Peer Coach Highlight
What is your role at CAN/TRIO?
My role at CAN-TRIO is to be supportive of our students and to help them academically,
as well as personally. I help students by listening, showing compassion, and by motivating
students regardless of their struggles. I also tutor CAN students in English and other
subjects. I help students write essays, construct personal statements, create resumes,
apply to scholarships, and manage their time efficiently.
Please share one of your best CAN/TRIO experiences.
I have had many positive experiences with our students which have also had a positive
impact on me. One case in particular, was during last year’s application period for
the Allan Hancock College Foundation scholarship. I was working with a student who
had already decided they didn’t want to apply to the scholarship because they were
convinced they would not receive an award, and they were scared to ask for letters
of recommendation. After some time, I was able to convince the student to apply to
the scholarship with my help, and a letter of recommendation from me. The student
ended up receiving a scholarship, and we both felt really accomplished afterwards.
Finish the sentence. “If I could do one thing to make students’ lives better, I would…”
If I could do one thing to make students’ lives better, I would… create positive experiences
and memories with them.
CAN Success Story
Ulises recalls not being motivated in high school. When he came to Hancock, he resolved to immerse himself in the campus community. He served as a representative for students on the ASBG for two of his three years at AHC as the Executive Assistant and subsequent President. He also participated with the Dream Club, CAN Club, and launched his own club called "Follow Polo" for students interested in politics. Mr. Serrano's involvement on campus was further extended when he began working for the College Achievement Now program as a Peer Mentor. He also became involved with the greater Santa Maria community by participating with city and county-based organizations like LULAC and the Fund for Santa Barbara. Despite all of this involvement, Ulises managed to stay academically motivated and balanced his studies alongside his activities. Ulises credits his experience on the College Achievement Now program for motivating him to stretch his degree aspirations and now plans to pursue a Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley. Transferred: Fall 2013 to UC BerkeleyMajor: Political Science