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
Angela Abraham, Class of 2016
I love ARC because...the atmosphere is great. The advisors are super helpful and friendly and they make working here an enjoyable experience.
You'd never know that I... trained in Indian Classical Dance for 7 years.
Corrina Brabham, Class of 2017
I love ARC because... All of the advisors that work here are very helpful and it's such a positive environment to work in.
You'd never know that I... Took a semester off to work at Disney World.
Robert Friggle, Class of 2018
Major: Sport and Recreation Management
I love ARC because...I enjoy having the opportunity to assist students pick their future careers.
You'd never know that I...am a huge Philadelphia sports fan.
Danielle McDuffie, Class of 2017
I love ARC because...everyone really welcomed me and made me feel like part of the family even from my first day coming into the office. I feel so comfortable here!
You'd never know that I've... been on 4+ cruises.
Alyssa Martins, Class of 2018
Major: Therapeutic Recreation
I love ARC because... I enjoy helping people reach their goals, making new connections, and working in an positive, fun environment.
You'd never know that I... I'm a talented artist and spend most of my free time doodling or painting.
Julia Nemeth, Class of 2016
I love ARC because...I get to work with wonderful people who make delicious snacks!
You'd never know that I...once sang onstage with my favorite band Paramore in front of 5,000 people in New York City. And it was filmed by MTV!
Louis Pera, Class of 2016
Majors: Italian and Spanish
I love ARC because...I get to bond with my coworkers while also helping other students find their academic path.
You'd never know that I...spend most of my time in the summer on the beach.
Marguerite Robinson, Class of 2016
Major: Psychology Minor: Cognitive Neuroscience
I love ARC because...I enjoy helping students, especially freshman and sophomores find an area of interest here at Temple. Also, spending time with my co-workers is an added bonus.
You'd never know that I...love the outdoors. Camping and hiking are some of my favorite activities.
Abigail Schmid, Class of 2016
I love ARC because... I get to work with a diverse population of students and I spend time bonding with my awesome co-workers!
You'd never know that I... love art and the history behind it!
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