Maya Brandy

Peer Academic Advisor
Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Davis, CA


  • Freelance CAD design work for engineering
  • Working with the Disability Services Center (2019)
  • Gardening

Personal Biography

Why do you love UCI?
I love how big a school like UCI is–it’s its own microcosm of culture, people, activities…and I know I have the opportunity to meet new people every day. In the best sense, it’s its own bubble with a beautiful campus and amazing people who are learning and teaching alongside me, so I always feel a sense of connection and community with the people around me.

How can you be a successful Anteater?
From what I’ve learned, being successful at UCI involves sometimes being flexible and open-minded. Not just with people or classes, but also with your own ambitions because you never know when an opportunity will pop up. Sometimes it’s where, or when, or with who you would least expect.

What is one fun fact about yourself?
In 9th grade, I had both my jaws surgically reconstructed (I was severely under-grown). Pretty much everything from my cheekbones down was rebuilt, and it usually scares the technician when they take my X-rays at the dentist. Kinda gross, kinda cool…you can decide.