Peer Career Advisors (PCAs)

Mariana Carvalho '15

Concentration: Economics and Development Studies
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Favorite Ice Cream: Red Velvet
Activities at Brown:  Executive Board of Women in Business, Chief Marketing Officer at Smart Woman Securities, Operations Officer at The School Fund, President of the Women's Club Basketball Team, and a Woman Peer Counselor.

"Having been through the process of researching and applying for internships, I understand how grand of a task and how intimidating the process may seem.  I hope to support and provide guidance along the way so that students can achieve their goals."

Kim Charles '16

Concentration: Political Science and Economics
Hometown: Oakland, NJ
Favorite Ice Cream: Green Tea
Activities at Brown: Minority Peer Counselor, Brown Daily Herald, Brown Journal of World Affairs, SOCA (Students of Caribbean Ancestry)


"Brown students are phenomenal people with fantastic goals and I look forward to offering advice and support in their quest to achieve their dreams."

Phoebe Draper '15

Concentration: International Relations
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough
Activities at Brown:  Senior Staff Writer for the Brown Daily Herald, President of the Running Club


“Brown students are one-of-a-kind. I am excited for the opportunity to interact with my peers and learn about all of the fascinating things they have done, are doing, and hope to accomplish!”

Ralitza Dekova '14 

Concentration: Sociology
Hometown: Pleven, Bulgaria/Mbabane, Swaziland
Favorite Ice Cream: Mochi balls stuffed with ice-cream
Activities at Brown: Shotokan Karate, Sociology DUG

"I loved discovering what the CareerLAB had to offer as a first-year student and thought that everyone should benefit from this great resource.  It can get quite confusing with so many models of what cover letters and resumes should look like, as well as navigating the working world, which can seem quite daunting from a student's perspective.  It's great to see so many students benefiting from the various services we provide."

Saeed Hassan '14

Concentration: Political Science: International and Comparative Politics track, and Economics
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies n’ Cream
Activities at Brown: Brown Entrepreneurship Program, Collegiate Consulting Group, Clinton Global Initiative, and fellow for RI Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Founding member and operations officer for the School Fund (an international NGO).

"My favorite part about being a peer career advisor is meeting new people. I enjoy learning more about people’s passions and helping students achieve their career goals. I also run the Business career field notes blog, so stay tuned for business related opportunities."

Stephanie Hennings '15

Concentration: Economics
Hometown: Rye Brook, NY
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Activities at Brown: Brown Investment Group (BIG), Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics, Intercollegiate Finance Journal (IFJ)


"I enjoy helping Brown students most effectively showcase their varying accomplishments throughout their time here."

Yao Liu '15

Concentration: Economics
Hometown: Portland, OR
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Activities at Brown: MED International, Model United Nations, Orientation Welcoming Committee, Karaoke Club


"With all their diverse interests, activities, and experiences, Brown students are some fascinating people to be around.  I can't wait to meet more of my peers and help them work towards their career and life goals."

Vannida Lorn '16

Concentration: Cognitive Neuroscience
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough
Activities at Brown:  SPEC Treasurer, The Bruin Club

"The CareerLAB is a great resource for all students, whether you are a first-year student or a graduating senior. What is great about PCA's is that they're students helping other students. I'm excited to assist my fellow peers so that they may succeed in anything and everything they decide to do!"

Julia Thompson '14

Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite Ice Cream: Green Tea
Activities at Brown: Design for America, Bluestockings, Sufi 


"As a PCA I love learning hearing about people's passions and interests. There are so many unique students at Brown, all of whom have had very different experiences here!"

May Xu '15

Concentration: Applied math-economics
Hometown: Boyds, MD
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Activities at Brown: Chief Investments Officer at Smart Women Securities, Co-Coordinator of Brown Language Society, Salsa Club


"The CareerLAB has been such a helpful resource for me in the past two years, and I hope to be able to provide the same kind of support and encouragement for other Brown students."