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Life at Westcliff

Peer Mentorship Program

One of the most exciting resources that Westcliff Student Life offers is the benefit of the Peer Mentor Program. The goal of this program is to connect current Westcliff students with exemplary individuals with a passion for building community and sharing their experiences with their peers.

Who are Peer Mentors?

Our peer mentors are well-trained students or alumni from Westcliff with stellar student life experience. These mentors are eager and well-equipped with resources and knowledge to begin assisting you on your path toward your goals!

What’s the Peer Mentorship Family?

When you sign up to be a mentee you’re not just signing up for guidance, you’re choosing to actively participate in a thriving community of students just like you. The Peer Mentors take joy in meeting other students and strive daily to develop their skills to serve the Westcliff community every day.

Meet our Peer Mentors

this is an image of Westcliff Peer Mentor, Abdurrahman Muhammad

Name: Abdurrahman Muhammad

Program of Study: Master of Business Administration

Fun Fact: I run 40 to 80 miles per month and I’ve traveled to 12 countries.

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor? To inspire and empower students, and to work with a diverse team.

this is an image of Westcliff Peer Mentor, Firas Marrash

Name: Firas Marrash

Program of Study: Master of Business Administration

Fun Fact: I love classic cars, going to the beach, and cooking.

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor? I am very passionate to continue the journey of the Peer Mentorship program because helping others and seeing them succeed in their academic life and careers brings me joy. Especially since I was a student myself and encountered most of the challenges that most students face when they begin this endeavor. Throughout this mentorship program, I have witnessed multiple success stories of international students that requested to be mentored. Being part of this program when it was launched gives me more motivation to always participate and share more ideas to improve it, make it better and eventually play a role in Educating, Inspiring, and Empowering Westcliffs’ students.

this is an image of Westcliff Peer Mentor, Shambhu Siwakoti

Name: Shambhu Siwakoti

Program of Study: Doctor of Business Administration

Fun Fact: My last meal on Earth would be momo (steamed dumplings filled with meat).

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I am already working as a peer mentor and I have already helped many students who were struggling in their academic, carrier, mental health and other problems that have direct impact on their Westcliff student life. I feel so satisfied when my mentees come back with their success stories after the mentoring session with me. In conclusion, I am enjoying my role of mentor and I am also learning so many skills through training and experiences.

this is an image of Westcliff Peer Mentor, Stephanie Kate Cruz

Name: Stephanie Kate Cruz

Program of Study: Doctor of Business Administration

Fun Fact: I just started snowboarding in 2020!

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I wanted to be a peer mentor to help students get out of their comfort zone and thrive both in campus and professional lives.

this is an image of Westcliff Peer Mentor, Tim Udoma

Name: Tim Udoma

Program of Study: Master of Science in Computer Science

Fun Fact: I like watching soccer and I like bodybuilding.

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I became a peer mentor because I like to help people grow.

this is an image of Westcliff Peer Mentor, Zhangchi Wang

Name: Zhangchi Wang

Program of Study: Master of Business Administration

Fun Fact: My favorite recurring dream is about the zombie apocalypse.

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I was once a student trying to navigate my transition from student to professional life. After being a Cybersecurity professional in the technology industry for years, I want to help my fellow students to build a solid and successful career path for themselves. Being a peer mentor to me means being a trusted friend and a positive influence. I plan to use my knowledge and expertise to motivate students to advance in their future careers.

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Name: Carole Maksoud

Program of Study: Masters of Business Administration

Fun Fact: I’m the happiest when I’m soaking up the sun on the beach.

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I find fulfillment from assisting others in overcoming challenges and unlocking their full potential. I also believe that my passion for helping, empowering, and providing support will reflect positively on other students. Particularly, I am looking forward to sharing my experience with those who might be struggling to adjust to a new academic and cultural environment.

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Name: Comfort Nkana

Program of Study: MBA

Fun Fact: I love to workout in my free time and my dream vacation is going to Cappadocia and riding in a hot air balloon. I wish I could speak Spanish. lol

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I became a peer mentor because it offers the chance to positively impact others’ growth, enhance leadership skills, and expand networks while contributing to a positive culture and personal development.

Peer mentor Anjani Topiwala

Name: Anjani Topiwala

Program of Study: Master of Business Administration

Fun Fact: When it comes to being a peer mentor at our university, my two secret superpowers are my love for sleep and my passion for savoring vegan cuisine! 😴🌱 From sharing study tips to exploring plant-based eateries around campus, I’m here to help fellow students thrive academically and deliciously! 📚🍽️

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I have personally experienced the benefits of being mentored by someone from this university. Now, I believe it is my turn to give back. I am continuously encouraged, inspired, and motivated by my Student Service Advisor, and I am filled with gratitude for the chance to express my feelings and seek out this opportunity. I am truly thrilled and consider myself fortunate to have this opportunity to contribute.

Peer Mentor Reema Suresh Bhagchandani

Name: Reema Bhagchandani

Program of Study: MBA

Fun Fact: I’m passionate about creating AI-generated art and exploring the realm of synthography.

Why did you decide to become a peer mentor?   I chose to become a peer mentor because I hold a strong belief in fostering a safe and inclusive community where students feel genuinely heard and understood. It’s important for them to realize they’re never alone in their experiences. My goal is to initiate a chain reaction of support and build a network of understanding and camaraderie that makes every student feel valued and empowered.

How to get mentored? Set up an appointment?

Being in college can be a difficult time but it doesn’t have to be! Get some advice from an experienced Westcliff Warrior who’s equipped with numerous resources in addition to being an active and thoughtful listener. The peer mentor program offers 1:1 sessions with assigned mentors in addition to social events for mentors & mentees. Reach out with the form below and request a mentor below.