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 and instructions to access remote advising 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!

Scroll through our first Spring Quarter Peer Advisor Newsletter!

 


    Meet Amaris!

  • Hello! I am a third-year Psychology and Legal Studies double major with a minor in LALS who is eager to provide psychology students resources and guidance to make the most out of the major. I have been at UCSC for three years now. My pronouns are she/her.

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

    My interest in becoming a Peer Advisor was to provide students with the knowledge and resources needed to succeed! As a first-generation college student, I came to value the services Psyc Advising has provided me for the past three years. Being a Peer Advisor gives me the opportunity to create a positive environment for psychology students by supporting their academic goals.

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

    I enjoy going hiking, painting and learning how to embroider. I found that these hobbies have helped me more than ever during remote learning. It’s easy to get consumed by work so remember to take a step back whenever you feel overwhelmed!

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

    I would highly recommend participating in the field study program as it is a great way to use what you have learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations. Field study is also a great way for you to develop professional skills while gaining credits for required courses. I would also recommend joining UCSC Psi Chi, a psychology honors program, if you are looking to meet students within the psychology major and are interested in learning more about research/careers in psychology.


  • Meet Bre!

  • Hi! I'm in my last year at UCSC as a Psychology major and I'm excited to share my experiences, knowledge, and help you create the best academic plan for you! I've been at UCSC for four years now. My pronouns are she/her.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I became a Peer Advisor because I love being able to use my own experiences throughout my undergraduate career to help other students. There are many obstacles that can arise for students during their academic planning and I would gladly help those who feel a bit stuck along the way. It can be very overwhelming for some students and I want them to know that we're here to help. I want to provide the best tools and advice in order for them to achieve their academic goals by helping them create plans that best suit them, their goals, their obstacles, and specific situations. I believe that as a peer advisor you get so many great opportunities to share your own experiences, tools, skills, and knowledge with other students - I want us all to succeed!
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I think taking time for yourself and protecting your mental health is incredibly important, so I always make it a point allow myself some leisure time. Whether it be going out for walks or staying home and watching movies or playing video games.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I would definitely recommend taking advantage of research, internship, and job opportunities on campus. Working within the campus community can open up so many more opportunities and it helps build meaningful connections along the way!

  • Meet Celesten!

  • Hello! I am a General Psychology major and this is my third quarter working as a peer advisor!
    This is my fourth year at UCSC. My pronouns are she/her.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I wanted the opportunity to give back and help other undergraduate students. College can be very stressful at times, and I would like to provide guidance and reassurance to my peers. In addition, I thought it would be a great way to connect with other students during remote learning.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    Outside of my studies, I like to read, play video games, go bike riding, or hang out with my friends.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I would highly recommend taking advantage of field study in the Psychology Department at UCSC. Not only does it give you the opportunity to meet new people, it also allows you to develop leadership skills that can be beneficial for your career in the future!

  • Meet Kha!

  • Hi! I'm a fourth-year Intensive Psychology major and I'm looking forward to supporting you all during these difficult and stressful times. This will be my last quarter at UCSC, after being here for over three years. My pronouns are she/her.

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

    After working as a peer advisor this past winter quarter, I've come to realize how much I enjoy working with students. Because of the pandemic, we do have to meet with students online, but it doesn't take away from the experience of being able to help with academic planning or any personal challenges. With that said, I really love talking to you all and more than happy to help with organizing your academic plans and advocating for your success.

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

    I think it's really important to get some sun everyday. Whether it be cruising around the neighborhood, opening my curtains for some sunlight, or painting in my backyard, I do find myself feeling a little more optimistic and happy when the sun is out. Otherwise, if I'm feeling totally lazy, I'm probably binge watching American Horror Story or a baking show of some sort.

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

    I highly suggest keeping an eye out for those informative field study meetings even when you're unsure if you want to do field study. I've had a great experience being a peer advisor and it's awesome that there are many other options besides advising that you should definitely take advantage of!


  • Meet Megan!

  • Hello! I'm a Literature and Intensive Psychology double major who values creativity, empathy and critical thinking. I've attended UCSC for four years. My pronouns are they/he/she.

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

    I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because I've found the service so valuable. I hope to be able to guide students through the bureaucracy of attending college so they can focus on their academics, social lives, and enjoy what college has to offer. I also wanted to practice the skills this job requires- empathy, detail-orientation, etc.

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

    I read a lot, make art (collaging, watercolor, writing), walk in the forest, play video games, run, take hot baths, and spend a lot of time with friends.

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

    If you write, submit to student writing publications at UCSC as soon as possible! There's more than just creative writing too. It's important to put your work out there and it can be very fun to challenge yourself creatively.