REV1: First Year Experience DLs

  • Karlee A Garcia

    Karlee A Garcia

    Major: Human Development
    Hometown: Red Bluff, CA

    Hey y’all! My name is Karlee and I am a fourth year student from Revelle College. As a proud Revellian I am super excited to be a discussion leader and serve more in the community that has supported me throughout college.

    Some fun facts about me are that I love to dance, have an obsession with penguins, and like to get coffee/tea with people. I look forward to making my section a sun and comfortable space for students.

    Karlee's advice to new students: College is a new experience with lots of different things going on constantly. It is really easy to get caught up in it all and feel really overwhelmed, so make sure that you make time for yourself to do things that are relaxing and bring you joy. College is more than just school, you have to take care of yourself and enjoy it, too!

    Campus involvement: Emerging Leaders Program, Revelle Spirit Crew, Student Activities Intern, InterVarsity

  • Corina Gloor

    Corina Gloor

    Major: Biochemistry/Cell Biology
    McKinleyville, CA

    I grew up in McKinleyville California, and I am a class of 2018 Revelle student majoring in Biochemistry/Cell Biology.  I decided to be a discussion leader because I am looking to become a teacher, and I wanted to experience that role first-hand before making the commitment. I want to put everything I have learned and experienced to good use by sharing it with incoming students to make the transition to UCSD as smooth as possible. Currently, the hobby I am most passionate about is outdoor rock climbing.

    Corina's advice to new students: One piece of advice I have for incoming students is to learn that it is okay to say “no” to things that are presented to you. You won't be able to say “yes” to everything because you will quickly run out of time for yourself. It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of being in school, and it only takes a few too many "yeses" to suck up all of your time to enjoy yourself.

    Campus involvement: Volunteer research at Nieh Lab, member of UCSD Climbing Team, intramural tennis team in the UCSD Recreation Program
  • Alexandra M Vargas

    Alexandra M Vargas

    Major: General Biology
    Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

    Hi! My name is Alex, and I'm a fourth year General Biology major and Humanities minor. I'm super excited to be a Discussion Leader this year, and it seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in my own first FYE class. Although I'm not sure where life will take me after graduation, I'm currently devoted to student engagement in my work and personal life. As a Discussion Leader, I hope to get students comfortable with campus and involved in something that they're passionate about.

    Alex's advice to new students: Learn how to say yes, and then learn how to say no. If at any point your work or extracurricular activities are no longer enjoyable or helping you grow, then it's time to move on, reorient yourself towards your goals and push your comfort zone. Never become complacent!

    Campus involvement: Revelle Peer Advisor, Revelle Residence Life, Revelle Orientation Leader, BILD4 Instructional Assistant, OASIS/Summer Bridge, Saltman Quarterly, Global Ambassadors Program, Alternative Breaks, Emerging Leaders.

    Teaching website

  • Jennifer Niedringhaus

    Jennifer Niedringhaus

    Major: English Literature/Writing
    Hometown: Aliso Viejo

    Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer and I’m a third year with an English Literature/Writing major and a Business minor. I want to be a Discussion Leader because I want to make college less daunting and more manageable. Also, I really want to be available as a resource and encourage students to talk to me about anything that’s on their minds. A little more about me: I’m obsessed with Disney and musical theatre, and probably watch a little too much of the Buzzfeed Tasty videos. I absolutely love UCSD and I can’t wait to get to know my students!

    Jennifer's advice to new students: One way to explore everything UCSD has to offer is to go to tons of events. When I was a freshman, I tried to go to as many events as I could (and a little secret: most of these events have food. I didn’t have to buy food for my first week in college because I went to so many!). But the best part of these events is that you will meet people who are event hopping just like you, while also learning about on-campus opportunities in an exciting environment.

    Campus involvement: Revelle Spirit Crew, Redeemer San Diego, Triton Day volunteer

    Teaching website

  • Anthony Wang

    Anthony Wang

    Hi! I'm Anthony, and I'm a third year, Taiwanese-American student at UCSD, double majoring in Physiology & Neuroscience and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience. Besides my love for neuroscience, I'm a huge martial arts fan, and a principal member of UCSD Wushu, a chinese martial arts club on campus. I'm also a proud member of Delta Epsilon Mu, a professional prehealth fraternity. On the days I don't have class, I'm interning at a local biopharmaceuticals research company, volunteering in the community, working out at RIMAC, or just spending time with friends. I love computers, and I've been in the process of learning computer languages as a hobby. I'm planning on pursuing graduate education at an osteopathic medical school after a gap year. I look forward to being your DL for Fall 2017!

    Advice to New Students: College is a great time for self-development. For many of you, it will be your first taste of freedom and a nice transition into the professional world. Use that freedom to start developing and defining yourself as an individual, and don't let fear hold you back; responsibly take advantage of the opportunities you find, go to every event you hear about, and always be trying new things. You'll never know what you'll find, the people you'll meet, or where you'll end up, but you'll always come out more experienced than you were before, whether it's finding something you love, or having more information to work with.

    Campus Involvement: Wushu Club @ UCSD, Revelle Mentoring Program, Active Member of Delta Epsilon Mu

    Teaching website

REV2: Transfer Year Experience DLs

  • Yadira Basaldua

    Yadira Basaldua

    Major: Human Biology

    Hometown: Azusa, California

    Hi! My name is Yadira Basaldua, and I am a 4th year Human Biology Major with a Global Health Minor. Excited to be your First Year Experience Discussion Leader, and hope the information below provides you with a small glimpse about me!

    As of right now, I am a pre-med student, however, I continue to keep my doors open to new opportunities that may come along the way. One thing I know for sure is that I find a great joy toward helping others and interacting with people. Thus, somewhere down the road regardless of what I do pursue I know I will always strive to help others. On that note, as a Discussion Leader I hope to share some of my experiences here at UCSD and  help students find their own path here on campus.

    Some facts about myself, I love chocolate! I also enjoy going out for food to new places with friends I think its fun and exciting. Looking forward to meeting you!

    Yadira’s Advice to new students: Anything that you want to try out such as joining a club, organization, sport, etc. take the first step and try it! Doing something new can sometimes be scary, but once you take that first step you can actually gain a lot such as meeting new people or finding something that you truly enjoy. Bottom line do not hesitate to take the leap of faith even when at times you might have to do it alone. In my time here at UCSD, the friendships I have made was because I decided to go to a meeting about some organization or attend an event. More importantly, do not be afraid to seek out new adventures and once you find them give them a shot!

    Yadira’s campus involvement: UC San Diego Health System Volunteer, English/Spanish Interpreter UCSD Clinic, Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM), MECHA, La Fe, Emerging Leaders Program and Revelle First Year Experience Leader

    Teaching website

  • Kara Lu

    Kara Lu

    Major: Literatures in English
    Hometown: Hong Kong, China

    Hey! I’m Kara, I’m coming into my 4th year at UCSD studying Literature, Education studies, and Environmental Studies. Although I’m a very laid back and easy going girl, I am a bit of a workaholic when it comes to the subjects and projects I’m passionate about. I’m deeply devoted to the ideal of education as an instrument of empowerment and growth – especially when coupled with community engagement. In the future, I would love to teach English both abroad and in the States. In fact, I’m in the process of applying for a Fulbright ETA Scholarship right now (fingers crossed!). If you catch me in my rare moments of free time, you’ll see me swimming in the ocean and bumming around Scripps Pier, reading in coffee shops and on roof tops, sketching and writing in my countless notebooks, practicing guitar and singing, salsa dancing, and spending time with my close friends.

    Kara's advice to new students: Don’t be afraid to try things you’ve never even considered before. If you have even an inkling of curiosity, take that first step and find out more – enroll in that acting class, sign up for that surfing lesson, talk to that cool professor, ask that cute person out for coffee, try that new food, ask for that internship, apply for that study abroad program – you get the picture. In my experience, good things never simply fall onto your lap, and I would have missed out on a lot of intellectual, professional, and personal growth if I had prioritized comfort over curiosity.

    Kara's campus involvement: Scripps Events Assistant, EIA English Conversation Tutor, Cross Border Initiative Blum Field Intern, Revelle Orientation Leader and Transfer Year Experience Discussion Leader, Interdisciplinary Health Project San Diego Editor,  Literary Tinge UCSD President and Founder