ERC1: First Year Experience DLs

  • Grace Mertz

    Grace Mertz

    Hi everyone, my name is Grace Mertz and I am a 3rd year in ERC at UCSD. I am a history major with a psychology minor and an MMW writing tutor. I am also a student leader in Acts2Fellowship and I attend Grace Point Church.

    I plan on attending graduate school for a Ph.D. in German History after graduation and my dream is to be a college professor of history.

    Fun Facts:

    I am a Christian

    Huge Disney fan

    Favorite Author: C.S. Lewis

    I have memorized the books of James and Philippians from the Bible

    Love to dance and sing (though I can’t do either very well)

    Campus Involvement: Student Leader in Acts2Fellowship (Christian org), MMW Writing Tutor, MMW Serves Ambassador, Math Tutor at Preuss School, and HDH employee (OVT). Independent researcher in the humanities studying economics and women in Nigeria (ERC 92).

  • Anna Stuhlfire

    Anna Stuhlfire

    My name is Anna Stuhlfire, and I will be your ERC1 Discussion Leader for the Fall 2018 Quarter. I am very excited to work with each of you, and to be one of the first people to introduce you to UCSD. I am a third year ERC student majoring in Molecular Biology.

    When I was an out-of-state first year student, I was incredibly grateful for the First Year Experience class as it’s core purpose is to help students make the most of their college transition. Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD is a truely unique learning community that I have come to call home, and I am sure ERC will soon feel like home to you too!

    Campus Involvements: UCSD Taekwondo Team Board Member, I-House Community

  • Mira Chun Han

    Mira Chun Han

    Major: Communication; Minor: Theatre

    Hometown: Taiyuan, Shanxi, China

    Hi! I am a third-year Communication major from ERC. My name is Chun Han, but I also go by Mira. In my leisure time, I love to watch movies, read novels, and travel. I was born in Asia, study in North America; but I also have gone to Africa, Europe, South America as well. I fell in love with photography when I was in eighth grade; so I love discovering beauty in my life.

    Mira's advice to new students: Be brave to try and never hesitate. You will gain but not lose when you try new things. 

    Campus Involvement: UCSD Theatre and Dance; UCEAP in CUHK; OAP in Ewha Womans University

    Teaching website

  • Punita Patel

    Punita Patel

    Hi all,

    My name is Punita Patel and I am a third year student majoring in Public Law with minors in Business and Accounting. I am a proud student and resident of ERC, an animal enthusiast, and a foodie. I'm originally from Simi Valley but I am proud to call San Diego my second home. I am really involved on campus but this year I will be focusing most of my attention on a few particular things-- namely the Office of Student Advocacy, JusticeCorps, being an RA, and, of course, being your Discussion Leader. I like to balance out work and play by spending time with my friends, trying out new foods, and petting as many dogs as possible! I am excited to be working as a First Year Experience discussion leader in my favorite of the six colleges and can't wait to share my experiences here at UCSD with all of you! 

    Teaching website

  • Emma Kohagura

    Emma Kohagura

    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Hometown: Folsom, CA

    Welcome!  I am a third year here at ERC.  Like many STEM majors, I am also pre-med.  Besides science and health, I am also interested in learning about other cultures, which is why I chose ERC.  I have traveled to three countries (Italy, Japan, and Mexico).  In Japan, I was part of a global seminar for MMW 15 with about 20-30 other ERC students.  I hope to study abroad or visit another country again sometime before I graduate.  As a previous student in ERC FYE, I hope to give back to the program by helping incoming ERC first years adjust and feel welcomed here at UCSD.

    Advice to New Students:  Please study abroad if you can!  College is a time of exploration and an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone.  Studying abroad not only helps you fulfill your college requirements faster it also helps you become more open minded.  When I went abroad, I didn’t know anyone in my group but by the end of the trip I formed a close knit of friends.  My time abroad has given me some of the greatest memories I’ve made during my time in college.  Global seminars are a great way to finish your MMW requirement, and it is honestly the best way to take MMW.

ERC2: Transfer Year Experience DLs

  • Tanya Khazaie

    Tanya Khazaie

    Hi everyone, my name is Tanya Khazaie and I will be your Discussion Leader for ERC2 this Fall quarter. I am a 4thyear transfer student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business, with a pre-pharmacy background.

    Transferring to a school of this magnitude can be especially overwhelming. I was in your shoes just last year and trust me, I understand everything you’re feeling now and will feel in the future. This class is light in the workload but extremely valuable if you take advantage of the tools provided. It’s an opportunity to connect with other transfers, learn about campus resources, and pick up tips/tricks to make the most of your experience here.

    I’m here as a mentor – someone that’s been exactly where you are right now and I’m committed to making this class as useful to you as it was to me. So that’s my job- to make your transition into UCSD as easy as possible. I’m excited to meet you all, let’s make it a great quarter!

    Campus Involvements: Research Assistant in both the Social Cognition lab & Emotions lab. (Psyc 199), Undergraduate Instructional Apprentice (UGIA), iLead certificate recipient, The Zone ‘Well-Being leadership award’ certificate recipient, UCSD Psychology Club Member, Psi-Chi International Honors member

  • Madison Lang

    Madison Lang

    My name is Madison and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a 4th year transfer student in ERC and my major is International Studies: Political Science. I was in your shoes, as I was a transfer to UCSD in the Fall of 2017 and took this class! My discussion leader made a big impact on me and I hope to do the same for all of you! This class offered me the ability to make friends, be in a class where everyone was a transfer like me, create study groups, and learn about campus resources and how to actually use them!

    A few fun facts about me: I am an out-of-state transfer student (from Virginia!) and grew up as a military kid so I moved around a lot, I’m involved with Panhellenic on campus and am an active member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, and I love tea, baking, traveling, and anything and everything Disney related!

    I can’t wait to be your discussion leader and hope you enjoy this class as much as I did!

    Campus Involvements: Member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Volunteer Student note taker for the Office for Students with Disabilities

  • Thuy Nguyen

    Thuy Nguyen

    Welcome to ERC 2 of Fall 2018! My name is Thuy, pronounced “Twee” like how baby can’t say tree. If you have any general concerns about the course or my section, hopefully this website will be able to answer your questions. Otherwise, feel free to email me! I hope you’ll find this course and my section useful for your transition to a new campus!

    Campus Involvements: Culture Chair in UCSD Vietnamese Student Association, Student IT at UCSD Bio Department