A. Lili Castillo

Peer Academic Advisor
Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

Hometown:
Carlsbad, CA

Extracurricular

  • Society of Women Engineers at UC Irvine
  • TRIO and SAGE Scholars
  • Undergraduate Research

Personal Biography

Why do you love UCI?
Coming into college as a first generation student, I was oblivious to the majority of the resources the school provided. It wasn’t until I was on campus and linked to the Summer Bridge program that I was able to begin to understand the immense amount of help the school provides for its students. UCI has an immense amount of educationally enriching programs, resources on demand for professional development, career-driven networking opportunities, health resources, financial aid and scholarships, and resource centers for diverse identities. Everyone on campus is open and willing to help individuals grow and be successful while studying at UCI and beyond the graduation date — with a world of possibilities, it’s a matter of finding the right resources to benefit you and your goals, which this campus has not failed
to provide for me. In addition, the integration of co-curricular activities into my engineering education experience has allowed me to meet and network with amazingly driven students and faculty through student organizations, research opportunities and other events and workshops hosted by the school of engineering. As a result, I have been able to make this campus a second home through the many memories and friendships I have made in my time here.

How can you be a successful Anteater?
1.) Take the time to find your people — it’s easy to feel lonely and overwhelmed on campus but finding a community that you can always fall back on for unconditional support is one of the greatest advantages of the college experience.2.) Look for resources whether it’s through faculty connections, campus programs, student organizations — networking even with your peers, will help you find those hidden opportunities. That being said, try to meet as many people as you can — you’d be surprised with how many resources go unmentioned. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask everyone questions! People are always willing to talk about their experiences and what best helped them succeed!3.) Especially in engineering, find a balance between your education and your social life and self care. Once you find your balance, you will be golden!4.) Most importantly, surround yourself with people who push you to be a better individual. Your circle should help you stay motivated, be driven, help support you and keep you on track to reach your career goals and milestones.

What is one fun fact about yourself?
I have quite an extensive sock collection — my friends have taken it upon themselves to help my collection flourish throughout the years. My favorite pair are my space socks; my hometown friends and I wear them every first of the month and send each other pictures throughout our day to stay in touch.