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                                                                                                                                                                                                    360 connectionThe Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) matches first year economics majors with upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics students. As a mentee, you will be thoughtfully assigned a mentor to meet with on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester to discuss a variety of topics that are relevant to you as a first year UT student. Topics include but are not limited to: what to expect as an upper division economics major, study skills, time management skills, student organizations, campus and community events, goal setting, and more! There are social and volunteer service activities scheduled throughout the semester for all participants to come together as a group. EPMP is a fun way to get more connected to the UT campus, the Department of Economics, and you may even make some life-long friends! The Economics Peer Mentor Program is an official 360 Connection.

Listen to what your peers are saying about the EPMP here.


Mentee Requirements: Interested in becoming a mentee? Consider applying to the Econ Peer Mentor Program as a mentee. Mentees are incoming freshman and first year transfer students who could use an upperclassman's experience and guidance for a variety of reasons from improving academic skills to getting connected to campus resources to just making more friends within the major. The program requires a one-semester commitment. Apply to be a Spring 2015 semester mentee here.

Mentor Requirements: Want to mentor a first year economics major? Mentors are upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. Mentors are required to have a 2.75 overall UT or economics GPA, have successful completion of Eco 420K, and have completed at least 24hrs in residence.

Please contact us at 512-471-2973, BRB 1.114, or if you have further questions or need help deciding if this program is right for you.


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Mentor Bios


Alysia Brown FunHi I'm Alysia! I'm currently a third year economics major. I was a TIP mentee my first year at UT and I loved it so much that I wanted to become a mentor myself! I love hanging out with friends and trying new things. I love almost all types of music except for rap. I play five instruments and love to watch and play spots. I'm excited to be in this program and I can't wait to meet everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Arman Malek Fun Hey there, I'm Arman. I am a senior Economics major pursuing the BFP certificate and will be graduating this December. I was born and raised in Houston (huge Rockets and Texans fan). My passions include politics (both domestic and international), current events, sports, and cooking, just to name a few. I love to learn about different cultures and hope to travel extensively in my professional career. In my spare time I like to explore Austin's beautiful nature, and like most college students, binge watch TV shows from time to time. My favorites being House of Cards, Games of Thrones, and anything from Anthony Bourdain. This is my first semester mentoring through EPMP, and I am very excited to help out in any way possible!   

                                                                                                                                                                                           Carolina Hernandez FunHello everyone! My name is Carolina and I'm a third year economics major in pursue of a Business Foundations Certificate. I am originally from Celaya Guanajuato Mexico but raised in Austin. I love the thrill of roller coasters so you might find me riding them on any school break at Six Flags. Throughout the year I also work with an event company and get to experience many exiting events in and around Austin. Like any other girl I love fashion. As a student I try my best to stay within a budget by replicating expensive outfits with more affordable clothing pieces. What I like most about economics is that you get to come up with solutions and take into consideration every piece of information. As a freshmen, I joined EPMP because I wanted to get to know the student life and the different views of economics students. As a mentee I had a great experience and want to continue being a part of the program by becoming a mentor and hopefully be a great help to other students!     

Chenning Zhang FunHey, my name is Chenning but you can call me Rosanna. I am majoring in Economics and completing the Finance track of the Business Economics Options Program. I am now a senior and plan to graduate this upcoming May! I am from Jiayuguan, a small city in China, which happens to also be the end of the Great Wall of China. I play tennis, love swimming, and enjoy spending time with my friends. This is my first semester with EPMP. I am very excited to get involved and I love to help out. I am ready! Are you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Constance FunHi everyone! My name is Mengjia but I go by Constance. I'm a fourth year student majoring in economics and minoring in math and finance. I am originally from China and transferred to UT in the spring of 2013. I really love life at UT as an international student and enjoy the difference kinds of international activities on campus. I'm a member of Texas Economics Association, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Gamma Beta Phi. As a member of these organizations, I have access to many wonderful events! In my spare time, I love watching movies, playing cards, and reading books. I'm looking forward to meeting you at our EPMP events!                                                  


                                                                                                                                                                                         Feyi Onadiji FunHello! I'm Feyi and I'm currently a fourth year Economics major with a minor in Math and African American Diaspora Studies. I'm a true Houstonian, born and bred!. I transferred from UT Arlington my sophomore year to officially become a Longhorn.  This was especially exciting considering I come from a family with many, many proud UT alumni. When I came to UT, there were so many new things to learn and I wish had the proper guidance to navigate my way through my new surroundings. I am excited to offer a new Longhorn some of the guidance I wish I had received. In my spare time, I'm an avid reader, cooker, and sewer. Living in Austin and attending UT has given me so many life changing opportunities. Like last spring when  I had the honor of being a contestant for  the Miss Black University of Texas Scholarship Pageant. An experience I thoroughly enjoyed. I am super excited to be a part of EPMP and cannot wait to meet all the new mentees! 

Jacob Howard FunHowdy y'all! My name is Jacob and I'm a fourth year economics student double majoring in psychology. I can't wait to get to meet my mentee and show them what UT is all about! I'm a first generation college student and at least a seventh generation Texan. I love exploring campus and Austin. I have a passion for architecture. I transferred into UT from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas, so if you're worried about making the transition to UT come talk to me and I'll give you the scoop!

                                                                                                                                                                                         Jessica Bathea FunGood Morrow!  I'm a Second-Year Economics Major with a Music Minor, and I will be a Mentor Shadow this semester. I hail from Frisco, Tx.  a little north of Dallas.  I'm super stoked to be a part of a growth process for Freshmen Econ Majors.  I like to be real.  So feel free to ask me anything at almost any time!  I make a little music on the side, so if anyone's interested, I'd love to get together and jam as well.  Looking forward to an awesome year!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jhocelyn Landeros FunHello! I'm Jhocelyn, a fourth year student currently pursuing double major in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies with a Business Foundations Certificate. I'm also an active member in the International Affairs Society and Food Studies. I was born in Riverside, California but I was raised in Dallas and Mexico. I studied in Brazil for first half of 2014 semester and fell in love with it! I got to experience Carnival and the World Cup. My zodiac sign is Sagittarius so I tend to be adventurous, optimistic, and open-minded. I love to travel, eat all types of food, hang out with friends, paint, and listen to music. I'm all about freedom and being on the move. This is my first year with EPMP and I'm super excited to start!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    joel groupsHi, I'm Joel! I was a mentee in EPMP my freshmen year and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to continue as a mentor. I spend my free time playing quidditch, eating delicious foods (a lot!!!), playing video and board games, and having adventures with friends. I like to pretend I am a funny person, but I don't know how true that is (pretty sure it's true but I could have myself fooled!).                                                                                                                          

Juan De Angulo FunHello! I'm Juan and I am double majoring in Economics and International Relations & Global Studies as well as double minoring in Latin American Studies and Spanish. I am a Rapoport Service Scholar and I am completing the Bridging Discipline Program focusing on the Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits certificate. I participated in a semester-long exchange program at Sciences Po in Paris, France. I am a research assistant at the Innovations for Peace and Development at the LBJ School. During the summer of 2014 I interned at AidData as a geocoder in Williamsburg, Virginia and completed a month-long microfinance project for women empowerment in Dehradun, India. Also on a microfinance project, I plan to travel to Ghana this December with the UT Global Business Brigades. My favorite Sports are tennis and soccer and I love photography and film-making.      

Kelsey Sawyer FunHey new mentees! My name is Kelsey and I am a senior and I am double majoring in Economics and Physical Geography. I am completing the McCombs School of Business Energy Management Program and an ODE member. I went to high school in Dallas, but my family lives in Dubai! I have a passion for the energy industry, bikram yoga, videogames, and international travel. Here I am exploring the film locations of Tomb Raider at Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia! I am also excited to meet you guys and show you the wonderful city of Austin.

Kristina Morton FunHello! My name is Kristina and I'm a third year Economics major with a Math and Chinese minor. I'm from Frisco, TX. My favorite things about economics are its relevance to almost every aspect of life and the challenge of thinking about extremely complex human behavior in simple terms. I'm very passionate about the subject and love meeting people who share the same interest. During my free time I like shopping, working out, seeking out new experiences, and reading- particularly about economics :-) I am excited to be a mentor!


Manideep Ravi FunHey! My name is Manideep and I'm a third year student in Economics and Finance in the Business Honors Program. I grew up in Plano, Texas before coming to UT. I am currently a director of the University Securities Investment Team and a member of the UT Sailing Club. I love music, hiking, and food. I spent my summer studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, watching soccer and eating steak. This is my first year with EPMP and I'm excited to meet all of you.                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Michele Jafri FunHey Guys! My name is Michele and I'm currently a junior majoring in Economics and Management of Information Systems. I'm Indian but I grew up in Argentina. I moved to New York, then Boca Raton, then Houston, and finally Austin. I'm working on my Private Pilot License so I travel back to Houston a lot to practice my flight skills. In my spare time I love to cook, binge watch NetFlix, explore Austin, hang out with my friends, and fly! I'm so excited to be joining EPMP as a mentor since it helped me so much when I was a mentee!                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Minwoo Kim FunHi, my name is Minwoo. I'm a fourth year economics major at UT and a minoring in math. I was born in South Korea, then moved to Houston, Texas. I went to 1st-12th grade in Houston. I'll be serving as the Treasurer of Everything Food student organization during the Fall 2014 semester. I attended a college church ministry Lifeway Community part of the Austin Korean Presbyterian Church. I'm involved in church activities. During my free time, I like to relax, listen to music, play guitar, and watch Korean TV shows. Recently, I got to K-pop and EDM. I'm looking forward to becoming a mentor and wish to be a good addition to the team of economic peer mentors!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mitali Sathaye FunHello! My name is Mitali and I'll be a senior (where did the years go?!) economics major pursuing the Business Foundations Program and an Elements of Computing Certificate. I joined EPMP because I had a lot of questions when I was new at UT and I know I would have loved to have had someone who could have shown me the way. On campus this year, I'll be Co-Captain of an Indian Classical Dance team called Nritya Sangam. Dancing is one of my greatest passions and I am so lucky to have found a way to keep that passion alive. In my free time I like to explore the beauty that is Austin, try restaurants I've never been to, run at Lady Bird Lake, catch up with friends over froyo, and drink hot blueberry green tea while reading or watching some quality television (where are my GoT fans at?)/ If you ever have any questions, whether they are about organizations at school or the best local sushi, don't hesitate to reach out! I'm excited to be a part of this program, and I', looking forward to meeting each and every one of you in the fall! Hook 'em!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Niko Schyga FuinHello! My name is Niko and I am a Second-Year Economics Major and Mathematics minor, completing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. I’m from El Paso, Texas and I love playing guitar, going outdoors, and reading books! At UT I am also a member/officer of Texas Iron Spikes, and Exceeding Economics Expectations. The University of Texas,a and Austin in general have so many great things to offer and I intend on helping mentees experience as much of it as they can!

Rohit Body Hey guys! My name is Rohit and I am a fourth year student majoring in Plan II Honors and Economics with a minor in accounting through the Business Economics Option Program. On campus I am involved with the Texas Travesty, a satire news publication here at UT, and Texas Economics Association (TEA). In my spare time I like playing video games and exploring all the sights and food Austin has to offer. I joined this program because I know it would have been really cool to have someone "show me the ropes" when I was a first year student so I plan to do just that as a mentor.                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sang Shin FunHey guys! My name is Sang. I am a double major in Finance and Economics with a double minor in Accounting and Mathematics. I also plan to complete the Elements of Computing Certificate. I was born and raised in S. Korea with my brother (shown in the picture). I moved to the US to a town called McAllen when I was in the second grade. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, shoot basketball, play poker, follow the stock market, play chess, and watch a ton of TV shows (Big Bang Theory, Suits, Community, Parks and Recreation, Arrow, Friends, Shark Tank, and more!). I was a mentee in EPMP during my freshman year and I still keep in contact with my mentor even though he's in the military back in S. Korea now. I benefitted a lot from EPMP and I hope to give back by helping incoming economics majors with their transition to UT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Austin FunHi, my name is Sarah and I am a third year economics major minoring in Business Administration. I am originally from Friendswood, Texas. When I am back at home I love spending time with my family and two dogs. On campus, I am a member of the Texas Economics Association as well as the Senior Resident Assistant of Jester Upper West. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and coworkers exploring Austin. This will be my first year as a mentor and I can't wait to get involved! Hook 'em!


Shreyas FunMy name is Shreyas and I am a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Business Administration through the Business Economics Options Program. I was born in India and grew up in Singapore. I am a big fan of soccer, and my favorite club is Arsenal. I like to travel and keep up with current affairs in the news. This is my third semester as a mentor in EPMP. As an international student, I know how it feels to be new at UT, Texas, and even the USA. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Toney Cuellar FunHi all! My name is Toney. I am a proud senior majoring in Economics and completing the Business Foundations Certificate. I have lived in Austin all my life and although Austin has a GREAT city life, I grew up appreciating the outdoors more than the city. Nowadays I have a balanced love for both! Some people call me crazy, and perhaps it is due to the fact that I grew up in such an active city, but I like to run for fun. I also enjoy eating whether it be at restaurants or at home with my family in South Austin. A few of my favorite things are dogs, football, country music/dancing, UT, sweets, movies, and traveling. Here at UT this is my first year being a part of EPMP (I'm so excited!!!). I am also the Professional Officer fo the Texas Economics Association and am a member of the Texas Darlins. The amount of excitement I have for all of us Longhorns this 2014-2015 year is huge, so much to look forward to! With much pride, Hook'em Horns!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        william ropeHey everybody! My name is Will and I am a UT junior majoring in Economics while also pursuing the BEOP Finance Track. I'm originally from the beautiful island community of Galveston, TX. In my spare time, I enjoy running, videogames, horror movies, and playing drums in a local rock band. Also, I am a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, I'm excited to be involved with EPMP for another semester and I will attempt to contribute to making the program a success!                                                                                                                                                    


Mentor Bios

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alysia Headshot
Alysia Brown
Plays five instruments                                                     
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Arman Malek
Rockets & Texans Fanatic
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Carolina Hernandez
Fashion & Adrenaline Junkie
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Constance Guo
Ask me about ODE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Feyi Onadiji Headshot
Feyi Onadiji
Ask me about Houston
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Jacob Howard
Interested in architecture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jessica Bathea Headshot
Jessica Bathea
Let's jam out!
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Jhocelyn Landeros
Travel, food, arts & music
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Joel Ponce
Ahh The Walking Dead!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Juan De Angulo Headshot
Juan De Angulo
Loves photography & film-making
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Kelsey Sawyer
Ask me about Dubai!                                                                                                                                                                                       
Kristina Morton Headshot
Kristina Morton
Enjoys reading and shopping    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Manideep Ravi Head Shot
Manideep Ravi
Enjoys sailing and hiking
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Michele Jafri
Come fly with me!
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Minwoo Kim
Enjoys Korean TV shows                                   
Mitali Sathaye Headshot    
Mitali Sathaye
Challenge me to a dance off!
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Niko Schyga
Loves playing guitar
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Rohit Mandalapu
Likes playing video games
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Sang Shin
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Sarah Austin
Ask me about TEA :)
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Shreyas Krishnan Shrikanth
Let's go Arsenal!
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Toney Cuellar
Loves the outdoors
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William Gonzalez
Go Cowboys!
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