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                      Who are the first-year peer assistants?

First-Year Peer Assistants (PAs), are upper division students who serve as navigation guides throughout your first semester. PAs provide first-hand knowledge of what it means to be an HHD student and are trained to provide you with resources to help you be a successful college student. 

PAs will work closely with you in your PSU14 First-Year Seminar course. They serve as co-facilitators in the classroom and also assist with a variety of first-year engagement activities throughout the academic year. Already registered for your PSU14 course? Find your class in the list below and read about all of our Peer Assistants! 

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Last Name
PSU14 Section: We 11:15am - 12:05pm L. Lasher
Summary Statement

I'm Aimee, I come from Ghana, Africa but I reside in Morrisville Pennsylvania. I love cooking and modeling during my free times. My favorite classes I have taken on campus is HPA 101 and bio 161!

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PSU14 Section: We 11:15am - 12:05pm M.Sciegaj
Summary Statement

I love to work out, hang out with friends and socializing, my favorite class would have to be RHS 301 (intro to counseling), I’m from Westchester, NY, and my favorite place to be on campus is the HUB! 

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PSU 14 Section: We 11:15am - 12:05pm M. McCann
Summary Statement

 I am from Altoona, PA. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, reading, and taking walks outside. I enjoy studying at the arboretum when the weather is nice and spending time at the HUB when the snow comes.

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PSU14 Section: Tu 9:05am - 9:55am K.Webb
Summary Statement

My hobbies are hiking, crocheting, kayaking, pick up soccer and basketball, and rock climbing. Anatomy classes and labs are my fav! Favorite spot on campus is Alumni gardens. 
 

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PSU 14 Section: We 4:40pm - 5:30pm D. Shea
Summary Statement

I’m from Connecticut. I love to knit, do nails, dance, and listen to music. And, my favorite spot on campus is the hub.

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PSU 14 Section: We 11:15am - 12:05pm M. McCann
Summary Statement

hey! I’m from West Chester, PA. Some of my hobbies are reading, watching movies, going to the gym, and sleeping. I would have to say though, that my favorite spot on campus, is the hub lawn when it’s nice outside!

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PSU 14 Section: Thu 10:35am - 11:25am J. Heim
Summary Statement

 I am involved in Serve State, a philanthropy/community service club, and Penn State Vedic Society. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, practicing yoga, going outdoors, playing guitar, making art, and upcycling clothing!

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PSU 14 Section: We 12:20p - 1:10p T. Masterson
Summary Statement

Hi I’m Abby and I’m from Carlisle, PA. My hobbies include watching tv and hanging out with my friends. My favorite classes that I have taken have to be BBH 316 and HDFS 129 both because I really liked both the class itself and the professor who was teaching each class.

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PSU14 Section: Mo 12:20pm - 1:10pm L. McLaughlin
Summary Statement

I'm from a small town just outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. I enjoy reading, dancing, and spending time with my friends! Some of my favorite classes that I have taken so far at Penn State are HDFS 129, BIOL 162/164, and PSYCH 100.

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PSU14 Section: Thu 3:35pm-4:25pm J. Kukitz
Summary Statement

Hi, I'm from Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania. My favorite class so far has been KINES 101. My current goal is to be a strength and conditioning coach for preferably an NHL team, but I’d be happy with any professional or college sports team. 

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PSU14 Section: We 10:10am - 11am D.Lawson
Summary Statement

I'm a Sophomore from Sykesville, MD. When I'm not in class you can find me at the gym, watching sports, or hanging out with my friends. Some of my favorite spots on campus are Beaver Stadium, the HUB, and the IM building.

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PSU 14 Section: Tu 9:05am - 9:55am L. Lasher
Summary Statement

I love to read, paint, exercise, and watch tv. My favorite classes are anatomy and kinesiology. I am from West Chester, PA. My favorite spots on campus are the Kern building and the arboretum. 

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PSU14 Section: Tu 1:35-2:25 C. Newschaffer
Summary Statement

I’m from Bucks County Pennsylvania. Some of my hobbies include volunteering at a local animal rescue and binge watching my favorite shows which are Greys Anatomy and NCIS. I am a lover of all animals and have a zoo of my own. I have two dogs, three cats, and two chinchillas!

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PSU14 Section: Mo 10:10am - 11am T. Cummins
Summary Statement

I like going to the gym, spending time outdoors, making art, and hanging out with friends. My favorite classes are biology and anatomy. I’m from Penns Valley which is about 20 minutes away from State College. My favorite spot on campus is the Arboretum. 

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PSU 14 Section: We 9:05am - 9:55am N. Williams
Summary Statement

I'm from upstate New York and am a third generation Penn State student so I know my way around campus pretty well.  My favorite spot on campus would have to be the creamery because of my love for ice cream!

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PSU 14 Section: We 12:20p - 1:10p T. Masterson
Summary Statement

Hi! I am from Ramsey, NJ! Some of my favorites hobbies include cooking, working out, shopping, and going to the beach! My favorite spot on campus is the Starbucks in the hub ;)

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PSU 14 Section: Tu 1:35pm - 2:25pm M. Owens
Summary Statement

 I was born and raised in India until I was 6 and then moved to the U.S. and now live in Buck’s County PA! I love to go for walks and try to find different places to hike!

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PSU14 Section: Tu 10:35am - 11:25pm J. Heim
Summary Statement

I’m from Montville, New Jersey. Some of my favorite classes include anatomy and physiology, BBH 101, and KINES 101! I love to workout at the IM Building or relax at the Arboretum! My favorite study spot on campus is the BBH Building!

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PSU 14 Section: We 2:30pm - 3:20pm G. Wilkes
Summary Statement

I’m from Broomall Pennsylvania! In my free time I like to go for walks, hang out with friends and family, go to the gym, cook, and paint! One of my favorite spots downtown has to be Irving’s, they have the best breakfast sandwhiches!

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PSU 14 Section: We 9:05am - 9:55am K.Raupach
Summary Statement

I'm Izzy from Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, reading, and painting. My favorite place on campus is the library and the Arboretum. 

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PSU 14 Section: We 3:35pm - 4:25pm D.Shea
Summary Statement

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where my passion for community involvement all started. I am the youngest child of 6 sisters and 1 brother and I am the first one in my family to go to college.

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PSU 14 Section: Tu 9:05am - 9:55am M. Owens
Summary Statement

I am from Palmyra, PA which is just next to Hershey, PA. Outside my classes, I run club cross country, volunteer with LifeLink and participate in kinesiology club and pre-physical therapy club.

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PSU 14 Section: Tu 10:35am - 11:25pm K. Webb
Summary Statement

 I am from Bethlehem, PA. In my free time I like to workout, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. A couple of my favorite spots on campus are the HUB, the student center in the Henderson building. I have played soccer my entire life.

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PSU 14 Section: We 2:30pm - 3:20pm N. Williams
Summary Statement

I'm from Jupiter, Florida and enjoy staying active, spending time with friends, going to the beach, and traveling. My favorite classes I’ve taken are KINES 202 and KINES 497 which are anatomy classes! I love Penn State and all the opportunities offered to me here. 

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PSU 14 Section: Mo 11:15am - 12:05pm M. Sciegaj
Summary Statement

I’m from Hershey, PA, and I love Penn State and the environment that HHD creates within the university!  I love to spend time with my friends and family, and I’m so excited for my ASL classes this semester.

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PSU14 Section: Thu 10:35am - 11:25am J. Heim
Summary Statement

 I am from Pittsburgh, PA! I As a senior, I am so excited to help you learn your way around Penn State- I hope you love it just as much as I do! Outside of my academics, I love reading, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.

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