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Peer Support Leaders

About

Lyman Briggs College Peer Support Leaders are current Briggsies who desire to support the success of their peers, especially first- and second-year students. As third- and fourth-year students, PSLs provide support in exploring co-curricular opportunities, assisting with advising needs, and providing an experienced student perspective. 

In addition to one-on-one, walk-in, and group advising, PSLs also assist in facilitating workshops focused on students success.

To schedule an appointment with a PSL, visit student.msu.edu. 

  1. Log in using your NetID and password. 
  2. Select Academic Progress.
  3. Select the Advising/Tutoring Appointments tile. 
  4. Select Schedule an Appointment.
  5. Under Category, use the pull-down menu to select Advising.
  6. Under Advising/Tutoring Unit, use the pull-down menu to select Lyman Briggs College Advising.
  7. Appointment Reason: Hit the magnifying glass, which will display a menu.  
    1.  Choose Peer Support Advising
  8. Additional Information: Leave a note on what you want to discuss
  9. Appointment Type: Zoom Appointment 
  10. Hit the Select Advisor button 
  11. In a new menu you will see PAAs who are available.  
  12. Use the pull down menu under the respective PAA to see the times they have open.  
  13. Select an available time. 
  14. Hit the Select Time button. 
  15. You will be taken back out to the main appointment page. Review the details. 
  16. Select Book It! to book your appointment – you and the peer advising assistant will receive a calendar invite for your MSU Outlook email calendars.

2022-23 Peer Support Leaders

Frank Dolecki

pronouns: he/they

“Hello! I am a senior at Lyman Briggs majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Cognitive Science as a pre-medical student. In the future, I want to go to medical school and be a physician of some kind (maybe a psychiatrist or a pediatrician, but I am open-minded about other specialties!). One fact about me is that I am a first-generation college student, and I love mentoring and assisting other students as they adjust to college. During my time at MSU, being first-generation made me realize how important it is to have mentorship and a strong support group of mentors and friends. This was also the reason why I joined Briggs in the first place: the fact that it’s a smaller community within MSU allowed me to be more confident in reaching out to students, professors, and advisors for help. Adjusting to college can be difficult, so I want to offer my advice, assistance, and personal experiences for those that need it (whether it’s how to get involved on campus, help for your science classes, or anything else you want help with!), which is why I wanted to be a Peer Support Leader for Briggs.

Outside of classes, I am currently involved with a variety of extracurriculars. In the Honors College, I am the Social Events Coordinator for the First Generation Honors Association (FGHA), I have been an undergraduate learning assistant (ULA) for two sections of UGS110 last fall, and I have been/will continue to be a student panelist for informational sessions about the Honors College and the Academic Scholars Program. I also work with patients at Origami Rehabilitation through Brain Exercise Initiative (BEI), played trumpet in the Spartan Marching Band for two years, and will be looking forward to playing in MSU’s Campus Band this fall.

This fall, I am also looking into being a clinical volunteer for His Healing Hands in Lansing, leading and developing a student organization for first generation college students that are pre-med, being a research assistant for the Timing and Perception (TAP) lab on campus, and finding out ways I can learn more about and serve the LGBTQ+ community through volunteer work. In my free time, I enjoy working out, learning how to cook, and watching comedians like Conan O’Brien (one of my favorite celebrities!). I am excited to meet you this school year and am willing to help you in any way I can with whatever you need. Don’t hesitate to reach out!"

Frank Dolecki

Katie Gibbs

"Hello, Briggsies! This year I will be a senior majoring in Zoology with a double concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. I plan to find a job working in wildlife conservation or zoo education after graduating this spring. For the past two summers I have worked at Potter Park Zoo and loved my time there.

As a student I am involved in CHAARG, a women’s health + fitness community on campus where I currently serve on the DEI committee, Zeta Theta Omega which is our professional zoology fraternity, and I enjoy going to as many football, basketball, and hockey games as I can. During my freshman year I worked at Associated Students of Michigan State University, served on student council, and was on the school’s Student Sustainability Leadership Council. I also have experience working as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for Dr. Barnard's LB172L course.

I chose to be a Briggsie because I loved the idea of getting to attend a big university while having a smaller community within it where I could foster relationships and gain valuable experience and learning. Being a Peer Support Leader has now become part of that experience and I am eager to be a mentor and resource to students the way that others have been to me. I am here to help you in any way that I can, if you have any questions, need some advice, or would like to talk about my experience schedule an appointment with me so we can chat.

Go Green!"

Katie Gibbs

Aya Latif

"Hi! I am a senior majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Bioethics. I am passionate about the field of genetics and have plans to pursue a career in genetic counseling after I graduate. Outside of classes, I am involved in SACI (Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention), MMG club, and SUPR (Students United for Palestinian Rights). This past summer I conducted plant biology research while studying abroad in Germany, but the majority of my research experience has focused on human reproductive health. I always welcome questions about my study abroad experience as well as how to get into research labs on campus. I knew that Lyman Briggs was the right place for me when I got to experience what it is like to be a part of this tight-knit community. This is something I am forever grateful for as the big university setting can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. During my time at MSU, I am often working at multiple positions and understand that it can be stressful to manage work, classes, and social activities. As a Peer Support Leader (PSL), I am here to help with time management skills to create the right balance for you. Being a PSL means I am able to stay connected with and support Briggs students, and I am excited to give back to the community that set me up for success. If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to set up an appointment with me!"

Aya Latif