Peer Advising Fellows

See the Peer Advising Program page for more information about the role of peer advisors.

To make an appointment with a peer advisor, use the online appointment scheduler.

To e-mail a peer advisor, find them in the Penn Directory.

Megha Agarwal

About me...

Hometown: Los Altos, CA, USA

Concentration(s): Management and Operations, Information, Decisions

Minor: Public Policy Research Scholars Program (Focus in Technology Policy)

Language of study/fluency: Spanish

Favorite courses: HIST 430 (The Third Reich) and MGMT 241 (Knowledge for Social Impact)

Off-campus study/courses: Thailand WIP

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Feeling like other people were not struggling as much as I was with balancing academics, extracurriculars, social life, and mental health and wellness.

Fun fact about me: I was Tumblr famous in high school.

Activities: The Daily Pennsylvanian, Smart Woman Securities, the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (PSG), Chi Omega Sorority, Kite & Key, Wharton Women

Advising Cohort: Rand

Christian Butts

About me...

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Concentration(s): Business Economics & Public Policy and Social Impact and Responsibility

Minor: Certificate in International Trade and Development Policy (PPRS)

Language of study/fluency: Certificate in Spanish, Basic proficiency in Swahili

Favorite courses: BEPP 233, LGST 216

Off-campus study/courses: Washington D.C. WIEP for Public Policy

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Finding my home as a student passionate about international development and public policy (despite these being unorthodox paths in the Wharton community) was difficult at first, but Penn is a diverse community and I found my home both within different pockets of Wharton and in the greater Penn community.

Fun fact about me: I’ve sung since I was in 4th grade when I started with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale

Activities: Pennchants A Cappella, Penn Global Impact Collaborative, Penn Diplomacy and Policy Council, Samba Ensemble, FinTech Startup

Advising Cohort: Dinar

Albert Cai

About me...

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Dual degree: Uncoordinated Dual Degree

Concentration/major: Management and Systems Science Engineering

Language of study/fluency: Spanish

Favorite course: MGMT 238, MKTG 476

Off-campus study/courses: Penn in Madrid

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Getting through OCR–I was really unprepared career-wise coming into my junior year, but my friends were really helpful and everything turned out well!

Fun fact about me: I can juggle with my hands and feet!

Activities: West Philly Swingers Dance Troupe, TableTalk, Osiris Senior Society, Kite and Key Society, Sigma Nu

Advising Cohort: Peso

Ashley Castillo

About me...

Hometown: Bronx, NY, USA

Concentration(s): Management and Marketing

Language of study/fluency: Spanish

Favorite course: MGMT 230

Off-campus study/courses: WIP (Buenos Aires, Argentina); WIEP (Tech in San Francisco, CA); i3 (iXperience in Cape Town, South Africa)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? The biggest challenge I’ve faced at Penn has been finding my place and balancing my pursuit for academic excellence and achievement with fun and great memories and experiences that I will remember for years to come.

Fun fact about me: I’ve bungee jumped off the highest commercial bridge in Cape Town, South Africa. I have also gone shark-cage diving!

Activities: Penn Leadership Training Institute, Penn Appetit, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Minds Matter, Women’s Bond Club, iXperience Ambassador

Advising Cohort: Rand

Alexander DiFelice

About me...

You can call me: Alex

Hometown: Sudbury, MA, USA

Concentration(s): Finance

Language of study/fluency: English

Favorite course: MGMT 100 [precursor to WH101], FNCE 205, MUSC 007

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? The biggest challenge I have faced in my time at Penn is learning how to allocate my time. Between working hard, having fun, and pursuing extra-curricular activities, Penn students can definitely struggle to find the right balance. I know this is definitely still a work in progress for me.

Fun fact about me: I am a UK citizen as well as a US citizen.

Activities: Fiji Fraternity, WPTP

Advising Cohort: Shekel

Avikar Govil

About me...

You can call me: Avikar, but Avi also works

Hometown: Potomac, MD, USA

Concentration(s): Operations, Information & Decisions and Business Analytics

Minor: South Asian Studies

Language of study/fluency: Can speak some Spanish and Hindi!

Favorite course: OIDD290: Decision Process; OIDD314: Enabling Technologies; CRIM200: Criminal Justice

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Figuring out what I was passionate about and sticking to it.

Fun fact about me: I love DC sports, traveling through Europe (and elsewhere!), and music (I’ve played the tabla, an Indian drum, for ~12 years).

Activities: Social Impact Consulting Group, Penn Club Tennis, Sigma Alpha Mu

Advising Cohort: Rupee

Alix Hamilton

About me...

Hometown: Miami, FL, USA

Concentration(s): Finance and OIDD

Language of study/fluency: French, Spanish, Italian

Favorite course: OIDD 314: Enabling Technologies

Off-campus study/courses: Study Abroad in Milan, Italy & Penn-in-Havana

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Choosing from all the opportunities Penn has to offer.

Fun fact about me: I went to the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Activities: Wharton Women, Relay for Life, Wharton Retail Club, Pi Delta Phi French Honors Society, Sigma Kappa, BEPP TA

Advising Cohort: Yuan

Cory Lesher

About me...

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA, USA

Concentration(s): Behavioral Economics and Management (Entrepreneurial/Innovation)

Minor: Jazz and Popular Music

Language of study/fluency: Spanish

Favorite course: BEPP220 and MUSC016

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Having so much free time on my hands, and the freedom to choose how to spend it. Also along the same lines, trying to find the equilibrium of being involved on campus, but not doing too much to the point of overwhelming myself.

Fun fact about me: I really don’t like the taste of chocolate. At all.

Activities: Sigma Chi Fraternity, Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Friars Senior Society, WRAP Kickstarter

Advising Cohort: Dollar

Holly Li

About me...

Hometown: Athens, Ohio, USA

Concentration(s): Management

Language of study/fluency: Chinese, French

Favorite course: IPD 509: Needfinding

Off-campus study/courses: London School of Economics, WIEP trip to LA

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Discovering and pursuing what you’re interested in, despite the pressure to do what’s conventionally done.

Fun fact about me: I spent my freshman summer hitchhiking through rural Western China.

Activities: Wharton Council, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Mack Institute of Innovation, WQHS Student Radio, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Advising Cohort: Dollar

Carson Miller

About me...

Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Concentration(s): Operations, Information & Decisions and Management

Language of study/fluency: Spanish

Favorite course: Negotiations

Off-campus study/courses: I studied abroad at KU Leuven in Belgium during the Fall 2016 semester.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Feeling that there is only two routes to go–finance or consulting–and learning that it is okay to do something different, follow my interests and not succumb to the environmental pressures that exist.  Additionally, learning how to deal with rejection from various clubs or internships and turn it into positive experiences started out as a challenge, but the ability to do so is one of the best things I have learned at Penn.

Fun fact about me: I jumped out of a helicopter over the Swiss Alps and Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Activities: Wharton Women, Wharton Management Club, Penn Women’s Club Lacrosse, Jewish Renaissance Project

Advising Cohort: Yen

Catherine Moore

About me...

You can call me: Cate

Hometown: Austin, Texas, USA

Concentration(s): Management (Strategic Management track)

Language of study/fluency: Native language – English. At Penn I fulfilled the language requirement by taking Spanish classes.

Favorite course: FNCE 101, MGMT 211, MGMT 223

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Overcoming the temptation to constantly measure my passions and successes to that of others. In my time at Wharton, I have met incredibly talented individuals and have learned to appreciate that we all have our own special gifts.

Fun fact about me: For the past two summers I’ve worked in public policy; Three times a week I run into Center City – I love to get off campus and explore Philadelphia.

Activities: Chi Omega Fraternity, Wharton Women, Lippincott Undergraduate Advisory Board

Advising Cohort: Euro

Justine Murray

About me...

Hometown: St. Catherine, Jamaica

Concentration(s): Marketing and Social Impact and Responsibility

Language of study/fluency: English

Favorite course: MGMT246: Knowledge for Social Impact

Off-campus study/courses: I studied abroad in London. The difference in both learning styles and physical environment were quite stark but doubtlessly worth it. My time in London was absolutely brilliant and I would encourage anyone desiring to do so to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? The biggest challenge I have faced at Penn was coming to terms with what I wanted to do rather than what was expected of me.

Activities: Caribbean Students Association, Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, Wharton Ambassadors

Advising Cohort: Dinar

Tanvi Patel

About me...

You can call me: Tanvi

Hometown: East Haven, Connecticut, USA

Concentration(s): Operations, Information & Decisions and Healthcare Management

Minor: Chemistry

Language of study/fluency: Hindi

Favorite course: LGST210, OIDD290

Off-campus study/courses: Spain WIP

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Finding a balance of all the things you want to do and all the things you need to do. There are so many cool opportunities and picking from them can be quite difficult.

Fun fact about me: I was born in Nairobi, Kenya.

Activities: MedX, Service Link, Hindu & Jain Association

Advising Cohort: Shekel

Kimberly Phan

About me...

Hometown: Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Concentration(s): Business Analytics, Finance, OIDD

Language of study/fluency: French

Favorite course: OIDD 321 (Management Science)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Learning how to ask for help when I needed it – whether it be from my coaches, my professors, my advisors, my mentors, or my friends. People at Penn want to help you succeed, and the earlier you realize that, the better.

Fun fact about me: I visit Wawa at least 3 times a day.

Activities: Women’s Varsity Swimming, Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fellow, Penn International Impact Consulting, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Advising Cohort: Yuan

Ritika Philip

About me...

Hometown: Kottayam, Kerala, India

Dual degree: Huntsman

Concentration(s): Marketing & Operations Management

Language of study/fluency: Chinese

Favorite course: OIDD 101, MKTG 101

Off-campus study/courses: Studied abroad for a semester in Shanghai (Fudan University)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Learning to stop comparing myself to others and create my own definition of success.

Fun fact about me: I once visited 4 cities in 2 countries in 1 day.

Activities: Penn Eco-Reps, Residential Advisor, RAP-Line

Advising Cohort: Yen

Abhi Ramachandiran

About me...

Hometown: Duluth, Georgia, USA

Concentration(s): Finance and Management

Language of study/fluency: Spanish

Favorite course: MGMT 264: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Learning how to organize and prioritize all the different demands on my time in order to find a balance that works for me.

Fun fact about me: I dressed up as a different teenage mutant ninja turtle for every Halloween growing up.

Activities: Club Tennis, Consult for America, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Advising Cohort: Euro

Nicholas Silverio

About me...

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA, USA

Concentration(s): Individualized

Language of study/fluency: English

Favorite course: Theatre Management, Group Dynamics

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Unforeseen circumstances, like health issues, that required me to prioritize self-care.

Fun fact about me: I took a gap year to perform in “Elf the Broadway Musical” at Madison Square Garden and on the national tour!

Activities: Dance Arts Council Chair, Arts House Dance Company, MGMT100/Wharton 101 TA (Executive Board), Wharton Ambassadors, Wharton Junior-Senior Programming Advisory Board, Friars Senior Honor Society, Osiris Senior Honor Society

Advising Cohort: Peso

Emily Zhen

About me...

Hometown: Naperville, IL, USA

Dual degree: Life Sciences & Management

Concentration(s)/major: Finance, Management, and Biology

Language of study/fluency: Chinese

Favorite course: MGMT 241 (Knowledge for Social Impact) and MGMT 238 (Organizational Behavior)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn? Learning how to manage my time in college, which was a huge change for me from high school.

Fun fact about me: I started a Glee Club my freshman year of high school.

Activities: 180 Degrees Consulting, StudentsCare at Penn, Wharton Ambassadors, Penn Club Swimming, Social Impact Advisory Board, Turner Social Impact Society, Public Policy Research Scholars

Advising Cohort: Rupee