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Meet the Peer Mentors

Meet the Peer Mentors

 [Diana Pinduisaca]

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Diana Pinduisaca

                                                                Major: Education & Youth Studies,Psychology

Minor: Spanish

Expected Graduation Date: 2014

Hometown: Chicago, IL

My Favorite…

Candy: Crunch

Movie: Devil Wears Prada

Song: Take Care - Drake feat. Rihanna

Food at Commons: Cereal and Ice Cream

Thing to do at BC: Learn!                                               

BC Memory: Summer Bridge 2010!

What are you doing this summer?
McNair Scholars Program

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
Undecided for now, but I see myself working for the Chicago Public Schools.

What makes you happy?
Family, my boyfriend, friends, sleep, soft pillows, late-night talks, puppies, red nail polish, music

What makes you mad?
The mornings, an unorganized schedule, people who complain, pessimists, liars, hypocrites, lack of sleep

I am a peer mentor because:
I want to help as many first year students have a good experience in their first year of college as I can, because it's not easy!

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[Danielle Wright] 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Wright

Nick Name(s): Dani, D

Major: Undeclared

Expected Graduation Date: 2015

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

 

My Favorite…

Candy: Milky Way, Laffy Taffy

Movie: Shrek, Rent

Song: Unthinkable (Alicia Keys) - really anything by Alicia Keys

Food at Commons: Pasta nights, alfredo noodles with cream white sauce

Thing to do at BC: Dance, Programming Board, hang out with friends.

BC Memory: Staying in Beloit for Thanksgiving break and getting up at 3am to go shopping on Black Friday.

What are you doing this summer?
Working in SSS and the Registrar's Office at Beloit.

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
Helping people either through a business aspect or social

What makes you happy?
Friends, family, accomplishing homework (seriously), dancing, relaxing by a lake or outside

What makes you mad?
Liars, people unwilling to change what they are used to or experience something new

I am a peer mentor because:
I believe that everyone deserves some guidance when experiencing their first year. Either in social or academic, it's reassuring to know that there is someone around who has been there before and has your back.

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[Joel Edouard] 

 

 

 

 

Joel Edouard

Nick Name(s): Outlaw

Major: Psychology 

Expected Graduation Date: 2014

Hometown: Orlando, FL

 

 

My Favorite…

Candy: Snickers

Movie: Django Unchained

Song: W.LAW – Long Way Down

Food at Commons: Tacos

Thing to do at BC: Go to the gym and hang out with friends

BC Memory: Trips to Madison

What are you doing this summer?
Working for the athletic department

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
Counseling

What makes you happy?
Warm weather, that feeling after you turn in your last assignment of the semester

What makes you mad?
People with no hope, bad hygiene

I am a peer mentor because:
everyone can use some guidance in their first year of college. I want to be a positive influence that can point them in the right direction.

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Aimee Oda

Major: International Relations

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

 

 

My Favorite…

Candy: Reese’s

Movie: Casablanca

Song: “Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles

Food at Commons: Making wraps at the sandwich bar

Thing to do at BC: Board games with my friends

BC Memory: Summer Bridge

What are you doing this summer?
Working

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
I don’t know

What makes you happy?
Music, talking, glitter

What makes you mad?
People who throw away opportunities

I am a peer mentor because:
I got a lot out of the program and want to help future first years feel the way I did :)

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[Raven Mercado] 

 

 

 

 

Raven  Mercado

Major: Psychology, CRIS

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Hometown: Evanston, IL

 

My Favorite…

Candy: Anything with caramel or raspberry!

Movie: Lord of the Rings

Song: Anything by Beyoncé <3

Food at Commons: Global

Thing to do at BC: People watch (I am a Psych major, after all!)

BC Memory: Finding the “Butt Dad” cabinet.

What are you doing this summer?
Working, relaxing, hanging out with my friends, catching up on sleep, movie marathons

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
A therapist for women who have experienced violence in their lives.

What makes you happy?
chocolate, my pets, animals, baking, feminism, knick-knacks, big sweaters, combat boots

What makes you mad?
liars, cat-calling/street harassment, people who judge too quickly, when bugs think it’s okay to go into my nose

I am a peer mentor because:
I absolutely loved Summer Bridge and being in TRiO is wonderful! I want to give my mentees all the support I received while on campus. I want their time at Beloit to be a positive experience and I’d love to be a part of it!

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[Amanda Lawnicki] 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Lawnicki  

Major: International Relations, Russian  

Minor: Studio Art

Expected Graduation Date: 2014

Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI

My Favorite…

Candy: Dark Chocolate (like, really dark), Reese’s

Movie: I don’t have a favorite, and I generally prefer TV shows. Arrested Development, anyone?

Song: This changes so frequently...but right now I’m obsessed with Florence and the Machine.

Food at Commons: I haven’t eaten at Commons since they changed everything…so I don’t know! Probably something that involves avocados.

Thing to do at BC: Go get some coffee/tea/lemonade/whatever and talk with friends.

BC Memory: The stupid house centipede that decided to scare me and my friends by crawling out of the drain. After the initial panic it was actually really funny.

What are you doing this summer?
Working for SSS! (And the Wright Museum) Before that, though, I received a grant to take two-week trip around Eastern Europe!

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
I have no idea. It’s slightly terrifying to think about.

What makes you happy?
People.

What makes you mad?
People.

I am a peer mentor because:
Beloit practically rescued me and I want to give back somehow. Helping Beloit’s students is the best way I can think of.

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[Dan Gonzales] 

 

 

 

 

Dan Gonzales

Nick Name(s):  Dang, DJ,Gonzo, Danny Boy

Major: Music

Minor: Computer Science  

Expected Graduation Date: 2014

Hometown: South Beloit

 

My Favorite…

Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Movie: A Knight’s Tale

Song: Folkin’ Around by Panic at the Disco

Food at Commons: Sandwiches?

Thing to do at BC: Hang out with friends on weekends

BC Memory: Discovering how ridiculously nice my RA was freshman year

What are you doing this summer?
Working as Assistant Ranger at a Boy Scout Camp

What Career do you plan to pursue when you complete your education?
Music production, maybe

What makes you happy?
Not stressing about the little stuff

What makes you mad?
Those who refuse to cooperate or acknowledge their own faults

I am a peer mentor because:
I love getting to meet new people and giving back to the program that helped me so much.