FYRE Peer Mentors

Kristal Marie Bastedo


Criminology, Law, and Society I 4th Year-Transfer

Hello FYRE Fam! My name is Kristal and I am a 4th year student at UCI. I transferred in Fall 2020 from Fullerton Junior College. I earned an A.S in Administration of Justice and an A.A in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social Behavior and Self Development. Something I may have in common with many of you is that I too am a first-generation college student. I understand how difficult navigating through the college experience can be, and I hope I can be resourceful to you as you begin this journey. Here at UCI, I have had the opportunity to be a scholar in a few programs such as ACE Mentors, SAGE Scholars, and of course FYRE. I was fortunate to have an amazing support system and look forward to being part of yours. In my free time, I like to read, listen to crime podcasts, Netflix/Hulu binge, and I nap HARD.

Ask Me About: Some things you can ask me about are: CalFresh, Field Study, SAGE, ACE, and Academic Advising Appointments.

 Zoom ID: 906-901-9669

Appointment Link: Kristal's Calendar

Ellisa Montano


Psychological Science I 4th Year- Transfer

Hey FYRE Scholars! My name is Ellisa, and I am a fourth-year student majoring in Psychological Science. I am super excited to get to know you! A couple of things about me are that I am a total goofball, I love to sing, and I have a little dance party here and there and can always make the people around me happy! I am a Latina first-generation college student and understand the many challenges that come alongside. Never be afraid to ask me questions or help, as I know life is never easy and can sometimes take a turn when we least expect it. Feel free to send me an email with any concerns. I also understand what it means to have food and housing insecurity and how that instability can affect us as individuals and students. My passion and goal are to give back and work with veterans in any way I can. My dream job is to work in Psychiatry at one of our nation’s Veterans Affairs Hospitals. I currently donate my time to help with food and essentials on the streets of veteran’s row in Los Angeles.

Ask Me About: Ask me about USHIP, Study Habits, Navigating Resources, Planners, Organization, and Time Management.

Zoom ID: 967-528-97396

Appointment Link: Ellisa's Calendar