UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Aspire Program

Meet our Peer Mentors

2019-2020

 

 

Jon Arreguin 

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Major: 
Physical Health Education 

Hometown: 
White Bear Lake, MN 

Hobbies/Interests:
Collecting and listening to records (classic rock), going to concerts, watching and playing sports 

Involvements: 
Aspire Mentor, Resident Assistant, Treasurer in Health Physical Ed (HPE) Club 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
Assist students who are in a current position I once was 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls? 
All of the great people and friendships I have made 

What advice would you give a first-year student? 
Get involved, break out of your Shell! No regrets! 

McKenzie Baker 

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Major:
Psychology 

Hometown:
Hudson, WI

Hobbies / Interests:
Loves watching football (Chicago Bears fan), played baseball, paint and draw, marvel fan

Involvements:
Aspire Mentor and Black Student Union (BSU)


Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor?
To help new students who are coming on campus 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls? 
I love how small the school is! Smaller school = closer connections with professors and students on campus

What Advice would you give to a first-year student? 
- Be as organized as possible
- Keep your syllabus! Check it often! 
- Make time for yourself 
- Get involved and meet others to make a connection for many purposes 

Shelby Behrens

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Majors:
Art and Secondary Education 

Hometown: 
River Falls, WI 

Hobbies / Interests: 
Art, music, makeup, and decorating 

Involvements:
Aspire Mentor, Secretary in Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club, Feminist Organization, and Muggles United


Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
I want to make a difference and help others feel welcome on campus


What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls? 
The Aspire Program, Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and activates put on by Student Involvement 

What advice would you give to a first-year student? 
Utilize your resources, they help you so much in the first year, especally career and counseling services 

Eric Byerly Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

 

Major:
Data Science, minor in Economics 

Hometown:
Bayport, MN 

Hobbies/Interests:
Photography, exploring new places, reading, music, and sports 

Involvements:
Aspire Mentor, Black Student Union (BSU), Data Science Club (DSC), Student Feminist Organization (SFO), Student Government Association (SGA), Photography Club, and Math Club 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
To help new studnet's coming to campus have a successful first year at UWRF and become involved with student organizations that interest them 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls?
The people I have met in the course of my time on campus through my participation in student organizations and within my residence hall 

What advice would you give a first-year student? 
Put yourself out there. Go out for on campus student organizations that align with your interests and meet new people 

Maddy Galvan

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Major: 
Sustainable Management 

Hometown:
Chanhassen, MN 

Hobbies/Interests:
Baking, hiking, yoga, traveling, gardening, fitness classes, reading, and painting

Involvements: 
Aspire Mentor, Latino Student Organization (LSO), and Phi Mu 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
I wanted to give back to the Aspire community, get more involved on campus, and meet more people 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls? 
I love the size of the campus and the proximity to both rural and urban land 


What advice would you give to a first-year student? 
- Try to have an open-mind; be open to new experiences
- Take advantage of resources on campus 
- Have fun and enjoy your time at college, but don't forget the main reason why you're here 

Ezekiel Olakunle

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Major: 
Biomedical Sciences 

Hometown:
Oakdale, MN

Hobbies/Interests:
Basketball, music, and travel 

Involvements: 
Aspire Mentor, Vice President of Black Student Union (BSU), Resident Assistant, and intramurals 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
I felt like Aspire is the way I met all the people I know and I want to be able to help people find friends and transition into college 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls? 
Not to small and not too big! 

What advice would you give to a first-year student? 
Put yourself out there, go to different events, introduce yourself. Be uncomfortable! 

Jenny Pacheco-Hernandez 

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Major: 
Criminology 


Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN 

Hobbies / Interests: 
Soccer, dancing, drawing and painting 


Involvements
Aspire Mentor, Dancing with Diversity, Vice President in Latino Student Organization (LSO), and Salsa Club 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
I really enjoy helping people out. I like building friendships, sharing knowledge, and learning from others. Most importantly, I want to help incoming studnets feel comfortable on campus 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls?
Everyone is really nice and you can find things easier become its a small campus 

What advice would you give to a first-year student? 
Keep a planner or keep something that will help you manage your time because procrastination hits you hard in college. Also, don't forget to make time for yourself 

Aye Than Dar Oo

Aspire 2019-20 Mentor

Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med

Hometown: 
St. Paul, MN 

Hobbies / Interests:
hanging out with friends, hiking, and outdoor activities

Involvements: 
Aspire Mentor, Pre-Health Club, and Orientation Leader

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
I want to get out of my comfort zone, grow as an individual, make new friends, and share my experiences

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls?
Being able to go to the Falcon Center 

What advice would you give a first-year student? 
Don't give up and get help when you need it 

Carmen Torres Leon                                                                                             

Major:  Aspire Mentor 2019-20
Business Administration Management, minor in Communication Studies 

Hometown: 
Brooklyn Center, MN

Interests / Hobbies:
Shopping, hanigng out with friends, binge watching on Netflix 

Involvements: 
Aspire Mentor, President of Latino Studnet Organization (LSO), and Student Support Services 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
I know how it can be difficult to come to a place not knowing anyone and feelling lost at times. I want to be able to guide first year students to the path that's right for them, and give them the support they need 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls?
UW-River Falls is affordable. There's so many opportunities and ways to get invovled. Best of all, UW-River Falls makes you feel welcome and included 

What advice would you give a first-year student? 
Don't give up. College isn' t easy. Make time to have fun and balance your academics. Don't be afraid to speak  up everyone is going through / has gone through wha you're expereincing. Be safe. Make smart decisions, and be open minded. You'll have an amazing college experience. 

Sam Wang 

 

Aspire 2019-20 MentorMajor: 
Biomedical Science, minor Chemistry 

Home Town:
Saint Paul, MN

Hobbies / Interests: 
Sneakers, gardening, and Microbiology 

Involvements: 
Asian American Student Association (AASA), and Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) 

Why did you choose to become an Aspire Mentor? 
To help guide students to be successful 

What is your favorite thing about UW-River Falls?
Small class sizes are great! Also, the ice cream on campus is amazing!

What advice would you give to a first-year student? 
Don't go home on the weekends. Try to find fun things on campus and in town

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