Peer Student Success Team

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.

 

The 2021-2022 PSST Mentors

Austin Owen, Student Coordinator

I am a senior studying mechanical engineering with a mathematics minor, and my future career goal is to perform work in the utility and energy industry, specifically toward a future in clean-renewable energy. My hometown is Marne, Michigan which is a small farming community just west of Grand Rapids. My hobbies and interests include working on cars, downhill skiing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, generally any activity outdoors! I am involved with the Lee Honors College because there are endless opportunities to get involved, events to attend, and a fantastic support staff dedicated to helping students. Many of my closest friends are people I was fortunate to meet at the LHC.

Alya AlHarrasi

I am a freshman majoring in data science with a minor in psychology. 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.

Sara Salim Alqamshouai

I am a fourth-year student majoring in geochemistry, and I am from Oman. I have a passion for learning and exploring nature. I spend my free time reading, photographing, and doing outdoor activities. I hope that I will be able to do something for our environment. I love how the Lee Honors College is helping me reaching my goals, achieving success, and allowing me to pursue my hobbies by providing an appropriate environment and qualified family to provide advice.

Rachael Brewer

I am a senior studying exercise science with a psychology minor, and my career goal is to be a doctor of physical therapy. My hometown is Vicksburg, which is a small town just south of Kalamazoo. I spend most of my free time with my puppy Chelsea and trying to improve my golf game. I love the Lee Honors College because it provides students with exciting events and a priceless support system. The LHC has been a key contributor to much of my success at WMU.

Jade Cervantes

I am a sophomore studying biomedical science with a minor in chemistry and my future career goal is to attend medical school. I am natively from a Caribbean island named Cuba and I have lived in Michigan for 4 years. I appreciate art in any form and love to do paintings. I spend my free time sewing cloth, cooking, and being around nature in general as I find it very calming. I am enthusiastic learner and love traveling to other countries where I can learn, understand, and appreciate their culture. I love being part of the Lee Honors College as it gives me motivation to strive for the best and many opportunities to be involved and stand out. It is a community where I am meeting the nicest people and most committed to help us succeed.

Rachel Doyle

I am a second-year student studying nursing with hopes of a final career goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in pediatrics. I love painting, listening to music, playing tennis, and spending time with my friends and family. I am from a small town outside of Grand Rapids, known as Greenville, but I am living in Kalamazoo right now to go to Western! Although I haven’t been in the honors college for long, it truly has had such a positive influence in my life as it has helped me realize what my true career goals are and has presented many opportunities for me to grow.

Gabrielle Francois

I am a junior studying finance and Spanish with a minor in English. I am from Troy, MI but I currently live in Kalamazoo and I love this area. A few of my hobbies include hanging out with my friends, doing any outside activity, reading, and spending time with my family. The honors college has been such a supportive and accepting environment for me to express myself and explore new opportunities. This community of amazing staff and students has pushed me to be the best version of myself as a student.

Lidya Kartika

Hello everyone! I am a junior double majoring in integrated supply management and food/CPG marketing. I am an international student from Jakarta, Indonesia. In my free time, I love to cook, bake, and play with my dogs. Recently, I am highly interested in healthcare and would love to work in the industry someday! The Lee Honors College is a great place to explore and grow your interests as there are endless opportunities and exciting events to get involved in. On top of that, we are also equipped with helpful staff that is dedicated to helping you reach your full potential.

Kezia Kok

I am a junior in psychology with a minor in computer information systems (CIS). As an international student from Malaysia, meeting new people and discovering new cultures amazes me. I hope to work in the education and technology field as those are my passions.  Being in the Lee Honors College for only a year now, I feel extremely supported and uplifted by others in the community.

Riley Olson

I am a fourth-year accounting student and intend on pursing my master of accountancy at WMU. I am originally from Athens, Ga, but have made Kalamazoo my home. Some of my hobbies include building furniture, going on new adventures, and finding great new restaurants. I have a passion for all things business and accounting and love helping my peers find internships and careers in their field of interest. The Lee Honors College connects you to a diverse group of students and provides you with the necessary resources to excel in your college career.

Megan Taylor

I am a junior studying advertisement and promotion with a minor in human resource management. I’m originally from McBain, Michigan, which is a small town in northern MI. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and running. On campus, I am involved in AdClub and InterVarsity. I love Lee Honors College because it pushes me in my academics and encourages involvement; I have learned so much and met many people through the LHC!

Brittney Tuck

I am a junior double majoring in behavioral science and healthcare services and sciences with an OT preparation. My future career goal is to become an occupational therapist and help children develop skills needed for their every day lives. In my free time, I enjoy being with my friends, my family, and my pets. I also like to bake, go to the gym, and go on various outdoor adventures, such as hiking. The Lee Honors College is great to be a part of because it provides you with an amazing support system and many resources to help you succeed.