The Economics Department

Econ Peer Mentor Program

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The Econ Peer Mentor Program (EPMP) was founded in the spring of 2011 with 16 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.

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. Apply to be a Fall 2018 mentee here.

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 2018-2019 school year are now closed. Mentor applications for the 2019-2020 school year will open in March 2019.

EPMP does not provide tutoring services but peer mentors can connect you with tutoring services available within our department and across campus.

Listen to what your peers are saying about the EPMP here.

Please contact us at 512-471-2973, BRB 1.114, or if you have questions or need help deciding if this program is right for you.

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End of Semester Celebration: Mentor and mentee celebrating the end of the semester!

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 Social Event: Game Night                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Volunteer Service: The UT Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Social Event: Bowling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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 Volunteer Service: Between our volunteer activities we were able to fit in some team building!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Volunteer Service: Candlelight Ranch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Mentor Bios

An leaning aginst a wall covered in vinesHello, my name is An. I am a 3rd year Economics major. I am from San Jose, California, but moved to Texas for UT. I like watching K-dramas, online shopping- just shopping in general, and traveling. I am involved in TSTV, a studen-run TV station, because I love watching TV when I was a kid (I still do now). If you are interested in film industry, hit me up. This is my first time being a mentor, so it would be exciting. I am thrilled to get to know all of you!

Ashim on a mechanical bull

Hi my name is Ashim, and I am a 3rd year Economics major at UT with a minor in Philosophy of Law. I am from originally from Euless, Texas, but I have been living in Austin since my Freshman semester. After completing my undergrad, I plan on attending law school. Some of my hobbies including hiking, kayaking, and fantasy sports. My favorite sports teams include: The Texas Longhorns, Minnesota Vikings, Texas Rangers, and Chelsea FC.

Girl jumping in the air over sandy beach backgroundHi! My name is Becky and I am from Columbia, Maryland. I'm currently a third-year pursuing an Economics major and certificates in Business Foundations and Elements of Computing. In my free time, I love to hike, sleep, do yoga, play with dogs, and watch way too much Netflix. My ideal vacation would be to take a whole year off and travel the world doing food tours and learning about different cultures. I am also involved in a spirit group and intramural volleyball. Last semester, I was a mentee for EPMP and absolutely loved being part of the organization. I'm looking forward to making new memories next semester!! 

 A photo of Cayro under bellsHello! My name is Cayro Bustos, and I’m a third year Economics major and Business major (undeclared) with a certificate in Business Public Policy. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas (214!), and I speak English and Spanish. Aside from EPMP, I am also an active member of the Texas Economics Association. After undergrad, I plan on attending law school. Aside from school, I love working out, playing video games, and grabbing some Grodough’s Donuts! I became a mentor because I know how daunting UT Econ can seem at times. My previous mentor was an excellent resource and ultimately inspired me to give similar guidance to future students. If you have any questions about law school, double majoring, or anything really, do not hesitate to ask! That’s what I am here for! I can’t wait to get to know y’all. 

Eddy sitting on ledge of mountian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hello my name is Eddy, I was born in Monterrey, Mexico; but I have been living in the Austin Area for the last 7 years. I am currently a senior studying two majors, Economics with a minor in Finance through BEOP and Sociology. I am also working to obtain a certificate of Applied statistical modeling. I like to spend my free time hanging out with my friends, which can include many kinds of activities from outdoor sports to board game and video games.  I transferred to UT Austin from ACC a couple years ago and I signed up to EPMP, it was an awesome experience for me because I got to meet great people and learn about many opportunities within UT that I wouldn’t have if I had done otherwise.  Last semester I decided to study abroad because my mentor stuck that idea in my head since my first day in EPMP and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I am looking forward to meet you guys this upcoming semester. Go horns!!!

Ema sitting on edge of mountain sideHey! I’m Ema and I’m a fourth-year Economics major with minors in Risk Management and History. I am also working on my Business Foundations Certificate. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I am in a spirit group called Texas Bluebonnets, and I am currently serving as their President! I currently have a job at an insurance agency. I love watching and playing sports with my friends. My favorite teams are the San Antonio Spurs and the New England Patriots. I have also played IM dodgeball, flag football, and basketball! I love music, specifically rap, so hit me up if you want some cool new stuff to listen to. I have two dogs and two cats at home and I love them more than anything in the world. I’m always the one showing my friends pictures of my animals! This is my second year being a mentor in this program and I’m so excited for the new mentees. I can’t wait to meet you!


One student bundled up on sleeping bag and other is laughing in dorm roomHey everyone! My name is Eric Chu, and I am a junior double majoring in mathematics and economics from Houston, Texas. I also have a certificate in applied statistical modeling and a minor in business. Some of my hobbies include traveling all over Asia, running late at night, hiking in the greenbelt, cliff diving, and playing ultimate frisbee. My music taste is pretty diverse, as I listen to everything from Indie (Oh Wonder, Saint Motel, Electric Guest) to rap (Travis Scott, Tupac, Playboi Carti), but I am always open to new suggestions. This is actually my third semester as an EPMP mentor, and I chose to stay with this program because I know UT can sometimes be overwhelming for incoming students. It was incredibly helpful when I was a mentee to have someone I could always rely on and ask questions pertaining to my career. That being said, I am extremely excited to know you all better this coming school year!



Jacques standing on rocking mountain side with girl sitting next to himHey everyone, my name is Jacques and I am about to be a junior at UT. I am studying economics and finance while pursuing  a minor in German. I am an international student from Mexico and lived there all my life while attending a French school before coming to UT, which means that I went through a paperwork hell to attempt to make the equivalencies of my grades, and coming as an international student at UT. I love to meet new people and I am really looking forward to meeting new international students in EPMP. So if you got any “international” questions, look no further.  I will throw 2 fun facts about me. First of all, I went through many majors and programs before deciding to settle with Economics and Finance. I looked at the Communication School, psychology, sociology, BFP, BEOP, BDP and McCombs until I made my decision (Jinane was glad we could finally make our long term plan). If anything, I would be glad to help students that are undecided or wanting to explore other majors. And fun fact #2, is that I love languages. I speak Spanish, French, and English fluently, German with a pretty decent level, and Japanese coming along. So parlez-moi dans la langue de Molière.

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Hello, my name is James and I'm in my 3rd year at UT. I previously joined the program as a mentee and was able to learn so much from my previous mentor. I hope to do the same while I serve as your mentor. I am currently pursing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Business. Some of the more interesting things to know about me are that I'm a huge advocate of sports and film. Whether you want to discuss the recent games or watch, I am there. I have also recently begun playing intramural sports. Additionally, I go to the movies quite often seeing the latest blockbusters and whatever piques my interest as I find film to be one of the best forms of art. I look forward to meeting everyone!

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Hi! My name's Jennifer, and I'm a 4th year Economics major double majoring in MIS and pursuing an Elements of Computing certificate. Originally, I'm from Boston (and later Rhode Island), but I've been in Austin for the past 11 years. I study and TA, but beyond that I love technology, art, watching LCS, knitting, and of course, economics. I'm also trying to learn how to boulder, which is definitely a work in progress (curse my physical weakness)! I'm new to EPMP but I decided to mentor because, when I was newer to UT, there were so many people who helped me and made my experience better. I hope I can do the same for others, and I'm excited to get started!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hi! I'm Joanna, and I'm a fourth-year Economics major with a minor in the Business Foundations Certificate. I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Texas for UT. I fill my spare time with a variety of activities. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching soccer, and traveling all over the world. I chose to become a mentor because I really enjoy helping others grow and believe that collaborating and sharing college life experiences help younger students reach higher. I know that the first two years in college can be a hard time of adjustment and transition so I just want to be a resource like I had when I was that age. I truly want to use everything I've learned to ensure that younger students achieve their goals and become successful. As an international student from South Korea, I love to meet new people, and I am really looking forward to meeting new international students through EPMP. This is my first semester as an EPMP mentor, and I'm truly looking forward to getting to know all of you! 


Katherine standing infront of hillsideHey everyone! My name is Katherine, but most people call me Katie. I am a senior Economics major, minoring in Finance, and pursuing the Elements of Computing Certificate. 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. In the past, I have been the treasurer for the Littlefield Residence Hall Council where we plan events for the residents in the dorm. This semester I will be a supplemental instructor for a microeconomics economics class, so let me know if you need any help. I was a mentee when I was a freshman and found this program to be really helpful, so I hope I can help you transfer into your first year here at UT!

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Hi, my name is Kelly. I'm from Dalian, China, and I moved to Houston when I was in 6th grade. I then attend UTSA for my freshmen year and transferred here to UT Austin. I'm a senior studying Economics and a Finance minor through BEOP. I'm also taking Elements of Computing classes. Let me know if you have any questions on anything, I'll try my best to answer them! In my free time, I love cooking, taking photos, exploring food around the city, traveling, and maybe spend too much time on YouTube. I'm also obsessed with animals, especially cats. I have a cat name KK, and a corgi name Khloe, be prepared that I will be showing lots of pictures of them to you. This is my first time being a mentor, and I'm super excited. Looking forward to getting to know you guys!

Levie picks up trash for a volunteer event Hey, I'm Levie! I’m a third-year double majoring in Economics and Finance. I also work part-time in the McCombs MBA Program Office at Rowling Hall. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved across the globe for UT! I am in a sorority where I am currently Social Chair. I am also a member of University Securities Investment Team and Indonesian Students Association. I love planning events! I love to watch crime shows (Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, CSI, Criminal Minds, and the list goes on). I try to work out and meal plan most of the time, but sometimes I end up going to food trucks in West Campus. I love music, but I listen to a lot of the Billboard Top 100. I was a mentee a year ago and this program really helped me settle down in college! This is my first year being a mentor in this program, and I’m excited. I can’t wait to meet all the mentees!


Marianne jumping after running marathonGuten Tag! My name is Marianne and I am Sophomore Economics, Government, and Finance major in Liberal Arts Honors Program. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. When I’m not in class I like to go running, do yoga, play soccer, eat good food, and learning new things. I’m a big nerd, so you can always ask me about politics, philosophy or the economy and I can talk for hours. My favorite things about economics are that it teaches you that nothing is really free, we always have to make a choice, and that is shows how seemingly unrelated things are actually intertwined. This is my first semester as an EPMP mentor, and I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and making new memories.

Mason sitting infront of truck bed full of pumpkins                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hello! My name is Mason and I am a third-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 Chief Operations Officer for The Developing Economist, an undergraduate economics research journal published here at UT.  I also am active in the economics department as the Vice-President of ODE, the economics honors society. I also spent two amazing summers working with middle schoolers at a program called Breakthrough Austin since I am passionate about education inequality.  This semester, I am also going to be a Supplemental Instructor (SI) for introductory macroeconomics, so I may see some of you at my sessions. When I’m not doing school related activities, I love to read, play chess and hang out with my friends.  I was a mentee in EPMP and I am very excited to be a Mentor Fellow this semester so that I can continue to be a part of this amazing organization!

Matting is rock climbing and sitting on the edge of a cliffHello everyone! My name is Matt, and I am going to be a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in Finance. I am from Westchester, New York and couldn't have asked for a better place to come for school. I love playing and watching sports, binge-watching TV, and also doing adventurous things with friends. I am super excited to travel abroad to Sydney, Australia for the Spring semester. This is going to be my first semester as a mentor and I am so excited to meet everyone and share great experiences and memories together.

Minze leaning against railing over looking mountian sideHello, my name is Minze; I am a 3rd year economic major from Beijing China. Besides economics, I’m also pursuing a major in accounting and philosophy, with a minor in government. I transferred from the University of Rochester 2 years ago. I have been loving the numerous opportunities and resources offers, and I would love to share my experiences and advice with new mentees. If you are a transfer student or international student, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Apart from school, I love to play basketball, eat Asian food, watch horror movies, and travel. If you ever need recommendations for good Asian food in Austin, you know who to contact!

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Hi! My name is Mitchell Ilag, and I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am a 4th year Economics major with minors in Finance and Entrepreneurship. After college, I hope to start off my career as a Financial Advisor. I am also a transfer student that came to UT after spending my first year at UTSA, so I would be more than happy to assist anyone struggling to adjust. I am the Vice President of the Texas Economics Association and am involved in a fraternity called Gamma Beta along with a couple service and social organizations. My hobbies include IM sports, anime, video games, and exploring the outdoors. This semester will be my first as an EPMP Mentor but I would love to share everything I have learned on my journey as an Econ major. Lookin' forward to meeting you this semester! 

Moses giving htumbs up with lake behind himHey all, my name is Moses and I’m a fourth year transfer student from Arlington, Texas dual majoring in Economics and Sociology. I am also minoring in African Diaspora Studies and working towards a Bridging Disciplines certificate. When I’m not studying or working at Warby Parker, I like to create and view music, art and the like. Prior to coming to UT I went to Tarrant County Community College and got my associates degree. My biggest passions are for Music, Art, Education and Game of Thrones, and I can talk about all four until we’re blue in the face. Upon graduating from UT I hope to buy a globe and spend a year marking spots off, then go into market research, as well as possibly education reform. Although I do not have a favorite movie, my favorite directors are Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino. Fun fact about me is that although I was practically raised in Texas, I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lived there until I was four. This will be my first year as a mentor but I was a mentee last fall and a mentor shadow last spring. I like talking to new people and am truly excited to meet and work with all of the mentees/mentors of this next school year, so please don’t hesitate to say hi!

Mi Linh and boy hold cat smilingHello!! 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!!

Natalie getting a piggie back ride 

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! 

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Hello, this is Nayoung Kim. I'm an international student - Texas resident from South Korea! This is my third year at UT but I'm currently a senior! I'm majoring in Economics and also became a part of the ECON-MPA program at the McCombs School of Business this May. I was born and raised in South Korea until I was 12, and I went to Canada as a freshman to improve my English skills. Then, I transferred and spent my next three years of high school in Tyler, TX. Now, here I am, excited to get to know you guys throughout the semester or even longer! I was previously part of EPMP as a mentee, and I've had a great experience with my mentor, Nabeel, so I decided to join this program as a mentor this time to make sure our students enjoy and become successful at UT! I also work as a peer academic coach at Sanger Learning Center so if you need any academic advising or even personal counseling, I'm here for you! I love singing, dancing, traveling and of course, eating. I love listening to K-pop songs and watch K-dramas once in a while. My favorite actor is Colin Firth so if anyone is up for talking about him or his movies (especially Bridget Jone's Diary), I WILL BE YOUR FRIEND! You're always welcome to contact me just for a cup of tea or for some deep, serious conversations. I'm super excited to meet you guys!

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Hi everyone! My name is Nick and I am a senior at UT. I am currently studying Economics with a BFP minor. I was born in Sweden and have lived and traveled in many parts of the world. I like to learn about new cultures, learn languages, and of course study economics. In my free time I like to go out, play sports, play music, learn new skills (to fulfill my dream of becoming a Renaissance Man), play games, and watch documentaries. I especially like to meet new people and share experiences, so do not be afraid to come up and talk to me! This will be my first semester as an EPMP mentor and I am excited to see what's in store!

Rachana leaning against British red telephone boothHello beautiful people! My name is Rachana and I am a 3rd year Economics major also pursuing the BFP certificate. I was born in India, but raised in Coppell, TX a suburb of Dallas. This summer I studied Management and Organizational Behavior at the London School of Economics. In my free time I love to eat any kind of Asian food, watch anime, YouTube, or Friends, and just hang in my lovely apartment with friends. In addition to EPMP I am VP of Women in Foreign Affairs, which is an IRG club that empowers women to confidently pursue their careers and I am also Technical Director for the Texas Undergraduate Law Review.  This is my first year in EPMP and I'm so looking forward to it meeting and interacting with each and everyone of you.

Riley O'hara fun photoHi my name is Riley, I am a second year Economics major minoring in either accounting or finance through the BEOP program. I grew up in Houston but moved around a lot beforehand. I am apart of Texas Alternative Investments and am also in Delta Tau Delta. I currently serve on the Co-op Board of Directors and on the Texas Student Media Board of Trustees. I love music, film and food, and I love discovering more of the three. This summer I interned in Singapore through UT’s intern abroad program, so if you have questions about intern/study abroad I can help with that. This will be my first year mentoring so I look forward to meeting you all. 

Ryan standing with arms up in the air overlooking cityHi my name is Ryan, I am a second year Economics major and finance minor through BEOP. I was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in the Dallas area. I love watching and playing sports, football and basketball specifically. Some of my favorite teams are the Cowboys, Mavericks, FC Barcelona and of course UT. In my free time I like to hike, travel, eat and play videogames. I was a mentee last year and look forward to meeting new people and helping people transition as a mentor shadow!

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Hello! My name is Sean. I'm from Houston,Texas, and I'm a fourth year Economics major. I transferred here to UT from the University of Houston after my first year there, and I've enjoyed every moment here. I love snowboarding, playing basketball, and working out. While my music taste is pretty broad, my top two genres to listen to are indie and EDM. This will be my first year being involved in EPMP, and I'm extremely excited. Going to a lot of the events that the Economics department held last semester really helped me gain my footing in the direction I wanted to go as I pursued my Economics degree and ultimately pushed me to apply for EPMP. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you guys, and I hope it'll be a fun semester!

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Hi there! My name’s Talía, and I am a third-year economics major from Spring, TX, working on a certificate in Business and Public Policy. I have a passion for learning, traveling, and experiencing new things. I help teach the social dance classes here at UT, and I love all kinds of social dancing whether it’s salsa, swing, two-stepping, waltzing… so if anyone ever wants company please feel free to hit me up! This will be my first semester as a Mentor in this program, and I’m super excited to meet everybody!


Yilan sitting a resturant table on street sidwalkHi my name is Yilan, and I'm a second Economics major and  Accounting major. I'm an international student from Beijing, China. I like eating and taking cute pictures when I'm free. I want to try out all good restaurants in Austin before I graduate, and I'm currently working on it!

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Nick Dadar
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Riley O'Hara
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Sean Tan
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