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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TRiO Scholars Peer Mentors

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!

Tayyaba Kausar

Hello, my name is Tayyaba Kausar. I was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States at the age of 15. I went to Hug High School, and I am currently an undergraduate majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Math. I am planning to graduate in 2020 and thinking about going to graduate school to get my master's degree in Math. I want to teach at a title 1 school and make an impact in low-income students' lives. I was a low-income student myself and my teachers and counselors helped me get to where I am today and gave me the confidence and encouragement to get higher education and pursue my goals. I want to make the same impact in other students' lives. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going on long walks and road trips, listening to music, and watching movies.

Giselle Ojeda

Hi, my name is Giselle Ojeda! I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from Hug High School in 2016. I am currently a junior at the university majoring in Public Health. I want to apply to the University of Nevada's Physician's Assistant program after graduation in hopes of pursuing a career into the medical field. I love volunteering, traveling, hiking, working out, and listening to music. Whenever I'm not on campus, I enjoy spending time with friends and family; they are such a big part of my life and they are individuals that I cherish very much. I also am always binge-watching shows on Netflix, so if you ever have any good recommendations, please let me know! I take pride in being a first-generation student and being a part of the TRiO Scholars Program. Everyone in this program has molded me into becoming the successful individual I am today, and I cannot wait to be that positive influence as a TRiO peer mentor.

Jackie Trejo

Hello, my name is Jacqueline Trejo, but I go by Jackie! I was born and raised in the Bay Area in Daly City, California. I am majoring in Speech Pathology & Audiology and minoring in Developmental Disabilities. Once I graduate in the spring, I hope to attend graduate school to get my master's degree in Speech Pathology. My goal is to work in either a school or clinical setting with low-income students. I am grateful for First in the Pack and the TRiO Scholars program because they have provided me with resources that have helped me succeed in my academic career. I enjoy watching movies with my family and friends, going to my aerial class, and hiking.