Peer Educators

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TSC Peer Educators:

Dakota Michelon
Major/Minor: History, Comparative Literature, and Religious Studies
Transferred from: UC Davis
Future Career Goals: I intend to join the Marine Reserves after graduation and subsequently attend Graduate school.
Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies: Basketball, hiking and camping, Photoshop, volunteering, and fitness
Ask About Me: Time management, planning out the rest of your college career, and writing persuasive papers. Feel free to ask me about the transfer process and how to acclimate!



Kendra Nicole Faraci
Major/Minor: Education Sciences and Chicano Latino Studies
Transferred from: Irvine Valley College
Future Career Goals: Elementary School Teacher and Professor
Campus Involvement: Tau Sigma Honors Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, Assistant Teacher at Extended Day
Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies: Going to new places, traveling to Mexico, hanging out with my family, hiking, camping, being in/by/around water, trying different foods, spending time with friends, reading at Barnes & Noble, and sleeping in hammocks
Ask me about: Reaching out to professors, study techniques, time-management, transitioning into UCI as an adult learner, handling the fast-paced quarter system, balancing life, family, and friends, managing stress, or just making a friend. Ask me anything, I’m here to help!


Vanesse Hiten
Major/Minor: History and Education Sciences
Transferred from: Mt. San Jacinto
Future Career Goals: University or community college professor
Campus Involvement: Campuswide Honors Peer Mentor Coordinator and Ambassador
Favorite Pastimes/Hobbies: Reading for pleasure, cooking, meeting and getting to know people
Ask me about: Time Management, engaging with faculty and T.A.’s, study methods, how to read for college, undergrad research, generally anything – if I don’t have an answer we will find one together.


Qoodseya Afredi
Major/Minor: Sociology
Transferred from: Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College
Future Career Goals: Earn a Master’s degree in Social Work and eventually become a License Clinical Social Worker.
Campus Involvement: Muslim Student Union
Favorite Pastime/hobby: I love to sleep, eat, travel, shop, read, spend time with my friends and family, love to watch movies and TV shows (always open to recommendations!).
Ask me About: The experience of transferring from a semester to a quarter system, sociology related questions, anything regarding Islam, how it’s like living with 5 siblings (4 of them being obnoxious brothers), school, friends, work, juggling life, and just about anything you want!


Jason Moreno
 Psychology & Social Behavior, Minoring in English and Education
Transferred from: Orange Coast College
Future Career Goals: Either teach at the community college level, or pursue a PhD in Sport Psychology and (hopefully) work for an NBA team.
Campus Involvement: Ultimate Frisbee, Undergraduate TA (Abnormal Psychology), and on-campus research.
Favorite Pastime/hobby: Playing basketball and soccer, hanging out with my dogs, traveling, backpacking, napping, finding good food, and then finding better food. And, of course, Netflix.
Ask me About: Feel free to ask me for any sort of writing assistance, as well as about time management, test-taking strategies, the LARC scholarship, Academic Success Plans, working through a language barrier, getting acclimated to the quarter system, staying motivated, finding cool places to study, or anything else you’d like to talk or ask about!


Hamed Ghafarshad
Major/Minor: Computer Science
Transferred from: Coastline College and Irvine Valley College
Future Career Goals: I want to design and create great software so my future goal is to become a software engineer.
Campus Involvement: UNICEF, IEEE, Video Game Development Club, Anteaters Tzu Ching, Communication Club
Favorite Pastime/Hobbies: Going to the beach, swimming, volunteering, running and kickboxing are my go to activities when I have free time. At home I like to listen to music, develop iPhone apps, and practice programming. Travel is important to me and I’m always open to seeing and discovering new places.
Ask me about: Deciding between ICS majors, choosing a STEM major, and ways to make yourself appealing to employers, how to prepare for interviews, the countries I’ve visited, study abroad advice, and places to visit. Just ask!