Peer Staff
Peers serve as paraprofessional career coaches to students via walk-in and scheduled appointments
Ajay Rattu

Ajay is a sophomore pursuing a major in Business. In his first year, Ajay was highly active through his participation in T.E.A.M. Baruch as well as through this leadership program where he learned about the Peers for Careers services. He is eager to utilize the skills that he obtained from the training facilitated by the SCDC, and his future goals consist of assisting his fellow Peers in their professional endeavors by reviewing resumes, cover letters and thank you letters.
Alina Nesterenko

Alina is a senior pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in Psychology. Alina is eager to step into her third year at the Starr Career Development Center and help students realize their potential through helping polish resumes and cover letters and conducting mock interviews. Alina recommends students to be proactive about their career search and start sooner rather than later. She has been involved with New York Needs You, Financial Women’s Association, and the Investment Management Group.
Anum Afzaal

Anum is a senior double majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in Marketing. She encourages students to step out of their comfort zone and take advantage of all the resources offered, not only by the school administration, but also by the various student organizations. Anum recently completed a Summer Analyst internship which she obtained through the OCR Program. She is looking forward to successfully completing her senior year at Baruch College as President of Women In Business.
Christopher Woo

Chris is a junior pursuing a Finance degree with a minor in New York City Studies and Math. He is a Macaulay Honors student and a second year Peer. He spent this past summer studying abroad, expanding cultural horizons. As a Peer this year, he hopes to advertise all the services that the SCDC has to offer and help students reach their professional goals.
Jessica Kweon

Jessica is a sophomore currently majoring in Political Science and Corporate Communications with a minor in New York City Studies with honors as a Macaulay Honors Scholar. She is eager to help the students of Baruch with the job application process. As a Peer, Jessica hopes to help students with supportive resume and cover letter reviews. Through the SCDC, she believes students can achieve their future job prospects and gain the confidence required to succeed.
Jessica Zukhovich

Jessica is a sophomore pursuing a major in Finance and minoring in CIS and French. She hopes to attain a career in investment banking and currently interns at a boutique bank. She is grateful to the SCDC for providing her with the necessary guidance and resources to succeed in her job hunt and hopes she can do the same for her peers. Outside of the Center, she is an active member of the Baruch Varsity tennis team and enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and visiting museums.
Karen Lu

Karen is a senior with a major in Accounting and minors in Psychology and Business Law. She has gained valuable experience assisting fellow students effectively on their career path while working as a Peer the past year. Karen is experienced to review professional documents and help with other career-related issues. In addition, Karen is also a mock interviewer and offers feedback to prepare fellow students to perform better in future interviews.
Lisa Huang

Lisa is a sophomore interested in majoring in Finance and minoring in Corporate Communications and Business Law. This summer she interned at the United States Court of International Trade where she assisted the various departments under the Clerk’s Office. Lisa enjoys helping students utilize the wealth of resources available at the SCDC. Outside of Peers, she is active in Encounters Magazine, The Ticker, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Mahir Khan

Mahir is a sophomore majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Communication. Besides working as a Peer at the SCDC, he is an active student leader – he works as an Orientation Leader as well as a Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen. He is eager to help the students of Baruch to become better professionals and have a better understanding of their career goals. In his free time, Mahir fundraises for Baruch's Relay for Life and is also a board member for Golden Key Honor Society.
Manal Janati

Manal is a senior pursuing a business degree in Accounting with a minor in New York City Studies with honors. She is a Macaulay Honors Scholar and a mentee in the Financial Women's Association. Over the past summer, with the help of the SCDC and OCR, she obtained an Audit summer internship in the financial services industry. This is her second year as a Peer and she hopes to continue to help students achieve their professional development goals and encourage them to take advantage of the career services at the SCDC.
Monika Jiang

Monika is a senior majoring in Accounting with a minor in Communications Studies. As a Tier II Peer, she not only assists students in résumé and business correspondence reviews, but also conducts mock interviews. She is empowered by students’ willingness in utilizing the Starr Career Development Center's resources. She hopes to encourage more students to get involved in the center to further their career development. Outside of the center, Monika likes to participate in culture-enrichment and volunteering activities to make a difference in communities.
Ruixiang Wu


Ruixiang is a senior pursuing a major in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Psychology. He is an honor student of the Baruch Provost Scholar Honors Program and served as the webmaster for Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society – Baruch Chapter. He strongly believes that everybody can influence others positively and that is why he is eager to be a Peer. As a Peer, Ruixiang aims to help students with resumes and cover letters and help them achieve career success.
Samantha Bendernagel


Samantha is a sophomore majoring in Corporate Communications and minoring in Journalism and Spanish. She hopes to utilize her writing skills during resume, cover letter, and thank you letter reviews as well as convey the information she has learned from the Peers for Careers training program. In addition to her work at the SCDC, Samantha is a P.A.W.S. Peer Mentor at Baruch’s Health and Wellness Center where she educates the student body and staff on mental and physical wellness.
Soobin Choi

Soobin is a senior pursuing a major in Actuarial Science and a minor in Political Science. As a fellow of the Max Berger Program, she took advantage of various resources available at the SCDC. Outside of SCDC, she is part of Actuarial Science Society and Sigma Alpha Delta Honor Society. She finds joy in making a difference by helping someone. While working as a Peer, she hopes to motivate students in refining and developing their professionalism.
Yahya Khan

Yahya is a senior in the Baruch Honors program, majoring in Accounting with minors in Communication Studies and Economics and Finance. Apart from being a Peer at the Starr Career Development Center, he is Vice President of Recruitment for Beta Alpha Psi, a nationally recognized honors society. He recently completed an internship in credit risk with J.P. Morgan. His aim as a Peer is to provide the best service available to clients and to inform student organizations on campus regarding on campus recruiting, resume reviews and general recruiting information.
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