New Gaucho Connect program introduces first years to campus

Kristen Wilcox

Gaucho Connect, run by Saddleback’s Student Development Office, is a new program aimed to introduce new students to events on campus, outside of the classroom. It is free and comes with a “survival kit” and group member access status.

Gaucho Connect is a “team effort by the Student Development Office and Campus Life Squad (the student staff in that office). The campus life squad are the mentors, giving tours and meeting students. They are able to pull from their experience as they’ve all been first time students at Saddleback, though they are all in their second year (at least), according to Ximena Espinosa, a mentor from Gaucho Connect who wrote via email.

Students can get V.I.P. access and become a member of Gaucho Connect by signing up in the student development office?

“Group member access and V.I.P. status entail the same things,” Epsinosa said via email. “They get priority seating at movie nights and first dibs at catered food trucks.”

Gaucho Connect members will get a survival kit which includes a backpack, No. 2 pencil, a highlighter, pen, folder, notebook, green book, Scantron and Saddleback informational book.

Members will also take a tour around campus and receive information on clubs and programs offered through the college such as Associated Student Government, Honors Program, and clubs.

For more information on Gaucho Connect contact Student Development at 949) 582-4616 or visit

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