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Latest posts from the ICS Undergraduate Student Affairs Academic Advising Blog:

Dear Anteaters,

Are you interested in becoming an ICS Peer Academic Advisor for the 2023-2024 academic year? Please join us for a virtual information session on Thursday, January 12th from 2-3pm. Current PAAs will be sharing their experiences and advice for future PAAs. You can see the details below:

Date: Thursday, January 12th
Time: 2-3pm
Zoom Registration Link: https://uci.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvf-CprzspHdXdeqWeBYcnUqZ-wQlDRgIW

You can find more information about the position here: https://paap.due.uci.edu/apply/

Hope to see you there!

Dear ICS Students,

As part of the Peer Academic Advisor Application for 2022-23 Campaign, we will now be highlighting our fourth peer advisor.

As a reminder, the deadline to apply is on Friday, January 20th at 11:59pm!

Peer Academic Advisors are trained student staff to help out other current students with academic questions. They operate within the ICS Undergraduate Student Affairs Office, and assist the Academic Counselors. This role of Peer Academic Advisor is a great one for undergraduate students who are looking to be involved on campus within the Bren School of ICS and the UCI student community.

Isaiah Raya

Major: Computer Science

We asked our current Peer Academic Advisors what they most enjoy about their role and some advice they would give their first year self. Here is what Isaiah Raya had to say:

My favorite part of being a peer academic advisor so far has been interacting with the students whether that be at the annual commencement or through Zoom appointments. I really enjoy helping students and seeing them leave happier than when they came. It makes me feel that the peer academic advisor is an essential and positive role in the UC Irvine community.

A piece of advice I would give my first-year self would be to explore the campus opportunities. Even if it is just one club, activity at the ARC, or job, you would be surprised by the amazing people you’ll meet!”

Isaiah is also involved in the Tomo No Kai and Cine-Collective campus organizations and takes Krav Maga classes at the ARC. To learn more about these clubs, visit the CampusGroups website.

Check out the Peer Academic Advisor job description and submit your application on the Peer Academic Advisor Program website today!

Dear ICS Students,

As part of the Peer Academic Advisor Application for 2022-23 Campaign, we will now be highlighting our third peer advisor.

Peer Academic Advisors are trained student staff to help out other current students with academic questions. They operate within the ICS Undergraduate Student Affairs Office, and assist the Academic Counselors. This role of Peer Academic Advisor is a great one for undergraduate students who are looking to be involved on campus within the Bren School of ICS and the UCI student community.

Varij Jhaveri

Majors: Computer Science, Software Engineering

We asked our current Peer Academic Advisors what they most enjoy about their role. Here is what Varij Jhaveri had to say:

“My favorite part of being a peer academic advisor is working with students to help them figure out how to overcome a challenge they are facing. I also get to share my experiences at UCI.”

Varij is also part of the ICS Honors Program. He was previously an ICS Lab Tutor and was involved in the Anteater Photography Organization.

Check out the Peer Academic Advisor job description and submit your application on the Peer Academic Advisor Program website today!

Dear ICS Students,

Another day, another awesome Peer Academic Advisor to highlight!

Peer Academic Advisors are trained student staff to help out other current students with academic questions. They operate within the ICS Undergraduate Student Affairs Office, and assist the Academic Counselors. This role of Peer Academic Advisor is a great one for undergraduate students who are looking to be involved on campus within the Bren School of ICS and the UCI student community.

Brian Bulgarelli

Major: Informatics

We asked our current Peer Academic Advisors what they most enjoy about their role and some advice they would give their first year self. Here is what Brian Bulgarelli had to say:

“My favorite part has been helping out students during the drop-in Zoom hours. I think this has been my favorite part of the job so far because it’s the most interactive part of the job and, even though it’s virtual, it’s nice to help out students live.

Some advice that I’d give to my Freshman self: Enjoy your time as an undergrad, and go all out! The time passes by fast so make the most of your time during undergrad.”

Brian is also part of ICS Student Council (ICSSC). To learn more about this club, visit the CampusGroups website or the ICS website.


Check out the Peer Academic Advisor job description and submit your application on the Peer Academic Advisor Program website today!

Dear ICS Students,

Today we begin the countdown to the January 20, 2023 application deadline for the next cohort of ICS Peer Academic Advisors.

Peer Academic Advisors are trained student staff to help out other current students with academic questions. They operate within the ICS Undergraduate Student Affairs Office, and assist the Academic Counselors. This role of Peer Academic Advisor is a great one for undergraduate students who are looking to be involved on campus within the Bren School of ICS and the UCI student community.

Yanran Wang

Majors: Computer Science, Business Information Management

We asked our current Peer Academic Advisors what they most enjoy about their role and some advice they would give their first year self. Here is what Yanran Wang had to say:

“I enjoy being a PAA because I get the chance to meet new people, build connections with students/faculty in ICS, and get more involved in the school events. I also love to help students who come to us. Besides, it is always good to have some job experiences.”

Some advice that I’d give to my Freshman self:

  1. Join clubs/ programs, meet new people, make some friends!
  2. Do your homework/projects early.

Yanran is also involved in the International Student Pioneer organization. She was previously involved in Tennis Club and Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS). To learn more about these clubs, visit the CampusGroups website.

Check out the Peer Academic Advisor job description and submit your application on the Peer Academic Advisor Program website today!