Samantha Gomez is a Mentor for the AVID First Year Experience at Texas Tech University. She is junior and first generation college student pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning. Samantha is currently involved in Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma—Honor Societies at Texas Tech that encourage community involvement and excellence in academics. Samantha also serves as a Personal Financial Planning Ambassador and is dedicated to sharing her experiences with other students. Through the programs that Samantha is involved in she has learned to balance her social, academic, and personal life which is essential for becoming a well-rounded student. Because of these attributes Samantha serves as a mentor to students in the AVID First Year Experience Program. Samantha is genuinely interested in watching her mentees succeed and transition smoothly into their second year at Texas Tech University. By fulfilling the mission of Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she provides them with guidance and advice, encouragement, and methods to identify resources.
Lauren Contreras is a mentor for the AVID First Year Experience program at Texas Tech University. She is a second year, first generation college student, majoring in Business Management and minoring in Spanish. Her goals are to manage a business effectively and efficiently utilizing her bilingual skills and create a service that aligns with her passion to assist people. She took on the role as a mentor with the AVID First Year Experience program because of her love of helping people and wanting to connect with the students by being there to support them during their transition at Texas Tech University. Her goals for serving AVID include guiding and supporting her students by reassuring them that others have gone through the same situations they are experiencing and encouraging students to feel free to ask for help when they need it. Lauren was a past participant for the AVID program and now wants to fulfill the mission of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by providing advice, encouragement, and giving back the same experience she received which helped her in her transition.
Cindy Tejada is a Mentor for the AVID First Year Experience at Texas Tech University. She is a third year, first generation college student double majoring in Social Work and Spanish. She plans on using her bilingual skills and experiences to become a successful community social worker and would like to create a non-profit organization to help those in need. Through her career she hopes to assist children who are in dangerous living situations. Cindy took on the role as a mentor for the AVID First Year Experience program because she believes in the good of helping others and the importance of having a role model to help people overcome new challenges in life. As a mentor she helps students understand their worth,reassures them that they are not alone,and makes a conscious effort to instill that they all serve a purpose in college. Cindy's goal for her mentees is to make sure they succeed in college mentally, physically and academically. She views her mentees as their own person and treats them like her family by making sure that that their living situations, academics and social life are stable. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Children's Home of Lubbock and the Burkhart Center for Parents Night Out. Cindy actively lives by a Roy Bennett quote, "Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind."