Our Mentors

Our Mentors

Our 2014-15 Mentors!

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Abraham

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello everyone my name is Abraham and I am currently studying at Carleton in the B.A. in Law. Prior to my ESP enrolment, I was an individual who was quite unsure of what I wanted to do with my future. Although a primary goal of mine was to further my education, my final high school grades simply did not reflect university potential. Despite not being accepted into a degree program by Carleton, I was granted the option of ESP. The ESP program played an integral part in not only enhancing my overall skills as a student, but also by providing a smooth transition from high school to university, and what was to be expected in the first year. Key facets of the program, such as workshops and seminars, act as informative and helpful settings that truly put students in position to succeed. The instructors, mentors, coaches, advisors and just the staff overall are genuinely supportive, and always are willing to provide assistance for any matter to the best of their capabilities. I am completely grateful to the program for how it has provided me with the gateway into a university degree program, and how it has helped me attain major academic improvements. It is also extremely exciting to take on a mentor role in the program. This gives me the ability to give back to ESP in a certain way, while having a new opportunity to hopefully play a part in helping other ESP students maximize their capabilities and potential.

Alex

OHi I’m Alex, a second year Carleton student working toward a B.A. with a History Major and Linguistics Minor. The ESP program was a terrific introduction to my University experience and I believe it has given me all the necessary tools in order to succeed going forward. The ESP program was an incredible experience; and the tools and resources it provides to each student was invaluable in my personal success last year. I look forward to participating in the ESP program again this year as a mentor!

Alexandria

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi, my name is Alexandria and I am currently studying Law at Carleton University. I was offered the opportunity to apply for ESP because when I applied to Journalism my average was too low. I was very hesitant to join the program; however, after only one year I can honestly say it gave me the opportunity of a life time. The ESP program offers the opportunity for students to integrate into a university environment by allowing students to attend class and participate in university activities just as any other student in any other program on campus.

University was always somewhere I knew I wanted to be but it always seemed to be out of reach. University is where I have really thrived in terms of academics. I owe my success to the ESP program, mentors, coaches, facilitators, professors, my peers and academic advisors because they really work together to make every student reach their potential.

Anthony

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi there! My name is Anthony and I am currently in my second year of Psychology major and minor in both Computer Science and Business. I am very happy to be part of the ESP family and got the chance to be in university.

Before I got accepted into ESP, I applied to Engineering to almost every university in Ontario but my grades were not high enough to be accepted into any of those universities. I began to panic and started to lose hope until I received a letter from Carleton University suggesting that I can enroll into Carleton through ESP. This program literally changed my life as it opened up my doors for me and gave me a wonderful first year.

After a year of bitter and sweet, here I am as a mentor and I really have to give credit to the coaches, instructors and advisors. They helped me survive my first year of post-secondary education and I strongly suggest that students should take advantage of those ESP resources as it will keep you on top of your objectives.

I wish you will have an amazing year and looking forward to meet you on campus!

Bradley

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello! My name is Bradley and I’m pursuing a major in Religious Studies with a minor in Music. I am so excited to be back at Carleton and to be helping within the ESP program this year. The ESP program was such a fantastic entrance for myself to the university experience, as well as helping me learn how to function and succeed in an academic setting. As a mature student who didn’t meet the regular requirements to be accepted, I found that the ESP team was incredibly helpful in helping me navigate and set proper goals.  Make sure to enjoy the amazing resources that the ESP/AESP staff provides, as they can be monumental towards your educational future. I am looking forward to having another positive year at Carleton, and meeting you all!

Camila

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi my name is Camila and I am a second year psychology major. I came into the ESP program right after graduating High School because I did not have the grades to make it into my degree program. When I became a part of the ESP program, the mentors, facilitators, academic advisors and coaches kept me motivated and I was accepted into my degree program. This is my first year as a mentor and I am very excited to help out new students.

Carley

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi Everyone, My name is Carley and I am one of the ESP/AESP mentors this year. I am a second year Carleton student and I came to ESP after high school because I did not have the marks to get into a degree program. I am very happy with my choice to come to ESP. My first year of university was an amazing experience for many reasons and I truly believe ESP contributed to this great experience. The ESP program is extremely welcoming to everyone and there are many resources available to students in the program in order to help them succeed. The ESP program changed my outlook on school and also provided me with a sense of accomplishment. This year at Carleton I am studying Criminology and I am very excited to share my experience with the students who are a part of the program this year. Welcome everyone!

Crystalena

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello! My name is Crystalena, and I am in my second year at Carleton University and in first year of Bachelor of Music – Vocal Performance! Entering ESP/AESP last year was my final chance to have a shot at bettering my life. After many years out of high school applying as a mature student was harder than usual, as high school grades are (sometimes) not the best to apply with. ESP/AESP gave me a second chance to show the world that I CAN succeed, and you can too! By working hard, I reached a level of potential I didn’t even know existed for myself!! After having an amazing first year with the incredible ESP/AESP staff (more like family) I decided that becoming a mentor would be a great opportunity to help other first year students too. I know at times last year I struggled and the staff in ESP/AESP was always there to help me, just remember that we were all in your place once and we are here to help, so keep calm and stay focused – and TALK to us! :)

Devlyn

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHey! My name is Devlyn and I am currently a second year Psychology major. I joined the ESP program because I did not do well in high school and I was offered the opportunity to join ESP. I took the offer because I really wanted to attend Carleton University and the idea of being in an enriched, supportive environment was really enticing.

Through ESP I have met a bunch of awesome people and have learned a lot from all my classes and workshops. The ESP program has given me a lot of support in my academic endeavors and I felt it was my turn to give back to the community by becoming a mentor.

I hope to see a bunch of new faces and I am really excited to help students make their transition from high school to Carleton easier and more fun than ever!​

Jessica

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello all! My name is Jessica! I am a second year undergraduate student and a former ESP student. I am currently working to switch into the field of my choice which is criminology! My main goal when I graduate at Carleton is to become a police officer and travel up north to work there.

Last year I played for the women’s varsity rugby team here so I definitely know a little something about discipline and time management! I was never a big fan of high school and always focused on sports so in turn my grades fell short. The rugby coach here informed me of the ESP program and at the beginning I was a little hesitant but once I came to visit and I completely fell in love! The people were so welcoming in this program and made me feel a part of the university.

Some of my favorite hobbies and things to do include, as previously said rugby. As well as ringette, which I know a lot of people have no idea what that is! I also used to be involved in track and field during elementary school and the beginning of high school. I have always put a large value on friends and family, they mean the world to me, I do not have a large number of friends but the ones that I do have are the best people in my life. I am an all-around happy person and do my best to not let things get the best of me! I am a hard worker and have sometimes too many things on my plate that I want to accomplish. I am looking forward to being a part of ESP for another year being a mentor and cannot wait to meet many new people and help others on their path to success!

Kirstei

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi! My name is Kirstei, and I am in my second year studying Child Studies here at Carleton University. Last year I was an AESP student, and I am very excited to be a part of the AESP program this year as a mentor. I have already met most of the students in AESP during our week long orientation, and had the opportunity to listen to their stories and get to know them. I cannot believe how many of them have already inspired and moved me, and I am honoured to be a part of this incredible group of people.

I am a full-time single mom of two amazing little boys, who are my motivation behind everything that I do. I originally applied directly to the Child Studies program, but was declined, and so I applied to AESP. I stand by and support the AESP/ESP program whole-heartedly, and believe that I would not be where I am right now if it was not for this program. I had a very successful first year academically and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with this years’ group of students in AESP.

Marie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello…is it me you’re looking for? I hope so! Hey my name is Marie and I’m studying Psychology here at Carleton. I am a professional Netflix viewer and a professional goofball. But on a serious note, I am beyond excited to be mentoring this year and continuing my studies with my Enriched Support Program (ESP) family by my side!

I came to ESP after high school. Although I knew where I wanted to go in life, I was having trouble getting there. High school wasn’t exactly a dream. Dealing with different anxiety disorders and mental illness, spending time in the hospital every week, and having issues with academics, it was hard to focus on school; even graduation seemed unattainable. I was introduced to ESP and I am so grateful that I was! ESP has shown me that I have so much potential for success. With all the amazing supports the program provided, I was able to see that I have tons of potential and can do well. I am ecstatic to be mentoring this year and showing students that they are capable of anything they set their minds too. Any who, I’ll see all your beautiful faces around campus and I’ll be here for a lending hand, and if anyone is ever down for a Disney or Bob’s Burgers marathon, I’m your girl.

Maryam

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello and welcome to Carleton, Ravens! My name is Maryam and I am entering my third year at Carleton, studying Business Law. My experience in the Enriched Support Program (ESP) is the reason I decided to get involved and give back. Being admitted into the ESP Program has given me the insight I needed coming into such a different atmosphere. I have always had the ambition, but not enough skills to match. With the help of the ESP faculty, my First-Year Seminar instructor, the facilitators, mentors and coaches, I was able to be guided in the right direction. This unbelievable amount of support has helped me improve in more ways than one with my studies, my skill set and most importantly, myself. My gratitude is endless. As an ESP Mentor, I hope to provide the same insight to you all in hopes that you will excel in your studies to your fullest abilities. I look forward to meeting you all! Best wishes!

Melissa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi, my name is Melissa. I’m a second year student at Carleton University, currently majoring in child studies with a minor in psychology.

My original plan after high school was to go into the medical field, however, all the science and math courses proved to be a little too overwhelming for me. This resulted in my not getting accepted to the programs I had applied to. With the help of my guidance counsellors who informed me of the ESP program at Carleton, it gave me new hope that I’d be able to go to university after all.

From the workshops, facilitators, mentors and staff the transition from high school to university was nothing short of amazing. The support they offer makes you feel like you’re capable of anything. The workshops were my favourite part of the program, especially during midterms and exam time. They are like a mini study groups after every class and helped a lot when I didn’t quite understand something from lecture. The mentors were like personal sources for information; they were able to help provide information about the various resources available around campus.

I look forward to working with the ESP program and helping make the first year for new students as enjoyable and memorable as mine was.

Nora

OHello! My name is Nora and I am a third-year Psychology student with a minor in Sociology. I came to ESP straight out of high school being completely unsure of myself and my future. My marks did not reflect my potential and I was convinced that I was not a good student. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and where I was headed, but being in ESP changed my outlook completely.  With the help of the mentors, facilitators, instructors and advisors I realized that I really did have the potential to succeed and thoroughly surprised myself by performing quite well throughout the year. The support that the program offered helped to ease me into University life and made me feel as though I had a place that I belonged. I made good friends and felt right at home and am so glad that I decided to give ESP a chance.

I was so excited to come back to the program for a third year to be a senior mentor and to continue to give back to the program that gave me so much. The ESP/AESP program truly feels like home to me and I am so glad that I can be a part of it for another year. Thanks!

Shane

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreetings! I’m Shane and I am a fourth year student doing a BA in Legal Studies. Before I got into ESP, I was doing an extra year of high school with little idea where I would go next in education. My grades were too poor to get into Carleton the usual way and my career prospects were limited. I heard about the ESP program through my teachers and guidance counselors and was accepted into the program.

Being in university was daunting but the support provided by ESP is what helped me to succeed. My initial impressions of the program were negative since the games and activities in my workshops and my first year seminar seemed to be silly and kind of patronizing. My opinions quickly changed as I saw my grades go up and my academic skills improve.

Being a senior mentor gives me the opportunity to further develop my skills and to give something back to the program that provided so much for me. I look forward to helping connect students with the resources they need to be successful.

Sheldon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello, my name is Sheldon and I am a first year film studies student with a minor in music. I came into AESP last year after taking a year off after college. Before I came to university through the AESP program I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attend university or thought I had the confidence. Due to the fact my marks were not the greatest in college and high school. But AESP’s friendly staff and faculty really helped me transition into University. With all the support I received I never thought I would have flourished in a university Environment.

When I heard about the mentorship position I was thrilled to have a part in helping others transition into university through the program.

Tracy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello everyone! My name is Tracy and I am a third year Neuroscience & Mental Health major student at Carleton. Last year I had an amazing time as a First-Year Mentor, and I was given the privilege to be one again this year as a Senior Mentor. Having been in ESP, as a student, I understand what it is like being a new student, and in my case, not an academically strong student. But this program has taught me how I can be a successful student, and I hope that this program and I can help you all become successful students! I hope you all enjoy the 2014/2015 school year!

Visheka

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to Carleton! I am so excited that you are stepping into Carleton through ESP/AESP. Had I not entered Carleton through the ESP/AESP, I probably would have been one of the statistics – a drop-out within the first year. Fortunately, ESP/AESP is full of amazing and intelligent staff who want you to succeed. They are there to support us; all we have to do is reach out when we need help, show up to all our classes and workshops, and do our best. Success will surely follow.

My program is in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS is basically a “Design Your Own Degree” program) in which my focus is on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business Leadership (I know, that’s quite the mouthful). As mentioned, my first year was awful and without all the support I got from ESP and beyond, I wouldn’t be here to tell you that I am now loving it. It really does get better in third and fourth year (given that you actually like the program you are in).  So I hope this inspires you to persevere and reach out for help when you need it. It really is worth it. I wish you all the best and I look forward to meeting you!