Mentors

The FASS Connections mentorship program connects newer students with senior FASS undergraduate students through social and academic activities. 

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2022 team. See myinvolvement.sfu.ca to apply.

The team below is our former Fall 2021 team.

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Behavioural Neuroscience

Cognitive Science

Criminology

  • Kylie Barr

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: Psychology, Archaeology (Forensic Studies Certificate)


    I think that it’s important to be willing to try new things as a first year, so as your mentor, I'll be there to help you get out of your comfort zone and start getting involved. I love travelling, bowling, hiking, biking, skating, photography, and the Vancouver Canucks, and am always ready to chat or hang out!

  • Karly Burns

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies


    It was difficult starting at SFU in an online setting, but I was able to meet so many like-minded individuals by joining my student union! Through this experience, I’ve come to recognize how important it is to get involved within the SFU community, as it’s a great way to build connections with fellow students and the faculty. As a mentor, I look forward to helping you build these connections and start getting involved!

  • Annika Carroll

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: Forensics Certificate


    I would encourage new students to try and meet new people and leave their comfort zone, whether that be by attending events, chatting with your classmates, or joining clubs. Say yes to opportunities that come your way and you’ll find it easier than ever to get connections and make life-long friends!

  • Kai Fernandez

    Major: Criminology, Psychology
    Minor:


    My advice for new students is to take it easy and enjoy the ride! As a peer mentor, I hope to help new students adjust, have fun, and enjoy the first step of their university journey. Outside of SFU, I enjoy basketball, volleyball, drawing, reading, watching anime, thrifting, and playing video games. I have a little bit of everything that will help me connect with people through shared interests and hobbies!

  • Aaron Fung

    Major: Philosophy
    Minor: Criminology


    I wanted to be a mentor because when I was a new student at SFU, I had a great mentor who helped me with both academic and personal related stresses; I want to be able to do the same for new students. When I'm on campus, I enjoy studying or playing foosball with friends.

  • Harveen Kaur

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Criminology


    I want to be a mentor because I would love to be the person that new students turn to when they need help with anything because I am aware of how starting at a university can be overwhelming sometimes. Give new students information about the different resources available on campus and how to access them and be someone who is there for them when life gets hard. The thing I love about SFU and FASS is that everyone is very friendly and there is always someone to help you if you are stuck somewhere in university life. Some great volunteer roles at SFU are Tandem Language Exchange, Welcome Leader, Hive Leader, Embark Volunteer, Hi-Five Movement, Health Peers.

  • Veronica Kong

    Major: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Minor: Criminology, Forensics Certificate


    My advice for new students is to make connections! Don’t just focus on school, but also leave time to participate in events or volunteer or join clubs. That is what you will remember when you look back at your university memories; All the friends you made along the way. A fun fact about me is that I geek out over many things, like Marvel and Star Wars, I’m always available to chat about these!

  • Eve Sung

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: French


    I was feeling quite anxious and nervous about transitioning to university in my first year, but the FASS peer mentors I met made me feel so welcome! Deciding to get involved was one of the best decisions I made because it led me to make new friendships and learn about opportunities on campus. I look forward to helping new students gain similar experiences and connections.

Economics

Unfortunately, we do not have a mentor in this program right now. However, you can still sign up and we will pair you with someone who has taken at least one course in your program, is in a similar program or shares interests with you! A mentor will help you navigate life at SFU no matter what program you are in.

English

  • Hannah Kazemi

    Major: Political Science
    Minor: English


    I see university as the best time to grow as a person and explore new things by trying out different programs, joining clubs, and doing the things that you love! I hope to help new students make sure that they’re spending their first year doing things that they enjoy and makes them happy.

  • Mackenzie Morrow

    Major: Psychology, GSWS
    Minor: English


    As a past mentee of the FASS peer mentorship program, and a first-generation student, I understand the confusion surrounding the transition to university. Now that I’ve spent a fair bit of time exploring and learning about SFU, I look forward to helping new students make their entrance to this remarkable university as well. My favorite place to study on campus is the Student Union Building, or SUB, because it has both bustling energy, and quiet study spaces. There are certainly other gems that I can’t wait to introduce mentees to, including numerous beautiful, outdoor spaces.

  • Mckenzie Strath

    Major: English and Archaeology
    Minor: Creative Writing


    I understand what it’s like to feel intimidated when starting at university, and I think that getting involved in clubs and student activities are a great way to get comfortable! In my first year, I met many friends by joining in on a Bob Ross Paint Night and hope to help new students similarly attend fun events to become more comfortable and connected at SFU.

French

  • Katie Pinter

    Major: French (French Cohort Program)
    Minor: Political Science (Extended Minor)


    I’d encourage students not to be afraid to explore outside your comfort zone—Attend that club meeting, get involved, check out (and actually use!) the on-campus resources, and reach out to your peers in class and in other social situations! Starting university can be nerve-racking, but by pushing yourself out of you comfort zone, you will gain so, so much more from your time at SFU—connections, cool experiences, and life-long friends!

  • Eve Sung

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: French


    I was feeling quite anxious and nervous about transitioning to university in my first year, but the FASS peer mentors I met made me feel so welcome! Deciding to get involved was one of the best decisions I made because it led me to make new friendships and learn about opportunities on campus. I look forward to helping new students gain similar experiences and connections.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

  • Karly Burns

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies


    It was difficult starting at SFU in an online setting, but I was able to meet so many like-minded individuals by joining my student union! Through this experience, I’ve come to recognize how important it is to get involved within the SFU community, as it’s a great way to build connections with fellow students and the faculty. As a mentor, I look forward to helping you build these connections and start getting involved!

  • Mackenzie Morrow

    Major: Psychology, GSWS
    Minor: English


    As a past mentee of the FASS peer mentorship program, and a first-generation student, I understand the confusion surrounding the transition to university. Now that I’ve spent a fair bit of time exploring and learning about SFU, I look forward to helping new students make their entrance to this remarkable university as well. My favorite place to study on campus is the Student Union Building, or SUB, because it has both bustling energy, and quiet study spaces. There are certainly other gems that I can’t wait to introduce mentees to, including numerous beautiful, outdoor spaces.

History

Indigenous Studies

Unfortunately, we do not have a mentor in this program right now. However, you can still sign up and we will pair you with someone who has taken at least one course in your program, is in a similar program or shares interests with you! A mentor will help you navigate life at SFU no matter what program you are in.

International Studies

  • Yassmeen El-Hariri

    Major: International Studies
    Minor: None


    Coming into SFU was an intimidating experience for me but the peer mentor program made me feel like there was someone I could always lean back on if I needed help. With this in mind, I look forward to becoming a peer mentor and being a source of support for incoming SFU students. I really look forward to introducing fellow members of FASS to the many opportunities and fun activities that really help to make you feel like you’re part of a community offered by FASS and the many DSUs within it. As a mentor, my foremost priority is ensuring students feel comfortable, respected, and cared for. Besides that, my motivation for being a mentor stems from my desire to serve my community and assist other students. Finally, I implore all new students to step outside their comfort zone! Go to a club, speak to your professors in office hours, network with your peers, and go out of your way to find opportunities! If you push yourself, I guarantee that you will find your university experience much more fulfilling.

  • Alea Mohamed

    Major: International Studies
    Minor: None


    As a student who transferred to SFU, I was not aware of all of the opportunities I could have taken advantage of until later in my studies. I want to be able to share all of the things that I have come to know with new students so that they can start at SFU on a strong foundation.

Labour Studies

Unfortunately, we do not have a mentor in this program right now. However, you can still sign up and we will pair you with someone who has taken at least one course in your program, is in a similar program or shares interests with you! A mentor will help you navigate life at SFU no matter what program you are in.

Linguistics

Unfortunately, we do not have a mentor in this program right now. However, you can still sign up and we will pair you with someone who has taken at least one course in your program, is in a similar program or shares interests with you! A mentor will help you navigate life at SFU no matter what program you are in.

Philosophy

Unfortunately, we do not have a mentor in this program right now. However, you can still sign up and we will pair you with someone who has taken at least one course in your program, is in a similar program or shares interests with you! A mentor will help you navigate life at SFU no matter what program you are in.

  • Aaron Fung

    Major: Philosophy
    Minor: Criminology


    I wanted to be a mentor because when I was a new student at SFU, I had a great mentor who helped me with both academic and personal related stresses; I want to be able to do the same for new students. When I'm on campus, I enjoy studying or playing foosball with friends.

Political Science

  • Hannah Kazemi

    Major: Political Science
    Minor: English


    I see university as the best time to grow as a person and explore new things by trying out different programs, joining clubs, and doing the things that you love! I hope to help new students make sure that they’re spending their first year doing things that they enjoy and makes them happy.

  • Katie Pinter

    Major: French (French Cohort Program)
    Minor: Political Science (Extended Minor)


    I’d encourage students not to be afraid to explore outside your comfort zone—Attend that club meeting, get involved, check out (and actually use!) the on-campus resources, and reach out to your peers in class and in other social situations! Starting university can be nerve-racking, but by pushing yourself out of you comfort zone, you will gain so, so much more from your time at SFU—connections, cool experiences, and life-long friends!

  • Ava Quissy

    Major: Political Science
    Minor:


    When I first started at SFU, I was able to explore many interesting classes and join student clubs that made my first year fresh and exciting. I look forward to helping new students have a similarly great experience. Outside of university, I love reading, music, hiking, walking, biking, kayaking, and travelling!

Psychology

  • Kylie Barr

    Major: Criminology
    Minor: Psychology, Archaeology (Forensic Studies Certificate)


    I think that it’s important to be willing to try new things as a first year, so as your mentor, I'll be there to help you get out of your comfort zone and start getting involved. I love travelling, bowling, hiking, biking, skating, photography, and the Vancouver Canucks, and am always ready to chat or hang out!

  • Jaymie Cristobal

    Major: Psychology
    Minor:


    My advice to incoming students is to get involved! It is the perfect way to find people who share the same interests and to discover your inner passions. In my free time you’ll probably find me exploring all of Vancouver’s ramen spots. I also enjoy watercolour painting and reading books.

  • Kai Fernandez

    Major: Criminology, Psychology
    Minor:


    My advice for new students is to take it easy and enjoy the ride! As a peer mentor, I hope to help new students adjust, have fun, and enjoy the first step of their university journey. Outside of SFU, I enjoy basketball, volleyball, drawing, reading, watching anime, thrifting, and playing video games. I have a little bit of everything that will help me connect with people through shared interests and hobbies!

  • Aman Grewal

    Major: Psychology
    Minor:


    Through my experiences at SFU, I’ve found that the best way to network and adjust to university life is to join clubs and attend events that interest you. A highlight from my first year was meeting new friends with similar interests, and I’m excited to help new students do the same!

  • Amanda Hodges

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: None


    Starting university is both an intimidating and exciting monumental time! As a student, I know how overwhelming this transitional time can be. My hope as a mentor is to help ease the transition by being a supportive, informative, and encouraging peer for new students to rely on as they navigate this chapter of life.

  • Alisa Kandikova

    Major: Business
    Minor: Psychology


    Having experienced the challenges of transitioning into university, I can help new students become accustomed to it quicker and be a reliable resource they can turn to for support!

  • Harveen Kaur

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Criminology


    I want to be a mentor because I would love to be the person that new students turn to when they need help with anything because I am aware of how starting at a university can be overwhelming sometimes. Give new students information about the different resources available on campus and how to access them and be someone who is there for them when life gets hard. The thing I love about SFU and FASS is that everyone is very friendly and there is always someone to help you if you are stuck somewhere in university life. Some great volunteer roles at SFU are Tandem Language Exchange, Welcome Leader, Hive Leader, Embark Volunteer, Hi-Five Movement, Health Peers.

  • Mackenzie Morrow

    Major: Psychology, GSWS
    Minor: English


    As a past mentee of the FASS peer mentorship program, and a first-generation student, I understand the confusion surrounding the transition to university. Now that I’ve spent a fair bit of time exploring and learning about SFU, I look forward to helping new students make their entrance to this remarkable university as well. My favorite place to study on campus is the Student Union Building, or SUB, because it has both bustling energy, and quiet study spaces. There are certainly other gems that I can’t wait to introduce mentees to, including numerous beautiful, outdoor spaces.

  • Matthew Rathore

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Counselling and Human Development


    My hope is to accommodate, support and encourage new students. As I have lived the transition to university, I wish to equip students with reliable information, tips and guidance. On top of this, I hope to give students a safe place to ask questions and a direct connection to all the opportunities SFU has to offer!

  • Sophia Vennesland

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Counselling and Human Development


    I would love to be given the opportunity to be their very first friend going into their first year of university so they feel more confident and not alone.

  • Veronica Wong

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: Counselling and Human Development


    Some advice I would give to new students would be to not be afraid to ask for help! Going into a new environment is always going to be nerve-wracking but being resourceful and actively seeking out new opportunities and being excited to learn can take you far and help you connect with so many amazing people. Take advantage of what SFU has to offer (e.g., Co-op, exchange, your advisors, library resources, etc.) and make the best of your undergraduate career.

  • Shakiba Zahabioun

    Major: Psychology
    Minor: None


    As someone who has changed my academic path multiple times and faced multiple challenges: it will all be okay! Change can be overwhelming, so I'm here to support students however I can to adapt well, find great resources, and have a great experience at SFU. I love crocheting, hiking, playing video games, and listening to podcasts.

Sociology

  • Arthur Lee

    Major: Sociology
    Minor: None


    "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" - Winnie the Pooh (Pooh's Most Grand Adventure) Navigating new beginnings can be scary, so it's my goal as a mentor to help them adjust, dream, and enjoy every opportunity university life will offer. Outside of school, I like to play music instruments, watch movies, collecting fun facts about Disney Parks, and play video games. To me, every friend I make is a Ohana, and that means that no one will get left behind, or forgotten.