Peer Advisors

Students Helping Students

Peer advisors are majors in the College of Social Sciences with proven skills in research, writing, and statistical reasoning, who use their experience to help other students excel. Peer advisors provide coaching on time management and successful study habits, in addition to such academic skills as research methods, statistical analysis, and academic writing. They can also help with course registration, MySJSU issues, and questions about the General Education Program. Peer advisors can direct students to available resources, and where appropriate they can refer students to other sources of help on campus.

Chris Piazza

Chris Piazza

Hello, my name is Christian Piazza. I am a Peer Advisor for the College of Social Sciences in ACCESS. I have entered my senior year in Geography, with my goal to obtain my B.A.. I also plan to attend Graduate School here at SJSU. I have always believed in helping others achieve their goals, whether it be coaching high school football, or helping students achieve their academic goals. I look forward to working with the diversity of students in the College of social Sciences. 

Celina Cesena

Celina Cesena

Hello! My name is Celina Cesena and I am an interdisciplinary Social Sciences Multiple Subject Teacher Preparation major with a minor in Mathematics for K-8. As my major and minor suggest, I really want to be a teacher and work with children after I have graduated from SJSU. Until then, I am working on my undergraduate degree and filling the rest of my time working on campus with my peers. I was a Peer Tutor for writing with Peer Connections, which was a great opportunity to assist students with developing their writing skills. This is my second year as a Peer Advisor in ACCESS, and I am looking forward to working with the students of the College of Social Sciences. 

David Galan

David Galan

Hi, my name is David. I graduated from San Jose State University in 2012 with my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Communication Studies. I have experience with small group communications, conflict management, and teaching public speaking. Outside my major I enjoy learning about Chicano studies, reading Chicano literature, drumming and watching soccer.

 Michael West

Michael West

My name is Michael West and I am a first-generation college student that came from a small town on the outskirts of Fresno called Lemoore. I just recently earned my B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and Psychology here at SJSU in Spring 2014. Currently, I am a graduate student studying Counselor Education. I am involved with a few on campus organizations: the ASPIRE program, the Mcnair Scholars Program, the Academic Scholars Association, and Generate. My involvement in these programs has not only encouraged and taught me to succeed academically but it has allowed me to discover issues that hinder academic success in other college students. Being an advisor allows me to give back to other students and encourage academic success! My ultimate goal is to obtain my Doctoral degree in the field of counseling psychology and provide additional information to the field/world as well as a counselor at either a university or an other private institution.