Current Mentors

If you are a new IUPUC student in a First-Year Seminar (FYS) course, you will be assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are students who team-teach FYS classes with a full-time faculty or staff member.

At IUPUC, these FYS classes will help you learn about important aspects of student life, like study skills, time management, campus resources, personal values, choosing an academic major, exploring career options, and more.

Some FYS classes are discipline-specific—for example, EDUC-F 110 has an education focus and students who take that class are primarily interested in majoring in education. In contrast, UCOL-U 110 is not a discipline-specific seminar and students in this class are pursuing a variety of majors or are still deciding what major to choose.

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Hello my name is Victoria Brewer and I am a junior here at IUPUC.  I am a business major focusing on the concentrations of marketing and management while also working towards a psychology minor. Also, I am from the small town of North Vernon, IN about an hour from campus. A good piece of advice I would give to first-year students is to stick to the buddy system. Try and find a reliable study buddy in each class because in my opinion, two heads are better than one. The first year can be scary and overwhelming, at least that is how it was for me and by having a good group of friends, I was able to sustain a positive attitude and adjust to the college lifestyle. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge of college with the goal of helping new comers adapt to this chapter of their lives and future endeavors.  This experience has not only allowed me to make new friends but it has also allowed me to grow as a leader. I am a happy go lucky kind of girl and come off as goofy but I always have the best intentions at heart.

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My name is Damian Butcher and I am working with IUPUC as a Peer Mentor. I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student who is out to gain knowledge and insight in a field that I believe I can provide a beneficial service to our society. I am originally from Brownstown, IN, where both my parents worked as teachers. From them, I have learned the importance and value of an education. I strive to be patient and understanding when it comes to assisting and helping my fellow peers seek answers to valid questions and concerns. I believe we are all here to better our knowledge in specific areas of interest but also to learn and understand more about the unique individual God created us to be. For, it is when we are true to God that our hearts are free, John 14:27 states, "Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid."  Psalm 1:1-3, Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, nor go the way of the sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. Rather, the law of the Lord is their joy; God’s law they study day and night. They are like a tree planted near streams of water that yields its fruit in season; its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers. Do not let the world influence you, only by quietly listening to what God has written on your heart will you find the satisfaction you desire to fulfill. May Christ direct you through-out this challenging and rewarding journey. God Bless and know my prayers go out to all of you.

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Greetings! My name is Cole L. Lienhoop. I am from Greensburg, IN and a 2011 South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School alumnus. I am currently a junior with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. I plan to attend graduate school in order to begin a career as an academic/career exploration advisor. I have been very involved here multiple times with the Bridge Program designed for incoming freshman to get orientated to our facility and to begin making connections with others. I must say that the staff and their willingness to help their students is what I value most about IUPUC. It creates a great sense of community, as it is their intention. I am grateful that here I am able to make strong connections with both students and professors. It makes the time spent in college all the more enjoyable. As a First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor, I encourage any questions that you may have and will do my absolute best to provide you with the answers you seek. Enjoy your time at IUPUC!

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My name is Amanda Kate McIntosh. I am a sophomore here at IUPUC, majoring in English creative writing. Although technically I was born and raised in Seymour, IN. My home is really here, in Columbus, where I feel I most have those warm and comforting feelings that the ideal "home" often brings. That in fact is my favorite thing about IUPUC: that sense of belonging, and feeling it brings of "I'm where I'm supposed to be." The community of peers and teachers who care about you lends to this experience. I have a really difficult backstory as do most of my class mates. Going to college gives us the chance we need to give ourselves better futures than our pasts have been. I love hearing others' stories of triumph over difficulty and pain because they give me hope. My one piece of advice for new college students is DO NOT give up on yourself or your future! Life will be hard sometimes, but let those struggles mold you into a better person. And when life gets hard, fight; fight for your future by asking for help, reaching out to the people around you (especially peer mentors and instructors) because that is what we are here for. 

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My name is Emma Metz and I am junior communication studies major. I am a home school graduate and I hail from Taylorsville, IN. My two favorite things about IUPUC are my communication professors and my fellow classmates. My Professors have guided me through my course work and brought me closer to knowing what I do when I graduate. I have been in the same class with some of my class mates for several semesters. This has given me the opportunity to develop strong friendships with these individuals.

College is not easy. If it was your degree would not be worth anything. To be successful you will have to work hard and do your best. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from professors, tutors or upper-classman. These individuals have been freshman themselves and will understand what you are going through. They are resources to guide you through your college years.

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My name is Courtney Seiwert and I am a communication studies major. I currently live here in Columbus, but I have lived in Illinois and Wisconsin, so you could even call me a cheesehead, though I prefer not to be called that! During my time here at IUPUC, I have enjoyed many things, but my favorite thing about IUPUC is probably the small class sizes. My college experience has been all the greater because of the ability I have of getting to know my professors and classmates. Here at IUPUC we have this unique ability of being able to get to know our professors and fellow students. My advice to new students is to take advantage of this, get to know your teachers, your classmates, those within your major, if you do this, your college experience will be all the more enjoyable!

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Hello, my name is Bobby Vogel. I am a business major with a concentration in management and computers. I live in Hayden and I graduated from Jennings County in 2011. The opportunities that I have been given so far at IUPUC, is my favorite thing about this amazing university. I have had the chance to meet many important people throughout the community and work with them. I have been in groups that have led to job opportunities. It is easy to get involved and start meeting prominent people. One piece of advice for first year students: get involved early and talk to your professors. You never know, they could be looking someone to aid him or her in research of something else they do on campus. Remember, what you get out of college depends on what you put into it. Here at IUPUC putting in a lot of hard work pays off and it has a huge impact on your future.

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Hi! My name is Aaron, and this is my second year at IUPUC and I am pursuing a mechanical engineering degree with minors in business management and math.  I was born and raised in Columbus; my house is only six minutes from campus. I graduated from Columbus North High School. I own my own business and work around my classes. I enjoy being outdoors, riding my ATV, shooting, and working on cars. I love IUPUC because of the smaller environment. Having a small campus allows me to really get to know my instructors and classmates and have close relationships with them. My advice to first-year students is to always be prepared. Come prepared for class, prepared for tests, and prepared to listen. You can never be over prepared. Preparation leads to success and going through the process will make you truly learn about your respective studies. Good luck to all students and remember; knowledge is all we can really take with us.

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My name is Adelea Willman; I am majoring in elementary education and middle school language arts. I live in the small town of Waymansville, which is in between Columbus and Seymour. My favorite aspect about IUPUC, and the reason I choose to come here, is because the small class sizes allow students to receive extra assistance from the professors, if the professors have the time to help. If I could give some advice to incoming students, I would tell them to go to the academic resource center, or ARC for short. The tutors at the ARC are valuable because they are students who have taken the courses, so they know some of what to expect. I think the students are better tutors because they have taken courses in the subjects they are tutoring. I have gone to the ARC and they really do the best they can to help you understand the course so that anyone who comes to them will eventually be able to work without their assistance.

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I am a communication studies major with a minor in sociology. I was born and raised in Shelbyville, IN. I attended Southwestern High School, just like my parents and some of my grandparents; I also live in front it. My absolute favorite thing about IUPUC is my academic advisor, Anna Carmon. She has helped me, as well as other communication majors, very much. I am extremely grateful. The advice I would give to first-year students is not to get discouraged with the prerequisite courses.  It is very easy to let one’s GPA drop, but harder to dig yourself back up to proper standing. I have also learned to juggle work on top of school, which of course is time management. This skill is very useful to have as well. I also learned that being involved in at least one club on campus is a great way to network and meet other students that one will surely encounter. Another important thing to have is goals and/or dreams. One must always be mindful of the future and what one wants to obtain from it.