Peer Advising

Peer Advising

Students Meet GS Peer Advisors

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.

Peer Advisors are available to meet with students by appointment, and they also hold weekly walk-in hours in the GS Lounge.


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Peer Advisors

Jesse Cherry

Jesse came to Columbia University from San Diego, where he attended community college and worked as an editor of environmental impact publications. After graduating with a degree in human rights, he plans to spend two years with the Peace Corps. Outside of class, Jesse works as treasurer for Columbia Against Modern Slavery (CAMS), advocates for mental health awareness, and volunteers with campus organizations to combat gender-based violence.

Jonathan Harper

Jonathan was born and raised in rural Ohio and spent most of his adult life in the Seattle area. He studies evolutionary biology of the human species with a focus on forensic anthropology, and is a member of the Class of 2018. Before attending GS, he worked as a nurse in Washington State and earned his AS in biology from Seattle Central College. Jonathan has a passion for teaching and guiding others; as such, he has been an Orientation Leader and Crew Chief, the Students with Disabilities Representative on the General Studies Student Council, and is currently serving as the Co-chair of Mentors for the GS Peer Mentor program. He also works part-time for the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology as a teaching fellow. Jonathan plans on getting his DNP after graduation with the goal of practicing and teaching as a nurse practitioner in under-served communities.

Katarina Skoko

Katarina, an international student originally from Serbia, moved to New York in 2015 to start her GS journey. She is a member of the Class of 2019, majoring in anthropology and human rights. In addition to being a Peer Advisor and an Orientation Leader, Katarina serves as the Events Chair on the Executive Board of Columbia’s Ivy Council, and is engaged in off-campus voluntary work related to LGBTQ immigrant rights.

Kevin Graves

Kevin is a Class of 2018 psychology major who's called New York home for half of his life. He transferred to GS from LaGuardia Community College, often attending part-time while working as a DJ, peer advisor, and Spanish tutor. He is active in Columbia's Recovery Coalition, GS Alliance, and Trajectory, and has experience navigating the Office of Disability Services and lab research assistantships. Kevin is a 2017 Truman Scholar finalist and a recipient of the inaugural Dean Awn scholarship.

Melody Gomez

Melody is a native New Yorker, and a member of the Class of 2020 majoring in neuroscience and behavior. She also works for the PEN Prison Writing Program and serves as a member of the JED Foundation Columbia committee that seeks to improve the approach to mental health on campus. 

Michael Price

Michael Price grew up in Jersey City, NJ and is a first-generation college student at GS majoring in ethnicity and race studies with a concentration in pre-medical studies. In addition to Peer Advising, Michael serves on the boards of several student organizations, as a Residential Assistant, and works as a professional tutor in New York City. After graduation, Michael plans to continue pursuing a career in the medical profession.

Michelle Page

Michelle Page grew up in Ft. Worth, TX before moving to Los Angeles at age 15 to pursue a career in the arts. After working professionally for many years, she moved to New York City to complete her undergraduate degree at GS. She is a senior majoring in psychology with plans to graduate in late 2018. Upon graduating, Michelle hopes to obtain a Master of Social Work degree.

Sean Jarvis

Sean grew up in Phoenix, AZ and is a student of political science and business management. A member of the Class of 2018, Sean matriculated at GS in 2014 after working in commercial real estate brokerage and sales and attending BYU. In addition to peer advising, Sean is a research assistant in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and is a member of the Columbia men’s rugby team. Upon graduation, Sean will be working in finance here in New York.

Shannie Lotan

Shannie was born in Boston, lived in Belgium, and was raised in Israel. She is a member of the Class of 2019, majoring in economics and political science. She served as an officer in the Israeli Military intelligence for five years, trained as a dancer in New York, and began her degree at Tel Aviv University before transferring to GS in the fall of 2016.

Shernelle Thomas

Shernelle is a native New Yorker of Caribbean descent, born and raised in Brooklyn. She is a first-generation, low-income student who transferred from Borough of Manhattan Community College to GS in the spring of 2016. She is a psychology major with high interests in clinical psychology and industry/organizational psychology, and plans on pursuing a Doctor of Psychology degree upon graduation. Along with being a Peer Advisor, Shernelle also works part time in the publishing and advertising department at Columbia University.