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Meet the Peer Mentors

2018 - 2019 Peer Mentor Bios coming Soon!

 

2017-2018 Peer Mentors:

 

Name: Jewel Duberry-Douglas ’18

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Quincy, Massachusetts

Peer Mentor Assistant

 

  • My post College goals are to teach for a few years and then attend law school to pursue a career in urban education policy reform.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far was when I went on a Spring Break Immersion Trip to New Orleans. I met an amazing group of students from Holy Cross and learned more about myself and my life purpose in the process.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the faculty support. It is one thing to have dreams but it is different when faculty that encourages you to actualize your dreams to make them reality.

 

Name: Linda Adubofour Dufie ‘18

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to constantly remind yourself of what a privilege it is to pursue a college degree. This reminder will serve as a source of motivation throughout the year as you face academic challenges.
  • My favorite place on campus is Campion House! It's home away from home.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far is being a peer mentor! It allowed me to relive my first year through my mentees' eyes and reflect on the transformation that took place within a short period of time.

 

Name: Mariel Aleman ‘18

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Lawrence, Massachusetts

 

 

  • My favorite places on campus are the Office of Multicultural Education and the Multicultural Student Organization room. These two places are very welcoming, cozy and make me feel comfortable being myself.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far was taking a course called Raze e Identidad, a course on the history of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. As a first-generation Dominican- American this course allowed me to learn more about my culture and its unspoken history.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is that it has allowed me to build community with other women of color, men of color and allies.

 

Name: Nerelly Checo ‘18

Major: Psychology and Sociology

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

 

 

  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the small campus size that allows students to build personal relationships with faculty.
  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to branch out and meet students, staff and faculty as much as possible.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far has been participating in Noche Latina, an annual program hosted by the Latin American Student Organization.

 

Name: Gregory Chin ‘18

Major: Classics

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

 

 

  • My post College goals are to teach Latin or Greek, spend time working in an office of admissions and find "the one.”
  • My favorite place on campus is Crossroads. Whenever I'm studying and get hungry, “Croads” is always the place to go.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far has been volunteering in Admissions as a tour guide, greeter, and overnight host. I enjoy meeting prospective Holy Cross students and sharing what Holy Cross has to offer!

 

Name: Martin Dorsey ‘19

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Wayne, Pennsylvania

 

 

  • My post College goals are to start a mentoring program for underresourced children and to continue acting. 
  • The best location to study on campus is Dinand Library because you're surrounded by people on the same mission as you:  to earn their degree.
  • My favorite place on campus is Memorial Plaza. It is a peaceful environment to sit down and have a conversation.

 

Name: Sahra Hassan ‘19

Major: International Studies

Hometown: Hargeisa, Somalia

 

 

  • My post College goal is to work for a non-profit social justice and humanitarian organization.
  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to take the courses that you want to take, not the ones you think you should take.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the community and the support I have received from my professors, mentors and colleagues. 

 

Name: Louis Hurtado ‘19

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Bronx, NY

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to be organized. Make sure to prioritize your academics at all times!
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the wide variety of opportunities available to you. I had the opportunity to travel abroad to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
  • My favorite place on campus is Cool Beans. Whether you’re grabbing a coffee, socializing with friends or studying, Cool Beans has everything you need.

 

Name: Victoria Jackson ‘18

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of College is balance! Plan out your work in advance and schedule in time to boost your mental health.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far was presenting my research at the Psychology Colloquium. This experience gave me confidence to trust in myself and my ability to excel in a challenging task.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the access to opportunities. Whether it is a club event, a featured speaker in Rehm Library, or service work, there is always something to do.

 

Name: Aleyra Lamarche '18

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Lawrence, Massachusetts

 

 

  • My post College goal is to pursue a degree in Higher Education to work with college students in departments like Multicultural Education or the Career Center.
  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to break out of your shell and meet new people, especially those who are different from you.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is that it is filled with brilliant minds! I love to listen to people's stories and their backgrounds.

 

Name: Efrain Lozano ‘19

Major: International Studies and Spanish 

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to always ask questions!
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far was being a Passport student leader. Having the opportunity to be a role model for new students is something I really enjoyed.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the fact that professors work closely with you, make you feel like you matter and genuinely care for their students.

 

Name: Visaury Moreta ‘18

Major: Latin American & Latino Studies and Spanish 

Hometown: Roslindale, Massachusetts

 

 

  • My post College goal is to work in a career that allows me to guide and help others.
  • The best location to study on campus is Rehm library because it has large tables and great lighting.
  • My favorite place on campus is Stein because it has lots of study areas and Café Babel, a great caffeine station and snack shop!

 

 

 

Name: Evan Thomas ‘18

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: New York City, New York

 

 

  • My post College goal is to pursue a Physical Therapy or Athletic Training degree.
  • The best place to study on campus is the Science Library in the morning.
  • My favorite place on campus is the field house because I enjoy playing basketball. It helps eliminate negative stress.

 

Name: Odette Torres-Baez '18

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

  • My post College goal is to work with children with developmental disabilities.
  • A tip for success during your first year of college is to use your resources. Attending office hours is essential to success!
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is all of the relationships and bonds you build with different people.

 

Name: Martina Umunna ‘18

Major: History

Hometown: Lowell, Massachusetts

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of college is to never be afraid to ask for help. Asking questions is a sign of strength, not weakness.  
  • My most meaningful experience at Holy Cross so far was having the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Malaysia and Singapore for my summer research project.
  • The best location to study on campus is the quiet basement of Dinand Library.

 

Name: Victeria Vu ‘18

Major: Biology

Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of college is to utilize office hours and get to know your professors! They want you to succeed as much as you do.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Science Complex because it has an open, bright atmosphere. Plus, the Science Café has the best sandwiches!
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far was serving as co-Chair for Advocating Students Interest in ASIA.

 

Name: Aaron Wong ‘19

Major: Environmental Studies

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

 

 

  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to be open to all the opportunities that come your way but also finding balance. Do more, ask more, but also make sure you are taking care of yourself.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Hoval, when weather permits.
  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the community. Regardless of your personality or interests, you will meet some of the most amazing people at Holy Cross, who will welcome you to our community with open arms.

 

Name: Tanusha Yarlagadda ‘18

Major: Anthropology

Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts

 

 

  • The best thing about Holy Cross is the drive you gain from your fellow classmates.
  • My most meaningful Holy Cross experience so far was having the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland. The experience helped me become more independent, strong and courageous.
  • A tip for success during your first year of College is to not solely focus on your grades. Give your best, be creative and put forth your original ideas!