About the Peer Advisors
Working at the front desk requires the ability to multitask and handle stressful situations in an appropriate manner. While at the reception desk, peer advisors answer phones, respond to questions, act as liaisons between you the student and the advisors, perform office tasks and projects, deliver files to other Temple offices, input student data into our computer system, and many other additional tasks. The capability to handle these responsibilities simultaneously is fundamental. Despite the sometimes chaotic nature of the job, the feeling of knowing you are affecting another’s academic career is extremely rewarding.
As part of our job, it is crucial to build a great understanding of all majors and temple polices. During the first week of summer, all peer advisors undergo intense curriculum training to prepare to work one-on-one with students. A representative from each college prepares and delivers a presentation on the appropriate classes and sequence needed to fulfill an intended major. Being a part of the Academic Resource Center, we strive on providing quality service. Because most of our students are undeclared, it is essential to have a strong grasp of each major and track offered at Temple to properly advise you and make you comfortable and confident in your decision making.
During orientation, we have a serious discussion with you about your educational path and placement scores. Based on what was discussed, we aid you in choosing the best courses to fit your interest. We present the tools and websites that will be necessary for registration during orientation as well as your duration at Temple. We are available during the entire process and we are always happy to answer questions.
All peer advisors are friendly, enthusiastic individuals who truly enjoy working at The Academic Resource Center. We take the time and effort to make a difference in your academic experience; students who work here must have a love for helping others. We all feel extremely privileged to have this great opportunity.
Meet the Peer Advisors
Leanna Arnold, Class of 2013, Geography/Urban Studies
Hometown: Center Valley, PA
Favorite place in Philly: South Street because of all the great food and shops! Whole Foods, vegan restaurants, frozen yogurt, consignment shops, and more!
Skye Beckley, Class of 2014, Psychology
Hometown: Quakertown, PA
Favorite place(s) in Philly: South St., Chestnut St., and the little patch of grass on the Gladfelter mezzanine.
Joe Coufal, Class of 2014, Anthropology
Favorite place in Philly: Olympia II pizza on South Street. The food is pretty awful, but they have a great stick-on facial hair vending machine!
Briannon Irwin, Class of 2013, Political Science, Economics, and Political Economy
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Favorite Place in Philly: The best place in Philadelphia is definitely the Art Museum. Not only is it one of the most impressive art museums in the nation, but it's also the home of the famous Rocky steps! It's an awesome place to chill outside on a nice day.
Emily Maher, Class of 2014, Strategic Communication
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, PA
Favorite place in Philly: I love all of the shopping and restaurants on Walnut Street. I can go back to Walnut hundreds of times and never eat at the same place twice. It's such an exciting variety; I don't think I'll ever get tired of going there.
Adam Ortlieb, Class of 2013, Psychology and History
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Favorite place in Philly: Rittenhouse Square. Whether it's warm or cold outside, you will always find some form of entertainment in Rittenhouse Square. From the Christmas lights during the holiday season, to the dogs playing in the park during the summer, I love just sitting on a bench and watching everything that's going on.
Jim Roddy, Class of 2015, Finance
Hometown: Yardley, PA
Favorite place in Philly: City Hall. Every time I get out of the subway in the center of City Hall it's the most amazing feeling. It's such an amazing place in the center of our city.
Danielle Utianski, Class of 2013, Speech/Language/Hearing and Psychology
Hometown: Miami, FL
Favorite place in Philly: Old City is my favorite place to be in Philly (especially on First Fridays!) because of all the people and places to eat/shop as well as the sense of history you feel there.
Back to Who are We