MC2UCLA Honors Mentorship

MC2UCLA Honors Mentorship Program

We are excited to introduce MC2UCLA Honors Mentorship.  This is a new program created within the Moorpark College Honors Program in partnership with Moorpark College and UCLA alumni.  The purpose of this program is to provide personal guidance by UCLA students to Moorpark College Honors students to help ensure students transfer hitting the ground running.

Success By Prep

Starting at UCLA is a new world, and it can often take even the best and most-prepared students by surprise.  UCLA runs on the quarter system, not by semesters, which means the pace within classes is accelerated and more intense.
Students often transfer and feel like they go from being a big fish in a small pond to feeling like a small fish in a big pond.  Imposter syndrome can set in, as well as stress, anxiety, and doubt. These can combine and cause your GPA to drop.   

The Power of Mentors

We offer a powerful tool to MC Honor students in our mentorship program. Students get access to alumni who are a little farther down the same road. They will share what to know, what to expect, what to watch out for, and how to be successful.  Helping Moorpark College Honors students develop study habits and know how to access resources can be key to your success after transfer.

Find Your Mentor

To be assigned a mentor, contact MC2UCLA Director Trinith Radhakrishnan directly at 703-728-8601, who coordinates mentee/mentor assignments and will help facilitate getting started.  Review the profiles below to get to know our mentors. They are all ready to help!

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 Trinith Radhakrishnan
Trinith Radhakrishnan is a clinical research assistant, health scholar, undergraduate mentor, and student club leader at UCLA. After a very rocky first quarter at UCLA, he managed to successfully transform his study habits and earn nearly straight A's every quarter since. As your mentor, Trinith can help you to develop efficient study strategies, guide you with transitioning into competitive universities and much more! Contact: 703-728-8601
Naveed Pour
Naveed Pour
Naveed Pour was a child psychiatry research coordinator and journalist at UCLA. Upon arriving at Moorpark College, he had to figure out how to improve his study habits and time management to juggle the opportunities he found there. Transferring to UCLA for Neuroscience, he learned to navigate the many crowded and often confusing avenues to find work, community, activities, and more. He specializes in strategies to stay centered while doing every last thing you want to do, wherever you may be.
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Sunny Kim
Sunny Kim is a 4th year Neuroscience student with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. She is an EMT, crisis counselor, and undergraduate researcher in child development. While UCLA appears to be a community of endless possibilities and resources, whittling down one’s choices can be an overwhelming task. Sunny learned to navigate the plethora of options and surround herself with a great support system. She can help with study strategies, time management, course planning, research and volunteering opportunities.
Dean Neutel - MC2UCLA Mentor
Dean Neutel
Dean Neutel is a Physiological Science Major and Undergraduate researcher and mentor for the undergraduate research center/BISEP/PEERS.  He is able to help with organizing studying strategies, figuring out how to balance studying with work and fun, getting into research and research-based programs, career and course planning. Contact: 714-351-4590
Adriana Perez - MC2UCLA Mentor
Adriana Perez
Hi there, I’m Adriana! I am currently a senior at UCLA who transferred from Moorpark College in 2020. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Community Engagement and Social Change. I am also a research assistant in a Clinical Psychology lab and a mental health coach for UCLA’s STAND program. I can help with editing personal statements and tackling other aspects of your UC application. I’m also happy to read over resumes/CVs, assist in course planning, and provide guidance as you transfer. My area of experience is primarily within Psychology but I can also offer assistance in other areas within the Social Sciences.
Victor Morales - MC2UCLA Mentor
Victor Morales
Victor Morales is a 3rd Year Neuroscience major with a minor in Chicana/o Studies. Coming from a small latino community, UCLA was a big step forward filled with uncertainty on how to handle the pressures of work, school and extracurriculars. Through trial and error, he was able to learn time and stress management skills, build effective study strategies, and network with like-minded students to find new opportunities.

As a pre-med student, Victor can help you navigate and prepare for the dense course requirements, plan and organize your daily schedule, and point you towards helpful resources for finding research opportunities and scholarships. 

Brian Zargar - MC2UCLA Mentor
Brian Zargar
I am a current UCLA senior majoring in Chemistry. After transferring to UCLA from Santa Monica College in 2020, I realized firsthand just how different UCLA is from community college. From the 10 week quarters, classes with 300+ students, and huge bureaucracy, UCLA is a completely different environment from what I was used to. Having mentors was a huge help for me in my transition. I particularly encourage STEM to reach out as that is where most of my experiences are focused. I am happy to share what I know. 310-402-3546 (If I can’t answer my phone, shoot me a text!)
Gabby Vilchez - MC2UCLA Mentor
Gabby Vilchez
Gabby Vilchez is a neuroscience student at UCLA. She can help you with brainstorming and editing your UC personal insight questions. Gabby has taken numerous community college courses and has earned A’s in all of them, so she can also help you develop effective study habits and time management skills to excel in school. As an incoming student, she will experience the transition to a big university and is happy to share advice on this with you as she becomes more familiar with UCLA's landscape. Contact: 650-703-9784
Andrew Choir
Andrew Choi
Andrew Choi is a mathematics major at UCLA and attended Moorpark College for 2 years while in high school. Entering college, he was overwhelmed with the countless organizations, career opportunities and the difficulty spike of upper division courses. Although he struggled through his first terms at both Moorpark and UCLA, he quickly got acclimated with the change in environment. Now, he is looking to help others with studying strategies, navigating business organizations (as an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity) and talking through imposter syndrome. Contact: 805-953-5002