Spring 2022 Peer Advisers

The schedule for peer advisers is available below.

Did you know that the Economics Department hosts a team of trained student peer advisers ready to help anyone seeking to enhance their university experience? We encourage everyone to use this resource to ask questions, seek advice, and receive help to make informed, efficient decisions. 

Trained peer advisers are available to assist student peers with:

  • personal academic plans
  • general questions about the majors and courses
  • major declaration assistance
  • Study Abroad Department approval forms

Peer advisers can be reached by email for appointments and advising at econpeer@ucsc.edu or directly by Zoom via our advising calendar. (Zoom meetings are limited to UCSC students).

Our trained peer advisers are economics majors who strive to make your college journey a little smoother. "We speak from our own personal experiences and are extremely happy to help out anyone who seeks it."

Our team currently consists of two lead peer advisers, Nicholas Korytko, and Andre Yu, and eight peer advisers enrolled in a two-unit course designed to fully capture the peer advising experience. If you are interested in peer advising and have the enthusiasm and aptitude to help others, we typically accept applications every quarter and encourage you to apply here!

Huslen Caicedo
Schedule: TTh 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Th 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hey everyone! My name is Huslen (Whoslen) and my pronouns are she/her. I'm a Cowell affiliated senior majoring in economics. Due to COVID-19 I'm not on campus but hopefully I'll return next year. I spend most of my free time roller skating and/or exploring new places. I try to squeeze in some baking and painting whenever I can. Studio Ghibli movies are my guilty pleasure. After I graduate, I'm hoping to work at the federal reserve bank. I love to talk so feel free to reach out to me.

Jazmin Gonzalez
Schedule: W 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Hello everyone! My name is Jazmin and I use she/her pronouns. I am a fourth-year economics major with a minor in anthropology. I am a Cowell affiliate currently on campus and just came back from studying abroad! In my free time I like to hang out with friends, dance, and explore Santa Cruz. I am excited to help you navigate your academic pathway! Feel free to reach out whenever anything gets confusing.

Jordan Herz
Jordan Herz (Lead)
Schedule: MF 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, T 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., W 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Hey y'all! I'm a junior studying economics and legal studies. I'm a College 9 affiliate and currently live on campus. Outside of school I love playing video games, primarily FPS first person shooter games. I also watch a lot of anime, some of my favorites being Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, and Naruto. In the future, I plan to attend law school and become an attorney. Excited to help with whatever advising you need!

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Angela Hong
Schedule: WF 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Hey! My name is Angela Hong and I use she/her pronouns. I am a third-year global economics major affiliated with Cowell! I enjoy crocheting, skateboarding, reading and painting. I’ve got an insane love for Greek mythology too. I am excited to help you to the best of my abilities and answer your questions!

Huiying (Clara) Huang
Schedule: M 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, T 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, W 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Hey! My name is Huiying, but you can call me Clara. I use she/her pronouns and I am currently a global economics third-year with senior standing. In my free time I like to learn languages and read. I hope to help you and answers all the questions you may have!

Ethan Kingery
Schedule: M 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., TTh 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., W 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Hey everyone! My name is Ethan and I am a third-year Cowell affiliate pursuing a double major in business management economics and environmental studies. I am a member of the UC Santa Cruz men's soccer team and enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing the guitar, surfing, traveling, and exploring Santa Cruz. My plans for after college include traveling and attending graduate school. I'm super excited to join the peer advising team this spring! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.


Nicholas Korytko (Lead)
Schedule: T 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Th 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., F 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Hey everyone! I am a fourth-year Cowell affiliate pursuing an economics major with a minor in technology information management. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, exploring campus and the town, and I'm trying to learn how to code now. If you see me around, say hi!
Dmitrius Rodriguez
Dmitrius Rodriguez
Schedule: W 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Th 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hello economics community! My name is Dmitrius and I appreciate they or he pronouns. I am double-majoring in the environmental studies/economics combined major and philosophy. As a rising senior affiliated with Merrill College, I enjoy spending my free time working on student-run projects like Slug Shelter, or my own personal research interests. I am very excited to be here and contribute to your academic success!

Wictoria Silvestre
Wictoria Silvestre
Schedule: M 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., W 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., F 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Hello! My name is Wictoria and I use she/her pronouns. I am a third-year economics and biology double-major from the East Bay Area. I love anything and everything related to Bruno Mars and in my free time I love going on Pintrest. I hope to one day be a primary care physician to adolescents and young adults, but until then I am super excited to help any fellow students that come my way!

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Rose Svonkin
Schedule: M 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., T 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., F 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

My name is Rose Svonkin and I am a third-year combined economics/mathematics major with a minor in legal studies. I am a Kresge affiliate living off campus and I work as a writing tutor for the school. When I am not stressing over my GPA and my future I enjoy being in all types of nature, reading, working out, being a nerd, and most importantly laughing with my friends. I try not to take myself too seriously and hope to create a welcoming environment for all students who need a little extra help getting on the right path. 

Mikayla Win

Schedule: M 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., W 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.m F 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hi everyone! My name is Mikayla Win and my pronouns are she/her. I am a second-year business management economics and computer science double-major and am affiliated with College 9. I'm on the women's soccer team here at UC Santa Cruz and in my free time, I like playing video games (specifically Valorant). I look forward to helping you.

Andre Yu (Lead)
Schedule: M 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., T 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., WF 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hey everyone! My name is Andre Yu and I'm currently a fourth year Merrill College affiliate, majoring in business management economics with a concentration in accounting! Outside of school, I enjoy bodybuilding, spending time with friends, and being active in clubs such as Circle K International and Slug Fund Investment Group! During Summer 2021, I interned for Deloitte and will be working full-time after I graduate this year!

Judy Yu
Schedule: M 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, W 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, F 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Hi everyone! My name is Judy and I am a third-year business management economics and psychology double-major. I use she/her pronouns and I am affiliated with College Nine. During my free time, I enjoy taking walks on the beach, traveling, and spending time with my friends. I look forward to meeting some of y'all and please feel free to reach out if there are any questions!