Meet our Peer Advising Team!

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Our peer advisors are available during regular office hours to provide additional one-on-one advising for undergraduate majors. All peer advisors are experienced students in the Psychology or Cognitive Science major and are trained to answer general questions regarding the Psychology undergraduate program.

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


    Meet Amy!

  • Hello! This is my third year at UCSC! My pronouns are she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I enjoy planning schedules, recommending classes, and answering questions that my friends have about the psychology/cognitive science major. I want to see everyone graduate and succeed at UCSC!
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I enjoy trying new restaurants and exploring different places in Santa Cruz. I also enjoy cooking and playing games with my friends!
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I have worked in Professor Storm’s memory lab as a research assistant.

  • Meet Stephen!

  • Hello! I am a currently a 4th year student! My pronouns are he/him/his.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I want to be able to provide support and reassurance to those who are uncertain about their future!
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I like to spend time with friends, play basketball, eat delicious food, and listen to relaxing music!
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    I’ve been a part of a campus ministry as a student leader helping and organizing weekly events.

  • Meet Lesly!

  • Hello! This is my second year at UC Santa Cruz. I am a fourth-year and I transferred from Monterey Peninsula College. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    Because I like helping others and I understand the difficulties of navigating higher education.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I like sleeping, listen to music, reading, and hanging out with my friends.

  • Meet Ming!

  • Hello! I am a Lead Peer Advisor, I have been at UCSC for over a year now and I'm in my Senior year. I transferred from Skyline College. My pronouns are he/him/his.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because I believe every student should know how they can go about creating an academic path that caters to their interests. However, this process can be quite stressful and overwhelming, and so I want to contribute in helping students make the most out of their undergraduate career.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    Outside of my studies, I like learning how to cook recipes and I enjoy taking long walks to explore areas I have never been to before.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    Field study is an opportunity I have taken advantage of at UCSC that I would recommend because I think you learn a lot by being interactive and involved in an area of study. It can also provide some experience and a feeling of fulfillment.

  • Meet Frank!

  • Hello! I have been at UC Santa Cruz one year and studied at Monterey Peninsula College. My pronouns are he/him/his.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I wanted to help others.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I like to play video games!

  • Meet Madeleine!

  • Hello! I am a Lead Peer Advisor, current junior and I have been at UC Santa Cruz my whole college career. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I wanted to be able to use the knowledge and experience I have to help others.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I like to read, make little videos, spend time with friends, and I’ve recently gotten back into horseback riding and I’m joining the UCSC equestrian team!
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    Research labs, field study, research projects with grad students, clubs/sports, internships, jobs on campus. Get into anything you can, any experience is good experience

  • Meet Vivian!

  • Hello! This is my fourth year at UCSC! My pronouns are she/her/hers.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I'm generally interested in higher education and student affairs as a future career path and I think being a peer advisor is a step in that direction! I also am very interested in helping fellow undergraduates succeed in their obtaining their psychology degrees!
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    Outside of my studies, I like to travel and go on adventures all around the world!
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 
    Definitely. I've studied abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea in the summer of 2018. I am also currently in my second year of being a leadership member for the Korean American Student Association on campus. Lastly, I am also a Leadership Training Peer Advisor for SOAR, the office of student organizations and advising resources on campus! I totally recommend study abroad because there are so many opportunities abroad that you may not be able to find here, in the States. I also recommend to join an org on campus! There are hundreds of orgs on campus and it'll be impossible to not find one that fits you!

  • Meet Rachelle!

  • Hello! I am a transfer from Skyline College and I have entered my second year at UCSC. 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.