HONORS 100 Peer Educators

Meet the 2017 Peer Educators!

(Pictured from left to right: Aubry, Bryce, Chloe, Hailee, Emma, Ethan, Sophia, Regan, Griffin, Hannah, Meena, Jacque, Clara, Manasa, Kendall, Niki, Sam, Riley, Maya, Taylor, Lexine, Siena)

About Honors 100 Peer Educators

Honors Peer Educators (PEs) are leaders in the Honors community by teaching a section of the Honors 100 seminar. They are integral in welcoming, mentoring, and informing incoming Honors students. PEs share insights about and experiences with Honors curriculum, community, and resources with new students.

In addition to leading an Honors 100 section, during both Spring and Autumn quarters, Honors 100 PEs meet weekly with one another and with the Honors 100 instructors to develop their courses collaboratively and to discuss important questions and challenges related to teaching and mentoring. These meetings provide a supportive environment to discuss openly the successes and challenges of leading Honors 100 sections.

2017 Peer Educators Bios

Griffin

Hi, my name is Griffin Dugan and I'm super excited to get to work with you all!  I'm a sophomore right now, and I've fallen in love with the Honors program and can't wait to help incoming freshman.  I had a pretty rough transition myself, so I want to do my part in making sure you as new students feel welcome and have the resources you need to succeed.  I'm currently undeclared with my major, but I have an interest in pursuing Psychology and possibly Pre-Med, because I want to be a psychiatrist.  But who knows how that will turn out?  

Some things about me:  I'm from Bellevue, which is only about 20 minutes away from campus.  I went to middle and high school with the same class of 70 people for 7 years, so being at UW was definitely a shift. I'm the youngest of my family, with my sister being 26 and my brother 28.  I love dogs to the point where I have been known to cry when I see one, even in a video.  Apple juice can also have a similar effect on me (it's the nectar of the Gods).  In my free time, I like to play video games, watch Netflix, do yoga, sing, or just go for a walk. Can't wait to meet and get to know you all!

Emma

Hey y'all, welcome to UW! My name is Emma Spickard and I can't wait to meet you. I'm a Junior studying Public Health (BS), and love my coursework both in my major and in Honors. I am a member of the Collective, UW's Improv Troupe & a member of GlobeMed, an international health RSO and registered NGO at UW. I work as a tour guide with the Office of Admissions, and have spent the last two years working as an Orientation Leader (2016) and Student Coordinator of Orientations (2017) with First Year Programs. (Go dawgs.) In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, yoga, cooking, planning trips to faraway places, taking trips to nearby places, and exploring Seattle. I'm originally from Bainbridge Island, WA, drink too much coffee for my own good, and am an avid cat lover.

Sam

Hello lovelies--welcome to UW! My name is Sam Fredman and I am really excited to work with and alongside you! I'm a sophomore studying Law, Society, and Justice while following a Pre-Health track. I am involved with a few organizations and clubs at UW: Seattle Children's, ROOTS, and UW Chorale. I love interdisciplinary study and truly believe that it not only makes us better students, but better people!

When I'm not wearing fuzzy socks and drinking coffee on the third floor of Odegaard, you'll find me practicing yoga, playing guitar and singing, hiking, skiing, traveling, baking muffins, reading, writing poetry, or setting up shop in a cafe!

See you all soon :)

Hailee

Hey there, my name is Hailee Herbst and I'm a senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and minoring in Comparative Religion. I'm extremely excited to meet all of the new freshmen joining the Honors Program, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have so far! I love being outdoors and spending time hiking, paddle boarding, and generally enjoying fresh air. I spend a lot of my time at Seattle Children's Hospital, where I help out the clinical research team for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic. I love medicine and science, and I'm so pumped about the idea of becoming a doctor myself one day. I also love animals, and I'm pretty sure that one day I'll own my own petting zoo. I can't wait to meet everyone!

Sophia

Hello! My name is Sophia Bidinger and I am a sophomore studying Materials Science & Engineering. I'm originally from Bainbridge Island, WA. Studying pre-engineering has been rewarding yet very challenging, so I've loved to balance my studies with interdisciplinary Honors coursework. I also like to balance my time outside of class with yoga, intramural sports, Seattle exploration, and over this summer, an Honors study abroad in Rome! My favorite part of Honors is amazing diversity of curious minds that make up the program, and I can't wait to continue to expand the Honors community to the newest members of the program!

Jacque

Hi everyone! I'm Jacque (pronounced "Jackie") and am a sophomore here at the UW hoping to study some engineering of some type and eventually becoming a physical therapist - but who knows? I'm open to new experiences!

I grew up on Mercer Island a mere 20 minutes from campus, but even so, living in Seattle has been a whole new adventure. I'm a huge fan of our Husky athletics so any time I have to go watch football, basketball, volleyball, baseball - or any game at all, really - I jump on it. I'm also on the women's water polo club here at the UW, and when I'm not playing water polo or watching water polo I still try to spend as much time at the pool as I can. I love to swim, and when it gets sunny I try to spend all my time outside, whether that be hiking, out on a run, out on the water, or even just sitting outside to work; I try to take as much advantage of the little sun we get as possible. On top of being active (or trying my best to be as active as possible), I'm also a huge foodie, so I'm always down to eat or explore new places around Seattle - especially if there are going to be dogs around.

I'm excited to meet everyone and introduce you all to everything Honors has to offer!

Riley

Hey everyone! My name is Riley and I am currently a sophomore studying business! I'm from Bellevue, Washington originally, which is just on the other side of the water! I'm involved in ASUW, Greek life, Montlake Consulting Group (a business club), and more on campus. I spend most of my free time scouting out new restaurants of coffee shops to try across Seattle. If you ever need any food recommendations, let me know because I have millions! My favorite tv shows are the Big Bang Theory and Friends, however my latest obsession is with New Girl. I'm also a hugeee football fan, so you can always find me cheering at home Husky and Seahawks games. Honors has definitely been a highlight of my experience so far at UW, so I'm excited to meet you all and introduce you to this awesome program!

Siena

Hi Everyone! My name is Siena and I am so excited to be a Peer Educator for the third time this fall. I’m originally from just north of San Francisco - though I've planted deep roots in Seattle and don't plan on leaving anytime soon. I am a Senior majoring in Early Childhood and Family Studies and am working towards becoming an elementary school teacher. Some things that I am involved with on campus include tutoring with the Pipeline Project, mentoring with Academic Support Programs, and working as a Peer Adviser in Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising. Outside of school I love to bake, explore Seattle (especially new restaurants), discover new music, and watch Gilmore Girls. I also love to travel and hope to visit all 50 states well before I’m 50. I love all things Honors and can't wait to help you get to know the program in the fall. I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Clara

Hi everyone! My name is Clara Yardley and I am hyped to be a peer educator and to get to know you guys! I am a sophomore currently applying to be an International Studies and Spanish double major (keep your fingers crossed for me!). I am beyond freakin ecstatic to be going to Cadiz, a city in SW Spain for winter and spring quarter this year! I am from this awesome city of Seattle, and I can guarantee a very fun tour if you are so desiring. Also, Seattle is not as rainy as everyone makes it out to be, I swear. Here at UW, I am involved in the greek community, UW Women's Lacrosse, Young Democrats of UW and Autism Speaks. I also work at a nearby Mexican restaurant! When I am not studying in the quiet upstairs room of Cafe Allegro or a window seat at Allen library, you can find me running/hiking/biking, hablando español, reading the NYT (current events are important people), watching tastemade videos or Narcos or going on nighttime walks and dingus-ing around with friends. See you soon!

Lexine

Hello! My name is Lexine and I am a sophomore pursuing Industrial and Systems Engineering. Any fellow Colorado Natives out there? As an out-of-stater, I have loved exploring Seattle and finding the best food spots and coffee shops (sometimes too much so), and I have learned to tolerate the rain despite coming from the sunny city of Denver. I have a ridiculous obsession with my german shepherd-lab-mutt-of-a-dog, Kiko, and since I can’t spend my time spoiling her, I have devoted my time to slowly figuring out the Seattle bus system, despite my complete lack of sense of direction. As a musical person, I love to sing, play ukulele, piano, and flute, and I spend hours annoying my friends and family as I create a racket. You will quickly discover that I am almost always laughing at nothing or cracking a smile for one reason or another, and I can’t wait to share my excitement for the Honors Program with you!

Aubry

Hello! My name is Aubry and I am a Junior studying Biochemistry and Global Health. I am passionate about health equity, looking at the systems that lead to and propagate inequality, as well as the role and implications of the immune system as it functions with other biochemical processes in our bodies. I'm from Seattle and believe rain jackets are unnecessary, even when raining, most of the time. I grew up in North Seattle riding the metro everyday so if you have any questions about getting anywhere in the city via public transportation I'm your gal. Some of my interests include cooking, sailing, hiking, my cat, and road trips. I look forward to meeting you!

Kendall

Hey there, my name’s Kendall and I’m a senior majoring in English with a focus in Creative Writing. I hail from out-of-state, went to high school in Colorado Springs and spend holidays in Washington DC since my family relocated. Here at the University of Washington, I’m an Interdisciplinary and English Honors student, and a writing tutor at the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment, or CLUE. So far, my coolest UW experience has been the quarter I spent studying creative writing and (yes, and) marine sciences up at Friday Harbor Labs in the San Juan Islands. Apart from that quarter as an island dweller, I’ve lived in the north campus dorms every year because nothing beats their view of the bay and the mountains. Can’t wait to meet you all. Congrats on becoming a Husky!

Niki

Hello! I’m Niki Seligman and I’m in my sophomore year here at UW. I’m from the small town of Claremont, California so I know all about the ins and outs of weather shock, missing certain foods, and being in love with two places at once. Whether you’re from Seattle or from across the globe, I’d love to talk to you about both homesickness and how awesome this new life experience can be. I am an intended Law, Societies, Justice major and am figuring out what else I want to explore- maybe environmental studies, maybe English, maybe something I have never heard of before!  In my free time, I enjoy eating and being around people I love. I am also a member of an RSO called ONE that works to fight poverty. My first year at UW was one of exploration, of excitement, of eye-opening classes, and of scary “I’m an adult now” moments. Throughout the year, I was grateful to be a member of the honors community, where a big and sometimes intimidating campus could be made small and personal. I look forward to meeting you all!

Meena

Hi everyone! My name is Meena, and I am a senior studying Neurobiology. The Honors Program is a wonderful experience, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. I grew up about forty minutes east of Seattle, so I am very familiar with the community. On campus, I am involved with UW Relay for Life and Healthcare Alternative Spring Break; I am very passionate about healthcare accessibility. I also play the violin for UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestra. Outside of being a science nerd, I love watching football (Go Seahawks!), eating Thai food on the Ave, and going for runs in the UW area. I am very excited to meet all of you this fall!

Hannah

My name is Hannah and I am so happy to be leading your Honors 100 section this fall. A little bit of information about me: I am a Seattle native who is now in her third year at the UW. I am studying Law, Societies, and Justice and Drama: Performance, and I am hoping to add a minor in Political Science soon. I also work Seattle Public Library in North Seattle, occasionally write opinion, arts, or news pieces for The Daily, and serve as the Executive Director of the Undergraduate Theater Society, an undergrad theater company operating out of the School of Drama in North campus. I love to read, run, write, and browse for interesting things on Netflix to excuse neglecting my chores. I also like springtime, coffee, Ikea, and cats. I'm looking forward to showing you all around the Honors program. I hope you're getting excited for your first quarter of college!

Chloe

I'm Chloe and I'm a Junior in the school of Public Health. I'm so excited to welcome you all to honors and UW as a Peer Educator. I grew up in a small cohousing community near the mountains in Western Washington on the way to Stevens Pass. Because of that proximity, I spent a lot of my childhood hiking and backpacking and just generally outside (feel free to ask for a hike recommendation). I love yoga, exploring, tea, my friends, my job as a nanny, and my corgi! A fun fact about me is that I was homeschooled during middle school (and because of that I got to travel to some really cool places!). I'm excited to meet you all!

Ethan

Hi everyone! My name is Ethan. I am currently a sophomore in the Public Health major (BS track) and a prospective neurobiology major. In addition, I am also on the pre-med track as well. I am really excited to meet all of you come autumn quarter. Some information about me: I was born overseas in Singapore and moved to the United States when I was a year old. Since then, I've been living in Vancouver (Washington not Canada) and grew up hiking and fishing with my family. I currently work in the Dichek lab with Meena, another Peer Educator coincidentally as well as run the RSO Husky CTF. I enjoy spending time outdoors, watching Game of Thrones, The Expanse, and House of Cards, and playing soccer when it is nice out. I look forward to seeing you all!

Bryce

Hi everyone! My name is Bryce, and I’m a senior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies. I’m from Silverdale, WA – just a ferry ride across the Sound – but live in Seattle year-round now. I’m a big football fan, so you can catch me on the weekends at the Husky game or watching the Seahawks. In the winter, I try to go up to Steven’s Pass to snowboard as much as possible. I’m also really into 70s and 80s music – if you stumble across a cool record shop, let me know. I love being part of the Honors Program, and can’t wait to share it with you. Welcome to UW!

Manasa

Hey everyone! I'm Manasa and I'm a junior majoring in Biology on the premed track. I was born in the sunny Bay Area, and my first time ever visiting Seattle was when I came to UW for a campus visit! I absolutely love Seattle, especially rainy days when I can get a warm cup of coffee and read a good book. Whenever I get free time, I am usually catching up on TV, watching a new movie in theaters the day it comes out, reading one of the several books on my bookshelf that I am in the middle of, cooking (baking desserts especially), and drawing. I also love animals, especially my dog Nala. Some of the best memories I have had at UW so far have included exploring the city of Seattle and participating in new opportunities, such as volunteering with the Pipeline Project and at Harborview Medical Center. Without a doubt, Honors has been one of the most enriching and exciting experiences that I have had here at UW. I am so excited to be a Peer Educator this fall to the incoming Honors class! I am really excited to share my experiences and help navigate incoming students through their first year of college! UW is an amazing campus and the honors program is a great community to be a part of! I can't wait to share all that UW and Honors has to offer!

Maya

Hello lovely humans! My name is Maya, and here are a few things you should know about me: I am half-fluent in Spanish, but a life goal of mine is to become fully fluent through travel in Central America, South America, and Spain. I am obsessed with dogs, Rihanna, glitter, and concerts/music festivals. I grew up in Bellingham, Washington, but from ages 4-6, my family and I lived in an RV and traveled around the US. I have been to every state, but only remember a handful of them. My major is Comparative History of Ideas, and my sort-of second major is pre-physical therapy (although it's not officially a major; it's just a set of prerequisite coursework). I plan to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy after graduating. With Honors, CHID, and PT prerequisites, I have been able to take a very diverse array of classes in my 3 years at UW, and love learning about seemingly disparate topics and seeing how they intersect. I am also a colored pencil artist, and am currently exploring possibilities of art as activism (if you have any ideas, please feel free to share). Right now I am working on a series of portraits which represent folks who are often underrepresented in art and media in an attempt to challenge our culture’s narrow definitions of beauty. I am so excited to meet you all!

Taylor

Hey everyone! My name is Taylor Halverson and I am a sophomore studying Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am from a decently-sized military town on Whidbey Island (a couple hours north of Seattle). I come from really big and very close family so moving to Seattle on my own has been quite the adjustment. I currently work at the Husky Den in the HUB so it's possible I have made you a milkshake before! If not, don't be afraid to come by and say hi! I love Game of Thrones, yogurt covered pretzels, the color blue, Scooby Doo, and thinking about outer space. I am also an avid fan of Disney Channel Original movies and am always open and eager to discuss them.

I am so excited to be a Peer Educator and look forward to meeting you all in the fall!

Regan

Hey everyone! My name is Regan Gong and I am a junior getting a double degree in Psychology and International Studies: Comparative Religion. I am originally from Moraga, CA which is in the Bay Area. Some fun facts about me are: when I am motivated I listen to Beyonce on Spotify and my go-to items that I like to make are smoothies or pancakes. Another fun fact about me is that I am a Tour Guide and Admission Representative so bonus points if you went on my tour in the past and double bonus points if I was your Orientation Leader this summer! I also am a research assistant in a child clinical psychology lab that works with defiant children on emotion coaching. Lastly, I am the proud owner of a blue betta fish named Andy and also have the coolest black cat and golden retriever dog at home.  

I’m excited to get to know you all and help you explore UW!

Interested in Becoming a Peer Educator?

Great! We will be hosting information sessions and accepting applications for 2018 Peer Educators during the beginning of Winter quarter. If you have questions now about how to become a Peer Educator, feel free to reach out to Carissa Mayer at cdmayer@uw.edu. Your Peer Educator can also provide you with valuable information about the selection process, preparation seminars, and their experience so don't hesitate to ask them questions as well.