Professional photo of Ceion Banks

AdCRC Peer Mentor


Major(s) and minor(s):

Biology and minor in Black Studies

If you are a first-generation and/or income-eligible student, what has your experience been like at UCSB?

My experience has been pretty smooth sailing especially because I have tried to take advantage of many of the resources EOP and the university has to offer. Being surrounded by a well-rounded group of friends has helped tremendously as well.

What would you like to share with students about your experience at UCSB?

I would like to share that my experience at UCSB has been amazing and being surrounded by such a beautiful campus with accepting and friendly students has made it easy to feel like I belong here.

Top tips for fellow students? 

Some study tips I have are try different study spots besides the library and figure out what type of environment you're able to fully focus in before the first round of finals. Also utilize CLAS as soon as possible if you are struggling in a course.

Best advice you've received that has helped you at UCSB?

The best advice I've ever received that has helped me at UCSB is be yourself and the right people will build the community around you. If you change who you are to fit in, you'll never fully be true to your authentic self.

Why did you choose to be an EOP peer mentor?

I chose to become an EOP peer mentor because I wanted to helped build the African diasporic community and contribute to providing a safe space for minorities here. I also wanted to create more support for first generation students and share the resources that made it easier for me to feel comfortable here.