Student Success

Academic Peer Advisors (2013-2014)

 

Krysten FaulknerKrysten Faulkner

Email: krysten.faulkner@maine.edu

Major: Communication, with a minor in Marketing

Activities: Traveling, being with friends, reading, movies, music, shopping, and most importantly working towards graduation in May!

Why did you apply to be a Peer Advisor: I applied to be a Peer Advisor because after being an Orientation Leader during the summer of 2012 and I feel I can bring much of what I learned from that experience to helping students on a more personal level when it comes to advising. I also believe that advising is an important part of your academic career and that the experience should be an encouraging and positive one!

Advice for fellow students to be successful: Adjustment to college takes time. Learn and embrace what works for you. Realize what works for your friend, may not work for you and that the adjustment is a process but it will come. Utilize a planner, write down your assignments, especially ones that are not due for a while so that you do not forget about them. Do not procrastinate, you will find you have a lot of things due at once and procrastination will only cause you added stress! Do not hesitate to get to know your professors and your surroundings - they are there to help you! And get involved! The best way to feel connected to the university is by getting involved!

 

Brandon GrahamBrandon Graham

Email: brandon.graham@maine.edu

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Major: General Management with Entrepreneurship Track

Activities: Basketball, Reading, Working Out, and Traveling

Why did you apply to be a Peer Advisor: Believed it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain the experience to use in my career. At the same time it is enjoyable to share what I know with students who need advice. 

Advice for your fellow student on how to be successful: "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." Babe Ruth

 

Laura LyfordLaura Lyford

Email: laura.lyford@maine.edu

Major: History

Hometown: Corinna, Maine

Activities: Reading, fishing, traveling, and tutoring.

Why did you apply to be a Peer Advisor: I applied to be a Peer Advisor to gain a better understanding of the field that I'm choosing to enter, by working with the History department and the history professors. I'd also like to develop better leadership and mentoring skills by interacting and advising students and to help students as they enter and go through the history major at USM.

Advice for your fellow student on how to be successful: Make the most out of your time here at USM! Get involved and meet lots of new people! Embrace your classes and get the most you can out of them.

 


Penny MillsPenny Mills

Email: penny.mills@maine.edu

Major: English with Creative Writing and Communications minors.

Hometown: Shapleigh, Maine

Activities: I am a wife and a mother with a part time job at Maine Medical Center. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and now the Peer Advisor program.

Why did you apply to be a Peer Advisor: I want to be more actively involved with USM and I think this program will help me make personal and professional connections while I gain valuable leadership skills.

Advice for your fellow student on how to be successful: I try to stay on top of my schedule. By being prepared for class and knowing what comes ahead on the syllabus, I can complete assignments on time and still have time for myself.

 

Hannah OberHannah Ober

Email: hannah.ober@maine.edu

Major: Environmental Planning and Policy. Thematic Cluster: Environment and Society

Hometown: Key West, Florida

Activities: I work full time at Seadog Brewing Company. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Omicron. I really enjoy reading; I just finished the first book in the A Game of Thrones series. I am a very proud Aunt of one niece, one nephew, and one unknown Oct 9!

Why did you apply to be a Peer Advisor: I applied to be a peer advisor because I enrolled at USM in my junior year and wasn’t quite sure about the faculty to take classes with or which major I wanted to pursue in the Department of Environmental Science. I want to help freshman and sophmores make good choices for themselves and their futures here at USM.

Advice for your fellow student on how to be successful: My advice is to be prepared, prioritize, and be involved. Go to class ready to learn. Prioritize your time, in all aspects on your life: homework, social. Etc. And get involved, make connections, and network yourself.