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 end-of-year Peer Advisor Newsletter!

 

PDF version of the End-of-Year Peer Advisor Newsletter


    Meet Amanda!

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

    "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 Amaris!

  • Hello! I am a fourth-year Intensive 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 four 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 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 transferred during Summer 2020 from Sierra College in Rocklin during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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! Furthermore, 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, hike, 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!