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
Skye Beckley, Class of 2014
Hometown: Quakertown, PA
By day... I'm a Psychology major with a religion minor.
By night... I'm secretly a Muppet in a man suit.
Joe Coufal, Class of 2014
By day... I'm a Journalism major and Spanish minor.
By night... I am the Duke of the Baird Mansion.
Alex Hobby, Class of 2016
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
By day… I'm an average guy who keeps the status quo.
By night… I'm a slightly less average guy who occasionally breaks the status quo and does something a little bit crazy, like put Chinese food on my pizza. Or shake a soda can vigorously.
Emily Maher, Class of 2014
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, PA
By day... I'm a strategic communication major, member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, and peer teacher for freshman seminar.
By night... I'm cooking up all types of fun recipes and watching at least four episodes of Parks and Recreation.
Julia Nemeth, Class of 2016
Hometown: Coopersburg, PA
By day... I am a marketing major and play lacrosse on Temple's Club Team.
By night... I am a music junkie and can be found at concerts in Philly.
Josh Reznik, Class of 2016
Hometown: Dresher, PA
By day...I'm a Media Studies and Production major anticipating the latest Twitter storm.
By night...I'm a Disney enthusiast, trying to figure out how to own it all.
James Roddy, Class of 2015
Hometown: Yardley, PA
By day... I am an economics major through the Fox school of business with a penchant for mathematics.
By night... I am asleep.
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