Peer Student Success Team

The Lee Honors College Peer Student Success Team provides academic and social support to incoming honors students. Team mentors can help identify and address the concerns of new Western students. The program's goals are to offer students a resource for campus and city information, to promote civic engagement, and to facilitate community building among honors students. All honors freshmen are paired with a PSST mentor during the summer before they arrive at campus.

New mentor hiring takes place each spring. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Student Success Team mentor, please contact the graduate assistant at honr-grad@wmich.edu.

Each first-year honors college students will be matched with one of the mentors below:

Maddie Smith - Student Coordinator

Hello! My name is Maddie and I am a senior studying speech language pathology with minors in psychology and gerontology. For fun, I like to sing in Western’s campus choir, play with my roommate’s dog, and watch documentaries on Netflix. My favorite part about the honors college? The social atmosphere! Everyone here is so eager to share enthusiasm, ideas, kindness, and friendships. 

Lukas Swoboda

I am a senior majoring in industrial and entrepreneurial engineering. I enjoy tennis, golf, softball, running, reading, woodworking, and long walks on the beach. My favorite thing about the honors college is the body of students who have a drive for success, as well as the faculty that will help students achieve that success.    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

 
   

Shaima Shebrain

Hello! I am a third year student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a Business minor. I enjoy writing Arabic calligraphy, drawing mandalas, cooking and baking, doing makeup and Henna on others, shopping, planning, and decorating. My favorite thing about the honors college is the welcoming environment. Everyone not only strives to do their best in their academics, but also to create memories with new and old friends through fun events such as the Metropolitan Series.   

 

Kelsey Cushway

I am a third year student majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Geology. I enjoy outdoor activities, reading, sports, plants, and eating! My favorite thing about the honors college is the wonderful people I have had the chance to meet. The members and the staff are welcoming and supportive, eager to help in any way! The Honors College has created a network of support and encouragement for students on campus; I am proud to be a part of the LHC Family. 

 
   

Regina McLeod

I am a Junior majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I enjoy being in musicals, playing with dogs, practicing Sign Language, and watching crime investigative TV shows. My favorite thing about the honors college is the supportive atmosphere provided through the faculty, staff, and other honors students. The LHC provides many amazing opportunities for growth in all aspects of life, while still allowing for a ton of fun! 

 

Allyson Dykstra

Hello! I am a third year student studying interior design, environmental studies, and business. I love being involved on campus; meeting new people and experiencing new things gives me a lot of joy and knowledge that I can apply to all areas of my life. I love being active, I love dogs, and I love breakfast food, but what I love about the Lee Honors College is their attitude. Everyone you come in contact with wants you to succeed and feel happy and welcome. They really go out of their way to make sure your experience is meaningful and you have everything you need to be not only successful but also purposeful. We are our own special community in the honors college. 

 
   

Pooja Mandagere

I'm a third-year student, double majoring in Computer Information Systems and Communication Studies. I am the Diversity Guidance Chairperson for the Western Student Association, the Vice-President of the Study Abroad Alumni Ambassadors, a participant in the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society, and the pride and joy of my parents. My hobbies and interests include, but are not limited to, maintaining a GPA above 3.5, spending all my dad's money, and being active on campus. My favorite thing about the Lee Honors College is that you have numerous opportunities to interact with your advisors.  

 

Sruthi Rameshkumar

I am a sophomore at WMU, majoring in Psychology - Behavioral Sciences and minoring in Speech and Hearing Processes. I am originally from Naperville, Illinois. Back home, I am a professional Indian Classical Dancer, and at Western, I am in the co-ed a capella group, Vocaholics. I love to dance, sing, act, play with makeup, bike, and go shopping. My favorite thing about the LHC is all the friendly faces. Whether it be the professors, the other PSST Mentors, or just your friends, everyone will greet you with an energy that you can only find in the Honors College.

 
   

Allegra Ellis

I am a sophomore at WMU, majoring in Psychology - Behavioral Sciences and minoring in Speech and Hearing Processes. I am originally from Naperville, Illinois. Back home, I am a professional Indian Classical Dancer, and at Western, I am in the co-ed a capella group, Vocaholics. I love to dance, sing, act, play with makeup, bike, and go shopping. My favorite thing about the LHC is all the friendly faces. Whether it be the professors, the other PSST Mentors, or just your friends, everyone will greet you with an energy that you can only find in the Honors College.

 

 

Morgan Kronner

My name is Morgan Kronner and I am an industrial and entrepreneurial engineer major and will be a sophomore this year. I love to play soccer, pet dogs, play piano, and pretend like I know how to play ukelele. I am from China, Michigan (yes this is a real place) where I have a dog, a cat, and previously owned two goats. One of my favorite things about LHC are the people. This place allows you to make so many friends with the same mind set as you that just happen to be really cool!

 
   

Nathan Browning

I am a fourth-year transfer student majoring in Sociology with minors in Marketing, Data Analysis, and Nonprofit Leadership. I enjoy frisbee, disc golf, music, hockey (although I'm no good on skates), cooking, playing video games, and learning new things. My favorite aspect of the Lee Honors College is that it feels like home on campus, from the lounge with the piano and couches, to the kitchen where you can enjoy hot cocoa.