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Meet the SEAS Peer Advisers!

Zachary Ho

School and Year: SEAS 2017
Major: Operations Research with a minor in East Asian Studies 
Hometown: Reston, VA

Clubs/ Activities: Columbia Faith and Action, Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, Squash, Photography, and Graphic Design

Favorite NYC spots: Flatiron, Flushing, and Meat Packing

Top 3 CU traditions: 

  1. Bacchanal
  2. Primal Scream
  3. Varsity Show

What you wish you knew as a first year student:

  1. Don't rely on CULPA!!! It isn't always the best way to choose professors.
  2. Go to office hours. 
  3. Remember that your health is the most important thing.


Tiffany Tuedor

School and Year: SEAS 2017
Majors: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Clubs/Activities: Columbia Venom Step Team (Vice President), Columbia Faith and Action (Conferences Leader), Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers

Favorite NYC Spots: South Street Seaport, Union Square, Nuyorican Café, Terminal 5 (best concert venue ever!), Strand Bookstore

What you wish you knew as a first year student:

  1. There is life outside of Butler! Columbia’s campus has so many beautiful secret spots to study, so take time during the week to find a little corner that’s different from your usual. 
  2. There is no linear career path. Don’t be afraid to switch around majors since you haven’t declared yet and try out different internships to see the type of work you like. Talk to upperclassmen about their experiences to see what you could do with your potential major. 
  3. Go to as many talks and panels hosted by clubs on campus. It’s a very easy way to meet people in the industry you’re interested in and also a great way to hear some inspiring stories about people who have already tasted the real world. You get tons of advice and you don’t have to fully commit to the club. 
  4. Go to office hours and build relationships with your professors and TAs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in class; I bet that someone else is confused about the same thing!

Top 3 CU Traditions:

  1. Glass House Rocks: I love seeing all of Lerner transformed into an amazing event venue for all of the clubs on campus to perform and host activities. 
  2. Engineering Week: All of the engineering student come together for tons of events, free food, talks, and, of course, FREE T-SHIRTS!
  3. Bacchanal: It’s great to see everyone on campus pump up for Bacchanal and show some school spirit!


James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.