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What do peers do?

The Career Center Peer Advisors are here to help you out with your professional development. We are here to support, assist, and provide guidance for students in drop-in advising, workshops, and information sessions—all of which are designed to encourage your exploration of the career and academic opportunities available to you. If you have any questions, you can find the peers at Career Station every Wednesday, or at the Career Center during regular hours.

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Career Station

Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., the peers will have a table near the Bell Tower. Come visit if you have any questions about resumes, online resources, upcoming events, and what the Career Center can offer you—or just drop by to say hello. The Career Peers are here to help, and we hope to see you soon! 

Office Hours

The Career Center Peer Advisors hold office hours each week to assist students with career related questions.  Stop by and connect with a peer advisor who might have  a similar background, major or career aspiration as you.  For more information about each peer advisor and their office hours, please see their bios below!  

Meet Our Peer Advisors


  • Rosa (Lead Peer Advisor, Administrative)

    Rosa Garcia Lizzaraga - Peer Advisor

    Rosa Garcia Lizarraga

    Major: Anthropology & Education, Society, & Human Development (concentration: Community Leadership, Policy, and Social Justice)
    Year: 4th Year
    Career Goal: Counselor

    A famous Mexican proverb or dicho I like to live my life by is “El que madruga, Dios lo ayuda.” This proverb translates to “God helps those who rise early.” To many individuals this might not make any sense but, the message I believe this proverb tries to convey is that honest, hard work pays off. I chose to believe this because this proverb gives me hope. This makes me believe that if I continue to work hard, if I try to be a good person and help others along the way, then the universe will repay me with good karma. 

    I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, watching Netflix, listening to a variety of music, trying new foods, and watching movies. I aspire to become a counselor or work in higher education because I truly enjoy working with students. As a first generation student and as the first member of my family to attend college, learning how to navigate college on my own was stressful and hard. However, I consider myself lucky because my challenges as a first generation student forced me to step out of my comfort zone and look for my school’s academic resources. Thanks to the help of teachers, mentors, and resource centers, I was able to successfully transition and adapt to a life here, at UCR. 

    This is why I believe resource centers, like the Career Center, are incredibly important. I love working as a Peer Advisor for the Career Center because the main focus of my job is to help UCR students with their professional and career needs. I encourage all UCR students, regardless of year or major, to stop by the Career Center and see how the Career Counselors and Peer Advisors can help you!

    Office Hour (F18): Tuesdays, 10:00am - 11:00am 

  • Marcus (Lead Peer Advisor, Student Services)

    Marcus Lou 18-19

    Marcus Lou 

    Major: Neuroscience
    Year: 4th Year
    Career Goal: Neurosurgeon

    I enjoy going to the gym, playing sports, traveling, and adventuring into the essence nature. As an ambitious undergraduate in pursuit of medical school, I am fascinated in how our brain influences our emotions, thought processes, and everyday behaviors. I aim to become a Neurologist who can treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

    The thing that I love most about working at the Career Center is knowing that at the end of the day, we are helping to make a difference. As a Peer Advisor, I am granted that opportunity to guide and assist students on their path towards success through hosting and aiding with workshops, career fairs, information sessions, and much more.

    On top of the many resources and tools, there is much more to the Career Center than what meets the eye, and it is our staff. From career counselors to special program coordinators to employer relations, they are nothing short of amazing through their kindness, compassion, and dedication that they devote towards helping students succeed.

    Whether you want to learn more about your career path, are unsure on how to write a resume, want to learn the keys to a successful interview, job searching, or are unsure of the steps to take after graduating, I encourage you to drop by our center, and we would be more than happy to help you out!

    Office Hour (F18): Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm 

  • Helen

    Helen Youssef - Peer Advisor

    Helen Youssef 

    Major: Psychology
    Year: 3rd Year
    Career Goal: Counseling Psychologist

    I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, painting, going to the beach, watching movies and dancing. My passion is to help others, whether they are a friend or strangers, and I strive to encourage everyone around me to do what they love. I make it a point in my relationships with everyone to help believe in themselves. Overall I care about the people that are around mean try to have a positive influence on them. My professional goal is to become a counselor and work with children and their families to develop strong relationships.

    The Career Center is providing me with many tools and resources that I need to start the search for opportunities that will help me to with my career growth. Whether you know or don’t know what you want to do with your degree or if you want to change your career goal, the Career Center can be a great resource to help you grow and investigate yourself and career. Before knowing all the resources and help offered at the career center I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician. However, I would be giving up the lifestyle I want, because it is a great way to help children. Even though true, I didn’t know the other ways I could help children without giving up my lifestyle. The Career Center helped me see the many different ways I could help children without giving anything and in ways that I love. So, please come into the Career Center and allow us to help you grow and get you going to a career you would love. Let yourself that chance to grow, experience, and to learn something that will help you one day make a great decision.

    Office Hour (F18): Mondays, 11:00am - 12:00pm 

  • Heidi

    Heidi Chen 18-19

    Xinyi (Heidi) Chen

    Major: Business Administration, Marketing
    Year: 3rd Year
    Career Goal: TBD

    “I am Heidi Chen Xinyi, a 2nd Year Pre-Business Major, and a Peer Advisor at the UCR Career Center. On top of that, I am also an international student from Singapore. I came to the States for the first time in my life right before college. Even though I have only been here for slightly over a year (as of December 2017), I have grown really attached to this place, my friends here, my job, and many other amazing opportunities. 

    I love hanging out with friends. travelling, anything fashion-related, making videos, writing and dancing. I aspire to make a positive impact on others’ lives — although I have yet to decide on the specific approach/career path. For now, I just love spreading positivity, offering support to those around me — be it emotional support as a friend, or professional support as a Peer Advisor at the Career Center. 

    I am excited about all the skills that I am to learn, the people whom I am to meet, the opportunities I am to come by, and even the challenges I am to encounter and eventually overcome!”

    Office Hour (F18): Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

  • Isabel

    Isabel Ibarra 18-19

    Isabel Ibarra

    Major: Sociology
    Year : 3rd Year
    Career Goal : TBD

    Coming Soon!

    Office Hour (F18): Thursdays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

  • Caitlyn

    Caitlyn Tran 18-19

    Caitlyn Tran

    Major: Pre-Business 
    Year : 2nd Year
    Career Goal : TBD
    Bio: Coming Soon!

  • Paola

    Paola Lopez 18-19

    Paola Lopez

    Major: Psychology
    Year: 2nd Year
    Career Goal: TBD
    Bio: Coming Soon!

  • Andrea

    Andrea Carreno

    Andrea Carreno

    Major: Liberal Studies & Education, Society, and Human Development, Concentration: Learning and Behavioral Studies
    Year: 4th Year
    Career Goal: TBD
    Bio: Coming Soon!

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