Current Mentors

The 2018-2019 Success Mentor Team


Diana Alvarado

4th Year, Cognitive Science Major

From Bakersfield, on her free time she enjoys dance. Diana became a success mentor because she wanted to be an academic and emotional support to first year students. Her favorite quote is "you have nothing to fear but fear itself - and of course the boogeyman."

 

      


Connie Balbuena

3rd Year, Public Health Major

From Los Angeles, on her free time she enjoys going on trips with her friends and family. Connie became a success mentor because she likes sharing her knowledge and experiences with first year students as well as empowering students to pursue their passions and achieve their goals. Her favorite quote is from Pablo Picasso, "everything you can imagine is real."


Mariel Benigno

4th Year, Molecular and Cell Biology Major

From Elk Grove, on her free time she enjoys running with her two adopted dogs. Mariel became a success mentor because she wanted to give back to the community of UC Merced and had a mentor freshman year who was supportive and helped her learn more about resources. Her favorite quote is "with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."


Elizabeth Cacino

3rd Year, Computer Science Major

From Watsonville, on her free time she enjoys expressing herself through creative drawing. Elizabeth became a success mentor because she wanted to help first year students be successful. Her favorite quote is "peace begins with a smile."


Lesly Castro

4th Year, Sociology Major

From San Diego, on her free time she enjoys reading, arts & crafts, and watching netflix. Lesly became a success mentor because during her first year she struggled with the transition from high school to college and wanted to be able to help first year students have an easier transition. Her favorite quote is "you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."


Angelica Costilla

3rd Year, English and Sociology Major

From Madera, on her free time she loves to perform spoken word and go to hip hop shows with friends. Angelica became a success mentor because she wanted to help first year students feel as comfortable as possible as they embark on their college journey. Her favorite quote is from Reverie, "through all storms, lightening, and thunder, make sure you don't forget to shine."


Bianca De Los Santos

4th Year, Human Biology Major

From Roseville, on her free time she loves to dance, shop, hang out with friends, and watch Netflix. Bianca became a success mentor because she wanted to be able to give back to the community and help first year students have a successful transition into UC Merced. Her favorite quote is "you miss every shot you don't take."


Eleazar Hernandez

4th Year, Management and Business Economics Major

From Merced, on his free time he enjoys going out to eat with his friends as well as exploring Yosemite National Park on the weekends. Eleazar became a success mentor because he saw the opportunity to help first year students in the same way that he was helped when he was a freshman and share his experiences, failures, and successes throughout his educational career. His favorite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi, "be the change that you wish to see in the world."


Genesis Hester

4th Year, Cognitive Science and Psychology Major

From Lake Elsinore, on her free time she enjoys to sing, write, play volleyball, watch movies with friends and playing with her dog. Genesis became a success mentor because she is always excited to meet new people and wanted to share some of her wisdom that she has gained throughout her experiences at UC Merced. Her favorite quote is from Blake Griffith's college coach, "fall in love with the process of becoming great."


Alex Lopez

4th Year, Mechanical Engineering Major

From Union City, on his free time he enjoys cycling and hanging out with his brothers. Alex became a success mentor because he wanted to make a difference to first year students by empowering them with resources on-campus. His favorite quote is "today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."


Zhane Mejino

4th Year, Psychology/Pre-Health Major

From Oahu, Hawaii, on her free time she loves to sing, write, and read. Zhane became a success mentor because she loves helping others and working with others to grow as an individual is the most rewarding experience. Her favorite quote is "while you're out there developing yourself as a professional and an academic, never forget to feed your creativie passions and hobbies. They're just as important as your achievements."


Patty Mondragon

2nd Year, Political Science Major

From Santa Ana, on her free time she enjoys to dance. Patty became a success mentor because she wanted to allow students to feel comfortable and find their path in our community and school to grow academically and personally. Her favorite quote is from Nelson Mandela, "no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."


Karen Montano

4th Year, Public Health Major

From Montebello, on her free time she enjoys doing makeup. Karen became a success mentor because she wanted to help first year students transition into UC Merced, especially those from underrepresented communities. Her favorite quote is "never let your fear decide your fate."


Aldo Montez Sanches

3rd Year, Management and Business Economics Major

From Mountain View, on his free time he enjoys playing soccer, basketball, video games, and watching Netflix. Aldo became a success mentor because he wanted to guide incoming first year students towards a successful first year by assisting them on having a positive experience at UC Merced. His favorite quote is "your smile is your logo. Your personality is a your business card. How you leave others feeling after an interaction becomes your trademark. That is why you use your smile to change the world, but don't let this world change your smile."


Rocio Murillo

4th Year, Sociology Major

From Koreatown, Los Angeles, on her free time she enjoys going on hikes, traveling to new places, and drawing. Rocio became a success mentor because she enjoys working with first year students and helping them transition to college as well as seeing students develop and find their home away from home. Her favorite quote is “we delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”


Jimel Mutrie

4th Year, Psychology Major

From Lancaster, on her free time she enjoys watching makeup videos, Netflix, and crochet. Jimel became a success mentor because she wanted to help first year students get through many of the struggles she had as a freshman. Her favorite quote is "it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."


Yessica Pascacio

3rd Year, Management and Business Economics Major

From Fresno, on her free time she enjoys traveling and visiting new places with friends. Yessica became a success mentor because she wanted to empower first year students in achieving their goals while providing support to students who might feel lost in this new environment. Her favorite quote is "never lose, either win or learn."


Michelle Perez-Arreola

2nd Year, Biological Science Major

From San Diego, on her free time she enjoys staying in shape and going to the gym. Michelle became a success mentor because she wanted to share her experiences with others to allow them to acquire skills and knowledge she lacked in order for them to avoid the same hardships and get a better outcome. Her favorite quote is "grow through what you go through."


Diana Ramirez

3rd Year, Management and Business Economics Major

From Santa Cruz, on her free time she enjoys watching Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu as well as traveling with friends. Diana became a success mentor because she wanted to be able to empower and help other students that needed an extra push to reach their full potential as well as help them have a successful transition into UC Merced. Her favorite quote is "learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow."


Jessica Solano

4th Year, Psychology Major

From Fairfield, on her free time she enjoys painting and exercising. Jessica became a success mentor because she wanted to give back to the UC Merced community because she had a mentor her freshman year who had a big impact on her life. Her favorite quote is from Colin Powell, "there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."


Carlos Tenorio

4th Year, Management and Business Economics Major

From South Central, Los Angeles, on his free time he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and going to the gym with friends. Carlos became a success mentor because he wanted to empower first year students through his personal experiences and help them develop academically, professionally, and personally. His favorite quote is from Tupac, "I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it."


Paola Torres 

4th Year, Sociology Major

From Ontario, on her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and sisters as well as watching Netflix and going to the movie theatre. Paola became a success mentor because she wanted to assist first year students in their transition to UC Merced as well as letting them know about cool on-campus events and tips that helped her. Her favorite quote is "when was the last time you did something for the first time."


Joseline Velasquez

4th Year, Human Biology Major

From Los Angeles, on her free-time enjoys expressing her artistic skills through creative drawing. Joseline became a success mentor because she likes giving back to others. Her favorite quote is "work hard while you're young to work less when you're old."


Wendy Zhu

4th Year, Public Health and Psychology Major

From Alameda, on her free time she enjoys exploring new cities and trying new foods. Wendy became a success mentor because she wanted to help first year students navigate the campus and not struggle as much as she did. Her favorite quote is "don't let people's compliments get to your head and don't let criticisms get to your heart."