Professional photo of Daphne Barajas

Scholar's Program Peer Mentor


Major(s) and Minor(s): 

Pre Biology

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

My experience here at ucsb as a first get and income eligible student was a rollercoaster. In the beginning it was very overwhelming trying to figure out my best study habits, how to pay my Barc, and finding a community. After struggling my fall quarter, I finally found people who supported me and guided me through my journey. This elevated my experience here at ucsb because I finally met "my" people.

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

I would love to share my experience with Los Curanderos. This club allowed me to find my community and feel accepted. It guided me with mentors through the weekly meetings, community service, and most importantly support.

Top tips for fellow students? 

1. Study everyday for 30 mins

2. Intramural Sports

3. ONDAS Center events

4. EOP Mentors + CLAS

5. Dedicate at least one hour every day for yourself

6. El Centro

7. Be open to join clubs

8. reach out to professors + advisors they are there for a reason

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

1. The financial aid crisis team is there to support you when in need of an emergency

2. It’s okay to do things alone but to not feel alone

3. It is very crucial to build a support system

4. Don't be afraid to ask for help

5. being uncomfortable is the first step for growth

Why did you choose to be an EOP peer mentor?

I chose to be an EOP peer mentor because I want to be able to give out the support I was given to the incoming freshman. I grew up with the idea of I have to do everything on my own and have to be better than my family members. This being said I want to break this chain and bring to light that it is not selfish to do things for yourself whether is taking an academic break, asking for help, learning for themselves, and finding a home away from home.