Peer advisers are current students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are trained to help new students adjust to college life, explore opportunities for social and academic engagement, and find ways to connect to the college and to peers. Peer advisers also work with upper-class students to address a variety of academic and other concerns. Stop by 102 Sparks Building to meet with a peer adviser Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ada is a fourth-year student majoring in Criminology and Psychology. She is a public humanities fellow in the Humanities Institute and an undergraduate research assistant for the Criminal Justice Research Center, where she works on a variety of research projects focused on the opioid epidemic, federal court data, and sentencing. Ada is also a competing member of the Mock Trial Association and ended last season as an all-national witness.
Ima is a fourth-year student double majoring in International Politics and Global and International Studies. He is also pursuing a master of international affairs degree. Ima was born in Badajoz, Spain, to Argentinian parents but was raised in Venezuela. Ima is president of ServeState, a student-run service and philanthropy organization at Penn State. He is also the integrated undergraduate-graduate representative chair for the Penn State School of International Affairs Student Government Association and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Pi Sigma Alpha, the Blue and White Society, and the Penn State Alumni Association. Outside the classroom, Ima loves being able to engage with diverse people and learn about their culture, language, and beliefs. Ima’s favorite thing about being a Liberal Arts student is having the opportunity to build eminent relations with people from all over the world.
Sean is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sport Studies. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sean is a campus ambassador for Wings Over and has experience working with Penn State Football’s nutrition team. Sean is passionate about helping others as well as promoting the inclusive and welcoming environment of Penn State through his role as a peer adviser. His favorite part of being in the College of the Liberal Arts is the overwhelmingly kind and considerate staff and faculty who always have students’ best interests at heart. Outside of work and school, Sean spends his time cooking, going to the gym, watching and playing hockey, and traveling.
Mary is a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business and the Liberal Arts. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native is a proud Pittsburgh sports fan. Mary is the diversity, equity, and inclusion director for her business fraternity, Phi Chi Theta, and is also heavily involved in Penn State THON. Her favorite out-of-classroom experience has been finding her close friends through being involved on campus. Mary’s favorite part of being a Liberal Arts student is meeting people from all walks of life, hearing new perspectives, and learning about others’ unique experiences.
Lorin is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Health Policy and Administration and a certificate in Child Development. She is from Somerset, Pennsylvania. Lorin is the philanthropic chair for Strawberry Fields and an active brother in the Alpha Kappa Psi professional co-ed business fraternity. She is also an undergraduate researcher in the Group Identity and Social Perception Lab and a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Lorin has also been a teaching assistant for numerous courses. She interns with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals as a behavioral health technician. Outside of the classroom, she loves listening to music, watching movies with her friends, and spending time with her family. She loves the College of the Liberal Arts because her professors and academic advisers have invested so much time, care, and support into her learning that it has made a big school feel small and intimate.
Nikolai (Nik) Korbich
Nik is a graduate student studying English through an integrated undergraduate-graduate degree program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State in May 2023 and spent most of his undergraduate time acting and directing as a member No Refund Theatre. One of his most notable Penn State experiences was the education abroad trip he took to Ireland in the summer of 2022.
Shadae is a second-year student studying Criminology and International Politics with a minor in Spanish. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Shadae was raised by immigrant parents from the West Indies. They are a first-generation student with a dedicated passion for public policy and social justice. Hoping to one day earn their J.D. and become an attorney. On campus, Shadae is a member of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. Their favorite things to do outside of academics are traveling to new countries, making art through creative direction, planting, and practicing yoga and meditation. Their favorite thing about the College of the Liberal Arts is the opportunity to engage in exploration through the college no matter the major.
Kylie (Ky) McKenna
Ky is a third-year Schreyer Scholar majoring in English and Art. The North Palm Beach, Florida, native is the treasurer of Clay c0ven, former special events chair of the Penn State Outing Club, and an active member of the Student Farm Club and other campus organizations. One of her favorite campus resources is Penn State Global, through which she has participated in education abroad experiences in Ireland and Chile focused on local sustainability practices. As a Liberal Arts student, Ky loves the fact that all majors across the college overlap, meaning that students can find common ground in whatever they study.
Alana is a third-year student double majoring in Political Science and Communication Arts and Sciences. She is from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Alana is the event coordinator for the Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association, a team leader for Fresh START Day of Service, a Paterno Fellow, and a member of the National Council of Negro Women. Alana’s favorite out-of-classroom experience has been finding her community and becoming involved around campus. Her favorite thing about being a Liberal Arts student is the flexibility, freedom, and encouragement to pursue different areas of study that she hadn’t been aware of before.
Nikolas is a fourth-year student double majoring in Political Science and Economics. He is from Miami, Florida. Nikolas is a member of the Penn State Student Black Caucus, the Mock Trial Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Bar Association. In his free time, he enjoys learning and practicing martial arts, golfing, cooking, and watching movies, Formula One, and UFC. His favorite things about being in the College of the Liberal Arts are the research opportunities, engaging courses, interdisciplinary learning, and diverse community. He also likes the different opportunities a liberal arts degree provides.
Aliana Roman is fourth-year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her career plan is to become a clinical psychologist with the hopes of one day having her own practice. Aliana is also a member of the Liberal Arts First-Generation Committee, a research assistant for the Laboratory for Anxiety and Depression Research, and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. Aliana loves shopping and watching sports in her free time. Her favorite thing about the College of the Liberal Arts is the wide range of opportunities that relate to her field of interest and help her network with others who have similar goals.
Amana is a third-year student majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Amana currently serves as president of the Minorities in the College of the Liberal Arts and a Liberal Arts Ambassador. Additionally, she serves as the director of finance and development for the Students United Against Poverty organization. One of her favorite things outside of the classroom is being able to engage in various on-campus clubs and activities. Amana’s favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is getting to connect and build relationships with numerous students and faculty.
Kira Soricelli is a fourth-year Schreyer Scholar majoring in English and Criminology with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She is from New Jersey and plans to apply to law school after graduating from Penn State. Kira is a member of the ad hoc and recruitment committees of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity as well as a brother of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She also serves as a criminology teaching assistant and secretary of Sunny State. She is involved with United Nations Campus Advocates. She takes a leading role in the annual campus event, “Take Back the Night,” which supports victims of sexual violence. In her free time, Kira likes going to the gym, cooking with her roommates, and writing poetry. Her poetry is featured in various magazines and journals inside and outside Penn State. Kira’s favorite thing about being a Liberal Arts student is having the opportunity to hear all different kinds of perspectives and take them into consideration when solving problems.
Emma is a third-year Schreyer Scholar majoring in Japanese and International Politics. The Media, Pennsylvania, native hosts the Paterno Fellows Podcast and is a Lion Ambassador. Emma has developed a love for Penn State and is always looking to challenge herself academically, while also taking full advantage of the resources available to students at the University. Emma plans to spend her fourth year studying in Nagoya, Japan. Her favorite way to unwind outside of class is through cooking, reading, or spending time with friends. Emma’s favorite thing about the College of the Liberal Arts is the community. She finds that every major in the college provides support from both peers and staff, and she knows that she can do anything with these communities behind her.
Aimee is a third-year student double majoring in French and Francophone Studies and Anthropological Science with minors in Latin, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Greek. Aimee is an active member of the Phi Chi Theta National Business Fraternity, where she has also taken on roles in philanthropy. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Eta Sigma Phi, and Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society. Outside of classes, Aimee loves spending time with family and friends, going to football games, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. Her favorite thing about being a student in the College of the Liberal Arts is the dynamic classroom setting that allows her to get to know classmates from all over the world.