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Peer Advisors

  • Are second-year HSSP participants
  • Support Resident Advisors in promoting a warm, welcoming, and healthy substance-free floor community
  • Help plan community-building events that expand learning beyond the classroom
  • Aid RA's in leading at least one Programming Area
  • Assist first-year students with their transition to life at U-M

'16-'17 Sophomore Peer Advisors

A group of 26 first-year HSSP students who will be returning to serve as Peer Advisors in Fall 2016.

Noah Aleman

Hometown: Portage, MI

Major: I'm looking to pursue a major in Political Science with a minor in Spanish.

Hobbies: I ran cross country and track in high school, so I try to get a run in every once in a while. I spend too much time listening to music and enjoy hosting DJ Shower Sessions in the men's bathroom. I was involved in DMUM this year and definitely plan on participating again in the coming years. 

Favorite Part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP was most definitely the people. I've never met a group of people that were so friendly and accepting, and HSSP offers ample opportunity to meet all these amazing people! Go Blue!


Mitchel Dipzinski

Hometown: Alpena, MI

Major: After a lot of self reflection and help from my peers around me, I have found that pre-health is not right for me. BUT, I have found something that I am very interested in and love it. Although I am undecided with my major, I am focusing on a Linguistics and English path and maybe a writing minor later down the road. 

Hobbies: I love writing, especially reflective poetry. You can find me doing this whenever you hear classical music playing in my room. Another thing that I love to do is run. Even though I don’t do it everyday—or even every week for that matter—but when I do, I run in the Arb to get away from the bustle of Ann Arbor. I am also currently volunteering at St. Thomas Little Saints Preschool and plan on continuing throughout my years here at U of M.

Favorite part of HSSP: HSSP is such an open community. Everyone in it wants what is best for the individual; The staff and students both want you to find what is exciting for YOU and will help you along whatever path you choose. 


Kenneth Ferris Jr.

Hometown: Fowlerville, MI

Major: Majoring in neuroscience and a possible minor in business. 

Hobbies: I absolutely love all sports, but football and basketball are at the top. I enjoy playing football in my "free time", and I will also play the occasional pick up basketball game if given the opportunity. I'm also a gym rat, catch me in the weight room 5 or 6 days a week. Im a part of dance marathon, which is a great club if you want to fundraiser for the kids. 

Favorite part of HSSP: I loved the closeness of the community, and and how it was able to give me incredible friends after coming here and not knowing anybody. Also I was completely clueless about the university, and the PA's taught me everything I needed to know, and I wanted to do the same for the next class. 

I wish you all the best of luck on your freshman year. Forever and always, Go Blue. 

Kayla Fong

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Major: I am currently undecided on my major, but I am very interested in psychology and health behaviors.

Hobbies: Soccer is my favorite thing to do in my free time. Along with that I love to play ultimate frisbee and anything else active and outside. But I also love naps. I love naps a lot. Oh, and I like to eat!

Favorite part of HSSP: I love that everyone in HSSP became my closest friends, especially the PAs!

Tyric Goode

Hometown: I am from THE Detroit, Michigan. I was born in St. Louis, but I spent all but a year or so of my life in Detroit. So, I consider Detroit home.

Major: I am on a Pre Med track planning to major in Biomolecular Science with a double minoring in Gender and Health and Philosophy. I am almost 100% certain about my major and I will at least minor in Gender and Health because I'm not completely sure I will be able to complete the Philosophy too. The good part is that I don't have to decide now because I still have time to discover more interests.

Hobbies: Besides classes, I a lot of my time researching in a lab here on campus. I sometimes like to read mostly action/adventure themed books and I am an avid watcher of tv/movies. I like watching almost all kinds of movies and television shows. I occasionally play sports, recreationally though, and when I'm bored I like to play chess or even sudoku. I love listening to music, mostly hip hop, R&B, pop, and even country, but it has to be just right. Headphones are like a second life line to me. So, you would probably never see me without some type of headphones. I would love to study immunology and infectious diseases because I find it interesting how viral and bacterial infections hijack human cells and our immune system. I also would like to study human behavior and the thought process behind humans oppressing and hating each other. Besides all of that, I am like an open vessel waiting to attract new interests and knowledge.

Favorite part of HSSP: What can I say about my favorite part of HSSP? The list would be too long that it might be easier to say what I don't like about HSSP. But that list would be nonexistent because I like virtually everything about HSSP. I joined HSSP because I wanted to be in a community full of people with similar interests. And yet, the beauty is that you can still get the college experience while in HSSP because we are different from each other and our uniqueness allows us to learn from each other. The UC class and the HSSP committee that I am in, Social Identity and Awareness (SIA), allows me to consider different perspectives when thinking about life in general and made me think about other people experiences. This first-year in HSSP is a complete learning experience and I hope that I am as helpful (or even more!) as a PA compared to my group of PAs.

Mya Haynes

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois! As an out-of-state student, I certainly had my worries about coming to the university. I had never visited Michigan until coming to campus for Spring Welcome Day, and although I had fallen in love with the campus I still wondered if I would be able to adjust - both socially and geographically (I'm a teensy bit directionally challenged, hehe)! HSSP has allowed me to form bonds in a way that I don't believe any other program could. Not only have I been able to connect with my fellow HSSPers in class, but also through community service, HSSP activities, and OH - let's not forget about the all-nighters before exams! I could not imagine spending my freshman year any other way besides as a member of HSSP.Pssst P.S. If you're ever worried about getting around campus, don't! Use each other as a resource, and you can always come to me for help! The university is large, but it is a lot easier to get used to navigating than you think :)

Major: I am a Movement Science major, GO KINES!!! I came into the university as a pre-med student, but thanks to HSSP (no, I am not being sarcastic) I have recently become increasingly interested in physical therapy. If you find yourself rethinking your career path, do not be afraid! Believe me, it is much better to find your true passion now than to do so later. Remember to be sure that whatever career path you choose makes YOU happy, and if you aren't sure what you want to do yet, that's totally fine! Throughout your time as a HSSPer and as a Wolverine in general, you will come across countless opportunities to explore different career fields, so remember to take advantage of them.

Hobbies: I should probably begin by mentioning that not only am I directionally challenged, but I am also fairly clumsy and therefore I suck at playing sports...we all have our flaws, right? However, I love to read, write, listen to music, and..are naps considered a hobby? If so, you can totally add that to the list. Just kidding! I'm not. If you ever see me walking, chances are my headphones will be in. I'm also a sucker for cooking shows on Food Network...Chopped, anyone? As someone who is initially extremely shy, I wanted to challenge myself during my freshman year by becoming involved in other groups and programs here at the university. I participated in UROP and was able to perform research in a lab that I actually LOVE. In addition to this, Leaders and Best is a program that allowed me to be matched with a mentor. We met weekly, and also had monthly seminars focusing on topics many college freshmen should learn about..highly recommend! The EnspiRED annual charity fashion show made me step outside of my comfort zone the most, and it was definitely worth it! Last but not least, I participated in HSSP's sector of Alternative Spring Break where I was given the opportunity to go out-of-state and work with children with varying abilities. I could talk about each of these experiences for days, but that just goes to show how much I loved being a part of them all! 

Favorite part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP would have to be the number of opportunities I've been given as a HSSPer. Not only have I been able to meet amazing people with similar interests, but I get to LIVE with these amazing people!! Although we are interested in health-related fields, the diversity here is insane. HSSP is not composed of JUST one thing or another within health, but instead we are a melting pot. In addition to my fellow HSSPers, I loved being able to attend Professional Autobiographies and sign-up for Observations. Not only were we able to learn about different individuals and their careers during lecture, but also be able to see other professionals in action as they worked. I was indirectly influenced by my PAs and RAs to become a peer advisor. I have experienced so much throughout my freshman year, and I was relieved to have people who were further into their undergraduate career than I was offer me guidance and reassurance. As an out-of-state student, I could not go home as often as I wanted and sometimes phone calls to my parents were simply not enough. That is why it is EXTREMELY important to form a support system here on campus and within HSSP, and that is where I will come in :) I am looking forward to supporting you all throughout the year, whether it be good or bad, just as my mentors supported me!

I look forward to meeting you all, and please know that I am always here for you!

Sumaiya Haider

Hometown: I’m from the small town of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. It’s true Yooper territory; so far up, it’s basically Canada.

Major: I came in Biology and now I’m leaving freshman year Neuroscience. I’m an indecisive individual so it may change again soon.

Hobbies: I enjoy kayaking at sunset, painting with acrylics, and drawing! I joined Michigan Ballroom first semester and it was super fun—I highly recommend. I’m a big fan of volunteering but I’m not a part of any clubs at the moment.

Favorite part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP is definitely the diverse community. Coming from a small town, it really was a change! The community here is very supportive and I’ve made some amazing friends thanks to this program. I wanted to be a PA so I could help the incoming freshmen have a wonderful year as well!

Fellow HSSPers, be excited! This is one of the most accepting, diverse, and supportive communities that I’ve been a part of and I hope you’ll feel the same. It’s great to be a MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!

Benjamin Hsu

Hometown: I’m from Norman, Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), so I guess you could say that I’m an Oklahomie. I thought that coming from one college town to another would be fairly easy. I was wrong. But, everyone in the HSSP community made that transition much more comfortable.

Major: I’m hoping to major in BCN and double minor in music and business… but that’s all subject to change!

Hobbies: I love making bad jokes, so I've earned the nickname “dad” among certain PAs. Besides that, I play cello and a little piano, so I’m heavily involved in the performing arts here. I play in the Michigan Pops Orchestra and volunteer with Seven Mile Music, an organization that teaches music to kids in Detroit. I spend a lot of time (almost too much time) wandering around Ann Arbor, so don’t be afraid to ask about the best places to get coffee or food! 

Favorite part of HSSP: The HSSP community is so wonderfully supportive and inclusive, and all of my PAs were spectacular, and having them help me through my first semester was really what got me to apply. I wanted to give back to the community in the same way they had. Getting to shadow doctors was another phenomenal opportunity that I really enjoyed, and watching the HSSP observation sign-up process was just as fun!

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you in the fall! Go Blue!

Rafik Issa

Hometown: I am a Syrian international student who lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before coming to Michigan! Coming to the US for college has been a pretty big step for me, especially since the culture I belonged to is very different from the one here. However, HSSP's diverse community has dramatically smoothed this transition for me. I was surrounded by people who came from very different and unique backgrounds, and somehow, I felt like I was just at home!

Major: I am not entirely sure what I am going to be majoring in just yet. I am currently deciding between Neuroscience or Cellular and Molecular Biology. I change my mind everyday! I still have a year ahead of me though, so I should be fine... I am planning on going to a US medical school and becoming a doctor! It has been a big dream of mine and HSSP has convinced me that it is indeed what I want to do with my life!

Hobbies:  I am part of the Circle K club! It is the biggest volunteering organization on campus, with a huge variety of projects you could participate in. You should seriously consider joining Circle K, and perhaps we will end up volunteering for the same project some time! I am also going on Alternative Spring Break. ASB is a program in which participants go on a service learning trip to different parts of the US to do community service and learn more about disadvantaged groups in society. My trip's topic will be about children with special needs. It is a group I am pretty passionate about and I cannot wait for what this trip will hold for me. As for hobbies, I enjoy swimming. I also love playing cards!

Favorite part of HSSP: This may sound cheesy, but it's really the people. It's just great to be surrounded by people who share your goals and understand what you're really looking for. The program does a wonderful job of building a community of students. Considering that the University of Michigan could be a big place, HSSP will be an ideal place where you could rejoice in the wonders of a tightly knit group -like one big family! Looking back, I would have to say that my PAs have helped me immeasurably during my freshman year. I wanted to give something back to HSSP for that it has given me. This is why I decided to become a PA, and help in building a loving welcoming community of new HSSPers for 2016-2017.

Jacqueline Kristofik

Hometown: The Hills. Farmington Hills (MI).

Major: I am planning to complete a major in PitE, and then attend veterinary school after. Bow wow, am I right?

Hobbies: I am a part of CAMEO, the pre-Vet club, Friends of the Campus Farm, and occasionally hit up MDraw. I am hoping to start volunteering at WCBN and the Huron Valley Animal Shelter soon!

Favorite part of HSSP: HSSP is an amazing community to be a part of. Everyone is extremely kind and welcoming, and there are incredible resources available that make pursuing a career in the health sciences much less stressful. It's amazing being able to form lasting relationships with people working towards similar goals as you. See you all in the fall! Go Blue! :)

Tiffany Loh

Hometown: Novi, MI

Major: I am majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and I plan to apply to the undergraduate Public Health program my sophomore year as well. In the future, I hope to intertwine my interest in public health with my aspirations to practice medicine as a physician. 

Hobbies: I am part of the First Aid Support Team for the Red Cross club here at campus, and I am part of the Public Service Intern Program (which allowed me to go to Washington D.C. to do a health policy internship summer 2016!).

Favorite part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP was the amount of community opportunities HSSP provided: an interdisciplinary case study workshop with graduate students, motivational speakers, a wide variety of community service events, Humans of HSSP, etc. All of these allowed me to become tight-knit with the community while also realizing what I wish to accomplish in the healthcare field. 

Falling into a lake to retrieve candy from trick or treating at Gallup Park was such an experience I would never imagine I would have been drawn into, nevertheless walking back to the car in plastic Bigfoot feet! A bunch of fun memories would have never been made possible without HSSP, and I hope that you choose to apply to this welcoming health-focused community. 

Victoria Lucas

Hometown: Southfield, MI

Major: Double Majoring in CMB (Cellular& Molecular Biology) and Spanish. I'm also interested with international studies and although I will not be minoring in IS I plan to continue enrolling in the field's courses.

Hobbies: I enjoy watercolor painting, dancing- I've been a part of The Movement dance team, Zumba and participating in community service within the UM community and my church. Some clubs I'm a part of include Sister 2 Sister, BUMA, S.I.B.S

Favorite part of HSSP: I really enjoyed the professional autobiographies. They provided insight to the diversity within health professions and for the most part all of the speakers echoed the importance of finding yourself, being willing to take chances, and to always do what makes you happy. I even had the pleasure of listening to my BUMA mentor present and I learned much more about her personal life than I would have expected. Likewise, the other speakers were all very genuine. Professional autobiographies also gave me more courage to ask, typically, an uncomfortable question about the toll healthcare has on providers’ lives. Nonetheless, I appreciate knowing what I'm getting myself into and I will continue to keep their advice in mind over the next few years.

As an individual whose experienced adapting to life overseas as well as making the transition to this big university I understand that change can be hard to accept. If any new HSSPers need advice or just a friend to lean on this year and onwards, Im ALWAYS here for them. Don't be shy lol. I HIGHLY encourage you to go to greek life events- probates, homecomings sponsored by different orgs, and to force yourself out of your comfort zone on campus. I came in as a person who hated dancing in front of people. However, I enrolled in Congolese dance and ended up loving the feeling of being on stage. Joyce even came to watch one of my performances. Surprisingly, I was able to get her to come onstage and learn the dances too. We had a great time!

Mohamed Mazeh

Hometown: Dearborn, MI

Major: I am currently undecided about my exact major, but I am leaning toward BCN with hopefully a minor in Astronomy. My future plans are to end up in medical school and become a future health care professional. 

Hobbies: In high school I swam and ran track, so whenever I have free time I try and continue doing those activities. I am a huge sports fan, specifically Football and Basketball. I played on a recreational flag football team and plan on playing in a recreational Ultimate Frisbee team. Also I am part of two student organizations on campus, one is called Pilot and the other is the Arab Student Association. I love hanging out and pretty much doing anything to distract me from my work so if you ever wanna talk about anything or just hang out, come find me!

Favorite part of HSSP: I think my favorite part of HSSP has to be the family it has helped me to build. I have met the most amazing people through this program, people that I know will be life long friends. My college experience would not have been the same without HSSP, especially at a University as big as this one. It gave me a community that I knew I belonged to and because of this I wanted to help give back to this community as a PA. The current PA's and RA's have inspired me by showing me how impactful they can be in helping give incoming students the best freshmen experience ever.

Good luck on your first year in college and remember GO BLUE! 

Keith Melong

Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI

Major: Majoring in Neuroscience and going to medical school.

Hobbies:I love mountain biking. There are few things more enjoyable than being thrown off the bike, having your life flash before your eyes, smashing your face into a tree, and wondering what part of the skeleton has shattered this time.
Running is fun too.
I think I'm the type of person that would enjoy reading on a hammock, but I don't own a hammock. maybe that'll change one day.
Eating Filipino food is another hobby of mine. The real stuff, not the stuff they sometimes serve at the dining halls.
I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan. Favorite character is Bronn. Before you ask, yes, I have read the books. R + L = J
I also love Star Wars. Middle-school me spent hours on wookieepedia.
My name is not Kenny or Kevin.

Favorite part of HSSP: The best thing about HSSP is definitely the tight-knit community that develops over the course of the year. Because I like getting to know people, it was really awesome getting acquainted with the over 100 individuals in HSSP. It's also nice being able to rely on each other for help in class. We're all basically taking the same courses and having people to help you understand the material is very helpful. 

Don't be afraid to just go up to somebody and introduce yourself. And I'm not talking about just HSSP. It might be scary for some at first, but this is college. Getting to know random strangers is half the fun. 

Tazia Miah

Hometown: I am from Hamtramck, Michigan, a small city 45 minutes away from Ann Arbor.

Major: I intend to major in International Studies with the sub plan Environment and Global Health and minor in Japanese. Although I'm not sure yet, I am considering double minors. Possible minors could be Food and the Environment or Medical Anthropology. Next summer, I hope to study abroad in Japan. I love the idea of traveling and learning more about different cultures so I hope to find more opportunities to study abroad. In the distant future, I intend to go to Med School to become a doctor as well as earn a Masters in Public Health. At the moment I'm not sure when or what process I plan to go through to earn the Masters in Public Health.

Hobbies: In my free time, I love doing Zumba at the CCRB, watching TV shows during rare times like Gotham and Grimm, exploring Ann Arbor's many shops, and sights, playing tennis and talking! I'm always here if anyone wants to talk! This year I will be going on the Alternative Spring Break trip to Texas! Next year I hope to continue playing the flute on the university level, as I had done in high school, and learn more about the Japanese culture since I'm studying Japanese. At U of M, I have been a part of various pre - health groups such as MAPS, MHEAL, and Pre - Public Health Association. They've allowed me to be involved in various health related activities like volunteering at the World Medical Relief Center, where medical supplies are sorted and sent to countries such as Tanzania, Ghana, and Haiti. I am also a part of the Miscellaneous Club and a committee rep for HSSP's Community Service committee. 

Favorite part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP was having such an amazing support group. Regardless of when, someone was always there for me. Whether it was to have fun, to ask for advice, or to study with, HSSP was always there. HSSP is such an amazing community that it helps create a tight knit community that provides a solid foundation for its members. I had originally been frightened of coming to U of M because it was such a large university, but the HSSP PAs, RAs and everyone else in HSSP made sure that I knew that I was never alone in any struggles. With HSSP, college has not been so daunting as I assumed it would be, but rather a new home for me. There have been so many opportunities to connect with a variety of health care professionals through observations, professional autobiographies, and the lectures! It has been very eye opening to see the limitless opportunities in the health care field.I wanted to become a PA because I wanted future freshmen to feel the same love and support that HSSP has to offer. HSSP is a growing family and everyone within it always has a place. HSSP has been the perfect place to make lifelong friends, to grow as a person, and pass on all the knowledge and advice one gains to others. What will always be the most memorable part about HSSP is the fact that for me, the best of friends have been made in the oddest of times. Whether it is from running to catch a bus, eating coffee candy for the first time, or having a night be more than a group of friends bringing flowers to a friend, HSSP was the place to make lifelong friends.HSSP is full of laughter, studying together on late nights, and supporting each other towards our future goals/careers! For anyone interested in applying, HSSP is a must-have experience in U of M!

Remonda Nashed

Hometown: Reed City, MI 

Major: I am currently undecided on my major but I am currently pursuing a pre-med track. I plan on exploring my interests in public health and in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. 

Hobbies: I love being a research assistant at a plastic surgery lab, and volunteering at the hospital during my free time. I love to binge watch Netflix, play volleyball, and go shopping whenever I can, whether it be online or at the mall. 

Favorite part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP is that it makes the University of Michigan small. Coming from a school of only 400 students this small community has helped me adjust to being a student at such a big university. For that reason I choose to be a PA to help aid incoming freshman with the transition between high school and college. HSSP has played such a huge part for me during my freshman year. It has helped me by placing me directly in the University of Michigan Hospital shadowing doctors and seeing what the future might look like for me. 

Hailee Nielsen

Hometown: Midland, MI

Major: Right now I'm most interested in majoring in neuroscience and plan to go to medical school after undergrad.

Hobbies: I am a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club here on campus and my freshmen year I also participated in the Douglass Houghton Scholars Program, which I found helpful for both building an academic community and for fostering success in Calc 1 and 2. During the summer my main hobby is three-day eventing but I'm also looking to continue to play polo back home.

Favorite aspect of HSSP: I decided to be a PA because of the positive impact that both HSSP and the PA's that became my friends had on my first-year experience. HSSP is truly a community and I have made so many incredible friends through it; I hope I can be a part of building the same kind of inclusive and friendly community for the next generation of HSSP students.

Olivia Rogers

Hometown: West Branch, Michigan, which is a small town about two and a half hours north of Ann Arbor. It was great to be part of a learning community that made the large campus feel small, well smaller, and not as intimidating.

Major: I am planning on majoring in Neuroscience, but that is likely to change. I am interested in graduate school at the School of Public Health, but only time will tell.

Hobbies: I love to ride horses, go to the beach, and, in general, do anything that involves being outside! I love living in Couzens Hall because it is so close to the CCRB (one of the many gyms) where you can play basketball (which is my favorite part), swim, lift weights, run on the treadmill/ on an indoor track, and basically do anything your heart desires! My favorite thing to do is attend all of the sporting events, I strongly encourage freshman to get football tickets and if you even remotely like basketball, get tickets for that too! I have never been to a hockey game, however I hear that they are amazing and a great experience! But all of the other sporting events are free to students, so if you ever would like to go to a game or match, just let me know! Also, I urge future HSSPers to check out Circle K, which is a great club that has endless opportunities to volunteer and become involved with the Ann Arbor community.

Favorite aspect of HSSP: HSSP made the transition into college life painless and easy. I loved being part of such a welcoming community that automatically provided a strong, supportive friend group. Also, being surrounded by other students that were focused and shared the same milestones of college life (like the first midterm) was comforting. I loved having this opportunity and can't wait to help other students adjust. Good Luck, and I hope to see you next Fall. GO BLUE!

Rachael Rowley

Hometown: Lake Barrington, Illinois! Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I was both excited and scared about coming to the University of Michigan. I was grateful to be receiving such a prestigious education,interacting with like-minded individuals, and experiencing an environment completely different from where I grew up. At the same time, however, I was incredibly nervous about the the transition from high school to college. Although I had a rough start, HSSP played a huge role in my academic, social, and personal wellness by providing me with a community that embraced me with open arms.

Major: I’m a Movement Science Major in the School of Kinesiology on a pre-med track. In addition to my pre-med studies, I’m minoring in German and possibly adding a second minor International Studies. I’m also very interested in getting involved in the Intra-Operative Neuro-monitoring program in School of Kinesiology.As far as my plans for the future, I see myself working as a physician (maybe even in Germany for a little while?), traveling the globe and advocating for global health disparities.

Hobbies: In my free time, I love learning about other cultures (German culture in particular; I’ve been learning to speak the language since I was 11), exploring Ann Arbor, taking trips to Target, satisfying my addiction to caffeine, listening to good music and hanging out with my HSSP family. Outside of Couzens, I am a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, a member of Alternative Spring Break, and a representative of the Residence Halls Association.

Favorite part of HSSP: I couldn’t imagine college without HSSP. The minute I walked through the doors of Couzens, a wave of welcoming energy overcame me. HSSP is filled with so many positive people that will encourage you, challenge you, and ultimately help shape you into the person you’re meant to be. Although it may sound cliche, HSSP has become my family. I think people sometimes take for granted how nice it is to have a place that feels like home. HSSP has provided that for me and as a Peer Advisor I want to bring this sense of home to the new generation of HSSPers.

Aries Rutledge

Hometown: Southfield, MI

Major: I'm thinking about majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and minoring in Community Action Social Change (CASC).

Hobbies: I am active in Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), Black Undergraduate Medical Association (BUMA), Student Ambassadors, K-grams (pen pal program), and Barger Leadership Institute (BLI). I love watching football, listening to music, shopping, and finding new shows to watch on Netflix!

Favorite aspect of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP was definitely split between the Professional Autobiographies and the Observations. Listening to current professionals talk about their career and their paths to get there was very self-assuring because they kept reminding us that it isn't about how long you take to get there, but that it's about making the decision if you really want to take that journey. I liked the observations because they gave me the opportunity to be exposed to more careers within healthcare, besides being a physician. I want to be a PA because HSSP has really shown me so many ways to be involved in healthcare and that I shouldn't feel obligated to commit to medicine this early, so I would love to be a part of supporting incoming HSSP students and helping them undergo their self-exploration. Go BLUE!

Stephanie Slat

Hometown: Monroe, MI

Major: I'm making plans to declare a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Political Science! I plan on working in public health and environmental policy, because the intersection of health and environmental science fascinates me, and good policy there is critical. Ask me about it!

Hobbies: I play the violin, and am in a professional string quartet back in my hometown. On campus, I enjoy soccer on Palmer Field, Pizza House, and movie nights. I like Briarwood Mall too much.

Favorite part of HSSP: I love how easy it is to make friends in HSSP, and the unique ways through which you learn about different facets of the health care system.

Go Blue!

Iman William

Hometown: Troy, MI

Major: Currently, I am planning on majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology with the hope of going to medical school one day. 

Hobbies: In my free time, I love watching movies, playing card games, and listening to music. During my freshman year I was vice president of Couzens Hall Council. I am also a part of Alternate Spring Break and MRelay here on campus. 

Favorite part of HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP is definitely the support I get from our community. I was really scared to leave home and be on such a big campus but HSSP made me feel comfortable from day one. I wanted to be a PA because my PAs were such a big part of why my freshman year was so great and I hope to do the same for the freshman of 2016/2017. I know that my freshman experience wouldn't have been as great as it was without HSSP and I hope next years freshman can say the same. 

I'm excited to meet all of you incoming freshman! Come find me if you ever need a snack, a coffee, or just want to hang out!