Michael Cruz

Peer Academic Advisor
Undergraduate/Undeclared Advising

Hometown:South Gate, CA

Discussion Leader Coordinator (2017- Present)
Discussion Leader (2016-2017)
Hermanos Unidos Member (2017- Present)
Psychology Student Association (PSA) (2015- 2016)

Personal Biography

Why do you love UCI?
Like many of you, I chose UCI because I love the weather and because it’s not too far away from home. I simply do not regret my decision. I love everything from this campus. I love Aldrich Park, it is simply so calm and peaceful. It is a great place to go and relax after class. Honestly, I love everything about this school. UTC is a great place to go and eat anytime of the day. It’s just a great place to go and socialize with others. Besides that, I enjoy to run along the San Diego Creek Trail! I would highly recommend all of you to go and try it out, its simply so nice and refreshing! The ARC is another great place that makes UCI so special to me! I literally go every day because I know that soon I will not be able to go no more. Indeed, I have enjoyed my time here thus far, time really does fly. Enjoy UCI and make it your home because four years go by real fast! Just remember that your time is valuable so make the best of it!

How can you be a successful Anteater?
As you may already know, life at UCI can get tough. From choosing classes to waiting for your final grades to be released, it can be stressful. In general, stress is bad, and as a college student, it doesn’t get any better. However, you should not worry because I’m here to help! Trust me, I understand and can relate myself, as a fourth year I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences. For this reason, I decided to become a Peer Academic Advisor, I wanted to help other individuals and give back to the community that helped me succeed during my first year at UCI. As a U/U student during my freshman year, I too understand the feeling of frustration about not knowing what major to pursue. It can be both frustrating and stressful, but I am here to tell you that you should not worry because we are here to help you get on the right path. My purpose as a Peer Advisor is to assist and make a difference in the academic careers of all of our students. I simply wouldn’t picture myself doing anything else, I love this job and wouldn’t switch it for anything else!

My experience as an undergrad has been great! It has definitely been a worthy experience! I simply do not regret my decision to attend UCI! It can be tough but it is that hardship that has helped me succeed and thrive here. I am positive that you will succeed and enjoy your time here, as well! Don’t ever give up, keep working hard and it will all workout in the end! College can be difficult but always strive to be the best that you can be and always put your full effort into everything that you do! If times do get tough, visit the U/U Office, I will be glad to assist with any concern that you may have! Enjoy your time at UC Irvine! Zot! Zot! Zot!

What is one fun fact about yourself?
I have never experienced snow!