Student Advisor Program

The Student Advisor Program is a program within the Office of Academic Advising. The Student Advisor Program is an essential component of Academic Advising at Wheelock. Student Advisors are peer mentors who offer one-on-one and group advising to new Wheelock College First Year and Transfer students. They serve as role models and are available to students for informal guidance and support. Student Advisors serve as an academic resource, help new students get acquainted with academic programs, opportunities, and expectations they will find at Wheelock. The Student Advisors offer a unique and dynamic perspective into the Wheelock community for new First Years and Transfer students.

Student Advisors

Meet the Student Advisors

Student AdvisorsName: Mariana Castro
Year: Junior
Home State: California
Major: Juvenile Justice Youth Advocacy and Political Science/Global Studies
Why did you choose your major? At first I was really into the law, and though I still I am, I am really interested in Human Rights and want to go into the Human Rights field.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston? The city is one of my favorite parts of living in Boston as well as how many school's there are in the area. I also really enjoy having and experiencing four seasons.

AndreaName: Andrea Driscoll
Year: Senior
Home State: Massachusetts
Major: Human Development with a focus in Developmental Psychology
What is your favorite part of Boston? My favorite part of living in Boston is having everything to do within a train ride.

 

RachelName: Rachel LeBlanc
Year: Junior
Home State: Massachusetts
Majors: Special Education and Humanities, with a focus in History
Why did you choose your majors?: I have always wanted to teach, and Special Education is perfect for me because I want to help the kids who need it the most. I'm also doubling in history because I love how there are so many different points of view that can be taken from one event.
Favorite Part of Living in Boston: I don't have a single favorite part of living in Boston. I love Boston because it's my home, and because it is simultaneously so big yet so small.

HeidiName: Heidi Lopez-Romero
Year: 2014
Home State: MA
Major: Social Work with a minor in Juvenile Justice
Why did you choose your major?: I chose SWK and JJYA because I have a passion for social justice and through SWK/JJYA I will do my part in helping my future clients. Also, I think every person has unique strengths, which are not seen or acknowledged when involved in the system and, are constantly put down. Through a strengths based model, I want to assist my clients discover all the strengths they have. I grew up in a community in which a lot of peers went down the wrong path, due to a lack of community, family, and school support. Every child, no matter what socioeconomic status they come from, should have support systems that believe in them. As a society we have failed many of our youth and I am tired of seeing our youth get lost because of flawed system, lack of support, and injustice.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston: My favorite thing about Boston would have to be that everything is so close. Whether you want to go to the commons or the North End, you could easily walk there! Or you can take the T!

JuoAnName: Juo An Lu [Joanne]
Year: Junior
Home State: New York
Major: Counseling Psychology
Why did you choose your major?: To sum up my reason for declaring my major in psychology is because I want to help others overcome their problems and realize their full potentials, giving them guidance and counseling them through those curveballs that life tends to throw. To some extent of counseling I want to approach more towards the medical perspective, which is clinical psychology.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston?: My favorite part of living in Boston is shopping in Boston. I shop at Newbury Street more often than I should. I love Newbury Street because of its nice atmosphere and there are many different shops to visit. I also shop in different malls such as the Prudential, Galleria, and etc. Everything there are within affordable price range, different occasions mean different outfits, and Boston is a great place to find those unspoken dress codes regarding what to wear and not wear.

BriannaName: Brianna Peck
Year: Senior
Home State: Massachusetts
Major: Child Life; Developmental Psychology
Why did you choose your major?When first entering into Wheelock College I had thought that I was only going to be a psychology major as I wanted to be a child psychologist. After attending accepted students day, however, I was convinced the Child Life needed to factor into my career. I had never heard of child life until Paul Thayer explained it during our mock class at the time, but I knew it sounded interesting enough to look into. While doing research and taking the initial child life class, I decided to pursue this as my career.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston? My favorite part of living in Boston is the availability of anything and everything you could want. From great food, to nightlife, to sports, Boston has a lot to offer so you can't be bored for long. The great part about Wheelock's placement within Boston is that it's within walking distance to many awesome places and only a T ride away from everything else.

BeccaName: Rebecca Pellegrine (Becca)
Year: Sophomore
Home State: MA
Major: Elementary Education
Why did you choose your major? I chose my major because I love working with children and seeing them learn.  I especially enjoy working with first and second graders, which is why I chose Elementary Education.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston? My favorite part about living in Boston is that there is always so much to do and it's so easy to get around, I love being able to walk everywhere!

SamName: Samantha Peter
Year: Sophomore
Home State: Massachusetts
Major: Early Childhood Educations/ Visual Arts
Why did you choose your major? I love working with younger kids and I really enjoy art, so I decided to do both.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston? Being able to take the T easily around the city.

 TylerName: Tyler Pietras
Year: Junior
Home State: Massachusetts
Major: Humanities with a Literature Focus
Why did you choose your major? I chose to major in the humanities because I have a passion for reading and writing. My literature degree allows me to delve deeper into the history of mankind through the stories they have created.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston? The North End. The original pizzeria Regina is phenomenal!

ElizabethName: Elizabeth Prostak
Year: Sophomore
Home State: Massachusetts
Major: Early Childhood Education
Why did you choose your major? I chose this major because I have always been good with kids and loved working with them day in and day out. I couldn't really picture myself doing anything else other than working with children at this age.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston?I only lived in Boston for part of my first semester but my hometown isn't far from Boston and I work in Boston so I'm always here. My favorite part of Boston is the atmosphere especially on a game day whether it's the Red Sox playing or the Bruins. Even though it is a city it has a very welcoming feeling and it is very easy to get from one place to another.

LindsayName: Lindsay Redman
Year: Sophomore
Home State: Massachusetts
Major: Undeclared
Why are you undeclared?:  Still unsure about what I want to do for a major but each day and class, figuring it out! There are so many opportunities out there that I want to have an opened mind to the opportunities.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston?:Going to Quincy Market. Also just walking    around the town and looking at the wonderful sites.

ImaniName: Imani Sweeney
Year: Sophomore
Home State: California
Major: Political Science 
Why did you choose your major?: I chose my major because the political science department of Wheelock is very interesting. The classes are very intriguing and the professors are excellent. I also find myself very interested in politics.
What is your favorite part about living in Boston?: My favorite part of living in Boston is the T. In LA you have to drive everywhere but in Boston everything's just a couple T stops away.

HaleyName: Haley Weinreich
Year: 2015
Home State: MA
Major: Political Science /Global Studies; American Studies
Why did you choose your major? I chose Political Science/Global Studies and American Studies because the better you understand the world, the easier it is to make a difference.
What is your favorite part of living in Boston?: I can go wherever I want without a car!

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