What do past Peer Advisors have to say?

Peer Advisor team 2015-2016

Don't take it from us, discover what a handful of past Peer Advisors have to share about what their experience was like serving as a Peer advisor.

Why did you apply to be a Peer Advisor?

"I was first inspired to apply for a position as a Peer Advisor because my Peer Advisor was such an important resource and role model for me and I wanted to emulate that for other students." -Ally Ortner '16

"I applied to be a Peer Advisor because I knew that going into my senior year I wanted to leave a mark on this campus. It is so easy as you become an upperclassman to think of yourself as separate from the incoming classes, and I wanted the reminder that I was there just a few short years ago. I love the idea of using what I've learned in my time at Linfield to help others that are going through the same things that I struggled with." -Morgan Folsom '15

"I applied to be a PA because I felt that I had a number of unique and shared experiences--triumphs and failures--throughout my time at Linfield that would be beneficial to the development and education of new students interested in exploring who they were and what they wanted to do in life." -Terran Sobel-Smith '16

"I became a Peer Advisor because I enjoy working with students younger than myself and helping them through transitions in life and being a mentor. I also wanted to take the opportunity to become involved with the school and meet new people." -Kailey Wright '18

What skills and/or benefits have you gained from this experience that will help you with life after Linfield?

"I would say that the most marked change in myself is my own ability to ask for help, or to rely on others. Having always been a person who prefers to be independent, I had never been able to see as much value in an advisor as I saw this semester! Being able to ask for help is such an important skill, both personally and professionally, and this skill has already benefited me in my job hunt!" -Morgan Folsom '15

"I definitely improved in my ability to approach situations in a manner that was best for each individual student and tailor my responses to their needs. I think that this will really help me in my legal career as far a taking different perspectives and trying to see things from another person's point of view." -Pendrey Trammell '16

"More than anything, I feel my Peer Advising experience has helped to develop stronger communication skills." -Terran Sobel-Smith '16

"Some of the skills I have gotten from the Peer Advising experience are: public speaking, organizing a meeting, and branching out to other people and networking/collaborating.  I’ve also discovered that I really enjoy being in a classroom and teaching other students." -Aly Ortner '16

Who should apply to be a Peer Advisor?

"Peer Advising means being a dedicated leader who is open to new challenges, willing to grow, and is excited about making an impact. If that is you, then apply!" -Austin Browning '16

"I think students who want the chance to be a student leader and role model for younger incoming students should apply. They should be able to handle the responsibility of 15-20 other students and be willing to work well with others, both faculty and peers." -Kailey Wright '18

"I would encourage others to apply to be a PA because it is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other students, AND you get to expand and build upon your own professional skills as well. It's a very unique and special position to be because you really get to help shape the Linfield experience for first-year and transfer students." -Pendrey Trammell '16


Do you have an experience during your time as a Peer Advisor that still resonates with you?

"I feel a deep sense of grattidue as well as satisfaction for being able to help my students, whether it was in a large or small way. It has also inspired me to learn more about a career in Academic Advising!" -Maggie Abeles '16

"I had a student that was at a completely different place in their life compared to me.  At first I thought I was not going to be able to properly advise this student and that I wouldn’t be any help to the student.  As we continued to meet for our advising appointments I realized just lending a listening ear and support was the only thing that was needed, and it helped me to realize that while you might feel like you aren’t making a difference or helping, you really are.  That’s what makes Peer Advising such a unique position.  While you are expected to teach and lead first year students, you also get to know them personally and can act as a friend or mentor." -Aly Ortner '16

"I think the most meaningful thing in being a peer advisor is seeing my students being so successful and involved on campus. I have already seen so many of them take on leadership roles and make impacts in the community, and I couldn't be more proud of all of them." -Pendrey Trammell '16

Questions? Contact Academic Advising:

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