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STARS Mentors

STARS Mentors are sophomore, juniors, and seniors at Loyola who assist first-year students in successfully navigating and transitioning into the academic, extracurricular, social, and cultural dimensions of campus life at Loyola. Mentors are able to function in a variety of roles, including peer mentor, peer advisor, program planner, team member, and role model. 

Each STARS Mentor is matched with 6-8 first-year students at the start of the fall semester, for both one-on-one and group mentoring relationships. Mentors maintain regular contact with their mentees throughout the academic year, advising and guiding them in their transition to college life. In addition, STARS Mentors plan and organize monthly events designed to support mentees' overall success at Loyola.

STARS Mentors are joined by two STARS interns, who have had prior experience with the STARS program as either mentors or mentees. The role of the student interns is to provide logistical support and leadership to STARS, as well as coordinate the STARS LEAD program, a service and leadership experience for a select number of STARS mentees each spring semester.

To see rosters of STARS Mentors from past years, click here.

2013-2014 STARS Mentors & Interns
Scroll down or click on each of the mentor's names to see their bios!

Mentors     Interns
Alyssa Chandler J.D. Robles Nisha Patel Lauren Adams
Aravind Jagadeesan Jefferson Uriarte Prachi Shah Gabriela Coronado
Benjamin Beltran Jillion Caldwell Preksha Maiya  
Danielle Duchatellier Karina Sanchez Rame Yousif  
Ishita Mehta Miguel Ramirez    

Alyssa Chandler
Sophomore | English and Social Work

Hello! My name is Alyssa Chandler.I am an English and Social Work major. As a sophomore, I find myself eager to help others and I'm very excited to be a mentor. In my spare time I love to dance, write, draw, and hang with friends. The STARS program has been a huge help for me and I hope I can return the favor to incoming freshmen.

Aravind Jagadeesan
Senior Biophysics (Pre-Medicine), with Neuroscience and Mathematics minor

Given that it is my fourth straight year with STARS, I cannot express enough how much of a positive impact this program has had on me. Along with giving me a strong sense of belonging, community, and support, STARS has shaped me into a student leader that I never would have imagined becoming. Naturally, I come back every year to share that unique experience with incoming freshmen, especially those of color and/or first generation. The most rewarding experience for me as a mentor is to see the students of our programs find inspiration within themselves and establish a presence on campus. I look forward to meeting all our new mentees, and I hope to see you all excel! I hope to go to medical school one day. Outside of class and work, I love watching movies, discovering new music, and just learning new things about life. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Ben Beltran
Junior | Advocacy and Social Change, with Urban Studies minor

This is my first year being a part of STARS and I am very excited to be a part of such a cool program. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and decided to come to Loyola because I had always dreamed of going to a prestigious university in Chicago. Now I am living my dream and enjoying every minute of it! One of my life-long passions is writing (poetry and short fiction). I am currently the External Vice President of Loyola’s Council of Pan-Asian Americans (COPAA). As I make my way through life I would like to help give a voice to those who are underrepresented or oppressed. My goal in the STARS program is to help mentees successfully transition into college and make Loyola their home.

Danielle Duchatellier
Sophomore | French and International Studies, with Women & Gender Studies minor

Hello there! This year I'm a sophomore that loves: sitting in coffee shops, baking (but mostly eating) scones, doing yoga, anything to do with Voltaire and talking social justice! One of the best parts of my freshman year here at Loyola was being a part of STARS. It allowed me to gain a better understanding of myself and all of the identities I possess. In gaining a better understanding of myself, I became more open to understanding other people's experiences and viewpoints. It was so great to be able to meet other people I could relate to. In the end, I became great friends with some amazing people with a lot to say, and I love learning from them. I highly encourage students to join STARS so that they can see and celebrate the diversity we have here at Loyola!

Ishita Mehta
Sophomore Mathematics

Math is the language of the universe and that is what I want to study. In my free time I enjoy reading, painting and catching up on a multitude of tv shows. Also, I love volunteering and I strive to be a service leader. Chicago is my first love and Loyola is my home away from home all because of the wonderful people I met here (especially through STARS) and the lake. I chose to be a mentor because I wanted to be there for incoming students as they embrace a justifiably challenging, exciting and a diverse college life.

J.D. Robles
Junior Biology, with Asian Language and Literature minor

Bio coming soon!

Jefferson Uriarte
Senior | Psychology and International Studies

Hey everyone! Through the STARS Program I was able to find the support system that I needed in order to make a smooth transition from high school into college. I have developed many life-long friendships and have found a family here on campus. I am proud to be returning for a third year as a STARS Mentor, and I intend to provide aid and support to any first year student that may need help adjusting to college life. In my spare time, I love playing my guitar and listening to music. I also enjoy watching movies, spending time with friends, and playing basketball.

Jillion Caldwell
Sophomore Psychology and Communications (Advocacy and Social Change) 

Hey everyone! I am very excited to be a STARS mentor this year and be and aid and a friend to all new incoming freshman. When I was in STARS my freshman year I learned so much about college and myself and I was able to grow in ways I never imagined. Deciding to be a part of STARS was one of the best decisions I made in my life and now I want to be able to put all of my efforts into the mentees like my mentor did for me. I am also very passionate about various social justice issues and being an advocate for those suffering with mental illnesses. I would like to one day become a clinical psychologist, a public speaker speaking against the stigma surrounding mental illness, and become involved in non-profit organizations like To Write Love on Her Arms that also support my cause (maybe even start my own!). In my spare time I love to listen to all kinds of music, attend concerts, write, hang out with friends, spend time at the lake and downtown, and try any new and fun things.

Karina Sanchez
Junior |Psychology, with Latin American Studies and Women and Gender Studies minors

Hello Everyone! I am extremely excited to be a STARS mentor because the STARS program has impacted me in many ways, including, helping me have a smooth and successful transition into college. Joining the STARS program was one of the best decisions I have made because it has led to my passion for social justice issues, servant leadership, and exploring my identity. I have had numerous mentors that have aided in my development as an individual, so as a STARS mentor I look forward to share my knowledge with others in hope of aiding others development and building community. Some of my interest include baking, art, music, running, reading, tea and frozen yogurt. I look forward to meeting all you mentees and being a friendly and supportive face on campus.

Miguel Ramirez
Junior | Psychology, with Neuroscience minor

Welcome to our family! My name is Miguel and I was born and raised right here in Chicago. I am the oldest of three sons and the first in my family to ever attend college. This will be my first year as a STARS mentor and I look forward to sharing all kinds of stories with you. I'm here to help make your transition as easy as possible so if you ever have a question or just need to talk I'm here for you. In my time at Loyola I can truthfully say that my mentors played a key role in me discovering who I am, I'd love to return the favor for you. What do I like to do in my spare time? I'm glad you asked! I love drawing, writing short stories, learning about different cultures but most of all I love to dance. I have been dancing for about eleven years now and I'd love to share what I know with you. My main goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable being you and loving the skin your in. I look forward to meeting you. Once again welcome to our family!

Nisha Patel
Sophomore Psychology (Pre-Dental)

Hi everyone! My name is Nisha Patel and I was a STARS mentee last year. STARS helped me a lot with the transition into college and all the other STARS fellow mentees and mentors became just like family. My mentor helped me very much by simply being a resource and a guide through my first year at Loyola. I would like to be the same resource and friend to my mentees this year. Freshman year can be a little intimidating at first, but that is why we as STARS mentors are here for you! Outside of school, I love to dance, eat (who doesn't love that, right?), play tennis, and listen to music.

Prachi Shah
Senior | Biochemistry and Psychology (Pre-Medicine)

Entering my senior of college and my fourth year in STARS, I can clearly say that STARS has had a huge impact on my college experience. From meeting some of my best friends to helping me determine what I want to do in the future, this program has had a positive influence on my life. It has provided a support system for me. I always have this group of people to look to whenever I need something. For this reason, I also love being a mentor. Being a third year mentor, I hope to share all my experiences and hardships with the new freshman in order to help their transition into college. I love seeing each of my mentees succeed and take on their passions throughout their years at Loyola. Some of my passions include running along the beach, exploring the city of Chicago, hanging out with my friends and family, and dancing. In the future I hope to become a physician and work with underserved populations. STARS is a great experience and I hope to be able to share it with you as you tackle your freshman year of college.

Preksha Maiya
Senior Biology and Psychology (Pre-Medicine, with Chemistry minor

Hello Everyone! My name is Preksha and I strongly encourage you to join STARS for an unforgettable freshman year experience! STARS provides a way to meet others, exchange ideas, and help freshman get the most of their college experience from utilizing the plethora of resources Loyola offers. I chose to be a STARS Mentor because I love getting to know people and helping foster a tight-knit community that embraces diversity and social justice. In my experiences with the STARS program, I have felt such a strong sense of community, passion, and inspiration to change the world. In my spare time, I love listening to music, watching movies, and exploring our wonderful city.

Rame Yousif
Sophomore | Biology, with Chemistry and Psychology minors

Hey everyone! STARS has provided me great support on my transition into college through campus resources and helping me develop my identity. Through the program I’ve been able to make new friendships and expand my knowledge about life-long values such as leadership and service. I decided to become a STARS mentor so that I could support and guide other first-year students during their transition into college. My future goal is to go on to medical school and hopefully one day become a physician. On my spare time I enjoy watching movies, spending time with family, reading, and learning about different cultures. I highly recommend students to join STARS because it’s a great way to get involved on campus, gain a new experience, and open new doors.

Lauren Adams
Junior Forensic Science, with Chemistry minor 

Hello! My first experience with STARS was as a mentee, and it was life changing. I was surrounded by a supportive community of incredible people. Also, I was able to develop my identity and gradually discover who I am. The following year, I returned to STARS as a mentor because my experience with the program was so fulfilling. This year I am excited to continue to serve the STARS community as intern!

Gabriela Coronado

Bio coming soon!


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