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Ziya X.


When evaluating whether a mentor would be a good match for your student keep in mind that the greatest leading indicator of success is how well a mentor and their mentee get along.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Would the student find this person inspiring?
  • Do they share any interests, hobbies, or lived experiences?


- Present • University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
I’ve been a Curious Cardinals mentor since December 2021I am passionate about mentoring students in the areas of Philosophy, Psychology, Medicine & Health, Machine Learning & AI, Web Development, Computer Science & Coding, Cooking, and Global Health.


Ziya is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying computer science and cognitive science. She’s passionate about social impact and education outreach. Having developed and taught various robotics programs for middle and high school students while in high school, she hoped to expand her reach in college. Now, Ziya leads a program that mentors underrepresented Philadelphia high school students in computer science to create a website about a social justice issue they’re passionate about. She was also a teaching assistant for an introductory computer science theory course at Penn, and is involved with Hack4Impact which partners with nonprofits to provide software solutions for them. She has served as project manager for two clients—first to create a healthcare analytics system for the Ministry of Health of Tanzania, and later to provide a centralized database for a nonprofit that supports birthing families. At Curious Cardinals, Ziya is super excited to continue share her love of learning with other students!