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 Alejandro!

  • Hello! I am majoring in Intensive Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in GISES while also minoring in Education. I transferred in Fall 2019 from Ohlone College as a proposed Psychology major. My pronouns are he/him.

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

    I want to be a Peer Advisor because I love to communicate with others and help direct people towards a direction that helps them grow as a student and/or a person. One of my deepest passions is to help people grow. I want to bring in my knowledge of navigating through university as a first-generation student. I want to provide the knowledge and resources that I had to personally seek out myself, without previous experience or guidance. I want to increase the accessibility of resources and information available for UCSC students.

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

    I am starting to walk in the gym most days out of the week. I may end up watching a good show or movie or would play video games to distract myself from work and school. A new activity I am starting to do is to "sit down and do nothing", which can be through just sitting around and letting myself process my racing thoughts, or I can be driving and process my thoughts that way.

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

    Research is a vital tool that you have access to as a UCSC student. If you are looking into graduate school, I would strongly encourage to pursue research experience. Professors provide their research labs during classes you take with them or they may provide optional research project opportunities for students to be apart of. Some classes are based on research projects or help you develop critical research skills. Ask me more about research related questions! Find more information about Psychology Department research oppoortunites here.


  • 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.

    "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 Eric!

  • Hello! I am fourth-year transfer student double majoring in Intensive Psychology and Cognitive Science. I have been at UCSC for two years and I transferred in Fall 2019 from Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. My pronouns are he/his.

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

    I wanted to become a peer advisor because I saw it as a great opportunity to gain some hands-on experience practicing interpersonal communication skills such as active listening, conflict resolution, empathy, and building rapport.

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

    Outside of my studies, I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, reading, listening to music, playing my guitar, exploring new places and cooking!

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

    I recommend CAPS especially in these challenging times. It is an excellent resource to use if you are in need of any type of mental health services. Take advantage of this resource!

  • 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!