Psych Friends Peer Mentors
Psych Friends Peer Mentoring aims to increase the academic success & well-being of psychology students by connecting upper division psychology majors (mentors) with students newer to the major (mentees). Psych Friends is a great way to expand your knowledge on all that the field of psychology has to offer and to build a social network with others within the psychology community.
SIGN UP FOR A PEER MENTORING SESSION
Make an appointment with a peer mentor to learn about the psychology and behavioral neuroscience major requirements, careers and education paths in psychology, the graduate school application process, strategies to increase academic success, and/ or student self-care techniques.
Our mentors would love to get to know you. We have plenty of time slots available to best fit your needs. Appointments can be made through Navigate and students can choose between having an appointment in person on campus, or to meet online via Zoom.
To sign up for an appointment, click on the following link https://www.gvsu.edu/navigate/. Select “Schedule an appointment,” then select “Mentorship Programs and Support” and “Psych Friends Peer Mentorship Program.”
EARN COURSE CREDIT BY SERVING AS A PEER MENTOR
PSY 493 and PSY 494 is a two-semester practicum experience that allows junior and senior psychology and behavioral neuroscience majors to offer their leadership skills and knowledge about the major to students newer to the major. Students learn key principles and processes related to mentorship and apply this knowledge through peer mentoring.
Senior Psychology and Clinical Exercise Science Double Major
Megan Demshuk is a senior here at GV. She is a double major in Psychology and Clinical Exercise Science, and is looking to pursue graduate school in Clinical Psychology in order to work with athletes with eating disorders (as well as mental health patients in general). In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.
Senior Psychology Major and Minor in English
Azabeth is a senior at Grand Valley this year. She has a Psychology Major with an English Minor. She loves learning about Psychology and how the human brain works. Her career goals include being a talk therapist that specializes in mental health disorders such as ADHD, ASD, OCD, as well as PTSD. She also has a passion to work with adolescents and young adults. In her free time she enjoys going out with friends and being with her cuddly cat Bellamy. One fun fact about her is that she can talk about Taylor Swift all day every day!
Senior Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Major
Lauren is a senior at GVSU majoring in psychology and behavioral neuroscience. She hopes to attend a PhD program in neuroscience to pursue a career in neurodegenerative disease research. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, going to the beach and finding new coffee shops. Lauren is very excited to be a part of Psych Friends and meet new people!
Psychology and Early Childhood Education Major
Emma is studying psychology and early childhood education with the goal of becoming a School Psychologist. She is very passionate about wanting to create safe and equitable environments for students to learn and grow as people. In her free time she loves to run, bake, watch movies, spend time with friends, family, and her cat! Emma is very excited to be a part of the Psych Friends team again and is looking forward to helping and meeting new students with a similar love for psychology!
Senior Behavioral Neuroscience and Communication Services Major
Megan is a senior majoring in behavioral neuroscience and communication sciences and disorders. She hopes to become a researcher within the field of audiology and psychology and is especially interested in how the brain interacts with hearing. Megan enjoys golf, movies, drawing, and reading in her time outside of school. She also enjoys traveling and has been to 47 US states and 13 countries. She is excited to meet everyone in the Psych Friends program and is looking forward to helping new BNS and psych students!
Senior Psychology Major and Criminal Justice Minor
Lauren Butler is a senior who is majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. Her future plans are to get a master’s degree in social work to practice therapy with youth. In her free time, she loves going to the gym and reading.
Senior Psychology Major and Business Minor
Amanda is a senior here at Grand Valley and this is her second year being a psych friends peer mentor. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in business and she plans to go onto graduate school to get her PhD in clinical psychology. For fun Amanda likes to hang out with friends, workout, shop, do yoga, walk her dog, etc. Outside of psych friends Amanda volunteers in two psychology labs for faculty at GVSU, is a member of Psi Chi, and is a member of Sigma Kappa. Amanda is beyond excited to be a part of psych friends again and to be able to help her peers be as successful as possible at GV and in the future!
Senior Psychology and Health Sciences Major
Julia is currently a senior at GVSU studying allied health sciences and psychology. After graduating, she hopes to further her education by becoming a physician assistant/associate specialized in pediatric psychiatry. She is very passionate about helping her community and working with different patient populations especially children/adolescents. In her free time, she enjoys swimming at the beach, listening to music, walking, exercising, and spending time outside in the sun for vitamin D! She is very excited to be a part of the Psych Friends community and cannot wait to meet and help students!
Senior Psychology Major and Sociology Minor
Isabelle is a senior here at GVSU and is studying psychology and sociology. She has career goals related to school counseling or elementary education. She is passionate about the Psych Friends program, as well as helping and working with others. Isabelle believes the program has so much information to offer psychology students, as she has utilized the program herself! In her spare time away from class, Isabelle enjoys spending her afternoons at the elementary school she works at teaching 1st and 2nd grade students. She is super excited to be a returning Psych Friends mentor for her final year at GVSU!
Senior Psychology Major and Sociology Minor
Thomas Solomon is a senior here at GVSU. This is his second year of being a Psych Friends Peer Mentor and he is excited to be back! He is majoring in Psychology with a minor in sociology with hopes of becoming a therapist/counselor. His next steps after GVSU is to pursue a master's degree in Social Work or Counseling. When he is not in the classroom you can usually find him outside in the sun (usually with his Pomeranian, Calvin) or getting his hands dirty in some soil (he love plants)! He looks forward to meeting you this year!
Destinee has a strong passion for research and has been closely working with social psychology professors during her time here at GVSU. After graduating, she plans to apply to PHD programs to eventually become a professor of social psychology. As a first generation student, Destinee has had the opportunity to work TRIO Student Support Services and the McNair scholars program. She plans to provide first generation students with information about all the wonderful resources available for them here at GV. Outside of research, Destinee enjoys playing video games, creative writing, and animal care. She cannot wait to meet all the diverse students interested in psychology!
Check out our video to learn more about our awesome team and why they became Psych Friends Peer Mentors in their own words here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flc1wY41Swg. Be sure to say hi when you see them around campus!
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