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 2017 Honors College Peer Mentors

Katie Bedell

Katie Bedell

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Bedell, and I’m a junior 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 junior Neuroscience major here at UVM.  I am intrigued by traumatic brain injuries and concussions, and it is my hope to become a Physical Therapist 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, as well as being a biology and chemistry tutor.  In addition, I will soon be starting research associated with understanding the neuroscience behind individuals that 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!

Jessica Crooker

Jessica Crooker

Hello! My name is Jessica Crooker and I'm a sophomore double majoring in English and Biological Science on a Pre-Medical track. I'm from Northfield Massachusetts, a small town in Western Mass. I'm involved in intramural sports, I helped found the UVM Biomedical Engineering Society, and am part of the Honors College Student Advisory Group. I love baking, hiking, hanging out with the therapy dogs, getting free UVM swag, listening to good music, going into downtown Burlington, and eating good food.  Feel free to shoot me an email at jcrooker@uvm.edu or find me on Facebook!

Kiara Day

Kiara Day

Hi everyone! My name is Kiara Day and I am a Senior pursuing a History major and Holocaust studies minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am also an accelerated master’s student in History. I am from Gorham, Maine (really close to Portland). On campus I’m a staff assistant at the History Department, secretary for the History Club, an editor for the History Review, involved with Hillel, and I go to many campus lectures on my own free will. My hobbies include reading, writing, eating anything chocolate, and binge watching shows. In Burlington, I love to go shopping downtown and walking along the waterfront. This summer I will be conducting my thesis research! I can’t wait to meet all of you in the Fall! If you have any questions feel free to contact me. You can add me on Facebook or email me at kbday@uvm.edu .

Keira Goodell

Keira Goodell

Hello everyone! My name is Keira Goodell and I am a sophomore biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am from Shaftsbury, Vermont, which is about three 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 Colleges Against Cancer Club and the Pre-Medical Club, and I spend many of my weekends at Sugarbush Mountain with the Ski and Snowboard Club. 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 Junior from Bennington, Vermont enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am on a Pre-Medical track with a major in Biological Science and minors in both Psychology and Chemistry. My extra-curricular activities include the UVM Equestrian Team, the Pre-medical club, volunteering at the hospital, CALS Representatives, research, and intramural sports. In my free time I like to visit all of the great restaurants in the Burlington area and volunteer 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 sophomore 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 am a peer note-taker for ACCESS students. I love traveling, being outdoors, and spending time in downtown Burlington. Please feel free to contact me at ohurd@uvm.edu or find me on Facebook.

Ben Isenhart

Ben Isenhart

Hey! My name is Ben Isenhart. I am a sophomore majoring in Physics with a minor in Astronomy. I am from Cape May, New Jersey, the furthest south town in NJ. During the warm months, I like to spend my time hiking and camping, but the winter is reserved solely for skiing. I also participate in a lot of intermural sports all year. I play several instruments and am always down for a jam. I’m really pumped to meet all of the incoming freshman! Please feel free to find me on Facebook or email me at bisenhar@uvm.edu.

Sophie John

Sophie John

Hi! My name is Sophie John and I am from Concord, Massachusetts. I am a sophomore Exercise and Movement Science major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and hope to pursue a career in physical therapy. On campus I am involved in the Club Nordic Ski Team, Challah for Hunger, Hillel, intramural sports, and the Exercise and Movement 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!

Nathan Lantieri

Nathan Lantieri

Hi everyone! My name is Nathan Lantieri and I am a junior Community and International Development major at UVM. I am really interested in finding equitable solutions for the main systemic problems we have in both our American society as well as in our larger global community. In our country, several of the largest issues we have come from discrimination and ecologically unfriendly practices, especially in the city environment, so I hope one day to go into the field of urban planning and development. I come from the town of Kingston, Massachusetts, located along the ocean near the town of Plymouth. I’ve been visiting and loving Burlington since I was a little kid, coming to see my sister during her time at UVM. I’m so glad I have the opportunity to now be a member of the Burlington and UVM communities in my own right. On campus, I am a new leader in the Outing Club, the largest on campus organizations, and I am also the new Social Media Coordinator for this as well. This Summer, I will be leading Wilderness Trek for the Outing Club and working as an Intern for the Champlain Housing Trust. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, reading, cooking, biking, and hanging out with my close Burlington buds. I’m super stoked to have the chance to meet you all this coming Fall! If you have any questions over the Summer, my email is nmlantie@uvm.edu. Don’t be shy! The peer mentors are here for you.

Henry Mitchell

Henry Mitchell

Hey!  I’m Henry, I’m a sophomore 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 do a fair bit of running, 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.

Jessica NeJame

Jessica NeJame

Hi - Hey there! My name is Jessica NeJame and I am a junior from Charlestown, Rhode Island. I am enrolled in a dual degree program, which means that I will be obtaining degrees from two colleges here. I am an Environmental Studies major in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources and a Political Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Here at UVM, I am the president of Headwaters (an environmental magazine) and a member of Alpha Zeta (an agricultural fraternity). I love living in Burlington and being able to experience both a small city and the beauty of nature all at once. I enjoy going to concerts, playing guitar, and reading. I am so excited to meet all of you. If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to find me on Facebook or email me at jnejame@uvm.edu. See you soon!

Joscie Norris

Joscie Norris

Hello Catamounts! I hail from the great state of Connecticut from a itty-bitty farm town, and just finished my first year at UVM! I live in the GreenHouse dorms and am a Rubinstein School kid studying Natural Resource Ecology and anything related to outdoor education, plants, mud, mountains, and wild critters. I hope to minor in Studio Arts and Wildlife Biology. I went on Climbing TREK and now I lead rock and ice climbing trips for the Outing Club and coach for the Climbing Team. I am in Taekwondo club and am a writer for Headwaters magazine, an environmental publication. This summer consists of hiking on the Long Trail and working at the White Mountains’ Greenleaf hut, I am so psyched! If I am not sprinting across campus I can be found hammocking, contra dancing, bird watching, painting watercolors of the mountains, writing poetry, or cooking with friends — come join me, I can’t wait to share this place with you! jnorris2@uvm.edu

Lauren Rayson

Lauren Rayson

Hi! My name is Lauren Rayson, and I’m from Carlisle, MA, which is a very small town about 30 minutes outside of Boston. I’m a sophomore majoring in Economics, with minors in Music and Political Science. On campus I’m heavily involved in different performance ensembles, including Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble, where I play French horn, as well as the African Drumming club! I also love spending time in downtown Burlington, especially watching the sunsets over Lake Champlain! Feel free to add me on Facebook or send me an email (lrayson@uvm.edu).

Rosie Steinberg

Rosie Steinberg

Although it is rumored I major in American Flatbread, I'm actually just an Economics and Mathematics double major in the College of Arts and Sciences. ("I love math!" said no one ever...except me.) I am also known as the smallest singer to ever grace the UVM Hit Paws Co-Ed A Cappella Group alto section, bringing down the group's average height by a whole inch and a half! As President of the group next year, I hope to continue this legacy. My other hobbies include yelling at people as a Group Cycling instructor at Campus Recreation. Come on down to the Gutt to work off those Harris-Millis-pizza-"gains". Last summer, I served as an Investment Research Intern for a financial firm, and this summer I will be an Actuarial Intern in Montpelier. I specialize in LinkedIn stalking and business casual shopping, so be sure to hit me up for help with the summer job search. Find me on Facebook or email me at rksteinb@uvm.edu for this or any other UVM questions you have! Aside from my busy schedule of singing, sleeping, sweating, math-ing and Peer Mentoring, I also enjoy cooking for my mentees. I am not above bribing you all with sugar...Cookies and tea, anyone?

Eric Tucker

Eric Tucker

Hi!  My name’s Eric Tucker, and I am a junior 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 sophomore 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.

Josh Wolf

Josh Wolf

Hi, my name is Josh Wolf, and I’m a junior here at UVM. I’m from Cooper City, Florida--which I like to think gives me a unique perspective on the school. I’m pursuing a B.A. in Geography from the College of Arts and Sciences with minors in History and Environmental Studies. On campus, I am involved with Service TREK, and I am a director for the school’s Alternative Spring Break program! Feel free to contact me with any questions by emailing me at jhwolf@uvm.edu, or by shooting me a message on Facebook. I look forward to meeting everyone in the fall!