Academic Peer Advising

We are so grateful for the dedicated work of last year's PA team who chose to continue their efforts to advise their student advisees during a global pandemic! It was a lot to ask, and no doubt a huge challenge for them all, but they DID IT! We wish the following eleven graduating academic peer advisors the very best!


Nia Henderson, 2019-20 Peer Advisor Coordinator 

[Psychology/Neuro & AFAM]

Amanda Foster

[Natural Sci: Geology/History]

Bridget Myers

[BLP & Studio Art]

Ellis Collison

[Computer Sci & Econ/Math]

Erin Budrow


Greta Dunn


Jordan Taylor


Mia Stombler-Levine

[Natural Sci: CHEM/English & Biology]


Olivia Perotti

[MCB/P&G & Math]


Sophie Gil

[IPE/Education, Senior]

Veronica Lewis

[Exercise Sci/Neuro & Spanish]




















WELCOME BACK to these five peer advisors for the 2020-2021 Academic year:

Peer Advisor Coordinator

Declan Peloso

[BLP/Econ & German, Senior]

Quentin Hubbard, Transfer Peer Advisor

[MCB/Neuro & Bioethics, Senior]

Annamarie Wright

[Music/Education, Senior]

Ashley Brauning

[MCB/Neuro & Math, Senior]


Samantha Reed

[Exercise Science, DOT program]













Learn more about our Peer Advisor Program in the following paragraphs: 

What is an Academic Peer Advisor?

The Role of an Academic Peer Advisor

Academic Peer Advisors work under the direction of the Office of Academic Advising to assist faculty advisors in their efforts to help incoming students (first-year and transfer) successfully transition to the academic rigor of college life. These junior or senior Loggers are highly organized paraprofessionals who actively support a unique caseload of advisees (approximately 50 advisees per PA) on important issues, such as:

  • Navigating college-level academic expectations and demands 
  • Effectively communicating with professors
  • Navigating the ins and outs of registration
  • Short- and long-term academic planning including exploring and/or planning a major/minor
  • Encouraging incoming students to be their own best advocates 
  • Connecting students to academic support services (i.e. The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching for subject tutors, college-level writing support, etc.)
  • Helping new students deal with periods of academic difficulty
  • Registering for classes- The host PeopleSoft Sessions to teach new students how to use the registration software AND schedule meetings with your faculty advisor (Registration Preparation Meetings-RPMs) to provide one-on-one attention to help you get registration ready! 

First-year students, faculty advisors, and other constituents across campus attest to how peer advisors are respected and highly successful student employees who help foster academic success at Puget Sound. 

To provide these services, our peer advisors are knowledgeable about and experienced with academic policies and regulations, dependable in the performance of their specific duties, proactive in reaching out to their advisees, supportive of academic advisors, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of their advisees. They are trained paraprofessional employees of the university who are committed to protecting the confidentiality of each student while developing strong working relationships with them, their faculty advisors, and university staff.

Meet our 2020-2021 Academic Peer Advisors


The table below includes the name of your academic peer advisor and the first-year faculty advisor they are assisting this year. You can also use this table to find your PA's official OFFICE HOURS (office located in Howarth Hall 114 E; inside the Office of Academic Advising), their drop-in appointment hours, and a few fun facts about them in their personal biography. 

Your peer advisor is an endless resource for you here at Puget Sound. They love to help and as upper-class students, they really know the secret to academic success. A recent survey of first-year students and faculty advisors indicated that PAs are seen as authentic, caring, and informed peers, highly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of university policies and procedures, a great resource when selecting courses and exploring possible majors, invaluable for navigating the registration, and someone to reach out to if you need additional academic coaching or information about important campus resources


Peer Advisor Coordinator 2020-2021


[Psychology/Neuro & AFAM, Senior]



Transfer Peer Advisor 2020-2021

Name: Quentin Hubbard

[Biology/Neuro & Bioethics, Junior]


Fall 2020 HOURS



Click here to read my biography!



FALL VIRTUAL Office Hours: 

Google-meet or Zoom


Name: Ashley Brauning

[MCB/Neuro & Math, Junior]


Advisors: Gessel, Lee, Weiss



Click here to read my biography!

Virtual Office Hours: 


Name: Samantha Reed

[Exercise Science, Junior]




Click here to read my biography!

Virtual Office Hours: