UW Peer Advisers receive extensive, ongoing training from professional advisers and generally have one or two years of experience working with students as an orientation leader, resident adviser, or other peer advising position on campus. They are available to meet with you at our office in Mary Gates Hall, in the residence halls listed below, and in the HUB in the Commuter Commons.
Peer advisers are available:
- Commuter Commons — 11am to 1pm, Monday through Thursday
- Poplar — 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday and 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday
- McCarty 334 — 1pm to 5pm on Monday and 6pm to 8pm on Thursday
My name is Alex Lynch and I am a Junior majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice. My long term career goal is to become Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, but in the meantime I hope to work in health advocacy & policy. My favorite courses I've taken at UW were Political Science 203, International Relations, and LSJ 367, Comparative Law and Courts. Both courses vastly increased my understanding of how and why countries interact in the ways that they do. My two favorite things at the UW are the planetarium and the space igloo on the Parrington lawn. My primary food group is pho, which I eat four times a week regardless of the season. I'm also pretty passionate about brunch and yogurt covered pretzels. Some of my favorite pastimes include frenzied solo dance parties to '60s funk music and making potential six word memoirs, such as "what's a life without Taco Bell". I feel like no matter how many times "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey comes on in a grocery store or waiting room, I'll never be able to not sing.
Hi, my name is Brett Jaspers and I am currently a senior majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Bioethics and Humanities. I have a passion for healthcare and medicine and plan on attending medical school after graduation. My favorite UW Experience was when I worked as an intern for the Student Health Consortium last year and helped put on the annual Everybody Every Body Fashion Show, which aims to create positive talk around the subject of body image. I've worked with large productions before, but this one was different in that it was almost entirely student run and produced. A core team of 8 individuals put together an event that involved almost 200 individuals, and it was extremely rewarding to see it be a huge success last year. My favorite UW class that is open to all majors was Political Science 202: American Politics. We actually talked very little about traditional politics but a lot about the structure of our government and how that structure has lead to the political landscape we see today. It is a class that I think almost anyone could benefit from. My favorite thing about Seattle, and particularly the UW campus, is that it is gorgeous in the spring. When the sun comes out, and you can see Mt. Rainier you can't help but have a good day. My favorite color is blue. We aren't talking about sky blue either. It's a deep dark navy blue. I found my favorite food when I studied abroad in Italy one summer and fell in love with bruschetta. I had it with almost every meal. It's just tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and basil heaped upon crusty bread. So simple, but ridiculously amazing.
My name is Divya Ramachandra and I am a Senior studying Biology. My hometown is Madison, Wisconsin. I'm a vegetarian who loves chocolates and watching The League/ Arrested Development/ Community/New Girl. I've moved six times and have lived all across the US. After graduation I plan on going to grad school to become a Genetics Counselor, but secretly I want to move to New York City and become an interpreter for the UN. Maybe one day!
Hello everyone! My name is Dominic, I'm a student here at UW studying Business and (hopefully) Informatics. I am elated to be an adviser for this academic year, and I am delighted to serve the the students of UW and see all your bright shining faces...right? Right! I also have gotten very into drama as of last year; check out UW plays from the School of Drama and UTS on campus and try and spot me! Anyway, I am a huge fan of books, movies, live music, and all kinds of performing arts. I'm originally from Bellevue, WA, but my love for Seattle has grown exponentially throughout my time here. I adore the UW campus; it's vast, unique and full of all sorts of exciting and wondrous things if you know where to look. This is one of the best universities in the country; I am very happy to be here, and am happy to help you, too!
My name is Francis Lin and I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Marine Biology. After completing my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue a career in education and become a high school biology teacher. The best class I have taken at UW was C Lit 271 with Sudhir Mahadaven. This was a film class about the horror director David Cronenberg. I found that the class challenged me to analyze and appreciate film in a completely new perspective. My favorite place to eat on the ave is Thai Tom because not only is there great food, but the kitchen is right in your face. In my opinion, the best thing about Seattle is that it is almost always sweater weather. My favorite books are Animal Farm and 1984 and my favorite movies are Pulp Fiction and Casablanca. When not in the Peer Office or in class, I can be found playing or watching football, wandering through Half-Priced Books, or co-writing for my film blog pulp-diction.tumblr.com.
My name is Hope Howard and I am a Senior studying Public Health. I am interested in learning about how to educate and motivate people to live healthy lifestyles. One of my favorite experiences at UW was participating in Pipeline Project's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) during my freshman year. We created curriculum and lesson plans and then traveled to the Quileute Tribal Reservation in La Push, WA to teach K-12th grade for a week. My favorite thing about Seattle is that there is always a coffee shop nearby. My favorite classes at UW were Human Anatomy (B STR 301) and ASL (American Sign Language). I enjoy watching Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, and Grey's Anatomy. I also have an obsession with anything leopard print.
Greetings! My name is Juliana and I'm pursuing a double major in Public Health and Sociology with a minor in Spanish. I'm absolutely loving life at UW, and it's nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite experience here. Attending Husky sporting events (I try to attend at least one of every sport each year!) and my participation in UW Leaders are definite highlights. The best class I've taken at UW so far is Soc 376: Drugs & Society with Jonathan Wender--it's what made me want to double major. My favorite thing to do in Seattle is choosing a random bus leaving the U District and exploring until I find something new and interesting like the best parks, coffee shops, and bookstores in the city. I love giraffes, my favorite food is cheese, and my celeb bff is Kristen Wiig. This summer I completed an all-out marathon of How I Met Your Mother and I can't wait to tune into it and Homeland this fall. I'm thrilled to be a Peer Adviser this year -- Go Dawgs!
My name is Malika Garoui and I am a junior studying Math and minoring in Education. I intend to pursue a master's degree in education and then work in education administration at either the high school or college level. My favorite thing about UW is the size. I really love being at such a large school because with size comes so many opportunities. There are so many unique individuals on campus that create a really diverse learning experience. I also love the location and how there are always events going on and things to do. My favorite thing to do in Seattle is going to Sounders games and going to the Fremont Market. The best class that I've taken is Math 126 with Dr. Taggart. This class was the first math class here where I felt really challenged and really learned a lot of new material. I love her teaching style, and it was the class where I realized how much I loved math and how much I wanted to teach. My favorite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns and my favorite TV shows are Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, Homeland and I've recently gotten hooked on Breaking Bad.
My name is Marie Higinbotham and I am a junior studying Biochemistry. After graduation, I want to work in health policy or do research--I haven't decided yet. My favorite thing about UW is the size. There are so many opportunities, every quarter I find new and interesting groups that I had no idea existed. The best things always happen to me by accident, from accidentally seeing a sign on a billboard that interests me or finding a link in a mass email. My favorite class I took at UW was Drama 251: Beginning Acting. I really liked getting to know my classmates and playing games and being surprised by how spontaneous and awesome people are. Pretending to be someone else actually can teach you a lot about yourself, because you have to think about all the non verbal tics and voice inflections and emotions that go into your everyday actions. My favorite place to eat on the ave is Crepe Cravers because I love crepes and ridiculous amounts of sugar. My favorite books are Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, everything by John Green, and The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I enjoy playing piano, swing dancing, buying books that I know I'll never have time to read, and getting obsessed with shows like Breaking Bad right as everyone else is finishing them and the internet is full of spoilers.
My name is Max Sugarman. I can talk nonstop about landscape ecology and global development. UW has offered great opportunities to explore, whether at EXPD's Pipeline Project doing Environmental Alternative Spring Break or abroad studying savanna ecology in South Africa. Nothing beats the diversity, beauty, and brilliance of the UW! I am working on a double degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management and International Studies. I would recommend every student was watch the sunset while studying in the Physics-Astronomy Tower. Outside of campus, take a venture to South Park, which has great Mexican food, community farms, and an abundance of smiles. So far, my favorite class has been JSIS 495 - Arctic Security Taskforce. Our cohort spent one week of class studying Inuit and Arctic issues in -20 degree weather in Quebec! On a typical Seattle day you will find me reading dystopian sci-fi like Fahrenheit 451 or consuming delicious Trinidadian cuisine from Pam's Kitchen. Favorite colors: orange and green - I dream of relaxing on a grassy field at sunrise.
My name is Tanner Mortensen and I am a Junior studying Accounting and Information Systems. My academic interests focus on how computers and programming can improve businesses. My favorite UW experience was watching people cross-country skiing through red square after we had a snowstorm. The coolest class I have taken so far is ESS 102, Space and Space Travel. My favorite TV show is the Walking Dead. My favorite food would be a burger from Red Robin. In my spare time I enjoy preventing rebels from destroying my Death Star and casting rings into the fires of Mt. Doom.