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Peer Advisors of the Academic Advising and Learning Center


Peer Advisors


Peer Advisors are the first line of contact between you and the Academic Advising and Learning Center. These students, all from different areas of study, hold the experience and university knowledge to help guide you through your degree. They will be able to answer many of the basic questions you have regarding the university or direct you to the appropriate locations to get your questions answered. They are able to provide insight about the university which can serve as priceless help to a student who may go through similar situations.


Byron Agapay


Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI


Biology is so cool! There is so much thought and data behind each idea, and I love being able to sort problems out methodically and concisely. I have always been intrigued by science and the idea of understanding the world's natural phenomenons. Before I decided to study biology, everything was black or white. I either understood how something worked, or decided that it was beyond my power to know. Studying Biology enabled me to break down and understand vague and complex ideas and processes. Biology has brought so many colors into my life! (But I can just thank the cones in my eyes for its color sensitivity). 


The best advice I can offer a fellow student is this: Know and understand your comfort zone, then step out of that comfort zone and push yourself. Acknowledge your weaknesses and build up your strengths. Also, don't procrastinate. It will take a toll on you! Trust me. 


I decided to be a peer advisor because I love providing assistance! If it is in my power to help you, then I will do anything to provide you with the information or resources that you need. I am thankful for the students and staff that assist me when I am in need of help, so I would like to provide other students with assistance in return. 


McKenzie Johnston


Major: Psychology


Class Standing: Junior


Hometown: Pleasant Hill, OR


I decided to major in Psychology because I have always been interested in understanding human behavior and how it relates to our environment. I recently became interested in the field of Computer Science as well. While at first I didn’t see any similarities between the two, I have found many connections between Psychology and Computer Science that have made me see how complementary they really are.


If I could give one tip to be successful at WOU, it would be to use your resources. Don’t be afraid to go to your professor’s office hours, or request a tutor if you feel like you’re struggling. Create a network of peers and faculty that can work together to complete a task. I spent too much time in my first two years at Western trying to do everything on my own. I’ve found that I am a much more successful student when I utilize my resources.


I became a Peer Advisor because I wanted to become an informative resource for students at WOU. Being a Peer Advisor has given me the opportunity to become more involved in the community and gain experience by helping others.



Anna Smith


Major: Criminal Justice


Class Standing:  Sophomore


Hometown: Orange County, CA


I want to major in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Legal Studies, because I aspire to go to Law School. I hold myself to high dreams and aspirations and hope to attend Yale Law School starting fall of 2016. I have decided on this route because I have an interest of criminal justice, law, and how the government works. My strongest motivation to attend Law School is that I would like to help people. I like to be the voice for someone when he or she cannot be their own.  I stand up for those I care about and plan to carry this passion for others into the court room.


My best advice I believe I could offer a fellow student would be to utilize the professors. Ask your professors questions and visit during their office hours. They can be very helpful and can see the difference between a hardworking student and a lazy one. Also, make school your number one priority. We all have lives and things we need to do and for some, working full time is a must. However, don’t forget you are going to school to better yourself and your future. The way out of the mediocre job you may be in now is school. Try not to let things get in the way of school because school is the difference in your future.


I decided to become a peer adviser because I feel I have knowledge and experience that could be useful to others. I enjoy being helpful and I am always eager to offer what I know to help a fellow student. I know it can be difficult to figure where you need to go, or who you need to see to have your question answered. Having someone point you in the right direction makes all the difference in your search.




Kellie Woodward


Major: Community Health Education

Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: Nehalem, OR

I chose to major in Community Health Education because I have always had a passion for helping others. I am exploring career paths, but becoming a Registered Nurse is an option that currently is very appealing, because it encompasses my passion for helping others and it allows me to live anywhere. Whether or not I choose nursing, I hope that my career path leads me to an opportunity to assist others to live a healthy and successful life.

The best advice I could give another student at WOU is to keep changing the place where you study. Study at the library for a week, then maybe at a coffee shop, or anywhere that you are able to focus. I have found that a change of scenery helps me focus better on my homework, papers, and studying. If I stay in one location for too long, I get very distracted, and I lose all motivation to do my work. Another piece of advice is getting to know your professors. Professors like to know you have an interest in their class and they are a great resource if you are struggling in their class.

I decided to become a peer advisor to get more involved on campus, to help my peers, and gain more work experience.  College can be a very confusing and intimidating experience. I really appreciated all of the help I received to maneuver through my college experience, and now I want to provide guidance to my peers. 




Meet the Advisors of the Academic Advisng and Learning Center


Academic Advising and Learning Center 503-838-8428 | or e-mail:
Location: APSC 401

The Academic Advising and Learning Center engages students in identifying and pursuing their educational, career, and life goals through personalized learning experiences. The AALC serves and supports students in developing collaborative relationships that foster student success.

—Mission Statement for the Academic Advising and Learning Center