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Peer Advising

The Fall 2022 Peer Advising application is available now! 

Click here to apply. Applications are due 3/21/22 and will be acceptd on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

The Psychology Peer Advisors are available for advising appointments and walk-in advising during the Fall and Winter terms, from the first through last days of classes. Peer advisors are not available during spring and summer. Click here to schedule a Peer Advising appointment.

 

Winter 2022 Walk-In Peer Advising Schedule:

 
  • Declaring a major
  • Assess progress in their major
  • Deciding between the Psychology major and the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) major
  • Specific requirements of your major
  • Plan class schedules
  • Help you find courses that suit your goals and interests
  • Mapping out a way to fit in all the courses you need to graduate
  • Discussing the Honors Program
  • Graduate school, internship, and career options
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

Peer Advising Application & Program Requirements

Peer Advisor Program Requirements

1. Meet with a Peer Advisor before applying to discuss your own academic and/or career plans, and the role of the peer advisor (these questions will be on the application). 

2. After applying, you may be contacted for an interview with a current Peer Advisor

3.  If accepted, attend the 5-hour Peer Advisor Training, usually the day before classes start.

Things to know

1. You must be delcared in Psychology or BCN.

2. You must register for Psych 308 during the term you are a Peer Advisor.

3. Peer Advising is a great experience for anyone considering a "helping" career.

4. Advanced Peer Advising is a wonderful leadership experience! 

WHO are the Peer Advisors?

The Psychology Peer Advisors are Junior and Senior undergraduate Psychology & BCN majors who are well-informed about the Psychology majors and have received training in peer helping skills.

The Peer Advising office is located in 1343 East Hall.

WHAT do Peer Advisors do?

Peer Advisors help students analyze and assess their progress in fulfilling their Psychology course requirements, aid students in planning their class schedules, help students declare Psychology as a major, discuss graduate school and career options, and go over research opportunities and options for Independent Study in the department. Additionally, the Peers also participate in an administrative project directly helping the Psych Student Academic Affairs Office and other students.

WHEN will Peer Advisors advise?

Peer Advisors are currently available by appointment only. Click here to schedule a Peer Advising appointment. Please note that Peer Advisors are only available during the Fall and Winter terms (until the last day of classes).

HOW do I become a Peer Advisor?

You must apply to become a Peer Advisor. Applications will be available before the course registration period. If you are chosen for an interview you will receive an email message to set up a time for an interview.

After all interviews have been conducted, students who have been selected will receive emails announcing their acceptance. Once accepted, you will also enroll in Psychology 308. Psychology 308 is a graded course that will fulfill the experiential lab requirement for Psychology majors and count towards the credits needed for a Psychology major. Psychology 308 does not count in the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience major.

Applications need to be completed the term before you plan to be a Peer Advisor. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the next term of Peer Advising. You may, however, submit your application for consideration for the following term.

Winter 2022 Psychology Peer Advisors

Zahraa Altimemy

Zahraa is a senior from Dearborn Heights, Michigan pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) with plans to apply to medical school in the upcoming cycle. Other than advising, Zahraa is particularly interested in biomedical research and providing proper medical care to patients in the future. She has spent several semesters working as a medical assistant evaluating cancer drugs and treatments. Zahraa is also the social chair of U of M’s Islamic Society of Ahlu-bayt (ISA), which allows her to stay connected within her Muslim community. Outside of academics, Zahraa enjoys sketching and creating different styles of art such as portraits and perspective drawings. In addition, Zahraa has a passion for traveling and trying out new cafes and restaurants.

Abdallah Beghidja

Abdallah is a senior born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, pursuing a major in Psychology. They originally transferred to the University of Michigan from Washtenaw Community College, all to follow the plan of one day becoming a therapist. They enjoy baking, writing, and gaming, especially when with friends. Abdallah enjoys working with other people and is excited to work with their peers to help them along in all their journeys!

Eden Gilan

Eden Gilan is a junior from West Bloomfield, MI pursuing a double major in Psychology and Communication and Media, as well as a certificate from the Cappo Sales Track.  Eden is passionate about mental health and how psychology influences marketing to consumers.  In addition to serving as a peer advisor, Eden is a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and Michigan Communication and Media Professionals (MCMP). Outside of academics, Eden enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring Ann Arbor!

Sophia Hovakimian

Sophia is a junior from New York State pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Statistics. Her interests in the field mainly lie in Social and Developmental Psychology. Outside of advising, she is a research assistant in Dr. Beltz's Methods, Sex Differences, and Development Lab and is the Secretary & Communications Chair for the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society. During her free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and explore the restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Nishant Kumar

Nishant is a junior from Novi, Michigan pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Nishant is on the pre-med track and is interested in applying to medical school in the near future. Aside from working as a peer advisor, Nishant is the president of the pre-health fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, an advocacy director for Timmy Global Health, involved in dermatology and pediatric surgery research, and currently training to become a certified EMT. During his free time, Nishant enjoys playing golf, watching F1 racing, and collecting watches.

Alyssa Merritt

Alyssa is a senior from Southfield, MI pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Her academic interests are developmental psychology and research with the intention of becoming aChild Psychologist. While on campus, she is a part of Success Connects and the Black StudentUnion. Her interests outside of her academic life include traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching Netflix.

Sydney Moore

Sydney is a senior from Three Oaks, Michigan pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Economics with a minor in Writing. Outside of her role as an academic advisor, she works as a tutor at the Sweetland Writing Center and as a Storyteller for the Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED). To continue her involvement with social justice, Sydney keeps herself busy in leadership for MAC-ASB, a service-learning organization that volunteers across the country during spring break. Sydney spends the majority of her free time on the arts, card games with friends, and the gym.

Rachel Qiu

Rachel is a Junior from Shandong, China and is double majoring in Psychology and Political Science. She is particularly interested in social psychology and is working in a psychology lab doing research on language development. Rachel is considering applying for law school as her graduate track. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, tasting new foods, and experiencing new things!

Nayiri Sagherian

Nayiri is a junior from Detroit, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. She is most interested in clinical and cognitive psychology, and she's currently working in the Durkee Lab as a research Assistant. Nayiri is also a leader in both the Wolverine Support Network and the Arts Ambassadors. Nayiri is considering a career in clinical psychology, and is excited to help advise her peers this semester!

Sara Sherazi

Sara is currently a senior from Taylor, Michigan pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience on the pre-med track. After graduation, she hopes to apply to medical school this upcoming cycle. Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, Sara is involved with several student organizations on campus like Paani, Islamic Society of Ahlulbayt, Muslim Student Association, Pakistani Student Association, South Asian Awareness Network, Mu Epsilon Delta (pre-health fraternity), and the Comprehensive Studies Program. She is currently an undergraduate intern at the Transition Support Program where she provides care coordination and navigation for patients, coordinates follow-up care, and connects unassigned and uninsured patients to primary care physicians. She hopes to continue helping underrepresented communities and addressing and eliminating racial/ethnic disparities that exist in healthcare. In her free time, Sara likes reading romance novels, drawing, exploring new coffee shops, and traveling.

Skylar Waddington

Skylar is a senior from Dexter, MI currently pursuing a B.A. in both Psychology and PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics). She is specifically interested in the role of economics and philosophy in social and governmental issues, and feels that psychology offers her a unique perspective on these issues. Skylar is very passionate about public service on both a small and large scale, and she dedicates much of her free time to social justice work. On campus, Skylar is a member of the community service club Circle K; additionally, she has been part of Give Merit’s FATE mentorship program for two years, helping to promote a positive learning environment for high school kids in Detroit. Skylar has pursued advocacy in her professional life as well, having interned for Marsh Law, a child victim advocacy law firm, from 2020 to 2021 Skylar’s postgraduate plans are currently undecided, but she hopes to eventually go to graduate school and begin working in the nonprofit sector. She is very excited for the upcoming semester!

Fatima Wasi

Fatima is a junior from Plymouth Michigan pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Biology, and she is on the Pre-dental track. Aside from working as a peer-advisor this semester, she is involved in Pre-dental clubs on campus including Volunteers around the world outreach, which is an organization that travels to other countries to combat health disparities and for which she is the clinical chair. She is also a member of the Science learning center, for which she tutors for Biology 171. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, painting, and skiing.

Alison Young

Alison is a junior from New York City pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) as well as a double minor in Ross Business and Science, Technology, and Society (STS). Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, she conducts research in the Kent Berridge Lab - primarily focusing on addiction and why we can become addicted to substances that are inherently bad for us. Her other on-campus commitments include being a Psychology Undergraduate Advisory Board Member and the Treasurer for Go Blue Wear Pink. Alison is considering a few career paths post undergrad, including user experience research and business analytics.

Lucy Yu

Lucy is a senior from Rhode Island pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) as well as a B.S. in Biochemistry. In the future, she hopes to practice medicine in underserved areas and make a difference in the community. Outside of peer advising, she tutors English for ESL speakers, helps organize and run the UofM Science Olympiad Invitational, is a member in the professional biology fraternity Alpha Tau Pi, and is an undergraduate research assistant in the Chemistry Department. Lucy is excited for this semester and all the memories she will make with her peers.

Rachel Zhou

Rachel is a senior from Canton, MI double majoring in Biology, Health, and Society & Psychology. She enjoys learning about the intersection of natural and social sciences and takes particular interest in positive psychology and mental health. Aside from her work as a peer advisor, she also works as a research assistant in a developmental psychology lab and as a patient care technician in the hospital. On campus, Rachel serves as a MAC-ASB site leader and a UM Taekwondo Demonstration Team member. Outside of school, she values spending time with friends and family and enjoys reading, art, and staying active.