SSOS Service Students


A. VuAn Vu: SSOS Mentor

I am Vietnamese, and my major is Microbiology and Laboratory Sciences with a minor in Chemistry! I hope to graduate soon and become a Microbiologist or a Lab scientist. My parents came to America in order to give me a chance of having a successful life, and part of the reason why I want to do well is for them. When I'm not working or studying, I like to dye my hair, go to Target, and watch netflix.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A. SaeleeAchiam Saelee: SSOS Mentor

Hello, My name is A Saelee. I am transfer student from American River College from Sacramento and I am a Political Science major with a emphasis in Pre-Law. I intend to travel the world when I graduate. I am currently planning on traveling to Korea and Japan this summer when I graduate. When I get back from my travels, I hope to go into the non-profit sector and give back to my community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


A. GowherAsma Gowher:  SSOS Mentor

My name is Asma Gowher, currently a junior at California State University East Bay, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology. I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India, until I moved to the states with my family in 2006. After living in the U.S. for almost 8 years now, I believe I have integrated within the American culture, which has influenced me in various ways. It has allowed me to aspire to become a Speech Language Pathologist, which wouldn’t have been possible if I were still in India. Women in India, although educated, rarely go on to pursue careers, most often they get married and remain as housewives. Coming from a traditional ethnic background, I appreciate the diverse cultures in America; it has also allowed me to be more open-minded. In the future, I plan to pursue a Masters and take advantage of the opportunities that America offers to me. I also plan on helping other students in similar situations achieve their goals, and which is why I chose to work with SSOS as a peer mentor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

C. TorobaCamille Toroba: SSOS Mentor 

My name is Camille Toroba. I was born in the Philippines and spent my childhood there until I was about 11 or 12 years old. I came here to the United States and I initially felt bombarded by different languages, different cultures, and different ethnicities even different types of food. However, growing up in the province in the Philippines taught me how to appreciate the little things life has to offer and taught me to be thankful of what I have. My major is Health Science with an emphasis on Pre-nursing. I like to run on my free time!    


C. CabotajeCassandra Cabotaje: SSOS Mentor

My name is Cassandra Cabotaje and I was born and raised in Union City, CA. My major is nursing and I am currently enrolled in the CSUEB nursing program. I am part of the East Bay Student Nurses Association (EBSNA) as an NSNA Representative. My role in SSOS is being a mentor and helping students out as much as I can with school and other responsibilities. I have a passion for helping others and I enjoy making a difference. I always look forward to my meetings with my mentees and it's such a great feeling to know that I helped. Being part of SSOS has allowed me to learn more about myself and others and has helped develop my skills in therapeutic communication, which is key in the Nursing program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Jason Sony: SSOS Mentor

My names Jason Sony and I was born in Fremont,Ca. I currently live in Newark and I am majoring in Health science at CSUEB. I plan to commit to the Radiology program after I get my degree. I chose to be apart of SSOS because I felt like I could help kids who need a helping hand.


K. GoundarKarishma Goundar: SSOS Mentor

My name is Karishma Goundar and I am a SSOS Mentor. I am a senior, majoring in Health Science with a Community Health Option. I plan to go on and become a diabetic health specialist in the future. Something about me: I was born in Fiji Islands and moved to America at the age of 4.  I have been a part of the SSOS program for 3 years; however, this is my second year working as a SSOS Mentor. I love meeting new people, and guiding them to resources that are available for them. I am the oldest child in my family, and the language that I speak is Hindi. I love shopping, travelling, and spending time with my family. 


K. TranKimanh Tran: SSOS Mentor 

Kimanh Tran is a full time nursing student at Cal State East Bay, Hayward.  She started as a freshman in 2010 and she continues to excel in her academic goals. Throughout her years in East Bay, she joined multiple clubs such as Intervarsity Christian Club and became the president of the club in her sophomore year. She likes to help and support students who are new to CSUEB.  Also, Kim did not know what to major in until she met a nurse in her Christian community. She inspired Kim to pursue nursing because she likes to help people in her community. Kim worked so hard in her sophomore year and she applied for the nursing program in her junior year. At the same time she minored in Health Science Option B1, Pre-clinical. With hard work and dedication she got accepted in the nursing program this year. This year Kim worked for the College of Science Student Center and Student Service Operation for Success (SSOS). Kim is very dedicated to her work and school. She is happy to joined SSOS because this program provides social and academic support to students who are in need. Kim’s goal is to finished her bachelor in nursing by 2016 and pursue her dream as a nurse.


Kolyne De Jesus: SSOS Mentor 

Hi! My name is Kolyne De Jesus and I'm a 4th year Forensic Biology major and double minor in Chemistry and American Sign Language. I am from the Philippines, and I am the first member of my family to go to college. As a mentor and tutor for SSOS, it has allowed me to create an impact for our students and build my interpersonal skills. The experiences I gain from my SSOS, my classes, and college all in itself, will create a wider opportunity for me to pursue my dream of being a Forensic Scientist/Photographer and an elementary Science teacher. I am looking forward to what this year has in store for me as well as the students in our program!


K. RanaKomal Rana: SSOS Mentor 

Hello, My name is Komal Rana, and I'm a third year Ecology and Conservation Biology Option at CSUEB. I was born and raised in Pakistan until the age of 11, and have lived in Hayward ever since. I love to travel, read books, and watch sunsets overlooking the Bay. In the next academic year, I will be studying abroad in Spain to become fluent in the Spanish language, and to become a more globally aware individual in the society. I aspire to be aware, and spread awareness. My involvement in the SSOS program stems from my admiration of the influence this program has on its members. The encouragement, support and laughs create a safe community and promote excellence in all aspects of the bizarre college life. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school for Botany or Zoology, and volunteer my time with The Peace Corps. 

M. SinghManpreet Singh:  SSOS Mentor

Hi my name is Manpreet, which means kind-hearted and loving in the Punjabi language. I was born and raised in Southern California until my educational pursuits brought me to Bay Area. I graduated from California State University, East Bay with Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. I decided to stay at Cal State to pursue my Masters in Social Work. As a Punjabi female, first generation American, I can relate to the students I work with and their struggle, lack of guidance, and feelings of being lost in college. I enjoy working with SSOS because it is a wonderful experience seeing students succeed and achieving their dreams with the guidance, support and assistance that are provided in this program.


Maria Victoria Ventanilla: SSOS Mentor

My name is Maria Ventanilla and I am currently attending CSUEB as a junior. I have been a part of the SSOS Program since 2013. I came into CSUEB as a freshman, without any guidance. A friend recommended the SSOS program to me, to help me in my academics. It was a great decision to become a part of the SSOS program. Due to the fact that you receive a mentor who is always willing to help you when you have questions. Coming from an Asian American family school is no joke, and SSOS made sure that I did not treat my academics as joke. Now that I am a mentor myself, I am glad to say that I am going to enjoy educating my mentee’s with the information that I have gained while being in the SSOS program. Making sure that my mentee’s are on the right track to achieve their goal, yet have fun doing. Can’t wait to meet you all!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

M. LyMinh Ly: SSOS Mentor

My name is Minh Ly and I am originally from Vietnam. I am a first generation to attend college in my family. I graduated from Encinal High School and currently a senior majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I am also minoring in Chinese. I studied abroad last year in China through CSUEB’s study abroad program and it was one of the fantastic years of my life. I met lots of interesting people with different backgrounds and I also had a chance to travel around China with my friends. I also got to do some of my hobbies (playing badminton, watching action movies) with my special friends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

P. LeePeter Lee: SSOS Mentor

I am a Social Work major and I'm currently a 2nd year/final year. Something interesting about me is that I'm currently taking courses emphasizing clinical social work and mental health.




Renee Cartujano: SSOS Mentor

My name is Renee Cartujano. I am full Filipino and an only child from a single parent household. I am currently a junior majoring in Psychology and hoping to graduate by Spring 2017. I’m originally from SoCal but came to the bay for college. After graduating I plan on getting a masters in counseling and soon after hopefully getting a job as a high school or college counselor. I chose to be apart of SSOS because I believe in the services that they do. They provide tutoring, mentoring, and scholarships for students and with these services it would help students throughout their college career.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Alejandra Oliva: SSOS Tutor

My name is Alejandra Oliva. I am a fourth year Biochemistry major. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. My career plan is to get my Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. As a child, I’ve always been curious about the world around me. My thirst for knowledge was amplified when I was encouraged to read by my parents. An education was always valued in my family. However, what’s the point of having so much knowledge if you don’t share it? That is one of the reasons I decided to be a science tutor for SSOS. I hope to be a good resource to the student’s of this organization and help them in their academic careers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A. CuevasAmiel Gladys Cuevas: SSOS Tutor

My name is Amiel-Gladys Cuevas. I'm tutoring Chem 1610, Gen Chem 1101 and 1102. I've started joining the SSOS program on Fall 2014 and I recently just became a secretary in the Alchemist Club. Aside from English, I also speak Tagalog because I grew up in the Philippines. I'll be graduating by Spring 2015 and I'm the first child of my parents out of the three, so basically I'll be the first to graduate college amongst my siblings, and everybody in my family is all excited to attend the ceremony. I love snowboarding and traveling to different places, particularly beaches.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

G. HerGao Her: SSOS Tutor

I have a passion for working with the API community, particularly in educational advancement and social justice. I am currently an SSOS Writing Tutor and the chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Association here on campus, while finishing up my Master's in Social Work degree. On my free time, I like to spend time with my family, friends, and enjoy going outdoors. 



K. NiskikawaKristy Niskikawa: SSOS Tutor     

Hello my name is Kristy Nishikawa.  I am transfer student from University of Hawaii at Manoa working toward a Bachelors of Science in Biology. After graduating I wish to become a clinical laboratory scientist or CLS for short. I am a biology tutor for the SSOS program.  I wanted to become a biology tutor because I know how biology can be a difficult course and there are no Biology tutors within the SCAA office.  I often visited my biology tutors for help and I hope if  you need assistance you'll come to me too.                                                                                                                       


 M. HuynhMy Huynh: SSOS Tutor

My name is My Huynh. I'm the Math tutor for SSOS. I want to be a tutor at SSOS because I believe that it's a good start for teaching and it gives me a lot experience for communicating with students who need help in Math. I'm in the half way of finishing my Master of Science in Mathematics for teaching. I'm also an Associated teacher for CSUEB and teaching remedial Math since Fall 2014. I'm Major in Math but it doesn't mean I'm a genius in doing Math. I need to spend a lot of time to study. My manner is " Everything is hard if you don't try hard"  and I also believe, no one is good at everything, but if you try and learn hard, you will become an expert in future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

T. YamagataTaishi Yamagata: SSOS Tutor

I was born and grown in Japan. In 2011, I moved to the bay area to attend CSUEB. The reason why I chose to study in the US is to see what people think about my country from outside. Also, I want to understand what global standard is, so I chose International Studies as my major. I am being a TA in Japanese language class fortwo year because I love to teach and spread my language to the people. Also, having conversation with native people is good for my English skill.


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Shahbaz Khan:  
IT & Website Support

I am a Pakistani American born in Fremont, CA. I plan to receive my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from CSU East Bay in 2016 and hope to pursue a career developing software. 



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A-ChanAda Chan: Administrative Assistant

Hi, my name is Ada Chan and I am a graduate student at CSU East Bay. Currently, I am working on my master’s degree in Health Care Administration. I was born and raised in the Bay Area but both my parents are immigrants to the U.S.; my mom is from China and my dad is from Hong Kong. Growing up with immigrant parents exposed me to two cultures because my parents retained a lot of traditional Chinese customs and beliefs but I was constantly exposed to American culture in school and on television. After I complete my graduate degree I hope to be able to use my skills and my knowledge to extend health care education and services to underrepresented areas and individuals in health care.                 



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