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.

randy Caldwell

Randy Caldwell

Hell, my name is Randy Caldwell and I am currently a Graduate Student in the Counselor Education Department and had previously graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I am proud to be a Peer Advisor in the ACCESS program and am looking forward to working with students to hlp everyone have a successful academic experience here at San Jose State University. 

Mayuri Gupta

Mayuri Gupta  

Hello! My name is Mayuri Gupta, and this is my first year as statistics advisor at ACCESS. I am an international graduate student at SJSU in the Quality Assurance Program. As a teenager, I was always fascinated with the world of numbers and their usage in every field. Learning with numbers and their statistics is always fun for me, and I hope to share the same experience with you. I would love to help you in adding happiness and subtracting problems! Just remember, the easiest way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics. So keep thinking math!

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.

Irebid Sanchez

Irebid  Sanchez

My name is Irebid and I am a Sociology major. I was born and raised on the beautiful Central Coast. I got married last year to my lovely husband who supports me in everything. I moved out to San Jose State University (SJSU) in the fall of 2013. I have commuted and continue to do so to San Jose once a week, every week for school and work. I work for the ACCESS Center of social science here at SJSU. I believe it will be a great experience because I will share with my students my passion of helping others. Two things that describe me are that I am determined and giving up is not something I do. I will strive to be the best I can be as your Peer Advisor.

 

William Ngo

William Ngo

Hi, My name is William Ngo. I am currently pursuing a B.A. degree in Economics. My goal in the future is to be a financial analyst. I also would love to travel around the world at least once to see how other economies are structured. I am glad that I will be a Peer Advisor this year, helping out students and encouraging academic success. My ultimate goal is to help you find all the necessary resources you need to succeed and be on your own, but you can always and ask me any other questions.

Xuan Vinh Luu

Xuan Vinh  Luu

Hi! My name is Vinh and I am currently a graduate student at SJSU, working on obtaining my Pupil Personnel Services Credential and M.A. in Counselor Education. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of California-Berkeley. After graduation, I became a member of AmeriCorps and Worked at non-profit organizations to help students and families thrive. My passion is to help students succeed by building on their strengths and finding ways to overcome their challenges. This is my first semester as a Peer Advisor at ACCESS and I look forward to be working with you and to help you.

 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. 

Nicole Viglini

Nicole Viglini

Hi! My name is Nicole Viglini, and I am one of the writing tutors at the ACCESS Center. Before coming to SJSU last year to study for a Master's degree in History. I earned a BA philosophy and worked for eight years in the field of art preservation. My career goal is to pass along the enthusiasm that I have for American history by curating at a historical society or museum. I hope to teach and inspire people through educational exhibits. As a writing tutor here at SJSU, I work one-on-one with students to help enhance their writing skills.

Carlos Ramos

Carlos Ramos

My name is Carlos Ramos, and I am a writing specialist at the Academic Counseling Center for Excellence in the Social Sciences (ACCESS). I graduated from San Jose State University in 2012 after procuring a bachelor's degree in history. Upon entering a career in education, I returned to my alma mater to pursue a master's degree in United States history. Effective communication through writing is an expected learning outcome for students at the university level, and I look forward to helping the diverse pool of individuals at SJSU fulfill this objective by honing their writing skills.