Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisors work hand in hand with incoming freshman to help ease the transition from high school to college. Students' first encounter with the Peer Advisors comes in the summer during our AU4U Freshman Registration & Orientation events. AU4U's are an opportunity for students to spend a day on campus, register for classes and meet other incoming freshman. Students are then reunited with the Peer Advisors during Welcome Weekend. During Welcome Weekend freshman are assigned to a Peer Advisor to help mentor them throughout their freshman year.

Experts on anything Aurora University-related, the Peer Advisors ensure first years students are getting the most of their college experience. Throughout the year PA's host multiple group events specifically for freshman, provide guidance and assistance with any questions students may have and are friend you can always turn to!

Name: Bailey BrothersBailey Brothers

Year:  Junior

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: Special Education

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

I’m involved in: Volleyball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Circle K, SACC, Kappa Delta Pi.

Something about me: I started delight ministries on campus.  

My favorite AU moment: Working the Chicago marathon with Circle K and seeing all the runners cross the finish line.

My advice to first-year students: Everyone gets a little homesick, it’s okay. Get involved and be active on campus, it will help so much!

 

Name: Miguel CamargoMiguel Camargo

Year: Senior

Major: Athletic Training

Minor: Physiology

Hometown: Elgin, IL

I’m involved in: VP of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc., Latin American Student Organization.

Something about me: I am an adrenaline junkie; I went sky diving last summer!

My favorite AU moment: Being accepted to the athletic training program my freshman year.

My advice to first-year students: Get a planner and be organized, also go to the Involvement Fair the first Thursday of the semester. Get involved!

 

Name: Ily CarpenaIly Carpena

Year: Senior

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Northlake, IL

I’m involved in: VP of Sigma Delta Gamma.

Something about me: I really hate cheese, the only way I can eat it is on pizza.

My favorite AU moment: When I crossed into Sigma Delta Gamma because I gained a safe home and was later voted to be the vice president by my sisters.

My advice to first-year students: To keep an open mind and to get involved because that is a great way to meet others and learn about the school.

 

Name: Ximena CortezXimena Cortez

Year: Senior

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

I’m involved in: LASO, Circle K, Spartan Ambassador.

Something about me: I was the only freshman girl in my class going into computer science.

My favorite AU moment: Attending the Life-Size Hungry Hippos with my friends.

My advice to first-year students: Enjoy every moment!

 

Name: Candace EamonCandace Eamon

Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Minor: Batavia, IL

Hometown: Physiology

I’m involved in: Golf, Phi Eta Sigma.

Something about me: Had sushi for the first time this year and I loved it!

My favorite AU moment: Becoming a Peer Advisor and making 25 new friends.

My advice to first-year students: Never be afraid to be the first to say hello!

 

Name: Aliyah FerrellAliyah Ferrell

Year: Senior

Major: Communications

Minor: Speech Communications

Hometown: Plainfield, IL

I’m involved in: Spartan Ambassador, Fashion Loves You, Activities Programming Board, Track and Field, LEAD, Black Student Union.

Something about me: I am considered a legacy at the university because my mother was an alumni.

My favorite AU moment:  My freshman year when my friends and I won “Stroll like an alpha” it was so exciting seeing our hard work pay off, and the shirts we made were awesome.

My advice to first-year students: Step outside your comfort zone, you might come across something you never thought you would even like.

 

Name: Jesus FerrelJesus Ferrel

Year: Junior

Major: Criminal Justice

Minor: Homeland Security

Hometown: Pablado de pena, el Durango, Mexico

I’m involved in: Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc., LASO.

Something about me: My parents and I have consecutive birthdays: January 7th, my mom, January 8th, me, January 9th, my dad.

My favorite AU moment: The Hypnotist Jim Wand!

My advice to first-year students: Get involved in as many groups or find one that really interests you.

 

Name: Melissa GarciaMelissa Garcia

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science & Spanish

Minor: International Studies and Pre-Law

Hometown: Aurora, IL

I’m involved in: LASO, Pre-Law club, Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi, The National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society.

Something about me: I’ve been in both Mexico and the U.S at the same time.

My favorite AU moment: Attending the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute conference with LASO.

My advice to first-year students: Get involved! College is what you make of it!

 

Name: Kaylyn GilmerKaylyn Gilmer

Year: Senior

Major: Nursing

Minor: Psychology, Physiology, Biology

Hometown: Peotone, IL

I’m involved in: Lacrosse, Spartan Ambassador, LEAD, Mu Sigma Pi.

Something about me: I have no cartilage in my right knee.

My favorite AU moment: Seeing someone I gave a tour to and them telling me their decision was based on my tour.

My advice to first-year students: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new because college is what you make it!

 

Name: Jamie HuffJamie Huff

Year: Senior

Major: Nursing

Minor: Psychology, Physiology

Hometown: Minooka, IL

I’m involved in: Sigma Delta Gamma, Women’s Tennis, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Love your Melon Campus Crew.

Something about me: I change my toothbrush at least once a month.

My favorite AU moment: Getting into nursing school.

My advice to first-year students: Make a ton of friends. Everyone needs those!

 

Name: Shelby JellisonShelby Jellison

Year: Sophomore

Major: Criminal Justice & Psychology

Minor: Sign Language

Hometown: Westfield, IN

I’m involved in: AWA, Softball.

Something about me: I can drink a whole jar of pickle juice in under 30 seconds.

My favorite AU moment: The AU v BU rivalry basketball game my freshman year.

My advice to first-year students: Get involved in as much as you can, try new things!

 

Name: Emily KasprzykEmily Kasprzyk

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

I’m involved in: Band, Psi Chi, Phi Eta Sigma.

Something about me: I love climbing mountains.

My favorite AU moment: Eating lunch on the quad and having two squirrels steal my chips.

My advice to first-year students: My advice is to get involved as early as possible!

 

Name: JD KettleJD Kettle

Year: Senior

Major: English

Minor: Philosophy

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

I’m involved in: Lacrosse, Nolos.

Something about me: At one point in my life I was convinced I was a dinosaur.

My favorite AU moment: Playing in MLC championship and NCAA tournament games.

My advice to first-year students: If you have a lot of free time, you’re doing something wrong.

 

Name: Marisol LazaroMarisol Lazaro

Year:  Junior

Major: Psychology

Minor: Pre-Law

Hometown: Streamwood, IL

I’m involved in: LASO, Cross Country, Track and Field, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.

Something about me:  I enjoy playing soccer, going on bike rides, and shopping.

My favorite AU moment: Becoming a founding sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.

My advice to first-year students:  Really enjoy your time at AU and discover what really matters. Get involved as much as you can on campus and in the community!

 

Name: Ed LewisEd Lewis

Year:  Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Pontiac, IL

I’m involved in: Football, Track and Field.

Something about me: I can cook 1 minute rice in under 30 seconds.

My favorite AU moment: Winning outdoor conference in track and field.

My advice to first-year students: Enjoy your time at AU and get involved!

 

Name: Kyle LowyKyle Lowy

Year:  Senior

Major: Sports Management

Minor: Coaching and Youth Sport Development

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

I’m involved in: Lacrosse, Spartan Ambassador.

Something about me: I can do the wave with my eyebrows.

My favorite AU moment: Participating in the NCAA Sweet 16 three years in a row!

My advice to first-year students: Just stay relaxed, take things one step at a time, this is the time to re-invent yourself!

 

Name: Micaela MaschaMicaela Mascha

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Hometown: St. Charles, IL

I’m involved in: Tennis, Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Something about me: I like to write, hike and run.

My favorite AU moment:  The moment I was accepted into Peer Advising.

My advice to first-year students: Make friends by going to events, and don’t be afraid to try new things.

 

Name: Cody MurtaughCody Murtaugh

Year: Junior

Major: Communications

Minor: Coaching

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

I’m involved in: Track and Field, Spartan Ambassador.

Something about me: I can run a mile in a fortnight.

My favorite AU moment: Winning both indoor and outdoor conference for Track and Field my freshman year.

My advice to first-year students: Get involved in things that interest you. Meeting people that share your interests will make your college experience super amazing!  

 

Name: Samantha OkuboSamantha Okubo

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Hometown: Hampshire, IL

I’m involved in: Peer Conduct Board, Women’s Bowling, F.L.Y., APB.

Something about me: I can sing along to almost any Disney movie. #DisneyFreak.

My favorite AU moment: When I got hypnotized, I didn’t think it could happen to me!

My advice to first-year students: Make new friends, those friends will make the best memories with you!

 

Name: Ariana PriceAriana Price

Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Chicago, IL

I’m involved in: Peer Advising.

Something about me: My dog's name is Elvis.

My favorite AU moment: Jim Wand hypnotist shows!

My advice to first-year students: Open up and make friends!

 

Name: Zach RehmertZach Rehmert

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Sterling, IL

I’m involved in: Golf, Intramural worker.

Something about me: I can play almost every Adele song on piano.

My favorite AU moment: My freshman year a girl played the song “Thousand Miles” at a talent show and she ended up winning!

My advice to first-year students: Get involved! It’s a great way to meet people.

 

 

 

Name: Cynthia SilvaCynthia Silva

Year: Junior

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: Special Education, ESL

Hometown: Marengo, IL

I’m involved in: LEAD, Educators Rising, Communities
In Schools.

Something about me: I used to complete sound systems in cars.

My favorite AU moment: APB Events!

My advice to first-year students: Experience all that you can! Take advantage but remember to take care of your studies.

 

Name: Mackenzie SmithMackenzie Smith

Year: Sophomore

Major: Speech Language Pathology

Minor: American Sign Language

Hometown:  Woodstock, IL

I’m involved in: Women’s tennis, Spartan Ambassador, NSS LHA Chapter.

Something about me: I’m Hawaiian.

My favorite AU moment: The Hypnotist Jim Wand!

My advice to first-year students: Get out there and try new things, you never know what you’ll end up liking!

 

Name: Jake StokesJake Stokes

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Mokena, IL

I’m involved in: Lacrosse, Student Catering Manager.

Something about me: I drink more Mountain Dew then any human should.

My favorite AU moment: When I got hypnotized…twice!

My advice to first-year students: Don’t procrastinate! Time management is the key to success.

 

Name: Brianna WilliamsBrianna Williams

Year: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Momence, IL

I’m involved in: Activities Programming Board, Women’s Basketball.

Something about me: I’ve been to state in track three times in a row.

My favorite AU moment: Meeting my best friends and championship games.

My advice to first-year students: Be organized! Being disorganized causes chaos!

 

 

Name: Joseline ValdezJoseline Valdez

Year in School: Senior

Major: Marketing

Minor: Psychology and Integrated Marketing Communications

Hometown: Carpentersville, IL

I'm Involved in: American Marketing Association, Spartan Ambassador.

Something about me: This past summer I went on my first place ride and went out of state.

My favorite AU moment: Something great/memorable happens everyday on campus...I can't pick just one!

My advice to first year students: Everyday is a new day to start over so don't stress about it too much!