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!


    Meet Kha!

  • Hello! I'm a fourth-year Intensive Psychology major and I'm looking forward to supporting and motivating students with their college plans and goals. I have been at UCSC for three years and sadly, this is my last year here. My pronouns are she/her.

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

    I wanted to be a peer advisor because I want to be able to share my knowledge and experiences that I have had these past three years attending UCSC. For a lot of students, it's really challenging coming into college and becoming overwhelmed with workload, classes, or academic planning. I remember during my Freshman year, I came to peer advising once every week because I had so many questions and they were always extremely welcoming and helpful. I want to be able to provide the guidance and advice that student needs in order to overcome any academic or personal challenges.

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

    I like to keep myself busy outside of my studies, so usually I would either be exercising, painting, or spending some quality time with my housemates.

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

    I highly recommend keeping an eye out for any internship opportunities that are provided. Not only do you get to experience what it would be like working for an organization, but you also get to meet incredible staff members and peers through the field study program.


  • Meet Ellen!

  • Hello! I'm a 4th year Intensive Psychology major and I'm excited to help and advise others through their undergraduate career path. I have been at UCSC all 4 years. My pronouns are she/her.

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

    I wanted to support students during these stressful times and guide others through my own experiences. I was once in the same position as a confused student and going to advising really helped solidify my academic plan. This position would be a great opportunity for an hands-on experience to improve my professional skills and collaborate with others.

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

    Outside of my studies, I like to watch Netflix, listen to music, cook, take pictures with friends, or learn a new hobby.

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

    I would recommend joining cultural clubs, student leadership organizations, and research labs at UCSC. Through these experiences, I have built meaningful connections with peers and gained many different skills. Getting involved in campus will help you network professionally as well!


  • 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.

  • Meet Celesten!

  • Hello! I am a General Psychology major and this is my second 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 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!