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Compact Mentors 2011-2012

Celebrating 12 Years of Students Helping Students Succeed

The Compact Mentor Program pairs Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) middle and high school students with a current SDSU student who is highly knowledgeable about Compact for Success. Conmpact Mentors help pre-college students understand what will be expected of them and what it takes to succeed at San Diego State University.

Meet the 2011-2012 SDSU Compact Mentors

Photo: Zorayda DelgadoBonita Vista Middle School

Zorayda Delgado is a senior at SDSU working towards a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Bernardino, California. After graduation, Zorayda plans to go to graduate school to seek a Master's degree in School Counseling or School Psychology. She enjoys working with students and motivating them to seek higher education.

 

Castle Park Middle School

Photo: Jason GonzalezJason Gonzalez is a  junior at SDSU majoring in Social Work with a minor in Chicano Studies. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Diego. Jason graduated from San Ysdro High School and is the first in his family to attend college. Growing up in a family that faced financial hardships made Jason realize the struggles people face without post-secondary education. His goal as a Compact Mentor is to assist as a stepping stone for younger students to further inspire them to pursue higher education. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family.

 

Castle Park Middle School

Thomas TllghmanThomas Tilghman is a fourth-year student at SDSU working on his B.A. in Public Administration. Born and raised in San Diego, he always understood the importance of education and hopes to share his experience and knowledge with younger students in the community. Thomas will be the first in his family to graduate from a four-year university. Being a former student athlete,  Thomas realizes the importance of making middle school and high school fun, but he stresses that school should always be a studdent's number one priority. As a Compact Mentor, Thomas believes that there are many more students who are capable of taking advantage of the great opportunities this program provides. He hopes to express the importance of hard work and commitment to other students. He believes students should strive for success, as working now will definitely help make life easier in the future.

 

Photo: Liselle AlcalaEastlake Middle School

Liselle Alcala is a third-year student at SDSU. She was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from San Diego Met High School with honors in academics, leadership, and college distinction. She is currently majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. After graduating from SDSU, she would like to attend graduate school. Liselle enjoys helping students because she knows it can truly make a difference in their lives. As a Compact Mentor, Liselle's goal is to motivate and encourage students to become college ready by providing the tools needed for success.

 

Photo: Sara KagyGranger Junior High School

Sara Kagy is a third-year student at SDSU and is double majoring in Biology and Kinesiology. She is from East San Diego County and attended Valhalla High School in El Cajon. Sara plans to pursue graduate school after she graduates from SDSU. As a Compact Mentor, she enjoys working with students by motivating them to seek a higher education.

 

Granger Junior High School

Photo: Karina RiveraKarina Rivera graduated from Sweetwater High School. She is a senior at SDSU majoring in Psychology. Karina proudly states that her biggest accomplishments are bing first in her family to graduate high school and attend a university. Karina is the oldest of four and feels privileged to serve as a role model for her three brothers. Seeing how her parents struggled as a result of poor education helped her realize from an early age that a college education was important.  She truly values education and understands the importance of expressing this message to youth. She considers herself a simple, fun, and hardworking person who likes to sing and dance when not studying.

 

Photo: Andrea Andrade

Hilltop Middle School and Kids2College Program

Andrea Andrade is a transfer student from Southwestern College and is currently a junior at SDSU majoring in Psychology. She was born in Chula Vista but after three years moved to Tijuana, Mexico, where she graduated from high school. Andrea decided to pursue higher education in the United States. After finishing her B.A., Andrea would like to work towards a Master's degree in School Psychology. As a Compact Mentor, her objective is to help students achieve their goals, keep them motivated, and help them with any questions regarding their path into a successful higher education.

 

Mar Vista Middle School

Photo: Sandy BuendiaSandy Buendia is a fifth-year student at SDSU and a transfer student from Southwestern College. She was raised in San Diego and graduated from Chula Vista High School in  2007. Sandy is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business. After graduating from SDSU, she plans to attend graduate school and open a small business in the future. Sandy enjoys helping others find resources and motivate people to help them succeed. As a Compact Mentor, her goal is to keep students informed on what needs to be done to get into college and realize their potential and the importance of education in their lives.

 

Montgomery Middle School

Photo: Krystal CarilloKrystal Carrillo is a senior at SDSU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She is the first in her family to go to college and hopes to lead her younger siblings by example. She is extremely passionate about motivating other students to go to college and helping them realize their potential. She is currently the President of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. While working for Compact for Success, she hopes to attain the experience and skills of being an advisor and later applying her knowledge in graduate school.

 

National City Middle School

Photo: Jose ElenaJose Elena is a junior at SDSU majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in International Security and Conflict Resolution.  He was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, and has lived in San Diego for the past 13 years. Growing up in Tijuana has made him well aware of some of the biggest issues that his city and country faced, such as public security and government corruption. For these reasons, he aspires to become a D.E.A. agent and return to Mexico to help his country in combating these problems. Jose has a passion for helping people and is a good listener. He hopes that these skills will allow him to guide students towards higher education. Jose enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include going to the movies, music, surfing at the beach, and traveling. Mexican and seafood are his favorite dishes.

 

National City Middle School

Photo: Daniel MendozaDaniel Mendoza was born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from San Ysidro High School in 2007. Daniel attended San Diego City College, where he graduated with honors, and then transferred to SDSU. Daniel is currently a senior, majoring in Psychology. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and vice president of Advocates for Future Leaders. After graduation, he would like to attend graduate school. Daniel likes to help and guide other students who are creating their road towards a brighter future. As a Compact Mentor, his goal is  to educate students about college, to help them prepare for what comes after high school.

 

Rancho del Rey MIddle School

Photo: April TangApril Tang is a senior at SDSU. She was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from Hoover High School in 2006. April is currently majoring in Public Health with a future goal of continuing her education to one day become a physician's assistant. She enjoys working with students, has a passion for helping others, and thrives as an advocate for education. As a Compact Mentor, April's goal is to motivate and educate students about college.

 

Southwest Middle School

Photo: Mayra DavilaMayra Davila is a first-year student at SDSU. She was born in Lima, Peru, and came to California when she was 9 years old. She graduated from Sunny Hills High School as an AVID Student Standout. She is currently in pre-nursing and will go into the nursing program as a third-year student. After graduating from SDSU, Mayra would like to go to graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. It brings joy to her heart when she helps students achieve their academic goals and become more successful. As a Compact Mentor, her goal is to impact students to reach for the stars and be what they want to be, by informing them of the steps that need to be taken to get into college, as they go through middle and high school.

 

SDSU/SUHSD

Photo: Claudia CurielClaudia Curiel is a senior at SDSU. She was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from Montgomery High School. SHe is currently majoring in International Security and Conflict Resolution specializing in Global Systems with a minor in Spanish. After graduating from SDSU, Claudia would like to attend graduate school. She enjoys helping students because she knows it can truly make a difference in their lives. As a Compact Mentor, Claudia's goal is to further motivate and praise students for their hard work, as well as inform them about the steps they need to take for the future, as they prepare to become successful college students.

 

SDSU/SUHSD

Photo: Sergio GuttierezSergio Guttierez is a fourth-year student at SDSU working towards his Bachelor's degree in Information and Decision Systems. Sergio will be the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. He currently supports Compact for Success and the doctoral program for their technical needs. After graduating from SDSU, Sergio would like to become a systems analyst in order to help solve upcoming challenges in the future. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain-biking, sailing, creating films, and reading philosophy. He is a strong advocate of higher education which will help students achieve their dreams and create a better future for everyone.

 

SDSU/SUHSD

Photo: Jennifer PeñaJennifer Peña was born in Queens, New York and raised in El Salvador. She believes she has grown emotionally, socially, and intellectually during her college experience than during any other period of her life thus far. Her main goal is to graduate from college as a double major in Kenisiology, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Spanish. She wants to continue her education and achieve her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science. She is dynamic, optimistic, and enjoys dancing. Jennifer is ready to work hard and pursue her dreams.

 

SDSU/SUHSD

Jazmyne Thomas is a fourth-year student at SDSU majoring in Child and Family Development. She is from Pomona, California and went to Clareont High School. She has a passion for helping others and this is evident with the creation of her own nonprofit organization called Jaded Girls to Empowered Motivators. After graduating, she plans to earn a Master's degree in Social Work and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Whit this degree, she plans to crete and open a clinic to assist African American women with mental health issues. As a Compact Mentor, Jazmyne's aim is to assist students on a journey to higher education, self-advancement and achievement.

 

Peer Mentoring Program

Photo: Fernando BeltranFernando Beltran transferred to SDSU in the spring semester of 2011 from Southwestern College. He is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies while pursuing a minor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. He believes that college is more than an institution for higher learning; he sees college as an avenue for personal growth. Fernando aims to help students prepare for entrance into San Diego State University so they can achieve their academic and personal goals.

 

Peer Mentoring Program

David Heredia is currently a graduate student at SDSU. He is enrolled in the Community Based Block Program in the department of Counseling and School Psychology. David received his B.A. and teaching credential from the University of California, Los Angeles. He worked as a teacher and academic advisor in inner city schools in Los Angeles. It was while teaching that he discovered his passion for counseling and that led him to pursue his graduate studies. As a peer mentor, David's goal is to continue serving underserved communities and non-traditional students to achieve higher education.

 

Peer Mentoring Program

Photo: Marisa PuenteMarisa Puente was was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from Castle Park High School. She attended Southwestern College and worked as a peer mentor and student ambassador for the college. It is there that she realized the importance of education and helping others in the community. After graduating from Southwestern College and transferring to SDSU, Marisa attended the University of Phoenix to accommodate her full-time work schedule. While completing her B.S. in Business Marketing, Marisa worked as a recruitment representative at ITT Technical Institute. Currently, Marisa is a volunteer in the Peer Mentoring Program and plans to pursue a Master's degree in Leadership in Higher Education.

 

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