Peer Mentor Program

The College of Arts & Letters is now accepting applications for the Peer Mentor Program! Becoming a Peer Mentor is an incredible opportunity to positively impact the first-year experiences of new CAL students. This program will be facilitated through the AL101 seminar, where upperclassmen in the College of Arts & Letters aim to:

  • Educate mentees about campus resources.
  • Serve as a liaison between students and faculty by encouraging relationship-building.
  • Provide objective advice and refer students to further resources.
  • Foster self-reliance and independent problem solving.
  • Interact with mentees at social and educational events.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Application: Peer Mentor Application 2016.docx

For more information, contact Sarah Whitaker at whitak41@msu.edu.

Meet your 2015-2016 Peer Mentors

Your mentors are ready to help you! Read their bios, connect with them, and feel free to contact them with any questions, concerns, or just to get to know your fellow CAL students!

Katlyn Lindstrom; peer mentor

Katlyn Lindstrom – lindst27@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Lansing, MI

Majors: English – Creative Writing concentration, Professional Writing – Communities and Cultures specialization

Minor: Philosophy

Favorite place on campus: Behind the Administration building on the banks of the Red Cedar

Favorite MSU memory: Ordering Pizza House and studying for finals freshman year with the girls on my residence hall floor (11th floor South Hubbard!)

Favorite thing about CAL: The breadth of opportunities available to you, all while maintaining a comfortable family feel

Other activities: Multimedia chair and bulletin editor for Circle K International, editor for Red Cedar Review


Josh Anderson; peer mentor

Josh Anderson – ande1617@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Aurora, IL

Major: Professional Writing – Digital and Technical Writing specialization

Minor: Japanese

Favorite place on campus: Snyder-Phillips Hall

Favorite MSU memory: Semester-long study abroad in Japan

Favorite thing about CAL: The amount of opportunities it provides via majors, courses, study abroad programs, etc.

Other activities: Michigan State College Libertarians, semester-long study abroad in Japan


Jessica But; peer mentor

Jessica But – butjessi@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Junior — East Lansing, MI

Majors: Studio Art – Photography specialization, Advertising

Favorite place on campus: Along the banks of the Red Cedar

Favorite MSU memory: First MSU football game

Favorite thing about CAL: It’s like another family within the MSU family. The people and professors in CAL are always willing to help you!

Other activities: Vice president of Circle K International


Cayla Chamberlin; peer mentor

Cayla Chamberlin – chamb290@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Springfield, VA

Majors: English, Communications

Minor: Public Relations

Favorite place on campus: Spartan Stadium

Favorite MSU memory: Studying abroad in London! It wasn’t on MSU’s campus, but it was with some amazing MSU students and professors.

Favorite thing about CAL: The professors and students are some of the nicest and most passionate people you will meet!

Other activities: Study abroad in London, Undergraduate Communication Association, PRSSA


Ashley Christensen; peer mentor

Ashley Christensen – chris583@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Montgomery, AL or Sterling Heights, MI

Major: Apparel and Textile Design – Design specialization

Minor: Art History

Favorite place on campus: Behind the Administration building where the river is

Favorite MSU memory: Move-in day

Favorite thing about CAL: All the resources available to you

Other activities: Study abroad in Paris, Arle, and London, service learning spring break to Belize


Mike Drew; peer mentor

Michael Drew – drewmic1@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Manistee, MI

Major: Chinese – Asian Studies specialization

Minor: Defense Studies and Leadership

Favorite place on campus: MSU Union

Favorite MSU memory: Tailgating and going to football games

Favorite thing about CAL: The amount of academic resources available

Other activities: Air Force ROTC, Arnold Air Society, study abroad in China, Day at State, English Language Center mentor, MSU Relay for Life


Demetrius Few; peer mentor

Demetrius Few, Jr. – fewdemet@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Junior — Southfield, MI

Major: Apparel and Textile Design

Favorite place on campus: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Favorite MSU memory: The first time he met Dr. Theresa Winge, she was giving a presentation about the fashion industry which was not only useful, but got him even more excited about his choice of major!

Favorite thing about CAL: The people, including staff, students, and professors. Everyone is so interested in what they’re doing, and being around passionate people increases your passion!

Other activities: Vice president of Fashion Design Student Association, ATD Fashion Show volunteer, and frequent attendee of artist and faculty lectures


Josh Popp; peer mentor

Josh Popp – poppjosh@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Sterling Heights, MI

Major: Russian

Minors: Eastern European Studies, Defense Studies and Leadership

Favorite place on campus: The banks of the Red Cedar

Favorite MSU memory: Friday football games freshman year

Favorite thing about CAL: The very supportive professors and opportunities for volunteering and career preparation

Other activities: Army ROTC, water polo club, hammocking/outdoors club, Russian club!


Nora Schultz; peer mentor

Nora Schultz – schul519@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Senior — Chesterton, IN

Major: Arabic

Minor: Defense Studies and Leadership

Favorite place on campus: Spartan Stadium

Favorite MSU memory: Meeting friends and tailgating for football games

Favorite thing about CAL: The diversity of majors

Other activities: Army ROTC, alternative Spartan breaks, study abroad in Morocco


Erin Vansloten; peer mentor

Erin VanSloten – vanslot8@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Junior — Bloomfield Hills, MI

Majors: Experience Architecture, Psychology

Minor: Graphic Design

Favorite place on campus: Anywhere she can see the Red Cedar

Favorite MSU memory: Going to Indianapolis for the Final Four

Favorite thing about CAL: The professors and wide range of creative majors to choose from

Other activities: Study abroad in London, webmaster for Spartans Involved in Community Service, intern for the College of Arts & Letters, usher at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, TEDxMSU creative committee member


Emmalena Verellen; peer mentor

Emmalena Verellen – verell11@msu.edu
 

Year — Hometown: Junior — Novi, MI

Majors: English, Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Favorite place on campus: Broad Art Museum Café

Favorite MSU memory: The 2014 Michigan State vs. Ohio State football game

Favorite thing about CAL: The approachability, availability, and general essence of the faculty

Other activities: study abroad in India, month-long hiking/camping trip in the Himalayas