Peer Advising

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Peer advisers are current students in the College of the Liberal Arts who have been recruited to provide 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.

Students can meet in person with a peer adviser during the office hours listed below. All times are listed in ET.

Office Hours | 102 Sparks Building
Monday:
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Fall 2022 Peer Advisers

Hamza Al Aufi

Hamza Al AufiHamza is a senior majoring in Economics and International Politics. He is from Oman, AlHamra. Besides working as Liberal Arts Peer Adviser, Hamza also serves as an International Student Ambassador. Hamza’s favorite out of the classroom experience so far has been his internship at Swiss Re Americas. What he most appreciates about the College of the Liberal Arts is the resources and support the college provides for its students.


Imanol (Ima) Bazan

Imanol (Ima) BazanIma is a junior double majoring in International Politics and Global and International Studies. Ima was born in Badajoz, Spain, to Argentinian parents but was raised in Venezuela. In addition to serving as a Liberal Arts Peer Adviser, Ima is the secretary for the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as a member of Phi Sigma Alpha–the National Political Science Honor Society, Blue & White Society, and the Alumni Association. He also holds the position of a mentorship guide for ServeState, a community service organization at Penn State. One of his favorite things outside of the classroom is being able to engage with diverse people and learning about their culture, language, and beliefs. Ima’s favorite things about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is having the opportunity to build “eminent relations” with people from all over the world.


Kahomy (Kay) Benitez Garcia

Kahomy (Kay) Benitez GarciaKay is a junior majoring in Criminology and minoring in Biology. She is from Rochester, New York. Kay is involved in Project Paws Organization, a club dedicated to helping out State College’s furry friends. She is also part of the Astrology Club since astrophysics is a fun hobby of hers. She is also involved in the Silver Circle, which is a spiritual club that focuses on growing people’s spiritual connections and journeys through their lives. Kay’s favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the flexibility that she has with the way she studies, the classes she can take, and the things she wants to learn. She appreciates that she’s able to take a wide variety of classes, which has helped her broaden her horizons.


Tom Blathwayt

Thomas BlathwaytTom is a fourth-year/senior majoring in Political Science and History. He is an international student from Auckland, New Zealand. After graduation, he hopes to become a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. Tom says the College of the Liberal Arts has given him a diverse view of the world and the opportunity to learn about different cultures, histories, and contemporary topics that enhance his perspective in a positive light.


Christina Fomunyoh

Christina FomunyohChristina is a junior majoring in Global and International Studies and International Politics with a minor in Spanish. Although she was born and raised in Annandale, Virginia, Christina takes pride in the culture of her Cameroonian-born parents, which has greatly influenced her passion for learning more about other cultures and communities around the world. Christina is an active member of Phi Chi Theta Business Fraternity, Empower Orphans Club, African Students Association, Global Leaders Newsletter, and the new Penn State United Nations Campus Advocates organization. Christina’s favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the numerous opportunities to meet and connect with students across the college and across majors. She said that meeting students with different majors within the college has allowed her to have many great worldly conversations and has exposed her to the diversity of study within the college.


Jack Gochis

Jack GochisJack is a senior majoring in Psychology. He was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Besides serving as a Peer Adviser for the College of the Liberal Arts, Jack has also participated in the Ski and Astronomy clubs. This year Jack plans to be involved in THON and the Curling Club. His favorite out-of-classroom experience is going to sporting events like football, basketball, hockey, etc. Growing up a Penn State fan, he says being able to watch sports in person is surreal and he says the atmosphere at Penn State is “unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before.” Jack’s favorite thing about being part of the College of the Liberal Arts is how welcome he feels in the college. He says that the students and staff are some of the most kind and helpful people he has ever met and that his Liberal Arts and career advisers have helped him make the most of his college experience so far.


Amanda Gryskevicz

Amanda GryskeviczAmanda is a Schreyer Scholar and senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Deafness and Hearing Studies. She grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. During her time at Penn State, she has changed majors twice and has served in two college Student Councils. Additionally, she has served as a teaching assistant and as an Arts Ambassador. Her current involvement includes the Penn State Outing Club and Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schreyer. Over the summer, she focused on bilingual research as a PIRE Undergraduate Fellow within the Center for Language Science. This research has taken her to the Netherlands to study Dutch language, which is her favorite College of the Liberal Arts experience to date. Amanda appreciates the endless opportunities that the College of the Liberal Arts offers and how each student has the support and freedom to customize their educational experience.


Nikolai Korbich

Nikolai KorbichNikolai is a senior majoring in English and a student in the BA/MA graduate program in Creative Writing. He's from the Philadelphia suburb of Holland, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Council Rock High School South. Most of his free time is dedicated to acting or directing as a member of Penn State's No Refund Theatre. This past summer, he had the pleasure of studying abroad in Ireland. Nik’s favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the people. In his area of study, he typically finds himself in smaller classes that allow him to form close relationships with his classmates and professors.


KwonHee (Clare) Lee

KwonHee (Clare) LeeKwonHee (Clare) Lee is a senior majoring in Psychology. Clare was born in Daejeon, South Korea and grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Besides her work as a Peer Adviser for the College of the Liberal Arts, Clare also serves as an International Student Ambassador and has also served as a GELE coordinator, an International Student Orientation Leader, the President of the Korean Learning Club, and as student assistant for Global Programs. Clare’s work with Global Programs provided her an opportunity to meet “amazing mentors/supervisors” who provided her “endless support” and “priceless lessons” while working with people from around the world. Clare says her favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the diversity of study within the college and meeting people from all the various fields.


Lizzy MacBride

Lizzy MacBrideLizzy is a junior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Communication Arts and Sciences. She is from Dover, New Hampshire where she likes to spend her time in the mountains or on the beach. Throughout her time as a student at Penn State, she has been a member of a community service organization called ServeState. She is the service coordinator for the club, where she organizes and creates events. Lizzy was a teaching assistant for the rhetoric and civic life courses in the College of the Liberal Arts. Through this experience, she found her passion for teaching and deliberation, which she took with her when she worked as a Nevins Fellow through the summer of 2021. Lizzy’s favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is all the opportunities to get involved through student teaching, education abroad programs, and undergraduate research.


Alana Nesmith

Alana NesmithAlana is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Communication Arts and Sciences. She is from Rock Hill, South Carolina. In addition to being a Peer Adviser for the College of the Liberal Arts, she is a member of Political Science Horizons, the Black Caucus, and the former President of the East Hall Residence Association. Alana’s favorite out of class experience so far has been finding her community and becoming involved around campus. Alana’s favorite thing about being part of the College of the Liberal Arts is the flexibility, freedom, and encouragement from everybody, as well as the opportunity to pursue different areas of study that she hadn’t been aware of before.


Rachel Storey

Rachel StoreyRachel is a senior majoring in Anthropology with minors in Geography and Sexuality and Gender Studies, and a Justice, Ethics, Diversity in Space certificate. Rachel is from Leesburg, Virginia. Besides serving as a Peer Adviser in the College of the Liberal Arts, Rachel has twice been a teaching assistant and works with Dr. Hirth in an archaeology lab, which she plans to continue through graduation. She is also currently working on her undergraduate thesis in Jewish Studies and is an active member in Penn State CHAARG and Phil Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity. Her favorite out of class experience has been her internship with the Loudon County Commonwealth’s Attorney where she provided support to victims of domestic violence. Rachel says that being a student in the Liberal Arts has provided her with incredible opportunities and flexibility within her degree. She feels very supported by the professors and administration that have helped her “curate the best possible experience.”

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