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PSY 4951: Peer Advising


Volunteering as a Peer Advisor in the Psychology Advising Center (PAC) is a great way to gain valuable experience while exploring and developing a useful skillset. You will receive upper-division psychology credit (4000 level) while advising students on degree completion, career choices, academic resources, and more.

Advising in the PAC provides opportunities to learn about graduate school, conduct small research projects, organize events, speak to groups, and complete other projects relevant to department and student life in general. Peer advising can be especially enriching for psychology students who have career goals in counseling, clinical, or therapy type settings. As a Peer Advisor you will gain unique experience in listening, communicating, working as a cross-functional team member, and in developing overall confidence and efficacy in yourself and others.

Each semester, Peer Advisors in the PAC will have an opportunity to participate in a service project (one in the fall and one in the spring). Service projects are a great way to boost your graduation application and/or resume, and you may have an opportunity to help coordinate the projects.

To be a Peer Advisor, you must commit to 4 or 5 credits over two semesters (2 credits during your first semester and 2-3 credits in your second semester). Approximately 4 students are selected to be Peer Advisors each year and they begin training in Fall or Summer semesters.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Advisor, please visit the PAC Office and/or fill out the application by March 30th, 2018.

Course Syllabus & Application Forms

Current Peer Advisors

Madeline Olsen

Maddi Olsen

Hi, I’m Maddi! I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies and will be graduating at the end of the semester. I enjoy working with people and aspire to be an academic counselor when I grow up. Once I graduate, I plan to attend grad school to pursue a Masters in Education, emphasizing in School Counseling. I applied to be a peer advisor to gain experience while earning credit towards my major!

I have loved my time at the University of Utah and really appreciate that both of my majors are available 100% online since I’m a working mother and student. I enjoy singing, playing with makeup, playing with my two-year-old twins and video games when time permits.

Last Updated: 12/26/18