the success we achieve worthwhile. Without pain, how would we be able to appreciate our progress?“ -  John C. Maxwell 

Marcela Mendez

About Marcela:

Marcela Mendez grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a fourth-year student pursuing a bachelor's in Management and Business Economics with a minor in Spanish. After college Marcela plans to pursue a career in marketing and earn her master's degree in marketing. She would like to eventually start her own brand management consulting firm. 


“I chose to become a peer mentor because as a first-generation college student I know first-hand how confusing and scary college can seem. I would like to connect with students and support them through both their professional and personal journeys. I truly believe that every individual has the potential to do great things and I hope to connect them to the right resources and guidance to help them achieve it.  It’s very rewarding knowing that I was able to help and contribute my part to their success here at UC Merced.” 


“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean


SSHA Peer Mentors Workshops:

Watch online video tutorials on our YouTube channel.

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