Meet the Mentors

The EnvironMentors program helps connect first year students with senior students to help provide guidance and advice based on their experience in the Faculty of Environment.

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Chris Pan

BSc Environmental Science

Program
Environmental Science, third year

Why I became an EnvironMentor

Although I didn't have a mentor myself, I wanted to become an EnvironMentor because the transition from high school can definitely be a scary and relatable experience. There have been many occasions when I wished for advice from a fellow student who had gone through this process ahead of me, or even something as simple as knowing that I had someone to go to whenever I needed guidance.

Best advice for new students
My absolute #1 tip for new students is to go out and attend clubs week. Take the time to find something you are interested in and commit to going to their events and don't be afraid to go out on a limb and try new things too! I can honestly say that I have met tons wonderful people and created many friendships through clubs and they are great for relieving stress and for having some fun among all the studying. I actually find myself looking forward to being on campus!

Fun fact
I love to play sports and stay active. Especially ice hockey and ultimate frisbee!

 

Camelia Tavakoli

BSc Environmental Science

Program
Environmental Science, third year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
I enjoy sharing my university experiences with new SFU students. I've been a Freshman before; I know how it feels! Also I would like to share my experience as VP Students life in SUS (Science Undergraduate Society) with new SFU students and tell them how they can get involved with SUS.

Best advice for new students
Have fun while you are in you undergrad. Join your student union and get involved with the events happening at SFU. This is a great way to find friends.

Fun fact
I know how to speak Persian language (Farsi).

Angela Preissl

BEnv Resource and Environmental Management

 

Program
Resource Environmental Management and First Nations Studies, 3rd year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
Before my first day at SFU, I was already introduced to a few of my fellow students. Although I was not officially matched with her, I met my mentor at Info Evening. She was also in REM and immediately got me involved in our student union activities, thus, allowing me to meet my friends before I even started. I have her to thank for giving me the opportunity to meet of some of my greatest friends here at SFU and she is the reason I became an Environmentor. I want to give that opportunity to new students- to feel comfortable and excited before you even start. 

Best advice for new students
Take the leap! Sometimes university can be intimidating, but putting yourself out there to make connections is a way to grow individually and meet amazing people in the process. Reach out, be yourself, have fun, work hard and always remember to take time for yourself.

Fun fact
Angela currently works for Natural Resources Canada, supporting The Indigenous Monitoring and Advisory Committee Secretariat, a co-developed committee consisting of federal representatives and an Indigenous Caucus, working hard to build a new relationship between Government, The National Energy Board and Indigenous peoples.

 

Bhoosun Chowbay Nuckchady

BEnv Resource and Environmental Management

Program
Resource and Environmental Management, third year.

Why I became an EnvironMentor
I was also once a freshman and I really did not know what was awaiting me before transiting to SFU. Being an EnvironMentor, will enable me to share my SFU journey experience with the new students and help give them proper advice. 

Best advice for new students
During your first semester, you will get to know how university life is and will have to find the right balance so as to adapt yourselves to your new schedule. Sometimes, things may not happen as you thought it would but do not be discouraged and give up. Reach out to your faculty advisors and to your respective EnvironMentors because they know better how to help you out. Also, do keep track of your weekly lecture materials. 

Fun fact
I speak French and do understand Hindi.

Emmanuel Okorji

BEnv Resource and Environmental Management

Program
Resource and Environmental Management, third year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
I chose to become an environmentor because I want to be committed to help new students and all students in general have a smooth transition into the university life. I also hope to enable them have a straight-forward educational pathway by offering advice.

Best advice for new students
Always keep up with lecture materials and never procrastinate. Ask questions when in doubt and don’t forget to get involved and connect with other students too!!!

Fun fact
I love Nigerian Jollof rice and reading articles. I also support F.C Barcelona [Mes Que Un Club!!!] 

Hilary Ta

BSc Environmental Science

Program and year
BSc Environmental Science Hons. - 3rd year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
My EnvironMentor really helped me settle into SFU and answered a lot of the questions I had about my first year. I'm now hoping to do the same for this year's incoming students!

Best advice to new students
Don't be afraid to take an interesting course or two that falls outside of your degree requirements. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy the class or how useful it may become in the future!

Program and year
My dream job as a child was to be a paleontologist in the badlands of Alberta.

Jordan Wilson

BSc Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Major

Program and year
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Major, Resource and Environmental Management Minor - 4th year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
Like many first-year students, I went into first year thinking I knew exactly what I wanted. As it stands, I’ve changed universities and programs twice! Having an older student as a resource during those first 2 semesters would have saved a lot of guessing and a lot of headache.

Best advice for new students
You’re going to have those days where you ask yourself “why am I doing this,” so it’s important to know your “why” and use it to build your purpose. What do you want to do with your degree? Why is it important to study this specific material? What can you improve or change? Answering these questions is a great first step, no matter how vague your answers may be.

Fun Fact
I compete as a 1500m/3000m varsity track and field athlete with Simon Fraser University!

Kristin Oliver

BA Archaeology

Program and year
BA Archaeology - 3rd year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
I became an EnvironMentor because I know that it can be scary trying to navigate a new space and new adventure without much guidance.  It can also be daunting to reach out to staff members, especially if you don't know where to look.  I wanted to help other students bridge that gap and become more confident in their skills so that they can make their university career successful!

Best advice for new students
Get organized early, and don't be scared to approach your professors, TAs, and other students for help!  You'll get out of your university career what you put in; and, your willingness to ask questions and seek clarification on assignments and material will go a long way in both making a good impression, as well as getting good grades!

Fun Fact
I took a few years off after high school, before coming to university, to train horses and teach riding lessons!

Riley Smith

BA Geography

Program and year
Physical Geography major - 4th year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
I decided this would be a good way to use my knowledge and experience as an SFU student to give back to the SFU community and Faculty of Environment, by doing my best to help make the transition to university a little less daunting for new students.

Best advice for new students
The best piece of advice I have for new students is to remind them that every new student around them is in the same boat as they are and will likely be open to making friends. Often all it takes is that first big step with a simple greeting to reach out and make connections. If you can remind yourself of that and take that step, it can go along way and I can assure you that most people will be super grateful.

Fun fact
I can identify the flags of every single country in the world.

Teagan O’Shaughnessy

Sustainable Business Joint Major

Program and year
Sustainable Business Joint Major – 4th year

Why I became an EnvironMentor
I learned from an EnvironMentor during my first semester at SFU three years ago, and now it's my turn to help the next cohort of students!

Best advice for new students
Don't go home every single day as soon as class ends. There are many places to explore, clubs to join, events to attend, and activities to participate in. University is a learning hub, not just a classroom! You only need to know where to look - and that's what we're here for.

Fun Fact
I am also an SFU Rec Sports leader. You might see me around at intramurals or drop-in sports!