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 College Readiness Mentors are University of Texas students in the College of Natural Sciences who can help!  

 

We can help you to prepare for your meeting with your advisor at orientation, discuss your First Year Interest Groups community, and offer so much more.  

 

We are available to answer questions about their experiences at UT, registering for orientation, what to expect from online orientation, and can provide resources to point you in the right direction towards successfully onboarding to your new college life.  

 

Please feel free to contact your College Readiness Mentor with any questions. 

 


SUMMER 2021 

COLLEGE READINESS MENTORS:

 

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Nakia Armendariz 

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR & UTMA TUTOR

cnsmentor.nakia@austin.utexas.edu

Nakia is a graduating Biology major, entering Medical School and mentor for students with the last name (SAT-TRA).

Hometown: Midland, TX

Favorite class at UT and why: My favorite course so far was actually Foundations of Finance. I've always been interested in business and this class allowed me to enjoy something a little different than my other science courses. 

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman:  I wish I would've known to make connections with students a year or two above you. They can help you decide what class to take and who to take it with because they've done it already. It really relieves the stress of not having your 4 years at UT planned out. 

Student Organizations involved in: UT Racquetball Club, Biology Scholars Program, Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) 


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Desiree Kibbee

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR 

cnsmentor.desiree@austin.utexas.edu

Desiree is a graduating Biology major, pursuing pre-medand mentor for students with the last name (A-BUS).

Hometown: Joshua, TX

Favorite class at UT and why: Introductory Biology because I learned so much and it really laid the foundation for so many of the biology and science related courses I’ve taken at UT.

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: Time management, you save so much stress during exam times if you study consistently and start assignments early. 

Student Organizations involved in: Longhorn Dance Company


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Farai Mubvumba

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR

cnsmentor.farai@austin.utexas.edu

Farai is a Senior Biochemistry major with an ASL minor, pursuing pre-med and mentor for students with the last name (BUT-DU).

Hometown: Vernon, Texas

Favorite class at UT and why: My favourite class was General Chemistry until I was acquainted with Organic Chemistry. O-Chem is essentially a puzzle game with a ton of rules and nuances. One is allowed to be creative, and the possibilities are endless! The molecular structures are pretty cute too.

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: The University has a plethora of scholarship/research opportunities. Anything you can and can’t imagine is probably out there. I wish this had been made aware to me because there are things I realized too late I wanted to join.

Student Organizations involved in: I love to sing and to listen to music. I am a member of the Voices of Afrika (acapella group), Korean Music Association, Chi Kappa Phi Service Organization, and I’m involved with my church, Joshua Church.


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Kendyl Turner

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR & UTMA TUTOR

cnsmentor.kendylturner@austin.utexas.edu

Kendyl is a Senior Biology major and mentor for students with the last name (PEN-SAR).

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX.

Favorite class at UT and why: I loved Biology lab at UT because the experiments were super cool and allowed me to learn science through hands on experiences.

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: Don't be afraid to talk to your professors.  Even if you don't have any questions about the material, just get to know them!

Student organizations involved in: ALDPES Honor Society


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Kashish Venaik

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR

kashish.cnsmentor@austin.utexas.edu

Kashish is a Sophomore Biology major and mentor for students with the last name (MIN-PED).

Hometown: New Delhi, India.

Favorite class at UT and why: My favorite class was Ochem 1. Even though the class was a tough bullet to swallow, it challenged me to work super hard, think smarter and go to great lengths to get answers to questions!

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: I wish I went out with friends more often, and participated in more organizations!

Student Organizations involved in: Texas Ballroom & Longhorn Best Buddies


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Gabrielle Edwards

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR and UTMA TUTOR

cnsmentor.gabrielle@austin.utexas.edu

Gabrielle is a Senior Human Biology major, and mentor for students with the last name (DW-HEM).

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Favorite class at UT and why: My favorite class at UT has been Intro Sociology (SOC 302), because a lot of what I learned reshaped how I view the world in a meaningful and impactful way.

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: I wish I would've known as a freshman that burnout is very real.  You should take time for yourself, have fun, and just enjoy life in college!

Student Organizations involved in: I am the President for Women in Medicine!


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Isio Oguni

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR

cnsmentor.isiooguni@austin.utexas.edu

Isio is Senior Bichemistry Major with a Sociology minor and mentor for students with the last name (KUR-MIL).

Hometown: Muscat, Oman

Favorite class at UT and why: Intro to Health and Society. I loved delving into the ways we as a society view health, and the impact we broadly have on health outcomes. Specifically I loved learning about the food industry and how money plays a big role in what is considered “healthy” and who can access it. 

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: College is HARD!

Student Organizations involved in: Alpha Epsilon Delta


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Grace Terrell

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR

cnsmentor.grace@austin.utexas.edu

Grace is a Junior Biology Honors major with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas pursuing pre-grad and is a mentor to students with last name (HER-KUM).

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Favorite class at UT and why: Great Works in Medicine with Dr. Curtis. I loved this class because it let me explore medicine from historical and social perspectives. I got to read the major texts that have shaped how we perceive medicine and learn more about broader issues that affect healthcare.

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: You don't have to have everything figured out right now. There are so many wonderful people and resources on campus and in CNS, and you will find your way. Don't stress, just follow what you enjoy and make good relationships.

Student Organizations involved in: I am/have been involved in: Dean's Scholars Honors Program, Jefferson Scholars Program, Association of Women in STEM, Friends of MSF,  Aptamer FRI Stream. I also love to paint and kayak in my free time!!


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Paola Valencia

COLLEGE READINESS MENTOR

cnsmentor.paola@austin.utexas.edu

Paola is a Senior Neuroscience major with a Philosophy of the Mind and Language Minor, and mentor for students with the last name (TRE-Z).

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Favorite class at UT and why: My favorite class at UT has been the Molecular Bases of Neural Development (BIO 367C). It reminded me of why I wanted to become a neuroscience major, and it taught me valuable writing skills. Although the class was difficult, I learned so much and enjoyed every lecture.

One thing you wish you would have known as a freshman: Don’t be scared to meet new people and join more organizations. College can be stressful, but it's just as important to enjoy the experience as it is to study.

Student Organizations involved in: Lions Club Service Organization


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