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Abraham Mendez

MEET OUR 2020-2021 UCSD COLLEGE AMBASSADOR

We are excited to launch the second year of our College Ambassador Program at three local universities: CSU San Marcos, UC San Diego, and San Diego State. The College Ambassador Program is designed to empower upper class students to take on leadership roles as mentors and help provide incoming first-year students a successful transition to college. 

Our College Ambassadors are trained in mentorship, practical leadership, and community building skills so that they are prepared to help first-generation students strengthen their self confidence, find their voice, and grow into pillars of support that future program graduates can aspire toward.

We are proud to introduce our UCSD College Ambassador!

Abraham Mendez
UCSD College Ambassador
RC Class of 2017, UCSD Class of 2021, Math and Economics

ucsdambassador@realitychangers.org
(858) 633-3606

Tell us about yourself.
I entered UCSD as a freshman in 2017 and was originally a structural engineering major at Muir College. When I started school, I had to start in a lower level math (my high school did not offer calculus) class which put me about two quarters behind where I should have been. Along with the normal stresses of starting college and the academic hardships associated with that, I attempted to ‘stack’ my classes in order to catch up. I quickly found myself struggling to keep up with my course load and fell further behind in my classes. Eventually, this struggle reflected itself in my GPA and I came close to losing my financial aid and being forced to take a year off from the university. Luckily for me, I was able to find the right on-campus resources and spoke with academic advisors, career advisors, and mental health counselors in order to come up with a solution to my academic issues. I ended up switching my major to math and economics with a minor and computer science. This decision has made me much happier with my academic and career endeavors and has allowed me to perform academically at a much higher standard than I previously would’ve. I’m now going into my last year at UCSD and hope to be able to get a job in the data analyst/science field when I graduate and eventually move my way into software engineering.

What are you most looking forward to as an ambassador?
I am most looking forward to helping incoming freshmen navigate the first-year process and point them towards the resources necessary for their success. I hope to be able to create a safe space where students can share anything they are struggling with or any frustrations they have and point them to the correct resources to help with their problems.

Three Fun Facts?

  • I love to travel
  • Cooking has become one of my favorite hobbies
  • I’m learning how to code/program

Favorite Quote?
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis

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