Meet the peer advisers

Emmanuel BonsuHello! My name is Emmanuel Akowuah Bonsu, a junior year Mechanical Engineering major from Ghana, West Africa. I am currently a member of the Black Engineering and Science Students Association here at Cal and I'm looking forward to exploring other extracurricular organizations in the upcoming semesters. Apart from these, I've been involved in educational outreach in remote areas in Ghana where, I, together with four other students form Santa Clara University, organized and taught basic electronics to high school students and how to implement their own solar lamps. In my free time, I love going on trips with friends, playing basketball, trying out new things and meeting new people. I am really excited to be serving you as a peer adviser and I can't wait to meet you all. Feel free to stop by anytime and have a chat about anything from choosing classes to preventing squirrels from stealing your lunch.

Sarina ChenHello! I'm Sarina Chen, a senior majoring in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and minoring in music. I come from Huntington Beach in SoCal (best Cal), where I love everything except for the sand and water. I did a ton of exploring from trying different clubs to taking random classes and even switching majors, but I'm really happy about where I find myself to be now. This year, in addition to being your peer adviser, I serve as Vice President of Institute of Industrial Engineers and an oboist of music ensembles on campus. I've had internships at Kaiser Permanente and Abbott Laboratories as well as a fall co-op at The Walt Disney Company. Some of my hobbies including eating, cooking, being crafty, biking, playing computer games, and watching people play computer games. I look forward to being your friend, so please come by and visit!

Darya FadaviHey there! I'm Gustavo De Leon, and I'm a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science here at Berkeley. I was born in Mexico City, and moved to sunny San Diego when I was 10 or so. Here at Berkeley, I'm involved in UCBMUN, CS education research, and the CS Scholars program. You'll probably find me haunting the bowels of Soda, or working on homework in Moffitt or the Engineering Library, so feel free to say hi or ask questions! I always welcome the opportunity to procrastinate on my work for a few minutes to chat with new people.

Darya FadaviHi everyone! My name is Darya Fadavi and I'm a senior studying Bioengineering. I'm originally from Orange County in Southern California, and I'm so excited to share my last year at Berkeley with you all! Here at Berkeley I'm involved in the Bioengineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, and on campus research. I also work as a volunteer at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, and I'm planning on going to medical school after graduation. When I first came to Berkeley, I was a super curious freshman, unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, so I explored lots of different options, clubs, career paths, etc. I have lots of random knowledge about Cal, life, and things in general, so please ask me! 

Ashish SamaddarMy name is Ashish Samaddar and I am a third year Bioengineering major and EECS minor concentrating in biomedical devices. I have unlimited energy and love to meet new people and make them smile. While you will see me anywhere and everywhere, I hover between my two homes: Bechtel Engineering library and the RSF. Looking forward to meet new incoming Cal engineers and don't be afraid to ask anything. Also, come be workout buddies with me I always have room for more!


Nandita SampathHello! My name is Nandita Sampath and I’m a senior in the EECS/MSE joint major. I’m from Saratoga, CA which is about an hour south of Berkeley. In previous semesters I've been involved with the Society of Engineering Sciences and SWE. Over the past two summers, I have worked at Applied Materials and Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Applied Physics department. In my free time I love playing basketball, listening to all kinds of music, and hanging out around Berkeley with friends. I'm really excited to come back for my second year of peer advising, so feel free to stop by anytime to get advice about anything from getting a research position to finding the best food around campus!

Jorelle VelascoHello! My name is Jorelle Velasco and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student excited and ready to serve you all as a peer adviser!  I am a Filipino American from Santa Maria, a small town on the central coast of California, but the Bay Area and Berkeley has become my second home.  I love skateboarding and playing guitar, so if you want to skate or jam, hit me up!  As an engineering student I have great interest in product design and will also serve as Director of Public Relations of EnableTech, a project-based organization here at Cal which aims to design and build assistive technology for people with disabilities.  I am passionate about technology that betters communities and solves every-day problems.  Anyways, I am excited to be an adviser and look forward to meeting many fellow engineering students.  Stop by and say hi if you want to talk about anything at all!

Paul Yoon

Hello fellow Bears! My name is Paul Yoon, and I am happy to be serving you all as a peer adviser! I am a fourth-year student studying civil engineering as my major. I grew up in Burbank, CA, near Los Angeles. Outside of school, I am a member of Evangel Bible Church of Berkeley and I’m also involved in its campus outreach ministry (Evangel Christian Fellowship). In addition, I am a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, read books, browse the Internet, and play video games. One video game that I particularly like is Super Smash Bros. In fact, I used to play a lot of Melee and Brawl when I lived in Bowles Hall as a first-year student. Now I mostly play the Wii U/3DS version. Some of you may remember me as a CalSO Leader in 2014. Anyone still remember the Time Warp? Lol. In any case, feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have!