Testimonios

Let us see what our mentors and mentees have to say. Read on...

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What one thing about UIC do you wish you had known before you started?⠀
“I wish I had known sooner about all the support programs offered to pre-health students, I feel like I would have gotten more out of my college experience if I had accessed them earlier in my undergrad.”⠀
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?⠀
“Outside of my studies I like to work out regularly, I find it to be a really good way for me to destress and clear my mind, especially during exam season. Aside from that I’m into photography, watching Netflix, and trying new food places.”

Andres Gascon - L@s GANAS Mentor  |  Majors in Criminology, Law and Justice, & Integrated Health Studies
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What one thing about UIC do you wish you had known before you started?⠀
“I wish I had gotten involved sooner with organizations on campus! My freshman year I wasn’t involved at all, but after exposing myself to more orgs and becoming more involved on campus my sophomore through senior years, I wish I had joined them sooner. I have met some of my best friends through different orgs and I highly encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and be more involved throughout college!”⠀
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?⠀
“I love to workout and stay active! I love going for runs by the lakefront or just spending time outside along with trying new foods!”

Yasmeen Ali - L@s GANAS Mentor  |  Major in Biological Sciences | Minor in Spanish
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What one thing about UIC do you wish you had known before you started?⠀⠀⁣
“I wish I knew how fast classes fill up, I’d stay up to sign up at 12:00 am if I knew.”⁣
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?⠀⁣
“One of my favorite things to do in my free time is hiking. Hiking allows me to be in nature and it relieves any stress I may have had and clears my mind. In addition to this, I love music. I listen to almost every type of music and enjoy them all. I play basketball and embroider as well.”⁣

“P.S – I could beat Freddy in a 1 on 1 basketball game.”

Lorenzo Ramirez - L@s GANAS Mentee  |  Major in Biological Sciences
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What one thing about UIC do you wish you had known before you started?⁣
“I wish I knew about all the clubs and orgs at UIC before I came in so I could’ve been more involved at the start. I’m still working on getting involved and I have already met amazing people who I would love to work more with.”⁣
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?⁣
“In my spare time I like to work out, whether it’s lifting weights at the gym, shooting around on the court, or going for a long run. Getting in a good workout adds some positivity into my day and also helps relieve any stress. Also, everyone needs a cheat day, right?! So another thing I love to do is cook and bake with or for my family. (If anyone has any good recipes, send them my way!)”

Melanie Valentin - L@s GANAS Mentee  |  Major in Mathematics and Computer Science
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What one thing about UIC do you wish you had known before you started?⠀
“I wish I had known about the importance that it is to create a community. UIC is a big school and you can sometimes feel lost in it all, but if you find that community then it won’t seem that big because you’ll have people to keep you centered.”⠀
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time?⠀
“I love listening to music. I have my headphones on almost the whole time I’m on campus. From Anderson .Paak to Aventura, you’ll find me bopping my head.“

Alejandro Gomez - L@s GANAS Mentor  |  Major in Integrated Health Studies
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“My advice to potential STEM students is to remain hopeful, confident, and keep working at it. I discovered L@s GANAS through an email from the UIC Honors College. I chose STEM because I enjoy learning about life and the natural world. I have a lot of career paths to explore. My greatest inspiration is my family. They accomplished great things even though they all had their individual struggles.”

Roberto Castillo - L@S GANAS Mentor  |  Major in Biology
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“My advice to potential STEM students is not have an inferiority complex. You can excel. I learned about L@s GANAS from an advisor of the peer leader program at the Science Learning Center. STEM is important to me because Latinos are underrepresented in this field. I want to show people how smart Latinos are. My greatest inspiration is my dad because he tells me not to doubt myself.”

Mariel Rancel - L@S GANAS Mentor  |  Major in Human Nutrition, Minor in Disability