Meet Your Peer Advisors

See the peer advising page for more information about the role of peer advisors. The peer advisors are available via email (see profiles below) and for drop-in advising in 1400 SHDH (enter through ARB, 2nd floor atrium) at the following times:

  • 9am – 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • 12:30-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tanvi Kongara

Tanvi

About me...

Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Health Care Management & Policy

Second concentration/major: Business Analytics

Favorite courses: HCMG101, OIDD245

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Being able to manage academics and social life — it’s super easy to get overwhelmed coming to Wharton/Penn when you’re given so many opportunities to get involved but it was important for me to realize that there are only 24 hrs in a day.

Fun fact(s) about you: I love watching football – Go Cowboys!

Activities: Wharton Cohorts, 180 Degrees Consulting, Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Greek Life

Email: tkongara@wharton.upenn.edu

Nicholas Hamilton

Nicholas

About me...

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Legal Studies & Business Ethics

Second concentration/major: Marketing

Minor: Classical Studies

Favorite courses: LGST 228: Sports Law

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: My biggest challenge in coming to Penn was adjusting to the rigorous academic environment. As a first generation college student I had no idea what to expect academically when coming to Penn and the learning curve for me was steep. I had to learn how to effectively balance my extracurricular and personal time commitments with academics while adjusting to the increased difficulty of Ivy League courses.

Fun fact(s) about you: I swam competitively for 13 years and now coach a team in the summer!

Activities: Mock Trial, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Wharton Business and Law Association, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Sports Business Club

Email: nrah@wharton.upenn.edu

Jason Fan

Jason

About me...

Hometown: New York, NY, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Finance

Second concentration/major: Behavioral Economics

Favorite courses: REAL 209: Real Estate Investments and FNCE 238: Capital Markets

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Trying to figure out what I am passionate about.

Fun fact(s) about you: I was born in NYC, but I am from Hong Kong!

Activities: D1 Men’s Golf and high school tutor

Email: jasonfan@wharton.upenn.edu

Makeda Dereje

Makeda

About me...

Hometown: Tucker, GA, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Business Analytics

Second concentration/major: Marketing

Favorite courses: URBS 412: Building Non-Profits, LGST 222: Internet Law, Privacy, & Cybersecurity, OIDD 245: Analytics & the Digital Economy

Off-campus study or courses: Wharton International Program (WIP): China, May 2019; Penn Global Seminar: Critical Writing Seminar, New Delhi, March 2019

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Adjusting to campus lifestyle as a FGLI student and trying to not be afraid of exploring new experiences.

Fun fact(s) about you: My house was in an episode of Stranger Things!

Email: makedad@wharton.upenn.edu

Activities: Black Wharton Consulting, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Marketing Undergraduate Student Establishment (MUSE), Penn Fashion Collective

Vanessa Perez Ortega

Vanessa

About me...

Hometown: Houston, Texas, USA

Degree: Huntsman

Concentration: Management

Second concentration/major: Accounting, International Studies

Favorite courses: PHIL 004, MGMT 101, FNAR 340, STAT 102

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Staying interested and motivated during online/remote learning

Fun fact(s) about you: I can do my own full set of nails! (poly gel)

Activities: CCATE – non-profit seeking to empower the LatinX community through art and culture, La Casa Latina, PennCAP, Wharton STEP

Email: vnssa@wharton.upenn.edu

Eric Wu

Eric

About me...

Hometown: Dallas, Texas, USA

Degree: Uncoordinated Dual Degree

Concentration: Finance

Second concentration/major: Master’s in Data Science

Favorite courses: MKTG 101, CIS 545

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Trying to manage and balance my workload while pursuing a dual degree.

Fun fact(s) about you: I enjoy cycling and being in the outdoors in my free time. I’m also a huge Mavs fan, Go Luka!

Activities: Wharton Undergraduate Finance and Technology Group, Men’s Club Rugby, Greek Life

Email: wueric@wharton.upenn.edu

Sharon Luo

Sharon

About me...

Hometown: Buffalo, NY, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Finance

Second concentration/major: Statistics

Favorite courses: FNCE 100: Corporate Finance, STAT 477: Introduction to Python for Data Science, MGMT 224: Leading Diversity in Organizations

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: The biggest challenge I’ve faced is spreading myself too thin. There are so many exciting opportunities at Penn, but it was an important learning experience for me to understand my limitations and focus on prioritizing the things I enjoy doing the most.

Fun fact(s) about you: I grew up in three countries – Canada, the UK, and the US!

Activities: Wharton Investment and Trading Group, Wharton Women, Provost Academic Planning and Budget Committee, Chinese Students’ Association

Email: snluo@wharton.upenn.edu

Adya Aggarwal

Adya

About me...

Hometown: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Degree: Management & Technology

Concentration: Finance

Second concentration/major: Systems Engineering

Minor: Mathematics

Favorite courses: THAR 120: Intro to Acting, FNAR 340: Digital Photography, FNCE 291: Corporate Restructuring

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: It was challenging to stay connected with my peers during the pandemic, especially given that I wasn’t on campus since it began. It’s really important to be proactive to try and still meet as many new people as you can and continue to develop already existing relationships with people you care about. At the same time, it’s equally important to assess your relationship with yourself and be kind to yourself.

Fun fact(s) about you: I like to try out a lot of different things. Freshman year I tried out swing dancing on a whim. Sophomore year I had a radio show on campus through WQHS. I’m excited to see what senior year has in store for me.

Activities: Residential Advisor, Teaching and Research Assistant for Wharton and Penn Engineering, Girls Who Invest, Wharton Investment and Trading Group, M&T Student Board

Email: adya@wharton.upenn.edu

Ben Kreuzer

Ben

About me...

Hometown: Buffalo, NY, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Finance

Minor: Political Science

Favorite courses: MUSC 035: Jazz Style & History, ACCT 270: Forensic Analytics, PSCI 271: Classic American Constitutional Law

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: The biggest challenge I faced at Penn was learning how I wanted to structure my daily routine and then deciding how to properly balance my time to achieve that routine.

Fun fact(s) about you: Whether it be heading to record stores to find new music or scoping out the local clubs, I’m always looking to immerse myself in music.

Activities: Pi Kappa Alpha, WUFC, piano, music production

Email: kreuzer@wharton.upenn.edu

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Zöe Patterson

Zoe

About me...

Hometown: San Antonio, TX, USA

Degree: Wharton single degree

Concentration: Finance

Second concentration/major: Statistics

Minor: Math

Favorite courses: LGST 100: Ethics and Social Responsibility, ITAL 120: Elementary Italian II, MATH 240: Calculus III

Off-campus study or courses: Virtual GRIP (Australia)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Establishing and growing the first FGLI group in Wharton

Fun fact(s) about you: I speak Italian and play violin.

Activities: Penn Symphony Orchestra, Cru Christian Ministries, The Kite and Key Society

Email: zp2672@wharton.upenn.edu

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