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Melissa Montoya

Peer Academic Advisor

School of Social Ecology


Criminology and Social Ecology double major


Paramount, California


Student Success Initiatives (2021-2022)

Nuestra Graduacion (2021-2022)

Connect @ UCI (2020-2021)

Personal Biography

Why do you love UCI?

I love UCI because I have a long history with the institution. My brother is an alumnus so I remember visiting Irvine when I was younger. It feels surreal that now I am a student here and I get to have all these new opportunities and experiences at such a beautiful school.

How can you be a successful Anteater?

My best advice to be a successful Anteater is to say yes to new opportunities. It can be difficult to manage different extracurricular activities but it is important to take advantage of these experiences because they don’t last forever!

What is one fun fact about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that I love to swim. I have been swimming since I was three years old and I started competing when I was seven years old. However, I won’t swim in the ocean. I hate not being able to see the floor. Plus, I do not want to get stung by a stingray again!