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                                                                                                                                                                                                    360 connectionThe Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) matches freshmen 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 freshmen 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.

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Mentee Requirements: Interested in becoming a mentee? Consider applying to the Econ Peer Mentor Program as a mentee. Mentees are freshman and first year transfer students (upon departmental approval) economics 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. Our mentee spots for the Spring 2014 semester are now open. If you are interested in becoming a mentee for the Spring semester please complete the Mentee Information Sheet by December 30, 2013.

Mentor Requirements: Want to mentor a freshman 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. Apply to be a mentor for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters here.

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.


Social Event: Game Night                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Volunteer Service: The UT Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Social Event: Bowling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Volunteer Service: Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week


Volunteer Service: Candlelight Ranch

Mentor Bios

a Hi! My name is Aleya and I'm a 4th year Economics major. I first entered the program as a mentee and wanted to try to help other students the way my mentor did. I see myself going abroad in the long term, so studying abroad is the perfect step towards that goal. I love the city of Austin and all it has to offer. One of the coolest places I've been to is the Cathedral of Junk; I even got to take my mentee last semester! I also love visiting random food trucks, like Chi'lantro because it has THE BEST food.

Arman GroupHi, my name is Arman. I'm a second year majoring in Economics and Computer Science. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. In my spare time I enjoy visiting many of the great restaurants in Austin and doing various outdoor activities. On campus, I am involved in different student organizations and will be serving as the Treasurer of the Iranian Students Academic and Cultural Organization. I have previous experience being a mentee in EPMP and now I am excited to serve as a mentor this year!

AshkahanHi, my name is Ashkahan! I am a first generation Persian to be born and raised in Texas and I could not be happier. My passions include being outside, getting into mischief with my friends, and above all, FOOD! There is not one dish or restaurant that I will not try because one of my favorite activities is going out to eat with my friends. Although this may sound cliche, but I hope to one day travel the world and just eat my way through every country! I love to be spontaneous and not bottle in the massive amounts of energy that I obtain, so I try to be as active as possible in my week. Even during the school year, I always find time for yoga, working out, or paddle boarding out on the lake. Like Mark Twain said, "don't let school get in the way of your education." So I always try my hardest to not allow my studies to consume my life. I love life and plan to live it my way. My philosophy is to take every opportunity and never settle for anyone else's expectations.

Alysia groupHi I'm Alysia! I'm currently a second year economics major. I was a TIP mentee last year 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!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    c Hey! I'm Crystal, a fourth year Economics major minoring in Government and BFP. I have been with EPMP since the start and I can honestly say, it only gets better every year! In addtion to being a mentor, I am the Vice President for Texas Economics Association. In my free time, I like to explore Austin and visit new places. If you have questions, I have answers! Feel free to ask me anything. I look forward to another great year with amazing people in our department.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Hailey GroupHello! My name is Hailey and I'm a 4th year Economics major minoring in Accounting and I am completing the Business Foundations Certificate Program. I transferred to UT after freshmen year and this is my first year to participate in EPMP. I heard about EPMP before and wanted to be a part of the program. I like to read books, watch movies, and eat delicious food. I'm excited about making new friends in the program and ready to have a lot of fun!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

joel groupsHi I'm Joel! I was a mentee in EPMP my freshmen year and I liked it so much that I had to continue as a mentor. I enjoy playing quidditch, eat (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!).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Katie groupWell hey there! My name is Katie and I am a senior studying Economics with a minor focused in Finance. I am a true Austinite and am living my dream at UT! Getting involved in everything UT has to offer has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had and I love sharing that with other people. When I'm not on campus, I like to watch live music and enjoy exploring everything Austin has to offer. I'm excited to be serving as a mentor for my second year and look forward to another amazing year!                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Katie S flowerHey friends! I am Katie S., a senior economics major here at UT. This will be my first and last year as a mentor since I graduate in May. Let's see, here are a few things about me. Well, I'm from Houston, Humble to be exact. I have only two friends and one of them is my sister. My favorite food is tuna (no joke) and I spend every weekend trying to get better at poker. I like to be outdoors but not as much as every other person in Austin. I eat local like every Austinite and prefer HEB over whole foods. Shhh, don't tell anyone. I do not have a dog and really only want one so I can pick up guys at town lake. Plus if you didn't get to know me by this paragraph just look for the girl over 6'0 walking about in Chacos. Thanks for reading about my life, it's been my pleasure.                                              

ma Holaaa, my name is Maria, and I am double majoring in Economics and Accounting. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and right after high school I moved to the US to go to college. I have been with the Economics Peer Mentor Program since day one. I started as a mentee, and now I am a mentor. As an international student, I have experienced similar situations to those that students new to UT experience, so please do not hesitate in contacting me if you have any questions or concerns!

Pooja Group Hey y'all! My name is Pooja and I'm a third year studying Economics and Biology. Aside from being active on campus, I like doing outdoorsy things like running along Lake Travis. I also really like to paint and play tennis! My best advice is to find unique things to do in your summers since there are so many opportunities for college student that you won't have after you graduate, like an internship in DC, research abroad in Europe, and especially shadowing different professionals. I'm so excited to be part of EPMP this year!          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rohit Body Hey guys! My name is Rohit and I am a third 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.


Shreyas GroupMy name is Shreyas and I am a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in Finance. I was born in India and grew up in Singapore. I am a big fan of soccer, and my favorite clud is Arsenal. I like to travel and keep up with current affairs in the news. This is my first 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        william ropeHey everybody! My name is William G. (Will for short) and I am a UT sophomore 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!                                                                                                                                                    

Will C headshotHi, my name is Will C. and I'm an economics major with an accounting minor in my senior year. I am a first year mentor. There's a lot to learn about living in Austin and attending UT. I became a mentor to try to help other students quickly learn what I wish I had known. When I'm not studying or going to class, I like to play the guitar and go to shows. I also enjoy going to the Greenbelt and exploring.


Mentor Bios

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Aleya Noor
Austin musts: Cathedral
of Junk & Chi'lantro
food truck

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Arman Baratifar
Likes the outdoors
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Ashkahan Bina
Enjoyings yoga & paddle boarding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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Alysia Brown
Plays five instruments

Crystal Luviano
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Hailey Chen
Loves books, movies, and food!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      joel headshot
Joel Ponce
Ahh The Walking Dead!!
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Katie Gorbell
Loves Austin and UT!
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Katie Smith
Favorite food is tuna
Maria Pedroza
De Bogota, Colombia :]
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Pooja Prabhakar
Loves painting & playing tennis
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Rohit Mandalapu
Likes playing video games
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William Gonzalez
Go Cowboys!
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William Conklin

Loves going to the Greenbelt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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