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.

Meet the 2021 Honors College Peer Mentors

Fosca Bechthold

Fosca Bechthold

Hey, welcome to UVM! I’m Fosca, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology and Geography. I grew up about a 3.5 hour drive from Burlington, in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Italian and German parents. On campus, I am mainly involved with the Nordic Ski Club, VSTEP, Dance Force, intramural sports, and with the Tutoring Center as a subject area and study skills tutor. To name a few other interests, I also love to get off-campus as much as I can to hike and ski, spend time by Burlington’s waterfront, and go on adventures with friends. Both my academic and non-academic interests span a wide range of topics, so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or just to say hi because I’d love to connect! fbechtho@uvm.edu

Emily Bisordi

Emily Bisordi

Hello everyone! My name is Emily Bisordi, and I am a junior Zoology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am from Warwick, Rhode Island, which is about 4 hours from Vermont. I am super passionate about all kinds of animals, and my favorite is the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Here at UVM, I am a member of the HCOL Student Advisory Group and the Wildlife and Fisheries Society. I also play clarinet in the UVM Pep Band, and I love to go to the basketball and hockey games here on campus. In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and making music. If you have any questions, or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out to me at ebisordi@uvm.edu!

Emily Cummings

Emily Cummings

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Cummings and I am senior from North Andover, Massachusetts. I am an environmental studies major with minors in music and parks, recreation, and tourism.. On campus, I am involved in Catamount Singers and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In my free time, I love to hike, ski, and try out new coffee shops in Burlington. Please feel free to reach out to me at ecummin1@uvm.edu with any questions!

Tessa Georgeson

Tessa Georgeson

Hello everyone! My name is Tessa Georgeson and I am a senior originally from a small town in Southern Vermont. I am a Biology major with a minor in Chemistry and I am also following a pre-med track. My path through college hasn’t been very traditional, but it has been full of good times! Outside of academics, I am a huge champion of mindfulness and the importance of self-care within the college experience. I am an animal lover (shout-out to my dog in the picture with me) and am passionate about the conservation of Vermont’s natural resources. I also love music, am a college gymnastics and MLB fan, and enjoy spending time with friends and family. If you have any questions about UVM, feel free to email me at Tessa.Georgeson@uvm.edu. I can’t wait to meet you all!

Cal Hale

Cal Hale

Hi everyone, my name is Cal Hale and I’m a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am double majoring in Political Science and Geography with a minor in Studio Art. I’m a lifelong Vermonter; I grew up in Hartland, which is about 90 minutes from campus near White River Jct, and went to high school in Sharon. On campus, I’m an AdvoCat (Student Admissions Representative), play in the Badminton Club, and try to go to as many basketball and hockey games as possible. Off campus, I do a lot of political organizing and consulting and work on a few hot-air balloon chase crews. In my free time, I love doing pretty much anything outdoors—hiking and skiing especially—and I enjoy going on every type of adventure, playing the piano, following the Red Sox, and thinking about politics. Please feel free to connect anytime! cal.hale@uvm.edu

Jenni Hill

Jenni Hill

Hi! My name is Jenni Hill and I’m a Mechanical Engineering major. This coming fall semester will start my second year at UVM. I’m an avid skier and I train with the Alpine Ski Racing Club, and I also actively attend Horticulture club and Society of Women Engineers’ events. In my spare time I like to knit and run my degree audit way too many times. This is my first year as a Peer Mentor and I’m very excited to invite everyone to our HCOL community! Jennifer.Hill@uvm.edu

Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson

Hi everyone! My name is Megan Richardson. I'm a senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology and Statistics and I'm from Rochester, NY. On campus, I am involved in Club Squash, the Criminal Justice Club, the Prison Project, the Prison Project Book Club, the Social Science Scholars Program, and this fall I will be an RA in the sustainability living community. In my free time, I love to hike, listen to music, read, and enjoy the sunshine. This will be my second year as a Peer Mentor and I look forward to meeting you all soon :). If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with me, please don't hesitate to email me at mcrichar@uvm.edu or text me at (585) 967-2240.

Ben Will

Ben Will

Hi everyone! My name is Ben Will and I am from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on the coast of Buzzards Bay. I am a senior Biochemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences and I have a minor in Pharmacology. I am currently working in the Majumdar Lab on projects related to epitope mapping and RNA delivery in the context of SARS-CoV-2. On campus, I am a volunteer in the pediatric department at the UVM Medical Center, a member of the Biochemistry Society, and work as a Biochemistry TA. In my free time I enjoy playing intramural sports, sailing, and spending time with friends and family. After graduating, I hope to continue on to medical school to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. Feel free to reach out to me anytime at benjamin.will@uvm.edu.

Sophie Majerske

Sophie Majerske
Hi everyone! My name is Sophie Majerske and I am a junior from Fayetteville, North Carolina. I
am a Psychological Sciences major with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.
On campus, I am involved with the Peer Aid Network. In my free time, I like to hike, attend
cycling classes, brunch hop, and try different Nespresso pods! I’m super excited to meet all of
you :) Feel free to email me with any questions at smajersk@uvm.edu.

Sophie O'Neil

Sophie O'Neil

Hello Everyone! My name is Sophie O’Neil and I’m a sophomore in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences pursuing a Nursing major and a Nutrition minor. I grew up in Richmond, Vermont, a small town about 25 minutes outside of campus. After undergrad I hope to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and work in pediatrics or with newborns and mothers. I’m really close with my parents and my three younger siblings, and watching them grow up is a big reason I am so passionate about working with children. On campus I am involved with the Alpine Ski Racing Club Team, Chicks on Sticks, and Summit Sisters, along with various branches of Volunteers in Action. If you couldn’t tell from that, I love being outdoors and in my community in my free time. Being a native Vermonter I know the surrounding area pretty well so feel free to ask any questions about nearby activities! If you have any other questions or just want to talk, don’t hesitate to reach out and I look forward to seeing you all in person in the fall! sroneil@uvm.edu.

Joe Webb

Joe Webb

Hey there! My name is Joe Webb, and I am a sophomore Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am from the small town of Goffstown, New Hampshire, which is just Northwest of the Manchester area and about a 3 hour drive from Burlington. I currently work as an EMT and am on a pre-medical track to pursue such an incredible field of work. I am an avid skier, scuba diver, and I like to say I dabble with piano (which means I can play two songs by heart). This will be my first year as a Peer Mentor, but I look forward to getting to know you all! If you have any questions, or just want to chat, feel free to reach out to me at Joseph.Webb@uvm.edu.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Hey there! My name is Sarah Wood and I’m from Aurora, CO! I’m a rising sophomore double majoring in political science and global studies with a minor in Middle Eastern studies! Outside of the classroom I take part in the Student Government Association, and this summer I interned for the Governor of Colorado! I love to crochet, paint, and rock climb too! I’m so excited to meet you all and get back to Burlington! You can contact me at swood7@uvm.edu.

Elisabeth Roadcap

Elisabeth Roadcap

Hi everyone! My name is Elisabeth Roadcap, and I'm from Milford, New Hampshire. I am a sophomore molecular genetics major and animal science minor with the goal of becoming a veterinarian! On campus, I am involved in MEDVIDA and the Dairy Club, and I'll be starting research in the Barlow Lab this fall. In my free time, I love hiking, biking by the waterfront, and baking. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at eroadcap@uvm.edu. I'm looking forward to meeting you!