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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 4 - September 13, 2018

Begin college this summer!

August 4 - September 13, 2018


Freshman Mentors

As a Freshman Edge student, you will meet continuing UCI students right away. These Freshman Edge mentors eagerly wait to welcome you to UCI. In addition to creating a meaningful and supportive program environment, they will help you transition to the UCI campus and college life, and introduce you to campus resources and the UCI social scene. Our mentor team consists of undergraduate students who share a passion for serving incoming first-year students, many of which participated in one of our Freshman Edge pathways. These mentors partake in a formal Leadership Development Program beginning in winter quarter as a hands-on leadership development experience. By becoming a Freshman Edge mentor, students give feedback on the past year’s program, develop program events, and work with the students during the upcoming Freshman Edge Program. Additionally, students learn leadership, commitment, responsibility, communication, and decision-making skills from hands-on planning and execution of events.

Meet the 2018 Freshman Edge Mentors



Fuchen Shi
Lead Mentor
he/him/his
Informatics; Classof 2020
(From Liaoning, China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge International

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  • From being a participant of Freshman Edge to a mentor, I experienced many changes during the past year. My leadership-related skills improved a lot through my experience working for Freshman Edge program, including teamwork, event planning, public speaking, and creative thinking. I met a lot of excellent people I really admire throughout the whole program, which highly broadened my horizon as an international student here in UCI. I also learned how to effectively understand the thoughts and needs of those who come from different cultural backgrounds. The team behind Freshman Edge — UCI Summer Session — holds a personality of respect, inclusion, and optimism. These are the factors that make me enjoy working here, as well as the values we wish to spread to everyone.
    fuchens@uci.edu


Mingxin (Maggie) Lin
Lead Mentor
she/her/hers
Pharmaceutical Sciences; Class of 2020
(From Xiamen, China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge

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  • This is my third year participating in Freshman Edge. Throughout these past two years, I have grown as a person. As a mentor, I learned different communication skills, leadership skills from town halls and team meetings from the Leadership Development Program. I also improved my marketing skills since I was also a marketing liaison. I am really excited to be back in this program again and especially as a lead mentor, I can't wait to meet y'all and help you transition from high school to college and make you feel at home!
    mingxil1@uci.edu


Karina Castillo
Mentor
she/her/hers
Psychology and Social Behavior; Criminology, Law and Society; Class of 2020
(From East Los Angeles, California)
Pathway: Summer Bridge

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  • Hello everyone! My name is Karina Castillo and I am currently a second year Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law, and Society double major. As an incoming freshman, I participated in the Freshman Edge Summer Bridge program. Being in Summer Bridge was one of the best decisions I have made for my college career because I was able to make friends that were just like me, experience what classes were like, and get exposed to the overall college life. I'm excited to be able to mentor the new incoming freshmen and make their experience the best.
    castilk4@uci.edu


Haozhi (Jimmy) Chen
Mentor
he/him/his
Mathematics; Class of 2021
(From Dongguan, China)

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  • I am an international student majoring in Mathematics. When I firstly arrived at UCI, I had trouble acclimating to the new environment and study mode. I really understand how hard it could be if no one helped you to be familiar with the campus and resources. To be a Freshman Edge Mentor, I can help a lot of international students to have a great start and have a wonderful life at UCI. As a mentor, I wish all the participants can make a great transition to the campus life.
    haozhic2@uci.edu


Xintong (Lorna Blonsky) Chen
Mentor
she/her/hers
Psychology and Social Behavior; Class of 2020
(From Harbin, China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge

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  • Being a freshman, as exciting as it is, can be quite challenging. Being a part of Freshman Edge really made me comfortable on campus. By the end of the program, I've met many friends, got familiar with the facility, and most importantly, prepared for the school year. The program really took a lot of pressure off my shoulders.
    xingtonc@uci.edu


Mylen Cruzado
Mentor
she/her/hers
Undergraduate/Undeclared; Class of 2021
(From Philippines)
Pathway: Summer Bridge

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  • My name is Mylen Cruzado. I was part of Summer Bridge under the Freshmen Edge Program, and it was one of the best decisions I have made. I had a valuable experience. I developed close friendships with the people I have met, and it helped me learned about the resources I have on campus to achieve my academic success. I came to UCI not knowing what to expect, and throughout this program, it helped me transition into the college life. I am very excited to be a mentor this summer! I hope to share my knowledge and experiences to the future students. I am here to support and help the students’ transition to the college life.
    mtcruzad@uci.edu


Yutong (Stella) Fu
Mentor
she/her/hers
Mathematics; Business Economics; Class of 2020
(From Beijing, China)

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  • Hi! It is Yutong Fu. I am a second year student in Math and Business Economics majors. I really had a great experience in Freshman Edge before I went to UCI. I found leaders and mentors here were really enthusiastic about their jobs. They always offered friendly help and cared about our real feelings which gave me a sense of belonging before I became familiar with our new campus. I really appreciate this experience. Therefore, I am willing to devote myself to helping more students in their first year.
    yutonf1@uci.edu


John Le
Mentor
he/him/his
Undergraduate/Undeclared; Class of 2021
(From Corona, California)
Pathway: Freshman Edge

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  • Hi my name is John Le and currently am a Undeclared/Undergraduate major here at UCI. I participated in Freshman Edge in the summer of 2017 and in the process gained many valuable skills, transitioning into the UCI quite well overall. My goal as a mentor here is to ensure that every participant in the next Freshman Edge program gets the same or better valuable experience than what I had.
    jcle1@uci.edu


Jason Ma
Mentor
he/him/his
Business Economics; Class of 2021
(From Taiyuan, Shanxi, China)

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  • I’m a second year student studying Business Economics. I participated in the IPG (International Peer Group) program and really got lots of benefits from it. Amazing people and nice opportunities to help freshmen to get used to the new environment. So I want to be part of this program to help others. I’ll try my best to get our new members to blend in with our surroundings, by helping them solve their problems and providing them much more opportunities to enrich themselves.
    zhijiem@uci.edu


Tong (Stephanie) Mu
Mentor
she/her/hers
Economics; Class of 2021
(From Shenzhen, China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge International

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  • As a previous participant of 2017 Freshman Edge International, I experienced a great transition from high school to college and avoided the hard time of homesickness by making friends with other participants. Other advantages of joining in Freshman Edge includes having insights of job opportunities and other campus resources in advance. You are able to feel that you belong to UCI in one month! Now I am a mentor for 2018 Freshman Edge and hope to share all my information and experiences to new anteaters.
    mut2@uci.edu


Conghuai (Alex) Tan
Mentor
he/him/his
Computer Science; Class of 2020
(From Guangzhou, China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge International

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  • My name is Conghuai Tan and I am an international student from China. I am a sophomore, majoring in Computer Science. I still remember when I came from America to attend Freshman Edge in 2016, I experienced a hard time of homesickness and culture shock. Fortunately, my mentor helped me a lot. She not only chatted with me, but also took me to have meals! The program itself helped me learn more about the culture and academic resources in UCI in an organized and detailed way. So if any of you have any questions, feel free to talk with me!
    conghuat@uci.edu


Tram Tran
Mentor
she/her/hers
Business Economics; Class of 2019
(From San Jose, California)

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  • Hi everyone! My name is Tram Tran. I am originally from Vietnam, but I moved to the U.S about 5 years ago, settled in San Jose, CA for high school, and now thriving at UC Irvine. I am very excited to be a mentor for the Freshman Edge because I get to meet people from different cultures and background, as well as to make great memories altogether.
    tramqt@uci.edu


Yujie (Jade) Wang
Mentor
she/her/hers
Quantitative Economics; Mathematics; Class of 2019
(From China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge

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  • During Freshman Edge last year, I made a couple of new friends and participated in various campus activities, like 'How to Produce a Film' offered by the School of the Arts and 'How to Find a Job' offered by the Career Center. From those activities, I knew our school had numerous interesting events and useful resources. Because I plan to take the next year's summer session, I would like to find more things to do except studying. In that case, I choose to be a mentor.
    yujiew7@uci.edu


Limin (Ricky) Xu
Mentor
he/him/his
Undergraduate/Undeclared; Class of 2021
(From Zhejiang, China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge International

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  • Freshman Edge was a good beginning for my Anteater life. It provided me with a smooth transition that made me fully prepared for the upcoming academic year. Also, I met some of my most important friends during the Freshman Edge that I would not even meet in a 400-person-class in a normal quarter. Grab this opportunity and join us! It will be the most unforgettable quarter and best memory.
    liminx1@uci.edu


Mengdi (Mandy) Zhao
Mentor
she/her/hers
Economics; Mathematics; Class of 2020
(From China)
Pathway: Freshman Edge

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  • The Freshmen Edge program provides me, an international student, with the first chance to get closer to American culture. I met many friends there and they made me get over homesickness at the very beginning of my college life. The program makes me more confident.
    mengdz1@uci.edu