Peer Advising Gains Spotlight

"Putting together a team of twelve to fifteen people from different countries and different backgrounds and watching them bond over a common goal--it's one of my favorite things," said Kim Rambo-Reinitz, describing the Lundquist College undergraduate Peer Advising program she coordinates. Each year, business majors apply to take part in the program's extensive training in order to volunteer five hours a week providing drop-in advising to fellow students. Along with the satisfaction of helping others, peer advisors also gain professional skills: "Being a peer advisor has given me the confidence to ask questions when I am unsure of an answer and also given me the tools to work with people from different cultures," said current advisor Amanda Kennedy. That impact has not gone unnoticed. Rambo-Reinitz has been busy presenting the college's peer advising program to campus-wide audiences as a model others are seeking to adopt. She has also been invited to present at the regional conference of the National Academic Advising Association in Portland this March. Find out more about the Peer Advising program.