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Academic Scholars

*Please allow up to 2 days space when scheduling a second meeting*

1st Year Scholars are required to meet with an Academic Scholar 

Luisa Garate

Hello everyone. My name is Luisa Garate and I am a 3rd year here at UC Merced. I am originally from Los Angeles, California specifically from the Boyle Heights/ East Los Angeles area. During my free time, I enjoy working out, watching YouTube videos, and spending with my family and friends. A fun fact about myself is that I was able to study abroad in Vietnam when I was in high school. After college, I plan to work, apply to graduate school, and possibly pursue an MBA. I am excited to get to know you all this upcoming school year at UC Merced. 

Office Hours: Hybrid

  • Mondays: 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
  • Wednesdays: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (will be offering in-person and virtual office hours)
    • In-person meeting room: Kolligian Library (KL) 324
  • Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Johnny Ly

Hello there, my name is Johnny Ly, and I am a third-year student majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. I am from Long Beach, California, and this will be my first year working as an Academic Scholar for the Fiat Lux Program. In my free time, I enjoy watching all sorts of anime, reading manga, and playing video games. I also enjoy photography as a side hobby, traveling whenever I have the chance to do so, as well as building custom mechanical keyboards. As a first-generation college student, I understand transitioning to a new environment may be difficult for some, and I hope I can help ease that transition for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m all ears. 

Office Hours: Only offering virtual meetings

  • Mondays: 9:00 - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesdays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Fridays: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Lindsey Sanchez

My name is Lindsey Sanchez and I am a third-year political science major. I am from Los Angeles and an active Fiat Lux scholar myself. A fun fact about me: I enjoy reading, traveling, and anything fitness-related. After my time here at UC Merced, I hope to attend law school on the East Coast. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or if you're just looking to chat. I look forward to meeting some of you during the academic year! 

Office Hours: Only offering virtual meetings

  • Mondays: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Fridays: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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