Peer Student Success Team

The 2022-2023 PSST Mentors

PSST is a mentorship program designed to provide an academic and social support system for incoming first year students, transfer students, international students, and prospective students who are joining the Lee Honors College.

Their roles include:

  • Facilitating one-on-one meetings with mentees during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Communicating via e-mail on a weekly basis with mentees regarding honors college requirements, events, opportunities, and self-care strategies.
  • Attending, coordinating, and facilitating honors college events, programs, and/or community service opportunities for mentees (in-person or online).
  • Meeting with prospective honors students and/or attending honors college recruitment events.

Rachel Doyle, Student Coordinator

Hi everyone! I am a third-year nursing student with great interest in becoming a nurse practitioner or a traveling nurse specializing in psychiatry. In my free time, I love painting, listening to music, playing tennis, and spending time with my friends and family. My hometown is Greenville, an hour or so outside Grand Rapids, but I am now living in Kalamazoo to attend WMU. Over the past three years, being in the honors college has had a positive impact on my life, helping me identify my career goals, and presenting me with many opportunities to learn and grow. 

Gianna Vicario, Assistant Student Coordinator

Hey everyone! I am currently a second-year student here at Western and I am majoring in pre-physician assistant prep with a minor in holistic healthcare! With this, I hope to become a surgical PA specializing in hopefully trauma/emergency surgery or neurology. In my free time, I love to ice skate and play hockey for fun, as I had played for 9 years while I was growing up! I am from a small suburb about 30 minutes outside of Chicago as well. Most importantly, I love being a part of the honors college for the ability to leave a lasting impact on students throughout my college experience, as well as being able to work alongside so many of my peers that feel similarly to me! 

Alya AlHarrasi

I am a sophomore double majoring in data science and behavioral science. My beloved country is Oman, which is across the world. My family is the light of my life. Reading and writing are activities that fill my heart with joy and my lungs with air. I am a lifelong learner. At the LHC, you will not only survive college but thrive in all aspects. With the numerous student success services that WMU provides, specifically the LHC, you will grow to become the best version of yourself as a student and as a person.

Azza Al-Jahdhami

Hello everyone! I am Azza from Oman which is located in the Middle East. I love talking with my family, exploring places, listening to music, and cooking new recipes in my free time. I am a sophomore in chemistry. In the future, I would like to work in labs or as a chemist. Being in the Lee Honors College has had many positive effects on me such as time management, monitoring my grades, and having many opportunities to develop myself. 

Liv Antoniolli

My name is Liv Antoniolli and I am a junior studying advertising and promotion. I love how well this program along with the Lee Honors College has equipped me with skills for my future career aspirations, and I look forward to sharing these with first-year students this year. I am actively involved on campus, especially through my executive board positions for Alpha Chi Omega and Dance Marathon. Working with children is another passion of mine, and I love my summer job as a Camp Counselor as well as working at a Pre-School off campus during the academic year. I look forward to sharing the community I have been afforded at Western with the students I will mentor this year.

Jade Cervantes

Hi Friends! My name is Jade Cervantes Rodriguez, and I am a third-year student in WMU. After graduating I would like to continue my studies as a physician assistant and specialize in plastic surgery. I am originally from an island in the Caribbean called Cuba. I have a passion for cooking, painting, spending time with my family, traveling, and anything that is related to the beach. Becoming part of the Lee Honors College has given me the confidence to take challenges and step out of my comfort zone. I am here to support and guide all new incoming students, to make them feel part of a community that will bring out the best version of each one of them, and their unique talents. 

Renee Cilluffo

I am a sophomore on track to pursue industrial engineering with minors in engineering design technology, mathematics, and physics. I, then, plan to pursue theoretical particle physics in grad school to study topics such as string theory and dark matter. With a solid background in the technical aspects of design and creation, I hope to integrate prior knowledge with the ever-changing field of physics to create or innovate technology out of this world. My curiosity for the “why” in life fuels my learning. Despite the stereotype of someone with these interests, I enjoy partaking in diverse genres of art including portraiture drawing, fashion, photo/videography, editing, writing, and philosophy. I am, at the core, an unconventional, bold thrill seeker. I am involved with the Lee Honors College because of the opportunities, resources, and staff dedicated to students. 

McKenzie Covington

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Hi y'all! I am currently studying global and international studies with a focus in linguistics. In my free time, I love learning new languages, playing music, and making jewelry. I also love spending time with family and friends. In the future, I plan to work with the Peace Corps to teach, and then I'll settle down and start a tea shop. My favorite thing about the Lee Honors College is that I am constantly provided with opportunities to enhance my academic and social life. I am passionate about community and connection, and I am grateful for the freedom to explore and improve on those aspects of my life. 

Andy Kaczmar

Hello everyone! My name is Andy Kaczmar, and I am a second-year student double majoring in biomedical sciences and Spanish. I am from Mattawan, MI, which is roughly 25 minutes away from Western. Some of my personal interests include soccer, F1, and geology. In my free time, I like to cook, read, go camping, and spend time with my family. I enjoy being a part of the Lee Honors College because it provides a great support system for honors students that regular students don’t have access to. I appreciate the sense of community that both the students and staff have given to me. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to work at the Lee Honors College front desk, and I have personally seen the work put in to make honors students successful. 

Leah Latumaerissa

Hello everyone! I am an international student from the Netherlands. I first came to the United States in 2018 through a high school exchange program. In 2019 I studied Cultural Heritage Museum Studies in Amsterdam. In 2020 I transferred to WMU as a cultural anthropology major and art history minor. I am the president of the Nunusaku Student Association at WMU, and I love to share about my indigenous Moluccan cultural heritage. I love the Lee Honors College because it allows me to work on an honors thesis that examines postcolonialism within The Netherlands.

Travis Melson

Hi all! I'm double majoring in aviation flight science and aviation management and operations, minoring in general business and American Sign Language, I'm also a part of 7 different RSOs so as you can see, I love to be busy! Coming here as a first-generation college student I had no clue what to expect but Western has definitely become my new home. The reason I became a PSST mentor is to make the difference, my mentor was super helpful, kind, and welcoming, and I hope to be the same.

Anna Munson

I am a junior majoring in speech-language pathology and minoring in psychology, and I hope to become a school SLP and work with children pre-K through 5. I’ve lived my whole life in WMU’s hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Along with the PSST mentorship program, I serve as secretary of WMU's NSSLHA 2022-2023 chapter. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going out with my friends and family, and hiking with my dog Winston. The Lee Honors College has provided me with an incredible opportunity to serve my community as well as enriching my college experience with the most positive and encouraging support system.

Megan Taylor

 

I am a senior majoring in advertising and promotion with a minor in general business. This past summer, I was in Silver Lake, MI doing social media for the area’s visitors’ bureau, but I am originally from McBain, which is a small town in northern MI. Outside of class, I love trying out new recipes, running and hiking, scrapbooking, and reading. On campus, I am involved in Ad Club, Digital Marketing, and InterVarsity. I love that the Lee Honors College provides so many new learning opportunities as well as a cozy place to study. It’s a great place to get homework done and meet new people!

Abby Ward

I am a senior majoring in history and minoring in medieval studies with a focus on medieval Spain. I adore the academic world and hope to further my studies in graduate school and beyond following my time at Western with the goal of receiving my PhD and being able to teach history at the postsecondary level.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, writing, playing video games, and spending time with my family and friends. The Lee Honors College has provided me with an incredible social and academic support system over the course of my time here, which has helped me grow the confidence and conviction to constantly strive to achieve bigger and brighter things in both my personal and professional life. 

Chloe Wieber

I am a junior pursuing a degree in economics with a minor in data analysis. My future career plans include working in the data analytics field and eventually working as an independent economic consultant. I enjoy horseback riding, sewing, playing piano, and studying languages in my free time. From the support network provided by the Peer Student Success Team and LHC advisors to the fun and engaging events held at the LHC, there are many reasons I am thankful to be a part of the honors college. The LHC fosters a community of high-achieving students who support one another and has exceptional faculty that strives to help students succeed at WMU. The LHC has motivated me not only to be a better student but also to be an active and engaged member of the greater Kalamazoo community.