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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


Connect with a Mentor 

If you are a current or prospective first-year student looking to connect with a mentor, please email 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

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 the Graduate Assistant studying for my master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In my free time I love to bake for friends and family! 

Book An Appointment with Amanda

Alyn Manzo

Peer Mentor Alyn Manzo

My name is Alyn Manzo. My majors are Kinesiology and Psychology. I enjoy listening to music, eating Thai food, and sleeping.   

Book an Appointment with Alyn

Kassandra Maldonado

Peer Mentor Kassandra Maldonado

My name is Kassandra Maldonado, and I am a History major and Political Science minor. In my free time I like to paint, hang out with my friends and family, and play with my cat Mango.   

Book an Appointment with Kassandra

Jazmin Montanez

Peer Mentor Kassandra MaldonadoMy name is Jazmin Montanez. I am a senior double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and minoring in Education. In my free time I enjoy dancing and spending time with my friends. 

Book an appointment with Jazmin

Allie Gonzales

Peer Mentor Allie GonzalesMy name is Allie Gonzales, and I am a senior here at Our Lady of the Lake University. I am an Education major who played softball for three years as a college athlete. I enjoy taking long walks/runs, listening to music, crochet, playing card games, and spending time with my family. 

Book an appointment with Allie

Alexandra Trevino

Peer Mentor Alexandra TrevinoMy name is Alexandra Trevino, and I am a peer mentor. I am a Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a double minor in English and Child Studies. My hobbies consist of reading, dancing, and hanging out with my dog. I am so excited to be here and help! 

Book an appointment with Alexandra

Samantha Amaya

Peer Mentor Samantha AmayaMy name is Samantha Amaya, and I am a peer mentor. I am an Education major seeking certification in EC-6, Bilingual, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. A fun fact about me is that one of my life dreams is to go to Iceland! I love to experience new things and meet new people. 

Book at appointment with Samantha

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