Our Mentors

Tanya Rajwani 

Hey Friends! I’m Tanya and I am currently a third year BioMed student. I started off as a class rep. and a frosh leader and been apart of SOS since. I am super into sports (love soccer) and fitness, and I actually run a fitness page as well (@tandetox). I love pets (have a dog of my own and birds), love to spend time with family and friends, and love going on adventurous trips! As your assigned Peer Mentor and as a part of the whole SOS team, we got your back! University as a start-off can be super intimidating, but don’t worry, relax, you totally got this! You guys can always drop by Bethune College Room 208 for advice, assurance, and simply to converse, I am always here for you. You will always see me around York (starbucks/tims), so come say hi! I hope you guys have a wonderful experience at York, and don’t forget to always squeeze in a little bit of fun (in your busy schedules) every week! YOU CAN DO THIS <3


Navroop Kaur   

Hey guys!! My name is Navroop and I am in my second year of Biomedical Sciences.I have a cat and I love playing with him. I do calligraphy and I am learning henna. I work as a tutor outside of school and I love working with children. I want to pursue a profession where I get to work with kids, lots and lots of them. 

I started as a class representative with the SOS and then became a science student ambassador. This is my first year as a peer mentor and I am so glad I became involved with Bethune in my very first semester. It has helped me make connections and network with upper year students and draw from their university experiences. I am so ready to take on my role as a peer mentor and help first year students. It is going to get overwhelming but it's best to talk it out. It will take time to make good friends but you will find your people. My advice to first year students would be to not compare yourselves to others, be it in grades, extracurricular or social life. Everyone has their own path and you will get there so put down those comparison glasses, work at your own pace and have fun.


Manmeet Makkar

Hello Everyone! My name is Manmeet Makkar and I am in my second year of Biomedical Science, majoring in Biology. I started off in the SOS program with the Class Representative Program and have been a part of it since my very first semester. I absolutely love to swim, watch a ton of comedy movies and just hang out with my friends any time I get. I highly recommend taking any free time to hang out, make friends and of course visit all the cool spots on campus! As a peer mentor I hope to help incoming students feel welcome and comfortable into the amazing community here at Bethune, and York. When I started my first year, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many resources to help me with any problems I had, from academic to personal, and my peer mentors made sure I was very aware of everything York and Bethune had to offer. I would suggest taking advantage of the many extra help programs offered, the amazing sports teams and intramurals to make your first year as fun and memorable as possible! I hope you all have a smooth and wonderful first year at York and I look forward to seeing you!!


Katie Disimino

Hi, my name is Katie and I’m a fourth year Biology & Kinesiology double major student. I’m excited to be volunteering as an SOS Peer Mentor this year, and look forward to meeting many of you during my weekly office hours. When I’m not busy studying, I love to play soccer, spend time with friends and go to the gym.

University presents challenges for us around every corner. Thankfully, York offers numerous resources to support their students! York University has provided me with a variety of opportunities to improve my time management, critical thinking, leadership and communication abilities, which have been crucial to my success. I’ve learned that there is so much more to university life than strictly academics. In fact, many of my most memorable and rewarding experiences occurred outside of class. I encourage York students to get involved in campus life by joining clubs, teams and other organizations as this will help to strengthen your sense of belonging to this incredible community. I wish you all the best in your university journey 🙂


Helen Okorie

Hi everyone! I’m Helen, I’m in my 3rd year of my undergraduate program, majoring in Biomedical Science and minoring in Chemistry. I’m aspiring to work in the medical field as a doctor or researcher (or both!). I am a fitness enthusiast: I love to eat healthy, lift weights, and practice kickboxing. I also love watching movies and tv shows, drinking bubble tea, and trying new food. This year I want to get more involved in clubs, intramurals, and volunteering. This will be my first year as a Peer M

entor, and I’m so excited to work with all our mentees and everyone on the S.O.S team! I want to be the person you can go to for support, and for any questions and concerns you may have throughout your first year at York. A big piece of advice I can give you is this: always prioritize self-care. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be happy and healthy first before thinking about your grades and future career. It’s easier said than done, but you’ll be in a better place, and the challenges you face will be easier to overcome. Always strive for consistency  in having good sleep, enough exercise, healthy food, and time the to spend with others and to spend with yourself. University is a period in life to discover yourself, be involved in the community and to learn and grow along the way. If you are ever at a roadblock, don’t be afraid to ask for help, we at S.O.S. and all the York support programs are more than happy to help you along your undergraduate journey. Please feel welcome to drop by the S.O.S. Peer Mentor office for any help you need!


Sarah Houshangi -Tabrizi

Hey All! My name is Sarah, I am currently in my third year of  Biomedical Science. In the past 3 years I have been really involved with York’s community (frosh leader, student ambassador, Exec of the pre-dental club, peer mentor) , I found long lasting friends, and I made memories that I will never forget. I love intramurals games ESPECIALLY volleyball. When I am stressed about life in general, I go to the gym, I talk to my friends, and I hung out at JCR playing volleyball and ping-pong. Also sometimes when your stressed it helps when you just step aside and think how far you’ve come, be thankful, and start fresh the next day saying that only impossible is impossible and you have nothing less than others. You guys got this! Everyday that passes by you become a better version of how you were yesterday. If you guys ever felt stressed about anything feel free to drop by the SOS office at Bethune, we got ya! I wish you all the best with the upcoming semester! 😁 


Alireza Tavakoli

Hi everyone! I’m Alireza (you can call also me Ali) and I’m currently in second year Biomed major. I joined the SOS community by participating in fun and awesome events such as frosh week as a leader. During my spare time, I usually go to gym to workout or spend most of my time playing piano and classical guitar. I’m here to share my personal experience and provide advice to the first year students with their transition into university. I would be so happy to see you all around in Bethune college, so if you had any questions do not hesitate to stop by the SOS office and contact me. Wish you all a successful school year.


Anuja Dua

Hi everyone! My name is Anuja Dua and I am in my second year of Biomedical Science. In my free time, I love to listen to music, spend time with my family and friends or watch Netflix. A few of my favourite shows are Grey’s Anatomy, Narcos and The Office. My advice for first year students is to get involved! I regret not joining any clubs in school during my first year, but it is never too late. Getting involved is a great way to make friends and discover your interests. I also encourage all of you to take advantage of the services offered by Bethune College, which include peer tutoring, the writing center, PASS study sessions and much more. I understand that the transition from high school to university is difficult and overwhelming, which is why I am always here to help so please reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat. Wish you all the best of luck for the school year!


Arnold Apostol

Hello! I’m currently in my second year of Biochemistry. I decided to pursue a degree in biochemistry because I am interested in questions, involving WHYs and HOWs, about the world. I believe that by starting my learning journey from the molecular & biochemical level, I can develop skills of critical thinking and see the world from a different perspective. Looking through new perspectives is also the reason why I chose to sign up for Integrated Science program for my first year of university. Aside from science, I am also interested in literature. When I read literature I get to experience and live through another person’s perspective. I feel like this allows me to understand myself and other people better. Outside of school, I’m just a regular person trying to have fun. If you have suggestions on this matter (having fun), let me know. Come chat with me during the peer mentor hours!

 


Sakina Hussain 

Hey guys! My name is Sakina Hussain and I’m a  third year of biomedical science student. I love reading books and binge watching any show I can! My favourite shows are Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Patriot Act and Sherlock. I enjoy spending any free time I can get with my friends and family and love a good adventure. I’m a thrill seeker and the craziest thing I’ve done for an adrenaline rush so far is jump off a plane that was 13, 500 ft high! 

This is my first year as a peer mentor and I couldn’t be more excited! If you see me around, whether in the S.O.S Peer Mentoring Office or around campus, always feel free to say hi or ask me any questions you may have. A little bit of advice I have for first year students is balance, balance, balance! Finding time to catch up with friends and family, work out and get involved in clubs will all help you lead a fun filled first year. Having a positive and engaging environment outside of your school life will help you stay motivated and will help you succeed. If you ever encounter any problems or would just like some advice, don’t be afraid to reach out to us. You’re not alone! I hope you have an amazing university experience at York and wish you all the best! 

 


Sebastian David

Hi Everyone! My name is Sebastian and I’m currently in my fourth year of Biology. I enjoy good humour, listening to TED talks, playing chess and soccer, and hanging out with my friends. I have been involved within York’s community as a frosh leader, class representative, science student ambassador and peer mentor. I love being a peer leader and meeting new people whenever and wherever I can. University can be very stressful at times and, as part of the peer mentor team, I would like to help incoming students and mentees find their way through their years of university. Some advice that I would like to pass on to incoming students would be to understand that you are not alone in your journey through university. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you for help when you need it. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you all!

 


Diksha Sharma

Hello! I am Diksha and I am a third-year student majoring in Biomedical Science and minoring in psychology. I am so happy to take the role of your Peer mentor this year and welcome you to the York and Bethune family! I started off as a Class Representative in my first year, that gave me an opportunity to express the knowledge I acquired and share it with my peers through study sessions. Throughout my academic journey I have faced a lot of setbacks, sometimes it's difficult but all you have to do is never give up! Rather comeback with double the energy and put quadruple the effort. Find your goals, dreams and ambitions and do whatever it takes to achieve them. Due to my passion for human anatomy and neuroscience I have decorated my room’s wall with a lot of anatomical posters (also keeps me motivated). As your Peer mentor, it's my responsibility that you make a smooth transition from high school to the University environment. If you have any questions regarding the services or just generally feel the need to talk to someone about your experience at school, feel free to email me anytime, diksha99@my.yorku.ca or just come say Hi! During my office hours at BC 208. I wish you the very best for the upcoming school year! 


Eraad Rahman

Hi everyone, I’m Eraad and I’m currently in my 4th year as a Psychology major. At Bethune College SOS, I started out as a Class Representative in my first year and eventually became a Peer Tutor and Peer Mentor. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, soccer, and cricket. One tip I have for everyone would be to step outside of your comfort zone and get involved on campus, whether it be clubs, intramurals, and any extracurriculars, including SOS! Make sure you also take advantage of the free resources offered at Bethune College, such as advising by Peer Mentors, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), and weekly Wednesday seminars, to name a few. If you need help with anything, I encourage you to meet with your Peer Mentor in the SOS office, who would be more than happy to help. I look forward to meeting you and hope you have a great first year!


Fozia Raja

Hello! My name is Fozia and I am a 4th year General Science major. I started off in SOS as a senior student ambassador in my 3rd year, and through this I realized the benefits of SOS. I wish I had taken advantage of SOS in my first year but I did not, I really struggled, and so I would like to reach out to first year students and be there for them, because I don’t want anyone to feel like they are alone in this. Through my experience, I learned a lot and believe I have valuable advice to offer. Mainly, that to struggle is not a bad thing - it’s how you grow and understand your weaknesses and strengths, which will help you improve in your academics and school life. Know that if you ever need my help, you may contact me at fraja29@my.yorku.ca. Anyway, here is a little bit about me. I enjoy spending time with my good friends and family, watching The Office and going to chatime (I love bubble tea!), and getting to see new places. I consider myself an approachable person, so don’t be afraid to come up to me if you ever need to 🙂

I look forward to meeting you all, and I wish you the best of luck in your first year!


Inbar Habaz

Hello everyone! I am a second year biology major and I am excited to be your peer mentor! The change from high school to university can be really stressful for some, but once you get involved with the York community you will see York is a wonderful place! York provides students with many helpful resources and fun activities. Whenever I am stressing over upcoming midterms, I always like to take a break from studying and join clubs or attend seminars. I’ll be happy to introduce you to workshops, clubs, and popular upcoming events. Wondering where the closest bathroom is? Feel free to ask! We are here to help you with your transition to university, so please don’t hesitate to connect with us!


Miranda Ramnaraine

Hello everyone, my name is Miranda, I’m a third year Chemistry Major. Whenever I’m not busy studying and just need to relax I google really bad jokes (How does the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it!) and spend time writing stories and blogging. When I first came to York I felt so nervous and thought I would have a hard time finding my way around but I always kept a pocket map with me just in case I got lost and it helped me and allowed me to help others. My bit of advice to you would be to focus, manage your time and self-care. Adjusting to university might seem tedious but stick with it and remember to enjoy yourself. I found that getting involved helps, I was shy and by getting involved I got out of my shell. There’s lots to do on campus. If you have any questions or just want to say hi and talk don’t hesitate to send me an email: mir14@my.yorku.ca or drop by the SOS office in Bethune College Room 208 opposite the Master’s office.


Samantha Dungca

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha and I’m currently a second year Chemistry major and I’m also currently enrolled in Concurrent Education. I love getting involved around the school community and I thought Peer Mentoring would be a great way to do so. I love cheesecake, reading novels, and watching episodes of Bates Motel and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I really hope you’ll have a great time at York University. Starting first year can be very intimidating, but it’s also quite exciting. If you need any help at all, we would be more than happy to lend a hand. Maybe you need help finding a class or you just need someone to talk to about your day. We’re here for you. Remember to have fun!


Hana Omar

Hi there! I’m Hana and I’m in my fourth year of biomedical science. I like lofi hip hop beats to relax/study to, anime, motivational TED talks, and collecting scented candles. When I’m not buried in books at Steacie library, you can find me doing some volunteer work like being a peer mentor, giving talks on active by-standing, and other club work. To be honest, the transition into first year is a tough one. The best advice I can give you all is to roll with the punches. In University, setbacks are almost unavoidable. But you can’t dwell on them because it’s not productive and frankly, you won’t have time for it. You learn and move forward. Everything will pass and It’ll all be okay. To my mentees, don’t hesitate to email me or visit the PM office if you want to talk, you’re not being a bother. Myself and all the PMs are there for you. I wish you all a successful school year!


Sepehr Bahrami

Hi everyone, my name is Sepehr Bahrami and I’m going into my second year of Biomedical Science program at York. I started off at SOS as a Class Representative, and then decided to become a Peer Mentor and help incoming students by sharing my experience. I love running, listening to music and watching movies. My advice to you is to always try and challenge yourself, set monthly goals and work toward achieving them. It's going to be hard at first, but then the triumphant sensation that you get for the great outcome will motivate you to carry on. It doesn't matter how unreachable your dreams look like, you just have to want it bad enough to do something about it. I hope that in this academic year, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before and more importantly you’re doing something! I wish you all a great time at York University!


Catherine Kim

Hello! My name is Catherine and I am in my fourth year studying biology. I love spending my free time playing with my cat and watching TV shows. I started with SOS as a class representative and this is my first year as a peer mentor. Through my personal experience I encourage everyone to become actively involved within the school. It was through my time with Bethune where I was able to make any new friends and connections. I am happy to spend my last year at York University as a peer mentor in order to provide any support to those who are feeling overwhelmed during their time in university. I hope everyone has a great time here at York and please feel free to drop by if you have any questions or concerns.


Serah Seo

Hello! My name is Serah Seo and I am a second year B.A. Honours Psychology Student. I am looking forward to meeting all of you as a Peer Mentor this year! To introduce myself, I have an overflowing passion for reading, I am not as bad at chemistry as I thought I was, and I love rainy days! My first year at York University was as adventurous as it could be. I was nervous to begin my first year—yet again—as a transfer student from Ryerson’s Nursing program. I was introduced to various services provided by York, and came across a leadership opportunity: Class Representative. I gained interpersonal, time-management, public speaking skills, and much more. If you are thinking of applying to grad school, this may be the very first step you can take to become more than just a studious student!  We, as Peer Mentors, are excited to answer any questions. From mental health resources to academic services, we will guide you toward the right direction! Even if you do not have a specific question, come by our office and say hi!  


Yeji (Jenny) Seo

Hi Everyone! My name is Yeji (Jenny) and I am currently in my second year studying Psychology. I started off as a Class Representative in my first year and chose to continue with the SOS program as a Peer Mentor this year. To tell you a little bit about myself, when I am not studying, I love to ride my bicycle around the neighborhood, go hiking with my family, and listen to jazz piano music. 

As a first-year university student, my biggest achievement was becoming a Class Representative. From this leadership role, I had the privilege of helping my fellow classmates by arranging study sessions, interacting with my professors, and gaining so many useful skills that helped me to become a better leader! Hence, if I could give you a small advice on making your university experience more fun and useful, I encourage you to join some clubs or programs, like the SOS, and get yourself involved! Transitioning from high school to university can be quite intimidating, but remember, you are not alone! If you need help, reach out to us! If you have any questions regarding the opportunities that York provides, feel free to drop by our office at Bethune College and ask! I look forward to answering any questions you may have!


Atena Bazargan

Hello everyone! My name is Atena, and I am a second year student obtaining an Honours major in Biomedical Science and a minor in English. I am so excited to be one of your Peer Mentors, as well as a Science Student Ambassador this year. My future aspirations are to enter the medical field and become a forensic pathologist, and to write novels. Alongside my studies, I play the violin and piano, and read books and watch movies. 

I transferred to York university for my second semester of first year, and I was surprised at how effortless my transition to York was. I immediately felt so welcome and at home, that it was honestly the best decision I have ever made for my academic career. As a peer mentor, I’m here to make your transition from high school to university easy and manageable. My advice for doing well in university is to step out of your comfort zone, and exceed your own expectations. It’s good to be involved in various activities that enrich all aspects of your life (social, academic, intellectual, etc). This way, you can have a meaningful university experience outside of your ongoing studies. I wish you all luck at York, and always know we are here to help you in your journey!


Soumik Shome    

Hi, I am Soumik, I am a 2nd-year Biotech student at York and I also have a college degree in the same field. Well, I am also an international student so I have a lot of unusual and random experiences, am a huge fan of Tennis (especially Rafael NADAL!!!!), on top of it I can draw and I also have an art account (@smk_arts) on IG. Finally(for now), I am love solo traveling, visiting new places and meeting new people 😛

As your assigned Peer Mentor and as a part of the whole SOS team, we got your back! First-year of the university can always be difficult for people to cope up with, trust me been there done that. So feel free to come and drop be BC208 whenever you need and on top of that you can always find me on the campus. Do not hesitate to come up and ask questions, or you can just email me.I am always here for you. I hope to be on help as much as possible, lets not stress and enjoy the time we have in hand.


Chen Yutong 

Hi! Everyone! My name is Yutong, I have an English name called Betty:) Please feel free to call me either one you prefer! I am going to be a second year in this coming September as an international student at York. I study mathematics for education. This is my first year to be a peer mentor. As a peer mentor, I am very excited to be friends with you and I want to be the one who pat on your shoulder and listen to your stories whenever you have any questions or concerns! One location I strongly recommended for international students is the coffee break session at York International at the Yorklane second floor! I really think it is a good place for you to relax and meet new people. I love watching dramas and entertainment shows when I have free time! Friends and How I met your mom is on top of my list! It is indeed university life can be stressful in times but I really believe having a good mood studying is also very very important!! Please remember treat yourself along the way and never forgot having fun with family and friends! We are HERE for you!! \^o^/


Kiran Badial

Hello everyone! My name is Kiran and I am a second year biomedical student. When I’m not studying I love walking in nature, listening to music, or catching up with friends. As a first year student, transitioning from high school to university can be uneasy at times so it is important to take care of your mental state and make time for your hobbies. Also, as a part of the peer mentoring team we are here to help you. Never hesitate to come by our office for any advice! An overall tip i have is to try joining clubs around campus and take advantage of all the resources York has to offer!


Ghufran Al-Bander

Hey Everyone! My name is Ghufran Al-Bander and I’m in my second year in the pharmaceutical and biological chemistry program. I joined SOS and the faculty of science first as a class representative, then a frosh leader and now I serve as a peer mentor. As your peer mentor, I want you to know that I will be there for you! I know that university can be very stressful at times and I want to be as resourceful as I can to you. Feel free to drop by at our office in Bethune! Outside of school I like traveling, writing/ listening to poetry, and binge watching shows on netflix (Lucifer, Friends and Quantico, to name a few!) My advice to you is to know that it is important to remember to be kind to others, but it is also so SO important to remember to be kind to yourself. It is important to be proud of who you are and how far you have come. I know that at times university can be very demanding so please remember to treat yourself every once in a while. Finally, whether you’re coming straight out of high school, coming as an international or transfer student, I wish you great success in your first year and I look forward to see you around campus!


Gerbie Nkosi

Hey guys! My name’s Gerbie and I’m currently a second year Biomedical Science student. I love everything from playing soccer to petting dogs to listening to Drake songs on my speaker. I also love Mexican food so you’ll definitely catch me at Z-Teca in York Lanes many times this year (don’t be shy and say hello)! As we all know, transitioning into university can be an overwhelming experience for most. However, as a Peer Mentor for this school year, I am more than thrilled to be here to answer your questions and most importantly to make you feel at home here at York! My tip to incoming students is to step outside of your comfort zone and try something you never thought you would attempt. Whether that be playing a sport you’ve never tried in intramurals (you can do tier 2 don’t worry) or joining a club that none of your friends are a part of. Also don’t be afraid to stop by Bethune and check out what it has to offer; your college is like your home in the huge York University community. Here’s to making your university experience a positive and memorable one! 🙂


Bakhshish Brar

Hey Everyone! My name is Bakhshish, and I’ll be starting my second year studying Biomedical Sciences at York this fall. When I’m not studying, I love to listen to music, make playlists for different moods, and draw! I also enjoy going on walks and growing plants. This is my first year as a Peer Mentor and as a Science Student Ambassador so I’m super excited to be more involved with York and the Bethune community. As your PM, I’m here for you. First year can seem intimidating, but you got this and you can do it! Please believe in yourself and your potential. Remember to take care of yourselves in the midst of studying as well. My advice to first year students would be to explore learning styles that help you effectively understand the material so you can build a solid foundation for the classes you take in upper years (trust me, it’s better to spend time understanding concepts instead of cramming and forgetting). I look forward to meeting everyone, and I hope you all have a great first year! 🙂