The Peer Mentor 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 Mentor - a mentor sharing experience, listening, giving advice, and ultimately being the resource students need during their 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. Peer Mentors 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.

Meet the 2018 Honors College Peer Mentors

Hayley Barriere

Hayley Barriere

Hi everyone! My name is Hayley Barriere and I am a senior at UVM, originally from Shaftsbury, Vermont. I am a Global Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences with Sociology and Spanish minors. On campus I am a Coordinator for Big Buddies, a youth mentoring organization, and a Peer Advisor for the Office of International Education where I work with students interested in studying abroad. I am also an avid member of an intramural volleyball team for people who do not know how to play volleyball – we have never won a game, but it’s lots of fun! I love to read, travel, and eat maple creemees by the lake, and I am in the process of learning how to ski. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to send me an email at hayley.barriere@uvm.edu.

Katie Bedell

Katie Bedell

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Bedell, and I’m a senior from Charlotte, Vermont. I am in the College of Education and Social Services studying Secondary Education with a concentration in Political Science, which will set me up to be a high school social studies teacher! On campus, I’ve been involved in various choral groups on campus, I take jazz voice lessons, and I thoroughly enjoy attempting various intramural sports. I love spending time with friends, watching movies and TV shows (especially The Office), and playing the piano. I can’t wait to meet this upcoming class! If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email me at kebedell@uvm.edu.

Brittany Belanger

Brittany Belanger

Hey everyone! My name is Brittany Belanger and I am a senior Neuroscience major here at UVM. I am intrigued by traumatic brain injuries and concussions, and I plan to become a Physical Therapist with a specialty in Neurology after my undergraduate studies. I am from a very small town called Dunstable, Massachusetts, which is about three hours away from UVM. I fell in love with Burlington due to the yearly soccer tournaments that I had in the area when I was younger. On campus, I am involved in the Honors College Student Advisory Group, UVM’s chapter of the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, as well as being a biology tutor. I am very excited to continue my research this year that’s associated with understanding the neurobiology of individuals who have Multiple Sclerosis. In my spare time I love being outside, going to the gym, playing soccer, reading, and finding whatever dogs I can on campus to pet!! I am greatly looking forward to meeting all of you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at bbelange@uvm.edu or find me on Facebook!

Courtney Brady

Courtney Brady

Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Brady and I am a junior Economics major with a double minor in French and Business Administration. I am from Blakeslee, PA which is a very quiet town that is 2 hours from New York and 2 hours from Philadelphia. I love yoga, hiking, biking, and snowboarding so I am pretty much every other student that goes to UVM. On campus I am the Treasurer of the UVM Economics club and a member of the UVM Fed Challenge team, so Economics basically rules my life and I am TOTALLY okay with that. I am also a member of Women in Business and the Horticulture club. Other than drawing graphs about supply/demand and nerding out about interest rates I also enjoy baking and cooking healthy(ish) meals with my fabulous roommates. I also love to help students in as many ways as possible which is why I am also a Study Skills and Subject-Area tutor through the UVM Tutoring Center, definitely swing by the office in L/L to make an appointment with any of the awesome tutors! Feel free to email me at Courtney.brady@uvm.edu to talk about anything you’d like from UVM and the Burlington area to the Dow Jones and exchange rates. I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone to the HCOL community in August!

Paige Brower

Paige Brower

Hello and welcome to UVM! My name is Paige Brower and I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Professional Nursing from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. I am from Portland, Oregon (and if you were wondering yes, I have watched the show Portlandia and, yes, parts of the show are very accurate to the real thing). On-campus, I am involved in intramural sports, the Honors College Advisory Group, and I also enjoy volunteering with the organization, FeelGood, whenever I can. I love to spend any other free time I have exploring Burlington with friends, reading, hiking, snowboarding, eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, watching Netflix, and many many other things. I am looking forward to this year and if any of you have any questions before or even after we get to campus please feel free to reach out! My email is Paige.Brower@uvm.edu.

Brigitte Durieux

Brigitte Durieux

My name is Brigitte and I am an HCOL junior from Williston, VT! Here at UVM, I study biochemistry and French, work in the VT Conversation Lab, and participate in clubs on campus such as the Cat’s Meow, ChemCats, and the Wildlife & Fisheries Society. My interests include long walks on the beach and biodegradable plastics, and in my free time I can be seen in the Cyber Café beneath a towering pile of coffee cups.

Keira Goodell

Keira Goodell

Hello everyone! My name is Keira Goodell and I am a senior Biological Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Pharmacology. I am from Shaftsbury, Vermont, which is about two and a half hours south of the wonderful city of Burlington. My hobbies include eating Ben&Jerry’s and visiting Tucker the therapy dog during his office hours at LivingWell! On campus I am involved in the Catamounts Against Cancer Club, the Pre-Medical Club, and the Premedical Enhancement Program. I also work as a Pre-Health Peer Mentor in the Career Center! I like to spend my weekends hiking, skiing at Sugarbush Mountain, and exploring Burlington. If you have any questions about UVM, the Honors College, or college in general I’d be happy to talk with you! Just email me at kgoodell@uvm.edu or add me on Facebook.

Morgan Howlett

Morgan Howlett

Hi! My name is Morgan Howlett and I am a senior from Bennington, Vermont. I am in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in Biological Science with minors in both Chemistry and Psychology. I plan to go to medial school after graduation. On campus, I am involved with the Pre-Medical Club, Honors College Student Advisory Group, and I do research in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department. Additionally, I am one of the captains of the UVM Equestrian Team, so I spend a significant amount of my free time with horses. I also enjoy volunteering at the hospital on one of the pediatric floors and walking dogs at All Breed Rescue! Please feel free to send me an email (mihowlet@uvm.edu) if you have any questions!

Olivia Hurd

Olivia Hurd

Hi! My name is Olivia Hurd, and I am a senior from Stow, Massachusetts. I am a CEMS student double majoring in Data Science and Mathematics. I am on the varsity field hockey team at UVM, and I grade labs for calculus and computer science classes. I love volunteering in the local community, traveling, being outdoors, and trying new restaurants in Burlington. I’m excited to meet you all! Please feel free to contact me at ohurd@uvm.ed

Ben Isenhart

Ben Isenhart

Hey! My name is Ben Isenhart. I am a senior Physics major with a minor in Math and grew up in Cape May, New Jersey. On campus, I am involved in a lot of intramural sports and am the president of the Society of Physics Students. I am spending the summer of 2018 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado working on hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells with their Perovskite Solar Cell team as a continuation of my research on organic photovoltaics at UVM. When not studying or working in the lab, I can be fond skiing, rock climbing, or hiking around the wonderful state of Vermont. Please feel free to reach out to me at bisenhar@uvm.edu with any questions!

Sophie John

Sophie John

Hi! My name is Sophie John and I am from Concord, Massachusetts. I am a junior Exercise Science major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences planning to pursue a career in physical therapy. On campus I am involved in the Club Nordic Ski Team, Challah for Hunger, Hillel, Adaptive Sports Club, research, and the Exercise Science Club. In my free time I love participating in all outdoor activities, such as hiking, running, biking, skiing and swimming. I also love going to the Burlington Farmers Market and cooking dinner with friends. Feel free to contact me with any questions at sophie.john@uvm.edu or on Facebook!

Henry Mitchell

Henry Mitchell

Hey!  I’m Henry, I’m a senior math and physics major with a concentration in electrical engineering.  Though I was born in Minnesota, my home is Beverly, Massachusetts, on the coast a few miles north of Boston.  Beyond doing math and physics, I tutor for the UVM tutoring center, I’m a tour guide with the admissions office, I DJ for WRUV (UVM’s radio station, your better alternative), and I play some intramural sports (Spring 2016 Inter-res-hall trenchball championship team, no big deal).  If you have any questions, please never hesitate to get in touch with me at Henry.Mitchell@uvm.edu.

Aubrey Pelletier

Aubrey Pelletier

Hi everyone! My name is Aubrey Pelletier and I’m a senior zoology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I also have minors in math and chemistry, and I’m from Randolph Vermont, about an hour south of Burlington. I love animals and science and the ocean, and I’m not sure where exactly that’s going to take me once I graduate, but I hope it’s somewhere fun! On campus I am a supplemental instructor for organic chemistry and spend a lot of time in the Pespeni lab working with sea urchins on ocean acidification research. I studied abroad in Australia for a semester last year, and at the risk of my roommates telling me I sounds just like everyone else who went abroad, it truly is one of the most amazing things you can do as an undergrad. In my spare time I love going on adventures, whether that’s to the beach, hiking, skiing, or just to Price Chopper for some groceries, because that can be quite an adventure on its own. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and if you have any questions about UVM, the Honors College, or just life in Burlington, don’t hesitate to ask. My email is apellet3@uvm.edu, or you’re welcome to find me on Facebook!

Sophia Prandini

Sophia Prandini

Hello! My name is Sophia Prandini and I am an animal science major with a pre-veterinary concentration from Bennington, Vermont. In my free time I walk dogs at All Breed Rescue in Williston, kick-box, and ride horses. I am a member of the Pre-Vet Club, UVM Animal Rescue, Honors College Student Advisory Group, and FeelGood. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at sprandin@uvm.edu!

Eric Tucker

Eric Tucker

Hi!  My name’s Eric Tucker, and I am a senior from Barre, Vermont.  I’m on a pre-law track in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Economics in Political Science.  On campus, I am very involved with UVM’s Mock Trial Team and intramural sports, and I love to downhill ski.  I’m currently interning for Representative Peter Welch’s office.  If you have any questions about the Honors College, UVM, or Burlington in general, feel free to email me at Eric.J.Tucker@uvm.edu, or add me on Facebook.  Welcome to UVM, and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!

James Whitley

James Whitley

Hello! My name is James Whitley and I am a junior Biological Sciences Major here at UVM. I am also a hopeful Spanish Minor. After UVM, I would like to go to Medical School in hopes of becoming a pediatric surgeon. I am from Middlebury, Vermont, which is a brief 45 minute drive away. I chose UVM due to affordability and the UVM medical center, which treated my brother’s diabetes and is a good resource for a Pre-Med student such as myself. I also love the location of Burlington and the wonky Vermont weather that comes with it. On campus, I am involved in RALLYTHON, the UVM Running Club and the UVM Premedical Club. In my free time, I serve as an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Elementary students back in my hometown. Also, chickens are my spirit animal, so if you have chickens or pictures, hit me up. I look forward to meeting you all soon. If you have any questions, please contact me at James.Whitley@uvm.edu.