Econ Peer Mentor Program
The Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) was founded in the spring of 2012 with 23 participants. Since then EPMP has grown to serving over 90 students per semester. We match first year economics majors with upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. As a mentee, you will be thoughtfully assigned a mentor to meet with on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester to discuss a variety of topics that are relevant to you as a first year UT student. Topics include but are not limited to: what to expect as an upper division economics major, study skills, time management skills, student organizations, campus and community events, career planning, goal setting, and more! Throughout the semester we have several group activities including socials, career workshops, and volunteer service activities. EPMP is a fun way to get more connected to the UT campus, the Department of Economics, and you may even make some life-long friends! The Economics Peer Mentor Program is an official 360 Connection.
EPMP does not provide tutoring services but peer mentors can connect you with tutoring services available within our department and across campus.
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Mentee Requirements: Interested in becoming a mentee? Mentees are incoming freshman and first year transfer students who could use an upperclassman's experience and guidance for a variety of reasons from improving academic skills to getting connected to campus resources to just making more friends within the major. The program requires a one-semester commitment. Spring mentee applications are now closed.
Mentor Requirements: Want to mentor a first year economics major? Mentors are upperclassmen who have demonstrated success as economics majors. Mentors are required to have a 2.75 overall UT or economics GPA, have successful completion of ECO 329 with a C or higher, and have completed at least 24 hours in residence. Mentor applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed. Mentor applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed.
Please contact us at 512-471-2973, BRB 1.114, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or need help deciding if this program is right for you.
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Hello! My name is Braydan and I am currently a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in finance through BEOP. I’m from Amarillo, TX and some of my interest are watching and playing sports, videogames, jeeps, and fantasy football. My favorite sports teams are the Dallas Cowboys, New York Mets, and Chelsea. My favorite TV shows are Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. At UT I am the president of the Texas Wall League club, member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, and part of many intramural sport teams. This will be my first year mentoring and I hope to gain experiences myself and help economic students during their time at UT.
Hello everyone. My name is Chad, and I am a third year Economics major and Math minor from Sugar Land, Texas. My favorite interest is sports. I am an avid Cleveland, Ohio State, and of course, UT fan. Besides watching sports, I like to partake in them: I play basketball recreationally and have earned a black belt in Karate. As a freshman, I participated in this program, and I believe it is a great way to get acclimated with the university. As a first-time mentor, I am eager to show my mentees what I have learned here during my first two years.
Hi guys! My name is Daniel and I am a senior economics major with a minor in mathematics. This is my first semester with EPMP, so I am very excited to meet all of you and look forward to making the most out of this semester! Just so you guys know a little about me, I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but I have lived in Frisco, Texas almost all my life. I’m into all things revolving around sports, music, food, movies, and television. Here's some rapid fire: My favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, FC Barcelona, and Sacramento Kings, my favorite artist is Kanye West, my favorite food is pasta, my favorite TV shows are Always Sunny in Philadelphia and LOST, and my favorite movie is Tropic Thunder. I really enjoy competing too, so if you need someone to challenge you in anything, let me give it a shot. Whether it be chess or basketball, I’m down to play. Here at UT, I am part of several organizations and intramural teams, and am always open to joining more. So, if you want someone to come with you to an info session or anything like that, feel free to contact me. Overall, I like just hanging out and having a good time. So, I look forward to doing just that with many of you this semester. Let’s get some 4.0’s!! Hook em’!
Hi Everyone! My name is Doris, and I am a senior Economics major, also pursuing the Elements of Computing Certificate in the Department of Computer Science. I am originally from Hong Kong, moved to Houston when I was about 10 years old, then came to Austin for University. In the past year, I worked as an AppleCare Advisor at Apple and also worked in Web Development at School of Undergraduate Studies. I am currently working as a Workday Analyst Intern for the Administrative Systems Modernization Program here at UT. I joined EPMP as a mentee my second semester of freshman year, when I made the decision to graduate in three years. As a first generation college student, I was completely lost, and thought EPMP would be a helpful resource for me. I had a wonderful experience and was able to meet so many amazing people, so I decided to come back as a mentor in my final year of college. I hope that as a mentor, I can help to make your experience at EPMP as enjoyable for you as it was for me. I look forward to meeting all of you and creating fun memories together :)
Hi! My name is Ellen Anderson and I am a Senior majoring in Economics and International Relations and minoring in Mathematics. I'm from Houston, Texas and this is my first year as a mentor! My interests include reading, working out, going out with friends and traveling. I studied abroad my junior year in Granada, Spain and am currently working an internship for the summer in Madrid. I love studying economics because it keeps me informed about what's going on in the world and can be applied across many industries, cities and countries. I'm so excited to start EPMP and help new students enjoy everything UT and the Economics department has to offer!
Hi! My name is Hannah, I am fifth year Economics and Finance major, and this is my first year as an Econ mentor! I came to UT from a really small high school, so I know how intimidating it can be and I am excited to help new students learn about everything UT has to offer. I am from Austin and I love going to school here, in my free time I like to go out on the lake, bring my dog to Zilker, and do pretty much anything outside. I also love to travel and spent the spring semester of 2015 studying abroad in Buenos Aires!
Hello, my name is Hayden and I am a sophomore economics major. I'm from Los Angeles, California and I love swimming, hiking, and cooking. Here at UT, I'm involved with the UT Wakeboarding Team and I'm an editor for The Developing Economist as well. I was a mentee my freshman year and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This semester I will be a shadowing a mentor and learning the ropes for next semester. I look forward to meeting all the mentees and helping out in any way I can!
Hi everyone! My name is Isabella. I am a senior double majoring in Economics and International Relations and Global Studies with a focus on the international political economy. I call Houston, Texas my home, however, I like to spend as much time as I can traveling abroad! I spent a semester in Madrid, Spain where I learned an immense amount about Spanish culture and toured many other diverse European countries. In my free time, I enjoy spending the day by the pool and hanging out with friends and family. My true passion is music, and you will often find me absorbed in learning everything I can about various musical genres. This is my first year as a mentor, and I cannot wait to meet new friends and share new experiences!
My name is Jeffery. I'm a 3rd year Economics major with a minor in Accounting through the BEOP program and am pursuing a BFP certificate. Building relationships and experiences are what I value the most, and I try to stay open to most everything and everyone that I come by. I grew up playing soccer, chess and going camping which I still enjoying today, though the opportunity doesn't come by as often as before. In terms of academia, I enjoy thinking about economics, psychology, philosophy, and politics - can't say I'm very great at talking about them though. But I'm always up for meeting new people and learning new stories and exchanging thoughts and occasionally feelings. EPMP is an opportunity I did not know of when I first transferred to UT, and one I believe I would've valued immensely. First years at a new university can be difficult, it really can. And while I can't undo the past, I'd like to help out future students who come to UT just as unaware of the opportunities around as I was.
Hey guys! My name is Katelynn, and I’m from Guy, TX. I’m a second year Economics and Sociology major. I’m also participating in the Bridging Disciplines Program for Social Inequality, Health, and Policy. I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and adorable dog, Timmy. I also love music, food, coffee, and Netflix. If there’s a show you’re obsessed with on Netflix, I’ve probably seen it. As for actual physical activities, I like to kayak, volunteer at local dog shelters, and travel. I’ve been to Mexico, England, France, and Spain, and I hope to visit many more places in the future. I was a mentee in EPMP my freshman year and really enjoyed the experience, and I’m excited to get to know some of you!
Hey everyone! My name is Katherine, but most people call me Katie. I am a second year Economics major, minoring in Finance and I grew up in Cibolo, which is a smaller city just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I love to cook, go to concerts, and explore new cities. This year I will be the treasurer for the Littlefield Residence Hall Council where we plan events for the residents in the dorm. I was a mentee last year when I was a freshman and found this program to be really helpful, so this year I hope I can help you transfer into your first year here at UT!
Hello! My name is Mason and I am a second year economics and math major in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. I became interested in economics because it was a subject I could apply my love for math and social studies in. In addition to EPMP, I am also the managing editor for The Developing Economist, an undergraduate economics research journal published here at UT. I also just spent an amazing summer working with middle schoolers at a program called Breakthrough Austin since I am passionate about education inequality. When I’m not doing school related activities, I love to read, play chess and hang out with my friends. I was recently a mentee in EPMP and I am very excited to be a mentor this semester so that I can continue to be a part of this amazing organization!
Hello! My name is Mauro and I am a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in English while following the Business Foundations Program. I am originally from El Paso and transferred from the University of Texas at El Paso. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, riding horses, reading, playing and watching sports, and playing videogames. My all time favorite movies are the Star Wars series and my favorite TV shows are Suits, Game of Thrones, and Skins (the British version). My favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at hospitals and learning about investment options in the 21st century. I would like to own my own businesses and wish to be remembered as a world-class philanthropist. I am going to be a mentor this year in hopes of learning and adapting myself to be a prosperous mentor for my mentees. The University of Texas at Austin is a great place to be and I am excited to help mentees have the best possible experience!
Hello!! My name is My Linh, I am third year Economics and Psychology major. I’m from Vietnam and have been in Austin, Texas since high school. I also enjoy spending time with my kitty and my lovely family. I also love cooking, baking and exploring to new restaurant and places. For being active, I like to go to the gym or outdoor activities with friends. I really enjoyed to be a mentee in EPMP my second semester in UT as a transfer student. I am excited to be a mentor shadow this semester and looking forward to gain new experience as a member of EPMP community. Hope to see all year!!
Hi there! My name is Nabeel, and I am a Junior majoring in Economics with a Finance minor and Elements of Computing Certificate. I'm from good 'ole Houston, TX and am proud to be a Longhorn. I'm an RA for Jester West and was previously on a Bollywood fusion dance team called UT Nach Baliye for two years. I've traveled across the nation competing and performing, giving me my joy of traveling and exploring new places. I am also an avid gamer, participating in competitive Super Smash Bros. (Project M) tournaments and placing regionally here in Texas. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends or watch TV shows such as The Office, Suits, Flash, and Game of Thrones. I love to try new things and learn from people's past experiences. Luckily, EPMP gives me the opportunity to connect with people and offer them some perspectives on being an Econ Longhorn! I hope to study abroad someday and go hiking. My dream is to own my own business one day, and hopefully working out of college and getting experience can help me get there. Economics keeps me informed about the world, which is why I like it. I am very excited to join EPMP, and look forward to meeting new people!
Hey guys! My name is Naman and I'm a sophomore economics major. I'm fond of Applied economics, entrepreneurship and enjoy fusion music and poetry. At UT besides EPMP, I am also a member of the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency and UT Squash. I like playing guitar, squash (it's not racket ball!) and reading in my free time. My favorite TV shows are House of Cards, Sherlock and Narcos. As an international student from Mumbai, I'm used to learning something new everyday in the US, so in a way I'm a mentee just as much as a mentor in this program. Looking forward!
Hi! I'm Natalie, and I'm a second-year economics major working on my Business Foundations Certificate. I'm from Palo Alto, CA, but coming to UT was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I'm on the cheerleading team and cheer at football, volleyball, and basketball games. I'm in a sorority in which I hold several committee chair positions, and I'm also in a spirit group called Texas Lassos. Additionally, I'm involved in the LADD (Longhorns Against Drunk Driving) campaign that Lassos started last year. I love to travel and try new restaurants and cafes, so I know about some good study spots off-campus. I'm so excited to meet the mentees and show them all that UT has to offer!
Hi, my name is Nathan and I am a senior economics and finance double major from Houston! This will be my first year as an Econ Peer Mentor and I am excited to become more involved within the Economics Department. For the past two years I have also been a FIG mentor to UGS students and I will be returning this fall as a third year FIG mentor to freshmen McCombs students. Some of my favorite things to do outside of class include running around Austin and traveling to different countries around the world. I have had the fortune to visit Canada, China, France, Italy, Kenya, and Spain amongst others. I am also a huge fan of the Houston Astros, Houston Texans, and Texas Football and hope to work in the sports industry someday. I look forward to meeting everyone and am excited for a great year!
Hello, my name is Reece and I am a senior economics student with a minor in math and certificates in applied statistical modeling and the business foundations program. I am from Wichita Falls Texas and I enjoy working out, going to yoga, camping, and playing video games. Currently I am the vice president of the economics honors society, ODE, a tutor for the Texas Economic Association, and a senior editor for the Developing Economist. I am also working on my honors thesis which is looking at the tax incidence on small businesses. This is my first semester to be a mentor and I am excited to be meeting all the new mentees!
Hello all! My name is Tingming and I go by Florence :) I transferred from a college in Guangzhou, China to UT Austin in Fall 2015, changing my major from International Business to Economics. Having difficulties in facing so many changes in my life, I attended EPMP and the experience here became part of my unforgettable memories at UT. Our advisor Jinane and students here are super considerate and helpful. I am so excited to serve as a mentor this year! Listening to your stories, learning from each other and building relationship will be awesome :) A little more about myself: I am an extroverted girl and a follower of Jesus; I appreciate company so I enjoy spending valued time with people, doggies and books. My current focus: planning to graduate in May 2017(Econ major & BEOP-Accounting track); applying Master program in Business Analytics area & finding part-time jobs and interns; serving in International Student Ministry at InterVarsity. Can’t wait to meet ya all! :)
Hello! My name is Yavin and I’m a third year Economics major with a Finance minor and a Business Foundations Certificate. I’m from Mission, Texas and like to play basketball and soccer. My favorite shows are Game of Thrones, How to Get Away With Murder, and Friends. Additionally, I’m an officer for AEM Jovenes which is an organization for Mexican Entrepreneurs at UT. During my freshman year I was a mentee with EPMP and found the help and advice from my mentor very helpful. I wish to do the same for the mentees and be as helpful as possible. I look forward to meeting all of you!
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