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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 1 - September 9, 2020

Begin college this summer!

August 1 - September 9, 2020

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 trainig to help create the best environment for you. 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, mentors learn and practice leadership, commitment, responsibility, communication, and decision-making skills from hands-on planning and execution of events.

Learn more about our Freshan Edge Mentors Below:



Jessica Choy
Lead Mentor
She, Her, Hers
Biological Sciences
jchoy4@uci.edu

Hey y’all! My name is Jessica Choy and I am currently a second-year double majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychological Sciences. I was born in the Bay Area and raised in Hong Kong. As an ambivert, I like to get adventurous with my friends to go hiking, ride on roller coasters, and play board games; but I also like to get some quality me-time through doing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) crafts and binge-watching Netflix and K-dramas. I am passionate about assisting the international student body with a smooth transition to the UCI community as a peer mentor in the International Students Excellence Program (ISEP) and as an International Student Ambassador. Nonetheless, I’m super excited to meet you all and get that Anteater spirit going!



Vy Le
She, Her, Hers
Biological Sciences
vyl2@uci.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Vy Le and I'm an incoming 2nd year Biological Sciences Major minoring in Business Management. I was born in Vietnam but moved here when I was ten years old so I can still read, write, and speak in Vietnamese. A little bit about me: My dream career is to become a dentist! I'm greatly interested in dental school after UCI, and I'm currently a part of Delta Delta Sigma, a co-ed pre-dental fraternity. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends, workout, and watch dramas/movies. As a participant in the Summer Bridge program under Freshmen Edge last summer, I was able to easily transition into college life because of the long-lasting memories and friendships that I've made. Now, as an Edge mentor, I want to give you all the same great start as well as a sneak peak into what UCI has to offer. I am super excited to be in this program and getting to know ya'll this upcoming summer! See ya soon :)



Fernando Ibarra
He, Him, His
Undergraduate/Undeclared
fernani@uci.edu

Fernando is a third year studying Earth System Science. He’s a first generation college student from Tulare County. Having gone through Summer Bridge, previously being Undeclared and being new to Southern California, he is more than willing to provide support and insight on the various opportunities and resources that have helped him have a great transition to UC Irvine. Some of his involvements are being the Academic chair for Hermanos Unidos (HU) and a mentor for Cambiodian Awareness Organization (CAO). He strives to make a safespace for everyone and ensures he leads with fairness and kindness. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, doodling, and spending time with friends.



Jocelyne Munoz
She, Her, Hers
Education Sciences, Social Policy and Public Service
jocelm7@uci.edu

Hello! My name is Jocelyne Munoz, and I am from Long Beach, CA. I am currently entering my senior year at UCI. My majors are Social Policy and Public Service and Education Sciences. During middle school, I was involved with after-school programs like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. In high school, I joined the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program. All of these experiences were critical to my leadership development and higher education preparedness. I hope to become a teacher for elementary students who identify as underserved youth in low-income communities. My dream is to teach youth about higher education attainment and leadership building. In my free time, I enjoy connecting with my friends and family. Some of my hobbies include collecting new and vintage vinyl records! I am excited to be working with you all this Summer as your EDGE mentor. Despite the changes that we have endured, I know we can make this an unforgettable experience!



Cheyenne Tanner
She, Her, Hers
Crimonology, Law & Society
cktanner@uci.edu

Hi, my name is Cheyenne. I am a third-year Criminology, Law and Society major with a minor in International Studies. I grew up in a small college town in Southern California. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, hiking, painting rocks, and playing board games, especially social deduction games — yet, I admit, I am not the best player because I am awful at lying. I also love enjoying a nice picnic in Aldrich Park or having bonfires at the beach and roasting marshmallows. During the summer of 2018, I participated in Freshman Edge and greatly enjoyed my experience. I'm very excited to be a Freshman Edge peer mentor this summer!



Eric Guo
He, Him, His
Mathematics
zhanggug@uci.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Zhangguang Guo and I go by Eric. I will be your peer mentor during the Freshman Edge Program. I am a second-year student majoring in mathematics. I was born in Japan and raised in China. I started my study-abroad journey when I was 15 and completed my high school education in Bradenton, Florida. Besides school, I enjoy many other hobbies such as golf, badminton, and cooking. In my sophomore year, I worked as a peer mentor for the International Excellence Program which intended to help new international students succeed and thrive in both academic and personal life. As a peer mentor in the Freshman Edge Program, I would like to help all of you with any questions you have and give you the best summer session experience. I hope all of you enjoy your time here and have fun in the program!



Malhar Mane
He, Him, His
Computer Science
mmane@uci.edu

Hey everyone, my name is Malhar Mane. I am a third-year Computer Science major with a minor in Statistics. I was born and raised in Mumbai, India and I came to the University of California, Irvine as a freshman international student with an undeclared major. To tell you a little about me, I am an outdoor person and I like going to beaches, parks, and hikes to enjoy nature. I love to swim and surf as it helps me refresh and destress. I love cooking and I am good at cooking Indian food, but I always try to learn new recipes. Besides being a Freshmen Edge mentor, I am also an International Peer Group mentor where I help international students have the best transition to UCI. Since my freshmen year, I have experienced some of my best moments at UCI. I hope to share my experience with ya’ll and help ya’ll have the best experience at UCI. I am excited to see y’all soon.