Peer Student Success Team

The Lee Honors College 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.

Andrea Laurin - Student Coordinator
I am majoring in biomedical sciences with minors in mathematics and chemistry and I am a senior this year. I love exploring the outdoors and being active, going camping, hiking, playing soccer, and skiing. I never shy away from an adventure! My hometown is a small town in mid-Michigan called Grand Blanc, though the honors college has quickly become a second home for me. It is great knowing I always have a place to go on campus where I will be surrounded by supportive and helpful peers. The opportunities are endless at the honors college!

 Andrea Laurin standing outside
 Sara Salim Alqamshouai standing outside.

Sara Salim Alqamshouai
I am a third-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.


Mackenzie Farmwald
I am a second year student majoring in Chemistry. In my freetime in the fall and spring I enjoy hanging my hammock   and appreciating the outdoors, and no matter the season I love my dogs. I am proud to be a part of the Lee Honors  College family because of the inclusivity of the community, and the commitment to the success of all students.

Head and shoulders portrait of MacKenzie Farmwald.

Austin Owen standing outside.


Austin Owen
I am a junior studying mechanical engineering with a mathematics minor, and my future career goal is to perform research and development on powertrain systems. 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.

Emma Smith
I am a fourth-year student majoring in accounting with minors in finance and general business. I love listening to music, spending time outside, and being with my friends and family. I am from Grand Ledge, MI where I lived my whole life before moving to Kalamazoo to come to Western. The honors college is not only a great place to study, but you have access to great resources and friendly, welcoming, helpful environment.

Emma Smith standing outside.

Sarah Whitton  standing outside.

Sarah Whitton
I am a senior majoring in Advertising and Promotion with minors in General Business and Communication. I am originally from Brighton, MI - but I refer to Kalamazoo as home. Some of my hobbies include watching and playing sports, especially volleyball, exploring with friends, hiking, dancing, and painting. I am always down for an adventure or a debate. The Lee Honors College is great because it is full of amazing opportunities and inspiring people who will welcome and challenge you to be your best.


Kate Williams
I am a third-year student studying Biomedical Sciences, as my future career goal is to be a veterinarian. Home for me is Blowing Rock, North Carolina. My family and I have lived in 4 different states, but I spent most of my childhood in Blowing Rock. I currently live just outside of Kalamazoo, and each day this community is becoming my new home. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, playing games, cooking, and volunteering. I am fortunate to be involved in some very exciting organizations at WMU. The honors college is such a positive influence in my life, as I always feel so supported, inspired, and encouraged to succeed in all aspects, as I am uplifted by the many determined members, faculty, and staff of the honors college.


Kate Williams standing outside.