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Peer Mentoring Program

Two students talking at table outsideLake Ambassador Peer Mentoring Program  

For many students, transitioning to life as a university student is a huge challenge. Peer mentors know what it’s like, and they’re here to help!  
 
The Peer Mentoring Program pairs new students with more experienced peers to help navigate the transition to university life. Peer mentors are role models who:  

  • Provide emotional support and validation  
  • Assist their mentees in accessing campus resources 
  • Help their peers become more engaged in the OLLU community  

The Peer Mentoring Program is a campus-wide initiative designed to support student success.   

Program Goals  

The goal of the Peer Mentoring Program is to reduce the stress and isolation that students can experience when transitioning to university life. Our mentors support their mentees in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship while they work on their personal, social, academic, career, and life goals. Mentors are role models, guides, misconception challengers, motivators, and door openers. Our peer mentors represent a wide variety of majors and personal backgrounds. Mentors are here to support you while you explore your personal interests, overcome challenges, take advantage of campus resources, and find your own sense of community.  
 
The objectives of this program are to help new students:  

  • Develop a support network with peers  
  • Acquire the necessary skills to become independent, life-long learners  
  • Become connected in the OLLU community 
  • Find purpose within their major and future career 

Get Involved

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Connect with a Mentor 

If you are a current or prospective first-year student looking to connect with a mentor, please email peermentoring@ollusa.edu to learn more about what OLLU has to offer. To request a peer mentor, complete the online Peer Mentor Request Form. You'll be contacted and matched with a peer mentor who has similar interests and/or a related career focus.

Request a Peer Mentor
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Become a Mentor and Make a Difference  

The Lake Ambassador Peer Mentor role is an hourly-paid, on-campus employment opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate students. Peer mentors also receive training to develop important leadership and communication skills, make meaningful connections with their peers, and use their knowledge and experience to impact the lives of new students. Interested in becoming a peer mentor?

Apply to Become a Mentor

Meet the Peer Mentors

Learn more about the Peer Mentors. Current OLLU students can use the links below to book an appointment with a mentor.

Amanda Salazar

Peer Mentor Amanda Salazar


My name is Amanda Salazar. I am currently studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. In my free time I enjoy baking and gardening. 

Book An Appointment with Amanda

Alyn Manzo

Peer Mentor Alyn Manzo


My name is Alyn Manzo. I am a senior and my major is Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. I enjoy listening to music, eating Thai food, and sleeping.
  

Book an Appointment with Alyn

Nadia Sifuentes

Peer Mentor Nadia Sifuentes


My name is Nadia Sifuentes. I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. At OLLU I am involved in the McNair Scholars Program, cross country and track. I enjoy listening to music. 

Book an Appointment with Nadia

Katherine Lopez

Peer Mentor Katherine Lopez

My name is Katherine Lopez and I am a senior at Our Lady of the Lake University. My interests include painting, reading, and learning about other countries and their cultures. I major in History with a concentration in Integrated Digital and Public History, and minor in English. 

Book an Appointment with Katherine

Stephanie Sandoval

Peer Mentor Stephanie Sandoval

My name is Stephanie Sandoval. I am majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. I enjoy running and hanging out with my friends/family. I am also a proud dog mom of two Chihuahuas who I love with my whole heart! 

Book an Appointment with Stephanie

Sarah Carrola

Peer Mentor Sarah Carrola

Hello, my name is Sarah Carrola. I am majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. I love playing volleyball, thrift shopping, and reading. My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite fruit is strawberries. 

Book an Appointment with Sarah

Robert Hupel

Peer Mentor Robert Hupel

My name is Robert Hupel, I am a senior majoring in History, and I have an associate’s degree as a paramedic and have worked as a paramedic for about 30 years. I started off as an Air Force medic in 1986. I'm part of a couple of RPG (role-playing game) groups and we play a wide variety of games from Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Aliens, and a few other games that I have picked up over the years. 

Book an Appointment with Robert

Estefan Trevino

Peer Mentor Estefan Trevino

My name is Estefan Trevino. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. I also play for the OLLU men's basketball team. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and traveling with my family.  

Book an Appointment with Estefan
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