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  • Fredy Javier Rodrigues Diaz

    Javier Rodriguez Diaz

    Hi, my name is Javier. I am a senior at Salem State University. I am majoring in psychology and world languages and cultures with a concentration in Italian language. I am from Chelsea, Massachusetts, but I was born in Guatemala, Central America. I have a profound love for learning. Every day of my life is a new lesson for me. I enjoy making new friends, listening to my favorite music, watching my favorite shows, and cats! I love cats! I am very excited for this new year and I hope to meet all of you!

  • Ana Barros

    Ana Barros

    My name is Ana Barros and I am currently a junior majoring in criminal justice and minoring in psychology. I live in Brockton, Massachusetts but during the year I live on campus. My long time dream is to become an FBI special agent. During my first year of college, the STEP program provided me with an academic coach who never failed to guide me towards achieving my career goals and introduced me to a peer mentor who supported me, believed in me and served as a true role model. Today as a junior, I can confidently say that the encouragement, guidance, acceptance and support I received from everyone involved in the program played a huge role in my success so far in college. So as a second-year STEP mentor, I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be a part of your first-year experience success story. Hope to meet you soon!

  • Max Grayton

    Max Grayton

    Hi, my name is Max Grayton and I am a junior majoring in sports and movement science with a concentration in exercise science. I am a second-year STEP peer mentor and I commute from Peabody, MA. When I was first accepted into the STEP program as an incoming freshman, I had no idea how much being a part would drastically enhance my college experience. Through a low-pressure environment, socially and academically focused events and most importantly the relationships built along the way, it has propelled me to become not only the student but person I am today! I am looking forward to working with the STEP program again this year and meeting each of you in the fall.

  • Tayba Abdalkaby

    Tayba Abdalkaby

    Hello everyone! My name is Tayba Abdalkaby. I am an English major and I am a commuter from Lynn, Massachusetts. I am a first generation student and I am a sophomore at Salem State University. My main goal is to have the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language and speak the Spanish language fluently. An Interesting fact about me is that my first language is Arabic. Also, I love to reach out to people in any way possible to help them, which is the reason why I wanted to join the STEP mentors program. In the beginning of my freshmen year, I was overwhelmed by everything that I had to face such as picking the right major or not knowing how to register for my classes when spring semester arrived. I am thankful for the STEP program that helped me with every step that I took in my first year and I can't wait to be as helpful to everyone as STEP was helpful for me.

  • Alejandro Rubero

    Alejandro Rubero

    Hi, my name is Alejandro Rubero. I am from Salem but was born in Puerto Rico! I am a Junior majoring in sport and movement science with a concentration in exercise science as I aspire to be a physical therapist. I love giving back to people and the community and that is what STEP is all about! When I joined STEP, I never looked back because the help and support that I received made my first year so much easier! I have learned so much with this program and I am positive you will too! I cannot wait to meet and work with you all this fall! See you soon!

  • Jaclyn Peary

    Jaclyn Peary

    My name is Jaclyn Peary. I am a junior in the nursing program here at Salem State. I am a peer mentor and peer tutor on campus. I love being a mentor in the STEP program because I get to see others succeed and grow in their first year of college. I am an academic resident assistant (ARA) in Bowditch Hall this year and I owe it to STEP to have introduced me to being a leader. I probably would not have even thought about becoming an ARA if it were not for my position as a peer mentor. I have learned so much from the STEP program and I am eager to share my knowledge with others. Without STEP I would not be where I am today.

  • Romello Mitchell

    Romello Mitchell

    Hey what’s up everyone? My name is Romello Mitchell but I go by Mello. I am a current sophomore at Salem State majoring in psychology and minoring in business administration. I am a first generation student from Boston and I am also a resident on campus. This will be my second year with the STEP program. I am happy to be with the STEP program because it has definitely been a contributing factor to my academic success at Salem State. This will be my first year as a mentor and I am excited to meet all of you. See you all in the fall.

  • Katelen Pangilinan

    Katelen Pangilinan

    Hello! My name is Katelen Pangilinan and I am currently a sophomore at Salem State. I am a nursing major who commutes from Lynn, Massachusetts. My goal for the future is to become a Neonatal nurse. An interesting fact about me is that I have a twin sister and we do not look anything alike. Also, my transition from high school to college was very smooth because of the STEP program. Being a part of this had made a positive impact, which is why I chose to become a STEP peer mentor. I can't wait to help many students and give them an experience that I enjoyed very much. I look forward to meeting with all of you this fall!

  • Rudy Aviles

    Rudy Aviles

    Hi, my name is Rudy Aviles, I moved to Massachusetts three years ago from El Salvador. I am studying business administration with a concentration in management information system and a minor in math. I am passionate about soccer and math. I do speak fluent Spanish and really enjoy helping others. In my free time, I like to play the guitar and listen to soft guitar solos. I participated as a mentee in the STEP program and now I am grateful for the amazing opportunity to help you be a successful first-year student just as my mentor and coach did make it for me.

  • Jane Njeri

    Jane Njeri

    Hi everyone! My name is Jane Njeri and I was born in Kenya. I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. I'm a sophomore here at Salem State University where I am studying business management with the hopes of someday becoming a CEO! I'm huge on volunteering and enjoy going to the gym and dancing as well. Coming into college, I wanted to be involved as possible. I joined STEP as just another thing to be a part of but little did I know it would become the best decision I've made here at SSU thus far! I hope you all enjoy STEP just as much as I do and can't wait to meet you all next year!

  • Yameci Nunez

    Yameci Nunez

    My name is Yameci Nuñez and I am currently a sophomore. I'm majoring in biology with a concentration in biomedical and minoring in chemistry. I live in Boston but throughout the year I live on campus. During my first year of college, it was a pleasure being able to be a part of STEP for the reasons that I received lots of support from everyone that was a part of the STEP program. I've gained the privilege to now be a part of the STEP program as a mentor and return all the support and care to others. I can't wait to meet you all.  

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