School of Social Sciences

Meet the School of Social Sciences peers and learn about the different issues concerning society, the economy, and politics that affect humans worldwide. Visit the peers to learn more about the different majors, minors, and opportunities for you to gain experience and better our communities!

Marielena Mendoza

★ Lead Peer Academic Advisor

Major(s): Cognitive Science

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

* TNL Research Assistant (Summer 2022 – Present)
* Peer Academic Advisor (Fall 2022 – Present)
* Reading and Thrifting Enthusiast

Why do you love UCI?

I love how UCI offers various outlets to explore both academic and personal interests. If you look around, finding a club devoted to your niche hobby or a lab researching a topic you’re curious about is easy to find.

How can you be a successful Anteater?

Remembering to be kind to yourself greatly helps one become a successful Anteater. Navigating higher education can be overwhelming, and I think we sometimes forget to applaud ourselves for simply trying.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I find it relaxing to go for a walk while listening to music. When walking to class, I always try to cut through Aldrich Park for a few minutes of peace. Lana Del Rey, Mitski, and BTS make the walk all the more enjoyable.