LS Advising

Darshani Alahan

Advising Assistant

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
September 2017

Education:
BA in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

What is your approach to advising?
Listen first and ask questions. I want to provide a safe space for each student, hear their needs, and give them best information that fits their situation.

Deena Younan, Peer Adviser

Peer Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
Aug 2015

Year, Major: Senior, Political Science and Legal Studies

Carrie Gao, Peer Adviser

Year, Major: Senior, English

About Me: Hello! I'm Carrie and I'm super excited to be a Peer Advisor this year. When I'm not studying, I'm probably exploring the Bay for new restaurants or eating dessert. (Although eating dessert and studying are not mutually exclusive.)

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Favorite Thing about Peer Advising: The people!

Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation

Priscilla Ng, Peer Adviser

Peer Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
Aug 2016

Year, Major: Senior, Business Administration (Haas) and Media Studies

About Me: My name is Priscilla, I'm a senior double-majoring in Haas and Media Studies. This is my second year as a Peer Adviser and I'm really looking forward to another year of being able to help students!

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Lea Sahgal, Peer Adviser

Year, Major: Senior, Anthropology major and Education minor

About Me: My name is Lea Sahgal and I am a fourth year. I am majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Education. In the future I hope to work in college administration and become a college advisor! To be successful in the College of Letters and Science is to take advantage of all the resources that are available. Go to the program planning workshops! Go to the career center and take a personality test to see what your strengths are. And most importantly, talk to the peer advisors! We have experience and want to share it!

Leana Frankul, Peer Adviser

Year, Major: Senior, MCB major and Arabic minor

About Me: Hello there! I am a fourth year Molecular and Cell Biology major with a minor in Arabic. I enjoy studying Biology, particularly physiology and how the body responds to external stressors.
I know at times you are inundated with academic stresses, but peer advisors are here to help make the navigation process less daunting! If you ever find yourself thinking an academic predicament is unassailable, stop by and ask questions! Looking forward to meeting you.

Hometown: San Diego, CA

David Giongco, Peer Adviser

Peer Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
Jan 2017

Year, Major: Senior, Business Administration (Haas)

Karina Fong-Hirschfelder, Peer Adviser

Year, Major: Sophomore, Linguistics major and Music minor

About Me: Hello! My name is Karina and I am a sophomore majoring in Linguistics. I hail from Mountain View (South Bay), though I was born in Switzerland and moved here when I was 6 years old. In my free time, I love to bake, and I teach the Intro to Baking DeCal! I play the flute, as well as the piccolo in Cal Band. This is my first year as a Peer Adviser.


Hometown: Mountain View, CA

Isela Peña-Rager

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
September 2017

What is your approach to advising?
Every interaction with a student is an opportunity to instill and build authentic hope and confidence. I aim to be as candid, respectful, and helpful as possible as you navigate the world within and beyond the classroom, this campus, and your communities. If I don't have the answers to all your questions, I promise to work tirelessly to connect you with the appropriate resources.

Jhovany Gonzalez

College Adviser


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
August 2017

What is your approach to advising?
Navigating the college landscape presents many challenges in and outside of the classroom. Thus, my goal as an advisor is to be a resource for students on a personal and academic level. To not only help guide students with academic requirements, but to also support students through their personal challenges and growth.

Education
MA, Counseling, Saint Mary's College of CA
BS, Psychology, Saint Mary's College of CA