"Arriving at UCSB, one of the first programs I got involved in was the USS Mentoring Program. I applied because coming into college as a first-gen student was challenging to navigate independently. My mentor made my experience in this program one of a kind. She was very supportive and would give me tons of resources and connections. She is also a researcher and inspired me to do human rights-related research next year. In addition, whenever I would feel conflicted in college, it was nice knowing that I was a part of a program that would guide me and have my back. Most importantly, being a part of this program gave me a sense of belonging at UCSB and the confidence to get more involved in this new community. I also enjoyed going to the socials held for us because it was my way of making new friends who shared the same experiences as me, especially in my first year of college. The socials also allowed me to talk with other mentors who gave me much-needed advice on succeeding in college and enjoying my time here. Ultimately, I enjoyed being a part of the USS Mentoring Program because of its welcoming and resourceful atmosphere."
-1st year student