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 open mic, therapy dogs, art therapy, Jeopardy games, a Super Bowl Party and plenty of arts and crafts nights.
Hello everyone! My name is Keelan, and I am a senior in CAS with a major in Health and Society and minors in Anthropology with a Global Health Focus, Behavioral Change Health Studies, and Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching. I am also getting my Master’s in Public Health through the UVM Accelerated MPH Program. I work in the Emergency Department as well as the Career Center on campus and I also serve as a Mentor Coordinator for a Non-Profit DREAM that is run through AmeriCorps! I love to do research at UVMMC, rock climb, ski, hike, swim, go to concerts, and travel! I am so excited to meet all of you this year! You can contact me at email@example.com.
Fernanda De Oliveira Girelli
Hi everyone! My name is Fernanda De Oliveira Girelli, I’m currently a junior with a computer science major. I’m originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey. I’m part of SWICS (Society of Women in Computer Science), CS Crew, Alianza Latinx, and book club! I’m so excited to me you all! If you need anything or just want to talk, feel free to reach out, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hello everyone! My name is Lindsey Earle and I am a sophomore neuroscience major with a philosophy minor following a pre-med track. I am from Groton, MA and have been loving Vermont! Last spring, I joined Dr. Molly Stanley's lab and currently participate in research regarding taste and smell using the fruit fly as a model. This year I hope to continue to explore all of what UVM has to offer. Outside of academics I enjoy hiking, skiing and traveling. I am excited to join the PM team and meet everyone, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just to say hello! My email is email@example.com.
Hi! My name is Anna Hallock and I’m from upstate New York! I’m a sophomore in Rubenstein with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Sociology. I love reading, live music, crocheting, skiing, and discovering new movies! Something I’m super passionate about is Amnesty International, which is a human rights organization that UVM has its own chapter of. I’m proud to have been a part of Amnesty for about 4 years now! This is my first year as a Peer Mentor and I’m super excited to get started! I would love to help out if you have any questions or just want to chat, so please feel free to reach out to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hi everyone! My name is Ben Hershey and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at UVM. I am majoring in Chemistry with a minor in French. I’m from Colchester, Vermont, about 15 minutes away from campus. At UVM, I am primarily involved with the Running Club and intramural sports, but I am hoping to find even more new interests to pursue this coming year on campus. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, skiing, playing guitar, and watching the Boston Red Sox. This is my first year as an HCOL peer mentor and I am excited to be a part of the team. I look forward to meeting everyone. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com with any questions!
Hi everyone! My name is Hunter Holoubek. I’m a sophomore with a major in Psychological Science and a minor in Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m from Cumberland, Rhode Island and I’m always excited to meet other Rhodies - there aren’t a lot of us! One thing you should know about me is that I love connecting/building relationships with people. If you ever have any questions you think I could help with (psych/SAS/honors college/etc.), please don’t hesitate to reach out! At UVM, I am a member of the Beekeeping and Neuroscience clubs, and I enjoy participating in the various other activities around campus, such as recreational volleyball or bouldering. I also enjoy playing guitar, skiing, and finding spots to go hiking near campus. If you have any questions at all or even just want to chat, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello! My name is Leo Kenwood (he/him) and I am a sophomore from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am studying Applied Math in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. I am also doing a certificate in Computer-Aided Engineering Technology and have a minor in Spanish. At UVM, I am involved in the service dog training club, I work at the glassblowing lab (artistic and scientific glass), and I am a beginner snowboarder. I love anything outdoors and am described to have ‘an affinity for math and fire’ by my friend. In my free time you can find me reading or listening to audiobooks or hammocking on the green with my friends. I am also a Trek leader if you want to nerd out about the outdoors with me. Leo.Kenwood@uvm.edu.
Alyssana Lasek (Sana)
Hi! My name is Sana and I am a sophomore from Charlotte, VT which is about 30 minutes from campus. I am studying Biological Science in CAS with a minor in integrative health. At UVM, I am a member of the premedical and ski & snowboard club and will be working as a chemistry tutor. I am also a volunteer birthing doula at the UVM medical center which is right on campus! In my free time on campus I like to go to the gym, play volleyball, and spend time with friends. Off campus I love to spend time with my family, snowboard, travel, and spend as much time on the beach as possible! If you have any questions about anything in Burlington or the surrounding area, UVM, HCOL, or just want to chat, you can reach me at email@example.com!
Hi everyone! I’m Emily, a junior microbiology major in CALS with minors in bioinformatics and computer science. I do research on HIV in the Thali lab with the goal of eventually pursuing a PhD. I am also co-editor in chief of the Nat Phil, UVM’s science publication. Off campus, I love climbing, hiking, running, snowboarding, and pretty much anything else that gets me outside. I look forward to meeting everyone!! Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Greetings! My name is Sarah O'Leary (she/her), and I am from West Hartford, Connecticut. I am a sophomore Environmental Science major in Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. I hope to pursue a Health and Society minor or an individually designed Marine Biology minor (Fun fact: I am a certified SCUBA diver). At UVM, I am an editor for Headwaters Magazine, an Eco-Rep, and involved with a few more clubs. In my free time, I love to use the bouldering wall, host movie nights, visit the waterfront, and explore the outdoors with friends. Back home, I am a volunteer at a local dog rescue which is my favorite thing to do. You can also find me hiking, cooking, and baking. I am honored to be a part of this community and excited to meet you all. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to talk with you! My email is: email@example.com.
Robin Tulip Olsen
Hey all, Robin (she/her) here! I'm a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies. I grew up in Boise, Idaho and am brand new to the Peer Mentor program! In my free time, I'm a writer and editor for UVM’s alternative newsmag The Watertower, play Nintendo games, watch Dimension 20 and bad movies, build Lego sets, and try to read when I can. If you want my controversial takes on the 2019 movie musical Cats or have any questions about UVM, please reach out to me anytime! — firstname.lastname@example.org <3
Hi everyone! My name is Elisabeth Roadcap, and I'm from Milford, New Hampshire. I am a senior Molecular Genetics major and Health and Society minor with a goal of becoming a genetic counselor. I’ve been involved in research both on campus in Dr. Barlow’s lab in the Animal Science department for three years and at an NSF REU summer program in Maine last year. This is my third year as a peer mentor, and I also work as a pharmacy technician at Hannaford! In my free time, I love hiking, biking by the waterfront, crocheting, and baking. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
My name is Eli Smith, I am a Senior from Morrisville, Vermont, and I major in Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. I’m a member of the Nordic Ski Club, which is a wonderful way to stay in shape on campus while having tons of fun! I’m also the new president of the UVM Computer Science Crew. When I’m off campus, you’ll probably catch me jumping in the lake, shredding the slopes, hiking, or running around Burlington. I’m passionate about cooking and love to cook for a crowd. Feel free to reach out with any questions about UVM, or if you just want to chat! My email is Elijah.Smith@uvm.edu.
Hi everyone! My name is Allyson Turner. I am a sophomore Molecular Genetics major on a pre med track. I am from Nottingham, New Hampshire which is about a 3 hour drive from campus. On campus I am involved with MEDVIDA, rock climbing club, premedical club, and do research in the Weston Lab. In my free time you will find me in the mountains, hiking or skiing. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey everyone! My name is Wenzdae Wendling and I’m from Wolcott, VT. I’m a senior Animal Science major with a minor in Equine Studies and I’m headed to Veterinary school after graduation! My research and senior thesis are focused on medical illustration, particularly in reference to equine anatomy. On campus, I’m an executive member of the UVM Horse Barn, an officer in the Nordic club, an illustrator for the Vermont Cynic, as well as a member of the Cycling and Shooting Sports teams. In my free time I love to backcountry ski, paint, and ride my horse Tam, who you can visit at the UVM Horse Barn! This is my third year as a Peer Mentor and I’m so excited to meet everyone! If you ever have any questions (or want to have a lively chat about the best ski mountains in VT) feel free to reach out to me anytime at email@example.com.
Hello! I’m Mindy and I am a sophomore in CAS majoring in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish. I’m from Washington state but have loved finding a home in Vermont. On campus, I’ve been involved with the summit sisters, horticulture, and anthropology clubs, but would love to keep exploring the many things that UVM student life has to offer! Much of my free time is spent hiking, reading, crocheting, and trying to keep my plants alive (it’s a work in progress). I am so excited for the year ahead! If you ever have any questions or just want to say hi, don’t hesitate to send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hello everybody! My name is Adam Zuchowski and I use he/him pronouns. I’m a junior studying biomedical engineering in CEMS, with minors in computer science and mathematics. I grew up in Williston, Vermont, about 15 minutes from campus. I work in a research lab in the College of Medicine studying SARS-CoV-2, but I’m also the Treasurer of our club Fencing team, and I am a member of our Biomedical Engineering Society and Engineers Without Borders. When I’m not hanging around on campus, I love hiking, backpacking, skiing, and working through my booklist. If you need recommendations for places to go hiking, have questions about anything HCOL or UVM, or just want to chat, please reach out to me at email@example.com anytime!