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Peer Advising

Peer Advising Applications for Winter 2020 will be available in late Fall 2019.

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:

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 Peer Advisor Training, usually the day before classes start, from 12-5pm 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.

Winter 2019 Psychology Peer Advisors

Sriakhila Akula

Sriakhila is a junior from Michigan pursuing a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience. She had not taken any psychology courses prior to college but loved Psych 111 and decided to pursue psychology as a major. Aside from classes, she has been working with young adults affected from gun-shots or domestic abuse from Detroit through a program called DLIVE. On campus, she has volunteered with Child Life at the University of Michigan Hospital and is involved in preliminary experiments for finding better treatments for glioblastoma. In her free time during summer, she enjoys coaching tennis at the YMCA Livonia or baking chocolate cupcakes.

Ranya Alkhayyat

Ranya is a junior from Sterling Heights, MI pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience with a minor in Art & Design. She is hoping to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is interested in studying mental health, specifically in underrepresented groups. In addition to being a peer advisor, she is also a research assistant at the Center for Human Growth and Development studying child development and a volunteer in the Psychiatric Department at the University Hospital. During her free time, she likes to paint and read. She is really looking forward to meeting and helping her peers!

Julia Asher

Julia is a junior from Bethesda, MD pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is interested in pursuing a career in Training/Learning and Development and is currently a Training and Development Intern at Michigan Dining. She is looking forward to being a peer advisor so that she can help other Psychology and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience majors. In her free time, Julia enjoys being active, spending time with her friends, and traveling. 

Emily Cole

Emily is a senior originally from Ferndale, Michigan, and is a first-gen college student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music. She has a particular interest for both developmental psychology and the psychology of sexuality. Emily has participated in several Study Abroad programs through the University, including a 6-week trip to Spain and a 3-week trip to Austria over the past two years. Emily has played the trumpet since the 4th grade, and has participated in many bands around campus, including the Michigan Marching Band, Basketball Band, University Band, Concert Band, Fanfare Band, and a trumpet choir. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her two dogs and is interested in pursuing a career in social work or a related field.

Sophie Cucci

Sophie is a junior from Kalamazoo, MI majoring in Psychology, as well as minoring in Biological Anthropology. She has always been interested in evolution and worked as a research assistant in an Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab here at Michigan. Sophie is also a member of Michigan's Figure Skating team and loves learning foreign languages. She hopes to pursue a career that revolves around mental health and wellbeing in the future, so she is very excited to get experience interacting with and helping peers this semester!

Lexy Ginsberg

Lexy is a senior from Chappaqua, NY pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice. As well as being a peer advisor, she was also a TA for Psych 211 - Project Outreach. Beyond the psychology department, she plans on attending law school post-graduation.

Iris Hadziegric

Iris is a senior from Utica, MI studying Psychology at the university. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a master's degree in social work which would ultimately lead to her goal of becoming a therapist. Iris currently volunteers at HomeFront Strong, a program within the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry that is focused on reducing stress and negative thinking of military and veteran spouses. In her free time she enjoys cooking, spending time in nature, admiring dogs, and hanging out with her friends and family. 

Halima Haque

Halima is a junior from Detroit, MI pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in law and works as a judicial intern at the Washtenaw County Trial Court. Additionally, she works as a Peer Information Counselor for the UM Library and is also a research assistant for a neuroscience lab in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute that focuses on vestibular and oculomotor systems. In her spare time, she likes to paint and go on long night-time walks.  

Heather Hunt

Heather is a senior from North Branch, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Health. She is interested in developmental and clinical psychology. In addition to working as an academic peer advisor, Heather is one of the current co-leaders of the Wolverine Health Sciences Program and leads a small group on campus. After graduation, she is planning to take a gap year before pursuing her Master's in Social Work. Heather is considering multiple career paths, including academic advising and counseling. In her free time, Heather enjoys music, trying new restaurants, and crime/supernatural t.v. shows. 

Skylar Kallick

Skylar is a senior from Villanova, PA pursuing a B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and a Minor in Business from the Ross School of Business. She is interested in studying human behavior in the workplace, specifically employee engagement and unconscious biases. Skylar will be beginning her career in Human Resources following graduation, as she is passionate about mentorship and coaching, talent development, and data analytics. Aside from being a peer advisor, she is actively involved in her sorority on campus, having served in leadership positions relating to recruitment, retention, and member experience. Outside of school, Skylar loves to travel, try new foods, and watch Netflix.

Jasmine Morigney

Jasmine is a senior from West Bloomfield, MI pursuing a B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN). She is especially interested in the mental health of athlete populations. Outside of the classroom, Jasmine is involved in Alpha Phi Omega (Community Service Organization), Psi Chi (Honor Society in Psychology), and is also a tour guide. Currently, she works as a research assistant with the Healthy Minds Network that does research on young adult mental health. She hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology following graduation. In her downtime, she likes to listen to music, cook and knit. 

Allyson Rodriguez

Allyson is a senior from Royal Oak, MI currently finishing a B.A. in Psychology as well as a minor in German Language. She has an interest in learning development and education, which she has fostered during her three years working at Towsley Children’s House as a Teaching Assistant. Her post-graduation plans include grad school, and she is applying to several Master’s programs to pursue an interest in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Ellen Svaerdh

Ellen is a senior pursuing a B.A. in psychology as well as the Cappo Sales Track in the Ross School of School. She is an International student from Sweden who grew up moving around Europe (Germany & Ireland). Her interests center around developmental and social psychology demonstrated through the three semesters she spent as part of the TIDES CASA-Lab research team. She looks forward to guiding her peers through the semester!

Bridgette Wolf

Bridgette is a junior undertaking a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Health.  She plans on obtaining her Master's in Social Work upon graduation which will hopefully allow her to become a school social worker or counselor.  Outside of peer advising, Bridgette works as a Teacher's Assistant at the North Campus Children's Center and is also a Campus Day Leader for the University.  Her favorite past times include eating her weight in chocolate, watching college football, and online shopping.