Peer Advisor Availability
GS Peer Advisors are students who wish to provide support and advice about the opportunities and challenges at Columbia. Peer advisors are available to discuss academics, campus resources, personal concerns, and the transition to the School of General Studies.
Undergraduate Peer Advisors
Jason (Jay) Walker
Neurosciences and Behavior
Jay was raised in Rockland County, NY. After working in construction for over 15 years, he went back to school and graduated from Rockland Community College in the spring of 2016. He’s looking forward to completing the neuroscience and behavior major at GS, and intends to apply to medical schools shortly after graduation. In addition to peer advising, Jay still works part-time in the construction industry.
Melody (Mel) Gomez
Neurosciences and Behavior
Mel was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended LaGuardia Community College where she graduated in 2016. Before attending GS, she worked in the fitness industry as a health club manager and personal trainer. She hopes to obtain a dual MD/P.h.D. in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology after graduating. She's currently involved in student groups of/with underrepresented, low-income college students, and mental health initiatives like JED. She's passionate about yoga, art, and literature!
Je Seung (Jason) You
Jason was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Before he started his GS journey, he worked for his social enterprise startup in education few years, and then he served two years for the Second Infantry Division of the United States Army as the part of Korean Augmentation of the United States Army Program. He is a member of the Class of 2021 majoring in computer science with a mathematics concentration. Along with peer advising, he is serving as Martial Arts Representative of Columbia Club Sports Governing Board.
Nic was raised in Mt. Dora Florida and initially pursued a theatre degree from The College of William and Mary following high school. However, after two years, he moved to New York City and has been here ever since. Before coming to Columbia, Nic was the founder of the Lovesick Production Company, producing projects across a myriad of genres with a focus on developing works by underrepresented artists. Now pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Nic has also been involved with GSSC, Design @ Columbia, GS Alliance, and the Recovery Coalition. In his free time, he enjoys going to the theatre, memes, and scouring NYC for new restaurants.
Ceon was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica W.I before immigrating to Brooklyn, New York. After working in various industries and attending various schools, he transferred to GS from Northampton Community College in the fall of 2017. He is a political science major and plans to attend law school.
Avidan is a native New Yorker. He postponed a traditional high school and college experience to pursue a career in competitive figure skating. After retirement and completion of his GED, he moved back to NYC to get married and attend GS. Avidan has served as President and VP of GS Alliance, been both a mentee and mentor in the GS Mentorship program, and been heavily involved with NSOP as an Orientation Leader and Crew Captain. He is also a working student, coaching a new generation of figure skaters around the tri-state area. In his free time, he enjoys and values spending time with friends and family, watching films, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.
Lexi was raised in Atlanta where she studied at community college while working full time in retail management. While in community college she studied psychology but decided to pursue a career in storytelling once she reached GS where she now studies Creative Writing. She is also an avid reader and movie watcher, whose hobbies include brunching and astrology
Taj was born and lived in Castries, Saint Lucia before immigrating to Brooklyn, NY. After attending school at Penn State University he returned to New York and worked for 8 years in the fitness/health industry. He attended BMCC and transferred into GS spring 2018 where he currently majors in psychology with the intention of a career in healthcare/medicine. Here he was involved with the CU Community Impact and CU Wellness Leaders programs. Sports, food, comedy, and memes are a must. Always down to be your workout partner.
Luísa is an international student from Brazil who was raised in Greece. Before coming to Columbia, she attended Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. A psychology major, she is a research assistant for two labs and plans to pursue a graduate degree in the field upon graduation. Since transferring to GS, she has been involved with GSSC, the GS Peer Mentorship Program, and NSOP. In her free time, she can be found at a park with her dog or at the next school event with free food.