Karinna Chavez ’25
(she/her) I’m a third-year Psychology major, and my career goal is to become a licensed therapist. I’m passionate about helping people in my community better understand and process their experiences. I come from a neighborhood that did not have mental health resources, which inspired me to be part of creating that space.
What made you want to be a peer mentor?
I remember how intimidating college was, especially as a first-gen student. I’d love to help first-years make their transition as stress-free as possible. I’m always available to lend a helping hand, whether it’s making time to listen or reading over a quick email. Every person is different, and I can’t wait to learn more about how to best support my mentee. One thing I would tell first-years is that the size of our school means they are part of a tight-knit community. That helped me make friends within my major, and having that support system is extremely helpful for getting advice on courses, forming study groups, and even just finding people who share your interests.
Tell us about some of your favorite classes.
One of the most interesting courses I’ve taken at MMC is Hispanic Civilization. I really loved it because it was discussion-based, which allowed everyone to share their perspectives. I knew I could always look forward to our weekly meetings. I also loved having the opportunity to take a course about Hispanic history since it’s often overlooked. Another course I loved was Art Therapy. It was so intriguing to learn about the different career options that studying art therapy affords you. I valued the weekly journal assignments that prompted us to get creative and de-stress. I am excited to help first-year students find careers that mean as much to them as psychology means to me.