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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:

micaelaMicaela Smith

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Major: Communication with Spanish minor and Dispute Resolution certificate
Campus involvement: President of Creative Outlet for Writers Club (COW Club)
Ask me about: Being an extroverted introvert, navigating the treacherous waters of being sassy while at university, my study abroad experience in central America, and my experience coordinating volunteers and petting animals at the Humane Society.

Hello! My name is Micaela and I can write a sassy quip about nearly any topic. I love long walks on the beach, especially with a cute, cuddly kitten. I have enjoyed some of these walks whilst adventuring in Costa Rica (without the kittens but with a baby monkey). I am also a skilled wakeboarder and could throw down in a trick competition on the lake. So, if you would like to duel, let’s throw down! I will probably lose, but it will be fun, right? Come say hi anytime.

SammyWalkerSammy Walker

Hometown: Kimberly, ID
Major: Chemistry
Campus involvement: A ton of things, including President of the Honors Student Association, member of the academic appeals board, employee of the chemistry department’s stockroom, and more
Ask me about: How to survive physical chemistry, how to buy cool shower curtains, how to get involved on campus, how to enjoy your college experience while making connections

Hi! I’m Sammy and my favorite thing to do is to talk to people about chemistry, because it is a big portion of my life. I have a big love for people and dancing. You can hear me cracking jokes and telling stories at nearly any hour of the day. I have a shower curtain with the periodic table on it, so whenever I want to remember the atomic number for an element, it’s right there. Look how far we have come as a society! When you see me on campus, reach out and say hello!

Peer Mentors:

ashley-batesAshley Bates

Hometown: Boise, ID
Major: Elementary Education, English Minor
Campus involvement: Teacher Education Ambassadors
Ask me about: Teacher education, work-study

Hi there!  My name is Ashley Bates and I am a junior studying Elementary Education and minoring in English here at Boise State.  I also have a really great job working as a marketing assistant here at the university.  I am very passionate about education, and making the most of our educational experiences, so I love being really involved in the College of Education and in the Honors College.  I am so excited to be a peer mentor this year and I really look forward to meeting you all!

rebeccaRebecca Busch

Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
Major: Psychology, German
Campus involvement: Alpha Sigma Alpha
Ask me about: Greek Life, Preparing for Study Abroad, Psychology Department, World Languages Department, Moving from Out of State, living on campus, my dog, my favorite foods

My name is Rebecca and I am a junior at Boise State. I come from a relatively small town in Northern California so moving to Boise has been a huge change, but has also been a truly remarkable experience. Boise has become my second home and my sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and the Honors College have become my second family. I am studying Psychology and German and I am preparing to study abroad this Spring. I love hiking, eating, and petting animals. Ask me about anything and everything. I look forward to getting to know you all!

lukeLuke Bosse

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Computer Science w/ Secondary Education Emphasis
Campus involvement: IDoTeach, Computer Science Tutor, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity
Ask me about: computer science, Greek Life, teaching in STEM, living on campus, having a car on campus, being a Californian in Idaho, river surfing.

jennaJenna Clingerman

Hometown: Dublin, CA
Major: Human Biology and Pre-Med Double Major
Campus involvement: Learning Assistant, Bronco Ambassador tour guide, Honors College, Bronco Catholic Student Association, Teaching Assistant, Hospice Volunteer at St. Luke’s
Ask me about: Coming to college from out of state, the Honors College, Medical School preparation, Research on campus, the Outdoors

Hi, my name is Jenna and I am starting my junior year at Boise State! I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California, and have loved my experiences so far at BSU! I grew up in a family of 4, and I am an identical twin. Outside of school and activities, I love sports and the outdoors! I love hiking, biking, running, and playing or watching sports. I have a passion for working with people and am currently deciding whether to become a physician or teacher. I have loved being a part of the Honors College- in many ways it has been what has most shaped my college experience so far. I am so excited to get to know you all, so please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you have!

mattMatt Dobrowski

Hometown: Reno, NV
Major: Pre-Med/ Health Sciences
Campus involvement: Food Recovery Network, Bee Team, Bronco Catholic Student Association
Ask me about: The college transition, getting involved, applying to medical school, bees, and cool/ fun outdoor stuffs!

Hi all! My name is Matt the Moose and I absolutely love cookie dough and root beer. I will be a Senior this year and am in the process of applying for Medical School. I aspire to become a pediatrician and provide healthcare to children and babies here in the United States and hopefully globally as well. Coming to Boise State and being a part of the Honors College has probably been the best life choice I have ever made…That and deciding to invest in a Zoo membership. Most decide to invest in a Costco card or Library card…That is not me. I am super excited to be a peer mentor this year and excited to get to know you all! If you have any questions, feel free to ask…And maybe we can go to the Zoo. Root beer is on me! :)

Tallon Endicotttallon

Hometown: Eagle, ID
Major: Biology/Pre-Med
Campus involvement: Psychology research assistant/Service Work/Honors College
Ask me about: Pre-Med/Being a 1st generation college student/Research opportunities/Starting a club/Medical school requirements/Volunteer opportunities/Mental health

Hi all my name is Tallon Endicott and I am a sophomore health science major with an emphasis in human biology. I am a full time student and a part time employee at a dermatopathology lab in Garden City, ID. My experiences in the Honors College thus far have been truly empowering and supportive. As a first generation college student it has been difficult to manage busy schedules and new experiences, but Honors has provided me with a multitude of resources and opportunities that have made my experience beautiful. I grew up in a small town in northern California and moved to Eagle, Idaho about five years ago. It was upon my arrival to Idaho that I found my genuine interest in helping others, specifically children. After my schooling here at Boise State, I plan on attending medical school and studying to become a pediatrician. I am always willing to answer any questions that you have to the best of my ability! I look forward to meeting you all!

abbyAbby Filicetti

Hometown: Boise
Major: Psychology
Campus involvement: Honors College
Ask me about: Psychology department, being a TA, living off campus, working while in school, graduate school application process

My name is Abby and I am a senior this year, getting ready to graduate in December! I grew up in Boise and I have loved staying here for college. I like spending my time outside hiking in the foothills, watching Netflix and playing with my dogs. I have truly loved being a part of the Honors College, from the friends I’ve made to all of the experiences I’ve had.  I am preparing to move to Seattle after graduation and have been working on my application for University of Washington’s Occupational Therapy program. I am so excited for another semester as a peer mentor and getting to know all of you!

Emily Fritchmanemily

Hometown: Boise, ID
Major: History and English Dual Major w/ Creative Writing Emphasis
Campus involvement: Student Lead at Boise State Bookstore, Greek Life, Bronco Catholic Association, History Department student researcher
Ask me about: Getting involved on campus, student employment, humanities/liberal arts courses, living off campus, life in Boise, Honors courses.

Hi, friends – welcome to the Honors College! My name is Emily (but some people call me Fritch), and I am currently a junior here at Boise State University. I was born and raised in Downtown Boise, and absolutely love being apart of such a vibrant city and college community. Along with working at the Bookstore, going to school, and participating in campus activities, I love traveling, drinking too much coffee, pizza, listening to vinyls, biking, hiking, and watching old movies. If you ever want to hang out, want to buy textbooks, or just want to talk, hit me up! I can’t wait to meet all of you this year!  

laurenLauren Hosek

Hometown: Eagle, ID
Major: Human Biology and Pre-Medical Studies
Campus involvement: Research assistant, Strive for College, American Red Cross club
Ask me about: Applying to medical school/MCAT, volunteering for hospice, research, Strive for College, and living on campus.

Hi my name is Lauren and I am a senior majoring in biology with hopes of going to medical school. I grew up in Idaho and love spending my summers finding new places to visit. I work in an organic chemistry lab synthesizing compounds that are used for breast cancer research, so feel free to ask me about that if you are interested! You will find a cute little family forming in Driscoll and lots of amazing people to meet. I wish you luck on your college adventures and I am excited and honored to be one of your peer mentors.

Riley Huntriley

Hometown: Eagle, ID
Major:  Materials Science and Engineering, Visual Arts Minor
Campus Involvement: Lab Assistant, Research Assistant, HSA, Tau Beta Pi
Ask Me About:  Studying abroad (I went to New Zealand), Honors events and involvement, Harry Potter, traveling.

Hi! My name is Riley and I am a senior Materials Science and Engineering student from Eagle, ID. I am going on my third year as marketing rep for HSA. I spent Spring 2015 studying abroad in Hamilton, New Zealand and traveling around the South Pacific. I spent this last summer interning at Micron in R&D. I have two older sisters who also graduated from BSU as well. Feel free to ask me anything! Looking forward to this year together!

lizLiz Leung

Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Major: Health Sciences/ Pre-med
Campus involvement: Calculus Learning Assistant, honors college
Ask me about: Pre medical studies, Health sciences, hiking, snowboarding, and living on campus.

Hi everyone! My name is Liz and I am an out of state student from Reno, Nevada. This is my first year being a peer mentor and I am so excited to be one of your peer mentors. I am on the road to potentially going to medical school with aspirations of becoming an anesthesiologist or working with geriatrics (the elderly). If you have any questions feel free to ask me! I cannot wait to get to know you all.

Ashlee Kallenbergerashlee-k

Hometown: Meridian, ID
Major: Pre-Medical Studies, Biology, Spanish
Campus involvement: Honors College, Teaching Assistant, Research, Volunteering
Ask me about: Living Off Campus, First Gen. College Student, The Path to Medical School, Outdoors Activities (Skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, sports, etc.), Volunteering, Research Opportunities, Balancing Time with Work and School

Hi guys! My name is Ashlee and this will be my second year as a peer mentor. I am very excited to welcome you all to Boise State, and just want to let you know that you’re off to a great start by joining the Honors College. Being a part of the honors community has definitely been one of the best choices I have made since I came to BSU. A little about me, I am born and raised in Idaho, and love the northwest. I am in pursuit of finishing up my degrees here at Boise State with the next destination being medical school. I worked over the summer at BSU as a research technician and I also work in St. Alphonsus NICU department. I am a major fan of all things sports (especially surfing) and am excited to meet all of you during this upcoming year!

shannonShannon Kasuba

Hometown: Meridian, ID
Major: Health Science w/ minor in Biology
Campus involvement: Honors College
Ask me about: Pre-Physician Assistant, Pathologist Assistant, working while going to school, living off campus, honors courses

Hi! My name is Shannon and I am entering my junior year at BSU. I come from a family with four children (me being the oldest). I have a burning passion for pathology and the micro side of biology. My dream job would be to become a Pathologist Assistant and work in a lab, testing biopsies for the rest of my life. I have loved being a part of the Honors College and I am so excited for this upcoming year!

Jessica McAllisterjessica

Hometown: Yakima, WA
Major: Pre-Med and Biology with Human Emphasis. Chemistry Minor
Campus Involvement: Greek Life, Honors College
Ask me about: Greek life, living on campus, being an out of state student, GEM scholarship, double major, campus events (Relay for Life, Dance Marathon)

mallory mcgowanMallory McGowen

Hometown: West Monroe, Louisiana and Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Major: History and Classical Studies – Interdisciplinary Studies (Minor: Latin Language and Literature)
Campus involvement: Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Club Sports, Historia Scholastica Research Team Member
Ask me about: Making your own major; studying and working abroad; living on campus; Greek Life; Independent Research; presenting at conferences

Hello! My name is Mallory and I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, but I am not into yoga. After I realized that a cut-and-dry college experience was not for me, I discovered that I could construct my own major through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. I am currently double-majoring in History and Classical Studies and minoring in Latin Language and Literature and will graduate in December! Upon graduation I plan to attend graduate school to focus my work on Roman History and Archaeology, with the hope of becoming a museum curator. I aspire to be this generation’s Indiana Jones, except I’ll do my own stunts. I am a member of Alpha Xi Delta, a sorority on campus, and I would encourage you to get as involved as possible in whatever makes you happy. I hope to see you around campus and cannot wait for this year to unfold. The Honors College changed my life and I hope you find your home in it, too.

bethanyBethany Poythress

Hometown: Kuna, ID
Major: International business & French
Campus involvement: Honors college, World Language department, Bronco Catholic Association
Ask me about: Study abroad, being homesick, being undecided, World Languages Department, living at home

My name is Bethany and I’m entering my final semester at BSU. I’m double majoring in international business and French. I’m from the faraway land of Kuna, Idaho, and have loved spending my undergrad in the Boise area. One of my favorite things I’ve done in college (besides being a peer mentor) was studying abroad in Lyon, France during the spring of 2015. I’m friendly and love to chat, so come ask me about my family’s two dogs, seven cats, and rabbit (just know that I will show you pictures whether or not you want to see them).

Brandon Stevenson

Hometown: Meridian, ID
Major: Chemistry, ACS Professional Emphasis
Campus involvement: Honors College, Research Student
Ask me about: Living Off Campus, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pre-Dental Studies, Radiochemistry,  Electrochemistry, Making $100 tips, Internships, Kayaking, Honors Student Association, Campus Research, Training Cats to Fetch

This will be my third time as a Honors College Peer Mentor, and I will be graduating this coming spring with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, with an emphasis in ACS Professional Chemistry. I’m an Idaho native, and I have spent a lot of my time at Boise State involved with various research projects both here and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I love growing up in Boise, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

coltonColton Streufert

Hometown: Boise, ID
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Campus involvement: Strive for College
Ask me about:  Anything to do with aviation (airplanes/helicopters/aerospace) and entrepreneurship

Hi my name is Colton and I am a senior in mechanical engineering. I have worked full time in the summers and part time during the school year the entire time I have been at Boise State. Although hectic, being in the Honors College has helped me have balance between working and going to school. This fall, I will graduate debt free. I grew up in the airline industry, flying often, with both of my parents working for different airlines. After school, I hope to continue working with aviation in one way or another. Feel free to ask me anything! Can’t wait to meet you all!

hailey-tHailey Townsend

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Major: Communication, Certificate in Public Relations, Minor in Business
Campus Involvement: Honors College, Director of Publicity for PRSSA
Ask me about: Public relations, interning in Washington, D.C., living all over the U.S., anything Bachelor/Bachelorette related

Hello everyone! My name is Hailey and I am a senior majoring in Communication, minoring in Business, and getting a certificate in Public Relations. I’ve grown up all over the U.S. (Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas, and Florida, to name a few) and came to Boise State to be closer to family. I’ve absolutely loved my time here at BSU and I know all of you will too. I’m so excited to be a peer mentor this year and I can’t wait to meet all of you!