Peer Ambassadors

Health Professions Peer Ambassadors (HPPAs) are UConn undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-professions track alongside diverse major plans of study and are involved in the greater university community in many ways. They work closely with the Office of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising to share their experiences and mentor other students throughout their pre-professional journeys. HPPAs attend various office group advising sessions, workshops, and campus outreach events and are available for weekly in-person drop-in and virtual drop-in mentoring hours.

Please click on the profiles below for individual biographies, “specialty” topics, 1:1 peer mentoring hours, or to send a question to an individual HPPA using the Ask a Question form.

NOTE: There are certain topics of conversation that are best addressed during a 1:1 appointment with a staff advisor from our office. If an HPPA does not think that they are the best person to address your questions, they may refer you to a staff advisor. The following are some sample topics that staff advisors versus HPPAs are best equipped to address.

When to meet with an HPPA:

  • Exploring pathways for becoming engaged in clinical, service, or research opportunities  
  • Balancing schoolwork and co-curricular engagement
  • Learning about study/test-taking strategies that have worked for them
  • Transferring from a regional UConn campus to Storrs as a pre-health professional student
  • Developing leadership skills

When to meet with a staff advisor:

  • Discussing whether to accept AP or ECE credit or not
  • Engaging in in-depth conversations about coursework, grades, and standardized test scores
  • Gauging your readiness to apply to health professional schools
  • Speaking about specific aspects of your health professions school application

 

Check out the HPPA Blog here! New posts every Thursday

Aesha Acevedo
Anthony Antony
Keely Greiner
Nour Al Zouabi
Qristine Owusu
Yulianny De Los Santos