TRiO peer mentors

The TRiO Scholars Peer Mentors are experienced juniors and seniors who have a genuine interest in the educational and personal development of students. They function as a coach, a friend, and, most of all, a positive role model. Through group and one-on-one settings, the peer mentors create a safe and nonjudgmental environment in order to enhance and enrich the college experience of their fellow TRiO Scholars.

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Meet our peer mentors

Bryan Hernandez

Hey! My name is Bryan Hernandez. I was born and raised in the lovely Remo Sriracha (Reno, Nevada), and I am currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno as a sophomore student. I graduated Spanish Springs High School in 2018. I am currently pursuing a dual degree in Secondary Education and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration. The plan is to have my own classroom in a high school setting with the ability to keep my heritage and culture alive through teaching, and I hope to have a personal connection with all my students. The business administration minor will be helpful when I am focusing on a side job during vacations, and I have always liked the business (financial) aspect of things. My favorite hobbies include being with my family, whether that is working on our vintage cars or just spending time watching a soccer game, I hold them on the highest pedestal and will always appreciate being with them. I decided to become a peer mentor because I want to guide those who do not feel like they're in place because I know how it feels to be lost or confused. I want to make a positive impact on my peers and make them feel safe with academia!

Raeanna Kang

Hello! My name is Raeanna Kang. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and I graduated from Hug High School in 2018. I am a junior majoring in business information systems and minoring in cybersecurity. Technology is always evolving, and I hope to learn more about technology and contribute to its expansion in the future on any platform. I highly value my education, so being a part of TRiO has been a great resource for me as a first-gen student. I love being involved on campus whether it be attending campus events or checking out clubs and organizations. Outside of academics, I love being with friends and family, reading, listening to many types of music, singing, dancing, and doing creative projects. I am excited to be a peer mentor because I know how much of an impact mine made on me. I wish you the best of luck during the semester!

Orlando Crespo Molina

Hey, my name is Orlando Crespo Molina. I was born and raised in BLC (in other words Reno, Nevada). I attended Earl Wooster High School, and now I am currently a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno where I am pursuing a dual degree in secondary education and in science. Since high school, I have always wondered what it would be like to be a teacher, to have a classroom, to have your set of students, and more importantly to make an impact on them. I hope I can make an impact on my students in the future and make a difference in their lives. I visualize myself teaching a group of students that is diverse and come from a similar background as me. I hope to build a relationship with all of my students and help them become successful and also improve their and other future generations. Some of the activities I do outside of academics is going to the gym to work on my physique but also my mental health. I love to stay active. I feel it helps me to stay focused and motivated. I will always be grateful for TRiO, for the new family I gained as I am never alone in this program because I have others who I can rely on for help.

Jacob Teems-Robinson

Hello, my name is Jacob Teems-Robinson. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2017. Some of you might recognize me from when I worked at the front desk for the past couple years. I am a senior pursuing a business degree in marketing with double minors in gaming management and entrepreneurship. I plan to graduate in May 2021 then travel out of the country for the first time to Bilbao, Spain the following summer with USAC. In my free time, I like to play basketball and lift weights. From my experience with working and being a part of such an amazing program as a low-income, first-generation student, my goal is to provide my students and all first-generation students a relatable resource who can provide mentoring and a shoulder to lean on during such difficult times. Let us have a great year, and I hope to see you all around campus or via Zoom!

Aaliyah Taylor

Hi! My name is Aaliyah Taylor. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from Hug High School in 2018, and I am currently in my third year of college. I am majoring in molecular microbiology and immunology and minoring in psychology and military science. My goals are to attended medical school and pursue a career as a physician in the United States Army. You can usually find me on campus at the fitness center or getting schoolwork done at the Knowledge Center. When I am not on campus, I like to spend time with my friends and family or take some time for myself to catch up on my favorite shows. I'm so grateful to be part of the TRiO Scholars Program, and I have received nothing but support and encouragement from them. I decided to become a peer mentor so that I could also support and encourage students. I cannot wait to meet you all!

Paulina Zamarripa Miranda

Hi, my name is Paulina Zamarripa Miranda. I was born and raised in the biggest little city (Reno, Nevada). I come from a very traditional Mexican background, and I am the middle child of two other siblings. I like to describe myself as a hardworking, extroverted, and passionate person. I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, listening to music, and being outdoors. I can’t wait to see what this school year has in store for me! I am currently a sophomore majoring in social work; my goal is to graduate in 2023! In the future, I hope to work in schools to help provide the services needed for students to continue their education. I also hope to give back to my community by opening a scholarship for students who come from a low socio-economic status and who are first generation. I am so excited to be one of TRiO’s peer mentors!