The Peer Mentoring program is comprised of experienced students who serve as peer mentors to TRiO SSS participants. Peer mentors offer both academic and personal support during students' undergraduate work at Grand Valley. Through continued contact with participants, peer mentors are able to act as peer guides throughout your college tenure. By providing a different perspective, these dedicated students can help you problem solve any obstacle that comes up during your academic journey.
Ja-Queshia Allen is from Flint, Michigan. She is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. She loves working for TRiO SSS and interacting with the students. Ja-Queshia also loves to crochet, cook, and spend time with her family and friends. She is very helpful, friendly, and a great person to talk to, so if you ever need anything, just stop by the SSS office!
Brandon Bowman is a senior at Grand Valley. Majoring in nursing, he hopes to do something in endocrinology research for Type 1 Diabetes. He plans to get his masters degree some day and work as a travel nurse. Brandon have been in TRiO SSS since I was a freshman. Brandon relates, "SSS has helped me transition to college life by having my advisor support me and give me reliable advice with my academics. I enjoy studying in the sciences during my spare time as well as going to the gym. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with ESP as a peer mentor and look forward to seeing you all."
Coming from Chicago, Nina plans to enter the marketing work-field post college. She is passionate about fashion and children. Someday she hopes to open a small boutique and a nonprofit for children, coming from a similar background as herself. Nina is excited to work with the program and hopes to make a difference in the lives of students.
Bennie Rambin is currently a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in Communications. Originally from the city of Detroit, he enjoys many things such as writing and talking. After achieving his Bachelor’s degree, his main goal is to become a talk show host. Benny explains, "I’m looking forward to working for SSS and continuing to learn and grow as an individual. Student Support Services has helped me with many obstacles. I enjoy having that warm and personal connection with the advisors. They make you feel comfortable and at ease. I never came in this office not seeing someone smiling. I’m happy to be working with this program."
Vanessa is a senior at Grand Valley State University. She is majoring in Clinical Lab Science and minoring in Criminal Justice. While attending Grand Valley, Vanessa has also been a member of TRiO Student Support Services. She is a Peer Mentor for the program and relates that "TRiO SSS has been helped me transition into college. It has been wonderful gaining exposure to the different resources available to students. It has also been great to connecting with other students who are in the same situation as I am. I look forward to continue being actively a part of SSS!"