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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.

Spring 2019:

Finals Week

Monday to Friday: 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm

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

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