See you there!
Ever wanted to become a Student Peer Advisor? Are you already one and hope to serve for another year? Well if you answered yes to either of those questions then you’re in luck! The time has come for the SPA gauntlet to be passed down to a new generation, and we’re looking for qualified applicants who are interested in leadership, conflict resolution, and helping their fellow students with #honorsproblems to become Student Peer Advisors.
There are a total of two separate forms and, depending on who you are, you’ll have to fill out either one or the other. The first is for returning SPA members and its fairly short. The second is for new applicants and it’s only just slightly longer.
The deadline for application submission is February 3rd at 5:00 pm. They should be submitted by email for review to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SPA application” in the subject line. Any questions regarding the applications can be directed to Katie Winters (email@example.com). Final decisions will be made by mid-March after an interview process.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to Part 6 of the meet the SPA blog series in which each individual Student Peer Advisor is introduced with a picture and short bio.
CCAS ’14 – Political Science
Florham Park, NJ
Hi! My name is Sam Garrett and I am a sophomore majoring in Political Science in Columbian College. I was born in Durham, North Carolina, grew up in Florham Park, NJ, and will never return to either of the two. I intend to be a (adopted) Washingtonian for life. I am a proud fiscal and social liberal. Outside of class, I spend most of my time working for GLSEN – the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network – and volunteering for other non-profit organizations that work on prevention of bullying and/or LGBT youth suicide. I’m also the Chapter Leader of GW Student Global AIDS Campaign, and spend a good amount of time coordinating HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives on campus as well as fundraisers for the Whitman Walker Clinic. On weekends, I can be found wandering around Eastern Market, Dupont & Logan Circles, and Chinatown. What I love most about the Honors Program are the fantastic Honors faculty and staff, the free food and beverages in the town house, and the awesome UHP events. Oh, and the classes are pretty cool, too! Finally, my hero is my mentor and friend Kevin Brett Jennings.
BBA ’14 – Business Economics and Public Policy & International Business
Hello! My name is Siddhi Salvi and I am a sophomore in the Business School concentrating in Business Economics and Public Policy & International Business. I call Nashua, NH home, but India my motherland. I came to GW for DC. It is such a fascinating city and for my majors, the perfect place for opportunities. I do miss what a real snow-white winter looks like and the beauty of fall, but the National Mall and cherry blossoms make up for those shortcomings. When I am not doing homework or studying, my time goes toward becoming involved in GW. I am in Delta Sigma Pi – a professional Business Fraternity, GW College Republicans, Colonial Grassroots, run Cross Country for the GW team, and am in AKE – an international Business Honors Society, among many other things. During my down time, I intern. To me, interning is very important and allows me to utilize the plethora of resources offered in the city. The top of the Kennedy Center and the Capital are my two favorite tourist attractions in DC, in addition to a secret garden buried behind the shopping of Georgetown. The best show in the history of the world ever is Boy Meets World, learn to agree with that and we can be friends. :] What I love most about the Honors Program are the students and professors. The people that you meet are amazing and give you a different outlook on life.
CCAS ’14 – Biology
Hello all, my name is Shailly Gaur (pronounced like Shelly though I know that’s not how it appears). I’m a sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I know the face many of you are probably making after reading that, but I promise it’s not as intense as it seems. It’s just my way of getting ready for medical school, which is my ultimate goal. I’m from a very small town in Northeast PA called Sayre, which I refer to as “The Valley.” I love DC since it is the polar opposite of my hometown. There’s always something to do and somewhere to go which is a fun new experience for me. When not busy with classes or working at Gelman, I’m usually looking for new music or watching trailers for upcoming movies. I live on music, movies, and coffee. The Honors Department not only fuels my coffee obsession, but also helps to keep my semi-crazed academic plans organized. Since we are a little community, I’ve really enjoyed having a group on campus to be involved with. The small classes allow for personal connections to be made and the activities throughout the year let you further those connections.
Welcome to Part 5 of the meet the SPA blog series in which each individual Student Peer Advisor is introduced with a picture and short bio.
CCAS ’14- Psychology (Pre-Med)
Hi! My name is Rachel Getzenberg and I am sophomore from Baltimore, MD. I am a pre-med in the Colombian College, majoring in psychology. When I am not studying I write for the Hatchet and intern at Children’s National Medical Center. I also participate in Camp Kesem and I am a member of Pi Beta Phi. I love to read and explore DC, especially the frozen yogurt and cupcake stores. I love feeling like I am part of a community in the Honors Program. Honors also gives me the opportunity to take small classes and interact with great professors.
SEAS ’14-Biomedical Engineering
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Hello! I’m Sarah Rood, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. I am from an itty bitty town outside Cleveland, Ohio called Chagrin Falls. When I’m not studying circuits or immersed in code, I am usually at a meeting for one of the many orgs I have joined. I am a member of Theta Tau, the professional Engineering Fraternity, involved in the Society of Women Engineers and cheer on the GW Basketball Team as part of Colonial Brass, GW’s pep band. Outside of the academics, I am part of two awesome and crazy orgs on campus, GW Quidditch and GW Humans vs. Zombies. I am (obviously) a huge Harry Potter nerd and love to travel, which is good because I plan on studying abroad in the spring! I love the Honors Program because I can take a break from the math and science heavy engineering courses and study subjects that I would otherwise never be able, like philosophy or 19th century literature, with professors who are incredibly qualified and students who share the same interest to learn.
SPHHS ’14 – Athletic Training
Los Angeles, CA
Hello Honors Freshman! My name is Penina Smith and I am a sophomore majoring in Athletic Training in the School of Public Health. I am a proud West Coast girl who is slowly learning that rain is not only a winter phenomenon. One of the reasons why I chose GW is to experience seasons. When I’m not hanging around government buildings or learning new therapeutic exercises, I make smoothies at Campus Fresh and fundraise for love.fútbol. Every Friday night I make dinner with friends in an attempt to master baking. (My skills have improved tremendously!) You may also hear me belt out an awesome 80s song as I am convinced that I was born in the wrong decade. I applied to the Honors Program on a whim and soon realized how amazing the program is. What I love most are the unique courses and the professors who truly make an effort to get to know their students.
Hey everybody! It’s your SPA (Student Peer Advisors) team here to announce the first ever SPA event for you, the Honors student. Join all of your Student Peer Advisors in celebration of the end of midterms on Tuesday, November 1st from 6pm-9pm at the UHP Townhouse. We will be converting the clubroom into a spa, complete with all the amenities you could ever ask for.
- Free professional massages
- Eating Chipotle and Georgetown Cupcakes
- Wii and Mario Kart
- Your Honors friends (bring them!)
- Other forms of physical and mental rejuvenation
Students will meet the Student Peer Advisors assigned to their Honors courses, will be able to ask about courses for spring 2012 and other academic questions, and get to know upperclassmen who will be able to mentor them in the future.
All the cool kids are doing it… are you?