University of Vermont

The Honors College

Fall 2014 Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader Program is an initiative designed as a resource for first year students as they transition to college life in the Honors College. Incoming students are grouped with an upper-class Honors College student who serves as the Peer Leader- a mentor sharing experience, listening, giving advice, and ultimately being the resource you need during your first semester here.

Throughout the year various programs and events are held to meet the unique needs of first year students in a new environment. We host these events to encourage our students to forge meaningful connections and build lasting memories together. A few highlights from this past year include a trip to Shelburne Farms for apple picking, Jeopardy games, a Super Bowl Party and plenty of arts and crafts nights!

You will receive a letter from your Peer Leader in early August, and will meet them in person at the First Year Welcome Event on Saturday, August 23rd.

For students interested in becoming a Peer Leader for Fall 2015, applications will be available in December 2014.

Hunter Colvin

Hunter Colvin

Hi! My name is Hunter Colvin. I am from North Hero Vermont and am a History major with an English minor, although I am considering a double major. I love reading, traveling, playing soccer, and anything sparkly.I am also an avid Netflix watcher, so if you need to find a good show, I'm your gal. At UVM, I am a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, an intramural sports player, and the Copy Chief for the Vermont Cynic, UVM's on-campus newspaper. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to talk, feel free to reach out to hcolvin@uvm.edu or through Facebook. I'd love to help in any way I can!

Allison Giroux

Allison Giroux

Hi! My name is Allison Giroux and I am a junior neuroscience major with a psychology minor. I am from the nearby town of Hinesburg, VT, so I know - and love - the area! On campus, I am a member of a co-ed service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega, and I am involved with the tobacco free initiative! I also work in a research lab and volunteer at the hospital. In my free time I love to downhill ski, do any sort of water sport, cook, watch movies, go on spontaneous adventures, attend UVM sporting events, and laugh (a lot!). I look forward to meeting all of you! If you have any questions, want to introduce yourself, or just want to say hi, feel free to send me an email at argiroux@uvm.edu or find me on Facebook.

SaraJane Harrington

SaraJane Harrington

Hello there! My name is SaraJane Harrington, I'm an Animal Science major with a Pre-Vet concentration and I hope to one day become a small animal veterinarian (although Vermont just might make me fall in love with cows). I am from Wayne, Pennsylvania which is about 10 mins outside of Philadelphia so I'm passionately in love with Philly and all it's sports teams. I'm a cheerleader for UVM so I get to cheer for our incredible men's and women's basketball teams every home game. I'm really passionate about service so on campus I'm an active member of FeelGood, which is a club that sells grilled cheese in the Davis Center tunnel and donates all proceeds to the Hunger Project to end world hunger by 2030. This summer I taught kids ages 3-12 swim lessons at a summer camp, worked at a small animal vet clinic, volunteered at Firefly Music Fest, and binge watched every episode of Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black. I'm so excited to meet the HCOL class of 2018! Feel free to email at spharrin@uvm.edu or contact me on Facebook.

Audrey Kreiser

Audrey Kreiser

Hello! My name is Audrey Kreiser, and I hail from State College, Pennsylvania. I'm a sophomore majoring in secondary English education and minoring in French. I enjoy swing dancing, reading, watching movies, and traveling (mostly to Boston and Montreal). I play the trumpet in the UVM Pep Band, which performs at basketball and ice hockey games. I just became a writing tutor on campus, and I'm excited to start this fall! This summer, I'm a full-time nanny, but I'm also working as an instructor and DJ for the Penn State swing dance club. If you have any questions about making yourself at home here at UVM, or if you just want to chat, my e-mail is akreiser@uvm.edu!

Hannah Link

Hannah Link

My name is Hannah Link, and I am from Pittsfield, a small city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. I am earning a degree through the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Plant and Soil Science. This summer, 2014, I am holding a variety of jobs, taking courses, and working on my senior thesis. I love to read, garden, swim, bicycle, run, and play guitar.

Morgan Mathews

Morgan Mathews

Hey there! I'm a junior neuroscience major with a psychology minor in the College of Arts & Sciences. I'm from Horseheads, NY (about 40 minutes from Ithaca). Last year I volunteered at Fletcher Allen, worked on the UVM Tobacco-Free Initiative, coordinated volunteering at Edmunds Elementary School, and participated in a book club. This year I hope to continue volunteering, get involved in research, and see more productions at the Flynn. With my free time, I love attending fitness classes, watching movies, eating Ben & Jerry's and dancing! You'll often find me at basketball and hockey games - Go Cats Go! I love Vermont and the UVM community and hope you will too! Feel free to contact me at memathew@uvm.edu.

Amanda Meltsner

Amanda Meltsner

Hello! My name is Amanda Meltsner, I'm a sophomore majoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies with an English minor, and I am (very proudly) from the great city-not-state of Washington, DC. When I wasn't in classes, I spent most of my time during my first year at UVM with the UVM Men's Crew team, where I'm a coxswain, as well as rowing a double with one of the other coxswains. We won a silver medal at the American Collegiate Rowing Association nationals in May! When I'm not doing crew related activities, you can find me tutoring in the Writing Center, writing for the Water Tower and an online magazine aimed at LGBTQ+ young adults, knitting (did you know the Honors College has its own knitting group?), or hanging at one of Burlington's many great music venues (I'm a sucker for bands I've never heard of). I'm looking forward to meeting all of you, and feel free to say hi if you see me- I'm the one with the crazy colored mohawk. If face-to-face talking isn't your thing, you can email me at ameltsne@uvm.edu .

Caroline Pisinski

Caroline Pisinski

Hi! My name is Caroline Pisinski and I am from Sterling, Massachusetts. I am currently an Exercise and Movement Science major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as well as a Jazz Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I hope to pursue a career in physical therapy after giving music a go. I am involved in jazz performance groups on campus, Navigators, as well as the Ski and Snowboard Club. Feel free to contact me at cpisinsk@uvm.edu or add me on Facebook.

Gurkiranjit Rattu

Gurkiranjit Rattu

Hi! My name is Aina Rattu and I am a Junior pursuing a Biology major with a minor in Special Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. My hometown is South Burlington, Vermont. At UVM, I am involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Delta Pi, the Minorities Association of Pre-Medical Students (M.A.P.S.), and the Orientation program. During my free time, I love going to sports games such as hockey and basketball, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. One fun fact is that I like to collect colored pants; I have 22 pairs so far! During this summer, I've been involved in Orientation as an Orientation Leader and have been fortunate enough to enjoy the Vermont weather! I'm super excited to be a part of the Peer Leader Program and I cannot wait to meet you all in the fall! Please feel free to shoot me an email at grattu@uvm.edu or Facebook message me with any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer and Welcome to UVM!

Amelie Rey

Amelie Rey

Hi my name is Amelie Rey, I am a junior from Wellesley, MA, majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Human Ecology and Environmental Communication. Outside of school, I love being outdoors and particularly enjoy yoga, skiing, and hiking. I am also a huge traveler- I spent the first nine years of my life in Lyon, France and took a class through UVM in South Andros, Bahamas. Furthermore, in the spring I will be studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand. I look forward to meeting you all, and if you have any questions feel free to contact me at adrey@uvm.edu.

Newt Rose

Newt Rose

Hi, my name is Newt Rose. I'm a junior majoring in History with a minor in Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. I'm a lifetime Vermonter from the small town of Ludlow, which is about two hours south of Burlington. On campus I'm a canoe trip leader in the Outing Club and am involved in Food Salvage, a club that cooks weekly dinners at the local food shelf. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you get to know the city and campus I love! Feel free to contact me at nrose@uvm.edu.

Sienna Searles

Sienna Searles

Hi! My name is Sienna Searles and I am a junior here at UVM. I grew up in Charlotte, VT, which is about 30 minutes south of Burlington. I am a Neuroscience major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am on the pre-med track. I transferred to UVM my sophomore year from a small school in upstate New York. I was on the nordic (cross-country) ski team there, and after transferring here I decided to expand my horizons a bit and do other things. This summer, I joined a Dragon boating team in Burlington, and it's a blast! I've also been working as a research assistant for the summer and a volunteer at Fletcher Allen Hospital. Last year, I joined the Outing Club and learned how to be a leader on ice climbing trips! I also worked in Admissions and as a tutor. I love being outside, hiking, playing soccer, watching movies, swimming, exploring Burlington, and just hanging out. Can't wait to meet you all! Feel free to get in touch with me via facebook or email:smsearle@uvm.edu.

Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor

Hi! I'm Olivia Taylor and I'm a Senior studying Environmental Studies in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with a minor in Political Science. My focus is in Policy & Development and I am currently working on my thesis- Gas Prices and Public Transit Ridership Trends in Vermont. I am a Writing Tutor in the Writing Center on campus, as well as a Learning Skills tutor in the Learning Co-op. I am the Campus Outreach Intern at CarShare Vermont, and the Fellowship Vice President on the co-ed service fraternity, Alpa Phi Omega (APO). I love watching movies, especially anything sci-fi or superhero related. I also love reading, dogs, and spending time with my friends. I look forward to spending time with you all and helping you get to know the city and campus I love! Feel free to contact me at oitaylor@uvm.edu.

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

Hi! My name is Michelle Thompson from Westford, Massachusetts and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I'm a Psychology major with a minor in English. Last year, I was involved with UVM's Inter-Residence Association and Hall Council, played intramural broomball, and was a member of the Pottery co-op. This fall, I will be tutoring in the Writing Center as well. I love hanging out by Lake Champlain, going to the Burlington Farmer's Market, crocheting, and watching movies. I can't wait to be back at UVM and to meet all of you! If you have questions about anything, feel free to contact me at mthomp10@uvm.edu.

Yacin Tmimi

Yacin Tmimi

My hometown is Highland Mills, New York. I enjoy spending time with friends and I stay in shape by playing lots of soccer and going to the gym. When I am at home I enjoy cooking. I am also enjoy taking relaxing walks down to Lake Champlain. This summer I worked at the Proyecto Access STEP program in The Bronx, where I tutored middle school and high school students in algebra, physics, and astronomy.

Abigail Waite

Abigail Waite

Hi! My name is Abbie Waite and I'm a senior from Hartland, Vermont. I'm majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Mathematics and Statistics. At UVM, I am president of Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed service group) and I play intramural tennis and broomball. I love being outdoors, hanging out with friends, reading, cooking and listening to music. I am also obsessed with Zumba and knitting! I love UVM and am looking forward to meeting you all! Contact me at alwaite@uvm.edu.

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