SCI Peer Advisor Spotlight: Johanna Luke (SCI '26)

April 9, 2024

The SCI peer advisor program provides incoming and undergraduate students with guidance from fellow students with similar academic goals, career paths, and interests. SCI peer advisors are a valuable resource for students looking to get advice regarding their undergraduate experience. Johanna Luke, a sophomore at SCI majoring in information science with a minor in computer science, works closely with students to help them navigate the many opportunities at SCI.

“Being a peer advisor means being that comforting, welcoming presence that is able to answer any and all questions that incoming and current students may have about SCI,” stated Luke. “I think the candid, low stress conversations that students are able to have with their peer advisors is what makes this resource so useful. Peer advising has been such a positive part of my time at Pitt. I love helping others and making sure they are aware and assured that they are making a positive choice towards their academic experiences.”

Luke was inspired to become a peer advisor because of her own challenges as a first-year student.

“When I was a first-year student, I was weary about changing my major and was scared to talk to my advisor or professors about it, so I decided to reach out to my peer advisor. With one conversation, she had put my mind at ease and ultimately pushed me to switch my major, which has been the best decision I made as a student. After that, I knew I wanted to be that help to other students, which is why I joined,” declared Luke.

Luke has sung competitively for years and is on Steel City Raas, a competitive dance team at Pitt. Outside the Pitt community, Luke enjoys cooking and baking, hiking, and traveling – her two favorite places she has been to are Alaska and Australia.

Learn more about peer advising and Johanna Luke here!


--Alyssa Morales