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 students. All Peer Advisors are trained to answer general questions regarding the Cognitive Science and Psychology undergraduate majors. You can find the Drop-In Advising schedule 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 Alejandro!

  • Hello! I am majoring in Intensive Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in GISES while also minoring in Education. I transferred in Fall 2019 from Ohlone College as a proposed Psychology major. My pronouns are he/him.

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"

    I wanted to be a Peer Advisor because I love to communicate with others and help direct people towards a direction that helps them grow as a student and/or a person. One of my deepest passions is to help people grow. I want to bring in my knowledge of navigating through university as a first-generation student. I want to provide the knowledge and resources that I had to personally seek out myself, without previous experience or guidance. I want to increase the accessibility of resources and information available for UCSC students.

    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"

    I find time to socialize with friends and go on hikes or participate in activities that help me learn more about myself.

    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    Research is a vital tool that you have access to as a UCSC student. If you are looking into graduate school, I would strongly encourage to pursue research experience. Professors provide their research labs during classes you take with them or they may provide optional research project opportunities for students to be apart of. Some classes are based on research projects or help you develop critical research skills. Ask me more about research related questions! Find more information about Psychology Department research oppoortunites here.


  • Meet Alexis!

  • I am a 4th year transfer student majoring in Intensive Psychology and Cognitive Science. I have been at UCSC for one year after transferring from Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, CA. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"

    I wanted to become Peer Advisor to help other students achieve their goals. I really relied on my peer advisors to learn about resources and how to plan out my goals. I would not be in the position I am today without the help of several advisors so I am very happy I can help others in a similar way!

    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"

    Outside of my studies, I enjoy running, reading and spending quality time with my family. Running, Reading and Recreation! My 3 R's!

    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    As a transfer student, I really utilized STARS! They were a great place to mingle with other transfer students and learn about all the amazing resources here at UCSC such as Underground Scholars and Parenting Students. CAPS is also an amazing resource to utilize to check in with our mental health.

  • Meet Amanda!

  • Hi! I am a fourth-year Intensive Psychology major with a minor in Education. I have been a student at Santa Cruz for the past 3.5 years! I am looking forward to providing resources and guidance to my Psych peers! My pronouns are she/her.

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"

    I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because I believe it is a valuable resource that has the potential to really benefit my peers. College and academic planning can be very stressful and overwhelming so I would love to help ease that by providing my knowledge and input!

    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"

    I find my balance through spending quality time with my friends, watching live music, and exploring new places.

    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    I think it is always a good reminder that CAPS is a great service to take advantage of if you are in need of any mental health services. It is important to take care of both your body and mind!

  • Meet Cristy!

  • Hello! I am a fourth-year student double majoring in Psychology and Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology.  I have been at UCSC since 2018. My pronouns are she/her.

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"

    I wanted to become a peer advisor because I want to better my communication skills in professional settings and feel that doing it within my department was a great way to start. I really enjoy helping people, and I believe that advising was a great way to incorporate skill-building, and being able to support others at the same time. I am also very excited to get to know more people within my major and building community at UCSC.

    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"

    Outside of studies I enjoy going on walks by myself, spending time with friends, running, and watching comfort shows.

    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    I would recommend taking advantage of CAPS and Learning Support Services offered for the different classes/majors here at UCSC. I found Let's Talk very useful in the past when in need of counseling, and LSS has been a great opportunity to get to know people in my classes/majors, so I definitely encourage everyone to take advantage of those resources.

  • Meet Huda!

  • Hello! I’m a fourth-year transfer student double majoring in Intensive Psychology and Sociology! 
    I have been at UCSC for one year and a half and transferred during Summer 2020 from Sierra College in Rocklin. My pronouns are she/her.

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"

    I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because it was a great way to make positive connections within the community! I saw the position as an amazing opportunity to get first-hand experience in skills like listening, both written and verbal effective communication, as well as practice in problem-solving skills to aid students wanting assistance. I hope to be able to use my previous knowledge to relieve some stressors for other students and provide guidance in their goals to success!

    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"

    Outside of my studies, I love to read, workout, and watch documentaries. I also love to journal because I find it helps to lessen my stress if my list of tasks and thoughts are concrete in one place.

    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    I would recommend getting involved in research lab work as it not only provides a way to further engage with a specific area of study, but it also gives an opportunity to develop and practice the critical thinking skills needed to analyze research. It’s also a wonderful way to make connections with both professors and other students!

  • Meet Sandy!

  • Hello! I am a third-year Intensive Psychology major who's been at Santa Cruz for the past 3 years. My pronouns are he/his. 

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"

    I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because I want to provide people with the help they need to thrive. College in general can be very stressful, and Peer Advising helps alleviate some of that stress by clarifying aspects of academic planning.

    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"

    Outside of school, I find myself playing games with friends, going hiking (campus is beautiful!), and cooking crazy ideas for dishes.

    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    I would recommend taking advantage of CAPS, because it's really important to take care of yourself. Don't neglect your mental health!