Peer Advising

Each year the IS Program hires a diverse team of Peer Advisors to help guide fellow students through the many decisions and processes required to make your way into and through the IS Program. We encourage current and prospective students to reach out to the peer advisors for answers, advice and support -- they are terrific resources. 

In-person peer advising hours (Spring 2023 semester): 
  Mondays 10am - 5pm
  Tuesdays 10am - 1pm
  Wednesdays 10am - 1pm
  Thursdays 10:30am - 1:30pm
  Fridays 12 - 3pm 

To book a meeting with a specific Peer Advisor: read about their experiences, skills, and interests in the list below or on their bio pages, then book an online appointment or come to their office hours.  To book a meeting with *any* Peer Advisor: send an email to isp@bc.edu with the subject line "Peer Advising," telling us about your situation and when you'd like to meet.

Meet the 2022-23 Peer Advisors!

  • Senior PEDS concentrator, with a minor in Finance
  • from Laguna Beach, California
  • Speaks Spanish, Italian, French, and is learning Mandarin
  • Studied at the American University of Rome for her junior year 
  • Conversation leader for Global Conversations project
  • Click to book online advising with Laura, or meet with her at Connolly House during her Spring 2023 office hours: Fridays 12-3pm. 

 

Thalia Chaves '24       (Click for full bio)

  • Junior PEDS concentrator, minor in Managing for Social Impact
  • from Saugus, Massachusetts 
  • Interned in Ireland
  • Fluent in Portuguese, studying Italian
  • McGillyCuddy-Logue Fellow
  • First-generation college student
  • Member of BC delegation to UN Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Egypt, November 2022
  • Click to book online advising with Thalia, or meet with her during Connolly House office hours: Mondays 2-5pm.

 

Sophie Hoeltgen '23        (Click for full bio)

  • Senior Cooperation & Conflict concentrator, minoring in French
  • from from Barrington, Illinois
  • speaks French and interned in Paris; learning Italian. 
  • Varsity BC athlete for 3 years (Cross-Country and Track & Field teams)
  • Research Assistant for Prof. Krause's Political Violence Project
  • Interned for an environmental NGO in Washington, D.C. 
  • Click to book online peer advising with Sophie, or meet with her during her Spring 2023 Connolly House office hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Thursdays 12-1pm.

 

Izzy Jones '23       (Click for full bio)                 

  • Senior Ethics & Social Justice concentrator, minoring in Global Public Health & the Common Good
  • from Arkansas
  • Speaks Spanish; interned in Mexico; studied in Ecuador
  • Gabelli Presidential Scholar
  • Researched for Prof. Hawkins (Social Work); received Advanced Study Grant
  • Active with Student Health Equity Forum; Ethics Bowl; Campus School
  • Click to book online peer advising with Izzy, or meet with her during Spring 2023 Connolly House office hours: Tuesdays 10am-1pm.

Christina Quinn '23          (Click for full bio)

  • Senior PEDS concentrator, minoring in French
  • from Franklin, Massachusetts
  • speaks French; studied in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2021-22 
  • Managing editor of Kaleidoscope International Journal
  • Research assistant on Prof. Krause’s Political Violence Research Team
  • Summer 2022 International Assistant at BC, English tutor through BCNC
  • Click to book online peer advising with Christina, or meet with her during Spring 2023 Connolly House office hours: Mondays 11:45am - 2:45pm.

 

Mairi Scholefield '23            (Click for full bio)

  • Ethics & Social Justice concentrator, minor in Women's and Gender Studies
  • from Medford Lakes, New Jersey
  • Learning Spanish; studied in Quito, Ecuador in Spring 2022
  • Writing a senior thesis on the role of women’s activist groups in addressing gender transgressions during and after armed conflict through processes of transitional justice
  • FACES Council member; research assistant for Fresh Ink Journal  
  • Click to book online peer advising with Mairi, or meet with her during Spring 2023 Connolly House office hours: Mondays 10am - 1pm.

 

Zeyad Yousif '23            (Click for full bio)

  • Senior Global Cultures concentrator, minoring in Environmental Studies
  • Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt; now lives in New York City 
  • Native Arabic speaker; studied Spanish and Italian
  • Studied abroad in Italy and Argentina; interned for an NGO in Singapore
  • URF on Professor Krause's team and researched for the Schiller Institute
  • Co-Chair of Global Conversations 
  • Click to book online peer advising with Zeyad, or meet with him during his Spring 2023 Connolly House office hours: Thursdays 10:30am - 1:30pm. 

 

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Each year the IS Program partners with the International Studies Student Association (ISSA) on a mentoring program that connects upperclass majors with new majors (sophomores) and prospective majors (freshmen) to help with advice, friendship, and solidarity. Apply by Sunday October 10, 2021 to be a part of this terrific program:

Contact Caroline Melancon (melancoc@bc.edu) or Alex Pastrana (pastraal@bc.edu) with any questions.

Boston College offers many resources for additional counseling, advising, and support, and we encourage students to reach out to the following programs: