Meet our Peer Advising Team!

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Our peer advisors are available for drop-in advising and over email to provide one-on-one advising for undergraduate majors. All peer advisors are experienced students in the Psychology major and are trained to answer general questions regarding the Cognitive Science and Psychology undergraduate majors. You can find the Drop-In Advising Schedule and links to Zoom meetings on the Undergraduate Advising webpage.

Peer advisors are trained to assist with: personal academic plans, graduation checks, general questions about the majors, major declaration questions, and much more! For questions, please email psypeer@ucsc.edu!


    Meet Bella!

  • Hello! I am a fourth year transfer student interested in the industrial and organizational (I/O) field of psychology. I have been at UCSC for two years and I transferred from Diablo Valley College. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I wanted to be a peer advisor because I was looking for more opportunities to work with people my own age. Because of my interest in industrial and organizational psychology, I thought this position would provide me with hands-on experience and insight into the field.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    When I’m not working or studying I am usually roller skating, cooking, or practicing yoga.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I would recommend taking advantage of campus jobs and internships, including field study. The networking opportunities are endless in such a supportive university environment. In addition to classes, having a job or internship can help building imperative skills such as problem solving and time management.

  • Meet Ming!

  • Hello! Although I have graduated, I will be going on my fourth quarter as a Peer Advisor, and I aim to utilize my experience to provide students with the information necessary to get the most out of their major in our department. As a transfer student, I have been at UCSC for two years. I transferred from Skyline College. My pronouns are he/him/his.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    While we all may have specific interests we want to implement to our undergraduate career, it is not difficult to feel overwhelmed without a concrete idea of where to begin. Having some form of academic guidance can make an incredible difference in how students get the most out of their academics and experience at UCSC. From answering a question to helping with academic planning, I believe that being a part of the students' journey to academic success as a peer advisor provides a very fulfilling experience.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    Outside of my studies, I enjoy exercising, cooking new recipes, and chatting and playing games with friends online.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    Getting involved in field study provides a great opportunity to gain firsthand experience in an area of study outside of lecture/section courses. You can develop or enhance a variety of different yet important skills that are essential for progressing further in the world in front of you.

  • Meet Stephen!

  • Hi, I'm Stephen and I will do my best to help you! I've been at UCSC for four years but recently graduated this past Spring! Class of 2020!! My pronouns are he/him/his.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    After getting help from the peer advisors during my 2nd year here, I was inspired and motivated to become a peer advisor so that I may provide guidance, advising, reassurance, and help to others that are in similar situations as I was in.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I try to relax through music, spending time with friends and family, eating good food, and catching up on social media!
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I was a part of a campus ministry which provided a community to lean on, opportunities to volunteer as a student leader, and personal growth and development!

  • Meet Vivian!

  • Hello! I am a recent Intensive Psychology graduate who is continuing peer advising because I really love helping students figure out their academic plans and career goals! I've been at UCSC for 4 years. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I always wanted to use the knowledge I gained from my own experience as a undergrad psychology student and I figured that the best way to do that is to become a peer advisor!
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I like to go traveling! Obviously, right now, it's a little hard to do that so I try to find other ways to entertain myself in my own home such as baking, blogging, and even drafting up itineraries for future adventures!
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I've studied abroad, had a leadership position in a student organization, and even became a peer mentor for international students. I definitely recommend for everyone to try all of these! You won't regret it!

  • Meet Clare!

  • Hi all! My name is Clare, I am an Intensive Psychology/Theatre Arts double major, and I am so excited to be a part of this Peer Advising team! This is my fourth year at UCSC. My pronouns are they/them/their or she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    Figuring out how to fit my two majors together was really hard, and I learned a lot about academic planning on our Campus along the way. I thought becoming a Peer Advisor would be a great way to share my knowledge, while simultaneously having the pleasure of meeting and helping new people every day.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I am obsessed with exploring! I love to pack a lunch away and set out into the Santa Cruz forests with friends in search of hidden treasures. I also love theatre, and am constantly making art with my theatre family (even in quarantine, art will survive!)
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    Having just completed an RA position at the Camper Park on-campus, and ending my two-year stay, my biggest recommendation to continuing students is to check-out the Camper Park as a housing option! It's a magical place to call home during your studies at UCSC and is often overlooked.

  • Meet Rachelle!

  • Hello I am a recent Grad here at UCSC! I attended UCSC the past 2 years. I was a transfer from Skyline College. My pronouns are they/them/their or she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I thought it would be a great experience to learn more about the Psychology Department and how I can use their resources that to help cognitive science and psychology students.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I enjoy going to music festivals and learning new artists or genres.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I have used the Disability Resource Center for a lot of my needs as they helped me with my school work and personal affairs. I also got involved addressing social injustice happening at UCSC and I encourage others to educate yourself and demand change in the systemic change and structure in the way the school conducts itself.