The Peer Mentor program is an exciting program whose purpose is to create a community for undeclared students. It’s an opportunity for current undeclared students to meet with former undeclared students with the goal of sharing their major declaration story. This includes what worked for them, what didn’t work, challenges, and successes. The idea is that there is hope that every University Studies student will declare a major that’s a good fit for them. Furthermore, by hearing someone else’s story, each student will feel empowered and motivated to actively participate in their own journey.

Peer Mentors participate in an intense training where they learn communication skills, policies, resource referral, and understand the resources available to undeclared students. They are a guide, a non-judgmental listener, a supporter, an encourager, and a resource.

To learn more, contact your advisor, or Tracy Malz at tlk@temple.edu.

Meet the Peer Mentors

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Tracy Malz, Program Director

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Tracy Malz is the Peer Mentor Program Director and the interim contact for this caseload. Tracy has supervised the Peer Mentors since the program was developed and is excited to get you connected to a Peer Mentor that can support you in your journey. Please contact Tracy and she will refer you to a Peer Mentor!

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Ava Derago, Psychology

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Ava is a Psychology major. Ava says what she wishes she knew as a Freshman is... "You are not alone! There are many other students in the same boat as you. Finding the right path is not easy but with some guidance you will find your way. Temple has so many programs that are designed to help you so take advantage of them."

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Hannah Kalup, Public Health

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Hannah is a Public Health major taking prerequisites for Occupational Therapy master programs. When she is not studying for her classes, she works part time as a restaurant hostess. Also, she is an executive board member of Temple's non-profit chapter of A Moment of Magic. With her busy schedule she enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends. She is so excited to be a peer mentor for the 2020-2021 school year to help guide students who went through a similar experience to her when it comes to figuring out college life.

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Kaitlyn Bellizia, Marketing

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Kaitlyn Bellizia is a transfer student in the Fox School of Business working towards a BBA in Marketing. After graduating from a small school in Freeland, Pennsylvania called MMI Preparatory School, Kaitlyn completed her freshman year of college studying Theatre Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh before deciding to transfer to Temple. Aside from her studies, Kaitlyn is also a member of the Iota Chi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at Temple University, and she works part-time serving coffee at the Saxby’s on Liacouras Walk!

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Sydnee Emory, Art Therapy

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Sydnee Emory is an Art Therapy major. She came to Temple University undecided. At first she felt very confused and scared as wasn't 100% sure what she wanted to do. Her advisor suggested taking some exploratory classes, which allowed Sydnee to explore all her potential interests. Also with the help of research, she learned which subject(s) she enjoys the most. In her case, subjects such as Art, psychology, and children. Combining all those aspects, it led her to declare her major in Art Therapy.

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Isabella Mayo, Biology

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Isabella Mayo is a senior biology major at Temple. She is also a member of the Temple Tappers, Temple University’s tap dance team. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Genetic Counseling. Outside of school, Isabella enjoys reading, thrifting, and hanging out with friends. Isabella is very excited to be a peer mentor and looks forward to helping others find a major that is the right fit for them!

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Renae Pangan, Supply Chain Management

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Renae is a Junior at the Fox School of Business as a Supply Chain Major with a minor in Management Information Systems (MIS). She is the Director of Membership for Temple University Supply Chain Association (TUSCA) and a Career Peer Advisor for CSPD. A big lesson she learned from her time being undeclared is that it's okay to feel lost and there's no deadline for finding what path is best for you. She is excited to help incoming students find their place at Temple.

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Olivia Passarelli, Public Health

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Olivia Passarelli is a senior studying public health in the College of Public Health. Olivia became a peer mentor because she wants to help inspire, educate, guide, and lead other students on their journey at Temple and beyond! Her passion is to make the world a better place and she hopes to make social change through policy. Because of this, she will be receiving an accelerated degree in health policy in 2024 at Temple!

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Amy Richards, Communication Studies

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Amy is a senior with a major in Communication Studies and a certificate in Stage Management. She is very involved in her sorority Delta Phi Epsilon. In her free time, Amy loves to play video games and Dungeons & Dragons!

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Aissata Sy, Africology & African American Studies

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Aissata is a rising junior in the College of Liberal Arts. She is majoring in Africology & African American Studies. A fun fact about Aissata is that she is left-handed, but she plays badminton actively with both hands!

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