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Peer Advising

**DEADLINE EXTENDED** Apply to be a Winter 2020 Peer Advisor! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

The Psychology Peer Advisors are available on a walk-in basis while classes are in session during the Fall and Winter terms from the first through last days of classes. Fall 2019 walk-in hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11am-4pm; and Tuesday 11am-3pm. Peer advisors are not available during spring and summer, but will return the first day of classes in the fall. 

  • 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. Visit Peer Advisors 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. Shadow a current peer advisor before the current term ends.

3. Attend the 5-hour Peer Advisor Training, usually the day before classes start, in East Hall.

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 take walk-in appointments (office hours listed at the top of page). 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.

Fall 2019 Psychology Peer Advisors

Liz Abreu

Liz is a junior from Denver, CO pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Psychology with a minor in History. She currently has plans to attend law school following graduation, with an interest in entertainment law. Aside from being a peer advisor, Liz also serves as treasurer for Music Matters due to her passion for music. Over the summer she was a research assistant for a Peers research study on adolescent development and continues to do so. During her free time Liz enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible along with sampling the wide variety of the food Ann Arbor has to offer. 

Mia Feinbaum

Mia is a junior from West Bloomfield, Michigan pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Digital Studies. She is especially interested in Organizational Psychology and Social Psychology. Apart from being a Psychology peer advisor, Mia participates in the CGIS exchange ambassador program and is the Vice President of Academic Development for her sorority on campus. This past summer, Mia participated in a four-week study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. In her free time, Mia loves to listen to music, dance, and enjoy all of the good food in Ann Arbor!

Seth Finkelstein

Seth is a junior originally from Pittsburgh, PA pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC). His dream is to get his PhD in clinical psychology on his way to becoming a clinical psychologist. He is interested in mental health in general, though he is especially interested in anxiety and depressive disorders in children and adolescents. Seth has worked in several research labs since arriving on campus and is also involved in the club Best Buddies. During his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and hanging out with friends.  

Daria Hurley

Daria Hurley is a senior from Detroit, MI pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology while also minoring in Gender, Race, and Nation. Aside from peer advising, Daria busies herself with a variety of activities ranging from working for The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs as the Student Coordinator for the Supporting Incoming Black Students (SIBS) mentorship program. She also actively participates in the Psychology Honors Society Psi Chi, works for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) as a Co-Coordinator for over 70 volunteers who are supportive allies to those affected by the cause, and works for University Housing as a Multicultural Lounge Community Coordinator to ensure students are aware of the resources and multicultural spaces available to them. Daria hopes to assist her peers through the use of her past experiences, familiarity with the intricacies of the Psychology Department at the University, and knowledge of various opportunities on campus!

Aravind Kalimi

Aravind is a senior from Troy, MI pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience. Aside from going through school, he volunteers as a part of the Red Cross Fast Program in performing first aid at various athletic events that occur around Michigan. On campus, he works in a research lab with children, who are in elementary through high school, who have ADHD to help them understand that they can do anything they set their minds to. Concerning his plans for the future, he hopes to attend medical school and achieve his dream of becoming a doctor. Aside from chasing his dream, in his free time, he enjoys working out and playing video games. If there is lots of free time, however, he enjoys reading fiction books like the Pendragon Series or the Ranger’s Apprentice to just revisit old times. He also loves jokes so please if you have any, he would love to hear them.

Misu Kwon

Misu Kwon is a senior who transferred to U of M last fall semester from the University of Boston. She is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Misu is interested in clinical psychology and is planning to apply to graduate school in this area next year. She has enjoyed seeking out various experiences on campus to help her decide on a future career. She worked as a mentor in a Korean language class for high school students and as a research assistant in the Alcoholism lab last semester. She is planning to work as a research assistant this semester in a Perfectionism lab. Misu is hoping the experience as a peer advisor and research assistant will help her to choose between the career paths of clinician and researcher.

Kasia Lyszczarczyk

Kasia is a junior from Chicago, IL pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN). Aside from being a peer advisor, she just started working as a research assistant in an Evolutionary Social Psychology lab here at Michigan. She is also involved in her sorority on campus where she helps ensure social responsibility in the community. Outside ofU-M, she serves as a Peer Mentor to incoming first-generation college freshmen from Chicago through a program called Chicago Scholars. During her free time, Kasia enjoys spending time with her friends, watching Netflix, and going hiking.

Katherine Robertson

Katherine is a senior from Northville, MI pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Religion. Her primary interests are in clinical and abnormal psychology, and she plans to become a clinician working with adolescents and adults. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention lab through the Department of Child Psychiatry. When she’s not in class or at the lab, you can find her working at California Pizza Kitchen, tutoring French, watching good TV, or spending time with family and friends.

Delaney Silhanek

Delaney is a junior from Ann Arbor, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Her interests include organizational and social psychology, and she is especially fascinated by how psychology pertains to the workplace. For the past two summers, Delaney has interned at a law firm and she plans on pursuing a career in Law or Human Resources following graduation. Aside from being a peer advisor, Delaney is actively involved in her sorority; likes to spend time with friends and family, read, and go to Michigan football games.

Becca Skinner

Becca is a senior from Lake Bluff, IL pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender & Health. She is a transfer student, so she knows how intimidating UM can be and hopes to help students transition through her role as a peer advisor. Post-grad, she hopes to attend graduate school to earn her doctorate in Psychology and become a therapist. On campus, Becca is involved with the Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support program within SAPAC. Becca can often be spotted walking her dog, Lou, around Ann Arbor!

Kathy Smith

Kathy, a senior from Fowler, Michigan, is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English. Her interests include educational psychology and adolescent psychology, specifically how individuals build a resilient mental framework in childhood that lead to more effective coping mechanisms in adulthood. Following graduation, Kathy plans to become a licensed mental health counselor specializing in school counseling. In her free time, she enjoys running, painting, and traveling with friends and family.

Geoff Yang

Geoff is a senior from Rochester Hills, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and is passionate about building relationships with others and helping them solve problems. His work experience is diverse, having completed sales and HR internships at Sherwin-Williams and General Motors respectively, as well as currently working as a talent management office assistant at the U-M Office of University Development. He is aspiring to work in the field of human resources and believes his psychology background at U-M complements his experience well because it helps him to better empathize and relate with others. In his free time, Geoff enjoys playing video games and spending time with his friends.

Lily Yang

Lily is a junior from Grand Blanc, MI majoring in Psychology and Organizational Studies, along with a minor in Business. In addition to being a peer advisor, she is a member of several student organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, Undergraduate Psychology Society, and Asian American Association. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and going out for bubble tea. After graduation, Lily is interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources and hopes to learn from her experience as a peer advisor!

Emma Yergin

Emma is a senior from South Lyon, Michigan studying psychology with minors in writing and Community Action & Social Change. She uses her love of helping others and of psychology in her job as a behavior technician, performing ABA with children with autism. She hopes to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Psychologist. Besides being a peer advisor, Emma is involved all over campus demonstrating her passions for the school and assisting others. She is a campus tour guide, a study abroad E-advisor, and is involved in multiple dance teams. Emma is thrilled to be able to work with undergraduate students who are interested in psychology this semester and hopes their passion grows at the University of Michigan.