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.

Gabriela Blood

About me...

Please call me Gabbie

Hometown: Franklin, Massachusetts

Concentration: Health Care Management & Policy

Secondary concentration/major: Operations, Information & Decisions; Management

Favorite courses: MGMT 272; HCMG 250; LGST 242

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: The biggest challenge that I’ve faced at Wharton has been learning the importance and value of having activities and passions outside of Penn that may not directly benefit me in a professional way, but ground me and hugely benefit me in a personal way.

Fun fact(s) about you: I was an RTA for LBW 2016 and head RTA for LBW 2017!

Activities: Wharton Undergraduate Cohorts System; Alternative Spring Break (ASB); Penn Program for Flourishing; Penn Reflect; mindfulness and meditation; IT Manager at College House Computing.

David Brunskole

About me...

Hometown: Fayetteville, Georgia

Concentration: Finance

Favorite courses: FNCE 207 and MGMT 241

Off-campus study or courses: WIEP San Francisco. Study abroad in Lyon, France.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Transitioning from Georgia to Penn was a huge shock. Culturally, I found this university extremely different from what I was used to at home. Additionally, I have found it challenging to balance internal motivations with external pressures.

Fun fact(s) about you: I’m a twin, and I’m a big fan of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Also, “The Tonight Dough” is objectively the best flavor.

Activities: Wharton Cohorts, Red and Blue Crew, Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.

Nathalie Calderon

About me...

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Concentration: Finance

Secondary concentration/major: Marketing

Minor(s): Certificate in Portuguese

Favorite courses: MKTG 212, PRTG240

Off-campus study or courses: Study Abroad in Rotterdam (Erasmus-RSM, Spring ’17), Summer Abroad in Sao Paulo (PUC, Summer ’16)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: The process of finding what you’re truly interested in and passionate for while also making the most of Penn and the incredible people around you.

Fun fact(s) about you: I’m a dual citizen from Bolivia and have a black belt in Taekwondo.

Activities: Wharton Undergraduate Cohort System, Penn Global Impact Collaborative, Cipactli Senior Honor Society, First Generation Student Advisory Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters, kickboxing.

Alec Goldberg

About me...

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Concentration: Marketing & Operations Management

Secondary concentration/major: Finance

Minor(s): Computer Science, International Relations

Favorite courses: OIDD314, MKTG476, FNCE203, CIS120

Off-campus study or courses: Thailand WIP

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Learning how to accept failure and use it productively to improve and grow

Fun fact(s) about you: I spent last summer working and traveling in Argentina and China!

Activities: Mask and Wig, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Writing Center Tutor

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Radhika Gupta

About me...

Please call me Radhika, or Rads works too!

Hometown: Marlboro, New Jersey

Dual degree: Life Sciences & Management

Concentration: Finance

Secondary concentration/major: Health Care Management & Policy

Favorite courses: PSYC 070- Psychology of Food; MKTG 234- Creativity

Off-campus study or courses: GRIP (London) Summer 2016, WIEP NYC Fall Break 2017

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Prioritizing myself and my relationships with people when school and extracurriculars get busy

Fun fact(s) about you: I performed at the 2012 London Olympics with my dance team and 4 years later, I witnessed Brexit first-hand during my summer abroad at LSE.

Activities: Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (part of PSG), 180 Degrees Consulting, Smart Woman Securities, Penn Raas (Indian dance team), Consulting for a biotech start-up in the Bay.

Gary Li

About me...

Hometown: Markham, Ontario, Canada

Concentration: Management

Secondary concentration/major: Finance

Minor(s): French & Francophone Studies

Favorite courses: MGMT 233 (Family Business), THAR 120 (Introduction to Acting)

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Becoming comfortable with uncertainty. When things are out of your control, you just have to roll with the punches!

Fun fact(s) about you: I grew up playing the piano, three kinds of clarinet (B-flat, E-flat, and bass), and the fife.

Activities: Wharton Council, Penn World Scholar, Wharton Alliance, Penn Glee Club.

Moira O'Connell

About me...

Hometown: Sands Point, New York

Concentration: Finance

Favorite courses: MKTG 270, FNCE 385, EEUR 121

Off-campus study or courses: Florence

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: OCR! It felt overwhelming and scary until it was actually over. Keeping your mental health in check is crucial!

Fun fact(s) about you: I’m a self-proclaimed Philly restaurant expert.

Activities: I’m involved in Own It, Red and Blue Crew, and Greek life.

Ernie Rosales

About me...

Please call me Ernie

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Concentration: Marketing

Secondary concentration/major: Finance

Minor(s): Latin American and Latino Studies

Favorite courses: MGMT240, MGMT353 (FLCP), PRTG240

Off-campus study or courses: WIEP LA

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: At Penn, I’ve had to navigate both setbacks and successes sometimes in the same semester. But the biggest challenge is learning how to keep moving forward. My first semester at Penn, I lost one of my closest friends. Learning how to deal with the tragedy and finding support from both resources and friends was key. It’s really easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, who you want to be in the future, not in the context of your career but in the context of what type of person you want to be. It’s really easy to get discouraged whether it’s from a club leadership position rejection, a bad score on an exam, relationship issues, family issues, etc. Don’t let yourself question how you got here or what you’re doing here, remember that these 4 years of your life will pass by quicker than you imagine. Savor every moment.

Fun fact(s) about you: I recently took a bartending class! I watch way too many shows and movies! Credit card churning is one of my hobbies!

Activities: Cipactli Latino Honor Society, Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club, Financial Literacy Community Project, CHAS ITA Manager, Alpha Phi Portuguese Honor Society, Wharton Cohorts, Wharton Latino, WITG, WAX.

Margo Sanders

About me...

Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesota

Concentration: Behavioral Economics

Secondary concentration/major: Operations, Information & Decisions

Favorite courses: OIDD299x

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: Remembering to do what I am passionate about, and not just what everyone else is doing.

Fun fact(s) about you: When I was in elementary school I used to competitively break dance.

Activities: Kite and Key Society, WH101 TA, research assistant, Penn for Youth debate coach, Alpha Phi Fraternity, University Choral Society.

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Yuval Shmul

About me...

Hometown: Weston, Florida (but originally from Israel!)

Concentration: Management

Secondary concentration/major: Operations, Information & Decisions; Finance

Minor(s):

Favorite courses: OIDD 290

Off-campus study or courses: Tel Aviv Study Abroad

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Wharton/Penn?: My biggest challenge so far has been balancing my professional and personal relationships with my peers at Wharton. Interacting with the same people in academic/professional engagements and then within a few hours in completely different social relationships has created challenges and an unlimited number of learning opportunities in regard to understanding, communicating with, and showing compassion for others.

Fun fact(s) about you: I’m getting my pilot’s license this semester (fall 2018)!

Activities: WH101 TA, Greek Life, Wharton Women, WLV Intensive Participant, WUREC, Penn Debate Society, Wharton Management Club.