Bachelor of Science in molecular, cell, and developmental biology
Fellow Physician, Stanford University School of Medicine
He edited my medical school personal statement drafts and work and activities drafts promptly and thoroughly. We had regular dorm dinner meetings, to which he would bring his physician colleagues, who gave us a glimpse of life as a specialist in their chosen field. He solidified my passion for medicine, and provided me tools and guidance to pursue that passion. I am thankful for Jason and this program.”
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
One time, I was on the phone with her for an entire hour asking questions and for advice. She has encouraged me to pursue my dream and shares useful resources and information that helped me know more about the profession. She has introduced me to her colleagues in the field as well. She has also offered me to shadow her in person so that I get a better, more close hands-on experience. I will be shadowing her from time-to-time for the next three years. It is phenomenal to have a mentor like Dr. Peterson, knowing how busy oromaxillofacial surgeons are.”
Bachelor of Arts in political science
Senior Vice President & Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Student mentee Shaochen Han, third year economics major, shared, “Richard is the first career mentor I had and the help he gave me was invaluable. Richard is extremely humble and down-to-earth, even with his very accomplished background. Since I am pursuing a career in financial services, he invited me to his office at Morgan Stanley just a few days after the mentorship kick-off program. During this visit, I had a pleasant and meaningful face-to-face conversation with him. He also showed me around the office and introduced me to his coworkers before I left. As a college student who has very limited professional experience, I found this visit an extremely valuable opportunity to experience the banking culture and its work environment.
He also played an important role during my search for a summer internship. In the beginning, I received no replies on any applied internship positions and I became very discouraged. After learning this, Richard immediately offered me help. He reviewed my resume and cover letter and gave me objective and helpful critiques. Under his guidance, I eventually received an interview invitation from Ernst & Young. Besides cheering for me, he gave me tips on how to prepare for this interview by explaining his similar experience with Big Four. Those tips were so comprehensive that they even included details like shining shoes and getting a haircut. After taking his advice, I performed with great confidence in the interview and later received an offer for my desired position. Without him, I would have stopped looking for an internship a long time ago because of discouragement. It’s his enormous support and patience that kept me trying harder every time and made me eventually achieve my goal for this summer.
Richard is also one of the most responsive people I have known. As a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley, Richard surely is very busy at work. However, he managed to respond to my emails within just one or two hours whenever I reached out for help. He is so dedicated to his mentorship that he makes it a priority over his work and free time. He always gives me peace of mind that he is there to help whenever I have a problem.
In a word, Richard is the best mentor I could ask for.”
First year, biology major
“My time being her mentor has reinvigorated my own passions, and I believe that her humility sets her apart as a student mentee. I am extremely fortunate to have had Vanessa as my student mentee, and I know that her continued attendance at UCLA will inspire others in the same way that she has inspired me. I have utmost confidence that she represents the epitome of what a student mentee should be.”
First year, computer science major
“Alex even asked me to do a lesson on full stack web development (he’s a computer science major) so that he could ask questions and get a better understanding for the content in order to allow him to start doing some of his own web development. He is a great kid with a great maturity for only being in his first year of UCLA. It’s been a pleasure mentoring him.”
Third year, Chicana and Chicano studies major
“She began a writing group (I was the mentor) and met every week – Jasmine took the initiative (no one asked her to do this) to send out a reminder email to the group to attend our writing sessions. She applied for fellowships (she is going to Argentina this summer!). One of the things that Jasmine did this quarter that blew me away is that she never missed a single writing group session and always showed up on time and ready with a draft or outline of a project to edit! Jasmine is now able to feel proud of her work and herself as a person.
“She began seeing setbacks and mistakes as an opportunity (see them as little gifts, I tell her) to learn important lessons and propel herself forward. Use any negative energy to work harder, I said, and she did! Jasmine has reported that she is managing her time more wisely. She has sought resources at UCLA and she and I focus on her writing, which has improved dramatically. I’m proud of all that Jasmine has learned this quarter, what she has achieved so far, and above all, I’m in awe of her fighting spirit because she is truly inspirational. I am so happy to have witnessed part of her growth this quarter.”
Previous Years: 2018