Peer Advising

Peer Advising

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.


Undergraduate Peer Advisors

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Fall 2018 Walk-Ins

*All walk-ins will be held in the GS Lounge


  • 11 a.m - 1 p.m.


  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 1 - 3:30 p.m.


  • 10 - 11 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 :30 p.m.
  • 4 - 6 p.m.


  • 12 - 2 p.m.
  • 2:30 - 4 p.m.


  • 11:30a a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Peer Advisors

Christopher Thompson

Chris grew up in New Orleans but has lived in many places since Hurricane Katrina. Following a decade working as a fine-dining chef, he returned to college, matriculating to GS in 2017 from Red Rocks Community College in Denver, Colorado. A member of the class of 2020, Chris is an anthropology major, serves as the Health and Wellness Representative on the General Studies Student Council, and is a member of the Columbia Recovery Coalition. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue a doctorate in Anthropology.  

Jason Walker

Jason was born in California and 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 is a neuroscience and behavior major hoping to attend medical school and become a medical doctor. In addition to peer advising, Jason still currently works part-time in the construction industry.


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.

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. 

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.

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.