TRiO Peer Mentors

TRiO Peer Mentors 2018

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.

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.

Karina Lopez

Hi, my name is Karina Lopez! I am a senior at UNR. I was born in Carson City, NV but raised in Pahrump, NV (a small town near Las Vegas). I am graduating in the spring of 2020, a year early, so that I can go home and be with my family again since they are such a big part of my life. I'm studying Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I plan on getting my master's degree in Social Work. I really enjoy working with children, so I eventually want to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I currently volunteer at an elementary school and get to work with 1st grade students. I also volunteer for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program and the Boys and Girls Club. My hobbies include volunteering, hiking, working out at the gym, and watching Netflix. I love being involved in my community and school. I am an active member of my sorority here at UNR called, Kappa Delta Chi. I have grown so much as a person throughout my years here at UNR, and I am excited to be a Peer Mentor for the TRiO Scholars Program and help out others as much as I can!

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.

Adora Shortridge

My name is Adora Shortridge, and I am a senior at the University of Nevada Reno, with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in photography. I graduated from Fernley High School, and my hobbies include hiking, swimming, taking tons of pictures, crocheting, listening to music, and reading Harry Potter. During my undergraduate career I have had the amazing opportunity to be a summer intern for the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, I studied abroad in Costa Rica for a summer and have been a part of the Outdoor Activities Club as well. In addition to working as a peer mentor for TRiO, I am also an undergraduate student researcher and a McNair program participant. When I graduate, I will be continuing to graduate school to earn my masters degree in Environmental Conservation and would like to pursue a career as a professor, field scientist, or environmental planner. Being a peer mentor has helped me give back to the AOSP programs because without their support, I would not be where I am today.