Meet our Peer Advising Team!

Fall Quarter Peer Advisors- find the schedule and instructions to access advising services on the Undergraduate Advising webpage

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 Bella!

  • Hello! Being able to spend my last quarter at UCSC as a peer advisor is such an exciting experience and I am overjoyed to be spending it helping fellow students on their own path to graduation. I have been at UCSC for two years and I transferred from Diablo Valley College. My pronouns are she/her.

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

    I wanted to be a peer advisor because I was looking for a role to further engage myself with the student committee. 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 build imperative skills such as problem solving and time management.


  • Meet Bre!

  • Hi! I'm a fourth-year Psychology major and I'm excited to share my experiences, knowledge, and provide the best advice to help you create the best academic plan for you! I'm here to help! My pronouns are she/her.
    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I want to become a Peer Advisor because I would love to be 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 and 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!

  • Hi! I'm a fourth-year General Psychology major and have recently picked up a minor in Linguistics! 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 because I was in their position once!
    "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 LSS (Learning Support Services). I have gone to tutoring many times and it really does help. Understanding what you are learning is very important, and it can be stressful if you fall behind. Tutoring at UCSC is provided for many subjects, so watch out for those opportunities when they are mentioned in class!

  • Meet Madi!

  • Hi, I am an Intensive Psychology major, minoring in Education. I am in my fourth and final year at UCSC. I look forward to working with you! My pronouns are she/her.

    "Why did you want to become a Peer Advisor?"
    I am very passionate about helping my peers with navigating college and their academics. I am also incredibly passionate about mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). I wanted to become a peer advisor because I am really passionate about academics and I really love helping others. I have worked in multiple leadership positions here at UCSC. I am also a Peer Academic Success Coach for undergraduate advising. I am passionate about psychology and I love mentoring psychology majors, so advising in the psychology department felt like the right fit.
    "Outside of your studies, what do you do for fun or to find balance?"
    I think that mental health is extremely important and I do my best to nurture mine by having many self-care practices that I keep in my schedule. To exercise my body, I like to run/hike in the UCSC forest, attend Fitlife classes (now virtually), and practice yoga. To exercise my brain/mind, I do my best to practice mindfulness and meditate every day. For fun I also enjoy listening to music, singing, playing my ukulele, going to the beach, basking in the sun, reading, walking in nature, and going on adventures.
    "Is there an opportunity you've taken advantage of while at UCSC you recommend?" 

    An opportunity I have taken advantage of has definitely been connecting with my TAs and professors. I think I have made many connections and have received a lot of support from these people. I almost got into a research lab wit a psychology TA and professor for Spring 2020, but unfortunately, the pandemic kept this from officially happening. I believe attending office hours and making those connections is very important! I have also taken advantage of many student leadership positions by taking every opportunity given to me when I am able and meeting new people.