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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.

2021-2022 Peer Support Leaders

Frank Dolecki

“Hello! I am a junior 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

"Hi! This year I will be a junior in Briggs 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 at an accredited zoo or aquarium after graduation. As a student I am involved in CHAARG, a women’s health + fitness community on campus, 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 and served on student council, and was on the school’s Student Sustainability Leadership Council. This past spring I also worked as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for Dr. Barnard's LB172L course. I choose to be a Briggsie because I loved the idea of getting to attend a big university, but have 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!"

Katie Gibbs

Alaina Rubenacker-O'Dell

"Hello! I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish as a pre-medical student. I am excited to begin medical school next year and see what residency I’ll be in – I’m interested in psychiatry and general surgery, but I’m definitely open to other fields. As a student, I’m involved with HerCampus, an online magazine run by women, and as an Honors College Green Team Mentor. Furthermore, this will be my third year  as an intern with Family Counseling and Psychiatry. This internship has been my favorite experience because I have the opportunity to interact with pediatric patients and pediatricians at MSU Pediatrics. I’ve also enjoyed other work experiences throughout my time at MSU, like at Origami Brain Rehabilitation Center and Ingham County Medical Care Facility. Still, I am most excited to be a Peer Support Leader and interact with the Briggs community more. I chose to be a Briggsie because I wanted to have that small community feeling while still being at a large university. Now that I am a Peer Support Leader, I’m excited to give back to the community that has helped me accomplish my goals and thrive at MSU. If you have any questions, need any advice, or anything else, schedule an appointment to chat with me! I’m eager to help in any way I can."

Alaina Rubenacker-O'Dell