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Peer Advisors

The Department of English's Undergraduate Peer Advisors are here to help you succeed within the department and to integrate you into our community. 

If you have any questions about how to declare the English major, what courses to take, how to find a faculty advisor, or just need a familiar face to talk to, please visit the Peer Advisors during their office hours or send them a quick email. 

2023-2024 Peer Advisors


Briana García

Briana García is a senior and coterm pursuing her degrees in English. Briana is most captivated by the literary representation of the Latinx community, primarily within the context of hair. She is a drop-in tutor and Peer Tutor Coordinator at the Hume Center—please come visit the center, Briana and the other tutors would be happy to see you! As a FLI student, she is more than happy to talk to others about imposter syndrome and the stresses that come with attending the seemingly perfect and prestigious (read “incredibly flawed”) institution that is Stanford. Talk to her about cartoons, coterming, and anything related to the English major! If you’d like to reach her on campus/in the department, look for big curly hair and a huge pink backpack with a million key chains on it :)  

Ben Marra

Ben is a Senior studying English, from Irvington, New York. He enjoys epic poetry, nature writing, and the natural sciences. In his free time, he likes to write and cook. He believes in pleasure-reading, wide-wale corduroy, and observing tide pools. He is currently at work on an honors thesis about James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover.  


Yastika Guru

Yastika Guru (she/her) is a senior studying English literature. You can talk to her about anything but some options are: working at literary magazines, Edith Wharton, Henry James, La Dame aux Camélias, dirty realism, Elizabeth Hardwick, being an international student, wondering what the point of school is, wondering what the point of fiction is, wondering how much fiction is ruining your life and wondering how to make fiction as good as music. She spends a lot of time listening to music, gossiping about writer’s affairs and on public transport.