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Vantage Peer Mentors

The Vantage Peer Mentors are a group of Vantage College alumni, passionate about fostering social connections and providing peer support to Vantage One students.

They can help you with:

  • Connecting you with the UBC Community and resources
  • Questions about UBC Vantage College and university life
  • Networking
  • Peer-to-peer support

You can connect with your Peer Mentor via:

Meet Your Peer Mentors for 2021-2022!

Joaquin Gutierrez

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Integrated Sciences, 3rd year.

I am from: Mexico.

Interests: cooking & hiking.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: Start thinking about your specialization.

Gina Choi

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2nd year.

I am from: South Korea.

Interests: K-pop, reading mystery books, and palatable food.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: it is good to study hard in an intensive degree, but you should have social life at the same time. Please look after yourselves and your mental health!

Stephen Li

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 4th year.

I am from: China

Interests: Playing guitar, hiking and cooking.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: UBC is a diverse University, so try not to limit yourself in one spot. I encourage you to make friends from different backgrounds, take a variety of courses, and think diversely.

Tony Ryu

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Process Engineering (CHBE), 3rd year.

I am from: South Korea

Interests: cooking, going for walks and singing.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: Do not completely rely on your grades. Actively look for extracurricular activities from now on to build experience that will create future work opportunities.

Visal Saosuo

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Engineering, 2nd year

I am from: Cambodia

Interests: teaching, reading, basketball, volleyball, and Frisbee.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: be real to yourselves, focus on enjoying your classes and try to connect your knowledge to real-world applications.

Yuka Ohno

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Cognitive Systems: Cognition and Brain stream, 2nd year.

I am from: Taiwan

Interests: window shopping, listening to relaxing music, and spending time with my hamster.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: Do not hesitate to reach out to people when you need them! They are always here to help you.

Yunong Wang

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 4th year.

I am from: China

Interests: embroidering and Chinese calligraphy.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: Do not hesitate to explore! Try out clubs and campus activities as much as you can. I highly recommend traveling around Vancouver as well as other places!

Kyle Ng

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Geography, 4th year.

I am from: Hong Kong

Interests: swimming, reading books, movies and video games.

Piece of advice to Vantage One Students: Reach out to your instructors if you have a problem; be proactive and ask for help.

Events

The Vantage Peer Mentors host monthly events throughout the academic year for Vantage One students to connect with fellow peers, Vantage Faculty and Staff, and learn about UBC services and resources available to them.

Note: event details will be posted on the Virtual Lounge, and communicated via email.

Get Involved

We encourage you to attend upcoming events, reach out to your Peer Mentors if you need any support and seek ways to get involved in the Vantage Community. Email students@vantagecollege.ubc.ca for opportunities and information on how to get involved.

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor next year? Applications for the Vantage Peer Mentors program will open in spring 2022. Stay up to date on the latest information HERE.