Kinkini Kanagasunderam

Peer Mentor



Psychological & Brain Sciences

Art History: Architecture & Environment


Campus Involvements

Undergraduate Researcher in the Ford Lab, Undergraduate Researcher in the Major Lab, Psychology Analysis Paper Co-Author (PhD Review), Access Grads Mentee, Mentor Collective Mentor, Active Minds member, Lit Club member



Kinkini is a first-generation, fourth year undergraduate at UCSB. She was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has lived in SoCal since she was five years old. She is currently focusing her interests in architectural and environmental psychology with some research labs, while also co-authoring a PhD Review research article. When not hunched over her desk studying (with her chronically cashew-shaped spine), she can be found curled up with a good mystery/thriller book, a cold Thai tea, and Swan Lake playing obnoxiously in the background.  


First-Gen Advice

You know that little voice in your head that tells you that the school must have made a mistake admitting you for sure? Put it on mute indefinitely, because you absolutely deserve to be here! That one test is just that, one single test, and it does not define you. Neither does that class, or that TA that said your essay sucked, or the friends that you don't quite fit in with. None is these things are who you are, and you are a person who deseves everything because you have erned every inch of it. And remember to be kind to yourself, you got yourself this far, you can and will keep going!