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Peer Mentors and Cohort Groups

The small group (cohort) and peer mentoring experience is a major part of the Connections Project and starts on the first day of orientation when you will meet with your group and your upperclass mentor for the first time. From this point on your cohort will be an important part of your HNU experience and your Peer Mentor will serve as an essential resource throughout your first year of college.

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Meet the 2013–14 Peer Mentors


Michelle Joya

Michelle-Joya Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major: Psychology with a minor in sociology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: attending Giant games with family and/or friends and going to Pier 39 in SF
Favorite Foods: Pupusas, Italian food, Cupcakes, and my mom's homemade food
TV Shows: CSI: Special Victims Unit, The Game, Pretty Little Liars and Glee
Music: Drake, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Beyonce
Places I have been: Grand Canyon, New Mexico, Nevada and many cities in California
Oh the Places I will go: East coast and Europe (hopefully in the near future!)
Suggestion for first year students: Have fun and be open! First year of college has many experiences so just be open to meeting new people and adventuring. Know your boundaries and try to not place boundaries between you and others because your experiences become limited. Be open to learning, exploring and enjoying your first year because it'll go by fast!

 

Michael Paul Kainoa Gomez

Michael-Paul-Kainoa-Gomez Hometown: Pearl City, Hawaii
Major: English
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Oakland Raiders/ San Francisco 49ers Football Games
Favorite Foods: Hawaiian Fried Rice, Sushi, Kalua Pork, Fuddruckers Burgers
TV Shows: SportsCenter, Family Guy, American Dad, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Music: Reggae, Alternative
Places I have been: I've never left the country, but I sure love my home in Hawaii.
Oh the Places I will go: Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Samoa
Suggestion for first year students: I honestly felt like it was yesterday that I was moving into my college dorm as a freshman. It's an alarming idea that I will be graduating at the end of the school year. I've had the greatest times of my life and met the most important people in my life, right here at HNU. Don't take any of your time or anyone you meet for granted. Soon, you'll be in my shoes wishing you had done more. Don't leave any stone unturned and don't leave any words unspoken.

 

Alexa Gonzalez

Alexa-Gonzalez Hometown: Fontana, CA
Major: Criminology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Walking around San Francisco
Favorite Foods: Mexican food
TV Shows: Glee, Hot in Cleveland, The Voice, The Simpsons
Music: Pop, alternative, country, hip hop
Oh the Places I will go: Rome! Italy! Hawaii!
Suggestion for first year students: Suggestion for first year students: Explore! Do not be afraid to try new things! This is a new chapter in your life; everything is going change, but it is for the better.

 

Mia Turner

Mia-Turner Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Major: Biology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: exploring Alcatraz Island
Favorite Foods: Any kind of Pasta, Thai food, Burritos
TV Shows: Lost, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Breaking Bad
Music: Anything that I can groove to with a beat
Places I have been: Lived in Georgia, visited most of the southern states, New York, Nevada, Boston, and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Oh the Places I will go: Jamaica (where my family is from), Italy, France, Greece, Egypt, Germany, and Spain
Suggestion for first year students: Always keep a smile on your face, be friendly, and don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Remember to learn, laugh, and try new things!

 

Jamelani Zulueta

Jamelani-Zulueta Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Major: Sports Biology
Favorite Foods: Seafood, Mochi
TV Shows: Teen wolf, Flashpoint, Vampire Diaries
Music: R&B, Reggae, Island music
Places I have been: San Fran, Vegas, Colorado, Seattle
Oh the Places I will go: New Zealand, Tahiti, Italy
Suggestion for first year students: Do not procrastinate! Do not be afraid to try new things!

 

Siera Taylor

Siera-Taylor Hometown: Guerneville, CA
Major: Liberal Studies
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Hiking in Walnut Creek
Favorite Foods: Fruit salad and bread
TV Shows: Pretty Little Liars
Music: Country music
Places I have been: Utah, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona
Oh the Places I will go: Australia
Suggestion for first year students: Manage your time wisely and make time for your friends and family back home, whether it's simply calling them or making a trip to see them. Remember that there are people here who want to help you and will do what they can for you!

 

Destany Charles

Destany-Charles Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Related Fields English and Communications
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Going to Telegraph to hang or Jack London for a movie
Favorite Foods: The Three Ch's Chicken, Chocolate, and Cheese
TV Shows: Girl Code, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Tosh.O, anything thats funny
Music: I love all music!!!! Hip Hop, R&B, Country, Gangsta Rap, Twerk Music
Places I have been: Hawaii, Mississippi, Tenesses, Texas, Las Vegas, Arizona, Arkansas, Mexico
Oh the Places I will go: England, Paris, Rome, Spain, Belize, Jamaica, Caribbean, Tahiti
Suggestion for first year students: Have FUN!!! Join clubs, get involved College is only four years and its over before you know it.

 

Angelina Alvarez (Angie)

Angelina-Alvarez Hometown: Oakland, CA
Major: Undecided
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Going to San Francisco and exploring the city.
Favorite Foods: Shrimp, Burritos, Gucamole
TV Shows: Criminal Minds, Nashville, Whose Line is it Anyway, Awkward
Music: Frank Sinatra, Maroon 5, The Script, One Republic
Places I have been: Mississippi, New York, Lake Tahoe, Reno
Oh the Places I will go: Europe- Italy and Spain, Niagra Falls, The Grand Canyon
Suggestion for first year students: Try not to procrastinate, and learn how to manage your time

 

Kaila Bonnie

Kaila-Bonnie Hometown: Brentwood, CA
Major: Psychology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Hiking
Favorite Foods: Can't choose!
TV Shows: Don't have one
Music: I like a little bit of everything
Places I have been: Hawaii, Canada, Florida, Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Washington
Oh the Places I will go: I want to travel all around Europe, and even some more places in the U.S. like New York and Maryland. Maybe even some more places in Hawaii!
Suggestion for first year students: Meet as many people as possible and become involved with the school because it will make your first year that much more fun!

 

Ashley Harrinauth

Ashley-Harrinauth Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Major: Counseling Psychology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Shopping and eating!
Favorite Foods: Macaroni and Cheese, Bacon, Key Lime Pie, Cha siu bao (Poke Buns), Cheesecake, and Country fried steak.
TV Shows: Sailor Moon (Moonie for LIFE!!), Degrassi: The Next Generation, My Fair Wedding, Lockup, Beyond Scared Straight, Ghost Adventures, Maury, and anything on the Travel Channel
Music: Clay Aiken and Ryan Cabrera, Disney Soundtracks, Calypso, Oldies, R&B, New Age, Classical, and some Top 40.
Places I have been: Australia, London, France
Oh the Places I will go: Italy, Barcelona, India, Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, and I want to visit the remaining states in the US so I can say that "I've been to all 50 state in the US"!
Suggestion for first year students: Don't take yourself too seriously. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. Oh, and DON'T PROCRASTINATE and always do your homework!

 

Bryson-Joey Morn

Bryson-Joey-Morn Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai'i
Major: Liberal Studies, Minor in Music
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Oakland A's Baseball Games and Raiders Football Games
Favorite Foods: Hawaiian Food, Spam Musubi
TV Shows: Spongebob, Ridiculousness, Law & Order SVU, The Game
Music: I don't really have a favorite music genre. If the song is catchy and good then I will listen to it.
Places I have been: As much as i want to travel I have not been to many places. Nevada and Colorado other than California and Hawai'i
Oh the Places I will go: I don't really know if I WILL go, but I would love to go to New York, Cabo, New Zealand, Samoa, Puerto Rico, Spain, Florida and many more.
Suggestion for first year students: My suggestion for first year students is to be willing to adjust to the new environment and community. Coming to college will definitely be a different scene that many first year students are not familiar with and sometimes are not willing to adjust to. Put yourself out there and get involved in the many different clubs, groups and organizations we offer here at Holy Names. It is a great way to meet new people from all over the country that are strangers now, but could possibly be a lifelong friend.

 

Vernisha Williams

Vernisha-Williams Hometown: Richmond, CA
Major: Psychology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: All the summer festivals
Favorite Foods: Desserts, French fries, pizza
TV Shows: Trick question
Music: Michael Jackson; R&B
Places I have been: Oklahoma, Alabama, St. Louis
Oh the Places I will go:EVERYWHERE
Suggestion for first year students: My biggest suggestion would be to just do it. Although homework can be a pain, it will make your life easier in the long run. Trust me. Just do it. :)

 

Kulauri Cooper

Kulauri-Cooper Hometown: Costa Mesa, California; this is where I consider home because I was born in southern California and I grew up there until I was eight. I have some of the best memories there and I would like to return there someday.
Major: Nursing
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Going to the beach, going on hikes, exploring San Francisco, walking around Berkeley
Favorite Foods: PASTA!! (cannot eat too much of that!), chocolate milk, fruit, greek yogurt, cheese, salad, SMOOTHIES!!
TV Shows: I do not watch too much television. If I am I will always enjoy watching a Giants baseball game! I also like Criminal Minds!
Music: I like almost anything. Since coming to Holy Names I have heard different types of music that I have never heard before. I go through phases of what I listen to but I am always attached with my childhood roots like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iration, Sublime, country in general, Lynrd Skynrd, reggae, classical, alternative
Places I have been: I have not gone too far, I have been to Texas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, other parts of California.
Oh the Places I will go:I definitely want to travel all over the world!! I would want to start by visiting cool places of my own country starting with Hawaii.
Suggestion for first year students: Live Life!! Work on bettering yourself, follow your gut, remember what your parents taught you, be sincere, and remember to treat others as you wish to be treated, be open to new experiences and be HAPPY!!

 

Sandra Galván

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major: Criminology
Favorite Bay Area Activity: Open Mics in SF and in Oakland
Favorite Foods: Mexican Food
TV Shows: crime shows
Music: A little bit of everything
Places I have been: city college of San Francisco
Oh the Places I will go:I will go to graduate school
Suggestion for first year students: Everyone needs help with something; ask for the help you need and you'll feel the weight of that become a little less heavy each time.

 

Tierney Burris

Tierney-BurrisHometown: Hawthorne, CA
Major: English and Multimedia Arts & Communications
Favorite Bay Area Activity: do not have one specifically. Basically I just enjoy exploring the Bay with friends
Favorite Foods: pasta, burritos, & french fries
TV Shows: Hit the Floor, Tiny & T.I., and Family Guy
Music: R&B, Rap, Reggae, Reggaeton
Places I have been: New York, Catalina Island, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Washington D.C., St. Louis (Missouri)
Oh the Places I will go:Paris, Italy, Spain, Atlanta, Brazil, and more!
Suggestion for first year students: Branch out of your comfort zone and meet new people! And don't be afraid to be yourself.

 


More Information


  • We make cohort assignments by considering interests (i.e. athletes and non-athletes, resident and commuter students, business majors, nursing majors, music majors) and experiences students might not otherwise have.
  • Mentors meet regularly with their cohorts to faciltate discussion and promote opportunities to become better acquainted with classmates, faculty, and the HNU community.
  • Students meet regularly with their cohorts to participate in many parts of the connections project lab, form study groups, and have fun!
  • Apply to be a Peer Mentor

 

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