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Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are returning Honors students who receive leadership credit for facilitating classroom discussion and connecting incoming Honors students to various aspects of the university. To prepare them for these leadership roles, Mentors go through an extensive training on classroom management, academic advising, group formation, academic and campus resources, and leadership theory.

  • The Peer Mentor program helps address transition issues new students may experience upon entering college. Some of the issues addressed are navigating class schedules, academic advising, communicating with professors, time management and organization.
  • Peer Mentors encourage new Honors students to make the most of their experience as they begin their college career.
  • Mentors serve as group facilitators during the annual Honors College Retreat and then gain valuable experience facilitating instruction in a classroom setting during the fall semester.

Applications for the Peer Mentor position will be open in March for the following Fall semester.

Senior Peer Mentors:

Edwina Wallen

Hi everyone! My name is Edwina! I am a junior at Boise State University. I was born in a small farm town in Sweden, but I moved to the United States when I was just a baby. I lived in Greenwich, Connecticut until the summer after my freshmen year of high school. Then, my family and I moved to Southern California. When I chose to go to Boise State, my family decided to move up to Boise with me. Both family and I love it here! I love talking about my Swedish culture and roots, so don’t hesitate to ask about it. I currently work as a caregiver at an assisted living and memory care facility for the elderly. This is where I have discovered my passion for health care, patient care, and the study of gerontology. Some of the things that I love doing include hot yoga, Zumba, and exploring Boise. The Honors College has been such a big and important part of my college experience. I absolutely love the Honors College and am so excited for this year!


Holly Harper

Welcome to the Honors College! I’m Holly- I’m a Health Science major with an emphasis in General Health Studies and a Pre-PA designation. I’ve served in the Honors Student Association for the past two years, and was a Peer Mentor last year. I love the community I have created within the Honors College, and can’t imagine my academic and social life without it! Outside of Honors, I’m also involved in Greek Life and have a part time job (sometimes two!). In my free time I like to run, do hot yoga, drop into the Rec Center, or meet friends for coffee! I’m here as a friend and a resource, so don’t hesitate to reach out.