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Peer Advising

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Peer advisers are current students in the College of the Liberal Arts who have been recruited to provide first-year students with a connection to the college and to peers within the college. Peer advisers are at various points in their education careers and provide students with information critical to the transition to college as well as opportunities for social and academic engagement.

First-year students can meet with a peer adviser during the office hours listed below. Students do not have to register in advance. Just click this link to enter the waiting room.

Kianna Bingham

Kianna Bingham.pngKianna is a junior majoring in African American Studies and Political Science with minors in Business and the Liberal Arts and Chinese Language. She is the president of the National Council of Negro Women, a member of the Black Leadership Council, and an associate for the Engineering - Consulting Collaborative. Kianna is on the Special Populations Peer Adviser Team. Her favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the diversity of majors. She likes that she can meet someone in the same college and have vastly different interests.

Office Hours: 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesdays and noon–1:00 p.m. EST on Thursdays


Claire Byrnes

Claire Byrnes.pngClaire is a junior majoring in Anthropology and Geography. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native is involved in the Student Farm Club and Campus Orchestra. She is also a research assistant and an intern with the Liberal Arts Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship. She is on the Communications and Marketing Peer Adviser Team. Claire's favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is how supportive the college is of interdisciplinary work. She enjoys working with students from different majors and interests for research or within a club.

Office Hours: 8:00–9:00 p.m. EST on Mondays and 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST on Fridays


Janiyah Davis

Janiyah Davis.pngJaniyah is a junior majoring in Criminology with minors in Anthropology, Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. She is also earning a master of public policy degree. The Red Oak, Texas, native is a Liberal Arts Ambassador and a member of the Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team (SMART) and the Justice Association. She is on the Academic Outreach Peer Adviser Team. Janiyah's favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is how intertwined the fields of study are. She appreciates how similar but different they are because it gives her a great opportunity to connect with students studying in different fields.

Office Hours: noon–1:00 p.m. EST on Tuesdays and 4:00–5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesdays


Cecilia Gong

Cecilia Gong.pngCecilia is a junior majoring in Economics and Finance. The Changsha, China, native is involved in the Nittany Lion Fund, Global China Connection, Penn State Global Programs, and the Penn State Economics Association. She is on the Special Populations Peer Adviser Team. Cecilia's favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the networking opportunities that the college offers to students. Through the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, she has been able to connect with an alumnus and learn from his work experience.

Office Hours: 11:00–noon EST on Mondays and noon–1:00 p.m. EST on Tuesdays


Annie Howard

Annie Howard.pngAnnie is a senior majoring in Labor and Human Resources. She is also working on her master's in Human Resources and Employment Relations through an integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program. The Cape Cod, Massachusetts, native is active in Greek life and Penn State Athletics. Annie is on the Social Events Peer Adviser Team. Her favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the staff who can help get students where they need to be in order to succeed. "The college's support for its students is unprecedented!"

Office Hours: 11:00 a.m.–noon EST on Wednesdays and 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST on Thursdays


Lexy Pathickal

Lexy Pathickal.pngLexy is a senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Spanish. The Yardley, Pennsylvania, native is the University Park Undergraduate Association student body vice president and involved in Lion Ambassadors and the University Park Student Fee Board. She is on the Communications and Marketing Peer Adviser Team. Lexy's favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the countless connections you can make within the college that can last a lifetime. She's gained valuable relationships in her time at Penn State from being a Liberal Arts student.

Office Hours: 11:00 a.m.–noon EST on Tuesdays and noon–1:00 p.m. EST on Thursdays


Najee Rodriguez

Najee Rodriquez.pngNajee is a sophomore majoring in International Politics and History. The Orlando, Florida, native is active in the University Park Undergraduate Association and the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. He is on the Social Events Peer Adviser Team. Najee's favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is that it has provided him with so many opportunities and resources that he would never have found elsewhere. "From the advisers to the career development programs, your future is basically guaranteed. It's really more than just a college—it's a family too."

Office Hours: 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST on Mondays and noon–1:00 p.m. EST on Thursdays


Danniel Tigreros

Danniel Tigreros.pngDanniel is a senior majoring in Economics with minors in Political Science and French. The Mount Olive, New Jersey, native is involved in Greek life and advocacy groups such as GreeksCARE and Men Against Violence. Danniel was an orientation leader this past summer. He is on the Academic Outreach Peer Adviser Team. Danniel's favorite part about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the opportunities available for growth.

Office Hours: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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